questions for writers.

many people may not know, but i am a writer.

i don’t make money from it, i’m not a professional or new york best seller or claiming to be, but i definitely excel in the creative writing department! having been published 3 times when i was younger and owning a blog dedicated to my fanfiction writing, although mainly for me to work on my skills and such with the help of an audience, i find writing naturally easy and many people agree that writing is what i’m best at. it’s definitely something i wish to pursue as a career as i get older (i’m hoping to do english or creative writing at university, or perhaps journalism or, for a stretch, history).

which is why, when i found this “writer ask meme” tag on tumblr, i just had to do it! typically, followers would send in numbers to their favourite blogs and you would answer that number, but i decided to just answer all of them in one and share more about my writing life with you all!


 

01: When did you first start writing?
↳ i’ve been writing ever since i was 4 or 5. my mom and dad say i’ve been writing for as long as they can remember, and i believe them!

02: What was your favorite book growing up?
↳ i never had an exact favourite book growing up since i was always such an avid reader, but i remember reading the “dragons eye” book back when i was like, 8, and i loved it so much! i think that book got me into dragons and myths.

03: Are you an avid reader?
↳ i definitely used to be! i think as i got older and went to high school, i didn’t have much time to spend reading. i definitely want to pick it back up as a hobby in 2017.

04: Have you ever thrown a book across the room? 
↳ omg no!!! why would you hurt your books like that!??

05: Did you take writing courses in school/college? 
↳ other than the compulsory english, then nope, however, i do plan to take english literature in college!

06: Have you read any writing-advice books?
↳ nope!

07: Have you ever been part of a critique group?
↳ not really, i always feel really guilty giving heavy criticism because i’m quite awful at wording things directly, so i have never wanted to be part of one. i’d rather critique something privately and not feel guilty afterwards.

08: What’s the best piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?
↳ i remember getting at least a 5 ask long message on tumblr about my fic and it was insanely inspiring! they listed everything they liked and gave me really useful critique and it was genuinely the nicest message i’ve ever received.

09: What’s the worst piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?
↳ from what i can remember, i’ve never received an awful bit of feedback, but i feel as if no feedback at all is the worst kind!

10: What’s your biggest writer pet-peeve?
↳ i really, honestly hate when writers do not add development to their characters or plot. for example, bella swan. she had so much potential as a female lead but i feel as if stephanie meyer was so invested in creating a cliché, tacky vampire romance that the output was unsatisfying. develop your characters! give them silly details.

11: What’s your favorite book cover?
↳ i really love this version of haruki murakami’s “norwegian wood” and this version of lewis carroll’s “alice in wonderland”.

12: Who is your favorite author?
↳ i really don’t have a favourite author!

13: What’s your favorite writing quote?
↳ “I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations.

14: What’s your favorite writing blog? c;
↳ i could name so many!! it’s so hard to pick.

15: What would you say has inspired you the most?
↳ the only thing that inspires me the most is thinking about how much i want this. how much i’ve always wanted this.

16: How do you feel about movies based on books?
↳ if they are pulled off correctly, they are a godsend. i love seeing my favourite worlds come to life before me. but, sometimes they are better left as books.

17: Would you like your books to be turned into TV shows, movies, video games, or none?
↳ i would die if my books were turned into either a tv show, movie or video game! it would be honestly amazing to see my creations grow into such a good franchise!

18: How do you feel about love triangles?
↳ i’m half and half. sometimes i love a good old love triangle but sometimes, if too cliché and annoying…i’ll probably put the book down.

19: Do you prefer writing on a computer or longhand?
↳ definitely a computer! i like the flawless finish of no crosses, scribbles, smudges, messy handwriting-..i’d love to typewrite things too but i usually make very silly spelling mistakes here and there and so i would have to be very cautious!

20: What’s your favorite writing program?
↳ i suppose this means way to write? in which case i always use Google Docs for the excessive amount of fonts and that i can easily access it online and offline. sometimes i use powerpoint to plan and will, of course, blog using wordpress.

21: Do you outline?
↳ the only story that i outlined was the series i’m creating on my writing blog and my novel. otherwise, i kind of just go with the flow.

22: Do you start with characters or plot?
↳ as in an outline? i usually begin with the plot and build characters around it.

23: What’s your favorite & least favorite part of making characters?
↳ my favourite part is creating them, of course. i can go crazy with traits and visuals and names and tiny tiny details! my least favourite part is probably introducing them, as i find it can be tricky to pick which time is the best time to bring them in.

