I’m celebrating the rise of writers through a series of fabulous interviews. No longer will we write in isolation when we have the power of the internet to bring awareness to who we are, what we do and why we do it. Let’s get acquainted…
What do you do:
Fiction (mainly fantasy & romance) and copywriting
Why do you do it?
I love helping people translate their vision into words, so I’m currently transitioning my blogging/social media consulting business into focusing solely on copywriting for creatives and small business owners. Words hold power and with the internet, they’re capable of reaching more people than ever. That’s incredibly exciting to me.
As for fiction, it’s one of those things that I discovered very naturally through my love of books and movies. I began writing when I was 9 years old and I was blown away by the idea that I could create my own stories and worlds and people, and then bring them into reality on the page to share with others. The process is so many things to me – fun, cathartic, challenging, exciting. I have so much passion inside me and so much to say, and I’ve found that fiction is the most satisfying way to express it.
What has been your biggest breakthrough?
Understanding that fear will always be there with me throughout the creative process. It’s not a matter of getting rid of fear or having an absence of fear, it’s a matter of choosing to do things despite its presence. (And having that fear doesn’t mean you aren’t cut out for this.) The best analogy I’ve ever heard is to accept that fear will always be a passenger; take into account what it has to say because sometimes it offers good advice, but remain the driver who ultimately makes the decision of where you go.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Getting over my damn self. I’m an expert in over-thinking and talking myself out of anything, especially things that make me uncomfortable or put me at the risk of failing. But you can’t grow without discomfort, and failure isn’t something to be afraid of – it’s just a part of the process. A very helpful part, actually.
What is your favourite book and why?
I’ve always said Alice In Wonderland because it was the first story that made me realize the true magnitude of the imagination. It’s not one I necessarily reread a lot, but it holds a special place in my heart for that reason.
What are your three tips for aspiring writers?
1) Love writing more than your fear or self-doubt, and always remind yourself that that love is rooted in the process of writing, not the outcome (re: people’s response to it).
2) Every story has a right to exist. It doesn’t matter if there isn’t a huge “market” for it or if only one other person ends up enjoying it besides you, just write what you love and what you feel called to say. That’s all the world needs from you.
3) Always be striving to improve your skills as a writer, but embrace where you are now. Don’t hide your writing because you think you aren’t “good enough” yet. The only way you get better is by writing and listening to (constructive) feedback. And you never know if something you write may have an impact on someone else despite the flaws you see in it. Don’t deprive the world of what you’ve created.
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