Here is the first of this months prompt posts! NaNo has begun so I thought this would be the perfect prompt to get started with! Enjoy!
- Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going? My mental states P good – I may have gotten a head start that allowed this to occur but we wont talk about that… The novel is good, I am almost 30% of the way through so I am V Excite!
- What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)? I am going to give you my first paragraph – unedited – because I am generous like that: She always had a meeting on a Sunday. It was supposed to be a day of rest, but maybe as she didn’t follow any of the religions that imposed that, she wasn’t allowed one. Always did she spend her time wandering through the stalls in this expansive market place thinking about all the things she could be better doing with her time. From lying in to terrorising small villages. Though of course she hadn’t done the latter in centuries – ever since laws had been imposed and she had started to view herself as a law abiding citizen. (Not that she was one of course.) She was also racking up way too many feuds but she like to imagine it was the first and not the second that had stopped her. Right now she knew that her sister would be sat in the limo either texting her boyfriend or dosing, which seemed to be her only two habits at this point in time. But she was grateful that her sister had something so mindless to pass the hours with, when around her it was practically a blood bath some days. But she shouldn’t dwell on the horrors that had been, but on the horrors that were yet to come. Like this meeting for example.
- Who’s your current favourite character in your novel? I think I am going to have to go with my main MC – who’s POV you got just now – as she is actually kinda funny, at least in my opinion…
- What do you love about your novel so far? I think what I love the most about it is how funny it is, it’s quite violent so the fact that I’m able to work in some humour is just perfect to keep me writing it.
- Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes? I keep typing my MC name instead of the baddie’s name, so I’ll go back and read and be like “Why the hell does Celeste hate Celeste” or whatever. But it is kinda funny.
- What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why? I’m really enjoying writing the beginning, I think it’s so that I don’t have to move on to the middle and deal with the sogginess that it will be.
- What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space! I write in the evenings and at night a lot, but I really like writing at coffee shops during the day with no music. Just yesterday I went to a write in and wrote about 2000 words in 2 hours which is a new record for me! So yay! When I am at home however, music is a must have otherwise I get way too distracted by my parents and the cat and the TV and well, you understand. Music really puts me in the zone to work. I like to drink water when I am writing as getting up to pee gives me an excuse to walk around and think through some things. I would show you my writing space but it’s my bedroom and that’s a tip at the moment so, maybe some other time ;D
- How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)? I like to work alone (what are you saying? I am Batman… I mean have you ever seen me and Batman in the same room together? I didn’t think so) because I’m quite private. Having others read my work is so embarrassing to me – especially in first draft format, so the farther everyone can stay from my draft the happier I am!
- What keeps you writing even when it’s hard? The sheer enjoyment of bringing something to life. Even when it’s hard I know that in the end it’ll be worth it!
- What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice? 1) Even if you don’t write daily, do try to at least write frequently. A few times a week at least. You gotta keep those ideas flowing! And you can’t do that if your are only looking at your work a couple of times a month. 2) Make sure you know your characters! I don’t care if you are a plotter, a pantser or a plantser! If you know what youur characters would eat at an italian restaurant then you are probably good to go! Just know your characters! When the plot is falling apart they are your saviours so treat them well and know them like the back of your hand! 3) Make sure you know what you need to succeed, so for me that is knowing what I am going to write next eg the scene or whether there is going to be major character development or if it is going to just be a fun scene! Know what you need and how you succeed. And a sneaky 4th piece of advise: If you need to write a fun scene then write a fun scene! It’s your first draft, it can be cut at a later date. Write what you want to write or need to write! Don’t force yourself to write what you don’t want to write. Save it for when you do want to write it because then your enthusiasm will shine through and it will be better work!
I hope that you enjoyed this instalment of the November Mix-Up, and if you are doing NaNo then good luck and I hope that you get an excellent buffer!