Will you give me feedback on my novel/story?
If I had the time, I would. I do love helping and supporting other writers, however there just isn't enough hours in the day. If you live in Brisbane, Australia you can join Vision Writers. It is the one place you are guaranteed to get feedback from me. Or if you have a general question, you can email me or comment on my blog and I will try and write a blog post about it.
How do you get such high word counts?
I wrote a blog post series about this, then I turned it into a book that you can purchase here!
Can I interview you for my blog?
Yes please! Shoot me an email or contact me on facebook.
How often do you write?
Every single day.
What’s it like being a full-time writer?
Sometimes I get up (always around 5am when it’s quiet) and think ‘I feel fancy today, I think I’ll put on pants’.
I remember reading an article by a fashion writer who said it was important to wake up, shower, get dressed in civilised closed and put on full make up before she wrote and that all authors should do the same. She was it was disrespectful to do anything less. I say she’s procrastinating and anyone dicking around with eyeliner before they write has serious priority issues.
If you want to be a career writer, you have to write a lot. You’ll be in front of the computer on birthdays, on Christmas and probably on holidays. Sometimes your schedule is really flexible, and its fantastic. And sometimes you end up chained to the computer for an entire month because of a deadline and you get lonely and frustrated.
You have to be very self motivated. You have to have a lot of self control to make a full time career out of it. You also have to enjoy doing it, despite the isolation and inconsistent income.
So that’s what it’s like to be a writer. You get up, every day, and you write until you reach a quota. You have to produce a consistent quality of work when you are sick, when it is Christmas, when there are police cars raiding a house down the street, when the dog is in labour and so on.
Consistency and self motivation are key. Clothes are optional.
Are you married?
Will you go on a date with me?
Only if you're Matthew Grey Gubler.
What is the secret pen name you wrote all your other books under?
If I tell you, it's not a secret anymore.