1. What is your favorite part of the writing process?
I love brainstorming ideas. It’s fun to think up new characters and worlds and then consider all of the things that might happen to them.
2. What is your least favorite part of writing?
My least favorite part is making decisions. There are so many different ways I could write each story, and I want to write the best story possible. I sometimes wish I could write several versions of the same story so I wouldn’t have to choose!
3. What do you prefer to write?
I enjoy writing many different things, but my favorite is science fiction/dystopian for children and young adults. I like to think about the direction the world is headed and consider how we can make it a better place for all living things.
4. Do you ever get writer’s block?
Once in a while, I do! Sometimes I worry my writing isn’t good enough, or I can’t think of anything to write. Sometimes I have too many ideas and am not sure which one would best move the story forward.
When I worry about not being good enough, I remind myself that many published authors feel this way. I read something I’ve written that I’m proud of, and I remind myself that it’s better to have a piece that’s okay and finished than perfect and not done.
When I can’t think of what to write, I list all sorts of possibilities. I can usually come up with new ideas when I allow my mind to flow. When I can’t decide between ideas, I take each one a little bit further, brainstorming how it could work with the story and where it might take me. I then think about what would work best with my story and its theme, and I go from there.
5. What is the best advice you can give a new writer?
Figure out what works for you and stick with it. It took me a while to learn that I brainstorm and draft best when using paper/pencil instead of my laptop. I have also discovered that I can accomplish more in the morning because I’m better able to focus.
Reading writing resource books and studying books I’ve enjoyed has helped me better my craft. It has also been beneficial for me to write short stories. They’ve given me little breaks from my novel (which can feel overwhelming at times), enabled me to experience writing stories from beginning to end, and allowed me to feel successful. They have also helped me see my main project with fresh eyes.