Well, we’re a bit over halfway through NaNoWriMo and I figured I should give an update. It’s going amazingly well and I’m feeling really good about this book overall. I’m excited!
For an introduction to my novel and to find out what it’s about, click here to read my first NaNo post.
Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?
Really good! Right now I’m at 32,138 words, which is over where I need to be to stay on track.
Last NaNo, I was getting my word count, but I didn’t feel like my novel was going anywhere. (At least not anywhere particularly good.) And while I loved writing, it felt like a bit of a losing battle because I knew that at 50,000 words I was only going to have half a book. This time, I had a much clearer outline going in and I feel like I’m heading toward something close to a full book (which will, of course, need some pretty major editing).
What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
“Look out below!” Keeley called as she grasped the long, sinewy willow branch and launched herself from the top of the swing set, her mass of blond curls streaming out behind her. Owen cheered Keeley on with glee as I scrambled to the left three steps to make sure I was completely out of Keeley’s path. I knew that once Keeley had announced her descent there was no stopping her. You either got out of the way or got clobbered.
Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?
I actually think it’s Piper (the girl who moves in next door to Annalaine), even though she hasn’t even had a huge role in the book yet. She’s certainly the most defined and the easiest to write.
What do you love about your novel so far?
The fantasy world of The Meeting Spot is so fun to write!! Plus, I could spend hours on Pinterest, just looking at fantastical pictures for inspiration (you can find my Pinterest board here).
Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?
Not that I can think of. A few silly typos, but nothing funny enough for me to remember.
What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
Well, I’ve never written an ending, so I’m going to go with that. When I get to the end, I’m going to feel a huge sense of accomplishment!
What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!
The writing habits are extremely haphazard since I’m usually writing at random times in between (or while) homeschooling my kids. I’m usually writing on the couch in the family room, but I occasionally go up to my room and write in my bed so I can close the door. I’ve also written in the back of my minivan at co-op while the kids are in a class, at the library, at Starbucks, at CLC while my son is in his Japanese class, and on the couch in the office while the kids are taking a test or working independently on schoolwork.
How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?
I’m on a FB group where we cheer each other on and report our words each day (thanks, Steph, for inviting me!). I find it extra motivating to report there. But as far as actually showing anyone my writing? That little excerpt up there is the first that anyone’s seen any of it. (And it’s very scary putting the excerpt up there!)
What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?
The daily word goal is very motivating for me. In order to get NaNo done on time, I have to write 1667 words per day. There was only one day I came short of that goal (when I had very little time to write—I made up for it by going over on many other days). One day I submitted and found that I had 1666 words. I couldn’t let it stand. I HAD to go add at least one more word!! (I ended up adding 101 more, actually.)
What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?
Oh, gosh, I don’t think I’m at the point of giving advice right now. All I can say is don’t stop writing!!
If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo as well, feel free to add me as a writing buddy! My username is nmhewitt.
Are you participating in NaNo this year? How’s it going? I want to know!