If it’s November, that means it’s NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. I love participating in NaNo even though I rarely “win” by writing 50,000 words; it’s just a good excuse to make writing a priority for a month.
This month I’m working toward finishing two drafts I have started, one a YA folklore retelling Ash and Team (read some excerpts here) and one a fantasy adventure The Gladiator and the Goddess that was my first NaNo win.
1. How many years have you participated in NaNo?
This is my 6th year. I started in 2013, when I wrote not even 6,000 words. I finally won in 2016! I’ve also participated in Camp NaNo during April and July over the years (which I prefer because you have “cabins” and can set your own goals).
2. Are you a planner, pantser, or plantser?
A planner! I outline nearly everything I write, even blog posts. Of course, I don’t know everything ahead of time (there are always twists and surprises in the process), but I usually know what will happen in all the key scenes before I write. For me, the story comes first in my head, and then I interpret it onto the page in writing.
3. If you are a planner/plantser, what are the first story elements that you flesh out?
Whatever plot points happen to have come into my head. I guess I don’t really do it intentionally at first, I just kind of daydream about the story until I see some scenes and conversations taking shape.
4. NaNo Forums? Do you use them?
Nope. Time spent on the forums is time not spent writing.
5. Writing Buddies? Do you prefer to write socially or alone?
I generally like to be alone but around people; I write in Panera and libraries a lot. But I find being with other writers does help my productivity.
6. Do you diligently write 1,667 words a day, or do you write in spurts?
Definitely spurts. I don’t have time to dedicate every day, and I hate having to stop and start. Once I get going, I want to keep going.
7. Do you have a writing totem?
No, I didn’t know this was a thing. Maybe I’ll get one now!
8. Do you go to kick-off, write-in, or wrap-up parties?
Not typically. I did make an effort two years ago to break out of my comfort zone and attend some write-ins. It was really great for my productivity and word count, so hopefully I can find some near me again this year.
9. When writing, are you an analog (handwritten) or digital writer? Does the same apply to when you’re taking notes or brainstorming?
Almost all digital. Even my notes are in Google Docs files. I just like the ease of editing so much.
10. Share your NaNo username (if you feel comfortable doing so) so that others can connect with you on the NaNo site!
Meimei21 (feel free to add me as a writing buddy)
Anybody else writing this month? How’s it going so far? Feel free to participate in this tag!