Monday, September 7, 2015

Inkheart, Plotting, and Moose Tracks: It's snowing in the summer!

Well, actually it isn't. It's ninety degrees where I live and I'm dying. Well, not literally. Actually, technically, yes, literally, we're all dying.

Happy Labor Day! I hope that you're all having a relaxing weekend. I just got back yesterday from some time with my extended family which was decently nice and produced some thoughts for a (hopefully) kick butt post later this week. So stay tuned.

Today I bring to you the adorable Alexa Winters from over at Summer Snowflakes (what a great blog name, am I right?!). Enjoy, then go visit her at her blog!

What was the last movie you saw? Why did you (or didn't you) like it?
Heh. I actually had to think about this one for a little, lol, because I don't watch movies very often. BUT, I managed to remember: the last movie I watched was Inkheart and I loved it because the story is just so fascinating to me, and being able to read out your favorite characters or go into your favorite book is basically every bookworm's dream. Yet in the movie (and the book series) it kinda gets turned on its head and you see how there actually might be some problems with having such a power. :p Plus, it's just a really great, fun movie with crazy, quirky, amazing characters. One of my favorites for sure. :)

I saw Inkheart for the first time years ago, but I recently rewatched it with my siblings. My mind goes crazy with that story! It's so incredible, and especially great for writers. The book is awesome too!

What is one writing trait you'd like to improve on during this school year? 
Hmm... I hadn't really thought about this, but now that you mention it, I want to get better at plotting. I'm a pantser so I really just write whatever comes to me at the time and, while that's fun, it also leaves an extraordinary amount of space for plotholes. :p So yeah, I'd like to get better at plotting my stories, so I can fix the plotholes with less pain, stress, and tears, and maybe keep some of them from happening in the first place. :)

I've been working at getting better at plotting for the past year and a half. It's a serious struggle (well, for me, anyway), but it's so worth it. I enjoy drafting so much more after putting in a lot of work with the outline. Plus, there are a lot of awesome plotting worksheets on Pinterest! ;) 

Markers or crayons?
MARKERS. I love markers because I love watercolors but I'm very not good at painting. So markers give me a similar look but they're much easier to control than a paintbrush.

I saw on your blog that you're homeschooled! *fist bump* How does homeschooling help your writing and how does it make writing more difficult?

*fist bump back* Homeschooling for the win, hehe! Well, for one thing, I can count writing as part of my schoolwork, and my mom is really cool about it. Last year, she even said I could take off math the entire month of November as long as I used that time to work on my NaNo novel. So yeah. She's amazing. :D
The only thing that's a bit more difficult is when I'm writing about public school or something, because I don't have any personal experience to draw on. I have to just trust TV, movies, and books (which are not always terribly accurate :p), and I often end up asking friends really obvious questions about school, then just hoping I get it right, lol

Ahhh that is so sweet!! I used to find that hard too, before I went to school (my freshman and sophomore years of high school), but there really isn't a whole lot to it.

Do you share your writing with anyone? If so, at what stage? (First draft, edits, etc.)
I do, and it depends. I used to ask for critiques only when my stories were as close to perfect as I could get them. Lately though, I've started asking earlier in the process, around second or third drafts, because, like I mentioned above, I've realized I need help with things like plotting and making sure the storyline makes sense.

Very smart! I do the same. Though, I think I struggle with the temptation of sharing too early sometimes...
Ten years from now, where do you hope to be with your writing? 

Well, unrealistically, I want to be a bestseller with 20 million published novels (yes, I have that many ideas) and half of them made into movies, lol.
Realistically, I'd like to have published a few books and really be getting my name out in the market, but still writing and learning every step of the way. :)

You go girl! Best of luck to you.

What was your favorite part of this summer?
CAMP. I got to go a mission camp this summer and it was EPIC. We had the best time, just learning about God and having fun together, plus we got to serve Jesus, and the community. It was great. :D

That sounds amazing! The camp I went to was definitely one of my favorite summer memories as well.

What are you working on right now, writing wise? 
I just finished a character-driven YA thriller (that has about a million plotholes, but whatever. Editing exists), I'm taking a break on my contemporary story, and I'm in the process of editing a dystopian with a friend. I also write some fanfictions and—obviously—my blog.

Oooh, busy!  Good luck editing...definitely not my favorite.

