Meltintalle: The Play Actor King
Your Nweb and NaNoWriMo usernames, were they inspired by anything?
NWeb - Meltintalle
NaNoWriMo - Meltintalle
Way back when I was first creating an internet screenname, the fandom was LotR, so I looked up the translation of my name in Quenyan. I've used it ever since.
Who are you?
I'm the oldest of seven kids and I live with my family on a farm with an assortment of animals and pets. I'm a voracious reader and my sketchbook reflects my current reading list as well as doubling as a handy place to sketch out ideas for original stories.
How were you sucked into NaNoWriMo? Did someone person brainwash you into joining?
I don't remember any specific person influencing my decision, though a friend of mine did have a t-shirt from the program... I think it was more of an idea that 'all the cool kids are doing it' and who wants to miss out when there's fun to be had?
Was this your first, second, tenth time participating?
This was my fourth year and fourth win
What was your novel synopsis (or original idea) at the beginning of nano? Genre?
"Most everyone is king of their imaginary countries," said Edward. "Only someone like you would pretend to be anything else."
Bradley James Morton resents that statement. The only person he's ever pretended to be is a king. His impersonation won him accolades on stage.
Revising that role, Brad will have a chance to prove to his cousin and himself that he can be a king. But he'll have to do it with a borrowed country and a borrowed reputation...
Maybe he should have read the script first.
sequel to NaNo'09: Crossed Swords
It's supposed to be YA adventure/fantasy
Was your synopsis the same or different at the end? Or did you end up writing something completely different?
I think the synopsis still applies, it's just not quite the story I thought I was going to write at the beginning of the month
Did you finish? What superpowers enabled you to write 50k in one month?
The superpower of sheer stubbornness and reams of repeating myself and writing a scene beyond the point where it should have ended...
What method of writing proved to be the most effective?
Just putting one word after another was usually the best way to get some inspiration flowing
Did this method involve glue, ropes, caffeine or some other forceful inducement?
...Well... telling myself that I could watch another episode of Merlin after I wrote a few hundred more words was almost effective...
What lesson(s) did NaNoWriMo teach you this past November?
Paradoxically, that while it is possible to outline too much, you can never know too much about the story you're writing. That the why of a character's actions are always important. Every character needs to have a why if they're going to be in the story.
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