This is still one of my favourite series to date. I absolutely love being able to ask my favourite people questions and getting inside their minds, sadly this series will be coming to a close soon as I have no more participants. Today however, I have a long awaited participant and that is Christine Frazier! I've been a fan of hers ever since I stumbled across BetterNovelProject.com many years ago. So getting a little insight was amazing.
1. How did you get into writing?
Like most writers, I loved to read as a kid. I got more into writing during a high school course on creative writing (I once wrote a post about my most inspiring writing teachers). The class was so good that we started a creative writing club to keep it going-- we would sit at a local coffee shop, write flash poetry, and read Sylvia Plath aloud. We took it very seriously. :)
2. Why did you start blogging?
Well first, I started to write a book. I realized very quickly that even with a “big picture” idea of what I wanted my story to be, I had no idea how to achieve that.
I thought the best way would be to break up my story into small pieces, so that I could give myself weekly writing assignments. But again I hit trouble—what were those small pieces? I decided to break down bestselling novels into smaller pieces so that I could see how their structure worked.
I also kept hearing that I needed a "platform" to get my novel into the world. I figured that other writers might be interested in my research, so I started posting it online.
3. What time of day is your most creative?
The time immediately before a deadline. The time when I log off twitter for a few hours. :)
Honestly, I get most of my blog post ideas while I am driving. I think because it's the one time that I am truly disconnected from my phone and noise, it's a chance for my subconscious to relax and sort out some of puzzles on its own.
4. How do you come up with content ideas?
Because my blog has a clear goal-- create a master outline-- I don't have to brainstorm a lot of new topics because the empty spaces on my outline are begging for their posts to be written.
A lot of posts are written in response to questions I receive from readers. I research the topic and try to answer it with examples from other novels.
5. Do you have a "day job" as well as your writing?
Yep, I'm an attorney. I fell in love with outlining and research while in law school. :)
6. Any plans for fiction writing?
Yes! That was the point of starting Better Novel Project. I have one started, but lately I have been thinking about the logistics of releasing a novel serially. Stay tuned...
7. Three books that would would recommend are?
Turning Pro, by Steven Pressfield (tough-love inspiration on making your writing fantasy a reality)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon (beautiful handling of language around a satisfying plot)
Matilda, by Roald Dahl (my favorite book as a child: I love the magic, hard-work, and whimsy)
8. What is your favourite thing about writing?
Nothing. I feel guilty when I am not writing and anxious when I am doing it.
Like the quote goes, it's the "having written" that I'm into. I get excited to shuffle around words and cut redundant sentences. It's like a puzzle that I need to solve to find some beauty and clarity underneath all the mess. My biggest worry is someone looking at my post and think TLDR (too long didn't read).
9. Advice for aspiring writers?
There is no someday. If it's important to you, figure out how to make the time today. It's amazing how much the work done in just 30 minutes a day adds up.
I freaking loved having Christine on the blog today. Want to see more of her? Well here's her links!
Christine Frazier is a writer, joyous outliner, and compulsive doodler. She deconstructs bestselling novels, one index card at a time, and posts her research at BetterNovelProject.com.