NaNoWriMo is almost upon us again, and I found this NaNo tag on Emma Likes Books that I thought would be nice to fill in. I am participating again this year, and I’m going to try to write the story I’ve been trying to write for over a year now. So yeah, let’s fill in this tag, shall we?!
1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?
I think I’ve been participating since 2011, but I am not sure. I have won only one time, and that because I decided to add my notes to the document as well as actual writing. Not sure that counts, but hey I made it to 50.000 words at least. This year I am just going to write in a notebook (as I did last year) and then write it out in the last week of the month to see how far I’ve gotten.
2. How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?
I don’t remember, I think I may have just stumbled upon it through Twitter or something like that.
3. What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?
Don’t think I’ve ever titled my novels, apart from the one I am writing this year. I usually can’t think of a nice, proper title, other than working titles and I don’t count those. This year my novel is called The Tree of Life.
4. Give a one-sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.
Clara has to find her super-famous father who is trying to find the World tree.
5. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Seeing as I am bad at taking advice in the first place, I don’t really give advice either, other than the obvious ‘just write’.
6. Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?
Since I started in 2011, I haven’t taken a year off, but I have started and stopped halfway through more than once.
7. What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?
I usually just listen to music, mostly movie scores, when I’m writing. And sometimes I have dreams that I used in my stories; not the whole dream, but just parts of it – the non-weird parts of course.
8. The first sentence from one of your novels.
“There is a clock in this room, ticking away the minutes; tick, tock, tick tock.” I keep on rewriting this sentence because I am never happy with it. It’s possible I am just going to scrap it for good.
9. Why do you love writing?
Because I love reading as well, and I think they kind of go hand-in-hand. I’ve always loved writing, ever since I was a kid; I participated in a writing contest at my primary school (I think I came in second or third) and I’ve always just loved the fact that I can just write my own stories.