The Rising Author Tag | Let’s talk Camp NaNoWriMo and my latest writing project

As you might have noticed, Camp NaNoWriMo has started! If you don’t know what that is, it is basically a smaller version of NaNoWriMo in which you can set your own goals AND if you don’t know what that is: NaNoWriMo is a month long writing challenge in which people try to write a full novel (or at least 50k words of it) which takes place in November.

Anyway, I am taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo because… why not? I love writing and taking part has always inspired me to write much more than I normally would. Now, this month I must say, the dedication is not that strong, in fact, I haven’t written anything in over a week, so that’s going well oops.

May – whose blog posts I am very sad to have been neglecting this past month (I AM SO SORRY) but whose blog I absolutely adore – tagged me in the Rising Author Tag! Thank you May! And I thought that would be a perfect introduction to my Camp NaNoWriMo project! You might have heard of it before because I once talked about it months ago, but it has changed dramatically from then!


What is your current WIP about, and what’s its status? (ie. plotting, writing, editing, etc.)

I’m currently working on a story called To Mica From The Stars, which is a mystery/contemporary about a girl who writes letters to an astronaut who went missing in space and one day she gets a letter back. And then what follows is the search for who wrote the letter and why and what happened to the astronaut. As I’m writing this, I have got a rough outline and have started writing the first. I’ve only written about 3 thousand words yet but it’s a start!

Synopsis: It’s about a Dutch girl called Mica and when she was young, an astronaut disappeared on his mission in space and it was all over the news, and she ends up writing letters to this astronaut. And when she’s 17, a letter arrives and it’s a reply to one of the letters she wrote (but never sent) when she was young. But since it’s still a mystery what happened to the astronaut, she has to find out who wrote the letter and whether it really is the astronaut. It’s also about the summer her cousin stayed over, about going out of your comfort zone, about following your dreams, and about family.

Do you plot things out and/or outline, or just figure it out as you write?

I do a little of both. I don’t write extensive outlines, but I do need to know what will happen when and in what order. So usually I write a couple of paragraphs on notes and work from that. There are always so many plot holes in there so as I’m writing, I need to figure out a lot of things as well.

What are some book ideas you want to write in the future?

I really want to write a companion book to this one, which will be about Elys (Mica’s cousin) but I have as of now, no idea what it’ll actually be about.

Out of the characters you’ve written so far, who are your favorites?

I have three drafts (not counting the really old stuff I wrote which is horrid): Making Mountains Bow, a modern-day Mulan retelling about a transgender boy, Our Shattered Minds, a story about magic and mostly bad people, and Bright Stars Burn Fast, a contemporary about grief, family and a road trip. (Mind you, 2 out of the 3 are unfinished and will probably stay that way). My favourite character would be either Emery from OSM (because she’s flirtatious, very comfortable with who she is and very badass) or Mars from MMB (because she’s kind, strong and funny yet serious, she’s just such a fun character!)

What’s your writing routine, if any? (ie. snacks, music, time of day, location, etc.)

I write best at night and can basically write everywhere as long as there are no people sitting next to me or behind me. I go through phases that I can barely write without music and I go through phases that I need complete silence to focus, so Idk what’s up with that.

Show your WIP’s aesthetic in images or words (or both)!

Mica 1

What (or who) motivates you to write?

It changes, mostly. I write best under a bit of pressure. Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo fire me up. I honestly can’t bring up the energy to write every day if it weren’t for those. Deadlines motivate me! I need deadlines in my life or I turn into a couch potato.

What do you find is the easiest part about writing? The hardest?

The easiest is to come up with story ideas, and the hardest is either to turn those ideas into a plot and of course to keep going. Those first 10k are quite easy but YOU MUST GO ON. You have to hit that 50k mark and you have to finish it (says the girl who didn’t finish 2/3 of her WIPs), that’s the hardest thing. And also to keep confident. It’s really hard to not give in to the idea that your story sucks or is not good enough.

What genre will you never try, and why?

Magical realism because I don’t like magical realism (Ilsa, I’m sorry.)

Share a tiny (or large) snippet/excerpt of your writing, if you’re comfortable!

Very short snippet:

“So what do you think about Amsterdam so far?”
“It’s… charming, in its own dumpster-chic kind of way.”
Mica laughs, “I guess it’s an acquired taste.”


