You can find my Writer Q&A #1 here.
26 : What would you like to see more of in your genre?
More LGBTQ+ protagonists
27 : Where do you get inspiration from?
All kinds of places, really. Life, books, movies, dreams,…
28 : On a scale of 1-10, how much do you stress about choosing character names?
Maybe 3? I usually know what kind of “vibe” I’m looking for and then I’ll scroll through lists of baby names until I find one that sounds good.
29 : Do you tend to underwrite or overwrite in a first draft?
I’ve done both. The first draft of my first novel was way too long, with a lot of unnecessary scenes I had to cut later. In the sequel, I totally underwrote. It’ll need a lot of revision.
30 : Does writing calm you down or stress you out?
It can do both. Nothing’s more calming than finally solving a plot problem and have the words flow onto the page. But nothing’s more stressful than staring at your screen, unable to produce a single sentence.
31 : What trope do you actually like?
Love At First Sight. Two characters being inexplicably drawn towards one another even though they just met, that’s definitely my jam.
32 : Do you give your side-characters extensive backstories?
33 : Do you flesh-out characters before you write, or let their personalities develop over time?
Some characters are fleshed-out in advance, the others develop throughout the story. But I’ve always got a basic understanding of who everybody is.
34 : Describe your old writing in one word.
35 : Is it more fun to write villains or heroes?
Villains. I feel like they often have a more interesting backstory.
36 : Do you write with a black and white sense of morality?
37 : What’s one piece of advice you would give to new writers?
When people say that the best way to become a writer is write, they are actually right. Perseverance and determination are the key to becoming a writer.
38 : What’s one piece of writing advice you try–but fail–to follow?
“Write each day” – which is a contradiction to my answer on question 37. Right now I’m trying a new approach to writing each day. I’ll clear time for writing each day, but instead of forcing myself to produce something every time, I’ll try to accept when I can’t write. Perhaps there’s a book on writing I can read instead or research some new character names.
39 : How important is positive reinforcement to you as a writer?
I’ve met so many writers – myself included – who often say “I can’t do this, I’m not good at writing” and that’s actually quite sad. We’re writing and we can do this!
40 : What would you ask your favorite author if given one question?
Was there someone special that inspired you to write stories?
41 : Do you find it distracting to read while you’re writing a first draft?
No, I can’t stay away from other books for too long. However, I’ve been avoiding both portal fantasies and stories about faeries since I’ve started my novel.
42 : Do critiques motivate or discourage you?
Depends on the critique and my mood. If the critique is aimed toward something I was already feeling bad about, I often get discouraged. But after some consideration I usually realize that the critique can help me to solve that particular problem.
43 : Do you tend to write protagonists like yourself or unlike yourself?
I think I’ve got a bit of myself in each of my characters.
44 : How do you decide what story idea to work on?
If it’s still interesting after hundreds of hours of plotting, it’s the one.
45 : Do you find it harder or easier to write when you’re stressed out?
I’m stressed out a lot, so that’s how I roll.
46 : What Hogwarts house would your protagonist(s) be in?
Kayla would probably be in Ravenclaw, Fay perhaps in Slytherin.
47 : Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years?
Still writing, still making stories. Hopefully I’ve gained a few readers along the way who enjoy my stories as much as I do.
48 : Would you ever co-write?
Yes, but it would depend on the person. I think the best collaborators help each other with their individual weaknesses.
49 : Are you a fast and rushed writer or a slow and deliberate writer?
Depends on what I’m writing. Sometimes I can rush through a scene, and sometimes the scene feels so important and I get intimated. That’s when I slow down.
50 : Would you rather be remembered for your fantastic world-building or your lifelike characters?
Tough choice. But I’d have to go with world-building. One of the best parts about fantasy is the opportunity to escape our own world and go someplace else.
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