Six days later, second part of interviews is launched. This is good stuff and there’s lots of interesting, thought-provoking answers.

I will now start my other kind of interviews, the ones that require a bit more work as they’re more ellaborate both in questions and answers. I still don’t know how many interviews will be made using such method, but two are on its way and five more at least are being planned.


Special thanks to the interviewees: Nilynrae, Davina, Amanda, Carla, Melissa, Lydia and Rodwen =)

1. Please give us a quick introduction of yourself (Name, age, location, job, etc. You can tell as little as you want, though.)

Nilynrae: Well I go by the name of Nilynrae on most forums (it’s drow language for ‘herectic’s tear’.. i just liked it). I’m fast approaching mid thirties (eek!), living in Wales and working in Energy Management. When I’m not writing, I’m usually either studying or dabbling in computer art.

Davina: My name is Davina, I live in southern England and I’m thirty years old. I work for a large cinema chain.

Amanda: My name is Amanda Mayberry, I am 15 but was 14 when I wrote my story. I live in Walla Walla WA. My job is to go to school so nothing to exciting their.

Carla: My name’s Carla, but I go by Melamin all over the Internet. I’m 25, and a University student from Montreal, Canada, studying Linguistics.

Melissa: My name is Melissa Gilbert and I am 31 years old. I live in Chicago Heights Illinois.

Lydia: My name is Lydia, I’m 15, and I live in central US.

Rodwen: My user name is RodwenofRohan, you can call me Rodwen. I am 21, live in Texas, and am a college student currently.

2. How long have you been writing?

Nilynrae: Writing novels since Nano 05. I thought it sign up and see how difficult it actually was to write a first draft. Generally writing little bits and pieces (poems, shorts, character pieces) since around the time I started live-roleplaying (around 1994).

Davina: I’ve been doing it off and on for several years , but nothing very serious to be honest. I did a BA (Hons) in Journalism but didn’t do that well and had to find other work to pay off my debts so I left my writing having lost all confidence in my ability. I started a couple of novels, but I never really finished anything as I never really had the time to write it all down and I didn’t have the equipment. When I bought a computer with my mum in 2002 I decided it was time to put up or shut up: If I wanted to be a writer, I kinda needed to start writing, to paraphrase William Goldman.

Amanda: I have been writing for fun for I think four years but never got past writing the first twenty pages for a book.

Carla: Quite honestly, I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I definitely got serious about it in high school (thanks to some very encouraging teachers I will never forget), but even before that I was writing stories in journals and notebooks.

Melissa: Wow that is a hard one. As long as I could remember I have been writing. I’ve had short stories and poems I’ve written in the past.

Lydia: I’ve written for…well, quite a long time I guess. I’ve only gotten more serious about it in the past few years though.

Rodwen: I have been writing since I was a kid, but only writing stories for the past year or so. My NaNo novel is the first novel I have completed.

3. When did you first heard of NaNoWriMo and how?

Nilynrae: A friend told me about it around the beginning of 2005. I don’t know how she heard of it but I’m very glad she shared the link with me. I think she wanted someone to share the pain with. ;)

Davina: I was a bit of a Harry Potter fangirl (still am, I suppose!) and I was reading one of the threads on Fiction Alley in 2002 (?) when I read about it. I followed the link and it intrigued me so I decided to start ‘The Whitehall Vampire’. I never finished it though. I just ran out of inspiration , but I liked the characters so I decided to give them another chance.

Amanda: I heard about NaNoWriMo in 2004 when my brother did it for the first time, he told my family all about it.

Carla: I first heard about it last year, midway through November. A few of my fellow blogging friends were participating in it. At the time, I didn’t understand what it was about and didn’t really bother looking into it. This year in September, a good friend I happen to have met in class saw how much I was focusing on my writing and told me about NaNo.

Melissa: I believe it was maybe a month before November started. I write lenses over at squidoo and one of the lensmaster (ealkat) asked if anyone else was doing it. It looked interested so a couple weeks later at least, I signed up.

Lydia: I heard of NaNoWriMo in 2006, not long before it was due to start. It was on some forum…I’m not part of it any more I don’t think. Someone had started a thread for those planning to do NaNo, and I thought it sounded like fun.
Rodwen: I heard of NaNoWriMo last year on the website, which has a strong NaNo group.

