Lately I have been posting a lot of blog posts regarding my current writing project and Camp NaNoWriMo, so if you’re not interested in those types of posts unfollow me now.
(Please don’t I love you guys!)
and I might be a bit desperate for friends, but aren’t we all
I was reading a post by the queen of blogging herself Paper Fury about this meme that she has (that I’ve never even heard of before! Apparently I’ve been living under a rock) and it sounded right up my alley so I decided that I’d do it myself.
And if Cait actually reads this post I will die. I’m not even joking
Do you like it???? This was designed by Torrie from Fox + Hazel! *heart eyes*
You might be wondering what Beautiful People is… well, Beautiful People is a writing blog meme that Cait @Paper Fury co-hosts with Sky @ Further Up and Further. They post questions at the beginning of each month (generally around the 5th) that you can answer on your own blogs! It’s designed (A) to help you get to know your characters better, and (B) share your writing projects!
I’ve got some questions to answer about my writing process! I think you’ve heard enough about my WIP so this will be a nice change.
But if you are interested in learning about my WIP and missed my post on it, you can read it here.
And I also have little snippets here.
I also talk about it a lot on Twitter here.
Shameless self promo over.
How do you decide which project to work on?
You see, this one is difficult because if I have an idea I kind of just start writing things as they come. Every once in a while I just get hit by this brilliant idea for a book and then I dedicate myself to that book and that book only.
But also, if you squeal from excitement, that’s how you know you chose the right project. For example, with the book I’m currently writing,
I know that I said that I was done with self promo, but if I’m being completely honest that was a lie, I knew that I wanted to write a contemporary book because let’s be real, fantasy is too hard, and I knew I wanted to make it diverse as well so I started thinking up diverse characters and the rest just kind of appeared in my brain.
When the idea sticks and you can’t think of anything else besides the idea you currently have, you know that that idea is going to be your next project.
How long does it usually take you to finish a project?
Ha! Finish? What does that word even mean?
Yes, I’ve never actually finished a project.
But this time will be different!
Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?
Uh – I really should have a routine, but I don’t.
BUT… when I read other people’s blog posts (or even Twitter threads) about their current writing project I get super motivated because then I feel like I’m slacking off. Coffee too. I don’t know what it is, but whenever I’m drinking coffee – iced, hot, etc. – I always get in the writing mood. It’s so strange but it’s awesome as well because I love writing and I love coffee as well so it’s a win-win.
Except for when I want to write at 10:00 at night, but I digress.
Nights are for K-drama watching and Twitter scrolling anyway.
What time of day do you write best?
I feel like I write best during the day when I’m supposed to be doing other more important things such as school. Really, I get a lot of blog posts written and a lot of scenes in my book outlined/written during the time when I’m procrastinating from school.
This is a bad habit I need to fix.
But if it’s allowing a future bestselling novel to get written then who says I need to write that essay on climate change?
Oh wait, my teachers and parents and the nagging angel on my shoulder.
Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?
I’d like to say that I have a unique style that is similar to nobody’s but I read a lot of books by a lot of authors so I pick up different things from loads of other writers.
It honestly just depends on the books I’m reading during the time I’m writing. I find that I wrote more sarcastically after having read The Bane Chronicles recently because Magnus Bane is the most sarcastic warlock that ever lived.
And after reading When Dimple Met Rishi, I began incorporating more of my character’s Korean culture into my book.
My writing style is ever-changing and is influenced by every book I have ever read whether I hated the writing style or not.
Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?
I’m about to get all cliche and sappy here so strap yourselves into your seat and prepare for some cheesiness.
I write to escape the current world we live in. Even if the world my characters live in is crappier than our own, I am able to twist and form the world the way I want it to be. In a world where I have no control over the government’s decisions or the way the earth moves I get the feeling of having control over something when I am forming a fictional world with fictional characters.
I keep writing so that my imagination doesn’t disappear as I grow older. I am still a teenager, but I like to think that I have the creative mind of a child and if I want a dragon in my book I can add a dragon in my book. If I want a floating head ruling over a world made from ice cream, I can write that world myself and nobody can melt that world from my mind because it is mine!
This took a different turn. You didn’t get the cheesiness you were hoping for, but ice cream is better than cheese, don’t you think?
What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?
This isn’t one certain thing in particular, but I have such a hard time writing arguments or fight scenes. I’m not a social butterfly so I already have difficulty writing natural-sounding conversations in my books, which makes writing arguments even more difficult.
What I do is focus on arguments in TV shows and other books I’ve read and see what components every argument has and try and incorporate that in the scenes I write.
I’ll probably only keep half of the arguments I have written because I’m only 20k words into my WIP and my main characters have already had like 5 arguments… oops.
Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?
Fantasy is my favorite genre, but like I mentioned earlier, fantasy is hard to write. With contemporary you at least have a beginning. With fantasy, however, the possibilities are literally endless.
When you write a fantasy book you are creating a completely new world, a magic system, fictional creatures, a fictional ‘government’, and much more. I’ve tried writing fantasy before but I took on way too much and burned out, not writing for nearly a year afterwards.
What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?
I really just want to finish the draft of my current novel and at least start editing it. I want to for sure reach the point where I can search for beta readers early next year.
Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!
The flowers in this graphic were also made by Torrie, but the entire graphic itself was put together by me.