The musings of a young novelist

Beautiful People #26

I haven’t done a Beautiful People linkup in LONNGGGGG while, and this one looked quite interesting. I should do these more. They really are fun! :D

 

 

1. How do you decide which project to work on?

Not too long. I just pick the idea that’s tormenting my brain cells/begging to be written the most.

2. How long does it usually take you to finish a project?

FOREVER.

Okay, not quite that bad, but it feels like an eternity. I’ve done everything from 5 year to 2 weeks to write a book. It just depends on how cooperative the story is. On average, though, I can crank out a *clean* first draft in about 4 months.

3. Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?

Nope. Sometimes, I’ll grab coffee or tea, but for the most part…I just sit. And write. :)

4. What time of day do you write best?

When I’m exhausted. (WHYYYYYYYY?!?!? >_< ) Usually, between 10pm-2am.

5. Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?

I’m told that my style for historical novels is similar to Janette Oke. High praise!!! :D I love Janette Oke.

6. Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?

I started writing because I couldn’t find any good books to read. I keep writing because I enjoy it.

7. What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?

Hardest book, hardest scene, hardest character….????? Hardest book is probably the ever-work-in-progress, Never Alone. Hardest scene was the orphanage scene in Left to Die. Hardest character???? Probably Callie, from Never Alone.

8. Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?

Yep–the epic re-write of Never Alone. It’s a daunting task. The story is so complicated, so epic, so….TERRIFYING to write. I don’t think I can get it right. Which I need to get over, because it’s such an awesome story and I think people should read it.

9. What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?

I didn’t make any official writing goals for 2017 because I knew this year was already full and that I needed to spend some time taking care of my body/chronic illnesses. But as for what I’ve accomplished thus far:

One novella published.

A book outlined with the Snowflake Method.

About 1/4 the way through a rough draft of a different book.

10. Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!

I greatly dislike gif’s (they’re SO obnoxious and they flash and it gives me an eyeache), so let’s go with three words.

Explosion. Frantic. Sobbing.

(Idea, writing, editing)

 

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What time of day do you write best? (Any fellow night owls out there???)

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6 responses to “Beautiful People #26”

  1. Marrok says:

    Cool post! Okay your answer to question 6 is basically the reason I started writing too! I can’t write that late, I’m too busy sleeping.

    • Ivy says:

      Thanks, Marrok! I wish I could sleep earlier, but my brain doesn’t seem to want to shut off before midnight. -_- Otherwise I’d be too busy sleeping, too. :D

  2. Katja L. says:

    Tell me about Reader’s Block!! I’m working on reading 100 books in a year (I just reached 50, I finished my 52nd Friday) and I’ve run into it a couple times. Grrr. . . I hate it!! It’s bad when you have a “oh I so want to read —-”, and uts worse when you’re just like “I don’t want to read at all. . .” and you’re just bored out and have nothing to do haha. Most of the time I can push through though haha. ;)

    • Ivy says:

      Woah, good for you!!! I think I did 95 books last year, and this year I’ll be lucky to get my goal of 60. ;)

  3. Katja L. says:

    Oooops! That was meant for the VAVC #6. *rolls eyes*

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