4. Would you mind giving us a short description of your novel?

Nilynrae: This years – well it’s sort of an ‘Aliens’ meets ‘Firefly’ meets ‘Invasion of the Bodysnatchers’ (with a little ‘Dog Soldiers’ thrown in) style affair. At least, those are the influences this time around. I wasn’t going to take part seriously this year due to other commitments but I came back from a Firefly event where I dressed as a Reaver and couldn’t help but write something!

Davina: Basically , it’s a sequel to ‘The Whitehall Vampire’ set in 17th Century France. Jonah has been turned in to a vampire, but he works as an agent for Charles II. He gets sent to investigate the Affair of the Poisons and reunited with Eve who has to rejoin the court at Versailles and spy on them. The murders and intrigues soon start to rack up and both realise they are in over their heads as they uncover a Satanic conspiracy.

Amanda: My novel is about a Fairy girl who makes a mistake when she is a maid for the Shape Shifter king, Verndure. His son and only heir died as an infant so Delphina goes out and finds a random baby to take his place without telling anyone. When the boy grows older Delphina is horrified by her mistake for the boy, Ishkerof, wants to start a war with the Avians even though they have a peace contract. Delphina puts herself on a journey to solve her mistake and fails. The first war causes a second one as well. Delphina tries hard to fix her mistake but it is already too late to repare all the damage…

Carla: It’s a fantasy/steampunk novel that starts off as a rather typical hero’s journey where a small band set out to save their world from the growing darkness seeping in through a rip in the earth.

Melissa: How do I explain my story? It’s a bit off the wall. It’s a mix of science fiction and fantasy. You got starships and then you got planets and then the main character of my story starts out being human/vampire but later in the story she finds out that she is not human/vampire but she is vampire/witch. This is more than meets the eye. There is no blood sucking like most people would think when it comes to vampires. I think at this point its more a revelation type of story than anything. The characters learn who they are and so on.

Lydia: My novel this year takes place in the fantasy world I’ve been working on building for a while. It deals with espionage, politics and princess that aren’t quite as bratty as they seem. And fireworks.

Rodwen: Not at all. My Novel, “In the Land of Fae”, is based on the idea that Faeries are real, but in hiding. In the book, I find a faerie, Araenna, while on a trail ride with some friends. I rescue her from a spider web and take her home. After winning her trust, she tells me her story, and about the Land of Fae.

5. Did you use NaNoWriMo to develop and old idea or did you imagine the story as you were writing?

Nilynrae: At first I wasn’t “playing”, then I was going to NanoRebel and write some non-fic. I completely winged it as I went along because I needed a story to write. Something with characters and plot. New ideas formed whilst I was writing but I pulled those out and into short stories of their own during the month.

Davina: At first it was just a vague idea for a sequel: ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if Jonah tackled that case?’ I was interested in the Affair of the Poisons having read about it in some biographies about Louis XIV who fascinates me. I also loved the relationship Jonah had with Eve and wanted to continue it in a new novel.

Amanda: I wrote the story as I went but I vaguely based it on a poem I wrote about a month before November.

Carla: I used NaNo to work on a story that’s been in my head for 8 years or so. It had begun as a fully different concept, but as I was brainstorming in October after signing up for NaNo it turned into this hybrid of what it used to be. More urban/dark with a fun mix of magic and technology. The world history and politics changed significantly, causing the plot to take different turns, only the characters remained relatively similar to the original idea.

Melissa: This is based off a star trek simm I was in some years ago, but its far more than that as I have added more and changed a lot of things including technology and the planets that surround this story. Its mostly based around one planet, but in the original simm, there was not a second planet at all which I added in. The main character is my very own character that I ran those many years ago.

Lydia: I had wanted to do a story using a few elements that got tossed into this one for a while, but as I plotted it drew away from what I originally had in mind. I like this though. I don’t want to change it from what it’s become. I can’t really work without a plot, although I think my story is still plenty spontaneous.

Rodwen: A bit of both. The story had been floating about in my head for six months or so, and I had outlined the basic plot. As I wrote, however, the plot was pushed away, and the story seemed to take a life of its own. New characters were added, some were dropped, and chaos ensued.

