Hey Stephanie! :-) I have some interview questions for you, if you'd like to answer them in the comment box below. Feel free to discuss whatever you want, even if it doesn't pertain to my queries; I would love to have your advice! (For those of you who didn't know, my cousin Stephanie is a crazy-awesome writer, and she's here to answer some questions about her craft.) Before you start, could you introduce yourself and tell us about your writing and your history as an author?
So here's my first question: can you tell us a little bit about NaNoWriMo? I know you use and abuse the month of November for your noveling purposes, and I pretty much want to show off how cool you are... you never stick to the 50,000 word minimum anymore, do you? Also, could you go into a bit of detail about the prep work you do for NaNoWriMo?
This brings me to my next question: before you even start a story, you lock your characters in a dungeon and grill them for details about their lives and personalities. Can you explain how you go about that? I myself feel so estranged from my characters. What kinds of questions do you ask them? What situations do you throw them into? I once went to eHarmony for interview questions to use on my characters; what's your method?
Next, I was wondering if you could illuminate a little about where your ideas come from, and how you keep track of them. Do ideas just come to you randomly, or do you just force yourself to write and see what happens? Or maybe you start with a character first. Where do your characters come from? My own characters all tend to be very similar to me in one way or another. Are yours like that?
Also, how do you do your writing? Do you treat it like a 9 to 5 job? Or do you write only when creativity strikes? I basically just cram it in whenever I have time, if I remember. Do you have any tips for how to make time for writing?
Lastly, if you have anything else you would like to add - random advice for beginner's, tricks you've learned along the way that you wish you knew earlier - then please feel free.
Thank you so much, Stephanie! Say hi to the puppies for me!