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Half way there in #Nanowrimo (Q&A)

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There is a link over at Beautiful books for writers who, like myself, are participating in Nanowrimo. I’ve seen a couple of blogs answer the questions on their site so I decided to give it a go. Today, I made it to the halfway mark with Nanowrimo 2016 on my woman’s fiction novel  so I feel it’s fitting to answer the questions now rather than later so here we go.

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

My mental state is amazing right now. Today I sat down for four hours and knocked out over 8,000 words to get myself to the 25,000 half way point. It’s no easy feat at all so I am proud of my accomplishment. At the same time I want to make sure that I do not get overly excited because there are still 25,000 words to go so once today is over I need to clear my mind and continue to push forward if I want to win this year’s Nanowrimo. As far as how my novel is going, I am thinking of the novel more and more and already seeing how I want to end it and possibly turn it into a series but only time will tell. My novel is doing well. Prior to writing today I was able to write an entire chapter from scratch. I am a planner true and true but I can pants from time to time so having a combination can only improve my novel from here on out. 

What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?

“So, um, do I just talk into this?” 

Aubree sat on a thin stool in front of a large microphone atop a smooth oval table with a mic boom and microphone clamped in place. She gently brushed her slender manicured nails against the boom, jumping when the static interference deafened what was once a quiet room. 

“Be careful. We’re still adjusting the frequency levels. Just relax. Is this your first podcast?” When Aubree tossed her head and gave a gentle tug at her sleeve, the host broke into a wide open smile. “No need to be nervous. I’ll make sure it’s interesting for you and my fans.” 

Who’s your current favorite character in your novel?

That would have to be my main character, Aubree. Aubree has not had the best of luck, especially at the start of her story. As she transitions from that point in her life with family and people she meets along the way she realizes:

1. Where you want to be is not necessary where you should be;

 2. Everything you see is not always as it seems and;

3. To Live and Let Live

What do you love about your novel so far?

I love the way the story is coming together. My main character started off at such a low point and has grown from then to now. Right now she’s riding a high and I love riding it with her because she has struggled and she will continue to struggle but she at least has something she is enjoying to fall back on…at least for now. 

Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?

I don’t think I have made any hilarious typos or mistakes. Probably a couple of spelling mistakes but that’s the name of the game when you’re pushing forward and refusing to go backwards to edit. 

What is your favorite to write: beginning, middle, or end – and why?

Definitely the middle. The reason I like the middle so much is because at this point you kind of know where you’ve been and where you want to be. Even if you do not know how the story will start you know you have to get to the middle that you love so much so now you have to set a path to your middle then set a path to the end. 

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?

My writing habits are pretty standard. I cannot write at home. Between a cat that craves attention and a television that I love to watch I struggle to tune it all out so I always head out. Starbucks is my staple place to visit because I have one close by. I find a table, order a coffee (and possibly a snack) and get to work. I love working to music. I have a few playlists that I use to get myself in the mood. The best time of day to write for me is early in the morning before going to work and after work. I also do best on the weekends. 

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’d say I’m somewhere in the middle. I do write alone but I write alone because I do not have anyone else in my circle who write. That is why I love going to writing conferences to meet other people who share the same passion and enjoy writing and reading novels. I try to discuss my novel with those closest to me but they often appear sick of hearing about my writing process but they have expressed that they love my style of writing so that’s a plus. 

What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?

Writing to me is hard when you don’t know where to begin. We all have a story we want to tell but for one reason or another we throw up a reason why we can’t do it or why it’s so hard.  No one is going to tell my story for me. I have to get my own ideas out and that is what keeps me writing. 

What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?

1. Write what interests you. Write for you, not for anyone else. 

2. A few words today can turn into a novel tomorrow. Don’t ever give up on yourself or your creativity 

3. Love what you do even if no one else does. If you love your story and your characters then express it on the page. 

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