Hullo everyone! Today I’m going to be doing the Writer Tag. I’ve only seen this once before, and I thought this would be a good way to share my overall experience of writing. Anyway, the writer tag is basically a list of questions writers have to answer about writing. So without further ado, let’s get into it. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, but it took me time to answer some of the questions. But I finally did, and here they are!
WHAT DO YOU WRITE? WHAT GENRE? ANY REOCCURRING THEMES?
I usually write fantasy. Since very early I’ve been obsessed with Narnia, so naturally, when I started writing I fell straight into fantasy but right now I’m starting to delve in contemporary a little bit as well, which I’m really LOVING. But recently I’ve also been reading more traditional stuff like short stories, and poetry, so I can see myself delving into those sometime soon.
WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?
For the whole plot of a book, it’ll be a small incident or character in real life, and then I’ll build a world around it, adding more pinpricks from here and there and real life. But it’s all about it striking me that I could build a story around a particular incident, and if it doesn’t, then that’s gone forever. But for like detailed ideas inside of a general plot, I’ll get ideas from other books/movies/tv series.
WHERE DO YOU WRITE, WHEN AND WITH WHAT?
I usually write in my room, especially when I’ve taken a shower, on my bed, and can easily write. But if I can’t focus, I’ve found that getting out of your comfort zone really helps, and the same goes for studying. I write whenever I find time, and that’s mostly late at night, when I actually come alive – though it’s unhealthy, I stay up a lot. I write on my 13 inch Macbook Air, and before that I used a Dell Inspiron laptop, and before that my hands were the victim of severe exhaustion all the time.
SOUND OR SILENCE WHEN WRITING?
SOUND! For the last time, I love sound while writing. It really helps focusing and getting involved in the scene and it just makes you think better. For more details, see my previous post.
HAVE YOU STUDIED WRITING? WHAT WAS IT LIKE? WHERE DID YOU LEARN IT FROM, IF NOT?
No, I have not studied writing. I’m in eighth grade. I do plan on taking writing classes – I have been to a few writing sessions and learnt some tips from teachers and critiques. I’d say I learnt a lot of descriptive writing tips from school, but otherwise I just picked it up from reading other books and listening to other writers.
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY THINK?
Encouraging, but haven’t read any of my works (apart from mom, because she edits it), but other than that I don’t think anyone has read it but doe encourage me a lot. Friends, not that much but family definitely. I’m okay with that, as long as it goes this way. I mean my target audience isn’t in my friends or family.
WHAT DO YOU FIND CHALLENGING?
Blankness. Absolute and utter blankness. There’s been countless occasions where I’ll be writing and then my mind will drift away, I’ll stop, and when I come back away I’ll just be blank. My mind will be empty. It’ll take me a few moments to process the world itself, let alone write anything solid. Lately, it has been happening a lot.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT WRITING?
My favourite think about writing is probably going to have to be the fun of it. The ability to create a world, shape its inhabitants, shape their fates, and just being able to do what you want, and this makes me sound like a terrible person, but I’m not. I just love going crazy on my work.
ANY TIPS FOR WRITER’S BLOCK?
I learnt this one tip from Cassandra Clare, which she taught on her website. BICHOK. Butt in Chair, Hands on Keyboard. Whenever I don’t feel like it, I think BICHOK and just start writing, and write. I don’t care if it’s crap. I don’t care if it makes any sense or not because this isn’t the final act of some play, this is a rehearsal, a first draft, it’s going to go through a crap load of editing, and we can figure that out later. And the second tip I have is probably the best one that helps me not only write but also study and it’s to get out of your comfort zone. This is really important and it stops you from getting distracted and just helps you focus better.
WHAT ARE YOUR LIFE-LONG WRITING GOALS?
Write a New York Times Best Selling novel. Publish a contemporary. Write a novel my friends can appreciate genuinely. Learn the art of short story writing. Learn how to write poetry.
Start a blog.