6. Did you take the opportunity to try out a writing genre you weren’t used to, or maybe used new techniques?

Nilynrae: One of the shorts was a YA fantasy… couple of years back I tried urban fantasy, last year plain fantasy. Speculative fiction is very much my genre but I like to think outside of that somewhat and mix themes/change genres from time to time.
I used write or die as well but not for all of it… it did net me around 15k but I also enjoy taking things a bit slower once I had the word count and knew that I had enough time left.

Davina: Not really, I always wanted and was aiming for a historical Romance with elements of Mystery and Supernatural. I did use the ‘Phase Outline’ as detailed by Lazette Gifford on the Nano boards and I can singlehandedly say that her advice probably was the reason I won and managed 96k in the end. I knew exactly where I was going at any part in the chapter because the outline I’d worked out was so detailed. I read a few books on scriptwriting which helped. I was used to doing chapter outlines and synposes for my stories anyway. Although mine still needs tweaking.

Amanda: I wrote in the same genre I always do but I wrote in third person enstead of trying to do both first person and third person like last year since that did not turn out well.

Carla: Well I’ve always been writing in the fantasy genre, but this novel definitely took on elements that I had never tried before. I normally don’t write about technology, world politics, and epic battles but that’s how this novel turned out. I’ve had to do a lot of research and have a long list of books to read in the near future to see how authors actually deal with these things.

Melissa: No.

Lydia: I didn’t get myself to write a new genre this year, but I did try something a little bit new…I was writing with three first person POVs, but to ease the transition between them, I had a fourth person who had written the book taking the bits from my three character’s personal accounts. So it was kind of like it was “abridged,” though I never wrote the parts between. I got the idea from the book “Princess Bride” by William Goldman.

Rodwen: I tried writing fantasy for the first time, but it is the genre I read most often, so I mainly stayed in my comfort zone. As far as new techniques are concerned, I used Write or Die several times in the final days, and found it helped immensly.

7. Were there any moments you feel like giving up?

Nilynrae: Not so much giving up but I did think that I might not have time. I don’t quit though and resolved to keep at it. In the end I churned out double what I had expected to and ended up with 100k. Which, considering I wasn’t going to even start, is not bad!

Davina: To be honest , I enjoyed writing the story so much I didn’t really. I got into the characters and the plot so much I didn’t want to give up. I was lucky enough to have organised some time off from my job, so it didn’t matter if I stayed up till 5 or 7 in the morning to finish a chapter. Which I did, more than once.

Amanda: I can’t say I ever felt like giving up since I had to prove to everyone that I was no quiter when it came to writing. I have always been inspired to write even when I have writers block.

Carla: Surprisingly enough, no. Nearly right from the beginning I found myself ahead on the daily word count (my initial goal was to get ahead before school work began to pile up). The further ahead I was, the more determined I was to setting higher and higher goals until I hit 50k half way through November. I went into it not really expecting to win, but determined that I wouldn’t just give up either.

Melissa: I never give up.

Lydia: Not this year…I managed to avoid writer’s block and being too busy. I did feel bad because I had one friend who had her story plotted and ready and was so excited about it, but when November came around, she found herself too busy to find even one moment to write. Another friend of mine would probably have won, but she lost half of her file, never to be seen again. It helped me be spurred on to win for them though.

Rodwen: Several. I was falling behind from the very beginning, because of a nasty cold, and there were three streches of days when I did not write at all.

8. What major difficulties did you have to face during NaNoWriMo?

Nilynrae: I had a number of other commitments that leaked a lot of time away (although they weren’t things I was prepared to stop doing). I see friends on Tuesdays/Thursdays, work full time, was investigating a new study path at the same time and help moderate an online forum. All things which were not droppable without upsetting either myself or friends.

Davina: One of my major difficulties I found was incorporating the research while sticking to the story I wanted to write. As I did more reading and research I realised that I would have to tweak events and timelines to get an effective story. There was also an expanding cast of people who needed to be incorporated. The story quickly became more complex than I originally thought it would, to be honest.

