ASK ME ANYTHING
I’ve received a lot of questions through my Contact Me link; especially questions from other writers. I am 100% open to answering any questions, any of you may have, as long as they are not too personal or inappropriate.
How long have you been a writer? (Lensay R)
I feel like I’ve been writing all my life. As a child, I wrote poetry. As a teen I wrote my first novel and tried my hand at script writing. And now I prefer short stories and novel writing. I have taken breaks from writing. I’ve gone for over a year without writing anything for pleasure. But writing is not something I can stay away from. I guess the short answer is, I’ve been a writer since I was in elementary school.
I’m a writer too and I always get writers block. I have more writers block days than I do days of good writing. Like I know everybody gets writer's block at some point, but do you have any advice for getting over it sometimes. (Rita W)
I definitely get writers block. What I usually do is step away from what I’m currently working on. For example, if I’m working on a novel and I experience writer’s block, I stop and work on something else. Like a short story maybe. If that doesn’t help, I take a break for about an hour or so and re-gather my thoughts. I hope this helps.
No offense, just writer to writer, why do you write? (Naima C)
Why do I write? As short as my answer may be, it’s the only way I can answer your question. I just have to. I need to. It’s my love and it’s my passion. It’s just something I have to do.
Where do you write? I know that sounds weird but I’m just curious. I always imagine writers creating their masterpieces in the strangest places. (Lamar R.)
That’s funny. I actually sit in bed and write. Or at my dining room table. I take notes in the car, or at restaurants, anywhere really. But most of my serious writing is done in my bed, at night, with my television muted and my favorite shows playing. I don’t think that’s too strange.
Where do your ideas come from? (Allison C)
I guess I just have quite an imagination. My ideas just come to me. I don’t sit and plan my stories or novels. They just kind of write themselves as I sit behind the computer. It’s strange because I know they’re my ideas, but I can sometimes surprise myself with some of the things I write about.
I remember at one time you were afraid to share your work. What made you share it with us now? (D McKnight)
I’m more confident as a writer now. I tend to be a perfectionist and my biggest critic. I always feel as though something can be better. I used to feel as though my work wasn’t good enough, therefore I would keep it to myself. But I’ve grown as a writer and I’m happier with my work. That makes sharing it easier. And at one point, I was writing for myself. I’ve now decided to make a career out of my writing, and in order for me to do that, I have to be comfortable letting people read my work.
How long does it take you to write a short story? And why do you date everything? (Michael C.)
It actually doesn’t take me too long to write a short story. It can take me anywhere from fifteen to thirty minutes. I date everything for my personal records and for copyrighting purposes.