Ha! Well, before November began, I had a story planned out – a mystery – and it only took me a few days of real writing before I realized it wasn’t going anywhere. I scrapped the idea, and decided freshen up an old story idea with some supernatural creatures. At that point, I wasn’t really sure where I wanted to go with the story, so I just started writing. When I changed my story, I decided that this month had to be more about practice and identifying my strengths and weaknesses as a writer. It was a good thing.
What or who has been the biggest inspiration for you?
Kelly (Psst: that would be the one and only Kelly featured on BonaFide *nods*) has been my biggest inspiration simply because she keeps me motivated with our competitions to have the highest word count. Attempting to dethrone her makes me push myself harder than if I was doing this on my own. I have also been inspired by some really odd dreams, one of which involved being chased and being forced to eat sugary foods. There were also hard boiled eggs and hills.
Do you have any particular habits or quirks you MUST do when writing?
I usually need to listen to music with headphones on. I have found it doesn’t matter what kind of music it is, just so long as I can put my headphones on and get lost in writing. Whenever I try to write without headphones, I get distracted much more easily.
How do your friends and/or family feel about your decision to participate in NaNoWriMo?
Well, I was originally urged by one of my friends to try NaNo, so she was excited. I’ve told my mom and boyfriend, but they just kind of shrug and leave me alone to write. My Twitter friends have been extremely encouraging and supportive. It’s a good balance, actually, because I can disconnect myself from the Internet when I need to force myself to write, and that’s a lot easier to do than kicking someone out of my space.
Have you had to adjust any of your goals to meet the challenges “real life” throws your way? If so, can you share an example?
Real life really kicked me in the pants this past week. I found that NaNo was attempting to take over my personal life, and I nearly gave up on NaNo, even though I was ahead of the word count. In the end, it came down to better time management skills and seeing things through to the end, though I am dreadfully close to losing the buffer I had built up.
Name one thing you have learned so far that you feel is very important.
The person that holds me back the most is me. A big part of my struggle to write is learning how to shut off my critical side and just get write. At this point, I need to finish a story, not write a masterpiece.
I also think that Kelly’s difficulties with her computer this week drive home the importance of always backing up your work. My flash drive died on me in January, and I lost the bulk of my grad school career. I have been incredibly careful about my work since then, but Kelly’s STD infected computer was a good reminder.
Name one thing you have learned so far that really has no benefit.
Word counts vary a lot between word processing programs. I think they already tell you this on the NaNo site, so I should have known. But this week I noticed a difference of roughly 350 words between my Word document and my Google doc. It makes me wonder how they count words. You would think it would be the same or similar. Words are words are words. Right?
One Choice. . .
As the new Viscount Matheson, James wished to marry quickly and secure his title. Kind, intelligent Louisa seemed a suitable bride. . .until he met her stepsister. Julia is impetuous--and irresistible. Pledged to one sister, yet captivated by another, what is he to do? As Christmas and the whirl of the London season approach, James may be caught in a most scandalous conundrum, one that only true love, a bit of spiritous punch--and a twist of fate--will solve. . .