I did feel bad about stretching the truth in some respects to suit my story. For instance, Minette didn’t actually die of poison as in the novel. There is strictly no proof that Athenais was involved in Satanic rituals. Angelique de Fontages wasn’t poisoned, she died of a miscarriage. And the events of the story happened over a long period of times : nearly twenty years! But I had to make the decision to alter events as I saw fit to make a compelling story that I would want to tell.
Some of the events that happened according to the research were a bit OTT and I seriously wondered about toning it down as I thought no one is going to believe that in a story.

Amanda: The difficulties I faced were trying not to move to fast in my story and stopping late at night to go to bed when I was on a roll.

Carla: Mostly just trying to balance all my assignments and exams while writing the novel. And because I would write in spurts of 5k to 10k some days, I would go a couple days too burnt out to write anymore. Also a lot of carpal tunnel flare ups and back aches :)

Melissa: I did have some writers block but I always got through it.

Lydia: I probably had an easier NaNo than most, since I’m homeschooled, easily getting rid of anywhere I’d have to be early in the morning. That does mean that I’m at home with things to be done left and right. But isn’t it like that for everyone else?

Rodwen: Finding time to write. We have one computer in the house, and eight people wanting to use it.

9. Did you have any support from your friends and family?

Nilynrae: My hubby is the biggest supporter of all. I think he hopes that I’ll rake in the cash one day. ;)
He brought me constant cups of coffee or tea (and always seems to know which and when!) and cooked me dinner. Didn’t once complain when the house got messy and tidied up behind me, leaving out any books I’d been reading…
Friends were also understanding and encouraging.

Davina: I mentioned it occasionally at work but I was pretty much on my own as far as real life was concerned. My Family didn’t know anything about it, and that suited me just fine. They would have thought it was a frivolous way to pass my time when I should‘ve concentrating on more important things.

Amanda: My family gave me a ton of support and my family did not complain about me being on the comp all the time so that was nice.

Carla: I’m amazed at the support I received. I had a lot of friends sign up for NaNo after I told them about it, so there was a large network of friends for support. I also had my cousin join up and we ended up talking on the phone almost every night with an update on our word counts and the status of our novels. With a couple of exceptions, those I spoke to (who were not participants) found it amazing that I was doing this and are all eagerly awaiting to read it if I’ll ever allow it :)

Melissa: My friends. None of my friends were doing nano this year but they loved hearing how far I came along while I was doing this.

Lydia: My mom helped me out a lot, offering me her tea in the morning when she got up (I would have already been up several hours writing), and asking me if I had my words done. She’s a great coach.

Rodwen: Yes. My parents, although they did not understand why I wanted to write a novel in 30 days, were willing to let me try it. Several friends kept encouraging me, as well as bugging me for excerpts.

10. Did you ever felt you were writing without adding nothing relevant to your story? Did that bother you?

Nilynrae: Sometimes I wondered what the heck I was writing, yes. I don’t think this year’s story was all that marvellous but then I know that’s to be expected. Most of it was relevant but there were a few parts that weren’t. I stopped letting it bother me once the words were on the page… it all counts and the word count is what’s important for Nano.

Davina: Well ,because I’d planned exhaustively before that start of NaNo, this wasn’t a problem. That outline was and still is the bible as far as the story is concerned. I also knew that I was going to go back and subject the book to an intensive edit so any major plot holes would be solved.

Amanda: I unintentionally made everything I wrote revelant because it just fell into place that way but I would not mind if it had been differently no.

Carla: All the time! And yes, it drove me crazy! The beginning was especially bad, I felt like it was going nowhere and was completely pointless. Once things picked up it got better, but there were so many scenes that I felt were completely irrelevant. Every time I got that feeling I wanted to delete what I had just written and just change direction, but I focused on the word count goal and just kept writing no matter how bad it was. I figured I can always rewrite it later :)

Melissa: A lot of what I wrote seemed like crap. I know this is only the first crap but having all of this in there is good so when I do edit it, I can see if it goes together or not.

Lydia: Hmm…I think I managed to stay fairly relevant this year, but I remember last year I would write off on tangents and random things. Once I had my characters have some really stupid weird tournament between themselves, but it was a lot of fun to write.

Rodwen: I assume you mean ‘without adding anything’… I can’t think of a time, per se.

