Confessions of a Writer Tag

In Reflection by Aura Eadon17 Comments

A very interesting challenge called Confessions of a Writer Tag and delivered, quite unsurprisingly, as a tag from another writer. The lovely Breeanna Pierce tagged me for this challenge and since I love challenges, this post is the result of it. The challenge requires me to answer twenty questions in the form of an informal interview (my first ever interview).

When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?

My journey as a writer started late but that’s something I am at peace with, probably because I don’t believe that an early start is a necessary precondition for a good writer. Because of the late start, I didn’t come to the realisation that I wanted to be a full time author until December 2014.

What genre do you write?

I gravitate between Science Fiction and Fantasy, but I am never firmly on one or another. I also love dystopian tales and my worlds always have dystopian elements in them. My stories usually have elements of both and additionally a sprinkle of emotion and a dash of experimentation. I love writing emotional rollercoasters that follow the idea that black-and-white states don’t exist because there are infinite states between each binary pair.

Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress? When did you start working on this project?

Confessions of a writer tagMy main project is an Urban Fantasy novel, which as of yet exists unnamed. It’s the tale of two women who face chaos and danger and have to make difficult decisions that will affect their future and the fate of the world in general. It’s a story of self-discovery, love, and sacrifice and I want it to be the first book in a trilogy.

I started working on this project end of January 2015. I am currently finishing the second draft, which contains heavy rewrites, as the point of view of my main character was wrong.

A second project that is currently in early first draft stages is a dystopian Science Fiction novel, set in an alternate/future Earth, where science and magic coexist. It’s the tale of two women who even though mortal enemies must work together to prevent a disaster of universal scale.

There are also the stirrings of a third book that is currently still inside the mental-discovery phase.

What was your first piece that you can remember writing? What was it about?

My first ever attempt to write something close to a novel-like story was about a werewolf who could control the transformation from human to wolf at will. I wrote it on an A4 pad and went as far as around forty pages before the project ended in a premature albeit natural death. The writing itself was immature and unsure. The story had no direction and perhaps that’s the reason it reached a point where it simply could not advance anymore. I abandoned it but still have the A4 pad somewhere. It’s a beautiful reminder of how much I changed as a writer through persistence and presence.

What’s the best part about writing?
  • Pure creation. Words are magic and powerful.
  • The emotional rollercoaster happens first for me as a writer and it instigates a journey of self-discovery as the story progresses. Imprinting the emotions to my words is what happens next.
  • The characters exist as real people in my head and I get to know and discover them little by little. The same goes for the world they live in. I see it like a movie unfolding and the discovery is magical and unique.
  • The challenge of overcoming my fears and irrelevant thoughts of inadequacy and doubt.
  • The beauty of intent that creates a world through the abstraction of words.
What’s the worst part about writing?

There are no worst parts. Writing is a magical journey. I’m grateful I can write and express myself through it. The process of writing and refining a story is similar to the process a sculptor goes through: a rough beginning and then consistent effort to remove what doesn’t belong until what’s left is the final sculpture. In a similar manner, the various editing phases remove and reform the words until all is left is pure intent of creation reflected in a story. As such, it’s a non-stop creation process from start to end. It’s beautiful and I love every part of this journey.

What’s the name of your favourite character and why? (This can be from a book by another author or from your own work. Book crushes are perfectly acceptable here as well)

Confessions of a writer typeAlana Quick from the book Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel by Jacqueline Koyanagi. I am in love with the entire book to be honest but Alana is one of the best characters I’ve ever read. As real and as diverse as possible, flawed and amazing at the same time.

How much time a day/week do you get to write? When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)?

As much time as I can, because I’m working a day job. I am happy if I manage to write every day but how much depends on many things, the main of which is the energy reserves I have.

I function equally well morning or night or middle of the day. Writing time is precious and as such, I treasure it and am grateful for it regardless of the time.

Did you go to college for writing? Or if you haven’t been to college yet, do you plan to?

