Challenges/Tags/Fun Stuff, NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo Book Tag ๐Ÿ“š

I am not participating in NaNo this year, but the awesome madamewriterย did this book tag on her blog and I couldn’t pass it up. You know the drill. Grab your coffee and let’s do this!

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1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?

Five times. I’ll admit that the very first time I participated, I was not prepared, but did it anyway and found the experience to be overall enjoyable and I told my friends and colleagues about it later on.ย 

2. How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?

I can’t actually remember. Let me think for a bit…

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…nope, still nothing. Someone must’ve informed me about it, but that memory eludes me now.

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

Beyond Beautiful. Back then, I remember thinking that romance stories were garbage and I decided to write my own after being inspired by an Aerosmith song of the same title. It turned out to be interracial and it dealt with issues such as accepting God and learning to accept that the past shapes one’s present/future. Maybe one day, I’ll dig up the story and post it on here… although now, I’ll call it rubbish.


4. Give us a 1 sentence summary of what youโ€™re writing this year.

I’m not participating this year, but I am working on various writing projects at the moment including Crazy Rich French Twins which is a wealthy parody about a pair of mirror-identical French twins that breaks stereotypes (hopefully!).

5. Whatโ€™s the best writing advice youโ€™ve ever been given?

I’m not one to take writing advice. I just like writing and I have learned to love it even on difficult days. However, I’ll share a favorite writing quote of mine:

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Writing is a way to talk without being interrupted.

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

Yes, twice. The first time I had taken a year off I had no inspiration to participate and the second time, which is this year, is because I don’t have the energy to do so.ย 

7. Whatโ€™s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?

I always say that inspiration is all around us! I’m inspired by nature, by news headlines, by the books I read, everything and anything!

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

Ridiculously rich people enrolled their privileged children at Paris High, a place for snobs to mingle with other snobs.ย 

So begins the first sentence of the first episode ofย Crazy Rich French Twins.

9. Why do you love writing?

I write because I want to read something that hasnโ€™t been in print before. I write for the sheer fun of it and for the pleasure. I write because I express myself better with a pen in my hand. I write to get better. I write to explore my own universe. I write because itโ€™s therapeutic and I empty my mind when I do. I write to inspire and to invoke thoughts. I write because I am in love with words.

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To those of you participating in NaNo this year, all the best with your projects! ๐Ÿ˜„

*** GIFs and images via Google Images

14 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Book Tag ๐Ÿ“š”

  1. I love your reasoning for writing: “I write because I’m in love with words.” That is so true! There is something brilliant about words, but it is also so terrifying the power words have. I’m so glad you did this tag. I enjoyed reading your answers!

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  2. I enjoyed reading this post. But then I always have fun when I stop by. I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo this year either, but I am being incredibly productive in my writing/editing life, which means I’m slacking in all sorts of other places. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    I’m involved with a project to inspire other writers who are participating though, so I have a different role in the challenge this year. I guess I’m at a different stage in my writing life. I’ve needed the jumpstart of NaNoWriMo in previous years, but now, I’m usually already in the middle of something when it comes around, so I just keep working on what I already have going on.
    The first time I heard about NaNoWriMo was also the first year I participated. That must have been in 2013. I think I was looking for writing groups or writing events in my area, and the library was having a kickstart to the challenge on Nov. 1st.
    I hope you’re doing well and having a wonderful day!

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    1. Thank you, Mandie. Aww, you make me smile. ๐Ÿ˜„

      I too am being productive in trying to complete some of my projects. To tell the truth, Mandie, I don’t think I may ever participate in NaNo again. I think it’s time for me to move on.

      Thank you, my friend, I am well, and I trust that you’re doing wonderful. I hope you have a productive weekend! ๐Ÿ˜„

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      1. I know what you mean about NaNoWriMo. I’ve not felt compelled to do it again since I made my goal in my second attempt. I proved to myself I could do it, and so far that’s been enough. I love the idea of the challenge and enjoy supporting other writers as they take it on. And for me, it gave me the push I needed into writing when I needed. New challenges await me though, so I keep moving forward.

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  3. Great answers, Diana! I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo, nor do I ever plan to. It’s just not for me, but I commend all the writers who are able to stick to the goal of writing a novel in 30 days!! It’s quite an achievement.

    I like your first sentence of Crazy Rich French Twins!

    P.S. Ah the Spencer Reid gifs. Keep them coming, my friend, keep them coming โค

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    1. Thank you, Jade! While it was enjoyable and fun for the past few years, I think it’s time for me to move on.

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜„

      Well, I interpret feelings through Spencer Reid GIFs so you know there’ll be plenty more of those! ๐Ÿ’™ Thanks for stopping by, Jade. I appreciate it.

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    1. Well, you know MGG gifs are always feature once it’s a tag! ๐Ÿ˜„Merci, chica and may God continue to bless you. ๐Ÿ’™

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