11. In what ways did you connect with your writing buddies?

Nilynrae: In the past I’ve moved around a fair bit but this time was the first time I got to be in the same region as last year (England:Elsewhere -> England:London->Europe:Wales) and it was nice because I started to recognise a few people from last year. That helped a lot. I went to weekly write-ins and two TGIO parties, posted on the regional forum quite a bit and swapped the odd Nanomail.

I try to mail a couple of new people a year with encouragement and some of the Nano folks on my list are either from my Region, people I’ve contacted randomly on Nano or are from other forums online and we’ve decided to get together and try Nano.

This year, I tried the ‘adopt a newbie’ approach which was really good too. I made friends with someone in Canada and we Nanomailed each other a lot.

Davina: My main writing buddies were on the Nightwish boards, actually There were a whole bunch of us writing and I used to share snippets of what I had been writing. I also used to write on a LJ group devoted to Nano and I used to post bits on there. My stuff used to stick out a mile , because I seemed to be the only Historical Romance writer on there!

Amanda: One of my writing buddies was my brother, one my best friend, one I know from, two of them became my friends of the forums and three or four were a little more random.

Carla: Most of my writing buddies were friends I knew in person. So there were a lot of MSN, emails, and blogging discussions going on between us to encourage each other. It was definitely the main topic of conversation every time we spoke.

Melissa: I didn’t have any.

Lydia: I just love the community here. We’re all in the same boat really, even if we’ve set different personal goals. No matter what, we’re all trying to do something insane. We have to balance finding time for our writing every day with the rest of the world banding together to keep us from finding that time. And everyone just wants to help. It’s like there’s no way not to connect.

Rodwen: Email and NaNo mail.

12. Was your novel finished with NaNoWriMo?

Nilynrae: Thankfully yes! This time. I did NOT want a repeat performance of last years. Last November, I left with an 105k document and wandered off to Nanofimo then… and then JanNoWriMo followed after that. Last years took me 10 weeks in total (155k) and I didn’t want to do that again.

Davina: No. Not even half way through. Currently I’m at 101k and still not even half way according to the Plan. This is going to be an epic.

Amanda: Sadly my novel was not finished, but I did finish the first part with 67,300 words in November.

Carla: Not at all. I estimate that it is about half way through and so am focusing on finishing it through the month of December.

Melissa: Nope. I think I need 50,000 words or less to finish it up. I won’t know until I finish telling the story.

Lydia: I did manage to finish it this year, and it was a great feeling. Not only did I hit 50k, I wrote an entire novel!

Rodwen: Yes, much to my surprise. I actually concluded my novel at 49,500 words, and had to write an extra scene!

13. What have you learned from this experience?

Nilynrae: Not everything always works… it’s Nano. That’s okay.
I CAN write short(ish) stories.
I underestimate myself too often.
Focus and determination is a wonderful attribute to have.

Davina: Umm, I need to work on someting less epic? On a serious note , I should have done more research prior to writing as there was a couple of times I had to interrupt my writing to find things out. I needed to find out who was going to be in the novel as the extra people was a bit annoying especially when I was meant to be writing.
I also found it hard to visualise Versailles and Saint-Cloud and I couldn’t get a very clear image of the palaces so that became a bit vague.One of my major regrets is that I’ve never actually been to Versailles! I just had to press on and if I found thorough later research that I’d messed up I’d just had to rewrite it. The important thing was getting the words out rather worrying what was Louis XIV’s throne room was called in the heat of writing.

Amanda: I learned that if I am persistant that writing a book is a lot easier than I thought last year. I have also found that my grammar and such has improved along with my writing style.

Carla: That the more I force myself to write in the beginning, the easier it comes later on. That I actually have something to say, and that I can actually accomplish goals I set out for myself if it’s something that I really care about.

Melissa: That it is possible to write a novel. What I learned from nano, I can take and do other times of the year and come up with some great stories.

Lydia: Even though I won last year…I’ve learned that if I can manage to focus, I can get a lot of writing done, apparently more than if I don’t focus. I’m just always amazed at how much fun NaNo is every year.

Rodwen: To never give up, no matter how challenging the problem may be. 50k words in 30 days seems impossible, especially for a chronic procrastinator who had never finished a story, but look at me now!

