For starters, how long have you been writing?
My parents tell me that I was narrating little stories from the age of three. I remember actually putting pen to paper around age seven, but it wasn’t until I was fourteen that I really began to take writing seriously. So four years of seriousness. :)
Are there any authors that when you read their books it makes you want to write like them?
Oh yes! Just to name a few, Jaye L. Knight, Tricia Mingerink, Avery E. Hitch, Douglas Bond, Elizabeth George Speare, and Janette Oke.
Where do you write and what does it look like?
While I try to be a very versatile writer, I end up doing the majority of first-draft writing in my bedroom at my desk. My desk is white and has a hutch on the back of it, with cubby holes on each side and a large space big enough for my 21” monitor. When I’m writing, I generally use my fancy-schmancy ergonomic keyboard to make it easier on my wrists. It sits in a little drawer directly beneath my desk.
Where is the place where you get your biggest inspiration for writing? In a field, bedroom, Pinterest, etc.?
Good question. Boring as it sounds, I get most of my inspiration just from living life. My family is blessed to travel the USA in a motorhome, so I get to see a lot of things that are story inducing. I also love people-watching (though I’m coming to realize that some people find this creepy—hence the need for dark sunglasses), and draw a lot of inspiration just from seeing people interacting with one another.
Tell us a little bit about how you write. No words added all week, then suddenly you add several thousand, constantly writing and can’t stop, etc. How is it for you?
Up until November of 2015, I was an incredibly slow writer. Like, 4 years to write 130,000 words slow. But last November changed that forever. I participated in my first NaNoWriMo, and successfully wrote 50,000 words in one month. To be honest, it revolutionized how I write. I never knew I could write so fast. Now, I try very hard not to dibble-dabble in stories throughout the year. My goal is to write 20,000 words a month, in 10,000 word stints. (10,000 in five days or so). When I’m not doing a “binge write,” I am editing and outlining for my next stint. For someone like me with a short attention span who likes instant gratification, the binge writing method has worked wonderfully.
Are you a morning person or a night owl? And does that affect what time of day you write?
Night owl! :) Yes, it certainly affects what time of day I write; I usually only write between 9pm and 2am. They are my best hours, and no matter how tired I get, I can type so much faster and accomplish twice as much than if I were to spend the same amount of time earlier on in the day.
Bonus Question: You are about to publish your first book, what is the excitement level at your house?
Hehe…the excitement level is very high. :) I may or may not randomly start jumping up and down and squeal some unintelligible words about being a published author. My family thinks I’m crazy, but they’re right, so I don’t mind.
Thank you Ivy! Everyone, please check out her blog with the link above and keep a watchful eye out for The Old River Road.
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Ivy Rose is an (almost) 18 year old history lover and literary enthusiast. Aside from writing, she enjoys being outdoors, chocolate, travelling, reading, and ATVing (preferably if there is mud involved). She resides with her family of 9 on the banks of the Long Lake in eastern Washington.