26.10.11 | By: Megan Langham

NaNoWriMo Questionnaire: Days of Entwining

By virtue of November's shadow looming in the very near future, they're doing something a bit different over at the original home of Beautiful People. Instead of answering ten questions concerning an individual character, we've been given a short questionnaire involving an entire book: the one we've chosen to tackle during this year's NaNoWriMo.

Off we go, then!

1. Sum up your novel in five words, or less. Young girl searches for answers. (Yes, that's utter rubbish. But do you even know how difficult this question was?)

2. Novel title? Days of Entwining.

3. Sum up your main character(s) in one word. Mairead: emotional. Cynewulf: faithful. Rowan: kind.

4. Advice for newbies in three words? Write. Every. Day.

5. Tell us about your secondary characters, how do they affect the story? Cathal is the disrupting factor, an obviously attractive young man who is both more and less than he seems. Eanwin is the steadying influence, a sweet and sensible girl with fierce and unlikely loyalties. Aethelwald is the current bishop of Lindisfarne, with a good heart and a distractible mind. Emma is his wife and the closest thing to a mother that Mairead and Rowan have.

6. Do you plan on staying up till midnight on the 31st? Only until midnight? That wouldn't do much good. No, I'll start at midnight and keep writing until my eyes go bleary and my mind mists over. It's a bit mad, but then NaNo is a bit mad, isn't it?

7. How many years have you done NaNo? This will be my third year.

8. What came first, characters, or plot idea? Actually, neither: the inspiration for this story was a gloomy and rather gothic image of a young girl kneeling beside a grave. There was a monastery nearby, and a priest with an Irish name, and the sea-waves in the distance were breaking on the rocks. Though this idea has since changed (drastically, I might add), it was undoubtedly the original spark of inspiration.

9. How much prep do you do before November? The answer to this question varies every year. My first year I mostly neglected to plan and I was sorry for it later. My second year I overplanned a bit, but I did manage to leave a little room for last-minute inspiration, which proved helpful and healthy. This year, I have only the scantiest of outlines, five pages of working notes, and two fractals; my historical research, however, is sound.

I'm still waiting for that glorious year when I'll finally strike the perfect pre-NaNo balance.

10. Now be honest, how do you really feel about NaNo? For me, it’s a helpful thing because it balances my well-meaning eagerness with outside motivation and some kind of stricture. I wish I didn’t need that, but I do; and while I can complete projects on my own, an imposed goal makes the completion profoundly easier for me.

(I'm wondering now whether I ought to try for the second challenge, which is one great big Beautiful People post focusing on a single character for whom you answer ALL THE QUESTIONS! I think perhaps I will, if I can get it done in time for a Grand Posting on November 1.)

7 missives:

Alex said...

NaNo! NaNo! NaNoNaNoNaNo! ^.^ And yes, the first question is incredibly difficult. I had enough trouble in summing up my novel in two paragraphs on the NaNo site.

Your story sounds quite interesting - I can't wait to hear more about it.

(And I has a question - where do you find the Beautiful People questions? I've been meaning to join in the fun, but I don't know where to get the questions. <.<)

Megan L. said...

Alex! Alex! Alex! ;) It really is lovely to see you here in the blogosphere. And yes, please do join in on the Beautiful People madness! I usually get the questions from Georgie's blog, here: http://georgiepenn.blogspot.com and if you search the Beautiful People tag, you can find them all. :)

Meghan said...

LOL This was great, Megan!! Thanks for sharing...I have my post of Beautiful People's NANOWRIMO tag scheduled for the 1st. It was a ball to write!!

Alex said...

Oh, good, thank you! ^.^ I shall got started on the Beautiful People Craze as fast as my fingers can type.

And it's good to be back in the blogosphere. I sort of dropped off the face of the Blot Planet for a while there. >.O But I'm back, and glad to be. :D

Rhoswen Faerie Wrose said...

Yay! *is also glad Alex is posting again!* Can you tell she's been holding up the NaNo chorus? ;-P *snugs Alex*

Anywho! This was great, Megan! :-D
And I have to agree, also, that question one is very hard. I tried answering it in my head about my book for this year...I think I succeeded, but I'm not quite sure. :-P

And I definitely have to agree to your answer for the last question. I'm afraid I'm the same way. I can finish writing something on my own, but if it wants to make it further than a few chapters, something like NaNo is almost necessary. >.<

I may steal this from you (and, I suppose, the place you got it from) and do this, too!...and, of course, I still plan on doing my own blessings list...I need to get blogging! O.O
(don't even tempt me with that Beautiful People stuff, right now! ;-P )

Megan L. said...

Meghan - Why, thank you! I can't wait to read your post.

Alex - Ditto for you. ;) And I think we must be even gladder to see you here than you are to be back.

Wrosie - Yes, you need to get blogging. ;) I love reading your stuff, especially around NaNo--it's always such an encouragement. Allow me to clink your glass, and here's to the month of November!

Rhoswen Faerie Wrose said...

I got both blog posts done a few days ago...thought you might like to know, if you didn't already. ;-)

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