Here are the rules:
1) Thank the person who tagged you
2) Link to the original creator
3) Answer the ten questions
4) Tag AT LEAST two other YA writers/bloggers
This awesome tag is split into two parts, so let's get into it!
ABOUT THE WRITERS:
#1 - What draws you to YA?
Firstly, I'm in YA age range, so almost all the books I read are YA and I enjoy writing characters my age. But the odd thing is that I've been reading YA since primary/elementary school. I was always an advanced reader, and when I found YA books I was hooked, even if I didn't always understand everything. I managed to get my hands on some far-too-mature books for consumption by sneaking into my school's high school library. True fact.
That aside, there's this beautiful thing about YA where topics that are hard, and raw, and tough to get through can be explored. But it's not just all wallowing in darkness. There's light in it too, mixed with hope and examples of people overcoming the odds with bravery. YA characters push through hard times and come out the other side scarred, but having learnt and persevered. I could on about it for days, but that's the heart of my reason for loving YA.
#2 - Describe your writing process. Do you like outlines and structure, or seeing where the story takes you?
Process? What process?
I'm kidding, I do have a bit of one. I used to be an extreme pantser but as this made me extremely stressed in editing, I now do some before hand preparation. Most of the time I world-build for a few weeks, fleshing out the geography, history, and culture of the world; which in turn tends to spark character and plot ideas. Then I'll scribble down the basic premise and a few scene/chapter ideas, and if I'm feeling artistic, some scrap-book worldbuilding. Then it's off into the first draft to pants the rest!
|Sneak peek of two characters' backstory from Splintered Crown. This style is what I call scrap-book worldbuilding. Apologies for the blurriness; can't have you knowing all the spoilers now, can we?|
#3 - How long have you been writing? Where are you in your journey?
I've been writing seriously for four years now. Before that I always enjoyed writing, but I mark 2013 as the year I began to strive towards being a writer and considered it my career goal. A lot has happened in these four years, and I've grown as a writer both in my attitude towards writing and myself, found my voice, and discovered how best I write.
At the moment, I'm editing the second draft of a book I believe wholeheartedly could be published in the next few years.
#4 - What do you need to write? Coffee? Music?
A glass of water to keep me hydrated, earphones, and good music that will drown out any background noise.
#5 - If you could offer one piece of advice to another writer (OTHER THAN "don't give up"), what would it be?
Wow, this is tricky, simply because there's so much to say. It's hard to narrow it down to a single piece of advice, as every writer is at a different part in their journey, but I would say this (as I shared on twitter the other day):
Only YOU can write YOUR story. No one can write it like you can. Your voice is important, because it's yours, and yours only.
#6 - What book still has you reeling from its plot twist? (*no spoilers please*)
Honestly, as Caitlin also said in her post, Red Queen blew me away with its plot twist. I had a vague idea something bad was coming, but gosh, did it make me mad...
#7 - What books are you most anticipating this year?
I'm looking forward to Sarah J Maas' new books coming in May and September; Tower of Dawn and A Court of Wings and Ruin. Oh oh! And Obsidio in the Illuminae Files series! It comes out next year, but sshhh, I'll still be anticipating it all year.
#8 - In your opinion, what YA book/series has the most unique premise?
The first book series that pops to mind is the Birthmark series by Caragh M O'Brien. As the books develop, so does the premise, and it blew my mind. I love the series so much!
#9 - What is your all-time favourite quote from YA lit?
From Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas: "You could rattle the stars...You could do anything, if only you dared."
#10 - What book do you most hope will have a movie adaptation?
Illuminae! There have been rumours about it, I believe, but I would love to see if they could pull off the adaptation. I would be very cross if they messed with my beloved characters though...
That's it for the questions! I tag the below people, and anyone else who wishes to do it!
Jeneca @ Jeneca Writes
Victoria @ Wanderer's Pen
Ellie @ On the Other Side of Reality
Laura @ Boats Against the Current
Hannah @ Ink Blots and Coffee Stains
I hope you enjoyed the post! I'd love to hear some of your answers to the questions! What's your favourite YA book quote? What piece of advice would you offer to another writer? How long have you been writing?
Let me know in the comments, and have an awesome day! <3