I was tagged by Rebecca for the Writer’s Tag, and we all know I can’t resist a good tag, or a chance to talk about writing even if I’m not writing. This tag was created by Lorraine and Ari. I’m breaking the rules a bit because I’m not answering all the questions. I also feel like a little bit of an impostor doing this because even though I tried to write at the beginning of the month, I broke up with my WIP pretty quickly and am now back to not writing and therefore feeling like I am not really a writer 😦
Name one novel that inspired you to write
When I was little, all I wanted to write was fantasy, mainly because of this book called THE TWO PRINCESSES OF BAMARRE by Gail Carson Levine, the lady who wrote ELLA ENCHANTED. I loved this book so much and basically wrote a TTPOB and GOLDEN COMPASS combo 50-page novel that I was very proud of when I was younger.
What’s your favorite genre to write and read?
I…don’t know the answer to either of these questions?? I’m having a bit of an identity crisis with this question. At the moment, I’m more in the mood for fantasy, and all of this year, I’ve been mostly liking either fantasy or fluffy contemporaries, even though dark and depressing and lyrical contemporaries used to be my jam. I have also only tried to write dark and depressing contemporaries, but neither of them have worked out, and I’ve been debating trying a new genre. I’d love to be able to write something magical and/or fantasy-y, but I don’t know if I have the writing chops yet to do it well, or ever.
Do you prefer to write standalones or series?
I’ve only ever tried to write standalones, and I can’t see myself ever writing a series. I can’t see myself being interested in an idea long enough to write a series. I also don’t even like reading series, so it wouldn’t really make sense for me to write one.
Use 3 words to describe yourself
BOOKISH |COTTON CANDY
Reveal your WIP aesthetics or an image that represents your MC or setting
I am currently debating plotting a Southern Gothic/horror Jane Eyre retelling, even though I’ve never attempted to write horror in my life and am very much doubting my ability to do so. But here is an aesthetic for it:
Who is your author idol?
Jandy Nelson. She is the essence of the type of book (at least in the contemporary genre) that I would like to write. Her books speak to me so much, and both have been over the top excellent even though I was scared nothing could match up to the greatness of THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE, and I hope to one day own my contemporary genre darkness and write books as good as hers that make the book world go nuts.
Share the hardest part about being a writer and how you overcame it
The hardest part about writing is motivating myself to sit down and write. I think about my ideas a lot, but actually putting them to paper, whether it’s outlining or simply starting to write, is weirdly difficult. I always feel accomplished and proud when I do write, so you would think this would motivate me, but it is hard to motivate myself, especially when I haven’t written for as long as I have this time.
What’s your favorite social media and why?
I am currently getting back into Tumblr. I like it because it’s a good mixture of words and images, and you can really make it your own. It’s a very casual way to blog, and I like reblogging cool things that fit my desired aesthetic and theme better than any photos I could ever take. My booklr is Cotton Candy Book Witch.
I also love Instagram, even though I am very bad at it. I am trying to get better though.