the NaNoWriMo fanatic tag!

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I stumbled across this rather awesome tag and instantly fell in love because NaNoWriMo and yes and SHE NAMED HER LAPTOP MORIARTY HOW AWESOME IS THAT. *pouts that I didn’t think of it in the first place* (I hadn’t actually watched Sherlock when I bought my laptop, so yeah.)

So!  All-important rules:

1. Insert the tag graphic into your post.

2. Link back to the original post.

3. Answer all — or as many — of the questions as you like.

4. Refer to our communal family bunny named Fanny at least once in your post. (I…don’t get this.  So shout-out to Fanny, the communal family bunny. *shrugs*)

5. Eat three cookies. (I’ve eaten quite a few sweets today.  That should count.)

6. Post a clean list of ALL of the questions somewhere in your post. (‘Clean’ meaning a list of the questions without my answers.  Which is always convenient for other people who want to answer the tag.)

7. Tag as many friends as you want! (I tag anyone who wants to do this.  Because I can and it’s late and I don’t want to spend time notifying people that they’ve been tagged.)

. . . THE QUESTIONS. . .

PART ONE. . . Get to know me

What is your NaNoWriMo Username?

evaschon95.  And if you know the whys and wherefores of ’95’, you’re awesome.

Are you a plotter, pantser, plantser, or planter?

I usually jump into NaNoWriMo with minimal planning, but this year I discovered Novel Factory and it’s been AMAZING.  I finally have a plot!  And real, solid characters!  And a general idea of theme and POV and all that good stuff.  I’ve even plotted another novel on the software and the plotting went just as beautifully so it wasn’t a one-time fluke.  Plots have always been my writerly kryptonite and I think I’ve finally cracked the code, thanks to Novel Factory. (And, no, they didn’t pay me to say all that.)  So in answer to the question, I’m a firm plotter.

Though the NF software gets down to the blocking of scenes, where you basically write everything that happens in every scene, and that’s too nitty-gritty for me.  I prefer some surprises as I write!

How many years have you done the NaNo? How many times have you won?

I won 2013, 2015, and 2016 NaNo.  I got halfway through NaNo 2017 (which was fine with me) and I’m totally planning to smoke this year’s NaNoWriMo.  Maybe even work on a second novel or some fanfiction if I get my official one finished first.

What is your NaNoWriMo Origin Story?

I DON’T KNOW AND I HATE NOT KNOWING BECAUSE I LOVE ORIGIN STORIES.  I honestly have no idea how I discovered it, why I participated, or anything like that.  It saddens me greatly.

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 not super relevant, but memes.

Do you have any writing “lucky charms”?

Nope.  I pray about my writing, though. 🙂

What is your absolute favorite NaNoWriMo memory?

Winning in 2013, very first time, and actually printing out my winner’s certificate and tacking it up on my cork-board.  I was so proud and happy even though, looking back, my writing was trash.  But it was such an awesome feeling to have that certificate.

How do you pronounce NaNoWriMo? (Na-No-RYE-Mo, or Na-No-REE-Mo?)

RYE.  I can’t understand how you could get REE from ‘Wri’.

PART TWO. . . PREP

What’s the name of your NaNoWriMo Project?

The Darkness is Past.  I’m not entirely happy with it, but it’s a good placeholder title that I took from 1 John.  So, not one of Paul’s epistles (the novel is based on the life of Paul) but I still like it because it’s pretty meaningful on several levels.

What is your project’s genre?

Dystopian, with a heaping side of sci-fi and a sprinkling of supernatural (think: Frank Peretti).

Introduce us to your cast!

Ooooh boy. *cracks knuckles*  So there’s Sol.  Early twenties.  Dedicated to the Order (placeholder names, people!) and really loyal, but it’s misguided loyalty.  Pretty arrogant.  Sees what he calls ‘flickers’ attached to certain people – only he can see them.  And that’s all I’m going to say about him for the moment.

Somewhat older Sol.

Johnny Ryan is Sol’s mentor in the Order, almost like a father to him.  When Sol is converted (because duh) Ryan becomes an antagonist and almost a villain but not quite.

arrow MAlcolm

*fangirl screaming from a certain blog follower*

Sheng and Kari Xu.  Sheng becomes Sol’s bodyguard.  He’s my version of Stephen, so bad stuff’s obviously going to happen to him. 😦  I’M SORRY, SHENG.  And Kari’s his sister and she loves her brother so guess who she’s going to have Issues with later on in the story?

Sheng

There’s also some others like Baris and Tyr (Baris is, like, Ananias and Barnabas mixed and Tyr is Timothy, Titus, and John Mark all jumbled up together).  It’ll be good.  I love these characters and can’t wait to write them.  I’m gonna cry, though.  I just know it.

What is your novel’s theme?

