I am very excited to finally present this website and blog! Many of you already know me from social media, my old blog (which has been deleted), or in real life. I plan to use this space to give updates on my writing, general life updates, and lifestyle.
On Twitter, I opened up the chance for my followers to ask questions for an FAQ. Rather than give a long, rambling introduction to myself, I thought this would streamline the process.
What is the significance of the butterfly? ~ Jade Young
Growing up, I was the classic "quiet kid." Timid, shy, not confident, etc. Then when I went off to college roughly halfway across the country, a good family friend starting calling me her "butterfly." That first semester of college was rough for me, and one day I received a care package from that friend that was all butterfly-themed. She never stopped believing that I would "spread my wings" and "break out of my shell" one day.
And I did. I use the butterfly now as a symbol of how I've grown and how I taught that invisible girl that she is worth, and can do, so much more.
Do you revise as you go along or push all the way to the end of the draft, then go back? ~ Carol Nissenson
Push all the way to the end of the draft. I need to have something to work with, otherwise I feel like I'm wasting my time by revising something that doesn't even have the rest of the story following it. After all, if I don't know how the rest of the story is going to play out, how in the world can I properly revise it yet?
Where do you get your ideas? ~ Alexandra VanHorn
Everywhere! Italy has been a huge inspiration for me. The art here, the culture, the beautiful architecture...there's something about this place that continually makes me want to set stories here.
Also books. Frequently what I'm reading will inspire a scene or a character or even a whole story idea.
What do you do when you can't find the words, i.e. writer's block? ~ Matt Hall
I try one of three things: I read, I push through and write anyway (knowing I'll revise it later), or I try a different creative outlet. Reading is the one that helps me the most, particularly if I'm reading a book in the same genre as the one I'm writing. I'll the see the way an author has accomplished something I'm trying to do, and it reinvigorates my energy and determination to do the same thing.
Do you have a writing routine? ~ Alison F. Haring
Sort of, haha. I spent so many years only writing when I had time, and this worked for me for a while because writing was a reward. So if I had the time, I would do it. And I generally did have the time because, as much as we complain about high school, let's face it: you're not as busy and stressed out as you think you are at the time. (Not compared to college and after college, at least.)
In college, this still worked pretty well, but I created more of a set routine as I became busier and had to learn to manage time. And now after college, with an internship and grad school applications and general LIFE responsibilities, I've found that simply "having the time" isn't enough. Because if I have the time, I'm going to think it's more important for me to do something else. So I've started scheduling writing into my weekly schedule, to make sure it's prioritized at least a couple days a week, while leaving the rest of the days to write when my other duties are finished. I do try to write every day, and even if I don't get words down in a WIP, I'll at least journal some.
And I'll leave it at this for now! Thank you for stopping by.