I’ve known I’ve wanted to tell stories for the majority of my life, but I first honed in on writing in my early twenties after deciding architecture wasn’t for me.
It’s hard to say since I’ve yet to complete a full novel in its entirety. I’ve finished rough drafts of multiple novels that have each taken me about a month, but the editing process bogs me down because I get scatter-brained and start working on tons of other projects.
If I dedicate my time to completing a book, then I’d say 5 months per book.
I keep telling myself that I’m going to wake up early and write, but I never do. I’m a night owl. Typically, I’ll sleep in until 9ish, wake up, eat and read, then tinker with the business side of my writing while listening to audiobooks or podcast to further my writing education. Then I’ll write for hours and hours, taking short breaks to exercise and for other essentials. I pause midday and spend time with my family, then after they’re in bed, I return to my office and get back to work.
I write with soundproof headphones on because I have a large, noisy family!
Because I get a lot of story ideas and I’m always so eager to start each of them that I get sidetracked. It’s like playing a large open world video game and then spending all your time doing side quest…
Also, because I’m still at that “It has to be perfect” stage, so I nitpick everything. The thing is, I am constantly learning and growing as a writer, so that means I’m constantly tampering with my books in progress. I’m working on improving this!
I self-publish for a number of reasons, but mostly because I’m impatient. Traditional publishing takes years, and I don’t want to put my dream on hold for that long. There’s years of writing the book, potentially years of finding someone to represent it, then years of waiting for it to be edited and put into bookstores. Honestly, I put a lot of work into this, and I need to see the fruits of my labor to help keep me motivated.
Because of this, I decided to only self-publish my picture books and my short story collections, while I pursue the traditional publishing route with my full-fledged novels. I think that’s a happy middle.
All over the place! I turn the dumbest things into stories, and oftentimes they become my dumbest story… The thing is, you don’t know until you try. So I like to write and see where it takes me.
If it’s work-related, then I’m illustrating my picture books. If I’m just taking time off, then it’s family time, video games, or a trip to the movie theater. I used to play basketball in college, but I don’t play these days. Nor do I smoke or drink, so bars and clubs are definitely not on my list.
For adults, it’s a short story I wrote called Ninja Turtle Shrine. It’s about a boy who finds a dildo and mistakes it for the leg of a ninja turtle…
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