The Liebster Award
Imagine my surprise when I log in to WordPress to see this nomination from Blaise Lucey. Alright, you probably can’t. But it’s true! ProjectArcana’s been nominated for The Liebster Award, and nomination means you win! Apparently, The Liebster Award is awarded to up-and-coming bloggers (less than 200 followers) by bloggers in order to spread recognition. Follow the links for details.
If you know me well enough, you may or may not know that any bit of recognition makes me really excited. It propels me to continue working on the likes of Arcana, and other writing projects I have in store. I also realize for the millionth time, there are people reading and actually enjoying my work. And that makes the writing process all the more rewarding for me.
So thank you, Blaise, for the nomination!
Now a series of questions came along with this nomination:
1. When did you start writing in general?
–While I had been writing short stories (usually about unicorns and dolphins and other fantasy stuff) since elementary school, those stories came spontaneously. I never wrote consistently until about 6th grade, when I started in dabbling in fanfiction. Eventually in the latter years of high school, I started writing rather angsty drabbles, and finally got the urge to revise my fan characters into properly established original characters. I’ve also been broadening my horizons to accommodate for fiction and memoir since making the switch to original writing.
2. What inspires you to write?
–I believe the characters I come up with do the bulk of the inspiring. Yes, they may be accompanied with certain books I’ve read or video games I’ve played, or even music I listen to, but it’s really the psychology of my characters that drives me to write. I can establish character personalities and quirks easily enough, but then I want to know why. Why do my characters act the way they do? Did something happen in their pasts to cause this behavior? What about their environments? The backstories I end up concocting for my characters become the background to their worlds, and since there’s no end to the possibilities of humans, I can keep writing.
3. Why did you decide to post your writing online?
–My online writing started with Sonic the Hedgehog fanfiction. I remember, a couple of my middle school friends would fight over my notebook during lunch hour to decide who got to read the next bit first. After finishing a couple stories and receiving positive feedback from both my friends (though I’m sure all three of us would retract that positive feedback now) I thought, maybe others would find enjoyment in my writing. So I started posting to fanfiction.net.
4. How has the experience been, using WordPress as a way to showcase parts of your book?
–I’m not really sure, since I don’t get a lot of feedback in comments. The feedback I do get is in likes and follows, which, with each chapter of Arcana I post, grows a little bit more. It’s exciting to see that at least some people enjoy what they’re reading, despite my insecurities with the story right now. Posting Arcana to WordPress had forced me to hold confidence in my writing, and it’s gotten me to focus on the craft of writing as well.
5. Do you use any other online marketing techniques to promote your work?
–I’m really bad at promoting my work. All I know to do is tag the posts with as many relevant tags as possible. I also promote Arcana on Tumblr and deviantART by posting notices on chapter updates. Facebook is the other option I use, but I often forget to post notices there, mostly because I get the feeling a lot of my friends there don’t really care. I also Livestream game playthroughs (on Thursday evenings) in an attempt to talk to other people, who then might be redirected to either my Tumblr or deviantART, and thus find Arcana somewhere. Since I have many friends in the art world as well, I try to work up the nerve to request sketches or drawings of my characters when these artists do Livestreams of their own. Beyond that, I’m not exactly sure what I can do.
6. What are your writing resolutions for the New Year?
–I’m definitely going to do NaNoWriMo this upcoming year. It’s a vow. It’s probably going to kick me in the ass, but I do plan on doing it. I flaked out this year because of my age-old insecurities, but next year, it’s not going to get in the way. I’ll also resolve to dedicate more time to writing. University classes are going to require that time of me, anyway, but I want to do my own writing as well, Arcana, fiction, and anything else I come up with. Also, I want to do more poetry. Scratch that, I want to understand how to do poetry. At this point, poetry makes no sense to me, so hopefully I can brush up on that.
7. What do you think about the self-publishing vs. traditional publishing debate?
–They each have their pros and cons. Why debate about something that can be decided by the writer? Doesn’t it ultimately come down to how the writer wants to get their name out? I’m not sure, but I’m certain it’s obvious I don’t follow this argument very well. I consider myself so far away from publishing that it’s difficult to devote my attention span to the fiasco.
8. What do you think the future of books is?
–I think and hope books will continue to remain the way they are. I know e-books and the like are becoming more and more popular, but there are still many people who enjoy having the physical book in their hands. There’s something satisfying, I suppose, to grasping the corners of pages and turning them to continue a story. I’m the same way. I hope traditional books and e-books can find some sort of common ground where they’re both loved and appreciated.
And those were the questions!
I’m supposed to nominate other blogs for The Liebster Award, as well as supply my own questions, but since I don’t know very many people on WordPress, I’ll do this slowly, and update this page accordingly.
Thanks again for the nomination, and also for sticking with ProjectArcana! I’ll keep the updates going!