The Confessions of a Writer Tag was created by Nicolette at A Little Bookish, A Little Writerly. It is a ‘get-to-know’ the writer interview tag, dedicated to spotlighting the creative process, works in progress, and connecting to other writers.
I was tagged by A.J. Lundetrae. You can read her answers here.
Okay, I’m gonna do this...rapid-fire style.
1. When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?
I first started in the seventh grade, really. I think it was always there though.
2. What genre do you write?
Contemporary New Adult and Young Adult.
3. Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress? When did you start working on this project?
Started a few years ago during Camp NaNoWriMo, but was too close to the subject so I took a few years off. Now I’m back prepping in October and cranking the first draft out in November during this year’s NaNo. It’s a New Adult Romantic Comedy titled Over Again.
4. What was your first piece that you can remember writing? What was it about?
It was called the Leaf of Fire and it was basically a rip-off of the Lord of the Rings. All art starts in imitation. That’s why fanfiction is so great.
5. What’s the best part about writing?
To me, coming up with a new story and putting all the pieces together during outlining. I love the discovery! Secondly, when you read your work aloud and they laugh at all the right moments. You know you’re onto something.
6. What’s the worst part about writing?
Rewriting and reading your own work a million times. You’re just ready to move on, but this thing you created is just not good enough to release into the world yet. I always feel like I’m not equip to fix my own writing, because I’m too close. I haven’t published anything yet, but I think hiring an editor is super important, especially in self-publishing.
7. What’s the name of your favorite character and why? (This can be from a book by another author or from your own work. Book crushes are perfectly acceptable here as well.)
All time favorite character is Samwise Gamgee from the Lord of the Rings (my nerd is showing). He’s so loyal to Frodo, even when Frodo doesn’t deserve it. Also, he has some of the best quotes. My favorite appears in the movie version of the Two Towers near the end when he talks about characters in stories and why we love them.
8. How much time a day/week do you get to write? When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)?
It depends. I was working part time until recently. I would write like a mad-woman on my days off. Now that I’m full time, I’m not sure how this will look. I made this transition right as my last project wrapped up. I’m more of a middle of the day person, if I had my way. I think I’ll become a morning and weekend writer now though. You have to get it in where you can.
9. Did you go to college for writing? Or if you haven’t been to college yet, do you plan to?
I originally started as a Creative Writing major, but it was clear they were going to be way too “literary” for my style and I feared it would suck the joy out of it, so I switched to English Literature, which was one of the best decisions I have made.
10. What bothers you more: spelling errors, punctuation errors, or grammar errors?
I think punctuation and capitalization errors. I can’t stand texting without proper sentence structure. Ha ha!
11. What is the best writing advice that anyone has given you?
Know the rules so you can break them properly. Ha ha! I think art is more interesting when you do something no one else is doing, but you can’t do that well unless you know the original rules. The same goes for genre and such. Reading about writing is good, but reading books by others in your field, especially those who made the genre what it is, is even better. Know what came before you so you can turn it on its head.
12. What advice would you give to another writer?
Don’t spend too much time reading blogs about writing and pinning articles about writing and comparing your journey or your writing style to your peers. This is a quick way to lose your confidence and your love of your own craft. Sometimes it’s best to silence everything, especially social media, and just write the thing you’re passionate about writing. As long as passion fuels your craft, it’ll work. Nothing is better than seeing someone truly passionate about what they do. (I know it sounds like this one contradicts the last a bit, but it doesn't, I swear.)
13. What are your favorite writing sites or blogs that you turn to for help, tips or encouragement?
My super favorite is She’s Novel, written by the wonderful Kristen Kieffer.
14. Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing? What are your hobbies?
I’m a huge Marvel nerd, so I read the comics and watch all the movies and tv shows. I’m a big tennis fan, so I watch and play, but lately I haven’t had as much time for it. I, also, love music and discovering new indie music, so Spotify is my heaven. Ha ha!
15. What is the best book you’ve read this year?
This is a tie. I would have hands-down said More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, but I just read Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway and it’s to die for!
16. What is the best movie you’ve seen this year?
Trainwreck with Amy Schumer. I am a Romantic Comedy buff and, sadly, they’re not making as many as they used to. This one was surprising, because it uses a lot of the same tropes, but flips it all around. Plus, it’s hilarious.
17. What is your favorite book or series of all time?
Lord of the Rings, but I think you probably guessed that.
18. Who is your favorite author?
Neil Gaiman, even though his books aren’t always my favorite. I just love him and his personality and his connection with his fans. Plus, I love that he breaks all genres and media and just does whatever he wants. I want to be him when I grow up.
19. What are your plans for the rest of the year in terms of your writing?
Finish up Over Again in November, do edits and clean it up in December, and post it on Swoon Reads in January.
20. Where else can we find you online?
I’m most active on Twitter and Instagram. If you want to know what I’m reading, you can friend me on Goodreads, too. If you’re curious about my writing, you can read the first season of Ellie Versus on my website or Wattpad.
Damn! Even rapid-fire style this took a while. I loved it anyway.
Now I must nominate someone...I’m super curious to see Nicole L’autore answer these.