The NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag!

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Oh, we’re doing this. Again.

I’ve been an avid participant in NaNoWriMo since I was eleven years old. I’ve attempted NaNoWriMo every November for half my life and I’ve only failed twice (though, admittedly, if failing is leaving your novel unfinished … I’ve failed all but twice). I failed last year because I simply didn’t have the time to write, but I’m hoping to tackle it again and win this year.

So I’m going to do a tag I found on Sophie’s Corner to ease myself back into the NaNoWriMo mood again. I’m not tagging anyone in particular but if you’re doing NaNoWriMo, feel free, and I definitely want to see your projects!

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

My project is called City of Thieves and Monsters, and it’s basically Six of Crows meets Anastasia meets Stalking Jack the Ripper. Here’s the blurb I scribbled down on the website.

Yuen Lia is many things: a politician, a thief, a ruthless fighter, a lost girl. Most importantly, she is the sole survivor of the deposed Eight Kingdoms’s royal family, now under the control of the Empire. Twelve years ago, Lia fled into the heart of the enemy, to the dangerous harbour of Pontus Odessa, but the Empire is beginning to crumble, and Lia would do anything to get her throne back.

With the help of a disowned noble boy who craves revenge, a former slave turned dissenter, and a rebel refugee from the chaotic fighting of the southern borders, it’s Lia’s chance to win her throne back–and perhaps topple the great Empire once and for all.

What’s the genre?

Fantasy, but I’m not sure whether it’s going to be high fantasy? Or low fantasy? Or new adult? Or adult?

Describe your MC in three words.

I have four main characters because I physically cannot stop myself from writing ensemble casts, so I’m going to do all four of them.

Lia: Determined, ruthless, pragmatic.

Julian: Hedonist, greedy, vengeful.

Asya: Rebellious, selfless, intelligent.

Kasia: Practical, observant, merciful.

Without spoilers, describe your villain in three words.

Powerful, ignorant, slothful.

What is your goal? (the traditional 50K? 20K? 5K? or……. 100K?)

50k, but honestly? I just wanna finish it. That’s my goal. To finish a novel, however long it is.

Is this your first draft? Second? Third?

First draft, babey! Exciting.

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

I mean, I’d had the idea floating around and I’ve written a few snippets, but otherwise I haven’t really done any work on this project.

What is your favourite time to write in the day?

I am 100% a late night/overnight writer. My NaNoWriMo usually starts with me pounding out at least 3000 words before I go to sleep on the 1st.

Where are you going to write?

Everywhere. I want to check out some coffee shops, and I’ll probably be doing a lot of writing in class. Whoops!

Computer or paper?

Computer! I cannot imagine writing a whole novel on paper. Victor Hugo, how did you do it?

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

I honestly don’t know, but I manage to do it every year. I squeeze in writing wherever I can and if I have a free day it’s probably spent writing.

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

I don’t know! If I find some people who are doing it in the book community, I’ll definitely be talking about and encouraging them, but writing is generally a solitary thing for me.

Do you write from beginning to end or skip around?

I usually write chronologically!

Planner or pantser? (or plantser?)

I am a Total Pantser. Whenever I go in barely knowing what I’m doing, it feels like I do best. Ideas just come when I get into it, but I have to get into it first.

What will be your go-to NaNoWriMo snack?

Candy? Halloween candy?

Choice of caffeine? (or no caffeine?)

I am a coffee addict so catch me slamming back coffee like there’s no tomorrow.

Any rewards for milestone achievements? For finishing NaNoWriMo?

Oh, no idea? I’ll buy a book? Book Outlet Black Friday sale?

Share a tip for other NaNo-ers!

Go at your own pace! You’ll probably see people who write 10,000 words on the first day. Heck, there are people who go for 50,000 on the first day. Don’t be discouraged if people write more than you do. Going slow and steady often wins the race just as well.

How are you feeling about NaNoWriMo? (Excited?! Nervous!? Terrified?!)

Honestly? Kinda nervous! It’s been a while since I’ve actually written anything of this scope, and it’s my first time tackling a more adult fantasy, so I’m not really sure how it’s going to go!

Share an aesthetic for your NaNoWriMo novel!


are you going to do nanowrimo? if so, tell me about your projects!!


13 thoughts on “The NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag!

  1. “t’s basically Six of Crows meets Anastasia meets Stalking Jack the Ripper.” Ooo! This story sounds intriguing. By the way, you win bonus points for referencing Stalking Jack the Ripper. 😉

    I totally am with you about writing ensemble casts. My ongoing story started with basically 4 main characters (excluding the villain just because). Now, I’m up to at least 28 characters! And they all are given POV’s! I actually tried to imagine this story written from just my main character’s point of view and it made me sad. There are so many awesome moments that he isn’t and can’t be present for. The story would easily lose a lot of depth if I stuck to just his headspace.

    I did this tag the other day and here is my response:

    1. Thank you 🙂 And ooh, yeah, I definitely end up just throwing in random POVs. I try not to write more than six characters, but it feels so limited writing from just one POV. Ensemble casts are always so fun to work with, though!!

      1. You’re very welcome! 😀 And yes! Ensemble casts are a lot of fun to work with.

        I’m so used to writing multiple POV. I can’t imagine limiting myself to only one. It would be an interesting challenge, that’s for sure. 😉

  2. Six of Crows meets Anastasia meets Stalking Jack the Ripper sounds INCREDIBLE. I’m so excited to hear more about your NaNo progress, and I’m very impressed that you’ve been doing it since you were eleven! Also omg I used one of the same images for my aesthetic in this exact same tag 😅

    Good luck with the writing!!

  3. Hello Jess!
    I’m so glad that you decided to do this tag and I enjoyed reading your answers. Really liked the aesthetic that you’ve created. I definitely agree that we should go at our own pace 🙂

  4. wow!! You’ve done NaNoWriMo since you were 11, that’s amazing!! I haven’t really done NaNoWriMo but one day I would love to properly participated as it such a cool thing to do!!
    I absolutely love the sound of your novel and characters, it definitely would be something I would want to read. I love fantasy as well!!
    I would love to write in a coffee shop, it sounds so perfect but I do most my writing looking like a mess at home, ahha!!
    I would say I write best at night as well, I think because I’m not thinking of the day and I can just sit and write until I’m too tired to carry on!!
    Going at your own pace is best as comparing it to someone else does you no favours.
    Best of luck with NaNoWriMo, you can do it!! ❤

    1. Thank you!
      I hope you do particiapate in NaNoWriMo sometime, it’s really fun and it really motivates you to write like nothing else does, and the community of people cheering each other on is also really great!
      I honestly do most of my writing at home, but I’m trying to get out of the house more. It can be sooo hard to though. I think that’s why I like writing at night–thinking of everything ahead of me gets so overwhelming sometimes and nighttimes are just so peaceful and calming.

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