If you are at all involved in the book/writing community, you have no doubt heard of “NaNoWriMo.” This (somewhat gibberish-esque) abbreviation stands for “National Novel Writing Month,” an event in which participants attempt to write an entire novel (50,000 words!) in the month of November. After seeing many of my blogger friends talking about how they are doing NaNoWriMo this year, I have decided to join in on the fun. I have made a NaNoWriMo profile through the Young Writers Program, (of course then all my friends wanted to be buddies on the site so I made a normal NaNoWriMo profile too) where you actually get to pick your own word count goal. The recommended count is 30k, and I have chosen 20k as my personal goal. I am probably going to be very chill about the whole thing. I’ll probably still be reading, and blogging. It’s no big deal to me if I don’t make any sort of word count. We’ll see how it goes.
To get into the spirit of NaNoWriMo, Kristina Horner, one of my favorite youtubers, created this tag. It is meant to be a video tag, but I figured no one would mind if I made a blog post instead! Some of the questions didn’t really apply for me, so I have adapted the tag a little bit by removing some of them. If you want the full question list, go check out the video!
#1 – How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?
This will be my first time! I have wanted to join my friends in NaNoWriMo previous years, but I have always felt that I am way to busy to attempt it. This year is kind of perfect as I am now a high school senior and have a lot less on my plate. My academic credits are filed, my college applications are in and the classes I am taking feel a lot more relaxed, so lets do this!
#2 – How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?
I think the first time I ever heard about NaNo was around 7 years ago, when a few of my friends on a forum I used to frequent in middle school were participating.
#3 – Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.
“A teenage member of a magical society accidentally trades her best friend for the parallel dimension version of him.”
This is actually part of an idea that I have been sitting on for quite a while. I have revamped the actual plot ideas many many times, but it has always had a similar magic system and I really like it.
#4 – What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
I don’t know where this originally came from, but I once heard someone say that you have to find the story that feels alive to you. I really like that.
#5 – What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?
For stories, magic systems and settings almost always come to me first. After that it really helps me to brainstorm with/bombard one of my friends with information, usually through text. I’ve gotten story ideas a lot more than I’ve ever actually written them out as story, so I really gotta thank those guys with putting up with my constant dumps of ideas. 😅
#6 – Why do you love writing?
I personally really like getting thoughts out of my head a documented in text. It’s why I blog, it’s kind of why I’m constantly on twitter… I also just really love reading, and it would be cool for someone to read my stories like I read author’s stories all the time. In elementary school I wanted to be an author. That is no longer my dream, but I still think writing stories is really cool and really important.