Day 5

Word Count : 13,249

Hey Reader,

So I was originally going to talk about music this morning, but I’ll do that tomorrow. I just have too many ideas. Instead, I saw that some of the NaNoWriMo participants are doing this NaNoWriMo question tag. Now it’s my turn!
1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?

I’ve never technically participated in it because I was always in the middle of a novel at the time. However, last year I edited my first book, Deception, for NaNoWriMo instead of writing. Note: It isn’t published yet or will be anytime soon (I don’t think).

2. How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?

I think it was through youtube, or maybe through a friend…

3. What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?

Well, since this is my first year, my first NaNo novel is Holding My Breath.

4. Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.

A girl is set up for murder, so now she is on the run from the police and the real killer.

5. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?

There are two I can’t decide between. (1) The things that you are scared to write that bring out your best writing. (2) Write for yourself and not for your readers, friends, publisher, etc. At least during your first draft, anyway.

6. Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?

I took off the first year I had heard about it, and last year. The first year, 2013, I was already in the middle of writing a book, and in 2014, I was in the middle of editing it.

7. What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?

Other writers, books I love to read, the story itself. Also people I meet everyday, their stories, the places I go, and the themes that I see everyday that nobody pays attention to.

8. Read us the first sentence from one of your novels.

From Ho73FF1CAC-83E3-4F40-B6AF-DBB309736A57_zpsoi7hhaiclding My Breath:

“Deny Everything.” This is what my parents tell me the day that they die.

Read more in the books section on my site.

9. Why do you love writing?

I think I enjoy it because if I didn’t write I would go crazy. I love to lose myself in a story, and reading is my favorite thing to do. If you like to read, you get it. If you are a writer, you know that there’s nothing like falling into your own story, on that you can control, and exploring other possibilities and feelings that you don’t experience in reality. I’ll talk about that more tomorrow though.

I challenge all of you other NaNoWriMo participants to do the questions above!

I post a new NaNoWriMo update every day on this blog. Like this post if you liked it, and you can follow my website via email, WordPress, or any of the social media widgets on the side. If you are reading this on Goodreads, then you can follow me or add me as a friend!

Also, for one day of NaNoWriMo I will do a Q&A about me, my work, or NaNoWriMo, so if you have questions then comment below or on the Q&A page.

Thanks everyone for reading!

Kelli.

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