So as I have completed NaNoWriMo for the first time in my three years of trying, I thought I would be wild and use this time to talk about the project a bit. Here is the beautiful people tag for December 2014! (If you have been paying attention you will see that I have moved forward a few months…)
Without much further ado *drum roll* here is the tag!!:
1. On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best) how well do you think this book turned out? It hasn’t turned out too bad all things considered (probably a five if I am honest) – however as there is still 20,000 words of it left to write that can soon change and tbh it probably will…
2. Have you ever rewritten or edited one of your books before? If so, what do you do to prepare yourself? If not, what’s your plan? Oh, well, buddy, let me let you in on a secret – this is my third time re-writing this lovable nightmare so I have had plenty of practice in that department. I have attempted once to edit and that was my first ever attempt at a book. I sat down for a couple of minutes and considered burning it. Needless to say that is not my plan for this one. I am attending a year long writing course once a month and we will be covering editing soon hopefully so I will let a professional give me her words of wisdom (if you want to check out that professional’s website then you can find it here )
3. What’s your final word count? Do you plan to lengthen or trim your book? I am hoping for 70,000 words and I will be adding to that hopefully and by my final draft I hope to be at 90,000 words. A girl can dream.
4. What are you most proud of? Plot, characters, or pacing? I have some pretty complex characters that I am proud of, my plots okay I suppose but it could definitely do with some work to make it coherent and the pacing is hella off so I am not going to even talk to you about that…
5. What’s your favourite bit of prose or line from this novel? I am pretty proud of this bit and whilst it is neither prose nor line I am going to use it because I like it, okay? “There was everything down here, from the more mundane to the truly spectacular. At one stall there were some small bones – that were undoubtedly from a small fairy child – that were almost glowing and at another a painting that was almost definitely an original, not that she would doubt that there were more than a few places that did forgeries down here. The dark was constantly shifting as those with the gift took from it and try as she might, Celeste just could not afford to keep the tall cavern as lit as she might like.”
6. What aspect of your book needs the most work? I have done a heck of a lot of thought dumping and stream of consciousness writing so that will need to be either taken out, moved or changed to make it both work and more importantly bearable to read. Yeah, that’s going to be fun…
7. What aspect of your book is your favourite? I actually really like some of the speech and conversations. I have never thought myself as a writer of descent speech so this has been a nice discovery.
8. How are your characters? Well-rounded, or do they still need to be fleshed out? I have a lot of female characters and not many male characters so I am finding that I am needing to flesh out the males a lot more because currently they are just sort of sat in the back ground twiddling their thumbs for the majority of the book. Also they have no personality so that’s really not helping me. Or if they do have a personality then they do a complete 180 every couple of scenes so I really need to deal with that.
9. If you had to do it over again, what would you change about the whole process? I honestly don’t think that there are many things that I would change. I think that I have found how I am going to write this series and if that needs to change for a different set of books then I will look at that then. Just please don’t make me do this all over again – I am begging you. 3 times is enough.
10. Did anything happen in the book that completely surprised you? Have any scenes or characters turned out differently to what you planned? Good or bad? I’m not sure. There was a twist with the baddy that I was not expecting, so I guess that the answer to this has to be yes then. Yes, one of my character’s surprised me into thinking that maybe she is both a hell of a lot worse and also a lot less worse than I originally thought. You would think that this would put her right back to where she was to begin with but dear reader, in that aspect you would be wrong.
11. What was the theme and message? Do you think they came across? If not, is there anything you could do to bring them out more? The theme is love and the message would have to be, trust your heart when everything else is telling you not to. Your heart knows what it needs/wants best so you should just do what it tells you too. Also trust has to be earned, not freely given. I think that I could definitely do more to make that clear, but then again this is only the first draft so I have a while to go before I have to seriously worry over this. Over all the answer for now is probably going to have to be yes.
12. Do you like writing with a deadline (like NaNoWriMo) or do you prefer to write-as-it-comes? Now one of two things can happen when I am given a deadline, and I am only proud of one of them. 1) I start out meaning to finish and then just don’t (see my geography mock and the past two years of NaNo) or 2) I finish it and I finish early. In case you cannot guess which one I am proud of I will tell you – it’s number 2. Needless to say I am embarrassed by number one… I do enjoy writing as it comes, I probably write best like this but we can’t always get what we want. Also a challenge can be nice sometimes.
13. Comparative title time! What published books, movies, or TV shows are like your book? (Ex: Inkheart meets X-Men.) At the moment the only thing that is coming to my mind would have to the Originals mixed with maybe Jessica Jones. I think that that would be pretty accurate. Have fun imagining what that must be like ;D
14. How do you celebrate a finished novel?! This one’s easy. A ton of both sleep and chocolate. You gotta love them.
15. When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with? Can I say chocolate? If not then then I think that I am going to have to go with a willingness to be more open to their hearts desires and wishes. That would be good. That is what I hope for.
I hope that you had a fun time reading through this! Have you been writing anything for NaNo? If so tell me, I wanna know!