24: What’s your favorite & least favorite part of plotting?
↳ the best part is thinking of the plot and writing it down and the worst part is actually sticking to it.

25: What advice would you give to young writers?
↳ you are young. you have time to grow and to get better.also don’t follow your friends they won’t write ur novels for you xx

26: Which do you enjoy reading the most: physical, ebook, or both?
↳ although i mostly read online, i do adore a physical copy of a book. i love the smell of new books.

27: Which is your favorite genre to write?
↳ anything from the supernatural genre! it’s so flexible and really allows my imagination to run wild.

28: Which do you find hardest: the beginning, the middle, or the end?
↳ the beginning!! i never know how to start.

29: Which do you find easiest: writing or editing?
↳ editing, as it only takes me around half an hour maybe longer if i’m not really concentrating, whereas writing it will take, like, a month or so.

30: Have you ever written fan-fiction?
↳ *side eyes BTS fanfic tumblr* idk what that is…

31: Have you ever been published?
↳ yes! three times!

32: How do you feel about friends and close relatives reading your work?
↳ my family read my old works and know about my fanfiction blog, but it’s not within their interests so they don’t read it much. and only 2 of my friends know of my writing blog.

33: Are you interested in having your work published?
↳ yes!!! yes yes yes yes says yes in every language-

34: Describe your writing space.
↳ relatively clean. hot. filled with music. teacups. pillows. usually stress-filled but mostly a very relaxing space to be.

35: What’s your favorite time of day for writing?
↳ not usually time of day, but there is a certain weather and that is either:
a) thunderstorms
b) when it is very misty/foggy outside and everything is frosted over and icy and white
c) sunset

36: Do you listen to music when you write?
↳ always. i can’t work in silence.

37: What’s your oldest WIP?
↳ nothing, i abandon old works if i never come back to them.

38: What’s your current WIP?
↳ my current vampire series on my fanfic blog and also my novel.

39: What’s the weirdest story idea you’ve ever had?
↳ probably either the vampire series i’m doing or a fic where you throw up butterflies, taking the “butterflies in your stomach” literally and the colour symbolises who your soulmate is, but the protagonist throws up black butterflies meaning she has no soulmate, but then a new kid moves to the city and throws up black butterflies and chaos ensues- (idk if this has been done already if not, copyright kdramas.wordpress.com)

40: Which is your favorite original character, and why?
↳ the OC in my vampire series is a very fascinating character to me as she is, proudly, written as if she were me, and so i think she holds great potential.

41: What do you do when characters don’t follow the outline?
↳ i just go with it and try and adjust it to the original outline later or create a new outline that best fits the character and their actions.

42: Do you enjoy making your characters suffer?
↳ sometimes! i mainly do it to rile a reaction out of my audience, especially to the characters that hold soft spots in my audience’s hearts.

43: Have you ever killed a main character?
↳ i’m planning to.

44: What’s the weirdest character concept you’ve ever come up with?
↳ probably most of the characters in the vampire series. there’s a handful of weird creations and abominations in that genre, i’m sorry to not be disclosing much information on the series but i want to write it first before sharing it with my blog.

45: What’s your favorite character name?
↳ since i write for bts, i really enjoy writing for hoseok + jungkook. they can be shortened down a lot and changed into nicknames flexibly so i really enjoy them, they’re also pretty names.

46: Describe your perfect writing space.
↳ somewhere with a great view of a forest and a lake and cute little duckies on the water, a mist on the mountains, ice littering the grass outside.

47: If you could steal one character from another author and make then yours, who would it be and why?
↳ draco malfoy. i want to write his entire life.

48: If you could write the next book of any series, which one would it be, and what would you make the book about?
↳ i would write the next harry potter book and it would be all about death eaters and draco.

49: If you could write a collaboration with another author, who would it be and what would you write about?
↳ hm, i haven’t thought much about this.

50: If you could live in any fictional world, which would it be?
↳ omg so many!!
a) harry potter universe; i just want to go to hogwarts and love draco.
b) game of thrones universe; want a pet dragon tbh
c) attack on titan universe; levi can hold my hand and left buttcheek as we rule the world
d) any zombie universe; i would rule the world
e) xmen universe; would be the bOMB i want to be bff’s with kitty
f) star wars universe; i would be cool i think

so this was the “writer ask meme” tag- i hope you enjoyed and found my answers reasonably entertaining.

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