Authortube Newbie Tag


The Authortube Newbie tag has been on YouTube for ages now, and I didn’t want miss out even though I’m (obviously) not a YouTuber, so here’s some of my answers.

What genres do you write in?

Fantasy. Almost always, although sometimes tinged with a hint of historical, horror or sci-fi.

What is your preferred writing tense, point of view, and category of story? (Children’s, YA, NA, Adult, etc.)

So far? YA although I’d like to try Adult too. POV and tense change depending on my mood or the project, but at the moment I’m enjoying Third-Person Present.

Are you a plotter, pantser, or plantser?

Plantser. I ususally know the major plot points and then sort of ‘head lights’ write from point-to-point. If it’s good enough for Terry Pratchett:

There’s a phrase I use called “The Valley Full of Clouds.” Writing a novel is as if you are going off on a journey across a valley. The valley is full of mist, but you can see the top of a tree here and the top of another tree over there. And with any luck you can see the other side of the valley. But you cannot see down into the mist. Nevertheless, you head for the first tree.

I think that when I’m ready to start something brand new I’ll try to plot a good bit more. I might try a detailed outline/ zero draft to see how I get one.

Are you a self-published, published, or yet-to-be published?

Yet-to-be published.

What AuthorTube related videos can we expect to find on your channel?

Making this one blog posts: probably updates on projects and my writing journey, topics that catch my interest while I’m doing research for stories, maybe a few book recommendations or resources I’ve found useful.

When did you start writing?

I think I’ve attempted NaNoWriMo each year since 2013, but only taken it serious (or continued outside of NaNo) for a few years?

What was the first story you ever wrote?

I accidently wrote about an alcholic teddy bear in school when I was five. I must have heard the phrase ‘on-th-rocks’ and been taken with it.

What authors have inspired your writing the most?

Far too many to name!

Do you schedule your writing sessions or simply get to writing whenever you can find the time?

I try to write at least little on ‘average’ days. I don’t schedule too strictly though. My job has busier periods and variable hours, so some months are harder than others.

Do you type on a computer, typewriter, write everything out by hand, or use a blend of those? And where do you write in general?

I type and I use Scrivener to do so (when I’ve got the option). Occasionally, I’ll do a little in Google Docs if I’m out and about, then copy it over later.

I tend to handwrite all my planning and outlining, although sometimes I type up a neater version afterward too.

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