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Welcome to the my interview with Caroline Topperman! She talks about her book, amazing writer journey, and so much more.
Hi Caroline Topperman! Please introduce yourself and share 5 fun facts
Hello! I am a writer and a blogger but I’ve also danced professionally, sold beauty products and fashion accessories, worked at a car dealership, sold insurance, flipped houses. I’ve owned a Pilates studio frequented by professional athletes and A-list celebrities. I grew up in Toronto then spent fourteen years in Vancouver and four and a half years in Warsaw, Poland. I’m currently back in Canada. Okay, so that’s a bit more than five but there you go!
What inspired you to start a writing career?
I’ve always been an avid writer and reader. In fact, my first rejection came at the age of eight from Owl Magazine. I have a degree in screenwriting and have been blogging and publishing articles for over ten years now.
What can you tell us about your book Tell Me What You See?
After I came back to Canada, I had a very bad case of writer’s block which lasted for months. I finally started using photographs for inspiration and then realized that others could probably benefit from my experience. Tell Me What You See can be used as a stand alone writing prompts book or in conjunction with my online course of the same name.
What were the greatest challenges in creating this book?
Probably overcoming my writer’s block. I was lucky that there was a lot of interest in the book.
What were the notable victories?
The book prompted me to develop an online course as well as a visual writing workshop which has allowed me to travel and meet lots of other wonderful writers.
What are visual writing prompts and how do they help writers?
Most people are actually visual learners which means that staring at a blank page happens more often than we’d like to admit. By providing visuals, people can either write what they see or let the photograph unleash their imagination. Basically they take the stress out of being a “writer” and having to write.
How do visual prompts help you get inspired?
I’m a very visual person so the minute I get stuck on something I imagine the scene I’m working on and try to step inside it. I will close my eyes and see myself standing in the middle of the scene. Then, I’ll focus on using all of my senses and I’ll ask myself, not only what am I seeing but also, what can I hear, what can I feel? This brings the scene to life and usually gets me back on track.
How have your travels influenced your writing career?
By extensively experiencing different cultures my world has opened up, given me a new perspective outside of my community. I can use everything I’ve seen and done in my work.
What are the greatest challenges for you as a creative type?
Fueling my creativity. I need to be surrounded by things that feed my soul and right now I live in a small quiet community so I need to keep leaving to find the things that inspire me.
What is your favourite thing about writing and creativity?
The freedom to do what I want and to forge my own path.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Oh there’s so much advice but honestly don’t get overwhelmed by all the information that’s out there. If you want to write, write. Make sure you practice writing every day even if it’s only for a few minutes.
What are the best lessons you’ve learned throughout your experiences?
To trust that I’m doing the right thing and to choose specific people that I listen to. You will hear lots of advice from every angle but it’s important to do your own research so that you can make the choices that are the best for you.
What are your goals for your writing future?
Right now I really want to finish my family history.It’s a project that I’ve been working on for quite some time. I’m also working on a fiction, but inspired by real events, book that’s slowly being fleshed out.
Any last thoughts to share with readers about you and your book?
Never let writing become overwhelming, while can be frustrating at times, you are the boss of your own words. Enjoy this time and make the most of it.
Thank you so much Caroline Topperman for talking about your travels and sharing your visual book! Can’t wait to see how that fiction novel turns out. Stay in touch with Caroline on her websites: CarolineTopperman.com and StyleontheSide.com
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