Hi everybody! Today’s spotlight falls on Niall…
N’wah’s history with Nanowrimo, in his own words:
Thus far my experience with NaNo has been great. There’s been a little bit of readjusting necessary, because the forums are generally friendlier than those I normally take part in, but it’s all good. I don’t recall how I actually found out about it, though I suspect it was through the Vlogbrothers; it’s just one of those things that I’ve always been aware of, but never all that interested in taking part in.
I decided to take part this year since I (kinda-sorta) flunked my A-levels and I’m currently stuck in limbo. What better way to pass the time through November than writing a novel?
What are you writing about this year?
My novel is very loosely a post-apocalyptic story, but that’s not the important part. It follows a pair of survivors (though maybe scavengers would be a better word) as they make their way through non-specified parts of the European countryside.
The first, and “leader” is Finn; he’s the kind of person you’d expect in such a role. Gruff, mean, used to dealing with the universe defecating on him.
The other is Süße (Suesse); she’s a nice girl, and optimistic to a fault. She’s blind and suffers from amnesia that stems from indeterminate trauma before the beginning of the novel.
It’s not intended as a straight up post-apocalypse story, nor as a straight up romance; it’s just a pair of people being forced to live with one another, and dealing with the problems that throws up (lack of food, getting sick of each other, etc). It’ll get pretty nasty.
Who’s the best character in your Nano novel?
Tough question. There’s only Finn and Süße; I think Finn.
Süße’s great, and I love basically everything about her, but Finn is just that much more interesting to me. Maybe it’s just because I’m a stickler for anti-heroes, but I’m really looking forward to writing his half of their interactions. Lots of swearing, lots of questionable comments.
All that said, I don’t want readers to prefer either of them. I want people to get into the head of Süße and thus feel what she feels toward Finn; for better or for worse.
That’s the best case scenario, I really don’t know if I can manage that; but you don’t know until you try!
What advice would you give to all your fellow Wrimos?
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