Welcome to another episode of An Interview With. Today I have the pleasure of Kaitlin's company from Ink and Quills, a writing blog like She's Novel. Both of these are probably my favourite writings blogs. Let me know if you'd like a list of them.
What prompted you to start your blog?
I really wanted to share my passion for writing with other people and help them learn how to write awesome stories! I enjoy teaching others and find it rewarding & fulfilling. I also wanted to start being more social and find other writers to connect with—and as a result I’ve made so many wonderful friends this year! It has been such an amazing experience.
Why did you decide to blog about Writing than any other niche?
Well writing is my passion and what I’m most knowledgeable about, so it was the obvious choice for me. I had all this information that was spilling over waiting to be shared! I had to get it out.
Have you done any of your own writing?
Oh yes, loads! I wrote my first full-length (160k word) novel at 14. From then on I was hooked and knew this was what I needed to do with my life. Including my first novel, I’ve written 3 total (none of which I want to pursue publication for; they were learning experiences), as well as 2 others that are partially finished and have been set aside for now.
I also started experimenting with short stories last fall, and have received an honorable mention and runner-up for two of from contests. I also finally succeeded in getting one published in Realms YA Literary Magazine. Short stories are a tough market, especially for writers of YA like myself!
My current work-in-progress is one I do intend to pursue publication for. It’s a YA Historical Fiction novel that’s a re-telling of Robin Hood. I can’t wait to share it with the world!
BTW - If you're reading this Kaitlin this idea is amazing. Publish it now.
Do you have another job besides blogging?
I do! Unfortunately I’m not at the point yet where I can make a full-time income off dreaming up awesome writing resources for you guys, so I have to have one of those “day jobs” that pays the bills. Right now I work in fast food, both in the drive-thru and doing some social media marketing (glamorous, I know). But I’m hoping I can eventually do the blogging and novel writing thing full-time!
You’ve recently released your story binder, is this what you use to plan your own novels?
Yes! You don’t even want to know how big of a train wreck I was before I came up with this system. I had multiple folders crammed full of notes, and a couple of notebooks full of scribbles. It was the hottest mess you’ve ever seen! I couldn’t find *anything.* It would take me an hour of sifting through notes to find what I needed for a particular scene.
That was when I decided I had to stop the madness and save my sanity. Once I started using Story Binders to organise my novels I never looked back! I have one made up for my current WIP and it’s making the process go very smoothly! Now I look back at the days when I was a new, helpless writer and shake my head at my silliness.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about writing?
There’s this quote from Agatha Christie that says “There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you’re writing, and aren’t writing particularly well.”
I always wrote because I loved it, but in the last couple of years I have been trying to take my writing more seriously and turn it into a career. Learning how to work through those days when you don’t want to write is challenging, but it’s imperative to becoming a professional author!
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
First, don’t let anyone talk you out of becoming an author or tell you that you can’t, especially if it’s what you love. And second, you have to fight for your dreams. Writing is a ton of work, and getting published isn’t going to be easy (but nothing worth doing ever is). The only way you will fail is if you give up, so keep going no matter what!
Want to know more about Kaitlin and her blog? Check out her links here;