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I found the passion for writing in my early 20s but I got the urge to be an actaukly author after I had my 3rd daughter.
Over a year, not including the editing.
I love to write most during the day especially after asr time for some reason. But it can be all over the place at times. I got an idea one time and I was folding the laundry, I quickly dropped my washing at hand to jot it down before I forget.
Hmmm, thats a tricky one. I havent paid much attention to my quirks. But I would say I need to have the first copy of my book opened in front of me, a pen and book to write down what each chapter is about of the new book i'm writing and everything around me needs to be clean and sorted.
From my girls, life, sometimes old memories I had when I was younger.
I love to draw and paint, if not that then reading a good book.
Not sure if they are being bias, but they love it. My number one supporters.
There is so much to learn. The more courses I did the better my writing became. I'm still learning.
Surround yourself with people who will support and encourage you, maybe join an author group. Be consistent and take on some writing courses.
Something funny or a book you can relate to.
I wanted to be a teacher.
My genre is forever changing, I will say I enjoyed reading Pearl S Buck, The good earth. Currently reading This woven kingdom by Tahereh Mafi and im enjoying that also. Two completely different book styles.
When my kids were in their early teens and I couldn't find books with characters they could identify with.
The first one took over two years and the path to publication took several years. By then, I had finished the second book. The third and fourth books took about a year each.
I work full-time, so I've pretty much had to squeeze in time to write. Sometimes I write late at night or early in the morning. And definitely on weekends and holidays.
The house has to be clean and the dishes washed before I can write with peace of mind. Also, when writing, I sometimes talk aloud and act out scenes.
For reference and world building, I use the internet as well as texts that would help me. My ideas come from an overactive imagination as well as reading a wide genre of fiction.
I like traveling, gardening and going anywhere where there is water, whether it's a lake, a river or the ocean.
They have always been proud and supportive, especially my husband.
I never thought I'd finish one book, much less four! Truly, I've surprised myself with each book I've written because I've been able to dig deep within a hidden spring of creativity that keeps the ideas flowing, Alhamdulilah.
Read, read, read. Study the craft without stopping, and write a little every day or as often as you can.
Suspense, mystery, and caring about what happens to the characters.
I never really gave it much thought. When I was older, I thought about computer science or nursing but then my children came along and I just settled for an administrative job that had good benefits and helped to pay the bills.
I really can't narrow it down to one. I've read many books that I've loved equally. Some that stood out for me at a young age were Enid Blyton's Wishing Chair and Magic Faraway Tree series. As a teenager, I loved Agatha Christie, Mary Higgins Clark and Sherlock Holmes. Nowadays, I also have many favorites.
I've always liked writing as a form of communication, as it allows me to think through what I want to say. In 2016 I realized that I really wanted to write a book, so I did.
It depends on the type of book I'm writing, but it typically takes me about 3 months to complete a book.
I work a full-time corporate job, so I write in the evening and/or on the weekend.
I might sneak a corny joke into my writing here or there, but I can neither confirm nor deny.
I don't like to force an idea, so I write based on things I'm really interested in or passionate about, or when the proverbial light bulb goes off (or is it on?) and I feel inspired.
Work out, practice Tae Kwon Do, spend time with my wife & son, eat desserts.
My son enjoys the rhyming books I wrote for toddlers. Once he's a little older I can read him the books I wrote for older children.
It takes a lot of work. After getting your ideas out onto paper, there's a lot of revising, rearranging, proofreading, etc. And if the book contains illustrations, even more work. But the print formatting is probably the hardest because everything has to be exact so the final product looks good.
Just keep writing. Let your ideas flow. Don't limit yourself because you think you're not good at this or that. If you have a weak point, such as grammar, then outsource the proofreading. Do your best to put out a quality product.
I don't worry too much about things like plot and character development. For me, reading (fiction) is about pleasure and entertainment. So first and foremost the story should be fun and entertaining.
I wanted to be an architect.
For fiction, I enjoyed The Great Gatsby. For non-fiction, I really liked The Virgin Way by Richard Branson.
Chicago, United States
When I couldn't find fun, clean books for my own kids.
About six months.
I start before fajr and stop when my kids wake up.
Many parts of my stories come to me in my dreams.
From the world around me, from my kids and my own childhood.
Having fun with my kids!
They are sometimes more excited than me!
That people like to read something I've written. Still blows me away.
Read well written books and write everyday.
A story that makes the reader care what happens to the main characters.
I wanted to build an orphanage in Pakistan and make sure all the children in it felt safe and loved.
When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson
During Covid, I felt I wanted to accomplish something for my daughter and the Palestinian people. That’s how the book came about.
Very flexible, but a lot of time went into coming up with the drawing concept.
From my family and heritage.
Being outdoors, spending time with my family.
They couldn’t be more proud.
How proud I’d be of myself seeing it complete.
Just keep at it. Don’t give up.
I think a good story can be one that you can see yourself in.
I wanted to be a nurse! And I am a nurse anesthetist.
Orange County, CA
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