I have a Creative Writing Diploma from the Open University. The courses helped me learn a lot about the writing processes and myself, as well as what I like writing about. A surprise for me was how much I loved script writing, something I want to revisit in the future. Of course, no course can make a writer. Becoming a writer is a non-stop process of learning and self-discovery fuelled by the intent to tell good stories and the presence through consistent writing throughout.

What bothers you more: spelling errors, punctuation errors, or grammar errors?

In my own writing none of these. Mistakes happen as part of the process of learning and perfection is a mirage. When I make mistakes, I take a mental note, learn, and move on without having feelings about those mistakes. Being annoyed or bothered would be the equivalent of judging myself and I am no longer doing that.

In other people’s writing, I don’t judge. The context in which errors happen, is usually unknown to me. Was it that the person didn’t have enough time? Perhaps English is not their first language? Who knows? However, I do expect a minimum writing quality for the books I buy, something a good editor always takes care of. Again, a few mistakes always slip through despite the best efforts of even the best of editors, so I don’t really care much for these, as I don’t believe in perfection. Having said that, a poorly edited (or not edited at all) book I paid for, usually puts the writer in a never-buy-again black list.

Confessions of a writer tagWhat is the best writing advice that anyone has given you?

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

What advice would you give to another writer?

Keep writing as much as possible and discover what works for you through experimentation. Don’t judge yourself through your writing, don’t expect perfection, it’s a journey of self-discovery and constant learning and that’s what matters.

What are your favourite writing sites or blogs that you turn to for help, tips or encouragement?

The best encouragement I’ve ever received was from the Writing Challenge participants, a beautiful community on Twitter where people help and support each other. This month’s challenge uses the #OctWritingChallenge hashtag.

I don’t have favourite writing sites even though I read many posts from various writing sites that help me understand different points of view writers have. Each writer is different and the way we write our stories is impossible to shoehorn into convenient “do this, all else is doom” rules. My constant effort is to understand what works for me and gain perspective on what other writers do. I will experiment freely and either adopt the things that work well for me or let them go.

Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing? What are your hobbies?

Confessions of a writer tagObviously, I love reading. A little bit of photography and I love games. Not enough time for everything so all of them suffer in various degrees.

What is the best book you’ve read this year?

Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel by Jacqueline Koyanagi.

What is the best movie you’ve seen this year?

Disney’s Tomorrowland.

What is your favourite book or series of all time?

Age of Five Trilogy by Trudi Canavan.

Who is your favourite author?

Too many favourite authors. My top list is Jeanette Winterson, Jacqueline Koyanagi, Sarah Waters, Susan Jeffers, Haruki Murakami. A lot more that I don’t remember right now.

What are your plans for the rest of the year in terms of your writing?
  • I am going to finish the second and third drafts of my main work-in-progress (Urban Fantasy novel) and send it to beta readers.
  • I am going to work on my science fiction novel.
  • I am going to clarify the new ideas for a third novel that are currently in a fuzzy state in my mind.
  • I am going to remain flexible and adapt my plans if it becomes necessary.
Where else can we find you online?

Twitter

Pinterest

Google+

Goodreads

Facebook

Shout out and gratitude

First, a massive thank you to Breeanna (Breeanna’s Twitter) who tagged me in the first place. You can read her own response to the challenge here. Nicolette Elzie (Nicolette’s Twitter) created this challenge and you can read the original post with the rules here.

Tagging is fun so here’s me tagging some of my friends:

Madeleine D’Este@madeleine_deste

Beverley Lee@constantvoice

Amelia Lindsay@AK_Lindsay

Kristy Acevedo@kristyace

Eva Deverel@EvaDeverell

A. J. Lundetrae@AJLundetrae

Please accept my apologies if you don’t want to participate or have no time, but if you do, please leave the links of your posts in a comment below.

