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The NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag!

I found this tag and wanted to take part so I’m doing did just that. It seems you’re supposed to be tagged for it, but I wasn’t, but the creator of this Sophie’s Corner. So she’s to be credited for my involvement despite not being tagged to do so.

The following are the questions she’s asking everyone to answer to give readers and other participatants a better idea of what you’ll be working on for the month of November.

I’m still new to blogging and the people I know taking part aren’t bloggers so I really don’t know how to tag them.


Give me a blurb!

Ely’s family has been indebted to an immortal for generations. Upon the death of his brother his niece, Temperance, comes to live with him. This places her within reach of a killer, the vampire Jacques Germain.

What’s the genre?

Horror, supernatural

Describe your MC in three words.

  • Ely – Broken, caring, and workaholic
  • Temperance – Beautiful, smart, curious

Without spoilers, describe your villain in three words.

  • Jacques – Sexy, dangerous, opportunist

What is your goal? (the traditional 50K? 20K? 5K? or……. 100K?)

A minimum of 50k

Is this your first draft? Second? Third?

First draft.

Are you starting a new project (or draft), or continuing an existing one?

Brand new project

What is your favourite time to write in the day?

Nighttime.

Where are you going to write?

Mostly in my office.

Computer or paper?

Computer and my notebook. I’m also using Scrivener to keep organized.

NaNoWriMo is a huge commitment!! How are you going to make time to write?

I’m dividing my time between other obligations and this event.

Are you going to participate in local or online NaNoWriMo events? (e.g. kick-off parties in your city, write-ins, virtual writing sprints…)

No. I am doing this tag. I’m also going to blog my progress weekly.

Do you write from beginning to end or skip around?

I tend to begin with the beginning working toward the end, but if I get stuck I’ll skip forward to progress on my goal and then work around until the draft is done.

Planner or pantser? (or plantser?)

This project is making me a planner. I’m usually a plantser by nature though.

What will be your go-to NaNoWriMo snack?

Not sure, probably whatever is in the pantry that’s quick.

Choice of caffeine? (or no caffeine?)

Coffee or honey infused tea.

Any rewards for milestone achievements? For finishing NaNoWriMo?

I usually reward myself when a job is completed.

Share a tip for other NaNo-ers!

All I can share is what has been shared with me.

  • Don’t give up.
  • Try your best to make your daily goals.
  • Don’t be too hard on yourself, so take breaks.

How are you feeling about NaNoWriMo? (Excited?! Nervous!? Terrified?!)

Excited!

Share an aesthetic for your NaNoWriMo novel!

The Word: Writing Can Be Therapy…Truth!

I’ve said it many times before, too much perhaps, how writing began as a therapy for me. I came across a blog post that made many good points toward the subject of writing and therapy. I’ve never hidden that I have been in therapy, I call it mental maintenance, and it was suggested to me and others have shared they were suggested to write as well. It’s an emotional purging.

I began writing in my youth as an attempt to control a world I had no control in. I wrote about famous people liking me and thus those around me would too. I know, it’s almost sad, but I was little and in all honesty, I can’t hide my roots, I’ve chosen to embrace them. It’s where my writing began, my trying to help myself began, and it really did a lot for me at the time that has trickled through even to this day.

Some of our best ideas, as writers, come in those moments as our eyes are drifting and we’re about to fall asleep. BAM! The muse has hit us and we scramble for the nearest writing anything to scribble it down. It can be a bit of dialogue or merely a concept, but it must be written down. We have also felt that horrible gut feeling of forgetting if we haven’t written it down as well.

I’ve written about a purging method (check it out at Horror Tree) toward writing that has helped me. I’ve never been an ‘outliner’ type of writer. I have come to learn that I’m not alone with that when I took the workshop held by James Patterson (read the post here).

My best tips are:

  • Always park a notebook and pen/pencil for emergency muse wallops.
  • Writing can be therapeutic, write down EVERYTHING! You never know what could be used.
  • If you want to organize, keep a notebook separately for your thoughts, dreams, and story ideas. Even though at the moment they may seem different you just can never tell where and when inspiration may come to you. Lots of nightmares have helped me fill in the gaps of plots and stories.
  • Don’t force anything (unless you’re on a deadline then get that shit done!)
  • Keep private thoughts as private as you want if you’re doing it to work out some things in your life. Remember you DON’T have to share anything with anyone, you don’t even have to tell someone if you’re in therapy. Heck, if you don’t want to you don’t have to even publish something if you don’t feel its to the best you can.