So I maybe briefly forgot about the blog – but it has been only a week since I last uploaded so that’s not too bad. I guess. I’m going to aim to upload once every two weeks until I have that down. But obviously the ultimate goal is once a week, then multiple times a week. That is the one true goal. It will probably take me years to get to that point though, so don’t get your hopes up. But this week I will be uploading so that’s twice in two weeks. I reckon that deserves a pat on the back. So now onto the post. It is another beautiful books because it’s NaNo and who has time to read during NaNo? Not me that’s for sure. I barely have time to shower. And so onto the questions:
- Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going? NGL, my mental state is pretty rough. I’m so stressed and so my novel is suffering due to that. I am really behind on all of my school work so that’s fun. I just hope I can catch up this weekend.
- What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)? Here is the first paragraph, cause as you will see the first sentence is super short: She always had a meeting on a Sunday. No matter what. 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. She always spent her time wandering through the stalls in this expansive market place, thinking about all the better things she could be doing with her time. From lying in and getting a full twelve-hours sleep to terrorising small villages. Though of course she hadn’t done the latter in centuries, not that she hadn’t dreamt about it of course – and considered it. There really was no such thing as a small village anymore which made the task impossible. Also laws had been imposed that frowned upon such behavior and she did like to think of herself as a law abiding citizen – not that she was one of course. She was also racking up way too many feuds but she liked to imagine it was the first option and not the second one that had stopped her.
- Who’s your current favourite character in your novel? My fave has to be Celeste. She always has been and always will be my absolute fave. I love her so much. She has been a part of my life for almost 4 years and I couldn’t be more grateful. She is the reason I have persevered with this novel for all this time.
- What do you love about your novel so far? I love the fact that I can see exactly how to make it what I want it to be. I’ve felt so lost with this novel on so many occasions that it’s nice to finally be at a place with it where I know that no matter what happens with it, I will always feel grateful just for its existence.
- Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes? As I am editing, that’s what I’m trying to fix haha. But I do keep finding really weird phrasing that gives me a laugh. It’s a nice break from all of the crime and death in this book.
- What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why? I really love writing the first paragraph or chapter of a book and the very last paragraph or line. I just feel that I have so much control over how I want to make the reader feel – especially with the last line, that it brings me peace, and a small bit of joy. Especially if I know that I can make them cry with the last line. (sssh, I’m not a sociopath, you are…)
- 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 generally just go with the flow. I might not write for weeks or months and then spend like 5 days just working at it whenever I get the chance. Although as that isn’t ideal I do try for that to not happen. But most of the time when I’m not working on my book, it’s because a) I don’t have the time or b) I just straight up forgot about it. Sadly b is a much more common occurrence than you would think. I’m an incredibly forgetful person. I try not to snack cause eating slows me down, but if I have to then I will 100% be eating raspberries. I freaking love them so much. They’re so bloody great. I write best at all times of day. I hate writing at night cause I’ll get into a good flow and then have to go to bed. It’s so rough. I can write anywhere and I frequently do. I made it so that I could access the file at school so now I can write there if I get some free time, which doesn’t happen all that often. I have so much school work, it’s unreal.
- 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’m not private about it, but like I don’t want a cheer squad cause then I feel guilty if I haven’t done anything for it in like months. And well, not to out myself or anything – but I am Batman. I mean, have you ever seen Batman and I in the same room together? I thought not.
- What keeps you writing even when it’s hard? Just the knowledge that it is going to have to be done at some point and that time might as well be now as this is why I am sat here. To write. No matter what.
- What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice? 1) Write and don’t stop writing. Even if you don’t write a word of your project for months, all that matters is that you are coming up with ideas so that when you do come to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys) you will be able to write without too much struggle – just because you aren’t increasing your word count, it doesn’t mean you’re not writing. 2) Remember why you are doing this and what made you fall in love with writing in the first place, so that when the going gets tough – and it will – you will know why you are doing it. And finally, 3) It’s okay if you want to stop. Don’t beat yourself up for it. But make sure you come back to it. Your writing will always be waiting for it, just don’t leave it for too long.
And there you go folks. There are my answers. I hope you found them at least slightly interesting. Hopefully I should be back next week! Until then,