I…I am an overachiever.
I finished NaNo.
|Ignore that it says “Day 8”. I finished on Day 7 but collapsed and didn’t screenshot till now.|
I’m linking up with Beautiful Books #2: How’s The Writing Going.
(Which is open all month, writers! So link up with us!) You can see my first Beautiful Books post if you wish it. But right now? I’m going to tell you about my week. Because I’m excited! I’m happy! I did my best writing score of my life! I had so much fun!
– Everyone was so super encouraging and nice and fabulous!
– I did write 65,000-words in 7 days.
– I also wrote up to 6 hours a day (with breaks).
– And maybe there was a 18,000-word day. But shhhh. That’s a secret and also my personal record.
But seriously, thank you to everyone who took two seconds to like my snippets on twitter and instagram and give me the nicest feedback of EVER. I’m honoured. I’m ridiculously happy. EMBRACE ME, WATSON.
1. Be honest: how is your writing going?
Well it’s gone, as you know. BUT! Let’s rewind to, say, yesterday.
To be very honest, this is the easiest book I’ve ever written. It just happened! But I typed a lot and I mean a lot. And it got to the point where I closed my eyes as I typed because I was too tired. There was more than one moment where I dashed up to Mime with my eyes bugged out saying, “Someone is going to diiiiiiie today.”
2. What’s your first sentence/paragraph?
3. Do you have a book cover, and/or pictures that reflect your book?
I do have a book cover, which you can see on my NaNoWriMo profile, but I won’t post it here because it’s…probably illegal. BUT! Pictures! Yes, I do. I have a pinterest board bursting with them. (Each picture links back to it’s source, too, by the way.)
4. Do you have pictures of each of your characters?
5. What scene are you most excited to write?
6. Share a snippet or scene that you really enjoyed writing!
I ship my two main characters, Thomas and Moxie, very very hard.
I don’t know why there’s a cat in this book. I hate cats.
Thomas puts the “hot” in psychotic.
7. Now that you’re writing, have any of the plot details, or the process itself, turned out different from what you planned or imagined?
– I had 3 murders in the outline. Only 2 went down.
– Moxie was supposed to agree to burn Thomas’ bones. She never does.
– Moxie’s best friend was supposed to be in the climax. She’s absent.
– The grandson of Thomas’ killer was supposed to be just a name. Nope. He tagged along for the entire climax and ending. Nice fellow. I quite like him.
– Thomas was supposed to wreck the house. Instead, he cleans it. Which is probably more terrifying.
– Thomas tries to kill Moxie’s uncle in my finished draft…that…that wasn’t in the outline at all.
8. Is there a character or aspect of your plot that’s difficult to write?
Ha. I’m kidding. The ending was only difficult to write because I’d written 18,000-words that day and…and I was tried. My brain was tired.
It was difficult to write Moxie, who was deaf. Mostly because she couldn’t overhear arguments. She couldn’t answer the phone. She couldn’t talk to people if they were facing fridge. (My characters often have their head in the fridge.) I constantly wrote about her hearing things…there will be edits, my friends, copious edits.
9. What’s your favourite aspect of the novel so far? Favourite character?
10. Have you drawn off any life experiences or people you know to create your novel and your characters?
I haven’t been deaf either.
But I am a reader and a geek — and all the characters in this book are geeks/readers. There’s lots of subtle popular YA book references. Moxie’s father runs a nerd coffee store (he serves cappuccinos in Batman mugs) and that’s something I’ll be introducing to the world when I rule it.
11. Do you have a playlist or certain song for your novel and/or characters?
12. Let’s have some fun: imagine you are transported into your book’s world. Which character are you most likely to be found hanging out with?
13. How do you keep yourself motivated to finish your daily wordcount? (Pinterest? Internet breaks? Chocolate?)
But I did eat chocolate.
14. What’s your favourite writing quote or piece of writing advice?
15. How does this book make you feel so far? Are you laughing? Crying? Frustrated?
But it needs editing. Oh, it needs editing so badly.
So I did it!
Cait is tired. Weird, right? She spent her first NaNo-free-day going to a library sale and picking up 50-cent copies of The Help and The Wee Free Men. Then she did Hairy McClary puzzles and made chocolate chip biscuits with her 4 year old nephew. And it was mightily relaxing. She does (slightly) miss writing banter snarky and freaky murders but…rest first. Edit later.