Today is all about a very special topic: me.
Yes yes, shush, I know this is highly different from ALL MY OTHER POSTS EVER. But I’m talking specifically about my writing today. YES! I am a writer! I sometimes don’t blog about it because I’m also a shy walnut. Somehow yelling about other people’s books is easier than yelling about my own.
But not today, my fine fiends. Let’s take a tour of my hyper little brain.
I stole The Wisteria Writing Tag from the gloriously wonderful Abbie @ Abbiee’s Music Blog (after, like, whining that she didn’t tag me and how that made my life a broken mess of anguish so she tagged me because bless Abbie). I’m breaking all the rules of the tag, however, and stealing MANY MANY QUESTIONS, so pop over to Abbie’s blog if you want actual sensibleness. (I also highly recommend Abbie’s blog while I’m here because she is an exemplary human creature and if you’re not following her YOU’RE MISSING OUT.)
1. ARE YOU WRITING ANYTHING AT THE MOMENT? IF SO, WHAT?
I am writing MY TOMBSTONE BASICALLY because I have is a gazillion writing ideas and it’s too overwhelming to pick between my darlings and I think my brain exploded. I have 3 options for NaNoWriMo in November. Yes, three. And yes I could write now — but I’ll be editing a Super Secret Project soon. So I must gather my strength.
So the answer is: I am writing exactly nothing.
But if you want to know what I’m plotting…oh, mwahhaha…I HAVE A LIST FOR YOU. (Yes I do plot at least 4+ novels at once. My brain is unreasonable like that.)
- AN ADULT DARK FANTASY TRILOGY: It’s actual a rewrite of a series I wrote when I was 15 and it was pronounced too dark for YA apparently. I mean, pfft. But whatever I can work with this. It now includes a war between shape-shifting dragons vs tree demons. There’s all the normal fantasy things: torture, murder, bleeding, stabbiness, people getting carved into immortal evil beast-creatures of weaponised destruction, a bit o’ impaling, and then everyone dies in book 3. So. Like I said, it’s not really that dark. I’M HAVING AN UNREASONABLE AMOUNT OF FUN WITH IT.
- A CUTE BOOK STEALING CONTEMPORARY: Just so you know: I write all the genres. This is about a boy recovering from a brain tumour that took his memories and he steals books and gives them to people who could really really use them (aka = dying kids; homeless people; poor people etc.) Except he steals them from this epic, shouty girl. And obviously = #OTP. It has no title and that is ruining my life.
- A FANTASY HEIST STORY: It’s about an excellent con-master who works alooooooooooone, until (A) he takes a job to move a “very precious item”, but (B) he doesn’t know what item is (!!), and (C) it turns out to actually be a BABY that’s been kidnapped from the royal family. SO NOW I HAVE: this con-master who is now in possession of a baby that he doesn’t want to hand over to the villains, but he personally would like the ransom for too. Plus the royal family wants everyone dead. So he is running away from everyone — WITH A BABY THAT HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH. It will be called Scorpion Deep and I am the excite.
2. WHAT GENRE OF WRITING DO YOU LIKE BEST?
Fantasy. FAAAANTASY. Although I have written in a lot of genres, because I believe in taking a bite out of ALL THE CAKES. I’ve written Sci-Fi ( x 2) and Epic Fantasy ( x 7) and Dystopian ( x 1) and Apocalypse ( x 2) and Paranormal ( x 4) and Contemporary ( x 4).
3. GIRL OR GUY POV?
Of the 20 books I have written, 9 x just boys, and 3 x just girls, and 8 x both. I think it’s safe to say I prefer writing the boys, but why??? WHY???? Boys are odd creatures who are often gross. I would like to say their thinking patterns are easier to write, but what would I know. I am, in fact, a girl myself.
4. WHEN DID YOU START WRITING?
My writing story is twofold and is glorious.
PART 1: I was 6 years old and wrote and illustrated a story called The Three Bears. Which I, naturally, just rewrote off the top of my head from the actual fairy tale. But I signed the book with MY NAME because I WROTE IT and told everyone I MADE IT UP. I’m sure they believed me.
PART 2: When I was 12, my little sister started writing and stapling together little books and got far too much attention. I needed attention. I began to write my own books. So yes, you might say my entire life’s career started because I DIDN’T LIKE MY LITTLE SISTER DOING SOMETHING I WAS NOT.
Aren’t you proud of me? I’m so proud of me. *
* I’m actually a little concerned about me, to be honest. Where are my noble intentions? I seem to have misplaced them.
5. DO YOU PREFER WRITING ON PEN AND PAPER OR DIGITALLY?
I would rather die than handwrite. I can’t even sign my name properly. Pen + handwriting + me = IT’S A NO GO. I WAS NOT MADE FOR THIS.
6. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT WRITING?
Destroying readers’ lives.
- I am absolutely addicted to the freedom of I CAN DO WHATEVER I WANT. I can be whoever and go wherever and it’s intensely exciting.
- No one can interrupt me! I come from a big family okay? Someone is always talking over the top of you. So writing = I AM SPEAKING NOW, SHUSH EVERYONE.
