wild rose: Dragon Eyes
Your Nweb and NaNoWriMo usernames, were they inspired by anything?
My NW username, wild rose, was really just a last minute thing I came up with when I was registering, I had no idea what to name myself, so just wrote down the first decent name I could think of. My NaNoWriMo username, Apye, came from the character of a Sci-Fi series I am writing, the character is sort of autobiographical and I thought it sounded cute.
Who are you?
No one really ahem, I'm a young girl, currently taking courses on graphic design, my ultimate goal is to become a teacher, graphic design is just a temporary thing, I'm a real bookworm, I'll read anything I can get my hands on (provided that it's positive) I love children, pants and animals. I really love writing and making up stories. I really want to try and help make this world a better place to live in.
How were you sucked into NaNoWriMo? Did someone person brainwash you into joining?
I had heard of NaNoWriMo on NarniaWeb but didn't know what it was and for some silly reason never asked until last year. When it was explained to me I got really excited and knew I had to participate.
Was this your first, second, tenth time participating?
First, though I had done CampNaNo in the summer, winning both months of July and August.
What was your novel synopsis (or original idea) at the beginning of nano? Genre?
Two children, whose father has been kidnapped with the charge of plotting against the king, are alone in the mountains where they meet a dragon and befriend him, the dragon later helps them find and rescue their father, and the kingdom while they are at it.
Was your synopsis the same or different at the end? Or did you end up writing something completely different?
It stayed pretty much the same, there were a few changes, like changing the main character from girl to boy and other such things, but on the whole I kept the synopsis the way it was.
Did you finish? What superpowers enabled you to write 50k in one month?
Yes I did finish, superpowers.....I don't think there were any, I went with writing with 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
What method of writing proved to be the most effective?
I found for myself that writing every two days was best for me, that gave me a short break to think about what I was going to write next and helped me plan a bit. I also set myself a goal of writing no less than 3,000 words.
Did this method involve glue, ropes, caffeine or some other forceful inducement?
Nope, I got along without any of those, but I'll admit there were times I felt I was going to glue myself to my chair to keep me from running away from my novel.
What lesson(s) did NaNoWriMo teach you this past November?
I really learned to persevere, there were so many time when I just wanted to stop and quit. November proved to be a very busy month for me and had enough excuses to quit, but I'm glad I just kept going, forcing myself to write. I also learned how much fast you can get things done if you don't stop to edit every other sentence you write. I'm the sort of person who can get stuck for days on one chapter, editing and changing and so don't get much progress done, but with NaNo I didn't have time to edit every other thing I wrote, which ultimately helped me get the novel done faster.