Introducing Ryn, aka FallenFaerie. Her NaNo novel is titled "Scientific Wings". I met her at the very first write-in I hosted and she came to most of the others as well. We had quite a good time conversing. She hosted some write-ins at Smelly Cat, so she was kept very busy throughout the whole month!
I’m Ryn. Not short for anything cool but makes me sound like a faerie.
Why did you pick NaNoWriMo to consume your November?
I decided to do NaNo because it’s a challenge in a hobby that I truly love and aspire for. I attempted NaNo in 2011 and then the two camps in 2012 before trying again for the regular NaNo in 2012. Life threw up on me in 2011 so I didn’t finish but learned a lot of tricks and actually got to about 30,000 words anyway. The camps were massive failures. The first one I was ready with a vague outline and when I started writing I realized I could take the story in five or so different ways and took half the months trying to figure out which one to go with. I finally decided to eventually write all five stories out and then never did. The second camp I had nothing - because it would have been too easy to go back to one of the five stories from the prior camp of course - and never really started anything.
What was your novel about this year? And why did you pick that?
Nick explores different relationship styles and gets life slapped when her ex-boyfriend returns offering her the chance to mutate wings as a sort of apology.
At least that’s my working “hook.” I chose this story because non-typical relationship types are interesting and very much underrepresented in popular fiction. And I like to think about that stuff anyway so it’s easy to write about. Also, wings are really cool! And usually sneak their way into every story I write.
What is your typical writing process like?
Typical? I don’t know that I have one. I guess it would be Step 1: launch Scrivener, Step 2: start typing. I experimented with writing sprints and a few word wars and discovered that I write better with writing company.
How did your month go?
I won! I didn’t finish my novel but I hit the 50,000 word mark. That was a really awesome feeling. My normal social life died down a bit but my writing social life took off. Made some new friends. And as soon as NaNo finished and I posted my winning up on Facebook, everyone seemed to think that meant I was available to hang out again. I don’t think they understood the whole “I still have to finish the book!” thing.
What did you learn from NaNoWriMo this year?
Write with people. Write alone. Write often. And when all else fails, grab chocolate (or your revival snack of choice) and write more.
Really though, most of my successful writing times happened when I was doing word sprints. Whether by myself or with anyone else, setting a timer for about ten minutes and then just writing was awesome. Usually I’d allow myself a break of however long I wrote for a break in between sprints. So usually ten minutes or writing and then ten minutes of talking, texting, snacking or bathroom runs. It worked really well for me.
Where else can we find you online?
Well, I just stopped writing on my old blog but https://authorfaerie.wordpress.com/. Most of my blogs there are opinionated political rants.
I just recently started a blog for me to just dump words out of my head and somewhere for others to possibly enjoy reading as well. You can find that one over at http://just4ryn.wordpress.com/.
I’m also on most social media sites but those are boring compared to blogs.