Hello Heather and welcome to The Writers Voice!
Do you ever get writers block? How do you suggest aspiring authors overcome their own bouts of writers block?
Ah to be a writer who doesn't get it! Wouldn't that be wonderful? I do have a few ways to get rid of it though that never fail me. Brainstorming with a friend who knows the story well almost always works for me. When that doesn't work taking a shower usually does. I used to think that was odd until I heard more and more authors say it works for them too!
What do you feel is your biggest writerly fault and how do you deal with it?
That would have to be telling emotions instead of showing them. I go through my manuscript with a highlighter and highlight ever instance where I did this and then fix it so you'll rarely see it in the finished novel unless myself and my editor missed it!
What is your favorite point of view to write from? Do you have any particular reason?
I love to write close third person, which is third person but on a very personal level where the reader is in the character's head at times. I think I love third person so much because it's what I grew up reading.
Worldbuilding is such an important part of writing. What is your world building process like for you?
Very intensive! It's important to me that every detail is covered from culture and traditions to society structures. I do a ton of research and outline everything about my world in a notebook.
What's your writing routine? Do you write in the mornings, nights, daily, or when the mood strikes you?
I don't have a set time expect in the car on the way to work (don't worry, I car pool!). I carry a notebook and pencil and write whenever and wherever I can, even on my breaks at work if I can squeeze it in. Daily goals help keep me on track.
What is your biggest pet peeve in writing?
That I don't have more time to do it! There is so much more to writing than just writing. With research, outlining, character development, social networking, and a day job, it can be tough. But I love it and it's worth all the struggle. :)
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