Welcome back, HoneyScribblers! Today's post has been HIGHLY requested, so here it is! Part 2 of some FAQ I get asked a lot! After you're done reading this, make sure to check out my other FAQ blog post to read some other answers to questions you may have for me! Without further ado, read on and enjoy :)
Let's start with the short and simple ones:
Fav tense to write in? Past tense.
Fav point of view to use? Third person limited.
Prologues or epilogues? Prologues, for sure.
Plan work ahead or make it up as you go (essentially—plotter or pantser)? Gotta admit, I make up almost everything as I go, but I aspire to be a plotter one day.
Fav writing software to use? Google Docs (but I recently got Scrivener, so I'm excited to try that out in the future!)
Alright, let's get into some of the deeper ones now:
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Yes. Practice really does make perfect. Read anything and everything you can get your hands on and write whenever you find the time to do so. Writing is a craft that can always be improved, so be someone willing to learn more and not only accept constructive critism for your work but also implement it into your work the way you see fit. It works wonders, trust me.
How do you format a book? There isn't exactly one way to format it, but a manuscript that you're looking to share with literary agents or editors should generally be typewritten, in 12 point standard font (like Times New Roman, Courier, etc.), double-spaced, single-sided on a page, with 1 inch margins all around as well as page numbers at the top with your surname and the book's title. Remember, this does NOT mean that you're publishing it in this format. That is a whole separate thing, and you can apply more of your visions and creativity in that process. However, for now, this is the ideal format for books at the stages after the first draft.
When did you start writing? For as long as I can remember, I've been a story teller. Since I could pick up a pencil, I wrote any and everything (mostly diary entries, but we don't talk about that snncdkd). I started getting serious about my writing when I was 14, when I wrote my first wip (aka work-in-progress.) Although I never finished it, it was the stepping stone I needed to start my current wip (that is finished, yay!) a year later. I've been writing ever since.
What does your editing process look like? Well, since I'm a bit of an editor myself, I write multiple drafts for my book and edit it in a different way every time. The second draft is usually when I do line edits and proofreads. The third and fourth draft are more revisions. The fifth draft is a rewrite. Usually around this time I begin my beta-reading process, which I get feedback and from and implement into my next few drafts with revisions as well as developmental edits. It takes a long time, for sure. But I love doing it, regardless.
What's a typical day like for you when it comes to writing? Where do you write? Right now, I'm actually drafting (which I haven't done in a whole year, ahh!) so I'm writing whenever I get the time. School has been keeping me busy lately, much more than it had last year, which is why the process of drafting is taking twice as long as it did the year before—however, I'm not too worried. I'm going at a pace I like and I don't want to rush anything, either. Typically, I write in the late nights, around 9 or 10 PM, and it's mostly in my bed. I used to be very critical and only write at a table until I realized that it caused me a LOT of back pain, so now I'm opting for more of a comfortable position on my bed against the wall, and it's going great. It doesn't make me less motivated at all. Or tired, though I wish it did so I snuck in earlier writing sessions >.< My sleep schedule is loving me right now, as you can tell.
What are you reading right now? Renegades by Marissa Meyer. So far, it's pretty interesting! Next read is The Stolen Kingdom Series by Bethany Atazadeh (I recently got the collector's edition and I cannot wait to start reading it when I have the time!)
What's your best advice to deal with rejection? My best advice would be to not take it personally. I have in the past and suffered immensely for it. The person—or people, agency, whatever it is—are rejecting your current project, not you. If you EVER feel an ounce of imposter syndrome creeping up on you, remind yourself why you love writing and why you started writing in the first place. I'll tell you why I started writing: because it makes me happy. It allows me to imagine worlds apart from this one and explore the depths of the unknown through fiction. It brings me peace. Also, I write because I have a story to tell. I write because sometimes, my thoughts are too loud and I just want to get them out the less aggressive way (like screaming them out at the top of my lungs because trust me, I really want to do that some days). So whenever you get rejection, remember why you're doing this, and who you're doing it for (I hope it's for yourself before all else). Another thing to do is to simply take a break. Disconnect yourself from reality for a while but don't wallow in your regrets or burdens. Remember: your worth is NOT determined by the work you do. Every rejection brings a lesson with it. And whether we'd like to admit it or not, every rejection gives us a chance to grow thicker skin and learn from it. The truth is that not everyone's going to love your story. But I can guarantee you that someone will, at the right time. The most important thing is that you are proud of your work, and yourself. You don't need validation from anyone else for that. I'm proud of you.