Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Your NaNoWriMo Questions Answered

Thanks for the questions. I think if I were on the outside looking in, I would want to know what it was like for that person. Plus, like I said, these questions (and posting) are good for me.

April asks, " Is everyone writing their own book or are you doing it together?"

Everyone is writing his or her own 50,000-word book. In one month's time.

April also asks, "What is the subject of your book?"

I have had some ideas for years and they are starting to take shape. I'm beginning to like where it's going. So, the truth is, I don't know how to answer the question entirely but there are some things I can say. As of right now:

- The main character is a woman.

- There are heavy, serious parts and lighthearted, funny parts.

- It is written in the first person and I'm enjoying getting in her head like that.

Jessica asks, "What FUN stuff is going to begin? Getting into the plot? Introducing new characters?"

I feel like I've hit my stride. I feel like I'm getting into the plot more. I feel like I'm getting past the set up and I'm excited about that. It's about to get funnier, lighter, and start to move a bit more. And yes, new characters are about to appear and some of them are going to be terrible people the reader won't like (and rightly so) and some will be funny and some will be hilariously annoying. See? This is where it gets fun.

April then asks (thanks for the questions, guys!), "Fiction or Non-Fiction?"

Fiction. I enjoy writing fiction most, though I do have some non-fiction ideas, too.

And "What inspires you to write?"

Is it boring to say that I simply enjoy it? I think it's fun and terribly romantic, too. It's totally my kind of hobby (read: nerdy). I love to read and when I do, I find myself wondering if I can write and I think I can! I love blogging. And I very much enjoy satirizing American Idol and funny experiences. And, on a personal level, when I've dealt with depression, my Dad's death, and changes in my own spirituality, I've learned and healed so much through writing. I simply love to write. Even emails! I also feel I express myself better in writing than in speaking.

Word count so far: 7721

I am fairly happy with what I've written so far, but I don't like what I just wrote this afternoon. I nodded off at one point while typing, so that can't be a good sign. If I were an editor, I'd cut that part out. But for now, we are to quiet our inner editors while we write. She keeps talking to me. I keep telling her to shush.

I'm taking a break and I'll get back to it tonight.


the emily said...

That's so cool. I wish I could think of a question to ask, but all I can think of is to have you tell us what you're writing about, and I know you won't/can't so no point. I'm so interested in this! Seems sooo hard.

bythelbs said...

I've always wished I could write a book, but I have zero ideas. Zero. No characters floating around in my head. Nothing. Which is kind of amazing to me since I spend so much time in there daydreaming and thinking up crazy scenarios about my life. But yeah, nothing. Good luck with the book!

J Fo said...

I think you nee some sushi and maybe some chocolate. Eating always keeps me going while I'm reading or writing!

Chelle said...

I'm impressed. I wouldn't even know where or how to begin. Hang in there and thanks for keeping us posted. I can't wait to hear about more progress.

Boquinha said...

Lbs, that's a big part of the NaNoWriMo mission--to get people to write a book even if they feel they have no ideas. The founder's book for the project is called "No Plot? No Problem!" Like I've said, I think I'm a good writer, but I think I have little imagination when it comes to writing. Hopefully that's something I can practice and get better at. :P Lbs, you're an excellent writer. Excellent! I think you should give it a go if you feel so inclined.

And sushi would've been brilliant! Why didn't I think of that? I was too engrossed in word counts, I think. That's why I think it's so cool that Cristin's family sent her a package--they thought of all the stuff she likes when she was probably too busy/engrossed to even consider it. At the very least, I should've made THAT a blog post: "Hey Everyone, remind me what kind of stuff I like because I can' t think right now." But, ironically, I didn't think of that. Heheheh. I did get chocolate though (we bought ourselves M&Ms).