Who is your favorite main character that you've ever written? 
OH MY GOODNESS I DON'T EVEN KNOW. All of my babies are too adorable for words <3

However, I think I'm gonna have to say Elliot. He's the MC in my contemporary story (that might be called Sketchy Moments and might be called Low Expectations, I'm really not sure yet), and I love him because he's cute and sarcastic and broken and adorable, but also, he's my first original MC since I really got passionate about writing. So he'll always hold a special place in my heart. <3

Aww, author/character love. Gotta love it.

What is your current favorite song? How does music inspire your writing?
Hahaha, okay so here's the thing: I get so obsessed with music that I'm not even sure what my favorite song is. I LOVE IT ALL, lol, and I get randomly addicted to different artists, so my favorites can literally change by the day. By the hour, actually.
At this very moment, though, I'm going to have to go with either Flares or Paint The Town Green by The Script or Better Than Revenge by Taylor Swift. Honestly though, none of the above influence my writing at all. I mean, Flares a little bit (I could use it for a few characters maybe) but they're really just fun songs I listen to whenever—maybe while writing, maybe taking a break... just whenever. :)
I'm the same way. And I have never heard either song by The Script, I'm going to have to check them out! 

What is your favorite ice-cream flavor?
Coffee. But also moose tracks. And mint moose tracks. And bunny tracks. And girl scout Samoa cookies.

I could probably go on for a while (but I will stop) because I really love ice cream. It also holds a very special place in my heart.

And I don't think that I could end that in a better way. So we're just going to leave it at that.

(Head on over to Alexa's blog!)


  1. What a lovely interview! I am so desperate to reread the Inkheart trilogy ... it's years since I read them, but I own them all; they're just sitting on my shelf, quietly telling me to reread!

    I, too, need to get better at plotting ... (Pantsing is super fun, though, despite being stressful and sometimes discouraging, and it gives me some of my best ideas, so I'll never fully leave it behind!)

    PS Anne Marie, thank you for your lovely comment on my story -- and sorry I've taken an age to visit you on here! Did you link up? I'll have to have a scout and see :)

  2. Yess, Alexa is seriously great. :D Ahaha, Better Than Revenge is such an insane song. xD Gotta love it.

    1. Oh, and forgot to mention, I'm homeschooled too! Love seeing so many of us around the blog world.

    2. Yes, more homeschoolers! *fist bumps* And hehe, thanks Emily! :D

  3. I wish got better at plotting, too; I'm more of a spontaneous writer; whatever draws my interest at that moment I write about! The Inkheart trilogy is super compelling! It's been awhile since I've seen the movie... :)

    xoxo Morning

    1. I never finished the whole trilogy. I think I may have started the second book? Perhaps I'll pick it up again...

    2. Yes, I LOVE the Inkheart books too! Probably one of my favorite book series ever <3

  4. I have seen Inkheart too... we own the books... but I have yet to read them they are in my 50 book TBR pile....

    1. A TBR pile isn't respectable if it doesn't have at least fifty books ;)

    2. Yes, more Inkheart lovers! And I thought the books were awesome, maybe even better than the movie :D

  5. Thanks so much for the interview! I had a blast doing it! :D

    Thanks, I'm glad you like my blog name! :D And haha, I'm gonna need that luck with the editing. Definitely not something I enjoy exactly, but it is necessary, and I'll like how my story looks when I'm done. :)


  6. Great interview, I now want ice cream.

    1. Thanks! And good. Very good. Like Anne said, Mission accomplished.

  7. What an interview! I too have found that it's probably good to learn some plotting techniques as a pantser, though I mostly write short so I don't have to worry about it as much. One of the more limiting things for me, like your lack of experience with public school, is a lack of experience with cities. I live in a very rural area and don't spend much time in urban areas. But, we make do with what we know, don't we? I kinda want all of those ice cream flavors now.

    1. Yup! And we research what we don't. :)
      Hehe, I hope you had them! :D

  8. Aww, I'm so glad you interviewed Alexa. I really love her blog, and it's nice that you've introduced it to others as well.

    Let's see, I really like Inkheart, especially the book, but when I was younger it made me so afraid to read stories out loud. So, bonus points for that. And my mom is cool like Alexa's. When I was in high school, she would let me do all my schoolwork for November ahead so I could devote the entire month to writing.

    Anyway, great interview!

    1. Thanks! And lol, I don't think I ever experienced that fear, but it kinda makes me want to try reading aloud *sneaks off alone so no one else gets sucked into the book*

      *high-five for awesome moms!*