1. Should you participate in National Novel Writing Month to create a book?
I have never participated in NaNo myself, but I have known a lot of others who have. I think that it could definitely help to inspire, but I don’t think people should pressure themselves to try and create the next “Harry Potter”. It should be a good start though!
2. Self-publishing or traditional publishing?
I would always want to try traditional publishing first, but I can totally see why someone would want to self-publish. When I think of someone like JK Rowling and how many times she got rejected. I could see why someone might turn to self-publishing.
3. Write one idea at a time or write all the ideas at once?
I have this “habit” where I’m trying to focus on something, but then I might see something out of the corner of my eye and get distracted. What I try to do now though is send a text to myself, or write a note somewhere and come back to it later…If I remember! If I want to focus on different parts of a story I’m writing, for example, having two ideas at once for two different chapters. I will try my best to write bits and parts at the same time for each section. Even if it’s just a sentence here or there, something that when I came back to it later, I’ll remember what I was writing.
4. What genre is the easiest to write?
Well I haven’t tried writing for ALL genres, but I would suspect it’d be the genre that you enjoy writing the most. For me, it’s Fantasy. I can’t draw what I see in my head, so I write instead. I love to read crime, but I would be really bad at writing for it. I’m secure enough to admit that I am not nearly clever to write in some twist at the end.
5. Where do you need to write to get the work done?
I could write pretty much anywhere. It’s more about my mind space.
6. Where do you find your inspiration?
Like the Orangutan Librarian I can find my inspiration everywhere! Bad, Sad, Mad, Happy, Wonderful, Bright. I do have a set playlist on YouTube though, it usually helps me to stay focus on my writing. All nice and inspirational music. Mainly Celtic.
7. What age do you start writing?
You can start at any age, once you’ve started to learn to write of course.
8. What’s easiest to write? Short stories, stand-alones, series, etc.
Personally I find it easier to write novels. I have tried writing short stories but my imagination takes over and I end up writing longer stories and longer descriptions and the story just tends to keep growing.
9. Do you mill your books or take years to write a book?
I am still writing all my books, none of them are done. I am actually thinking of continuing on with a “tv script” that I started years ago when I started role playing online…via AOL…So long ago!
10. How fast can you type?
Very! When I think about it I get a really bad accuracy score, when I just do it I get a good score,lol.
11. Do you write in the dark or in the light?
I write whenever I can, or when inspiration hits and I have access to write.
12. Hand-written or typed?
I am usually a typer, sometimes though I write down things and then type them up later, but usually I’m a typer.
13. Alone or with someone else?
I am assuming about this is in reference to writing books etc. I like to write alone, I find I spend most of the time to trying to negotiate what should or shouldn’t be written in. It’s too constrictive.
14. Any typing hacks?
15. Are you already published?
No, hehe…As I’ve written above (see Question 9) I haven’t even finished writing a book yet. I would love to be though…If could finish it off!
16. When did you first consider being an author?
I have been writing for years. I can’t even remember what really made me consider it. I grew up around Libraries, so I guess it kind of just started there? I never really went “this is it”…If that makes sense? The writing has just kind of happened.
17. How many books do you have in draft form?
All of them I guess? I have one major one going and the rest are in total beginning stages. Idea forms.
18. Do you outline or no?
19. What’s your favourite note-keeping strategy?
I actually text myself a lot, I find it handy when I am out and about. When I’m at home I do it even then. I also have Word documents with notes, explaining character relationships to each other, mainly so I don’t get myself confused.
20. What do you think about writing in different genres?
I have no problem with it, I just don’t think that I would very good at writing in different genres. I mainly, actually pretty much all of my writing is in Fantasy.
Anyone else who wishes to do this!