Ending my Interview with series the way I started it, with one of my favourites. Jenny is not only a writing friend, she is an author and a blogger (and amazing too!). Today I have the pleasure of having her for an Interview and I love her answers.
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1. How did you get into blogging?
Awesome question! I started Blots & Plots in late 2013, mainly because I needed a way to talk about my writing journey. My sister Monica had already started her blog, Bravo for Paleo, by that point, and she helped me to set up my Wordpress site, teaching me the basics of running a productive website. I quickly fell in love with the blogging life and the friends I've made through my platform.
2. Why did you pick your niche?
Recently, I've discovered my calling with Blots & Plots. My goal, apart from my own writing journey, is to inspire and motivate other writers. I've always felt a sense that I should teach, and with Blots & Plots, I've had the opportunity to do this. Plus, we have fun!
3. What are your favorite posts to write?
Thank you for asking this question! I love to write posts that help people see writing in a new, fresh way. One of my posts that I'm most proud of is Make Your Own Novel Soundtrack, which helps people trigger their creativity and get to know their writing in a new way. I like posts that are interactive, and I love to read the comments!
4. How do you keep organized on your blog?
At one point, I was posting once a week, but then I had a realization. I would wait until Sunday night and dread Monday's post, without being able to think of a new topic. Because I rushed, I wound up posting content that wasn't useful or impressive. So now, I focus on quality over quantity. I publish only when I feel that my posts are up to par.
5. Do you have a full time job as well as writing?
Yes, I do! At first, I thought it would be impossible to write and publish a book while maintaining a full time job, but it actually worked out very well. Because I had limited time, I needed to make the most of the hours that I had. I used word sprints and lunch hours to get my writing done.
6. Where did you get the idea for These Are the Moments?
Originally, I had the idea of this couple when I was still in high school. I wrote about their story in a very elementary kind of way, as I was still developing my writing skills. I loved the idea of a couple reunited over time and thought it would make for interesting tension. After I graduated college, I remembered the story and started writing. From there, I added layers over layers of plot, and it became a real, fully-fashioned story.
7. Why did you choose the self-published route?
I love indie publishing, but I had no idea how amazing it was until I started researching it. After graduation, I had big plans to publish traditionally, as most writers do. Then I found indie authors and started listening to their stories. I was so excited to pick my own publishing team and take my book in the direction I wanted it to go.
I’ve loved this experience. It’s amazing to learn the work and time that is required for a book. The whole experience can be difficult, but I was very stressed when it came to creating my own timelines. I wanted to launch it in the right way, and I was scared I wouldn’t give myself enough time. Thankfully, it all worked out perfectly!
8. Do you have an idea for book two yet?
I do! I'm currently writing the follow-up novel to These Are the Moments, which follows my secondary character Reese. I'm writing it during NaNoWriMo, so I'm hoping to make it to 50,000 words! I also have two companion mini-novels coming out soon. A prequel to TATM called Those Were the Days, and another called Moments Like These, from Simon's perspective.
9. Are you a plotter or a pantser? If plotter how do you outline?
I'm starting to learn that every novel is different. For my first draft, I don't outline. I write as much as I can until I feel that I have most of my scenes. Then, I read through and see what I have and what still needs to be written. That's when I write an outline, taking inventory of where all of my scenes need to fit. From there, it's edit, edit, edit!
10. Advice to aspiring writers/authors?
Always! One of my favorite pieces of advice is to not limit yourself. We tend to let negativity and fear keep us from writing the books that we truly want to write, when we should just embrace them. Be excited about your writing life. Don't add any unnecessary pressure.
Thank you so much for having me!