I was tagged by the wonderfully amazing Holly to do these questions and they sound like fun, so here we go!
What time do you wake up in the morning when you have a day of writing planned?
I don’t wake up on a schedule. I have repeatedly set alarms for various times and I never once hear them (maybe because I snore or because I’m a heavy sleeper or because my sister turns it off? I have no idea). My mom gets angry at me at around nine or ten when I don’t wake up, so that’s going to be my answer! 😛
Do you energise yourself with tea or coffee?
This is a good question…I like drinking tea just around the house or when I’m writing but it doesn’t really energize me. I like drinking coffee when I’m tired or I need a little boost, but it wears off fast so I just need more coffee. So, I think my answer is coffee?
Where is your favourite writing location?
I write on my bed and at my kitchen table. I used to write solely on my bed because I could be alone and listen o my music and whatever, but I’ve recently started up school again after a long Winter break. After I finish school, (I do my school at the kitchen table or else I’ll fall asleep :P) I just open up my writing and get to it immediately.
Where would you love to visit and sit and write?
My very lame answer is a coffee shop. (Firstly, I’ve never been to a coffee shop, so that’d be an experience.) I think it’d be so…professional to at least write in a coffee shop once.
My more awesome answer is France. I’ve always wanted to visit France and it’s wonders so yeah. France.
Do you use pens and notebooks? Pencils? Laptop? Computer?
When I get an initial idea for something, I write it down in my idea notebook with my favorite purple pen (it writes in purple ink!). When I write poems, I write it in my composition notebook with a pencil. When I’m writing my books or a blog post, I write everything on my computer.
I do outline my novel on four sheets of printer paper taped together and color coded with sticky-notes!
How do you relax after a day of writing?
Nibble you must have whilst writing?
My absolute favorite type of cracker snack while writing is Goldfish. But only the original kind- not any of that pizza shit.
I also like Coca-Cola floats (like a root-beer float but with Coke instead of root-beer) while I’m writing.
Favourite treat to offer yourself after writing?
I eat DURING my writing, so after, I sleep it all off until the morning when I do it all again!
If you could choose one book to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What kind of question is this? If I chose one of my favorite books, I’d get tired of it within weeks. I think I’m going to cheat on this one and say the book that has all of Shakespeare’s works in it (it made a feature here a few posts back).
My uncheaty version of this answer would be Paper Towns by John Green. There’s so many metaphors and hidden messages that I’d like to eventually find.
If you had the chance to meet any author, alive or dead, who would you meet?
I don’t really know…. Shakespeare would be cool for this question. He was kind of wacky and insane so that’d be fun. We can be crazy together! 😛
Name a character you feel you relate most to in one of your own stories and another authors?
In one of my books, I’m going with Rose from The Writer and the Artist. She’s a writer and a singer and is extremely shy. Her parents are relatively strict but it makes her more disciplined and helps her out in the long run.
I don’t know about from someone else’s book…maybe Grace from Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver series? I don’t know why, but she reminds me of myself.
Favourite factual book?
I don’t read very much non-fiction. Actually, I read no non-fiction.
If cookbooks count, then I read a lot of those. My favorite is probably The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook or something like that (it’s not the actual title- I just can’t remember what it’s called.) It’s just cookbook that has recipes from the Harry Potter books and it’s pretty cool.
If you were to write an article on anything, what would it be about?
I could write an article on a few things. Singing, writing, books, colorful pens, zombies. Ooh, for my answer, I’m going with zombies.
BTW, I’ve been wanting an excuse to recommend this book to you guys. It’s called Hollowland by Amanda Hocking and it’s a NA (new adult) book about zombies and it’s FANTASTIC. As a bonus, you can get it for free on Amazon Kindle. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes action, zombies, strange love interests. (Disclaimer: there are some sex scenes in there somewhere, so if you’re sensitive to that or don’t want to read it, you probably don’t want to pick this up.)
Would you rather be famous with a one hit wonder or stable With a long run?
I don’t really know what this question is asking. (Turns out, there’s always at least one question on these Q&As that I don’t understand.)
I guess I’m going to go with stable with a long run because being stable seems like the good answer to choose.
How long does it take you to write a book?
I know you guys are tired of hearing me talk about my first book I wrote, believe me, I am too, but it pertains to this question, so bear with me. My first book I wrote took three years to write. It was mostly because I was ten, twelve, and thirteen at the time and I wasn’t that serious about writing so I wrote maybe a chapter every month.
I wrote my NaNoWriMo novel within a month (actually it was completely finished a few days after NaNo ended, but it was about a month.
I’ve also been writing my other books for maybe a year and a half, but again, I haven’t been that serious about writing until recently, but also , I have a bunch of them and I can never find which one I want to do. Therefore, there’s like ten of them in different stages.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m pretty sure most writers do this, but I like to make the faces that my characters are making to make sure it makes sense in the context. I also like making up names that shouldn’t be names. For example, in one of my books, there’s this girl called Amulet and another called Kerakuh. And in the same book, there’s a boy called Rav which is short for his full name which is Ravishing.
In another book, I created a mythical animal called a Zeboiegira. (You say it like zeb-wah-gee-rah.) It’s part zebra, part goose, part giraffe and knows English but doesn’t speak it. In the book, the ghost girl finds this animal and names it Crystal because when the Zeboiegira licks something, it disintegrates but then comes back in the exact shape it was before in gem form.
Do you have any suggestions to help people become a better writer? If so, what are they?
I’m probably not the best person you need to be asking for writing advice, you know, because I’m fifteen? Since you’re asking me, though, I’ll tell you what I think.
Believe in yourself. That’s the best thing you can do in your writing. When I was ten, everyone looked at me like I was crazy when I told them I wanted to write a book. After awhile, you start to believe that you can’t do it- that it’s a crazy idea. Believe in yourself from the start and then when it’s the future and you’re fifteen years old, writing whole books and talking to other writers online, you’re going to be the best writer you can be.
How does your book relate to your spiritual practice or other life path?
I’m a Christian and my family are hardcore believers of Jesus and God and Heaven and Hell and all of that. This makes it a little harder to write what I like to read because I read a bunch of paranormal/ possessions/ books with different gods and goddesses. In my ghost book, it has pretty much all of that. The main character can see ghosts, so she’s kind of possessed (but that’s not really how it’s explained in the book), she slowly turns into a ghost after kissing her ghost boyfriend, and the ghosts in the book have their own goddess.
I don’t think that by what I write, I’m changing my beliefs, but it doesn’t match what I believe at all either.
Mostly, though, I don’t like to get too much into religion, politics, or social order because people are extremely sensitive to that and if it doesn’t HAVE to be in there, I try to avoid it.
Now for the last question that I was prompted to make up: What’s a word that you use all the time that you wish you could stop using (but you can’t for the life of you?)
I don’t know if I’m supposed to answer this myself, but I will anyway. For this, I’m going to go with the word ‘though’. I hate it and use it all the freaking time (you can probably find a whole bunch of thoughs in the previous questions). It’s a word that needs to be used, though! (Dammit, used it again.) This is the most used word in my books and posts and everything else that I write…
I’ve already tagged some people to do this on Twitter, but if you’d like to do this, then go on ahead!
Thank you guys so much for reading and I’ll see you all very soon! (Tomorrow actually. I have a Valentine’s Day post planned!)