Are you taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo this month? Are you writing anything at the moment? Who is your favourite character that you’ve writing?

22 thoughts on “The Rising Author Tag | Let’s talk Camp NaNoWriMo and my latest writing project

  1. Oh your WIP sounds SO interesting and I really love these aesthetics, they’re so pretty 🙂 Also, Bright Stars Burn Fast sounds exactly like my kind of book?! Tell me that you are done with that one?!! If not, WRITE IT BECAUSE I LIKE IT hahaha.
    Lovely post! 🙂

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    1. Ahh thank you! I haven’t actually finished it… oops. I wrote about 50k of the draft I think and then I abandoned it just before the end haha. It was such a depressing ending! Maybe one day I pick it back up though it does need A LOT of editing.
      Thank you!

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        Sorry. Was that too dramatic? Probably. Oops. 😂 But I really hope you’ll want to pick it back up someday, I am SO curious about it 😂
        You’re welcome 🙂

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  2. Aaaaah!! I love Mica already 😀 And I love that aesthetic you made.

    “The easiest is to come up with story ideas, and the hardest is either to turn those ideas into a plot” I completely agree. I have a whole cast of characters, but I have no idea what HAPPENS to them in the book, so that’s where I’m stuck right now.

    I am looking forward to more about Mica ❤

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    1. Thank you!! That’s what I often get stuck with. I love making up characters but actually giving them a plot is so hard! Thank you!


  3. Oh wow, your WIP sounds SO unique! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it and it sounds so otherworldly and the aesthetic gives me this really calming, almost sweet but a little mysterious vibe. Best of luck with NaNo, you got this! 🙂 I’m not participating this year, but I’m really hoping to join in July!

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    1. Thank you! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of any stories like it either… which is curious. Why does nobody write space-y contemporaries?
      I’ve actually completely failed to write much this month oops. Maybe I’ll get back in it in July as well! I’m going to attempt to get some writing done this weekend but I don’t have night hopes.


  4. Haha yeah I meant to do Camp this year and I even registered my project but I have yet to write a single word so you’re doing exponentially better than I am 🙂 I’m thinking I’ll just do my own writing month in the summer because April is one of the worst months for me (and come to think of it, November is also very terrible). I love the snippet you shared of you WIP! I completely agree that the easiest thing ever is coming up with ideas! That’s actually all I do all day; I’ll just sit daydreaming about a limited sequence of scenes (basically all the dramatic reveal scenes because I LIVE for those!) that I work out in my head but for some reason, the rest of the story is absolutely blank. Best of luck on your WIP, Lia!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Well exponentially is a bit much I would say because I haven’t written in like two weeks. Oops. I’m not even busy or anything. I just don’t feel like it?
      Thank you! My ideas are often characters that I develop in my head and then don’t have a story… Thanks! Good luck on your WIP too!

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  5. I like the sound of your WIP! And also your aesthetics are stunning! I’m doing Camp NaNo too but haven’t written in about a week as well. I feel like there is less pressure compared to NaNo. Good luck with the rest of the month 😀

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    1. Ahh thanks!! Yeah the pressure is really low and that’s not really motivating me. Other times I participated I had no problems motivating myself… so it’s odd.
      Anyway, good luck on your story too!

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    1. Thank you! I might just have to do that too since I’m seriously failing Camp NaNo. Writing at my own pace might work better for this project 🙂

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  6. I love your WIP idea, it’s something that I would definitely love to read! 💗 (and as always I’m living for the gorgeous aesthetic!!!)
    Having deadlines and things like NaNo definitely help me write as well, because they give me that extra push to motivate me! 😀 I’m currently doing CampNaNo and have finished my first draft!! Now I’m outlining book 2 😍

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  7. “Ilsa, I’m sorry.” THANK YOU BUT MY INSIDES ARE STILL CRYING AT YOUR…absolute lie. I can’t wait to see what you think of the accident season and if you hate it then IDK IF WE CAN BE FRIENDS ANYMORE. anyways, your aesthetic SO BEAUTIFUL WOW!! Your WIP idea…I would buy this book where is it when can i read it

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    1. hahahahaha I’m sorry I’m not sorry
      I WILL ONE DAY It’s in my books to try a chapter of cup so I WILL get to it!
      It’s currently not existing. I have written NOTHINGGGG since that initial 3k.

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