Darkness to light.  Seeing beyond the external.  Christ’s redemption is complete and full.  Letting go and trusting God in EVERYTHING is the only way through the bad times. (And there’ll be plenty of bad times in this novel. *sigh*)

What are your novel’s main settings?

America, recovering from a second Civil War and since divided and conquered by Russia and China.  A big, white technologically advanced building.  Dark downtown alleyways and back streets and poor house churches.  I’m getting kind of a Coruscant vibe.  Also Russia and a rather awful prison.

Are you using any plotting/story structures for your project, or are you just winging it like the beautiful pixie that you are?

Like I mentioned in the plotter/pantser question, NOVEL FACTORY FOR THE WIN.

What are some ways you prepare for The NaNo?

Plotting.  Getting to know my characters.  Spending way too much time lurking around the NaNoWriMo forums.  Buying Skittles and Starbursts.  Mentally preparing myself to drink wayyyy too much coffee.  Creating a playlist.  Prayer.

What’s in your writing toolkit? (pictures are encouraged!)

My trusty laptop, Hymie.  That’s pretty much it.  I might stick a Funko Pop or two on my desk for encouragement.

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PART THREE. . . Inspiration

What was the initial inspiration for your NaNoWriMo novel?

Okay, it’s kind of dumb, but here goes… I was thinking about writing a dystopian parody so I was thinking about weird, useless powers that The Gifted One could have and I came up with ‘be able to see who’s a Christian and who isn’t’ which sounds pretty lame, right?  But I thought about it a little more and figured that it might actually be cool if I wrote a Christian dystopian.  I’m not sure where the idea of retelling the life of Paul came in, but it did and here we are.

What’s your NaNoWriMo Novel’s Word Aesthetic?

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Share your Pinterest boards and music playlists!

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.ca/evaschon95/the-darkness-is-past/

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/25gQenYD1EztBGJt1soMhR

What’s your absolute best advice to new (and old!) NaNoers?

Do whatever you want.  Write three novels at the same time.  Write 10K and call it good.  Write 50K words.  Write by hand.  Use a typewriter or Word or Google Docs.  But whatever you do, WRITE.  Everything else – how you do it, how much you write, when you write – is unimportant.  Just write.  Plz.

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Annnnd here’s the clean list!

. . . THE QUESTIONS. . .

PART ONE. . . Get to know me

What is your NaNoWriMo Username?

Are you a plotter, pantser, plantser, or planter?

How many years have you done the NaNo? How many times have you won?

What is your NaNoWriMo Origin Story?

Do you have any writing “lucky charms”?

What is your absolute favorite NaNoWriMo memory?

How do you pronounce NaNoWriMo? (Na-No-RYE-Mo, or Na-No-REE-Mo?)

PART TWO. . . PREP

What’s the name of your NaNoWriMo Project?

What is your project’s genre?

Introduce us to your cast!

What is your novel’s theme?

What are your novel’s main settings?

Are you using any plotting/story structures for your project, or are you just winging it like the beautiful pixie that you are?

What are some ways you prepare for The NaNo?

What’s in your writing toolkit? (pictures are encouraged!)

PART THREE. . . Inspiration

What was the initial inspiration for your NaNoWriMo novel?

What’s your NaNoWriMo Novel’s Word Aesthetic?

Share your Pinterest boards and music playlists!

What’s your absolute best advice to new (and old!) NaNoers?

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Happy NaNoWriMoing!

Eva

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16 thoughts on “the NaNoWriMo fanatic tag!

  1. I’m so doing this. I’m participating in nano for the first time in quite a few years, so this is a great way to get going. Loved your answers. Good luck on your book! It sounds like a good one!

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  2. That story looks sooooooo coooooooool!! 🙂
    Also, I really admire your dedication to praying about writing- I always mean to, but I forget :/ Thanks for reminding me.
    I hope NaNoWriMo goes well! I’ll be cheering you (and everyone else who tries it) on from the sidelines.

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  3. Added as a buddy! (I’m marigold1900 🙂 ) Your story sounds very interesting…I love that you have an Asian character! I haven’t actually committed to Nano this year yet, but I really, really want to make time for it…

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  4. Instead of writing my own post, I’ll just answer them in a comment. Before that though, your book sounds interesting. As much as I usually try to put at least some minor Christian themes in my writing, I don’t feel all that confident in writing a straight up Christian book just yet. Anyway, good luck with you’re writing.

    What is your NaNoWriMo Username?

    healed1337 – same as my blog title

    Are you a plotter, pantser, plantser, or planter?

    I’m a major planner. Even if I don’t always get all of my planning done by mid-october, I’ve always at least thought of the book’s basic story well before October. In fact, in 2016 I wrote a book I had been planning for more than 4 years by that point, and every single chapter and its general contents were planned more than a month in advance.

    How many years have you done the NaNo? How many times have you won?

    I’ve participated every year since 2013, and not only have I won every year, but in my 5 years so far, I’ve written more than 1,000,000 words.