14. Will you be revising your novel?

Nilynrae: I have no plans to do so currently as I have other work that feels “better” to me. I’ve only just started on some 2006 stuff. If I ever do, it’ll probably get cut down into a short novella/long short story.

Davina: Yes, judging by the plot holes that are still there. I find it quite hard to write in a linear fashion anyway, so although I won, frankly ‘The Poisoned Veil is a bit of a mess!

Amanda: Of course I will, I am hoping to eventually get it published sometime in the future.

Carla: Definitely. I will probably make that my goal through 2009. By the end of 2009 I have myself set on having a full rewrite of the novel.

Melissa: Definitely. I plan to finish it up in January.

Lydia: I’m planning on it, since I want to take up that CreateSpace offer. But first I have to take care of last year’s NaNo. I hadn’t even read it until the first of December.

Rodwen: … … … yes … … … um … … … if I can motivate myself to re-read it.

15. Did you resort to the forums?

Nilynrae: Oh yeah. Loads! I love the bustle of the Nanoforums during Nanowrimo. It’s a hotbed full of prompts, ideas, cheerleaders and typos… what more could you ask for? :D

Davina: The forums were very enjoyable. It was really interesting to find out what other people were writing, and everyone was very encouraging. It was great to be able to bang on about your novel to like minded people. If I had tried that in real life I ‘m sure most people would have just glazed over.

Amanda: Sometimes I did but too overly so.

Carla: I tend to be rather shy in online forums, but I started posting in some threads through the second half of November. I followed the conversation in my region’s forum, but only posted very rarely.

Melissa: Yeah I used the forums when I can. There was some great information out there. I used the shoutout forums quite often.

Lydia: Mostly to chat with people and help other people out with their novels, and to get help whenever I needed it.

Rodwen: All the time, although ‘resort’ seems to be a bit harsh. I used the forums as a distraction, and a chance to connect with my fellow NaNoers. I enjoyed the playful banter that went around, and appreciated the help when I was stuck on several points.

16. What were your first thoughts and actions after winning?

Nilynrae: First thought: relief
First action: going to make my own darn coffee! and one for the hubby too!

Davina: To be honest, I just kept on going. I did post a congratulatory post on the LJ group and I rewarded myself with a pizza and watching a film. It gave me something to work towards. Although I passed by the 17th , I want to pass my word count for this year and I also want to finish earlier. Just my little competetive streak coming through!

Amanda: I was very happy and I bragged to my brother who was more than 10,000 words behind me.

Carla: My first reaction was to collapse in bed. I had spent that entire weekend spitting out school assignments and somehow at the same time wrote the last 15k in those two days. My back was aching and I was drained and exhausted. It was only the next day when I started getting messages from friends who saw my word count that it hit me. I just felt an incredible sense of accomplishment and pride in myself, not to mention a huge rise in confidence.

Melissa: I was like oh my god. I did it. I was relieved and happy.

Lydia: “I did it again!” I was just excited to do it. Then I played “Still Alive,” the credit’s song from Portal. The first few lines: “This was a triumph, I’m making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.”

Rodwen: My first thought was “Wow. I actually did it!” My first actions? Pushing my swivel chair away from the desk and spinning until I was dizzy. True story.

17. What sentence of your novel contained the 50000th word?

Nilynrae: “After all, we still have the INTACOM online and that would have surely one of the first things to go.”
It’s part of a news report that is speculating of the target of an attack. INTACOM = the target’s INTelligence And COMmand network.

Davina: Do you know what? I honestly can’t remember.

Amanda: No idea, I wrote 67,000 so I don’t have a clue.

Carla: Nothing exciting: “She remained by his side until the Dunes of Abbadon began to rise up in the far off horizon.”

Melissa: It was in the last paragraph.

Lydia: “After I got the basic scales finished, I moved on to other exercises.” Very exciting. Basic was my 50,000th.

Rodwen: “If Creator planned for us to meet this one time, then, surely, He will allow us to see each other again, if not in this world, then in the next.” My Faerie friend is telling me farewell.

18. Did you feel it was worth it?

Nilynrae: Oh sure. It always is. Even if you came out with total junk, you’d at least know what doesn’t work and what does. Nothing is ever completely pointless!

