Any excuse to do a survey, man.


It’s NANOWRIMO SURVEY TIME ALSKDFJSLAKDFJSLDAFAGH

(I’m also procrastinating actually working on my NaNo, ‘cause that’s how I roll.)

Tell me about your NaNoWriMo project this year! Give me a blurb!
The stupid, surface-level blurb (I just copy/pasted this from my excerpt post a few days ago, haha): an outbreak of a mysterious, unidentifiable, deadly disease occurs on a cruise ship. Due to the mortality rate of the disease and the fact that no one knows what it is or how it spreads, the ship is denied the ability to dock at any country, forcing it to basically become a floating hospital that is rapidly turning into a floating morgue as more and more people become sick. The story follows three individuals – Jochem (a passenger), Hugo (the captain) and Dr. Wex (the ship’s main doctor) – and how they cope with the fact that they know they are probably going to die on the ship.

There’s more to it than that, though. The disease and being trapped on the ship represents something different for each of my three main characters on a deeper level than just “they’re going to die, how do they deal with that?” due to their different places in each of their lives. I’m actually really liking how it’s turning out so far, even though it’s an incredibly stupid premise.

What’s the genre?
Probably just mainstream fiction.

Describe your MC in three words!
I have three main characters!
Jochem: Conflicted, lost, impulsive
Hugo: Confident, sociable, proud
Dr. Wex: Unflappable, professional, persistent

Without spoilers, describe your villain in three words.
I don’t really have a villain, unless you call the illness the villain, I guess.

What is your goal? (the traditional 50k? 20k? 5k? Or…100k?)
The good old 50k, as usual. At the rate this story is going, though, it will definitely need to be longer than 50k to be complete.

Is this your first draft? Second? Third?
Very first.

Are you starting a new project (or draft) or continuing an existing one?
A new project!

What is your favorite time to write in the day?
I like to write later at night, but I’ve actually been spending an hour or two at work (just before I go home) doing my writing there, especially on the nights where I have to go to bed at a reasonable hour to go walking in the morning.

Where are you going to write?
Either in my office or at my home computer late at night.

Computer or paper?
Definitely computer, though I’m not above jotting down any ideas/phrases/conversations I think of during the day when I’m not near a computer.

NaNoWriMo is a huge commitment. How are you going to make time to write?
SACRIFICE MORE SLEEP

Are you going to participate in local or online NaNoWriMo events? (e.g. kick-off parties in your regions, write-ins, virtual writing sprints…)
People are terrifying, so no.

Do you write from beginning to end or do you skip around?
I do some major skipping around. I don’t write even remotely in order.

Planner or pantser? (or plantser?)
Pantser. Plans are for SQUARES

What will be your go-to NaNoWriMo snack?
If I’m writing at work, I’ll probably write while I’m nomming a pita. If I’m writing at home, I’ll probably nom some Jolly Ranchers while I write.

Choice of caffeine? (or no caffeine?)
No caffeine. ADRENALINE ONLY!

Any rewards for milestone achievements? For finishing NaNoWriMo?
Nope! The finished product will be tucked away, never to be seen again. And that’s the end.

Share a tip for other NaNo-ers!
DON’T FALL BEHIND, HOLY HELL

How are you feeling about NaNoWriMo? Excited? Nervous? Tired?
I love NaNo. I bitch about the time commitment, but I do enjoy having an excuse to write something. Lord knows I don’t write any other time of the year, haha.

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