I saw somebody answering these questions in a vlog. You know I don’t like vlogging. I found a few others who had written their answers instead of vlogging them. That is so “writer” of me to rather write it in a blog. I thought they would be fun to answer because proclaiming you are a writer on the internet makes you more of a real writer than the next guy j/k 😛 (see #8) 😜
1. What kind of writer are you?
To be honest I write about a lot of different things. Blogging, fan fiction, magical girl, horror, fiction, journaling (on paper). Whatever strikes my fancy.
2. When did you start writing and what made you want to try it?
In 2nd grade I hated writing I could never come up with any good ideas. When I was about 9 or 10 I used to write really bad Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fan fiction. At 12 I started keeping a diary semi-consistently. I used to like to write. I had very lofty writing goals I attempted to write a screenplay at 12 and a novel at 13. When I was 15 I met my dead friend she was probably the first person to make me think I was a writer. This was one of the most important things in my young teenage years. She helped me find my writing voice at a young age.
3. What inspires your stories?
Pretty much anything and everything there is nothing in particular.
4. Are you a “plotter” or “pantser”?
Here are the definitions: a plotter plans out their story before writing it. A pantser just starts writing and figures it out later. Honestly I didn’t even know what these terms meant or that they even existed until like a few months ago. Ok so before I knew what those meant I just sat at the computer or with a pen and paper and just wrote. That is usually how I’ve been doing it for all these years. Recently I have started plotting a few of the stories I’ve written but they are very loosely plotted. They are like “Helen goes to the market and buys a sandwich”. I like to use them more for my fan fiction writing only because I have the stock characters to work with. Like this one for a Winx Club story I was working on. “Stella and Flora meet a mysterious new girl”. I did not include school assignments like essays because I consider those a whole different animal. I don’t write those for fun.
5. Where are you in your writing journey?
Is this a trick question? Do I need to be anywhere specific?
6. Have you entered any writing contest? Did you win/lose them?
When I was in the 8th grade I wrote a poem on the fly walking home from school. I hated those contests because the prompts were so vague they were things like “If I could grow”. When I got home I wrote it down. Then I get told my entry was one of the finalists or something. “What!? That thing?” I honestly didn’t think I was going to win. But it did. I got a trophy to date the only trophy I own. I have won a few other contest by writing nostalgia themed articles.
7. Who are your writing heroes?
My dead friend she inspired me to keep writing. She made me feel like a real writer. And my pen pal who inadvertently inspired me to write again after losing my self confidence for about 3 years.
8. What are your top 3 tips for newbie writers?
#1 Writing is not for everybody. I know everybody thinks writing is “easy”. They are all going to write the next “Great American Novel” or whatever. They think of it as a quick and easy way to make money.
#2 No one thing you do or buy besides actually writing makes you a writer. Not using certain computer programs. Not eating or drinking special foods or drinks. Drugs, cigarettes, or alcohol. Just writing and that is it.
#3 Don’t overly concern yourself by what “real writers” do. Real writers only drink coffee. Real writers write over 7000 words a day. Real writers go out and slaughter a bear before they write. You get the idea. Real writers write.