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:
Write fiction, write about writing, just try to write!
Why do you do it?
I love writing, I always have. Unfortunately, there have been times in my life where I’ve let that love fade a little and I’ve gone months, even years without writing. And I’ve found that those are the times when I’ve lost my confidence and been down on myself the most. When I’m writing I feel more confident and that confidence bleeds into everything I do. So I write as much as I do now because I want to feel this good about myself all the time.
What has been your biggest breakthrough?
I think being able to put my work out into the world, knowing that potentially it will be there forever and being okay with that. There is freedom in just hitting submit or send and letting what will be, be. I realised my want to write and share it was greater than my need for other people’s approval and positive/ negative feedback. I might not be the best at what I’m doing but I love it and it makes me happy. I can’t let other people’s input affect my joy. Although, that doesn’t mean I don’t get anxious about it, I just know I have to do it, good, bad or downright awful!
What has been your biggest challenge?
Sometimes you open your laptop and just sit and stare at the screen. You desperately want to write but nothing comes. Absolutely nothing at all. And if that goes on for any considerable amount of time, I suppose self-doubt starts to creep in. If I can’t find something to write about everyday, how can I call myself a writer? Am I just failing at this? Then you realise the victory is in the fact that you opened the laptop everyday with good intentions, there was hope that something would come. And it always eventually starts flowing again, maybe you need to step away from the screen and look at the real world for some inspiration but I believe if you want this enough, the ideas will appear.
What is your favourite book and why?
Laini Taylor’s Daughter Of Smoke And Bone. Because it’s the book I wish I could write. I know fantasy isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but it’s mine. And to me, this is a great example of great world building, characterisations and just a enthralling and engaging story of love against the odds.
What are your three tips for aspiring writers?
1. Always attempt to write something. You have to start somewhere. You have to give yourself a chance. You just have to try.
2. Don’t beat yourself up just because you haven’t written a bestseller yet. It’s true that it might never happen, no matter how much effort you put in, but refer back to point 1, if you don’t try, it will NEVER happen.
3. Don’t be afraid to share your work. Oh no, someone out in the world of six billion people on this earth doesn’t like what you wrote! Well I’m sure there are people who don’t like Harry Potter too and look how well that’s done. Just do it, the worst that could happen is someone doesn’t like it. The best, maybe you change someone’s life.
Where can readers connect with you?
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