That's right, folks. It's Beautiful People time! It's fitting that they would do an author writing process questionnaire, to kick off what I hope is my dedication to the Beautiful People link-up. I won't promise that I'll be participating every month, though, because who knows what might come up to hinder that?
Anyway, I'll link to Sky's and Cait's blogs again: here and here, respectively. They're the hostesses of Beautiful People, and they're awesome. If you haven't already done this fun July edition, then what are you waiting for? :D
In the meantime, enjoy learning about the writer. You know, me.
1. How do you decide which project to work on?
Guess what? I have control over the plot bunnies! *locks bunny cage* They're not getting out. So I don't have to decide, because I'm only working on one project right now.
I'm going to interpret "project" as meaning "first draft," since I've never finished editing a novel before. Dusted Red is the only first draft of a novel-length story that I've written, and it took me about a year. I'm trying to write faster, though - I often worry that I'm a tortoise writer who needs to pick up the pace.
It took me from April 2016 (maybe March - I didn't record it) to April 2017. The word count was a little over 100,000.
3. Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?
Listening to instrumentals while I write draws me into the story more than if all I hear is the tapping of the keys on the keyboard, so I'll go with that. I do sometimes prefer the quiet, though.
4. What time of day do you write best?
Afternoon and evening. I never write early in the morning (I set that aside for Bible-reading and breakfast) or late at night. I'd be far too tired to get my creative juices flowing, and also... did you know that it's a good idea to turn off all devices at least an hour before going to bed because your body reacts to the light from the screen as if it were sunlight, so it thinks it should be awake, which makes it harder to fall asleep? (Sorry, that was a mouthful.)
I have a teensy bit of insomnia, anyway, so I try to stick to this rule.
5. Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?
Oh, wow, that's a hard question. *puts thinking cap on* Okay, so I just flipped through my copy of The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen, and when I really think about it, my writing style might be kinda sorta similar to hers. A teeny-tiny bit, perhaps.
But I might just be a blind fan viewing everything wrong :D
6. Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?
I started writing because I wanted to, and I keep writing because I love it.
That's the more boring answer :D The less boring answer? I started writing because one day, all of a sudden, all these ideas came leaping into my brain, and I just HAD to write them. My memory was a little vague-ish back at age 10, but not too bad. I remember the day I started writing, the day something clicked inside me and I realized how much I love inventing stories. God must have put that love there.
Which leads me to the second question: why do I keep doing it? Because God has used my writing before, and I know He will continue to do so. It's always incredibly fun to be part of what God is doing, so I don't want to give up on the endless opportunities. No way.
7. What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?
The hardest thing for me to write is full-fledged romance. Not fantasy with a smidgen of romance - I think I'm okay at that. (At least, a few of the only people who's ever seen the first draft of Dusted Red thought it was good.) JUST romance. I think I've attempted to write two romance stories, and the results will never see the light of day again. I can promise you that.
8. Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?
Yes. I would like to try my hand at a contemporary Christian YA book that focuses 100% on relationship with God. I've already had lots of great experiences with God since I surrendered to Him, but I don't want to try yet because I feel like I'm not ready. I want to enjoy at least a few more years of spiritual growth. One day - perhaps years from now, if the Lord tarries - the story will solidify and be ready to bloom on the page. Just not yet :)
9. What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?
I don't have specific goals, but generally, I want to finish my rewrite of Dusted Red, edit the glaring problems, and then share it with some family members and friends to get their feedback while I continue editing. As long as I get it sent to those select few by December 31, I'll be satisfied.
10. Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!
Cacchination ~ Procrastination ~ Headdesk