Updated: Jul 8, 2021
Welcome back HoneyScribblers, and welcome if you're new here! Today's post is quite different from the ones I've done in the past, but it was a highly requested one nonetheless! Here are some frequently asked questions I received on Instagram, and the somewhat (well—not really) brief answers for them. Without further ado, read on and enjoy :)
What's the best part about writing a book?
I think the best part of writing a book is seeing the world in your head come to life for others. The best part, to me, is looking back at finished work and seeing how far I've come, how far I've grown since the very first chapter.
How did your work-in-progress come to be?
Well, it was the summer of 2020 and I was in my bed, bored out of my mind. I don't remember my exact moment of epiphany, but I do remember feeling a sudden urge to write a dystopian story and create a character who was meant to go on a great adventure with many ups and downs. The prologue came to me that first night, and the rest of the story followed a few weeks later.
Fun fact: I wrote my first draft on Wattpad in December, then copied and pasted it all on Apple Pages in January, and finally rewrote the entire story on Google Docs in April! (It's been through quite a lot).
How many people/who else has read your work-in-progress so far?
No one. I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my writing. Even with short stories I've written in the past, people have only been able to see it once it's been proofread and edited about a billion times. With my work-in-progress being over 120,000 words...you could tell why it hasn't been shared with anyone yet. Currently, I'm working on the fifth draft of my novel and am focusing on line editing, as compared to my last draft (which was revising), the second and third draft (which were skimming), and the first one (which was drafting, of course).
Biggest writing inspiration?
My biggest writing inspiration has got to be Victoria Aveyard. I wrote my first draft while reading her bestseller, Red Queen, and let me tell you—it was a life-changer. She inspired me enough to complete my first draft in three months! (It's honestly insane to think about now). I guess her writing style and genre really connected with me and gave me the motivation I needed to write and finish my novel at the end of 2020.
What are you reading at the moment?
That's a super good question; right now, I'm reading the fourth book of the Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles series by Elise Kova. A few days ago, I had finished the Air Awakens series (which revolves around the parents of the characters in the series I'm reading now), and I loved it so so much. I strongly recommend her books—if me finishing ONE book a day isn't proof enough, I don't know what is. (like, seriously, how am I finishing the books so quick?!?) My upcoming reads are definitely going to be the other spin-off series (The Golden Guard Trilogy) and her recent release, A Trial of Sorcerers.
What's your favourite part about your work-in-progress's world?
My favourite part about my story's world is the futuristic aspects of it that go beyond one's imagination. It's thrilling to create an environment where things that don't exist right now may exist in the future. Nothing is guaranteed, which is why the scope of creativity is incredibly vast and beyond belief! I love the little things that make their world unique and separate from ours, the little things that matter to my characters and make them who they are.
Rank your characters based on how stubborn they are.
Okay, I love this question, and I'll try my best (PS–these are only half of the main characters in my story—like this post if you want the other half ranked as well!):
Leanna - she's the lead POV character who's VERY sassy and independent.
John - he's the other POV character who has a negative outlook on most things in life.
Laurie - she's the high-spirited best friend who cherishes her relationships.
Rosie - she's the determined younger sibling who's sensitive and emotional.
Caelum - he's the clever younger sibling who has no ill will toward anyone. A calm spirit, you could say.
How detailed are your outlines?
I'll say it right now–I'm a total pantser. Yes, I literally think of ideas as I write. My outlines are super vague, so take this with a grain of salt. When I begin a new story (usually short ones, because I only have one novel at the moment and it's already completed), I use my notes app for world-building and research, which takes about an hour or two. It's organized in basic headings, like geography, economy, residents, history behind the setting, and pros and cons of the world. I also write a basic outline of my characters—so their names, external features (eye colour, hair colour), and internal features (personality, habits, food preferences, relationship with other characters). And this is all done in my notes app. It's not the greatest, but it gets the job done. The drafts following the first chaotic one are where I do the most revision in my world-building and use my outline.
How did you grow your account so quickly?
So this isn't related to my writing, but I'll answer it anyway. Since February, I've been trying to post every weekday, at a time when my followers are the most active (you can check when your followers are active with your account insights). Some weeks I barely post three times, and I've come to terms with the fact that it's perfectly fine. When I do post consistently, I notice that my account does do better those days, but I never force myself to post simply to grow my account quicker. A good tip to grow your account is to let it happen naturally. Make sure your posts are meaningful, and is something that could be helpful to YOU—otherwise, why would anyone else find it interesting enough to like, save, share, and/or comment?
It's all about the impact you make on your platform. Being active is great for growing your account because your followers can rely on you and bring others to your account as well. At the end of the day, you have to remember that it's a community, not a competition about who has more followers and likes. When you talk to others, post whenever you can (with a decent, consistent schedule), and answer comments/private messages, your account will reach others more naturally and easily, even when you least expect it.
Thanks for tuning in to today's post! Let me know if you would like to see FAQ about me part 2 or not; either way, I had a great time answering these questions :) I'll see you in the next post, HoneyScribblers, until then! xx