What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
i began writing when i was fairly young, i don't remember exactly when. mostly i wrote poems and shorter stuff. as i went through school i had several teachers who really encouraged me to try some longer stories. i first read chronicles of narnia around age 4 or 5 and that's what got me started on fantasy.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
it's different every time really. anything that gives me an idea. it can be anything from where i'm at to the time of day to the colour of the sky. music is a big part of my writing process. whenever i write i'm usually listening to music of some sort.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
usually deeper stuff, things that get me to start thinking about connections and relationships and why things happen the way that they do.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
characters are people in their own way so to make them believable there needs to be not just uniqueness but also depth. like people characters are products of both themselves and their past, a network of thousands of events and ideas. i don't think that to make a character believable they necessarily have to be human in the "modern" sense, simply that they are appropriate for their time and place. my characters usually start with real people and evolve from that point. it doesn't have to be people that i know necessarily, sometimes it is people i've seen or are around me when i'm writing.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
most definitely not. i'm typically very quiet and like to think about things before i say them, neither of which is particularly conducive to story telling.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
i suppose rather selfishly i have to say myself. but i've never really written with the intent that other people will read, or even want to read, what i write. i'm happy when people do get enjoyment out of it but most of what i've written are things that i like and want to remember later.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
in it's way i'd have to say yes, writing is a form of personal therapy. it creates an avenue of expression that allows me to work through various things without talking through them with another person. it makes sense that internal conflicts would be creative forces, a story necessarily involves conflict of some kind. without conflict there would not be a reason to recount an event.
Does reader feed-back help you?
yes, provided it is constructive.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
in school i did some competitions and yes i won some awards. i don't usually participate in them now that i am older. for me it cheapens the writing.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
yes. for me this is invaluable.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
my voice will always be something i'm searching for. to say that i've found it would imply that i've arrived at perfection, and i don't think that that is possible in this life. we are always being and becoming and because of that i'll always be learning more about who i am, how i write and what my voice is in the future.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
i don't have a set work area, mostly because i'm usually out and about. when i'm at home i use the desk in my room, otherwise i'm either at school, at a coffee shop studying for or between classes, or at the firehouse. if the noise is overpowering i just put on headphones and turn on music which is the most important thing in helping me concentrate. in my room i'm pretty well surrounded by books. i like to have a lot of nature pictures running on my computer as wallpaper. it's calming and makes it easier to settle down and focus.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
all of my writing has been on computer since i was in primary school. it makes things so much easier to change and edit than having to write and rewrite on paper. i don't print often, only if someone wants to read what i've written. i typically start with files full of ideas and then go through and organize them, from there i start into a rough draft. my mum does most of my editing for grammar, clarity and such so i'll print drafts for her to read. otherwise i do all of my corrections on the computer.
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