I got this idea from a random blog post list, so hang on with me, all right? Basically, I'm going to find a whole bunch of "what if" questions using the Internet and answer them. It's like a survey sort of thing. A game. So here we go:
What if you only had 24 hours to live?
I would make a will, make arrangements for getting my books out in the world, figure out what I wanted my funeral to be like, and then I suppose say goodbye to everyone.
What if the whole world was listening to you for just one moment?
... I don't know. I think I'd probably freeze up, rather than say something deep and meaningful or whatever. That is a freak ton of pressure.
What if you could ask God one question?
I'd ask him if he could send something good to my family. Not really a question, I guess, more of a request, but I don't have any questions right now to ask him.
What if you could be another person for a day?
I think I'd like to be J.K. Rowling. Just for a day, just to see what it's like.
What if you could change one thing about yourself?
I would ask... to be stronger? I think. I don't know, that one would require some deep thought.
Obviously, we're towards the end of NaNoWriMo right now, so this seemed like a fitting post. If you don't know what NaNoWriMo is, obviously you have had your head under a rock. Check it out here.
Now, this post comes rather late for you to join this year, but maybe it'll convince you to try next year!
1) If you've never written a novel, this is a good way to get one done. It gives you a specific, focused time in which to write with specific goals and lots of motivation and such. I've not been in this category during NaNo, but I think a lot of people are, which is cool.
2) If you're a longer-time novelist, it gives you time to actually sit down and write. Again, it's a specific, focused time with goals, and that's why I love it so much. At this point, I spend so much time on editing and stuff I don't get to write often. NaNoWriMo is my chance to actually sit down and write a book the way I need to.
3) It teaches you to write fast and focused. I've seen lots of articles out there denouncing NaNo for this exact reason, saying that writing fast makes you sloppy and makes novels bad, but the fact is, writing fast is a necessary skill for when you build up a career. Deadlines, you know? Also, for people who struggle to actually finish a novel, this gives you the push you might need, for example, to stop editing while you're writing, which is a no-no, in case you didn't catch my italics. Writing fast actually taps you into creativity, so I'd recommend it.
So today, I'm going to give my reaction to both Catching Fire, which came out in theaters yesterday, and the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, which premiered today!
First, I'll review Catching Fire using that beautiful thing known as words. Brief review, no spoilers--it was super intense and powerful, and I think very well done. I cried a lot more than I'd expected to, and I appreciate Johanna Mason in particular a lot more than I did in the books. There were a couple things I didn't love (too much of Gale and Plutrarch), but on the whole, great movie. Really great.
I'm gonna die when Mockingjay comes out. No joke. I don't know if I can handle the, um, Peeta issue.
Now, for Doctor Who, seeing as there's no book or anything to preview it, I'm going to use a gimmick my friend Julia did when The Dark Knight Rises came out. I'm going to show you my reaction in pictures. I took pictures of myself ("selfies"--word of the year!) throughout the premiere, and I'm gonna post them here. I hope you enjoy this as much as I'm going to!
Doctor Who Reaction
As an extension of the tour of my bookshelf I did a while back, I'm going to give you a tour of my room. I figure it's a good way to expand your understanding of me and my life. I shall take pictures and then give you an explanation. Pardon whatever messiness you do see, if you will. Allonsy!
Update on the past few days for y'all--I did, in fact, win NaNoWriMo on Saturday night with 50k words! Even though I still have to finish Sorrowful to reach my own personal NaNoGoal, I'm taking this week off, as is my tradition. So yes, I'll be getting back on board with the real writing again Saturday.
Today, I want to talk about choosing a genre to write, because a lot of aspiring writers struggle with this.
Personally, I knew from the get-go that fantasy was going to be my genre. This, of course, is my favorite genre to read, closely followed by science fiction, which is my other main area of writing.
Which leads me to my first piece of advice: choose a genre you love to read. This will be more natural to you. You love the genre already, and you know the ins and outs of it, which will also help you when it comes to publishing and marketing, because you'll be aware of the market.
It's also important to note that the idea comes first. If you've got a good story idea, it should naturally fall into a genre of some kind. Most of my ideas are in the fantasy realm, with some moving into the grey area of speculative fiction, and others further into science fiction. It's rare that I sit down and actually say, "I want to write a YA fantasy novel." Rather, the idea appears, it fits a genre, and I write it as such.
First of all, I'd like to inform you that I finished DUTIFUL, only to find that it was way too short. Now, after two days of editing, it's finally approximately 45k, rather than 37k, which I can handle much better. So I've moved on to SORROWFUL, and I am this close to winning NaNoWriMo, so that's probably going to happen today. You know, between watching Thor: The Dark World and Ender's Game.
So now, for the first time ever, I have been nominated for a blog award by someone I don't know. His name's Craig, and he was one of the other people at WriteOnCon this past year. So, this is the Sunshine Award, and here we go!
PrettyBooks ran this a while ago, so I thought I'd give it a go as well. It's an A-Z survey about reading and books. Should be fun!
Author You've Read the Most Books From
Back when I was on Goodreads, I discovered that the answer is actually Ann M. Martin, whom I've read over 90 books from. I really liked Babysitters Club when I was younger, okay? But in terms of authors I still occasionally read, it's Meg Cabot, at a whopping 29 books read. That surprises me, although it shouldn't. I mean, I have read an awful lot of her stuff!
It's November! Yayayayayayayay! I love this month, for many reasons. The main one, which you probably can guess, is NaNoWriMo!
National Novel Writing Month began yesterday, and thus writers all over the world are off, writing their works. November, with NaNo, is the one month of the year I get to spend writing. With all the other novels I've got at this point, I spend most the rest of the year editing, but in November, I take a break from all that, and set to work on a new, fresh idea.
This year, it's my goal to not just hit the 50,000 words, not just finish a novel within the month, but to try and finish one and a half novels in November. These two novels are DUTIFUL and SORROWFUL, the books that will make last year's MERCIFUL into a trilogy. Keep up with my progress at my profile and throughout my internet presence! Also, if you're a writer, join NaNo yourself, and get into the novel writing! I completely recommend it.
Also this month is the release of two movies I'm looking forward to, the next Thor movie, and Catching Fire (!!!!) and also the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who (!!!!). Oh, and Thanksgiving. This is a loaded month. I am so super excited.
So now that I've ranted at you about all that, let's move forward into the humor post you've all been waiting for. Thanks for reading and come back next time for an A-Z book survey!
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. More than anything, stories are my life.
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