Hello everyone, today I am sharing another interview, this time with a brilliant author. September’s explored the realm of fantasy beyond wonders, and today she shares with us the first half of a short story written for a contest. Please come and enjoy her interview and work!
Q. How do you get inspired to write your fantastic work? Is there a certain environment you work best in?
A. Inspiration is something that I personally find really hard to come by. It can take me an incredibly long time to find something to write about, but usually, I like listening to music or looking through artwork and pictures, or just reading. A lot of my ideas stem from quotes that I like. I love working in public places, like a library or coffee shop. It’s really hard for me to focus when people are talking to me, but I like having a white noise in the background (Also, coffee shop conversations are great for dialogue!)
Q. To whom do you owe thanks to for being supportive and motivational to you?
A. Definitely my parents, my friends, and of course, my online friends in forums. They always seem to be there for me, if I need character names or edits, or just opinions on anything.
Q. What written piece have you been most proud of? What qualities do you look for in your work to make it worthwhile and valuable?
A. My favorite of the pieces I’ve written was an Asian mythology piece, about a cursed dragon and a Japanese wind spirit. I wrote it for a contest, and I ended up absolutely loving it. A few qualities I look for in my work are usually grammar, which sounds tedious, but is actually helpful, and the way I phrase things. I like to look for “quotable” (pun not intended) lines in my writing, because I’m a huge fan of philosophically-worded writing.
Q. Have you ever turned down a piece of your writing? If so, do you go back to it with fresh ideas?
A. Yes, definitely! Usually after I finish something like a short story, I like to leave it there to “simmer” for a week or two, before I go back and edit. Sometimes, when I re-read, I get new ideas, and while I don’t like to completely re-write, I do add new parts.
Q. As a fairly young author, what advice would you give to another young writer who might be losing motivation for their age compared to others?
A. I would definitely tell them to keep writing! The most important part of anything, and I’m sure you’ve heard this dozens of times, is to keep practicing. The more you write, the better you’ll get at it.
Q. In your opinion, what are the fundamental keys to successful writing? How can someone improve and/or find these skills?
A. I think some of the most important parts of writing would be more technical things, like developing characters you can identify towards, staying away from cliches and stereotypes. A great way to improve/ find these skills is definitely to read lots of good books!
Q. Have you been published in any of your work? If so, what was it for and how did you express your success? If not, how do you work toward your goals of being a published author?
A. I’ve never been published, but I hope to be soon. I practice writing, I know, this sounds weird, but I write for magazine contest prompts even if I don’t plan on submitting. It’s a great way for me to develop ideas from prompts I definitely wouldn’t have thought of on my own.