    What is your NaNoWriMo Origin Story?

    I heard about it from a friend, checked it out, and decided to try it. Not much of a story, I know.

    Do you have any writing “lucky charms”?

    No, I just write.

    What is your absolute favorite NaNoWriMo memory?

    Probably all the insanity that goes on during the overnight write-ins my local NaNoWriMo group does. Especially when we all start going insane by around 2 or 3 am.

    How do you pronounce NaNoWriMo? (Na-No-RYE-Mo, or Na-No-REE-Mo?)

    Rye, or wri … as in the first syllable of the word, write.

    PART TWO. . . PREP

    What’s the name of your NaNoWriMo Project?

    Haven’t decided yet, which is weird for me. I’ve got 4 options. 1: a sequel to a cyborg thriller I wrote for last year’s NaNoWriMo. 2: a sequel to a straight thriller I wrote last year, which itself was a remake of something I wrote in high school. 3: Expanding a mostly dramatic novella I wrote last year about a Russian werewolf into a full novel. 4: A side project related to the series I wrote over the course of 4 years, from 2013 to 2016. I’ll decide which one and start deep planning this coming weekend. And then I’ll look at the previous story to help deepen my planning, and write a few warm-up short stories.

    What is your project’s genre?

    Either some variation of a thriller, or if I choose the werewolf story, mostly a drama … but with minor thriller elements. It seems to be what I’m most comfortable with in my writing.

    Introduce us to your cast!

    I don’t know where to start with this one.

    What is your novel’s theme?

    If it’s the cyborg story, it’ll explore the dangers of anarchy and taking uprisings too far. If it’s the straight thriller, it’ll explore themes of revenge and how they can poison someone’s mind, as well as continuing the main character’s redemption arc. If 3, it’ll be about finding some sort of happiness and comfort despite the main characters very rough childhood, with a touch of forgiveness in there as well. If 4, if there are any themes, they’ll pop up while I’m writing the story.

    What are your novel’s main settings?

    If 1, mostly in or around Virginia City in the mid-late 2000’s (don’t know why I picked it for the first book since I’ve never been there, but it seemed to work out alright). If 2, it’ll start in Los Angeles, and move south into Mexico. If 3, It’ll almost entirely take place in Russia, some in Moscow, and some in the countryside west of Moscow. It mostly takes place between the two World Wars, with a handful of chapters taking place in the early 90’s. If 4, it’ll take place all over Europe in the 1500’s-1700’s.

    Are you using any plotting/story structures for your project, or are you just winging it like the beautiful pixie that you are?

    Like I said earlier, I’m a massive planner.

    What are some ways you prepare for The NaNo?

    Just planning really. Going to college for Journalism while also working too many hours in a job I didn’t like pretty much forced me to be able to write at a moment’s notice. Years later, I can still do that.

    What’s in your writing toolkit? (pictures are encouraged!)

    My computer, whether it’s my desktop with a 55 inch 4k monitor (where I can clearly see 6 pages at once in word), or the laptop I’ll take to local writing events.

    PART THREE. . . Inspiration

    What was the initial inspiration for your NaNoWriMo novel?

    I’ve come up with so many ideas over the years that I can’t really remember where I came up with anything anymore. Although I can say that the vampire/werewolf series I started writing in 2013 is partially inspired by James Bond, partly inspired by a videogame, and partly inspired by the family vacation to Italy I took the year before.

    What’s your NaNoWriMo Novel’s Word Aesthetic?

    No idea what that means.

    What’s your absolute best advice to new (and old!) NaNoers?

    The most important part of NaNoWriMo isn’t whether you win or not, but that you’ve written something. That’s more than most people can say. And that’s coming from someone who in 5 years of participating, has never written less than 150,000 words for NaNoWriMo. That and, if there are local events, it can be both inspirational and fun to meet other writers.

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    • I want that desktop computer. 😀

      Your stories sound really interesting! Personally, I’d choose the cyborg thriller because cyborgs. But good luck on whichever one you choose!

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      • As of right now I’m leaning towards the Cyborg story first, because the first book is also the only one of the three sequels in which I’ve written a second draft.

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  5. Your book sounds so cool! I do like a few specific dystopian books (Fahrenheit 451 is the only one that comes to mind, but one is a few, right?), so I’m intrigued by how you’ll handle this! (Oh, I liked Blade Runner. And I, Robot. And Days of Future Past, though they fix the bad future in that. Dystopian movies, I’m more into for some reason?)

    I’m totally going to do this tag. Maybe this evening, maybe over the weekend.

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    • Thanks! I’m pretty happy with the idea. 🙂 (Hopefully the execution of that idea will measure up.)

      I’m guessing you haven’t seen the Hunger Games movies? ‘Cause I was thinking you might prefer to start with those than the books but the movies aren’t consistently excellent (and the books are) so I actually wouldn’t recommend it.

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