Are you a writer? Feel free to join the challenge regardless of a tag. And please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

Comments

    1. Author

      Oh thank you, I love finding beautiful pictures for my posts. I try to find ones that “click”. Don’t ask what that click is, it’s click. I just know it when I see the picture. Or not. 😀

    1. I just realised you wrote this before I wrote mine…(and left a comment there, silly me!), and you didn’t even say ‘Snap!’ Lol 😀

      1. Author

        Hi Annelisa, thank you so much for reading, this wonderful tag is bringing everyone closer and we get to meet so many interesting people, you one of them. I hope you have a beautiful weekend ahead.

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  2. Such a pleasure to read your answers, Aura. You have a lovely serenity that comes across in all of your words. ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ should be plastered up for me to see every day. I’m only just learning that running away only makes it bigger!

    Thank you for tagging me 🙂 I just answered!

    Confessions of a Writer

  3. What a wonderful interview! And to reinterviewed as a writer too?! Super! I loved reading your thoughts and answers. Lot so love and light to you as you begin this week! xoxo

  4. Awesome challenge! I’m on it! 😉
    Looking so much forward to reading your WIP – now that you’ve revealed a bit more even more so. 😀
    Love the advice: Feel the fear and do it anyway.
    Working a lot myself these days on doing things that are really scary. (Being an author and having an actual online presence are two of them)
    I recently read this: “If you’re ready to really grow and change, fear is a requirement. Fear is an indicator that you’re expading yourself beyond your current self-imposed limitations”. So yay to you – you’re growing into unknown worlds of possibilities beyond earlier limitations!
    Virtual high five for living the dream!

    1. Author

      Oh that quote is so true. To be honest I have always carried an insane amount of highly conflicting fears inside my head. I’ve been wrestling them out for over three years now. The funny part is this: when I finally get to face the fear and do what is telling me not to, it fizzles out and I end up looking at a ghost trying to remember what it was that I was scared of. On-going battle but I am smiling all the way. Let’s live the dream indeed, there is only one guaranteed life. 😀

      Thank you Agnete, so much.

  5. I love your responses! Thank you so much for being a part of this challenge! I loved reading your advice to another writer, I think (so far) the advice question has been one of my favorite parts about creating this tag. All the different and amazing kinds of advice has been phenomenal and yours is pure, humble and just so true. Again, a million thank you’s for sharing your experience and for being a part of this tag!

    I am also really interested in Ascension now, so thanks for that as well!

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      Thank you for creating it in the first place Nicolette and also thank you for visiting and reading and leaving a comment, I appreciate it greatly. I hope you enjoy Ascension as much as I did.

  6. Oo! Games! What kind of games? Video games? Board games? Card games? *is a game geek, too* :p

    Yay #octwritingchallenge! ^.^ I’m so far behind on that this month. :p I should get my butt in gear and divvy up my time better between reading and writing. Heh. >.>

    I’m glad you’ve come to terms with starting late, because age of start has little to do with ability. I mean, you saw that I started young, but that doesn’t put me any further ahead than the people who just started (partly because I’m scatter brained as all get out and grow bored with EVERYTHING far too easily. >.>)

    I love your post. You are so humble and I can just imagine this soft, even voice answering every question. ^.^ (which surprises me in the regard that I haven’t scared you yet with my blog posts since I write like a child who just ate an entire thing of Fun Dip. Mmm… fun dip. :p)

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      I love your energy, it’s unique and it reflects directly in your writing. You don’t scare me don’t worry, why would you? Fun Dip, no idea what that is but I suspect it’s probably some kind of sweet that makes you jump up to the ceiling and start bouncing up there, isn’t it? I don’t think we have that in the UK. Energy drink maybe? Caffeine induced energy drink that is.

      Games? Everything. Love RPGs, large worlds, good stories, board games (although I haven’t played in years), MMORPGs, anything with a hint of a story. Space sims, sims, puzzles, hey don’t get me started, ok? Bejeweled 3 in zen mode is my “go to relax and prepare for sleep” love, especially when I am jumping up the ceiling after a busy day. As with photography I don’t have enough time to spend on these, but hey I have a heap of novels to finish, so I’ll take what I can and be grateful about it. 😀

      Thank you so much for visiting and reading and commenting, really appreciate it. 😀

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