If you’re curious to know more about me and my writing inspiration, these questions will answer that!
My Writing Inspiration
What’s your favourite genre to read?
I’m pretty open to anything as long as it’s well-written. My writing inspiration comes from books I have in the YA, mystery, and thriller genres, but I’m looking to expand into others (except romance because I’ve never been a fan). I love a variety of things, as long as it’s filled with suspense, adventure, or deeply thought provoking.
What’s your favourite genre to write?
Again, I’m looking to expand into different genres. I’ve had the most experience with YA romance through my work on Fiverr, and a bit of mystery and fantasy thrown in here and there. I just love writing, and I think it’s good to find more challenging, unfamiliar things to write about. Otherwise, how will I improve?
How do you pick character names?
Google. Usually my searches look like this “boy/girl names meaning -insert identifying quality-” Those qualities can be like warrior, darkness, happy, etc. Anything that defines my character. Also, I pick names that I like. Have you ever looked at someone and thought “hmm, you look like a Diana”? That’s what I do with my characters sometimes.
How do you create the plot for your story?
I’ve started getting into outlining a lot more, creating the main points for every chapter. I find that my best ideas come out when I’m writing. I’ll come up with new plot points or characters and see if they work in the story.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
Forcing myself to write. Literally, the best way to break that cycle is to write, even if it’s complete crap. Start writing and edit later. Get the words down. If there’s nothing there, how can you expect to move forward?
What Point of View is your favourite to work with (first, second, third)?
I like first person the best. That way you get a deep connection with the main character. You truly get inside their head and know how they see the world and the actions of others. You learn a lot about a character that way. Second person is more for articles and blogs. Like if you’re trying to teach someone something and put them in a certain situation. Using second person depends on what effect you’re going for with the story. Third person I use sometimes, but I find it gets too repetitive and confusing if you have too many characters. Hillary said this. Gordon said that. John did this. Hillary replied. Gordon went next. John sat down. First person is the most popular way in my heart.
Which author(s) inspire you?
A few! I love the style James Patterson writes in. He has short chapters, and the story goes along quickly, but has so much action! Michael Robotham is my latest favourite. Unique thriller stories with multiple character POV. Sarah Dessen truly inspired me to pursue writing. Her stories have little tidbits that connect them all together to create her own universe. Mary Pope Osborn (Magic Tree House Series) was my first favourite author and I think she inspired me to become a writer. She has so many adventures under her belt, and she makes kids believe that anything is possible.
I have to say, though, the writers I’ve met on social media are fantastic. They’re real people that have talked to me, and I have a better connection with them because we’ve been able to have little conversations.
Do you have any pre-writing rituals?
Procrastination… Once I get started, I can write all day long. Sitting down and hitting that keyboard is the toughest part. I make all these excuses in my head about how hard it’s going to be. Writing is hard, but I can’t improve if I never get started!
What’s your favourite setting for a story?
I find myself really drawn to seaside, small towns. I don’t know why. Maybe I’ve read about them a lot and have a fascination with quaint little towns. Maybe I’ve seen them on T.V. All I know is that many of my settings are by the coast, or at least some kind of body of water.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I have this memory where I’m sitting in the back seat in our mini van. I’m probably in like grade four. Suddenly, I just think, maybe I should be a writer. That thought has stuck with me ever since. It’s all I’ve ever been passionate about and all I’ve ever wanted to do.
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