While looking for some other book blogs to follow last week, I randomly came across an old post from 2016 on Viva Tramp on a writer’s tag that she made up herself. I love finding these things out about people, and since my blog is still very much a newborn, it also seemed like a perfect fit to introduce myself a little more, so here goes.
1. What do you write? What genre? Any recurring themes?
I write a lot of what I like to read, and that is realist fiction. I much prefer creating a world much like the one we live in so that I can draw on my own experiences to make the piece as interesting as possible. I’d love to challenge myself and write something a little more crazy though.
2. What or who inspires you to write?
Other writers. Whenever I see someone tweeting about an exciting project or instagramming a photo of them sitting at a desk or in a coffee shop, it always makes me want to do the same.
3. Where do you write, when and with what?
I do basically all of my writing from the comfort of my office, aka my bed. I never write in the morning, because the creative part of my brain seems to take all day to warm up, and then I am full steam ahead when I should be going to sleep. I get all my best ideas at night time. I very rarely write an actual draft by hand, it is always typed, but I do like to handwrite my notes because the ideas seem to flow well that way.
4. Sound or silence when writing?
Silence, or close to it. I don’t like writing with music on or the tv in the background because I find it far too distracting. Every day sounds are welcomed though – my flatmate moving around, cars driving by, the kids at the nursery across from my flat.
5. Have you studied writing? If so, what was that like? If not, where do you feel like you learned your craft?
I have! I have just finished my third year at university studying English literature, journalism and creative writing. I have absolutely loved my time at university so far, and it was 100% the right choice for me. I definitely don’t think you have to study writing if you want to be a writer, but I am definitely a million times better at it than I was before I started. It pushes me out of my comfort zone, makes me write things I’d never normally consider writing, and talk to other writers and brainstorm ideas together. It is a truly invaluable experience and I can’t believe I only have a year of it left.
6. What do your family/friends think?
My mum is so supportive of my writing. She loves it when I send her anything I have written and she is always so full of compliments. She’s determined she is going to be on the receiving end of a dedication in my first book one day.
7. What do you find challenging?
Getting started. I often struggle with writing the first sentence of any piece of writing, be it fact or fiction. Once I get going, though, I am a very speedy writer.
8. What is your favourite thing about writing?
It is the most perfect release. You can write anything at all, and no one has to read it if you don’t want them to so it can be as amazing or as shit as you feel up to that day.
9. Any tips for writer’s block?
As hard as it is, try not to put too much pressure on yourself to force an idea. The best ideas come naturally when you aren’t really expecting them. I often find I get a random idea, start planning it, and then an even better one somehow emerges.
10. What are your lifelong writing goals?
I hope to make a living out of my writing. I’d love to write at least one book one day (hopefully not a one-hit wonder), but also to make a difference with my writing. I want people to come away from it feeling like it resonated with them in some way, and then they tell their friends over coffee that “I read this thing the other day and you have to check it out…”
(Side note: I now have a blog twitter account!! Now I can tweet about books and writing to my nerdy heart’s delight and not bore all of my twitter followers on my regular account who just want to hear what ridiculous thing I have done now, and have no interest in books whatsoever (no – I don’t get it either). You can follow me @writingfinch_ so send me a tweet to say hi!)