Amy on writing

Write what you know

What the hell do I know? I wipe butts, sing songs about worms named Herman, read books about bears and drink 2-4 cups of coffee a day, just to keep my brain sharper than a gloop of oatmeal. I get my literature from Kobo and my news from the internet during naps and bathroom breaks or the fleeting conversations that percolate my hectic day.

So how do You turn that into a stunning tale of post apocalyptic fiction? How do You create an adventure spanning time and space and be more than one person, when you are actually just one. (despite characters having lengthy conversations in your head). Breaking down what you know and applying it to your writing is an adventure in itself. And here is what I’ve learned: I am a human being with thoughts and feelings…See it doesn’t have to be so hard. I consider my writing to be very character driven, that the third person limited expresses my voice best and that the journey is where my heart is.

Oh, and research the shit out of every single, little thing. Become an expert, an internet expert at the least. Visit the location of your setting, or bother the crap out of someone who has if you can’t. Wear the shoes of your character, are they a student? Weren’t you one too? Do they have a problem to solve? Have you ever had a problem? Been afraid? In love? Near death? No? Then ask someone, interview someone with experiences you need. Immerse yourself. Forget what separates you from your story, for even just a Moment.

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