Today's interview is with someone who is fastly becoming someone I would call friend. Her blog is such a new take on writing and has so much information she blows my mind with her words. Then there is her course which I'm sure helps loads of writers stick to a schedule. Faye joins me today and answers some questions I have been burning to know the answers too.
1. How did you find your passion for writing?
Honestly, that passion has been there for as long as I can remember. When I was little, I used to make up bedtime stories for my sister and scribble them down in crayon before I went to sleep. I knew that one day I wanted to write my own books and become a published author, but it wasn’t until my teenage years that I actually got started on that dream. Since then, I’ve written novels, novellas, short stories and microfiction, and made writing such an integral part of my life that it feels strange NOT to write. (And I’m still forever rushing to scribble down those story ideas just before bed, so not that much has changed really.)
2. Why did you start blogging about writing?
Back in 2011, I enrolled on a degree in Psychology and spent the next three years applying everything I learnt to my writing, from the psychological theories I used to build my characters’ personalities to the research I used to shape and improve my own mindset. I wanted a platform to share the knowledge that I was having so much fun discovering and the best way I felt to do that was to share it on my blog. And that’s when the Psychology & Storycraft series was born.
3. Is Writerology your first blog or were there some before then?
My very first blog was called Think Ink, a Blogspot project I started more to keep me accountable with my writing than to share information with others. I’d post my goals, talk about my process and my works-in-progress, but as time went on, I began posting more about inspiration, motivation and the different writing techniques I was learning as I progressed with my first draft.
About a year later, I decided to start the Psychology & Storycraft series, making the change to a craft-based blog aimed at helping writers develop their characters and their skills. And a year after that, I moved to a self-hosted blog, rebranded to Writerology, and started to take myself and my writing seriously.
4. How do you stay organised on your blog?
I have a small (okay, elephant-sized) obsession with the Google Drive, which I use for organisation, collaboration, progress tracking… the list goes on! I use Google Sheets for my editorial calendar and for growth tracking, and Google Docs for drafting my blog posts, as well as for collaborations and beta reading. It’s just so versatile and easily accessible! As for keeping myself on track (because I’m terrible at that), I have Asana, which I use to create to-do lists and schedule reminders for posting dates.
5. Do you have a full time job as well as blogging?
I work part-time, two days a week, alongside my full-time self-employed business over at Writerology. I love having enough time in the week to dedicate to my business, while having a couple of days to get out into my community and meet new people. Also, having some kind of constraint on my time gives me the motivation to sit down and work in my free time. It’s strange how that works, right?
6. Do you write anything other than your blog?
I also write over at the Sprint Shack, a blog I co-founded with the lovely Cristina Guarino and Taylor Eaton. We’re all about motivation, inspiration and empowering writers to finish their works-in-progress through the magic of the word sprint.
When I’m not blogging, I write stories with a fantasy and steampunk twist, whether that’s my current work-in-progress, Her Clockwork Heart, or a piece of microfiction inspired by something I’ve seen or read that day.
7. How do you come up with ideas?
Brainstorming and freewriting are the best techniques I’ve found for coming up with new ideas, whether that’s for blogging or creative writing. If the idea is non-fiction related, I’ll ask my readers what they think about the subject and where they struggle with it, and start developing articles, worksheets and e-books from there.
When the ideas are story related, they mostly come to me in bits and pieces, like a character who demands that I write their story, or a conflict that makes my fingers itch to write about it, or a magic system that bewitches my imagination. When I have enough bits and pieces, I fit the ideas together to make a (sort of) cohesive story. The rest I straighten out during the actual writing.
8. Goal for the year?
My focus this year has been on growing my blog and my business, and it’s been an incredibly inspiring experience so far. I’ve released the e-book form of the Writember Workshop, created an exclusive library of resources for my blog subscribers, and recently launched the #storycrafter Twitter chat. My goal is now to focus in on my community and how I can best serve them. They’re amazing people and they deserve only the best.
9. Best piece of advice you’ve received?
Write every day. I can’t even remember where I first heard that advice, but it was only two years ago that I started to put it into action. Now, over 700 days later, my writing streak remains unbroken, and it’s truly changed my life. My writing is better, my progress is steady, and I feel so much better about myself, as a writer and as a person.
Remember: You don’t have to write a lot. Just write every day and it’ll add up to A LOT.
10. Advice for aspiring writers?
Put aside time for your craft. Even if it’s not every day, spending time with your story is the fastest way to improve, to make progress, and to have an amazing time. Don’t wait for inspiration or ‘the mood’ to strike. Pick up that pen and take your story by storm.
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