My writing mode is either wildly typing every single word I can think of or curling up in the corner crying with a notebook and pencil and an empty page. There is rarely any middle ground. So, in honour of writing, I’m going to be answering some writing related questions.
- What genre do you write in? If you write in different genres, what’s one you’d like to try that you haven’t yet or one you’d never bother with?
I love writing contemporary, but it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to not end up with someone dying. I also love the Cassandra Clare style of magical realism, but it’s not something I’ve experimented with yet.
I’d never bother with historical fiction unless it’s Gods tying in with a modern plot line like Percy Jackson, or thriller.
- How do you pick your characters’ names?
I hate picking names a lot for someone who is slightly obsessed with naming things. How can you sum up everything about a character in a single word? But sometimes the names just come to me. Sometimes they belong to real people I see while I’m scrolling through Instagram. Sometimes they come from a magical sounding word that I really like the meaning of. It’s all a surprise.
- What can you say about your current projects?
It’s a bit contemporary and a bit fantasy. There’s two male main characters that my entire heart belongs to and their hearts belong to each other. There’s a forest that’s basically like a personal heaven when you ‘die’. It’s very exciting.
- How many books have you written?
I think it’s time for some number related facts.
- I’ve only completed 1 full draft
- I have 4 or 5 unfinished drafts
- I’ve been writing seriously for around six years
- The book I’m working on now is the third that I’ve attempted to complete
- My drafts are only around 40,000-50,000 words which is a lot less than most people want
- What are your writing goals this year?
Finish writing my draft and edit it and release it into the world. Either make a lot of progress on another draft, or abandon all hope and start something new.
Some small goals for some point in the future, maybe not this year:
- I want to write about modern/contemporary witches
- I also want to write about pirates or mermaids or both in one book
- I want to do a retelling of a fairy tale
- I want to do a gender-bent retelling of a fairy tale
- I want to write more openly about my mental illness
- I want to write about friendship. True friendship. Everlasting friendship
- What are your writing strengths?
I think developing characters is one of my strengths. While I was writing ‘Beauty in the Breakdown’, one of my reasons wrote me this comment saying how Josh was so easy to fall in love with, and that’s a comment I think about every time a new character comes to life. I’ve also had a comment saying that some of my descriptions are like poetry, and that one honestly means the world.
- Do you enjoy any other creative outlets?
I love making book related videos for my YouTube channel. I love photography, and self-portraits, and conceptual images. I love making short films and music videos and practically any creative video.
- Your best tip for punching writer’s block?
My personal favourite method for fighting writers block is to take a song I like and make a story out of it. A lot of songs have very narrative-based lyrics that practically tell a story on their own. With a music video for visual inspiration, it’s quite easy to put a few more words in there and make someone else’s story into your own.
- Who do you write for?
Myself. I am my number one fan.
My hands are too cold to answer anymore questions, so I’ll ask you some instead. Have you had a successful writing start to the year? Is writer’s block bringing you down? Who do you write for?