In the spirit of NaNoWriMo (since it is the beginning of November), I thought I would do a book tag revolving around the theme of National Novel Writing Month. And I found one posted a couple years ago on Youtube by Kristina Horner.
1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?
Technically, two. I’m not including the book I wrote during Camp NaNoWriMo this July, as that wasn’t during November. I am, however, including this month, though it’s not over. I finished my first NaNoWriMo challenge last year. So, if we’re only counting completed books, than I’ve only completed NaNo once.
2. How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?
In college, actually. I remember a few members of my writing group talking about it and immediately I was interested. However, at the time, I was just too busy with school to compete in it.
3. What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?
Hello, Darkness. It was a psychological horror, which somehow turned into a sci-fi as I was writing it.
4. Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.
A mysterious horror about a lone survivor of a Parisian school poisoning, set in 1910.
5. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
I’ve never been given a lot of good writing advice. In college, none of my writing teachers were really good. However, I always loved the tip that I got from multiple books I read and from my parents. Read. It’s as simple as that. To become a better writer, you have to read. So I do.
6. Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?
Not exactly. I just never really tried NaNo until last year, because I knew I didn’t have the time to finish it. That’s not really taking a year off, but instead never starting it.
7. What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?
Everything. The world I see around me. Everything I read, hear, or see. The movies I watch. The video games I play. The music I listen to. The books I read. I can’t pick out my biggest inspiration just because everything inspires me.
8. Read us the first sentence from one of your novels.
Hello, Darkness, the book I wrote last year for NaNo, starts with the sentence,
“Metal forms swam in and out of her vision as Zoe struggled to open her eyes.”
It could have been better, but it was a first draft.
9. Why do you love writing?
Because it lets me dream up worlds, characters, and places. If I’m angry about an injustice, I can write about it. It lets me bleed my sorrows, my passions, and my fears unto a page. Everyone needs an outlet. Some people do sports to let go of their frustrations. I just happen to turn mine into stories.
What are your answers to these questions? As always, I won’t be tagging anybody, but feel free to do this tag. Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for madness and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,