Nano Spotlight: Cliff Anello from atlasArisen

October 29, 2013

Good morning, friends and followers. I don’t have long before I need to catch the bus to work, so let’s meet Cliff!

Cliff’s Nano Experience, in his own words:
This is my fourth NaNoWriMo. My favorite NaNo memory comes from my first NaNo, which I didn’t win, but I did have a friend who won. She self-published her novel on CreateSpace, and when I got my copy, it was inspiring. She had written a novel, and here it was, in paper form, in my hands, and if she could do it, so could I.

What are you writing about this year?
This year, my novel is going to be titledĀ How to Cope with Being a Loser. I don’t know what it will be about yet, but the title came to me, and it was too good not to use. It’ll probably be horror, with deep religious and philosophical undercurrents.

Who’s the best character in your NaNo novel?
“Best” implies a value judgment, so I can’t really say which character will be the “best,” but the most interesting character will definitely be the narrator. Growing up, I struggled a lot with things like bipolar disorder, and there were times when I would “hulk out” and punch my furniture until my knuckles bled, and I’m very close to somebody with nightmare disorder and early onset schizophrenia. My narrators always reflect this experience. It’s a lot more fun for me to write, and it gives me a lot of leeway to experiment with the unconventional.

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