Almost Nano…Let’s Talk About Writing // Curious Writer Questions

November is coming and along with finals, and holidays and terrible papers due, there’s also Nanowrimo! Nano is a monthlong challenge yourself to write a book in a month, hopefully 60,000 words or so in 30 days.

I don’t think I’ve ever written a complete book during Nano – I either am in the middle of a project or on a writing break during Nano. This time, I’ll be finishing my current WIP during Nano. I have about a third written, so Nano is very perfectly timed for me this year.

I wasn’t sure what to write about Nano and writing my current WIP but then Cait @ Paper Fury wrote this amazing writer’s tag, so NOW I HAVE A POST. Thanks, Cait, you’re amazing.

What are your favourite kinds of scenes to write? why?

I love writing conversations, they just flow so naturally for me! In my current WIP, I have lots of coffee shops conversation scenes and I LOVE it.

Also, my favorite moments are the emotional highlights. I love writing scenes where something changes for a character and voila, fireworks, it’s this incredible moment that the entire story has been moving towards.

But I also wrote my first make-out scene this week. Okay, I don’t think I’ve written a real touchy make out scene and writing this one was FUN! So now, perhaps I have a new favorite kind of scene to write 😂

we’re all our own worst critics—so, what about your writing are you genuinely proud of? don’t hold back.

I am super proud that I’ve actually written 2 books. And there’s actual plot and fun characters and word building. I think that’s pretty cool.

what do you love about writing? what excites you? what makes all of this nightmare struggle worth it?

I love just seeing my words on the page. Then I can read it, and it’s not even reading my own story? It’s reading a story, and when I read my own writing, I’m often surprised. Then I remember I wrote this, and why am I taken aback by my own characters and plots?

BUT that really is what happens when I’m reading my own writing. And I LOVE it. It’s thrilling.

what’s something you’re not as strong in that you’d like to improve?

Sensory Details! I just struggle so much about making my writing feel in the scenes. I’m there with the character, and I completely forget about the extra stuff, if it’s cold, if there’s noise, wha they’re eating, etc.

I kind of disembody my characters and when I’m editing I have to put them back into the world. They’re not just dialogue or action, they’re also people living in places.

we talk a lot about “big” writing dreams (movies! shows! bestseller list!) but do you have a smaller, quieter dream for you and your work? 

Fan fiction! Fan art! Fandoms! That’s basically my ultimate author goal. Also, if my writing encouraged someone else to write, my life would be complete.

are there things that pop up in your writing over and over again whether you like it or not? what are they?

Hmm, probably politics. Whether I’m writing a fantasy or writing a contemporary, politics is going to show up. And Hamilton lyrics. You’re welcome.

what are some tropes that you unapologetically adore writing? what are ones you never write bc you can’t stand them?

Sibling love. In my Irish Little Mermaid retelling, I have cousins who are sisters to each other. They would do anything to help each other and I love their relationship.

In my current WIP, I have a brother-sister relationship that is my favorite thing in this whole book. I love writing their quirks, and how they get along, and just, gah, I love them.

I can’t stand writing brooding bad boys manipulating people around them. I don’t mind writing brooding people, but when they are emotionally abusive and get away with it, nope, nope, nope. Not writing that.

if you could hop in a time machine and give baby-writer you one piece of advice, what would it be?

Gosh, this is hard. probably, you don’t need to create epic worlds or beautiful writing or life-changing characters. Just tell stories and don’t compare yourself to the ‘great’ writers.

When I wrote my first WIP, it was 130,000 words and CRAZY. I was trying so hard to create something epic, including 14 main characters, 3 countries, 2 wars, and 5 kings. INSANE. The heart of the story was lost in ALL that MESS.

Now, I focus on storytelling. It makes my writing better and makes me feel better about the entire process.

what’s the last book/last books you read that made you go HOLY SHIT that’s some good writing!!?

SO MANY LAST BOOKS I’VE JUST READ. Hmm, just this month, I read Mirage, and it blew me away! It’s so good and the writing instantly made me fall in love.

I also read History is All You Left Me and what sort of beautiful pain is Adam SIlvera’s writing. History is All you left Me is freaking good and beautiful.

do you have a book out? a book you’re working on? tell me about it!

Um, no, I don’t have a book out 😭 It’s HARD work getting published and I really want to be traditionally published. So I’m working on it! I was 1000000%%%% percent sure HOCAT, my Irish Little Mermaid retelling would be my debut.
But now? MY current WIP is just real and relevant? So maybe it will be my debut? Or I could write something completely different in the next 8 month or 8 years and something else entirely could be my debut! We will see!!!

Alright, now that I’ve rambled about my writing and answering writing questions, it’s time to go write! It’s not November 1st yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start writing now, right???

Also, where did October go? How is it already time to start writing my monthly wrap up???

lets chat

Have you done Nano before, and are you doing Nano this year? What piece of writing advice would you give baby writer you? And what’s your favorite part of writing? 

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6 Comments

  1. October 27, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    I’m not able to do NaNo, but I will likely be participating in CampNaNo in April. This November is just going to be so busy for me. Lovely tag!

  2. October 28, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    I loved this post! tbh I really like when you talk about your writing in general.

  3. October 30, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    I’ve been struggling to decide if I’ll do NaNo this year. I probably will because I love the opportunity to push myself to produce a draft, but I already have so many projects I’m working on…whoops! A piece of advice I’d give myself is to not rush the ending. I have a tendency to rush to finish the draft that I have to rewrite the entire ending. On the draft of my last NaNo project, I actually spent the time and wrote the ending without rushing and it ended up being a lot better and I don’t have to scrap it. Good luck with NaNo this year! 😀

  4. October 30, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    I love this post, your ideas are amazing! I love your site in general and love reading your posts.

  5. CG @ Paper Fury
    November 2, 2018 / 4:01 am

    Ahh I can’t wait till I get to pick your debut off the bookstore shelf and read it 😍I also LOVED ALL YOUR ANSWERS. And absolutely yes to loving writing siblings and dialogue. I really enjoy writing sensory details, so once you get the hang of it, I’m pretty sure you’ll fall in love with it! Also fanart, omg. It’s so ridiculously motivating and incredible seeing someone love your work enough to do their own art interpretation. I’ll never stop being delightfully surprised and excited by it!!

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