i’m getting ready to write my face off | nanowrimo 2017

Hello, all, and welcome to my super obnoxious post about NaNoWriMo 2017! Woooo!

Okay, but really this post is going to be quite long. I want to vent and squeal and gush about NaNoWriMo, but I also don’t want to post a thousand posts about it and be a total nuisance, either.

(But let me know if you’d be interested in that. Like…would you all hate me / unfollow me if I did weekly reports during November???)

So here’s my big round up post for NaNoWriMo 2017. I’ll share the basics, post pretty aesthetic pictures, and of course, do some tags.

my novel

As I mentioned in my quarterly goals post last week, I am planning to continue (and hopefully finish!) my current WIP for NaNoWriMo this year. Here’s the lowdown on this project:

  • Title: Do Not Go Gentle
  • Current word count: 49, 374 words
  • Started: March 2016
  • Chapters written: 11 out of 16 (ish??? they’re long)
  • What it’s about: dragons, love, friends, overcoming evil…y’know, the usual

Hopefully that gives you a lil picture of what I have going on! As you can tell, I’m not sure if I’ll even need 50,000 more words to finish this WIP, since I only have about 5 more chapters planned. However, A LOT need to happen in those chapters. Plus, if I finish those, chapters 7-11 need heavy revision, so I think I’ll keep plenty busy during November, even if I don’t reach 50k.

Right then. Read on for some taggy tags and questions!


NaNoWriMo tag

Created by Kristina Horner on Youtube.

How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?

This will be my fourth time participating in Nanowrimo! I have also attempted Camp Nanowrimo twice, I believe. I have won one lowly time.

How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?

It was definitely through Tumblr, but I’m honestly not sure who informed me of it! Possibly a writer friend, possibly a random person. Who knows anymore!

What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?

Shot in the Dark.

Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.

It’s a fanfiction (although set in an alternate universe) about dragons and foretellings and relationships and, of course, overcoming evil.

What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?

Honestly: BICHOK. Butt in chair, hands on keyboard. In other words: JUST DO IT.

letswritesomenovels:“ Put your butt in a chair & write. ~~~~~~~~ Inspirational Writing Poster Series (3/?) ”
graphic by letswritesomenovels @ tumblr

Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?

Yes. I did not do Nanowrimo during 2015 because I was teaching full-time, and I had ZERO time for a personal life. All my free time was taken up by lesson planning, grading papers, and getting five hours (or less) of sleep a night.

What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?

I tend to get inspired by other works of art, whether that’s literal artwork, or books and TV shows. And I don’t just get inspiration from them, but also motivation. Just consuming any sort of satisfying or thought-provoking or awesome piece of art makes me want to go out and create something just as great.

Read us the first sentence from one of your novels.

How about the first sentence from this very WIP?!

They used to say that every time a dragon bonded with its rider, a star was formed high in the sky.

Why do you love writing?

It’s an escape and a way to challenge myself. I’ve always dreamed of publishing a novel, and even though reality has set in over the years and I don’t think that will ever really happen, I still enjoy the idea and pushing myself to see if I can write something good, or even decent. Also, the possibilities of creating whatever you want is just so fun!


Next, read on for the Beautiful Books 2017 link-up, with questions from Cait and Sky all about our NaNoWriMo projects!

beautiful books

1. What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

I came up with the idea during a time I had been watching a lot of Vikings on TV as well as the movie How to Train Your Dragon. I started wishing there was more fanfiction with dragons in it! And BAM. Idea born.

2. Describe what your novel is about!

My novel takes place in a fantasy world where dragons and dragon riders used to rule, but no longer do because while dragons still exist, they hardly ever take on riders. Only an honored few are ~worthy enough.

The main character is a girl who, surprise surprise, is a dragon rider. She and her BF–also a dragon rider, surprise surprise–take it as their responsibility when a group of vagrants begin raiding villages in pursuit of dragons. However, when they reach out for help, they learn the situation is a lot more complicated than that.

3. What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

More glorious aesthetic photos below.

4. Introduce us to each of your characters!

I’ll do the main two…because to do them all would take me a day and a half!

Freja: She’s 19. She’s loving, caring, sweet, and naive. But she’s also determined, and ready to take on a challenge and find her place in the world.

Harry: He’s 28. He’s independent, a bit arrogant, intelligent. He roams the world and doesn’t want to be tied down. His dragon is one of the oldest alive, and has shared much knowledge with Harry, so he likes to think he’s super wise.

5. How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

I outline, I think about my characters, I create that Pinterest board.

Then I just sit down and do it!

6. What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

Well, since I’ve already begun writing, I’m mostly looking forward to finishing it! A few months ago, I got into a really sweet spot with writing it, and it felt so good to be working on it. I’m hoping I can get to that place again.

7. List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

  • bright coastal cities where the sun hardly ever sets
  • magical, hidden dragon cities that only true riders can find
  • homey mountainous villages with sparkling calm lakes

8. What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

Freja’s overall goal is to do something with her gift of being a rider. She soon realizes that means stopping this group of vagrants, and maybe even more. However, quite a few things stand in her way…but I can’t say much more because spoilers!

9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

She becomes a lot less gullible and sheltered. She also becomes much more confident in herself and her desires for her life. She finally has the life experience to feel like she really does know herself and her place in the world.

10. What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

I have a lot going on (or I’m trying to anyway), but I think the biggest themes are friendship, love, confidence, and finding your niche. When readers finish the story, honestly I mostly want them to feel warm and fuzzy, and also inspired to feel confident and chase after what they want in life.


Okay, okay, I’m done rambling!

If you’ve made it this far, lemme give you a hug. *hugs*

Anyone else participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Tell me about your project! Or complete this tag and we can bond over our prepping time this October.

Until next time,

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5 thoughts on “i’m getting ready to write my face off | nanowrimo 2017

    1. Eek, thank you!!! I can’t believe you made it through my whole rambly post, haha. But if I’m satisfied with how it finishes up come December, maybe I’ll consider sharing it here with you all. 😉


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