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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?


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)



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


6 comments so far.

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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