This post is literally keeping you from writing a novel. A novel. Think twice before you proceed.
These are my answers to the “Beautiful People: Author Edition” on Further Up and Further In blog (found at http://bit.ly/1tktAlJ). It recently occurred to me that you guys know pretty much nothing about me except that I have an increasing sticky note problem and I procrastinate.
So here it is:
1.) How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a “writer?”
I’ve been officially writing for 5-ish years. I officially considered myself a writer when I was thirteen and thought I was the best.
2.) How/why did you start writing?
I got the idea to write from my older sister who writes fan fiction. I tried to do the same for Harry Potter (which, by this point, I had read through the series four or five times), but I couldn’t come up with any good ideas. But suddenly, I got the image of a girl waking up to a letter tied to her bed frame. Thus, the first draft of my first book began (terribly).
3.) What’s your favorite part of writing?
To be honest, finishing. I like the satisfaction of having finished something big. But working at five in the morning after staying up until then is fun, too. Even though it hurts. I seem to write my best when I’m freezing, tired, and generally miserable.
4.) What’s your biggest writing struggle?
Actually writing. And maybe following through with ideas.
5.) Do you write best at day or night?
I can’t write when there’s natural light in my room. It has to be lamplight, and low music must be playing. If it’s daytime, I have to be outside on my front porch in the exact same corner every time, and the sun cannot directly shine onto the porch. (It’s an OCD thing, I think.) Otherwise I get nothing done.
6.) What does you writing space look like?
A desk. A chair that doesn’t match. Sticky notes EVERYWHERE.
7.) How long does it typically take you to complete a draft?
Well, I’ve been known to take three years, but I’ve also been known to write the beginning of a book, stop, then pick it back up months later and finish it within the month.
8.) How many projects do you work on at once?
Ah. One. I’ve tried to do multiple, but it never works; one always gets pushed to the back burner.
9.) Do you prefer writing happy endings, sad ones, or something in between?
Sad. Always sad. If not sad, the painfully bittersweet. (Not for my current series, though. Ha!)
10.) List a few author who have influenced your writing journey.
— J. K. Rowling (Her rags-to-riches story)
— Stephen King (His unique writing journey)
11.) Do you let people read your writing? Why or why not?
It really depends. on the novel I just recently finished, I let someone beta read it along with one of my friends. (Keep in mind that this was the third rewrite of the book that I started when I was ten.) I did this because I really needed to see how I was doing in my writing, and if the book had really any chance in the publishing world. But with a book I wrote for the first time over the summer, I didn’t let anyone read it because of certain insights my characters had that I felt were too personal. That one shall never see the light of day.
12.) What’s your ultimate writing goal or dream?
I want to write and be published. But I also want to earn enough money off of writing so that I can make it a full-time job. It’s unreasonable, but it sound magical.
13.) If you didn’t write, what would you do?
Nothing. I would be a sack of potatoes watching Netflix.
14.) Do you have a book you’d like to write one day but don’t feel you’re ready to attempt it?
Not really. I have a thousand ideas swirling around in my mind. It’s just finding the time to figure out how to tackle them separately.
15.) Which story has your heart and won’t let go?
My first idea that started this journey. Even if it was crap and it’s changed so much by now that nothing is the same.
So there’s my writing secrets/journey, now go continue yours.
Don’t even think about lounging around on the internet any longer, you slacker. Go break some characters’ hearts.