FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
When and why did you become a writer?
I can’t really remember a distinct moment when I decided that I wanted to become a writer. It just sort of happened. A few specific moments stick out, but it was more a steady realization for me than an epiphany moment.
My whole life, well, maybe since fourth grade, I’ve been writing poetry, stories, would-be novels. It really just makes sense that I would be a writer. It’s the only constant in my life, other than God.
How would you define your writing style?
Honestly, I’m a bit long-winded, as you can plainly see from looking at my blog posts. I am very much a flowery writer, in pretty much every sense of the word; although, I’m learning more and more with everything I write how to get around that and convey my meanings in a much more concise way.
As far as concepts go, I try to stay away from overdone concepts. I have a few novel ideas that seem quite world-changing to me, and I can’t wait to see them through to fruition.
I also enjoy picking a subject and dissecting it, twisting it into different meanings and looking at it from every possible direction. You can see this a lot in my poetry; We Are Like the Sky and One Word: CANDLES are great examples of this.
Finally, I try to end every piece of writing with encouragement. It’s just so hard to find healthy positivity in this world. It doesn’t hurt my writing, and it might be just the thing someone needs to hear to make it through the day.
What kind of writing do you enjoy doing the most?
All of it.
I honestly enjoy writing in every form it comes in: prose, poetry, technical writing…all of it. I have yet to try my hand at screen writing, but I’m sure I’ll get into it in due time.
What I find myself writing the most right now is blog posts. I’ve been on a real kick of getting back into the swing of sharing my heart weekly on here, and I’ve gotten into reading more of what other people have to say. It is both opening my mind and making me a better writer as a whole.
I can see myself writing all sorts of things in the future. I’ve recently started working on a novel of the most beautiful variety, as well as my second volume of poetry and short stories. I am also looking forward to maybe ghost writing a book for someone.
Do any of your stories/characters come from real life?
In fifth grade, I wrote a story of only people I knew in real life. I decided later on that this was not a good idea for me, mostly because along the years, I forgot who half of those people were, and also because these characters were portrayed exactly as I saw their real-life counterparts. Super awesome for my good friends, not so great for the villains. I will put certain names in my books in the future, simply because of the effect those people had my life, and one guy asked to be a villain, but they will be few and far between.
Now-a-days, I find my inspiration mostly in nature; I get most of my ideas while walking in nature. A lot of my writing centers around aspects of nature, simply because I feel more at home outside than inside.
Where do you see your writing 5/10 years from now?
This is quite the hard question to answer, mostly since I’ve made tons and tons of goals to write a book in a year, and I’ve recently learned just how much work goes into writing a book and how much time it can take to make it ready for the world.
In five years, I would like to see at least four volumes of poetry total, and maybe two novels. God knows I have enough ideas; I just need to develop them. I’d like to be famous by then, but only God knows when that’ll happen.
In ten years, I’d like to have won some awards…not that I’ve actually done research or paid enough attention to know about awards in writing.
My long-term goal as a writer is to be seen as the head of my field and known throughout history, but really, whose isn’t? As far as how long it will take me to get there, I’m not entirely sure, and I’m up for whatever happens. For now, I’ll just keep writing and see where that takes me.
Will you become a teacher?
If you were to ask me this question a couple of years ago, the answer would have been a resounding “NO,” but the current answer is: “Not right now.”
I’m trying to keep my options open; as a person, I’m a lot more fluid with what I allow to happen in my life. Because I have learned that chips are going to fall where they will, and bad things always happen, I now know that anything can be a good thing that happens. Just because I never thought about doing something doesn’t mean it isn’t going to happen.
All in all, I really enjoy helping people with their writing. It might happen at some point. Anything can happen.
EAQs (Eagerly Awaited Questions, a concept stolen from Cynthia Voigt)
What is the best advice you can give me for my writing?
- Just write–everything takes practice.
- Know your audience.
- Make sure your writing is clear on what is happening.
- Be honest and upfront–don’t hide things unnecessarily from your reader.
- Don’t say something in a page that you could say in one sentence–that’s just annoying.
Do you prefer editing to writing?
To some degree, I do. As much as I love writing, editing comes as first nature to me. I just sort of know the rules of grammar, and working hard on a fixer-upper is actually relaxing for me. Writing feels more like work than editing does.
Are you looking forward to people making movies of your stories?
If it’s going to be like “Eragon,” then no. If it’s going to be like The Book Thief, then sure.
It all depends on how true they stay to the text. Sure, there are parts they took out of The Book Thief, but the movie itself is more than long enough as it is, and they didn’t get rid of the core values in the book by leaving out the things they did.
What is your least favorite idiom?
I actually have quite an aversion to idioms and cliches as a whole, regardless of how easily they can say something you don’t have words for. One specific teacher I had in college hammered that into my mind. She’ll count off five points if you use one. Besides, people want to know what you have to say, not what other people who are dead and buried have to say.
I guess if I had to pick one specific one, I’d go with “I couldn’t care less,” mostly because people always get it wrong and say they could care less, which means the exact opposite.