Writer Q & A

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.

“The Price of Words” Extras

If you liked my short story, The Price of Words,” check out the extras below!

Images that remind me of “Price”

Songs that remind me of “Price”

These are ordered to fit the emotional arc of the main character (how she feels from the beginning of the story to the end). Hope you enjoy!

“Titanium,” Madilyn Bailey

“You shout it out
But I can’t hear a word you say
I’m talking loud not saying much…”

“Did You Get My Message?” Jason Mraz

“Do you ever wonder what happens to the words that we send
Do they bend, do they break from the flight that they take
And come back together again with a whole new meaning
In a brand new sense, completely unrelated to the one I sent…”

“Brave,” Sara Bareilles

“Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
And they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out…”

“Fight Song,” Rachel Platten

“And all those things I didn’t say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time?”

“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Justin Timberlake

“I got that sunshine in my pocket
Got that good soul in my feet…”

“The Price of Words”

Imagine a world where each word comes at a price, and the cost is often too high to excuse…

Read my young adult short story, “The Price of Words,” here!