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05 June 2012 @ 02:02 am
A little NaNo meme  
I've kept good pace with the word count thus far, so I thought I'd take a break and catch up with this meme beccabear93 reblogged on tumblr a few days ago.

30 DAY NANOWRIMO MEME

Day 1 - Have you participated in NaNoWriMo before? If so, which years and what end result? If not (or even if so, for that matter), what’s your connection to writing? Why do you want to participate this year?

Day 2 - What’s the title of your story? Why did you choose the name you did?

Day 3 - Pick one of your female characters. Introduce your readers to her, from her point of view and her words only.

Day 4 - What genre is your novel? Why did you pick it?

Day 5 - Name two songs from your playlist that you feel are connected with your novel in some way, and explain how they are.

Day 6 - What is your one biggest stressor related to forcing yourself to write at least 50,000 words in a span of 30 days?

Day 7 - Where’s your favorite place to hunker down and write?

Day 8 -List your current, most up-to-date word count. Are you satisfied with your progress thus far?

Day 9 - Have you told anyone else you’re doing NaNo this year? Who? What was their reaction?

Day 10 - How does your love of writing manifest in non-NaNo months?

Day 11 - Ever tried collaborative writing (such as play-by-post roleplaying)? If so, what do you think of it?

Day 12 - Imagine you’re behind in your word count goals (even if you’re not) and are going to pull an all-nighter to catch up. Screencap a playlist of inspirational music you would use to get you up to speed.

Day 13 - Name a male character from your novel. Describe him through the point of view and words of the female character you introduced in question 3 (if they never interact, pick another female character).

Day 14 - Is the sexuality of your characters a large part of your novel’s story? If so, are there characters who deviate from the heterosexual “norm”? In what way?

Day 15 - Do any of your characters have a disability or mental illness? If so, how does that affect their development throughout your story?

Day 16 - At around the half-way point, it bears mentioning that most of us wrimos have other obligations beside simply hitting that elusive word count. What else do you have going on in your life (work, school, children, neurotic pets, etc.), and just how much are you shafting it to win NaNo?

Day 17 - In what time period is your novel set? Is it in this world or another?

Day 18 - Who is the antagonist in your novel? What drives their actions?

Day 19 - Which authors or books have inspired your own writing the most, and why?

Day 20 - If you could meet one fictional character from any book you’ve ever read, who would it be, and why?

Day 21 - With about 10 days left to this arguably traumatic experience, what are your plans and goals for your novel, should you successfully complete it?

Day 22 - If you’ve participated in or won NaNo before, what happened to your other novel efforts? Still in the revision process/querying publishers/scrapped it immediately/etc.

Day 23 - Do animals play any part in your story? If so, how do they add to it?

Day 24 - Is religion featured in your novel at all? If so, which ones? If it’s/they’re your own creations, describe it/them and how it/they play(s) a part in your characters’ lives.

Day 25 - What are the names of at least two of your main characters? How did you choose their names?

Day 26 - Was any research involved (historical or otherwise) in your NaNo prep?

Day 27 - What’s your word count now? Are you satisfied with your progress or panicked that you won’t have enough time to finish by November 30?

Day 28 - Name one thing you shafted all month in favor of participating in NaNo.

Day 29 - Name one thing in which you indulged as a treat to keep yourself motivated and writing that you wouldn’t otherwise have done.

Day 30 - Share a link to either your NaNo profile or a location on the internet where your story can be found. If someone offered to beta read for you, would you be willing to do the same for them during the subsequent editing process?

(This was created by someone whose screenname on tumblr is matokah.)


Seeing as I'm actually supposed to be on day 5, I'll just answer all those days at once here:



Day 1 - Have you participated in NaNoWriMo before?

I participated in November last year and passed the word limit. However, my story (How to sway them) is far from done. Therefore I'm in right now, continuing the same story and hoping to finish it. I've never finished a novel before, only planned a bunch of them, and it would be so wonderful to finally have something that's not fanfiction that I can call mine as well as "done".

Day 2 - What’s the title of your story? Why did you choose the name you did?

As it says above, it's How to sway them. Originaly, I wanted to call it Control, but then I quickly realized that was a very well-used title. The new title still follows the same theme, though, which is the main theme of my story; behind the action and the personal drama, it's a story about how some people try to control and influence others, for their own benefits.

Day 3 - Pick one of your female characters. Introduce your readers to her, from her point of view and her words only.

Hello, it's very nice to meet you! My name is Thais, but please don't tell anyone you know that, should they ask you. What I mean by that? Oh, it's my sister you see; she's become frightfully paranoid ever since the Senate voted to allow one of your kind to remain among us, unharmed. I can't truly blame her for being careful, but being too wary means risking golden opportunities, don't you agree?
About me? Oh, I'm no one, really. I wouldn't call myself humble or modest - I am very good at what I do you see, and I'd never try to hide that - but a healer is just a healer, when all is said and done. I try my best at being kind, I try my best at making good decisions and I do my best to keep those I care about safe; will that answer do?

Day 4 - What genre is your novel? Why did you pick it?

Fantasy, with a possible edge of Steampunk (though not really). I've always loved Fantasy in all its forms dearly, even more so than Science Fiction. After a long day of real life, it's just so wonderful to be able to dive down into a completely different world and play around; plus it allows for commentary on the real world, in creative ways (someday, ask me about my homedweller/warrior society).

Day 5 - Name two songs from your playlist that you feel are connected with your novel in some way, and explain how they are.

Hmm, tricky. I guess I'm going to go with Drumming Song by Florence + The Machine and Keelhauled by Alestorm.

The first one, because it really works well with the overall theme of control and manipulation (both willing and unwilling), not to mention that my story includes quite a lot of telepathical links. The lyrics and the music both fit well with the many instances of telepathy gone both wrong and right.

The second one is a slightly goofier choice. However, I associate it a lot with the character Nikon, who give the impression of taking very few things in life seriously; not even the things he should. And there's a scene near the end of the story, where they're on a ship and treacery becomes a very hot topic...

The music videos of said songs I don't associate at all with my story, as so often is the case with music videos.


Oh well, enough joy-writing, back to nano-writing ;)
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