In my search for great writing resources I managed to stumble across E.A Deverell's website. In it, I found the most insightful tips and wonderful writing worksheets that engage the mind and ensnare the senses (like the HP reference?). Seriously these worsheets are put out EVERY Wednesday and honestly I have been loving them. So today I thought I'd take one that I've really wanted to do and take the time to write out my answers to the questions. Want your own? Get it here.
The worksheet is called Becoming A Writer, and I loved the questions because they're so thought provoking.
What does the word writer conjure up?
For me, the word writer makes me think about a person sitting down in a beautiful office or on the beach somewhere frantically scribbling or typing away with a need to get the story out. Of course I know that's not true all the time, hello writers block!
How do you imagine writers looking?
Like normal people? What else would they look like?
How do you imagine writers living?
At home working hours they choose with the freedom to be with friends and family whenever they wish.
How do you imagine writers working?
Well if they're anything like me, in the beginning they'll be finding time whenever they can working at the dining table surrounded by paper - literally me right now. However, once they're published and making money and can do the writing full time, I imagine them working a typical 9-5 schedule in the home office with a beverage in hand.
Why do you want to become a writer?
Writing has been my passion since I was 16, and I know I have lots of stories to tell. I didn't complete university and now I want to pursue a career in writing so that I can make a supplemented income from my day job and eventually go part time, so that when I start a family I'll have more time at home to write and work and take care of everyone.
How will you're life change when you're a writer?
I guess I'll find out when I eventually make it! I hope that it'll mean more time with my boyfriend, a home office which I can work in and more spare time to see friends and family because I'll be doing most of my writing during the day. It'll also mean I can spend more time cooking better meals rather than eating leftovers I make on a Sunday!
What if being a writer doesn't meet your expectations?
I'll be happy as long as one person reads my novel, buys a copy and is inspired to pursue their own dream.
What are your criteria for being a writer?
I think anyone can be a writer - you just need the passion to create and the habit to make a writing routine.
What is your plan for becoming a writer?
Well with my blog and first novel almost complete I would say I am already a writer. Determination to complete and share and inspire is what drives me to keep doing what I love. Plus I am keeping my creativity flowing with this blog, and I hope it's helping people too.
How long do you think it will take?
I'm assuming this is in relation to the previous question. However, if I change it slightly to how long will it take to be a published author, I would say as long as it takes. Some people can write a book in 6 months, 30 days or even 1 week however mine has taken me 16 months already. I'm hoping it'll be ready for editing this year and published either Christmas time or early 2017.
How will you know when you've become a writer?
It's a feeling in your heart.
How will others know?
They'll see my writing of course! Want to read the first few chapters of The Collective: A Pirate Adventure? Click here
How will you feel when you're finally a writer?
Considering it's been my dream since I was 16, I'd say I would be pretty happy. To be able to tell people I have a book out that they can buy and read will literally be THE best feeling for me.
I seriously loved this worksheet and I hope you enjoyed my answers. Will you be looking up some of the worksheets? Let me know which ones you choose!