How do you decide which project to work on?
Well, I’m only working on one. So that clears things right up.
Oh, wait a second. That’s not true. I’m in the middle of a fanfiction and writing letters and I write blog posts too. But The Big Bad Monster trumps all other writing endeavors and blinds me to the reality that I’m not actually finishing anything.
How long does it usually take you to finish a project?
I’ve been writing my novel for more than three years. So.
It takes me about three months to finish a fanfiction? Then again, I’ve been working on my current fanfiction for, like, six months, and it’s still just a wee babe of a story, unprepared for the cold, harsh reality of actually being a completed piece of writing.
Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?
Don’t cry. Sharpen pencils. Don’t get on tumblr. Open notebook. Get off tumblr. Wipe away tears.
I am actually a whinerbaby* when it comes to writing moods.
*put yo hands in the air for sky high 🙌🏼🙌🏼
What time of day do you write best?
Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?
Ummm…. a mix between James Dashner (kind of boring and straightforward), Elizabeth Wein (complex characters), and John Green (much time spent on the internet when I should be writing).
Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?
Because when I was, like, seven, I had these puffy food stickers and one of them was a banana split so I put the sticker in the middle of the page and wrote and wrote as hard as I could for a really long time and finally, proudly held up the one page of lined paper that now had a story about three girls who made banana splits written on it.
I started writing because of a banana split sticker.
I keep writing because it is my therapy.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?
Apart from the difficulties of keeping plotlines technically in order, the hardest thing for me to write emotionally was when all my characters had to leave the country and say goodbye to each other. I didn’t know what to do with them for a long while after that.
Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?
I’ve always wanted to write a story about a girl who thinks she’s a monster. And I don’t mean she thinks she’s a bad person or that she’s a dragon or something. She thinks that she turns into a creature and hurts people, but doesn’t know when it happens and doesn’t remember it after it happens. It would be in the magical realism genre, and would be a metaphor for issues I struggle with personally. But I feel like I’m too much in the middle of working through those things that I can’t write about them yet.
What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?
My writing goal for every year for the past three years has been “continue writing”, not “finish writing”, because I’m just going to write and write until this story screams at me to stop. Then we’ll deal with if it’s enough story for two novels or three novels or whatever.
But this year in particular, I have definitely continued writing, and I’ve made a lot of progress. I think I completed the fourth notebook and started the next, so that’s awesome.
Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!