Author Interview Blitz: Adriana K. Weinert

Today we’re welcoming Adriana K. Weinert to the Emerald Musings blog as we wind down our Author Interview Blitz!  Adriana is an upcoming author after my own heart, having a Ph.D. in molecular biology, and a drive to write speculative fiction.  You can find her blog at Catching Words.

Question # 1:  Let’s start with a fun question– Why do you write?

Adriana K. Weinert
Adriana K. Weinert

There is nothing else in the world, no activity other than writing that makes me feel fulfilled. For years I tried to become something else—a scientist—and perhaps I managed. But now I know the difference between finding the right path in life and a path that, if not wrong, is at least not the one where what I do makes me whole. Writing is still work for me but it’s not difficult. It makes me feel whole.

Question # 2: What is one “piece of writing advice” that you wish you’d never taken?

Actually all of them! For a while, I tried to force my writing into a certain predefined shape, but the result was mostly frustration. I have as yet not found a single piece of advice that completely fitted the way I am and the way I write (Elizabeth Percer’s Nine Non-Rules of Writing are perhaps an exception). I don’t believe general rules will help a writer thrive and write sustainably, as we are all individuals.

But if I have to pick out one type of advice that I wished I had never come across, it would be an advice on the actual mechanics of writing i.e. how often and how much per session a writer should write. Following such advice almost bottled up my creativity in a bubble of guilt. I’m not saying that one shouldn’t strive to improve. But love for the craft rather than oppressive guilt turned out to be a much stronger motivator for me. So I scrapped the Excel sheet where I kept a log of my daily word count and focused on trusting myself instead.

Question # 3:  How would you explain your creative process to a five-year-old?

I would say to the five-year-old in question that when I write, it’s like I have a cup in my head that fills up with stories and I need to write the stories down to keep the cup from overflowing. When the cup is empty, I need to have a rest and let the cup refill again.

Question # 4:  How do you know when something in your manuscript should be edited, removed, or left just as it is?

I read more than I write. And when I read, I can’t help but read as a writer. So I note (mostly in my head) what works for me and what doesn’t, and I try to figure out why. This ultimately helps me when I’m reworking my own writing. In a way, I’m developing my writer’s gut feeling, since a gut feeling is in reality a decision that is rational but too complex to be easily explained on a conscious level.

Catching Words
Catching Words

I’m what some call a pantser—I write without an outline and I first bring a rough draft to completion before I do any reviewing and editing. At this stage, there is hardly anything in this rough draft that can be left just as it is. When the rough draft is finished, I finally outline the plot that has sprung into existence, which helps to figure out what needs removing (and adding). But ultimately, I follow my gut feeling i.e. the deeper understanding of the craft that I work on developing over time through reading other people’s creations and writing my own.

Question # 5:  And finally– What do you plan to write tomorrow?

At the moment I’m working on the rough draft of a fantasy novel that is almost done. So tomorrow I will write one more page and then another and then perhaps one more and so until I have my fill for the day and my story cup empty.

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