I snagged this challenge from Jane over at janeridgewood.com. Go follow her. She’s cool. The challenge was originally created by Natalia Leigh, so props to her! I am fully embracing the NaNoWriMo writing community this year instead of trying to tackle it alone like I have in the past. Everything is better with friends!
How many times have you participate in NaNoWriMo? How many times have you won?
I’ve participated three times before and have won zero times. I think the reason for this is because I never really prepped. I always just sort of winged it, and ran out of steam halfway through my story where everything started unraveling.
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I have always been a pantser in the past, but this year I’ve really put in a lot of effort to prep for November, so hopefully I will be able to take home my first win this year.
What are the titles of the projects that you have attempted/completed for past NaNos?
My first attempt was in 2015 with my novel, The Gate. I actually did write this into a full length novel but never tracked my progress during November. The writing of this one also carried over into December and subsequent months, so I don’t think it counts as a win even though I did technically finish this one.
Next attempt was November 2016 with my novel Space Dogs. I didn’t get very far in this one. 2016 was a very stressful year and my mind was so scattered I just couldn’t commit to the challenge.
2017 was Who Killed Mitzi Moreas, and like 2016, I didn’t get far with this due to lack of planning. I had the spark of inspiration, but couldn’t follow it through with hard work.
0/3 Completed. Whomp! But this year will be different!
What are you working on for NaNo this year?
My novel this year is called The Mystery of Marigold Manor. It will be a psychological, partly supernatural, thriller/mystery centered around Edith East, an archivist with a historical society who ends up processing a really creepy collection from the mysterious Marigold Manor. The more she learns, the deeper she sinks into psychosis and begins to lose touch of reality. What’s real and what’s not? Is the tenant of the Manor a supernatural being? Or is Eddie just losing it?
What is one tip that you’d give to someone else that is participating in NaNo?
It doesn’t matter if the words you put down aren’t the right ones, as long as you put in the work. You can’t edit something that’s not there, so just get the story out as best you can. You can fine tune it later.
What was the inspiration for this novel? Do you remember when the inspiration hit you?
The inspiration came from my new job as a library assistant at a historical society. I was looking through a collection reading old letters, and thought “wouldn’t it be creepy if one of these letters were really dark and spoke of terrors beyond imagining?” Because history is definitely way darker than any fiction can be.
Read us the first sentence from your NaNo novel last year?
I will give you the first sentence from The Gate, as that is the one that I got farthest with.”A businessman walks into a bar. It sounds like the start of a bad joke, and I was the punchline.”
What do you plan to do with your manuscript after NaNo?
I would love to take my completed manuscript, edit it within an inch of its life, and send it off for publication. But I might also consider self publishing on Amazon. Either way, it’s going to be difficult, but I think I can do it!
Are you prepared for NaNo? Are you nervous?
This year I have absolutely prepared for November, but I am very nervous about the ending, because I’ve never been good with writing endings. They are the most difficult part for me.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Fill this out and link me in the comments so I can read your answers! Also, feel free to add me as a writing buddy on the NaNo site! https://nanowrimo.org/participants/lucifreyja
Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!