Hey guys! Cait from Paper Fury is hosting Beautiful Books, a monthly link-up in which you can share you (NaNoWriMo) novel with a bunch of other amazing writers! I participated in last month’s link-up, and I’m doing it again this month! 😀
This month’s theme is basically a NaNoWriMo check-in/update – sort of similar to my NaNoWriMo Weekly Recaps. Shall we begin? 😉
Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?
My mental state is perfectly fine, thank you! ( 😄 ) I’ve heard (and seen) lots of people freaking out, but I’m actually pretty chill about it. My NaNo wordcount calendar helps a TON, though, so I can’t take all the credit. 😉
What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
Here ya are:
Before the sky had yet lightened or the birds had begun to warm up their shrill voices, I was awake.
There’s a few words in there that need taken out or re-written, but I don’t think it’s too bad! 😀
Who’s your current favorite character in your novel?
My MC and protagonist, Arden:
GAH SHE’S SO PRETTY.
What do you love about your novel so far?
I love adding tons of details to my plot points, writing foreshadowing, and developing Troy’s personality. 😉
Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?
Not really! I did spell Troy Tory during a word war and I don’t think I ever fixed it. 😛
What is your favorite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
I haven’t gotten to the end yet, and not super into the middle. And I must admit, I haven’t really ended any of my stories. 😛 But the ending seems the best in my mind, so I think it’s going to be my favorite. We shall see…
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?
I like writing in the morning and evening best, I usually get more words done. I never purposely listen to music when I write…but usually Hamilton is one somewhere in the background. 😉
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 definitely pretty private. I’ll update you guys and my Camp NaNo group on wordcounts and things, but I’m definitely very private. I’ll occasionally send a snippet to Bella, but that’s about it.
What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?
Word wars. Hands. Down. I’ve been warring with several girls from my Camp NaNoWriMo cabin, and it’s really helped me get through some tough spots.
What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?
The challenge, demand satisfaction. Don’t look back – keep on writing and don’t worry about if it’s good or not. And GUYS. This is HARD. *whimpers* If you’re a perfectionist like me, it’s HARD. But following advice #3 can really help. 😉
2. Plan your day – make sure you know how your day or week is set out. And according to your plan, set aside some good writing time. For example: If you have dance class in the evening and are going to get home pretty late, then write nice and early in the morning.
3. Participate in word wars. A word war is basically where you set a timer and compete with someone to see how many words you can get in a certain amount of time. It’s fun, friendly competition and reeeeaaaaly forces you to write and not worry about mistakes.
That’s concludes edition 2 of Beautiful Books! Thanks for reading! *hands out donuts*
Before I sign off, what do you think of my new theme? Do you like it better, or do you prefer my old look? And what do you think about my new tagline?
Thanks s’much! 😀
How’s your NaNo novel coming?
Are you surviving?
My family made cinnamon-applesauce donuts with this amazing sugary glaze. *licks lips* 😛 😄 😉