The NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag! | NaNoWriMo 2019

Hallo und guten Morgen, Leute! Wie geht’s?

How’s NaNo going for y’all? It’s crazy that it’s already almost been a week but ’tis the way of things! Chelsea (An Ordinary Pen) very graciously tagged me for this tag which was created by Sophie over at Sophie’s Corner! Definitely check ’em both out! Los geht’s!

1. Tell me about your NaNoWriMo project this year! Give me a blurb!

Oh boy! I went to look for the blurb I wrote into NaNoWriMo’s website when I announced the project and it’s an absolutely terrible blurb but it’s about the best I can do without giving everything away so here y’all go:

Juro and Hideyoshi are on a mission to avenge their fallen lord.

But it’s a lot more than a revenge story–in fact, I kinda hesitate to call it a revenge story. It’s just full emotional conflict, loss, friendship, etc.!

2. What’s the genre?

Historical fiction!

3. Describe your MC in three words!

Juro: loyal, meek, selfless

Hideyoshi: bold, inspirational, resilient

4. Without spoilers, describe your villain in three words.

I hesitate to call him a villain–because he really isn’t one–but my antagonist (who will, for the sake of spoilers, remain unnamed; though maybe y’all can guess who it is!) is angry, sad, and also unexpectedly kind.

5. What is your goal? (the traditional 50k? 20k? 5k? Or…100k?)

I’m aiming for 50k as my official goal but realistically, I’d like to get a little bit above that, if possible. We’ll see where things go!

6. Is this your first draft? Second? Third?

This is the first draft of My Enemy’s Reign–this is the first time I’m mentioning the title in this post, isn’t it? 😅

7. Are you starting a new project (or draft) or continuing an existing one?

This is the first draft of My Enemy’s Reign which is the sequel to last year’s NaNo novel, My Enemy’s Friend. So it’s a continuation of an existing story but a new project!

8. What is your favorite time to write in the day?

Ideally, I prefer to write in the morning. My nights tend to be reserved for homework and I have some good pockets of time in the mornings when I can wedge some writing in. But I also really enjoy writing at pretty much any time of the day!

9. Where are you going to write?

Unfortunately, a large amount of my writing will be done sitting at my desk. My desk chair is rather uncomfortable, hence the “unfortunately” but I’ll deal! I might also try using some lounge spaces if I can find them unoccupied by people if I’m craving a more comfortable space but we’ll see!

10. Computer or paper?

Computer. I’ve got absolutely nothing against writing on paper but it’s not really feasible for me to do that during NaNo. It’s easier for me to keep track of drafts electronically but it’s also so much quicker to write on the computer for me. (And it also makes keeping track of word counts so much easier!)

11. NaNoWriMo is a huge commitment. How are you going to make time to write?

This really is the question.

So far, what I’ve been doing is writing before my classes for the day get started and then in between them. That way, once classes are done, I’ve got time to dedicate to homework. This has been working relatively well for me but I’m definitely going to really need to make sure I’m still getting everything I need to get done, done. Like the essay that’s due this Saturday…

12. Are you going to participate in local or online NaNoWriMo events? (e.g. kick-off parties in your regions, write-ins, virtual writing sprints…)

I do writing sprints on my own, typically. I don’t really often find people I can coordinate doing those at the same time with virtually but I’m not opposed to the idea! I’ve never been to an official write-in, though I know my region’s pretty good at organizing them. They do a write-in where they get on a train from Seattle to Portland and then back again and they just write the whole way there and back. (I think they probably also spend some time in Portland before heading back, too.) I don’t really have the monetary funding to be able to participate in something like that, though, and quite frankly probably am not brave enough to jump into an event like that where I wouldn’t know anyone! However, I’ve joined a creative writing club recently and [I believe] they’re all doing NaNo too so throughout November we’ll be doing write-ins every Tuesday. It’ll be an interesting experience to try out!

13. Do you write from beginning to end or do you skip around?

I write from beginning to end. Sometimes maybe I’ll jump to the end if I’m really hitting a block just because the ends are usually really clear in my mind and then I’ll hop back to where I left off. That’s kinda rare for me, though!

14. Planner or pantser? (or plantser?)

I’m a plantser who leans more towards being a planner. I really like having some sort of plan and idea as to where the story is going but I don’t like having a scene-by-scene outline and like some level of “I’ll figure it out as I go” being on the table!

15. What will be your go-to NaNoWriMo snack?

Since it’s my plan to mostly be writing around my breakfast/lunch times, probably cinnamon rolls, breakfast sandwiches, or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I’m not really a huge snacker while writing so it’ll mostly be meal items!

16. Choice of caffeine? (or no caffeine?)

I’m not super into caffeine, mostly since if I drink even just a little bit of caffeine after lunch, I’ll find it difficult to fall asleep at a reasonable hour. But also I’m just not the biggest coffee fan. I do appreciate a good mocha every once in a while, though. And if we’re talking drinks in general, apple cider. Apple cider is my writing beverage of choice, especially in November!

17. Any rewards for milestone achievements? For finishing NaNoWriMo?

I haven’t really thought of it too much. I kinda would like to reward myself with some clam chowder but I don’t really have any way of getting clam chowder… I might reward myself with some sushi or ramen this time since we’ve got some good places for those nearby!

18. Share a tip for other NaNo-ers!

It’s super generic advice but… do what works for you! That’s going to look like something else for every person. For me, it means sitting down, putting on my writing playlist, setting a timer, and just writing. But yeah, do whatever works for you and roll with that!

19. How are you feeling about NaNoWriMo? Excited? Nervous? Tired?

I’m mostly excited, I guess. But I’m also a little bit nervous, less about NaNo but more about my time management. I’ve got to stay on top of schoolwork as a priority and I’m worried about letting that slip! Hopefully writing this out will help to hold me accountable!

20. Share an aesthetic for your NaNoWriMo novel!

And now my newly created Pinterest board can come to use!

Whew! That was a fun tag! I’m not sure who out there’s doing NaNo so… if you’re doing NaNo and this tag looks fun to you, please consider yourself tagged!

How’s NaNo going for y’all? Vielen Dank und tschüss!

6 thoughts on “The NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag! | NaNoWriMo 2019

  1. mphtheatregirl November 6, 2019 / 6:01 am

    While not doing this, I know what you mean when you say you have more of an antagonist that isn’t a villain- that is exactly what Sarge is in Tale of the Cattail Forest. I think it is tough when people just assume all antagonists are villains- but we as authors know what our antagonist really is

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    • CBWrites November 9, 2019 / 11:36 am

      For sure! Haha, I always struggle when people ask me about my “villains”–I rarely have a proper villain and, instead, have someone who’s more of an antagonist than anything else!


  2. Sophie Li November 9, 2019 / 10:26 pm

    Glad that you did this tag! I am also a plantser-planner. I totally relate about not wanting to be too restrictive when it comes scene outlines. No matter how I try to come up with a list of scenes, I tend to improvise as I go along, particularly towards the second half of the novel 🙂
    Happy writing!

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    • CBWrites November 12, 2019 / 7:39 pm

      Hi! Thanks so much for creating the tag; it was lots and lots of fun!
      Hooray for plantser-planning! There’s definitely something wonderful with having room for improvisation in there, I think!
      I hope NaNo’s going great for you! Thanks for commenting!

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