Hi guys! So 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. If you don’t know I already have two posts on writing, one of how I started writing and the second one of the struggles of writing. I saw VivaTramp do this over on her blog, which I highly recommend checking out. So 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.
WHAT DO YOU WRITE? WHAT GENRE? ANY REOCCURRING THEMES?
I mostly write in fantasy. I’ve been obsessed with Harry Potter and Percy Jackson since I was eight, so I’ve definitely been most experienced with fantasy, but since grade eighth, I’ve started to shift my focus and reach out farther and dip my hand into poetry, short stories and plays, (I’m not sure if that’s a genre), and contemporary. I’m most enjoying contemporary right now, because that’s the one I can relate to most and I love adding bits from real life into the story, which I can really do as much in fantasy.
WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?
Inspiration seems to be a ghost from a horror movies. It can hit you any time, any where and makes you run for a paper and pen. This could be anywhere from the shower to a meeting – I can get ideas anywhere and be inspired to write. Things that make me think though, are silent moments when I’m alone in nature, and no one else is even close to me, and I may or may not be listening to music. These are the moments when I tend to think in.
WHERE DO YOU WRITE, WHEN AND WITH WHAT?
I write in my room, but sometimes when I can’t focus I’ve seen that getting out of my comfort zone (aka my room) really helps me, so sometimes I’ll go into my empty brother’s room (he’s gone abroad to study right now) or even sit in a still car and ask my friend to meet up at our favourite bookstore and sit at their cafe and write and discuss. But otherwise, I write in my room. I usually write at night, but really whenever I feel like it and find time. I’m still keeping up with my word limit for every day, so that’s good. I type up my story on my 13 inch MacBook Air.
SOUND OR SILENCE WHEN WRITING?
Sound. I’ll try to do a post on music I listen to when writing but I always prefer soundtracks rather than songs so I don’t get carried away by lyrics, and I tend to listen to movie soundtracks that are used in a similar scene but in another movie. For example if a soundtrack is used in an action scene in Harry Potter, I will listen to it in an action scene in my book.
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 critiques like the famous show, don’t tell technique and stuff like personification, hyperbole, etc. 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?
My family are mostly supportive, they haven’t read anything though, except my mom because she has to edit stuff but others just acknowledge the fact that I’ve done a difficult work, but never read it. I’m okay with that. The same cannot be said for friends. One of them used to be supportive, but now they all make fun of me and just bully me around for it.
WHAT DO YOU FIND CHALLENGING?
Three things I find very challenging. First, I’ve grown tired of typing, but whenever I try to write, I’ll never be able to look at my handwriting. I find it very hard to create a routine or avoid distractions and just be able to sit down and do my work. And third, knowing what I have to write. Sometimes I just don’t know what I was going to write, and what I need to write – I’ll just be completely blank.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT WRITING?
I’d say my favourite thing is being able to express myself indirectly, and just be able to do whatever you want with everything, and just be able to get carried away in a world where I can kick butt and take revenge from all the bad people.
ANY TIPS FOR WRITER’S BLOCK?
In fact, I myself was actually looking for tips on that, as I am currently in a phase where I cannot open Scrivener and find it much easier to open up Google Chrome instead. So if you have any, leave them down below.
WHAT ARE YOUR LIFE-LONG WRITING GOALS?
My life long writing goals are to publish a bestselling book.