JuNoWriMo Participant Interview A.E. Howard

Every week I will interview a fellow JuNoWriMo participant to get their take on the challenge while in the trenches.

Week One, I choose one of our talent Host – A. E. Howard (Anna)

Tell me a little about what you are writing for JuNoWriMo.
I’m writing the second book in a young adult fantasy series. The first one, called Flight of Blue is nearly finished and coming out in July. For a synopsis and excerpt of Flight of Blue you can visit my site: http://aehowardwrites.com/books.
This new book is called The Guardians.
Kai Williams has discovered all the Guardians including his parents have been lured inside time bubbles where minutes tick by so slowly, they don’t realize they are trapped. While trying to find a way to free them, Kai is stalked by a mysterious figure called the Dream Walker who attacks Kai while he’s sleeping and is bent on getting an object–a small skeleton key–away from him. Keeping the Dream Walker at bay, Kai goes to his friends for help. Together they find pieces that lead them on a quest for the secret cabinet of the ancient sorceress Belladonna and the powerful object she hid away before her disappearance, an object that will break the time bubbles and release the Guardians. Pursued by Name Monsters who have teamed up to fight them, will Kai and his friends be able to outwit the forces arrayed against them and free the Guardians? And will Kai be victorious in the war being waged for his mind while he dreams?
 Is this your first time doing this type of challenge?
No, I’ve done NaNoWriMo the last two years.
What did you learn from the last challenge that is helping you with Junowrimo?
I learned that you have to write every day. Even if you don’t make word count, you just have to keep writing even when it feels like you’re writing drivel and pulling teeth to do it. Re-reading prose from these competitions I’ve realized two things: 1) it’s probably not as bad as you thought it was when you wrote it. And 2) even if it is, no one’s going to see it, and you can start re-writing it after the month is over. I think you often have to write a lot of bad prose to get to the good stuff.
What was your writing schedule like this past week; time of day, # of words per day? 
I’ve been writing between 9pm and 12am (or so!). I have a 13-month-old son and he goes to bed at 9. It’s hard to get much writing done when he’s awake. I did take Sunday off because it was my wedding anniversary 😉 I’ve been aiming for 3k the nights I sprint lead (Tues, Thurs, Sat), and 500-1k on the days I’m not leading. It keeps my averages up, and lets me finish editing Flight of Blue on the off days.
Did you do any planning for Junowrimo?
I don’t plan. I create worlds and characters, and then I have some sort of starting scene in my head, and sometimes an ending one as well. I start with what I’ve got, and as I follow the character through the scene, I find out more of what happens. On Tues night, just before I crossed the 8k mark, Kai had a confrontation with the Dream Walker and suddenly started to put together some pieces of what he needed to do next. And I got to find out where the story was going. Now I have the major scenes lightly sketched, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.
What is your word count as of June 7th?
9806

After one week, it looks like Anna is off to a great start.  Good luck with the rest of the challenge, Anna!

For more information about A.E. Howard, visit her blog and follow her on Twitter.
Blog – http://aehowardwrites.com

Twitter – http://twitter.com/aehowardwrites

Make sure to pick up Flight of Blue, coming out in July.

7 thoughts on “JuNoWriMo Participant Interview A.E. Howard

  1. Thanks. Great post, again! The book sounds most intriguing and is similar to how I wrote my last and first NaNo novel . Had a beginning, an end and a couple of ideas about the middle. What I struggle with is making up names as I go along – that can flummox me on sprints! But I like the way Anna juggles her personal targets around to suit her personal writing needs. I’ve had to do this, too, and know 3,000/4,000 + words are attainable (and on a regular basis) if we have setbacks, family events, Royal Jubilees, lol, and so on. Must update my wordcount today 🙂

    1. Yeah. I forget what I named some characters and can’t move on until I find out who I was talking about:) I have been very proud of being able to make each writing session count. I am most curious to hear what kind of writing schedule others have. We all wish that we could do this every day all day. But, I do think I appreciate even more every precious moment I do get to write.

    1. The other thing i did was literally put in character name stand-in’s that I wrote down and used to do a “find/replace” after I figured out their names. For a while, I didn’t have a name for a monster so I just wrote “namemonster” every time… of course that actually became it’s name (Name Monster) after I realized that no one knew what it was named because the knowledge had been lost and needed to be found again in order to defeat it, but I digress.

      I would write minor characters with names like “Ms. Teacher1” and “annoyinggirl.” I figured if they were going to show up and not introduce themselves, then they deserved it 😉

      1. Annoyinggirl – I love that. Yeah, at this point for minor characters I have resorted to bestfriendC (college), bestfriendH (high school), old boss, new boss, etc.. Anything else would take to long at this point.

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