1. How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’?
I’ve been writing since elementary school so more than 10 years but it’s been on-and-off where I write a whole lot then I don’t. I considered myself as a writer when I began typing up my first novel (it’s awful. I never finished it. I may try to change it up but for now…I’d rather let it gather dust).
2. How/why did you start writing?
I started writing at the encouragement of my fourth-grade teacher. She used to hand out certificates at the end of the school year on what she thought we would become when we were older. I was surprised and thrilled to see WRITER on my certificate and the idea never let me go. Around that time, I also fell in love with Harry Potter and I was enthralled at the power words had and how it could make me forget and remember all at the same time.
3. What’s your favorite part of writing?
I love it when I get an idea. When that happens, I get extremely excited and I start jotting ideas and it’s an absolute adrenaline rush for me. I feel this surge of happiness when I get writing.
4. What’s your biggest writing struggle?
It seems counterintuitive to say this but actually writing the story is a struggle. After I get my idea, I sleep on it, I wake up and I realize that that was the worst idea I’ve ever had, it will never work and I should give up. Self-doubt is a paralyzing thing and because of this, most of the time my ideas never develop.
I also have a fear that my ideas are the same. Same core idea with different veils flung over it. At that point, I feel like I’m the most boring person who ever lived (which may be true but let me live in delusion).
5. Do you write best at night or day?
I write best during the day/afternoon. Before I sleep! Otherwise, the self-doubt creeps on me and my story is GONE.
6. What does your writing space look like? (Feel free to show us pictures!)
Ha! I don’t have a designated writing space except my writing utensils. If I want to write, I grab some paper and a pen or my laptop and start writing.
7. How long does it typically take you to write a complete draft?
Er. If I’m going by my poorly-written elementary-school novel, I’m guessing around a year. I can crank out a 5 page short story in a few hours though which, now that I think about it, is nothing to brag about
8. How many projects do you work on at once?
Right now, I have a central idea, and I have a bunch of different paths for that idea to take. So I’ll write about one plot and if I hit a snag, I switch to a different plot and keep writing.
9. Do you prefer writing happy endings, sad ones, or somewhere in between?
I like writing ends that are emotionally satisfying so it depends on the story. Most of my endings are in the in-between sphere where it’s ambiguous and it depends on the reader’s interpretation to decide for themselves.
10. List a few authors who’ve influenced your writing journey.
J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins and Rick Riordan to name a few. J.K. Rowling because of sheer creativity, magic, very real and relatable characters and just pure amazingness. Suzanne Collins because you can provoke change and awareness through words. Rick Riordan because you don’t have to be serious all of the time, reading is for all ages and LEARNING.
11. Do you let people read your writing? Why or why not?
Yes, I do! The people who do read my writing are usually my friends. Most of them are critical enough so that I can edit and improve but perhaps sometimes too critical but I try to move past that.
12. What’s your ultimate writing goal or dream?
To finish a novel and to be published. Yes please and thank you.
13. If you didn’t write, what would you want to do?
What would my life be without writing? How dare this question be here? But I’d probably read. All day long. As a job. And obsess over books that I love and rage over the ones I love and hate.
14. Do you have a book you’d like to write one day but don’t feel you’re ready to attempt it yet?
Books that delve into the human psyche (which is what I’m attempting to write at the moment) is something that I’ve always wanted to write. The problem is is that I feel like I’m way in over my head and I feel this horrible pressure on myself to write something unique and profound.
15. Which story has your heart and won’t let go?
A fantasy. It has literally been in my brain for months. I’m slowly building up a plot but I want to see what direction I can take it before I sit down and start writing.