Beautiful Books #2: Pantsing and Writing The Middle Bits10:27 AM
Once again I'm linking up with Beautiful Books, a link-up for writers that involves answering questions about your novel. Last month I talked about my NaNo novel itself and all the plans I had for that, but this time it's more focused on yours-truly and the writing process.
|I could probably just start using X-Men gifs for everything and be okay with that.|
Is the book turning out how you thought it would be, or is it defying your expectations?
It's fun to write, like I expected. It's turning out well. My characters are how they're supposed to be so far, though they're fleshing themselves out a little more. I didn't plot, so I don't know how I expected that to be, but I'm getting there with plot. But at the same, it's nothing like how I thought it would be. So it's a weird experience.
What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
|Oh, how I love my babies.|
Are you a plotter or a pantser? Have you ever tried both methods and how did it turn out?
I'm a pantser, always and forever. Trying to plot makes me want to burn everything I've ever written and stab myself with a spoon. I figure things out way better if I feel like I can improvise everything. On the downside of this, editing is a trainwreck and takes forever. On the plus side, writing is always an adventure full of plot twists and characters that I didn't expect. I've tried plotting several times...let's just say it never works out.
|Eleven is actually a good representation of how I approach writing/life.|
What do you reward yourself with after meeting a goal?
Some people, apparently, have rewards for finishing goals and such.
I eat the chocolate while I'm writing and then reward myself by...not writing anymore. And probably marathoning Bones but let's face it, I'd do that anyway.
What do you look for in a name? Do you have themes and where do you find your names?
I've never understood why people would go to great lengths to find names that "fit" the characters and have a meaning that matches up to them or whatever because...that's not how naming works. Parents don't give their kids names based on seeing the future and knowing how their story is going to turn out. So I give them names that sound cool and fit their background. I also try to pick names that are memorable but not too weird, so they stick out to readers in a sea of Michaels but aren't totally un-spellable.
What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
Middle! People hate the saggy middle bits. I hate the saggy middle bits. But at the same time...I usually already have the beginning and ending in my head, so the middle is where all the pantsing magic happens. New characters and plot twists and everything else come flooding in and I have that awesomeness to deal with, even when it's difficult. So I like the middle best. It's full of surprises.
|I don't know, it just fits.|
Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?
Oh, my darling Flint.
|I refuse to apologize for my NaNo writing.|
What kind of things have you researched for this project, and how do you go about researching? (What’s the weirdest thing you’ve researched?!)
There are people who research for first drafts.
I don't do that thing.
My goal with a first draft is to get it from my brain onto the page as quickly as humanly possible. Ain't nobody got time for research then. I've looked up vampire puns because reasons and that's about the extent of the research I've done for this thing. It being set in modern times with modern kids helps some. I've barely even touched Google for this.
(The weirdest thing I've ever researched...let's just say I now know all about surviving after you've had your throat slit.)
Do you write better alone or with others? Do you share your work or prefer to keep it to yourself?
I'm a very extroverted writer, in every way possible. I love word wars. I love writing with people in the room. It gives me allll the energy and motivation to get stuff done, which is much appreciated. I love sharing with people, too. I shove writing down people's throats all the time so they can flail over my characters too.
Or hate them secretly. I'll never know.
|"I JUST WANT TO BE APPRECIATED."|
What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat?
It depends on the day. I'm fond of popcorn, which is distracting. Also chips. Also crackers. Also all the unhealthy things that will inevitably distract me from actually writing. Habits are random, too. But I usually go write at the coffee shop on Saturdays; that's kind of the only thing that stays consistent here. I have to change it up.
Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!
I listen to alllll the music. All the time. (This playlist is probably a good representation of what I like right now.) I write all the time, whenever I can, since nighttime doesn't work as well for me anymore. I write anywhere, also, as long as it's not the desk where I should do my writing. I'm a rebel that way.
How is NaNo going for you? Have you participated in Beautiful Books yet? Go do the thing.