Q: Where do the your ideas come from?
A: Anywhere. Everywhere. Sometimes my stories stem from real experiences, emotions and people. Other times they’re made up or when I get inspiration while watching a show, reading a book or playing a game.
I guess the most unexpected idea came when I was still in school, studying for finals in a donut shop, and imagining a group of characters being swallowed into a space-time vortex while eating donuts in a shop on a rainy day. These characters then get tossed into a fantasy world and experience their share of adventures. And sadly no, I’ve never managed to finish up the story.
Q: Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
A: I used to be a panster and simply just write what comes to mind, but I found myself revising entire chunks afterwards. These days, I make sure I have a rough and workable outline before starting any project. Occasionally though, I get these instantaneous inspiration bursts and go all out on a story one-shot.
Q: What is your writing day like? Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
A: Most of the time I manage to stick to my 2k words daily word count. Like most writers with a day job, I do all my writing at night and I try to keep to my word count no matter what. I don’t write everyday though. One of the best pieces of writing advice I’ve ever gotten was to leave a slot during the week to relax and unwind so I keep my weekends free.
Q: Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
A: Put aside what you’re currently working on. Leave it for a day, a week, or even months to stew. I’m a firm believer in giving your work the time it needs. When I’m feeling burned out, I eat expensive cake, go out with friends, and generally do what makes me happy. Trust me, you come out feeling a lot better the next day.
Q: Any words you would like to say to your readers?
A: Thank you for all your support, and for deciding to spend some of your time in my fantasy worlds. I always welcome any comments and suggestions.
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