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)!
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.”