Yay! Thank you so much for the asks! 😀
20) do you write in long sit-down sessions or in little spurts?
Usually long sessions. Generally if I sit down to write, I end up focused on that and lose track of time to the point where I forget to eat. There are days where it’s hard to get into it, though, then it’s little spurts where I make myself write for a half hour or something.
21) what do you think when you read over your older work?
Good timing for this because yesterday I was doing a bit of editing to one of my first stories. That one is seven years old and I was alternating between making a sour face at it and laughing about the dopey mistakes I made with it. Reading over older stuff makes me happy, though, because I can see how far I’ve come and it’s nice to read back over the things that gave me the love of writing in the first place. 🙂
22) are there any subjects that make you uncomfortable to write?
Well, I flat-out refuse to write anything depressing or violent because my anxiety does a big nope about that, but in terms of just generally uncomfortable? Mushy stuff. Like I LOVE writing fluff about my dorks being sweet together, but I get so embarrassed when any of that turns to kissing, I guess because I’m afraid I’m not good at writing it because I’m ace and probably grey-romantic and it’s not the easiest thing for me to write.
23) any obscure life experiences that you feel have helped your writing?
My life feels like a series of little things that help me write, when I think about it. I’ve been doing art semi-professionally for years and that helps writing artists. I was a wait…person? (What’s the gender neutral form of waitress?) as a teenager and I have a feeling that’ll help me write Feren and my restaurant characters. I spent a few years very ill and that’s going to help me write the character later who’s been through something similar. I’m not sure about obscure experiences, but I’ve definitely got life experiences in general that I’m going to use.
24) have you ever become an expert on something you previously knew nothing about, in order to better a scene or a story?
This is definitely my hobby of flow arts. I didn’t get into this until I started writing this series, and the carnival performer characters definitely inspire me to learn props so I can better describe their acts. I’m also starting to get into drawing and painting partly to help write Adair.
25) copy/paste a few sentences or a short paragraph that you’re particularly proud of
I’m going to go with Etri’s first chapter of the Soulmate AU because it has so much description in it and I’m not normally a descriptive writer. Here’s my favorite bit of it:
At this moment the snow rolled on forever, bright and blinding in the sunlight. It was painful, disorienting, and not as pleasant as night, yet still superior to the confining stone that had been Etri’s whole world only hours ago. A part of him feared that this whiteness and brilliant light meant he and Seb were dead and within the realm of the god of light. Perhaps in sacrificing his future to save his kin, Etri’s own god had forsaken him and left him in this cold, bright place empty of all life. It made far more sense than the fact that they had not been followed; only his own footprints marred the fresh snow and he could not sense any shadow nearby. If leaving was an automatic death sentence, where were the ones who would inflict this punishment?
(These questions are for this ask game. Please feel free to send me more numbers! 🙂 )
I’ve heard wait staff.