NaNoWriMo 2017 – Update 1

Today’s post is something a little new, but it seemed fitting. A couple of bloggers have put together a link-up for writers to share their blogs. It’s really fun and this one is NaNoWriMo themed!

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1. Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?

Things have been going pretty well. I’m not yet at the point where I’m panicking that I won’t finish, but today I’m realizing that I need to sit down and plot out the next few chapters so I don’t panic later.

2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?

This isn’t necessarily my favorite, but it was part of a really fun scene to write.

Siggy pushed by Alva into the room and Alva closed the door, ignoring Harbard’s protests.

“I’m assuming you’re here to collect the reward money?” Alva asked.

“No I’m here to see your pretty face.” Siggy said and Alva realized now that the other woman was standing right next to her. She could feel Siggy’s breath on her cheek.

“I always knew this day would come.” Alva said.

“We both did. We just never imagined you’d be fucking blind when it happened.” Siggy said and moved away.
Alva heard a chair being pulled out and then Siggy’s body slumping down.

“How else would you catch up to me, other than  me dying or being debilitated you couldn’t. I was always the better merc.” Alva said, half teasing.

Siggy laughed, “True.”

3. Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?

My main character Alva! She’s snarky, badass, a little bit thoughtless but I think she’ll grow out of that as the story goes on.
4. What do you love about your novel so far?

I think it’s a fun story to write, and that eventually the world could be pretty interesting. I also love strong gay female leads and that’s probably the best thing about my story so far. 😀
5. Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?

Sadly nothing funny. Plenty of typos. I also just realized that the first few chapters are in present tense and that I’ve now switched to past! Not sure how that happened. 😛
6. What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?

The beginning and ends are always easier than the middle for me. So those are probably my favorite. The beginning is fun because you can set things up, show off your shinny new world and introduce characters.  The middle always lags a bit on the first draft. And then the end is fun because you can tie everything up and be proud of your story.
7. What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music?

My writing habits are to wake up around nine, get dressed and then move straight into writing. I do blog posts first, answer emails and get anything important out of the way. That usually takes me an hour or so depending on how much research for posts I have to do, or with how long the emails are. Then I work on my novel. I like to do word crawls on the nano forums if I’m having a hard time writing. And I do like to have music on because for some reason the sound of my typing annoys me.

8. What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!

Mornings are the best because I’ve made a habit of getting to work first thing after I wake up. I don’t even eat first normally.  And I don’t really have a writing space. I work from my couch and coffee table. If Grant is writing next to me then I don’t usually spread out, but if he’s using his desk then I move my papers and books all over the couch and coffee table.
9. 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)?

Grant and I have gotten into a habit of sharing a lot. If we really like a paragraph we share it with each other. If one of us is having a hard time we talk about what’s happening and give ideas. We also word war a ton!
10. What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?

My love of stories for sure! I enjoy writing, I’m finally getting to a point where I think I’m getting good at it and that also keeps me going.  Also the plan to publish novels is very motivating for me.
11. What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?

1) Write something fun for NaNo. Don’t write the complicated story, or the one that requires a lot of emotional work. In my experience that just slows you down. Write the story that you think is a little bit odd, a little bit weird and a ton of fun.

2) Read all the time! Reading really helps me with deciding what I do and don’t like in stories.

3) Find at least one person who believes in you.  That person is invaluable. They will encourage you even when you think everything you write is shit and that you should give up forever.

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