First of all, tell us a little about yourself.
My name’s Dawn Chapman. I’m from the UK and happily married to my long suffering, non-writer husband, Paul. We live in a bungalow, with our IRN parrot and 30 Koi all of which are spoiled rotten by me.
How many times have you attempted NaNoWriMo? Have you succeeded in the past?
I’ve attempted NaNoWriMo every year from 2010, when they stopped ScriptFrenzy. I used to be a part of that event every April, but they closed it down. So, November became my writing month. I succeeded in 2010, failed in 2011, and then won every year since. Only more recently, this year, taking up Camp NaNoWriMo in April.
What can you tell us about your current work in progress for this year’s NaNoWriMo?
I really wasn’t going to write this year, I’ve a lot on, with TSK Productions Ltd. and could do without pushing myself, but as part of our ‘Members only Section’ for the main Secret King website, we’re running short snippets of our TSK characters, some of which I penned this year as my camp nano project.
And this one particular character and her story just stuck in my head. She’s from far into the future of TSK but is hounding me to get her story out there and to write. So, I took a little time in October and plotted out her novel, with maybe the intention of actually writing it.
How are you keeping yourself focused and on track for NaNoWriMo? What advice would you offer to someone else who wanted to attempt it?
I know I have a lot on this month, so I attempted a 10k day on the 1st of the month. I use the nano chat rooms a lot and have made some amazing friends from all over the world in there. In particular, the rooms tagged #melbnano #PhillyWrimos, #nanoelsewhereau #swissnanos, and #HuNoWriMo the latter being a room which my local region are having a competition with. However, I’m a friendly person and have found they’re just as amazing as everyone else, they helped me win my 10k day. My plan now is to just try and do the min word count though, I tend to write more at the weekends, but I have a day job and that takes up lots of my energy during the week.
My tip would be write little and often. Set yourself a timer, and go, then take a break and go again. The chat room ‘bot’ Timmy is great for this, and the encouragement of others helps to. But if you’re on your own, timing is everything.
If our readers wanted to follow you and your work, what would be the best way to do that?
I can be found at and followed at the following places. I’m about the internet a lot, with my writing and other hobbies.
Production Website: http://www.tskproductions.com/
Main TSK Website: http://www.thesecretking.com/
TSK Productions Ltd: https://www.facebook.com/TSKProductionsLtd
The Secret King Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Secret-King/836723299691777
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
NaNoWriMo 2012 was my defining year, I penned TSK- Letháo then, finishing the 84k by my birthday in December. In January I dedicated all my time to revising that novel, putting my script writing aside. It took me two years, through beta, then copy and proofing, and then for us as a company to publish it in Sep 2015. But we’re very proud of our work and have put our best foot forward. The rest of the series is shaping up very nicely. We’re also extatic to be publishing our constructed language’s grammar and dictionary as an extra before Xmas this year, written by the talented, Trent Pehrson. Watch this space… more to come.