I am taking the "Writer's Tag" challenge! Below you can read my secrets of writing... and even an exclusive excerpt from my latest story.
1. WHAT GENRES, STYLES, AND TOPICS DO YOU WRITE ABOUT?
I am primarily a middle grade/YA fantasy writer. My stories are meant to inspire, comfort, and teach my young audience, but don't let that fool you. I'm no "Goody-Two-Shoes" type! I can't stand didactic fiction, and I do my dead level best to avoid it.
My style was inspired in equal measures by Lewis, Tolkien, and Brian Jacques, so I suppose that it would make my style third person, past tense. I also like perspective shifts, (something I picked up from Jacques) and I find a lot of inspiration in fairy tales.
Topics! Ah, topics. I usually don't have an idea for a topic when I get started. They usually present themselves as I'm writing. For instance, I have covered child abuse, PTSD, mental illness, why humans shouldn't mess with "magic" (leave it to the professionals ;)), and right to life issues. I try not to let the topic drive the story, I put the story in the driver's seat and let the topic (if any) do the navigating.
2. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING?
I've been writing seriously since the age of 11. My first stories where really bad crossover fan-fics, featuring blatant Mary-Sues, spelling errors, and "the rule of awesome", throw whatever sounds coolest in there even if it makes no sense. But, hey, I was 11, nobody expects Shakespeare from an 11 year old. I look back to those stories with pride, even if they're bad, you have to start someplace.
3. WHY DO YOU WRITE?
Because all these ideas have to go someplace. Next please.
4. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO WRITE?
It used to be at night, but now I find the best time to work is in the morning or afternoon. My brain is firing on all cylinders in the early morning/afternoon, so I can get a lot done.
5. PARTS OF WRITING YOU LOVE VS PARTS YOU HATE?
The writing part is what I love best. I write flying by the seat of my pants, its just as much of an adventure for me as the reader. I usually have a rough outline in mind, but other than that its a wild ride. The downside? The thing I hate, revision. Rewrites and revision are necessary, but it doesn't mean I don't hate it.
6. HOW DO YOU OVERCOME WRITERS BLOCK?
Usually I work on something else or I listen to music. Imagining scenes to music helps get the creative juices back into play.
7. ARE YOU WORKING ON SOMETHING AT THE MOMENT?
You betcha! I have a rotation of original works and fan-fiction in the works right now. Currently, I'm working on a fairy tale in the vein of "Beauty and the Beast" (but the characters are only friends in the end) called "The Treeman of Roses" that takes place in my fantasy world. Here's just a sample of this story:
Goewyn walked through the garden listening in marvel to the voices of the flowers, all their languages she knew. Most beautiful of all were the roses. A thousand different kinds and colors, all breeds of the “king of the flowers” bloomed around the center of the garden. The air was heady with the scent and the sound of the drone of bees. A lane ran through garden to a throne made of willow branches and roses. It was empty, but Goewyn walked around it, examining it from all sides.
8. WRITING GOALS THIS YEAR?
My main goal is to get something published this year. I plan to start publishing my original stories and fan work with The Fellowship of the King, an online magazine for people of faith to discuss and write fiction for the reading world. I've never published anything before, so this is exciting!
I'm T.K. Wilson, Read my blog for great information and stories about dolls, toy restoration, Christian Fantasy and so much more! Blog updates Fridays.