Davina: Of course! I doubt I would have ever stirred my stumps to write this story if I hadn’t had the impetus of NaNo. I was also a bit of a perfectionist and took ages over things. At the moment I’m writing a Harry Potter fic which has taken ages precisely because I’ve been agonising about are they in character? Is this any good? Let’s wait for my beta’s opinion. Hopefully this will motivate me to write a bit swifter and have faith that what I’m writing isn’t half bad.

Amanda: It was way worth it, I feel as if it gave me a little boost of confidence, writing about something you want to is always worth it to me.

Carla: 100% yes. It gave me a huge boost in confidence, which is something I was unfortunately missing as this was a tough semester in school. There were also a lot of personal things going on with my family and so NaNo became a way of escaping it all and focusing on something for me, instead of constantly focusing on other people.

Melissa: Yes. I have always wanted to write a novel and this gave me the push I needed to do it.

Lydia: Of course. It was awesome.

Rodwen: Absolutely.

19. Are you planning to do NaNoWriMo next year?

Nilynrae: Always. If it’s running… I’ve donated as much as I can so come on people if you can and you haven’t!

Davina: Oh yes, I’m utterly addicted now! I even think I know what it’s going to be although it might change. Let’s just say I think something modern is in order. I’m also signed up for NaNoFiMo, MiniNaNo in March and I’m seriously thinking about JulNoWriMo as well.

Amanda: Oh you bet! I love it sooo much. The pressure does wonderful things to my ability to write.

Carla: I have no clue what I’ll be doing next year but I have every intention to be participating in NaNo for years to come.

Melissa: Yes, definitely.

Lydia: Why wouldn’t I? NaNo is one of my favorite things to do now.

Rodwen: Of course! I already am planning the novel I will write.

20. In what other projects are you involved?

Nilynrae: I’ve recently started a science fact blog & a writers forum. I’ve written an unofficial players guide website for a reasonably sized online gaming community (and have been moderating their forum for 3+ years). I’ve also sometimes active on various astronomy/science forums.

Davina: I have a whole bunch of interesting projects and stories I’m working on! As I said, I write Harry Potter fanfic so there’s a collection of ideas I want to get rolling. In addition to ‘Notes on a Scandal’ which is an AU 50+ chaptered fic about Hermione Granger and Severus Snape, I also am planning another one called ‘Dead Men tell no Tales’ which is going to be more of a AU Wizarding political thriller type thing.

I was working on a novel called ‘The Rival Nightingales’ which I was meant to do at the same time but ultimately I decided to concentrate on ‘The Poisoned Veil’. This is all about the true rivalry of Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni and how they competed to be the ultimate prima donna of the18th century London stage. That’s going to be my priority for next year.

My big work in progress is another epic called ‘Dischord’ . I think the best way to describe it would be ‘Jilly Cooper with added headbanging’ and it’s set in the Rock and Metal world about a rock star who goes missing right before his World Tour.

I have an LJ but frankly , no one ever visits. I try to blog but I don’t think I’m that great at it. Nothing much really happens in my life. I need to make more of an effort with it.

I post a lot on the Nightwish forum, being a bit of a fangirl, and the Ultimate Metal forums as well.

Amanda: I get on and well other than NanNoWrimo that is just about it.

Carla: I write my own blog: which is more of a personal blog and a way I stay connected with friends. I also joined a few forums this past week that are continuing similar writing goals like NaNo, one in particular being

Melissa: Oh my. I am in so many things its not even funny. I star trek simm on multiple sites. I run two websites of my own. One is star trek related and the other has many of my little projects on there. That one has my blog, offers webhosting/bloghosting, I make forum skins and themes and offer them for free or low priced. I write on squidoo and hubpages. I use photoshop quite often for the many things I need to use it including make forum ranks, banners, signatures and avatars.

Lydia: I have my own blog, mostly writing related, and I’m currently editing last year’s NaNo, and I think I have a few unfinished stories lying around. I know I have one I had to leave off for NaNo, I suppose I should pick it back up again.

Rodwen: I am involved in a website for NaNo members, called NaNoCritics, that is a writing-sharing site. I also am a new member of Script Frenzy, starting in April, put on by The Offices of Letters and Light, the people who do NaNoWriMo.