I’m supposed to write 5.000 words today, so I thought what better way to accomplish that than to …write a blog post that does absolutely nothing for my word count. If you’re new here, don’t worry; this is normal behavior. Well, for me.
I’ve always wanted to participate in the Beautiful People link up, but I wasn’t actually writing much, so there wasn’t much of a point. I am doing NaNo this year though, so MY TIME HAS COME.
1. Is the book turning out how you thought it would be, or is it defying your expectations?
Errr… both? It’s kind of too early to tell. I had very little expectations to begin with and the few things that I do have semi-worked out in my mind won’t be an issue until later in the book.
2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
Dammit, you’re gonna make me share snippets? That’s not fair. Fine, here you go.
It was going to be great. No, it was going to be phenomenal. It was going to be the best date she had ever been on, and there was nowhere she would rather be at the moment. – a delusional character
3. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Have you ever tried both methods and how did it turn out?
I always thought I was a pantser! I was so sure of it I almost tattooed it onto my face, but then I saw Hangover and realized it would be a stupid idea. Because the face tattoo in that movie is so much better and clearly I should get that instead BOOYA.
I’d say I’m sorry, but that joke totally would have worked on one of the funny TV shows I’ve been watching. Okay fine, maybe not. It’s a special brand of humor, not a lot of people get it. Mainly, I’m the only person who finds it funny, but let’s not digress. It turns out that maybe the reason I get stuck and abandon projects so often is that I don’t plan them out and then have no idea what to write. It’s just… plotting is hard for me. I can’t think of anything good in advance, I have to be in the story first. I’m going to need to find a middle ground here!
4. What do you reward yourself with after meeting a goal?
I conquer a small country and do a quick victory lap around the moon. If it’s a significant goal, I replace the moon with Saturn, but otherwise it’s the same procedure. Also, the victory lap takes place in a carriage drawn by pegasi. That breathe fire. It’s a very specific ritual.
5. What do you look for in a name? Do you have themes and where do you find your names?
Whenever I watch the end credits of movies I think to myself Hey! This would be FANTASTIC if I ever need to come up with names for a story. Then, when I do need names for a story, I Google baby names. Sometimes I Google British surnames or old Nordic names or something along those lines, but generally I just do what 95% of writers do.
6. What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
Well, so far I’ve only written beginnings when it comes to books, so I’ll let you know. With other stories I’m probably the most enthusiastic at the beginning, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the other parts. If I get past the THIS IS CRAP AND EVERYTHING ELSE IS SO MUCH MORE SHINY phase, I’ll probably enjoy the middle and the end too. Mainly I enjoy the parts that make me grin while I’m writing them.
7. Who’s your current favorite character in your novel?
Next you’re going to ask me to choose between my children! You want to know which of my children I like better? My daughter. Sorry, I don’t actually have children, but I can’t resist a good quote.
8. What kind of things have you researched for this project, and how do you go about researching? (What’s the weirdest thing you’ve researched?!)
Anything from how people who witnessed a shooting are treated afterwards to Boba Fett. Google is my first step, and then I go from there. I’ll do more researching when I edit, but at the moment I’m just focusing on getting the words down. Oh, if someone else happens to have the misfortune of being close by while I’m writing, I’ll pester them for answers too.
9. Do you write better alone or with others? Do you share your work or prefer to keep it to yourself?
It’s very important to me to know that other people are writing too and to have some sort of community I can fall back on, which is why NaNo is such a great thing. It really helps me to stay motivated. It’s helpful to meet up with friends face to face when they’re also working on a writing project, because then I’ll actually have to do something. Talking things through with someone definitely helps with plot, but I probably write the most when I’m alone. So the answer is a bit of both, but I definitely need some sort of writing community!
10. 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? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!
ALL OF THEM. Sorry, I stopped reading at snack. I don’t always listen to music while writing, but when I do it can’t be something that distracts me too much. If I know the lyrics by heart, I’ll probably sing along, so that’s a no go. I write best in the evening/at night, because either a) I’ve been procrastinating all day, and I need to catch up or b) I’ve been busy all day, and I need to catch up. It’s not just that though – there’s something special about that certain time of the night when everything is quiet and there are no distractions, so you can focus on what you’re doing. As to the last part of the question… I’m not going to show you a picture of my bed, you creeps.
I would, Lorelai. I would.
What’s your current project? What about writing it has been the most fun so far? Would you date pie? Sorry they’re already taken.