Nanowrimo Spotlight: Jeremie Miller

November 15, 2014

Greetings, friends and followers. I have another spotlight interview for you this fine Saturday morning, so let’s get right to it!

Have you done Nanowrimo before?
This is my second NaNoWriMo, my first being in 2009. In 2009 I wrote science fiction, and although I have done nothing with that novel, it is still close to my heart, and I still jot down notes for it from time to time, so who knows what will happen. I managed to pull off a win in 2009 at the last minute, writing over half of my words in the last week and leaning heavily on book_covervirtual write-ins and word wars. My favorite memory from the 2009 NaNoWriMo is definitely a six hour virtual writing marathon that my region put on in that last week that really helped me finish my novel.

This is my second NaNoWriMo and I am participating as a Rebel and writing a non-fiction book to support the work I do in my business.

What are you writing about this year?
This year I am writing a book on personal and business budgeting based on the system I have used for the past seven years. As I write the book its format, pacing, and overall structure is changing on a daily basis, but the original concept was to make the book a mix of my personal money stories and the practical instructions to set up the system and use it. I am now not sure what it will look like once complete.

What is your favorite book – you have to pick just one!
I am normally a bit of a “cult of the new” when it comes to picking my favorite book, but if I had to pick just one, I will pick one of my favorites and the one that probably had the biggest impact on me as a reader and writer: Watership Down by Richard Adams.

I read this book in Grade 4 and my parents had to give me a special note to get permission to take it out of the school library as the librarian had determined that I could not read and understand the book at that age. So, reading Watership Down was an amazing experience not only because it is a great book, but because it showed me that I could do things people didn’t think I could, and that my parents had my back.

What advice would you give to all your fellow Wrimos?
1. Don’t make this experience more complicated than it needs to be. I find that a lot of people on the message boards like to hype up how difficult writing is and end up freaking themselves out and giving up. If you participate in NaNoWriMo because you love to freak yourself out then great, but if you actually want to write the 50,000 words try to stay calm.

2. Write every day, and if you can, at a set time or times. These don’t have to be the only times you write, but having some set times each day has helped me to cruise through my word count goals and I am having a way more steady and successful NaNo this year than my first attempt. I write at 9am and 130pm every day during Nano for 30 minutes and it has been amazing.

3. Participate in write-ins. I can only do virtual write-ins but they always help me immensely with my word count.

4. Don’t delete anything. My current project has four versions of the introduction, and I know each of them will have something I will use during editing. NaNo is about quantity not quality so deleting words makes no sense.

5. Ignore everything I have said above if it doesn’t work for you, we all know what opinions are like.

6. Just frackin’ do it. Sit down and write, that is really the only piece of advice that any writer needs.

Sneaky Ninja question! What’s your pet peeve?
NaNo Specific pet peeve: This one won’t be popular, and I am not judging anyone, would never say anything (but you asked), and is just my pet peeve: but it drives me a bit nuts that there are so many people getting serious about rules for what counts as a “proper NaNo experience”, what counts as rebelling, what new rule changes affect the validity of NaNoWriMo, BUT: word padding and word count “dirty tricks” are completely legal, there are even forum posts telling people how to do it. It just bugs me, there I said it!

General Pet Peeve: Super intense sport parents yelling at their kid, my kid, anyone’s kid during sporting events for young kids (my son is 7). These parents get a bonus pet peeve if they do this AND have no clue how to actually play the sport.

I am first and foremost a father and a husband. My family is the absolute most important part of my life and I pretty much do everything I do for them. My biggest goal in my life is to provide the support my family needs so we can have amazing adventures together. To provide this support I run my own small business helping other entrepreneurs figure out their personal and business finances so they can run a successful business while paying themselves and turning a profit. My new website is just being built so you can go to www.jeremiemiller.com and look at the header!

Thanks, Jeremie! You can find Jeremie on Nanowrimo as jeremiemiller.


Nanowrimo Spotlight: M.L. Millard

October 24, 2014

Good evening, friends and followers! After that slightly weird glitch with my What’s up Wednesday post coming out a day late yesterday, it’s high time to get back to the Nanowrimo spotlight posts with Marie, who can be found on the Nanowrimo site as bitterwarrior and blogs at http://mlmillard.wordpress.com/ . Here’s what Marie has to say about her history with Nanowrimo:

This is my third nano. My most memorable moment from the first year was when I read what I’d written (I made it to 25,000 words) and realized that it was just as good as the book I’d been working on for over a year. Nano is addictive.

What are you writing this year?
This year I’m writing a Cinderella comedy in which “Cinderella” (called Littlefoot in my story) doesn’t want to go to the ball, but her kind stepsisters want her to. I wrote a short story version a few months ago and fell in love with the characters.

What is your favorite book?
I don’t think we can ever replace our first favorite. Mine was Watership Down.

What advice would you give to fellow Wrimos?
1. Outline 2. Don’t worry if you veer from your outline 3. Don’t quit if you get behind. I’ve only made it to 25,000 each time, but that’s still pretty good! I’m glad I didn’t quit when I started falling behind.

Are you organized or messy?
MESSY

anaheim amazonAfter nanowrimo, if you still love writing, I highly suggest getting into a critique group. I belong to my local branch of the California Writers Club, and I have learned so much from their seminars and my little weekly critique group. They gave me the confidence to publish last year’s nanowrimo book even though it’s only 114 pages. Who cares? It’s a great story! I imagined what would happen if the storytelling contest from The Canterbury Tales happened with high school seniors on a bus to Disneyland. If you want to know more about my book or talk writing with me, please visit my blog, mlmillard.wordpress.com.
Happy Writing!

Thanks, Jess. Good luck beating 25k this year!


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