Good morning, friends and followers. I’ve got one more interview left, and there might be another coming in before tomorrow. This one is from EvanescentDreams, who might have been eaten by one of the Nano monsters, because she didn’t respond to my follow-ups or post a word count. But here’s what (she?) had to say:
Hi, readers of this blog. I’m not really an imposter; I’m being interviewed:
NaNoWriMo and I:
This year is my first go at NaNoWriMo, so I am most definitely a NaNoNewbie.
I have wanted to write a novel for many a year; NaNo simply gave me the metaphorical kick in the behind I needed. I decided to participate after discovering the concept on Youtube, (oh, the Internet) while searching “How to write a novel”, or something similar, and said concept appealed to me immediately because, well, it seemed (and still does seem) such an amazing, inspiring, brilliant idea. The community is a very lovely and welcoming one, as well.
What are you writing about this year?
I am writing a novel inspired by the concept of the Grim Reaper; The idea is, every few centuries, the current Death takes on an apprentice, whose job is to assist Death in their usual activities, and to take over when the current Death retires. This system has worked for time immemorial. But the new (and unwilling) apprentice is horrified by the Afterlife, and, deciding he has nothing to lose, rebels against Death’s reign of tyranny.
What is your favorite book – you have to pick just one!
My favourite book… I have so many… This is so difficult… The Amber Spyglass, (by Philip Pullman) I think. It encapsulates everything I want in a novel: Beautiful and vivid prose, engaging characters, edge-of-your-seat pace, wonderful originality, and, re-readability.
What advice would you give to all your fellow Wrimos?
- “Never give up; Never give in.” Just to quote a certain someone. However, if, I don’t know, there is a dire emergency, then try to not get distressed about your word count.
- Seriously, when you’re staring at the page, and you feel like nothing good will ever come of this, and you simply want to give up because you hate what you write… Just try to write. I know it’s so much easier said than done, and if you feel like a break would help you, have a break, but think of how pleased you will be when you are done… Just try.
- Don’t expect a miracle for your first draft. For the next one, though, and the one after that, etc., separate the wheat from the chaff, and you may just find a miracle: you will probably find the most amazing passages coupled with the characters breaking the fourth wall and complaining about the word count. This is, from what I have heard, completely normal.
- You don’t have to write in a chronological order. This is an amazing thing; novels are like a jigsaw puzzle: just put the pieces in place, in whatever order, and if they match up, you’ll have a picture.
- And remember… maybe we Wrimos are slightly unusual: Writing a novel in thirty days? Not how most people choose to spend their time. For some reason. But embrace your inner lunatic, as Derek Landy wrote.
Sneaky Ninja question! What’s your most annoying habit?
Probably thinking that everything I do isn’t good enough. I’m fairly certain that this is common; all I can say for others who feel that way, is to look at the situation from a logical perspective.
The Extra 200 words:
I’ve been given (nearly) free reign over this section. So… A random quote that I posted on a forum:
“On the brink of madness, most everyone becomes a poet. Their poetry may be convoluted, shattered, distorted. It may be fragments of a conversation, or verses of a lullaby. It might even just be thought; but it can be a true, pure kind of poetry: That of a spirit, singing their song, for any who care to hear, and many who don’t.”
I’m really sorry; I have nothing constructive to add. So yeah… that’s my contribution to the Internet. Also, I would like to thank chrisk0 for this opportunity to spread the NaNoWriMo joy. If you, the reader, are even considering taking part, just look it up. Good luck to my fellow Wrimos. 🙂