Who are you?
My name’s Bailey, but I go by Lia on the interwebz and I’m a homeschooled junior in highschool. I have four siblings, who are pretty awesome, and two clown fish named Romeo and Juliette (names courtesy of my younger sisters).
Why did you pick NaNoWriMo to consume your November?
Way back in 2009, when I did NaNo for the first time, it was to avoid having to give a presentation in front of the entire homeschool group. Public speaking of any sort gave me anxiety and I was willing to do anything to get out of it - including writing a novel in 30 days. To my surprise, I actually won and since then it’s become something that I look forward to doing. This past November was my fourth NaNoWriMo.
What's new since I interviewed you last year?
(Was I interviewed last year? I don’t remember. :P) [Note: Yes, she was. Here's last year's interview]
What was your novel about this year? And why did you pick that?
My novel was a mash up of several different ideas that had been floating around in my cranium for several weeks. Basically it’s boiled down to being about two ex-thieves, one [Aislin] who wants nothing more than to be at home with her daughter and one [Alex] who is obsessed with revenge. After a man is discovered dead in Aislin’s living room and everything she’s been running from for years surfaces, she and Alex team up to bring down a corrupt government.I guess I picked it because I needed an excuse to write this particular story. I’d been too busy before to get it done.
What is your typical writing process like?
Open computer and Word doc, open Facebook, procrastinate for an hour, realize my word count is going to be behind unless I write like a mad person, write like a mad person, think about all the pretties on Pinterest, open Pinterest, browse until I remember I was supposed to be writing, go write, decide it’s time to find something to eat, and repeat.
How did your month go?
The first two weeks were great! I met the 50,000 word goal on day 16, which was incredible. I didn’t think I was capable of doing that. I went on vacation during week three, but still managed to write about 20k. When I got home, I kinda got lazy. I was determined, however, to get to 80,000 words. I stopped writing at 11:56 pm on the 30th. I had 81,000 words. It was awesome. During November, I was also taking an SAT writing class, which was interesting to say the least. I was kind of hesitant to add NaNo to my schedule at first, but now I’m happy I did.
What did you learn from NaNoWriMo this year?
I learned that I can write massive amounts of words in a very short period of time. Originally I wasn’t going to participate, but changed my mind at the last moment.
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