- I adore the act of having nothing on a blank page and then — BOOM, MAGIC — now I have an entire world that I made out of 26 letters scrambled more than eggs and bacon.
I also quite like destroying readers’ lives with tragedy.
7. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT WRITING?
- Editing. It is, in a word, abominable.
- The self-doubt that comes every time you think about your words because WHAT (!) IF (!) YOUR (!) STORY (!) IS (!) NOT (!) ORIGINAL (!) ENOUGH (!)
- When I kill all my characters at the end of book one and then am stuck for the sequel. #problematic
- The very thought of my parentals reading my writing. Like, no. I am not strong enough for this. I am too young. Hold up while I move to Guadeloupe.
- Trying to sum up WHY your book is awesome WITHOUT using pinterest. Which trust me, has to happen a lot when you are trying to get traditionally published. Apparently agents / publishers want pitches not pinterest and it baffles me too.
- Reading back my first drafts. It’s just…it’s a no from me, sorry.
8. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO WRITE? (NOVELS, POETRY, SHORT STORIES, ETC.)
I only write novels. ONLY. I once tried to write a short story and, well…60,000-words later…
9. WHEN DO YOU WRITE BEST?
I am a fiendish beast and I don’t give myself the opportunity to have a “preferable writing time”. I treat writing like a job, honestly. YES I’M ONE OF THOSE DISTASTEFUL CREATURES. When I write, I binge-write. So I write from 9am till like 11pm (with breaks, dude, writers need cake breaks) and my “best writing time” just doesn’t exist. HAHAHAHAHA. IT JUST DOESN’T. EVERYTHING IS A MESS WHEN I WRITE.
10. WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO WRITE?
Unlike my admirable professional (ahem) flexibility of above….I only like to write on my bed. NOT EVEN A DESK, I KNOW. Shame on me. But I need my comfort. I need the view out the window down my valley so I can stare at it for 83% of the time I am supposedly “writing”.
11. WHAT IS YOUR BEST MOTIVATION TO WRITE?
The idea of walking into a bookstore and seeing MY BOOK ON A SHELF and getting to point at it and say “I DID THAT” and then beaming like a psychotic fish of joy. Wanting to be published, honestly, motivates me 100%. And, well, probably admirable stuff too like changing worlds, sharing my imagination, sending a message, blah blah etc. Dude, I just want to see my book on a shelf with a pretty cover and possibly 89000 rabid fans. I’m that shallow and totally okay with it.
12. MOST WORDS YOU’VE WRITTEN IN A DAY?
I think it’s 22,000-words. I only say “think” because once you’ve written that many words YOU’VE GONE A LITTLE NUTS SO DETAILS ARE A BIT WILD AND FREE. I have absolutely definitely written 20,000-words in one day, however. So if you want to argue over that 2K? Fight me, fiend.
13. OUT OF EVERYTHING YOU’VE WRITTEN, WHICH BOOK IS YOUR FAVOURITE?
You are asking me to choose between my children???? LIKE HOW DARE YOU.
No wait, I’m entirely joking. Of course I can choose between my children. Some of them are unspeakable conglomerations of nonsense and I would be okay if they spontaneously combusted into papery confetti. * Honestly, I hate some of my books so much I would eat them. Like, I am the Kronos of authors.
So. I do have a very special place in my heart for The Dead Boy and the Paper Cut, which is a ghostly novel about books, cake, and being heard. (It was on wattpad for a little while, but I took it down because #LimitedTimeOnly.) But I also gave myself a huge attack of prideful feels when I wrote The Never Never Prince in April this year. It’s a dystopic dragon mess of sass and scars and conquering the world and you can see why that speaks to my soul, right?
* Which is not possible, as we’ve established, because I only write on the laptop. Did I ever mention I’ve NEVER printed out my writing??? #devastated When I grow up my #1 priority is to buy a printer and print out a darn manuscript because I WANT TO. #adulting
14. WRITING METHOD: SLOW AND STEADY OR LIGHTNING BOLTS OF INSPIRATION?
I am the Queen Of Lightning. THE QUEEN, I TELL YOU. A draft generally takes me 4 to 5 days. And then I take 4 to 5 months off…hahahhaha..ha…ha…ahem.
My method is terrible. 1/10. Do not recommend.
15. WORST SPELLING FAIL?
- This isn’t exactly writing related, BUT! I nearly sent an email to a publisher starting “Hell, I’m inquiring about a book“…which, you know, isn’t generally how you make a good impression. HELLO IS WHAT I WANTED TO SAY. I did not send this, thankfully. But, what can I say? Hellfire cannot keep me away from books.
- Scrivener has an autocorrect that is the BANE OF MY LIFE. I had a character called Tark and I spent an entire draft calling him Mark or Talk or Ark. I love you, Scrivener, but I also hate you.
- I often write sentences that make NO SENSE AT ALL and I sit there trying to figure them out but…no. There is just, no. My solution = DELETE THE SENTENCE. Delete the whole paragraph while you’re at it, hahaha. DELETE THE WHOLE DARN BOOK! WOO. NO HARM DONE. HAHAH HA HA…ha…ahem.