Guys, guess what! I landed another interview with ANOTHER amazing author! When Moriah McStay actually emailed me back saying that she had answered all of my questions included in the email I previously sent her…I was shell-shocked. If you haven’t read her book, Everything That Makes You, I strongly recommend it. I also did a review over this book if you would like to read that, click here.
Now, onto the Q/A. (Also keep in mind that all of these questions are my questions, and all of these answers are her answers.)
- Some authors have described there writing process as…kind of a domino effect. How would you describe your writing process?
I usually start off with a vague idea I want to explore—in the case of Everything That Makes You, I wanted to show how an event could shape a person’s life. Then I’ll write about 30-40,000 words that inevitably I can’t use, but that help me figure out characters. After that, I plot it out and write. Plot it out and write. Plot it out and write. It takes at least three drafts until i have a firm enough handle to really start fine-tuning language.
- What was the thing or person that kick started your interest in writing?
I was that kid who was always writing. I wrote little stories when I was little, worked for the school paper, entered essay contests. I don’t think one thing got me interested—I just always did it.
- Are you working on anything right now?
Yes, a few different projects, none of which are solid enough to share, but some feel close. Back to the previous question, in-between the plotting it out and writing, I’ll often take breaks to give myself some room from a project. During that break I’ll work on something else. I usually work on two things in the same general time period, although I’m only working on one at a time.
- What do you do when you get writer’s block?
Usually I give myself a break and immerse myself in sometime other than writing. I’ll watch movies or catch up with friends or spend a week outside, walking the dogs and working in the yard. For me, writer’s block is really my brain saying STOP WORKING I NEED TO REST PLEASE.
- Name one person that supported you through the whole process of writing your book besides your family.
My critique partners. We meet once a week and talk through each other’s plot problems. They’re my life line. I’d be insane otherwise.
- If you could choose, which writer (published or not) would you consider a mentor?
David Mitchell. I’m such a googly-eyed fan for him. He writes adult, mind-bendy fiction—his best known is Cloud Atlas—and he’s pure genius.
- If you could do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?
I could do line edits on it for a century and still see room for improvement. But the basic premise/structure? No.
- And lastly, what advice do you have for new journalists and novelists?
Be patient with yourself. Write daily. Read everything you can get your hands on. Find a critique group. Go to conferences.
Alright, that’s all folks. But, before we go, a HUGE thank you to Moriah McStay. She has absolutely no reason to agree with doing this interview. Considering, my blog isn’t the most popular in the world. So a round of applause to her. I love you guys! And I’ll write to you soon! ~Blondie (Oh, and sorry for the lack of sarcastic comments in this post…I’ll make it up on my next post *wink)