I was recently challenged by the mesmerizing Aura Eadon to participate in the challenge Confessions of a Writer Tag. Thank you, Aura, for challenging me! The challenge was given to me, and will be given on, through being tagged on Twitter by another writer. The challenge requires everyone who is tagged to answer the following twenty questions. For more information see A little bookish, a little writerly, the blog in which Nicolette Elzie created the challenge. Here they are… My 20 confessions…
1. When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?
I’ve always told stories. I wrote my first books before I started school and I’ve always played with toys that I could use to create stories. My books became longer as I was a teenager, and yet even longer when I hit the twenties. This year I’ve turned thirty. The longing to make a living through telling stories is still as strong as it was when I was five. I didn’t always believe in my dream, but it was always there. Now I’ve hit the point of no return, I’ve decided that my dream is worth pursuing and I’m never going to stop pursuing it. I’m going for it.
2. What genre do you write?
My favourite genres to write are fantasy for young adults and grown-ups and historical novels for grown-ups. I have written some stories that are paranormal as well.
3. Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress? When did you start working on this project?
4. What was your first piece that you can remember writing? What was it about?
The first story I wrote myself, before I started school, was about a rabbit that escaped from its cage. I didn’t know yet what the capital letters were for and simply started each line on the paper with a capital letter. I didn’t know what punctuations were used for either, and ended each line with a punctuation. Before this I would make books, draw the pictures, and tell my parents what text to write underneath the pictures.
5. What’s the best part about writing?
I LOVE disappearing into other universes, to submerge into stories, to let anything be possible, create awesome characters and lots of traps, and just to observe how my characters react to it. I laugh when my characters are being sly and I cry when something awful is happening to them. It gives me a thrill nothing else gives me. I write for readers who also love to disappear for a while into other universes.
6. What’s the worst part about writing?
Longing to write when I have to do other things.
That creepy feeling that I need to start seeing actual people more often, asking myself if I’m half insane and am playing with my invisible friends all day.
Writing those difficult passages that I’ve been avoiding, you know, the passages that bring me from one lovely part to another exciting part, the passages that I have no idea how to write, but still got to.
7. What’s the name of your favourite character and why? (This can be from a book by another author or from your own work. Book crushes are perfectly acceptable here as well)
I’m completely in love with Ane, my personal angel of revenge.
I’m also a huge fan of Arya Stark, from a Song of Ice and Fire by George Martin.
Because Arya is a badass girl who has survived incredible hardships that lead her to take a stand and walk the path of becoming an assassin. The strength she has is incredible. She’s not pretty – she’s strong, clever, focused, skilled and kind (except to the people who has done her harm), which is far more awesome than being pretty.
8. How much time a day/week do you get to write? When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)?
If you read my first october post, you already know that I have very little time to write right now, but that I have more time from November and onwards. That’s awesome, because I really want to focus as much as I can on A Heart of Fire right now – before my AHOF Crowdfunding Campaign. I’m reviewing my second draft and am in a translation process. When I finished the first draft, I spent every free minute working with AHOF. How much time a week do I get to write? The number is different every week. I’m aiming for simply as much as I can in November (the national novel writing month, yay). I can write at any time of the day (and night).
9. Did you go to college for writing? Or if you haven’t been to college yet, do you plan to?
No. I studied socio-cultural anthropology – the study of human behaviour in social and cultural settings. I’ve learned research methods on how to gain knowledge, I’ve learned to observe people and I’ve learned to analyze human behaviour. I don’t feel like I need to study writing on top of that (although I’m sure it would be awesome to) – I kind of feel that I already studied the (for me) perfect subject in order to become a great writer.
10. What bothers you more: spelling errors, punctuation errors, or grammar errors?
Content errors!!! When the facts in the book aren’t right, I close it immediately. If the story is really great, I forgive all technical errors.
11. What is the best writing advice that anyone has given you?
Write a lot – and learn the trade!
12. What advice would you give to another writer?
Write a lot – and learn the trade!
Write a lot to find out what works for you and to find your voice – to get to know your characters and learn what you want to write about. Write a lot to finish your projects and to understand other people. Write to dream and write to communicate. Write for the reader, write for yourself, write to still that creative ache.
And don’t forget to learn the trade! Learn about plots and themes, about scenes and sequels, about building worlds and characters, about authentic dialogues, about structure and tension, about communicating what you want to communicate. I highly recommend learning the rules and the crafts of the trade. Don’t let it be happenstance if you write a good book. Let it be typical for you. When you know the rules, you may break them. Know the physics of a good story – and then make your own rules. ❤
13. What are your favourite writing sites or blogs that you turn to for help, tips or encouragement?
Well, I don’t really turn to writers sites for help – I read books on the topic (learning the trade… 😀 ). But I do love the tips and encouragement I get from the blogs I read. Here are a few examples:
14. Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing? What are your hobbies?
Spending time with family and friends, READING, taking care of my health: Eating healthy, doing yoga, jogging, being outside, and furthermore: watching movies, knitting, painting, drawing, dancing, playing the saxophone, growing plants
15. What is the best book you’ve read this year?
Robert Jordan – The Eye of the World
16. What is the best movie you’ve seen this year?
I’m not sure – but I know which movie made me laugh the most. “The Heat” with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy
17. What is your favourite book or series of all time?
ONE favourite? 😀 Come oooooon 😀 See the answer beneath.. 😉
18.Who is your favourite author?
ONE author? 😀
I’m taking the liberty of naming four – whose books I’ve almost inhaled and who have all had a rather big influence on me
George Martin: The series “A song of ice and fire” – the very best of grown-up fantasy
Jo Nesbø: The series about Harry Hole – the very best of northern crime
J.K. Rowling: The series about Harry Potter – the very best of fantasy for children/youth
Astrid Lindgren: For instance “The brothers Lionheart”, “Mio, my son” and “Pippi Longstocking” – she is one of the reasons why I started to love reading as a child
19. What are your plans for the rest of the year in terms of your writing?
Work with A Heart of Fire. Finish the second draft. Continue translating it to English. I mean to publish it next year. 🙂
The COVER REVEAL is soon coming up!!!
I’m also aiming for a crowdfunding campaign to be able to pay an editor before I publish. The campaign will hopefully launch 1st of February 2016. 😀
20. Where else can we find you online?
Please feel free to visit me! 😀
Wow. That was a lot of questions. If you have any more questions, please leave your comment below. 😉
and Karah Rachelle
Hope you’re up for it. 😀
Everyone, have a terrific evening and talk to you soon!
Your A.J. Lundetræ