Yesterday was the mid-way point for NaNoWriMo, and I’m finally officially on schedule to finish on time! I have just over 25,000 words down, with the same amount to go. Today I’ll be joining in on round two of Beautiful Books, with my NaNo novel Wolf Cry! Which for those of you who don’t know, is basically about the world of fairy tales translated into one huge, coherent, high fantasy setting, centering on a very loose Snow White retelling.
A mixture. Mostly it’s been turning out as I planned, but a few things have changed. Two characters who I hadn’t planned at all decided to turn up and were actually fantastic. One, a fairy called Felicity, has ended up as one of my favourite characters and she wasn’t supposed to be in it at all! She’s also decided to stick in other elements as well (she had to go give Gwen a super secret magic bag thing, as fairies do, and not even I know what’s in it 😛 ) So that was fun.
2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
At the moment my first sentence is:
Gwendolyn Conmaraigh adjusted her gilded blue mask and triple checked to make sure her dagger was easy to reach but didn’t poke out too obviously from the folds of her skirt.
I’m pretty happy with it, though the rest of the opening chapter is a bit of a mess. (openings are hard. more on that later)
3. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Have you ever tried both methods and how did it turn out?
Oh definitely a plotter. If I don’t have a clear plan everything becomes a mess. Also I’m a perfectionist and I’d probably make a plan for everything even if I didn’t need it. However occasionally things I didn’t plan turn up (see above), and then I’ll just roll with it though I might need to stop for a little while to fiddle with anything in the plot that might have changed as a result.
4. What do you reward yourself with after meeting a goal?
Anime. So much anime. I’ve taken to watching Naruto: Shippuden (which I started last week after finally finishing Naruto) in between chunks of writing and it’s been fantastic. Much better motivation than food, which was one of the things I used to do. Sometimes I’ll check internet things during breaks as well.
5. What do you look for in a name? Do you have themes and where do you find your names?
Ah, names. I generally put a lot of thought into names. It’s fun thinking about why someone would have the name they have. I’m also big on names that mean something relevant to the character, especially for the fairies. I also have a fragmented conlang (fake language basically) which I use for naming some things. (specifically Cardonian things and people)
6. What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
Middle. Beginnings are an absolute nightmare. It’s really hard to set everything up that needs to be set up without seeming awkward or forgetting important things. I haven’t actually written a proper ending for anything for a while, and obviously I haven’t written the end for this book yet, so I don’t really have much to say about that.
Middles are fun though. They’re where all the fun things happen.
7. Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?
But… I like all of them… Maybe Felicity. She’s been a lot of fun, despite – or perhaps because of – her turning up out of nowhere and having to make her up as I go along.
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?!)
Ah, I’ve researched all kinds of things. How I research varies depending on what I’m researching. Some of the stranger things I’ve been researching is werewolves and wolf-like monsters from various cultures (which wasn’t very fruitful sadly), and weasels (which turned out to be unnecessary in the end).
9. Do you write better alone or with others? Do you share your work or prefer to keep it to yourself?
Uhhh, depends on what you mean by ‘with others’ I’ve never physically written with other people, but I do find word wars and having internet people to talk with about writing helpful. I don’t share my work with people I know in real life, though I’ll occasionally share things with people on the internet.
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!
I don’t really eat while I’m writing. I used to, but I don’t now. I don’t write very well in the early morning, so I’ll more often write into the night than get up early to write. I do listen to music though. I have a playlist of music I love specifically for writing:
I also posted more about the music I like to listen to while writing last week, and you can find that post here. I write in my room, on my laptop, which is on a little desk under a triangular window (we often refer to it as ‘a Bill Cipher window’ – we have several on our top floor.) I don’t have any photos and my camera is too much of a pain for me to bother with taking any.
So, there we have it! I hope you all enjoyed that.
If you’re doing NaNo, how’s it going for you? Did you do Beautiful Books this month, and if so I’d love to see your post!