My Writing Process That Brings Some Laughter and Lots of Tears
I fancy calling myself a writer. Writing gives me life and purpose and brings me joy. It also reduces me to tears and wailing. Also keyboard smashing. Lots of keyboard smashing.
Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In host a writer’s meme called Beautiful People. July’s prompt is all about getting to know the writer and their process. Which means you get to learn about me and my process. I know, you’re overjoyed. I’m also aware that it is no longer July, BUT NOBODY ASKED YOU SO JUST LET ME BE.
How do you decide which project to work on?
Ummm, I don’t? I mean, obviously I do. And I wish there was rhyme and reason to what I do. But no. That’s not a thing for me. Basically, I work on what I want to. I have no demands on my writing. I just write. If it’s the month of November, I’ll start a new novel that I’ve been thinking up for a year. Unless I decide to be a Nano rebel. Then I work on old stories. SEE, NO LOGIC TO WHAT I DO.
How long does it usually take you to finish a project?
I’m going to talk about first drafts. My timing for first drafts can vary. Typically, I write one during the month of November for NanoWrimo. And sadly, that’s the only time I have to write a first draft. I’m trying to fix that, but school makes it hard. As of right now, I spend the rest of the year editing my Nano first draft. Or pretending I’m editing it. Yeah…like I said, I’m working on this. Hopefully my shiny new stickers and calendar will make me write more (because shiny star stickers is how you get me to do things).
Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?
Deciding to write. That has to put me in the mood. Because my time is limited with work and school and my writing time is sacred. Even if I’m not in the mood I need to suck it up, buttercup. I have various playlists that I like to play while I write. And nice noise cancelling headphones. I use them always when writing because WHY CAN’T PEOPLE JUST STOP MAKING TERRIBLE NOISES WHILE I’M WRITING?!
What time of day do you write best?
I am the queen of the night! At least, that’s what I tell myself. I’m definitely a night owl and I get my writing groove typically around 1 in the morning. But I can’t always let this be a thing because life demands I get up early in the morning. (Who do you think you are, life?!?) I’m trying to expand my times of inspiration to all hours of the day. The night owl in me cries (let’s be honest, so does the writer), but it’s coming along.
Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?
I can’t answer this question! NO WAY. If I do that, then I’ll create pressure for myself. And I’m not querying right now, so I can get away with this. For now. But that’s good enough for me.
I can, however, tell you author’s I aspire to be like:
- Victoria Schwab
- Marissa Meyer
- Leigh Bardugo
- JK Rowling
They are all queens 👑
Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?
You ready for a story full of sap? WELL TOO BAD. Because that’s not my story. Okay, maybe it’s my story. BUT WHATEVER.
It started when I was just a wee little lass. My sister and I are five years apart, which means I had to learn to entertain myself. I would run around in our backyard, going on crazy adventures. I would tell you about these adventures, but there are too many to talk about. Even though I hated reading in elementary school, I loved writing (I was weird, I know). Then middle school happened. You could never find me without a book. I had realized my calling in life: to read all of the books and write glorious stories.
I got into roleplaying on forms with friends, writing stories with friends, and writing my own smol stories (which will probably burn your eyes if you read them). This continued up through the end of high school. Then this monster called university started and my life went into a panic chaos of I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M DOING WITH MY LIFE. Don’t worry though, I’ve finally figured it out. Kind of.
I keep writing because WHAT IS LIFE WITHOUT WRITING?!? I don’t know. I do it because I love it. I can’t live without it. It’s like air. I NEED IT.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?
Romance scenes, because we NO FEELS JUST STABS. Okay, my characters don’t always stab things. Sometimes they punch. But writing scenes where the romance doesn’t make me cringe? SO HARD. WHY DO WE NEED EMOTIONS OF LOVE?! They are my struggle. And it’s real.
Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?
All of them? That’s how I feel about every single idea. I’m never going to be ready. I realize that. And I needed to stop making that an excuse. So my mindset is that if I have an idea I’m passionate about, GO FOR IT. Because the hardest part is always starting. Even if I have to trash it all, I started something and I’m a better writer because of it.
What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?
I should have written down my goals. Yeah, I really should have. And I didn’t. So that in itself is a fail. I’m going to say that my goals probably involved writing every day. Have I accomplished that? No. But, I’ve got a new failsafe system: shiny star stickers ⭐️
Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!
What I think it’s like:
What it’s actually like:
What’s your writing process like? Do you have writing goals that you wrote down (unlike me)? Which authors inspire you? What’s something about your process you wish you could change?