Friday, 5 December 2014

Beautiful Book: NaNoWriMo Editing Questionare

Hey! So I'm back with the last lot of questions to answer for the 'Beautiful Books' link up!
The Notebook sisters/Now: Paper Fury (which I love by the way)

So here we go. After a week or so of not touching my unfinished draft of Clandestine; I am feeling more confident to finish it up, and move on to the editing stage! EXITING!

Link up to Beautiful Books #3 Here

Question one: On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best) how well do you think this book turned out?

Well, considering the fact that I am so close to finishing it: I can rate it. To be completely honest Clandestine turned out alright for a fist draft! It's just a first draft, its aloud to be bad!
So I am rating it a 7 out of 10. Cause as stressful as it was, I still really like it!!!  

Question two: Have you ever rewritten or edited one of your books before? If so, what did you do to prepare yourself? If not, whats your plan? 

I have never edited or rewritten any of my novels. (Mostly, cause I have never finished on!) So I have thought over my game plan.

Game plan: First I plan to finish the novel! Then I am going to have it printed off, so that I can read it over. I feel like reading something on the computer, to reading it on paper is very different. So I am going to read through my entire novel. And while I do that, I am going to take notes, highlight paragraphs due to how they need to be edited. Etc. The game plan will come as it needs!

Question three: What's your final word count? Do you plan to lengthen or trim your book?

I stopped NaNoWriMo bang on 50,000 words! But its now on 50,635 words. I do plan to add more. It is going to be about 60,000 words on the finished first draft! I plan for the second draft to be about 80,000 words (that's a goal)

Question four: What are you most proud of? Plot, characters, or pacing?

For me this is going to have to be plot. I love my plot, and my world. When I fist came up with my plot, all I could think was "You my girl, are a genius!"
But I still love my characters. But they need loads of work. (Like a lot!)

Question five: What's your favorite bit of prose or line from this novel? 

I had good feed back on this quote! So I am going to share the chapter of this on
Right here! Quotes Chapter 

Question six: What aspect of your book needs the most work?

Characters! They need the most work. I need to work on their voices, gestures and movements. Their everything. I need to work on the way I'm writing. And getting points across. So on and so on. It needs lots of work! :)

Question seven: What aspect of your book is your favorite?

My message. I explained it in one of my Na-No-Progress. Every time I go to write something, it always gets really deep!!! Oh and I love my plot and some of my characters!

Question eight: How are your characters? Well rounded, or do they still need to be fleshed-out?

I don't know. I think most of them are half fleshed-out. But there are some that really need work. Especially my MMC and FMC.

Question nine: If you had to do it over again, what would you change about the whole process?

I would have posted and read more in the NaNoWriMo forums. But other wise, I think I would do it all the same. Cause the way I wrote, was the way I write.
Oh and one more thing: I would write more than before. I would try and indulge myself fully in it, and just write!!!

Question ten: Did anything happen in your book that completely surprised you? Have any scenes or characters turned out differently to what you planned? Good or Bad?

Yes this did happen. Characters that were small, became huge parts for the other books, and in the lives of Iris.
To my surprise, there is a lot going on in the back ground. (But that would be spoiling the story!)
Like I had said earlier, I created a character at the very start of the book, them killed him. Yeah, that happened. But I don't regret that! (I'm so evil)

Question eleven: What was the theme or message? Do you think it came across? If not, is there anything you could do to bring it out more?

Like I said in question seven (with the link) I love my message. But I can say it here. The message comes down to human depravity. No matter what we breed, we still are made of greed -Imagine dragons. That no human is ever going to be perfect. That even if we try to create a perfect race of human, they too will fall. And that is what I see coming through with my story. :) :) :)

Question twelve: Do you like writing with a deadline? (Like NaNoWriMo) or do you prefer to-write-as-it-comes? 

Writing with a deadline helps me get it done! Simply cause if I don't have one, I will just drift. But sometimes, I like to just write as it comes.

Question thirteen: Comparative title time! What published books, movies, or TV shows are most like (EX: Ink heart meets X-men, etc)

This is so hard, cause I have no idea what my novel matches up to. Its so different to anything I've ever read or seen. My book is about a school girl who finds out her true identity, and the truth of the world she lives in, and what she really is!
So world wise, I think Under the Never Sky inspired the 'safe city' and 'dangerous out side.' But other wise, I really don't know! 

Question fourteen: How do you celebrate a finished novel?!? 

Well I have not finished a novel yet. But after I finished NaNoWriMo, I have slept a lot since then (thank you school holidays)
When I do finish writing Clandestine, (hopefully soon) I want to go and see MockingJay part one! Oh and Chocolate! But seriously, I think finishing a novel is the best feeling, so for me that would be the greatest reward!

Question fifteen: When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with?  

I want to them to want to read the second book! And I them to still be able to breathe after finishing. I want my readers to come away with knowing that there is more to a person than you see on the surface, that everyone has there secrets. That the world that we live has a lot of underlined things going on.


  1. I think having to write to a deadline once or twice a year, while doing NaNoWriMo or the camps is healthy for me :)
    I loved your answers!

    1. Yeah, deadlines are good! They are the best for driving the result straight to the end! :) I'm planning on doing Camp NaNoWriMo next year!

  2. Great answers! (Printing off the novel definitely helps for editing. Just saying.)