The Land of NaNoWriMo
Hi All! My name is Amy, but I am known in the land of NanoWriMo as Ismenia. This is my 10th year of doing Nano, plus I did my first Camp this summer. I have won every single time, which I am quite proud of.
I started doing Nano because of my dear friend, Nicole Amsler. Some of you might know her. She lived in the Dayton Area up until about 3 years ago, and did quite a few Write-Ins with the Dayton crowd. She talked me into doing it on Nov. 4th, so I was behind on my word count from the very beginning! It was probably the hardest and most rewarding thing I had ever done. Before I knew it, it was ten years later.
I have always been the creative sort. I was an art therapy major in college. I never considered myself a writer, but liked to dabble in poetry and short stories. I see writing as a way of painting with words, which is far less expensive than buying art supplies. I write primarily fantasy/sci-fi romance. It all depends on my mood in the particular year. I am big Doctor Who fan, so last year I did my first fan fiction without one ounce of romance. It was a nice change actually. This year I am back to romance, but we will see what actually happens once Nov. 1st rolls around. I might change my mind. I am a gamer and a cosplayer, so basically I love escaping to lands of make-believe. Makes writing perfect for me!
I love creating worlds and characters. Being an artist, I am a very visual person. Prior to Nano starting, I have a vague notion of what I am going to write about. (I am not a big plotter.) I search the Web and Pinterest for pictures of characters and settings that inspire me. That way during the month if I get stuck, I go look at my pictures for inspiration.
When I have trouble getting my word count, I resort to the website www.writtenkitten.co. When you hit your word goal, adorable cat pictures flash on the screen.
Since I am a busy Mom of two teenage girls, I don’t go to many Write-Ins. I write whenever I get a quick moment between running them here and there to all of their activities. I might try this year, but you will see me around the Facebook page now and again. Good luck to everyone!! Have a great Nano this year!