Welcome! In this month’s “Ask the Author” post, we have a very special guest with us – Ms. Corinne Morier, author of The Red Sorcerer Trilogy.
Corinne is a very talented writer and one of my dear friends. She is a bibliophile-turned-writer with a penchant for writing stories that make readers think. In her free time, she enjoys blogging, playing video games, and swimming. Her motto is “Haters gonna hate and potatoes gonna potate.”
And she is amazingly witty, especially with memes 🙂
I’m very excited to have her with us this month and grateful for all the insights she has shared. Here are some snippets of our conversation:
KS: Any tips on what to do and what not to do when writing?
Corinne: Yes, of course. You should most definitely write every day. No excuses. If you’re just writing for a hobby, then it’s a hobby and you pursue it when you have time. But if you’re intending to make it a career, you treat it like a second job and write every single day. A surgeon doesn’t not perform an operation because he’s having a bad day. A lawyer doesn’t not go to court because she’s “not inspired.” So if you want to be a professional writer, you have to write. It’s okay to write shit. It’s easier to edit shit than it is to edit nothing.
Another thing you should do is find a group of writerly buddies who can be your critique partners and can also help you to brainstorm stuff, because if you’ve got other people holding you accountable, you’re more likely to write and get things done.
KS: Thank you so much for the wonderful tip, Corinne. Many of us suffer from the dreaded writer’s block because we wait for the inspiration to start/ continue writing. But developing a habit of writing daily really does wonders, doesn’t it?
So what is your favorite motivational phrase?
Corinne: That hasn’t changed since high school. When I was in high school and the time came to choose the quotes that would go underneath our senior photos in the yearbook, I chose Liv Tyler’s somewhat-famous quote: “I’m not perfect at all.“
It reminds me that nobody’s perfect, especially not me, so I don’t have to beat myself up if I make a mistake. And yet at the same time, it reminds me that I have to keep trying and reaching for that goal.
KS: Really profound quote! I think many of us get demotivated or stop trying because we expect perfection at the beginning. It is very important to know that it is ok to make mistakes or fail. But it is more important to get up and try again.
Does your book use any references to mythology or real-world folklore?
Corinne: I don’t think it does. At least, I didn’t intend for it to. As far as I know, everything is 100% original out of my own brain. But while I didn’t intend to write it that way, my book has a lot of similarities to Romeo and Juliet: two lovers separated by their families’ hatred for each other.
KS: You have some amazing characters in your book Corinne. If you could be any of your characters, which would you be and why?
Corinne: I wouldn’t want to be any of my characters because A) they go through tons of crap that I, as their creator, made them encounter, and B) I love who I am right now and don’t want to change that.
KS: LOL! Now that I think about it, I have to agree with you. As writers we make our characters go through so much, tragedy after tragedy, to build up the conflict and tension. Poor guys! I’d hate to be in their shoes 🙂
Speaking of characters, what’s your favorite method for coming up with character names and locations?
Corinne: For character names, I use a fantasy name generator and just pick my favorites out of that. Sometimes I rearrange the names a bit – like switching out one letter or syllable for another – to make them fit into the linguistical structure of the language that I’ve created. For Elven cities, I look up names of old Latin place names and use my favorites – Irisia, Aralia, etc. or I just throw together a few syllables that sound good – for example, Yamasi Grove.
KS: Very interesting. I’ve never used a fantasy name generator. I’ll give it a try. One last question: Do you let the book “stew” – leave it for a while and then come back and edit it?
Corinne: Yes, of course. Some books I let stew for a shorter period of time than others. Right now, the book I’m working on has stewed for three years – I wrote the first draft back in 2013 and then never did anything with it. Only once did I try to edit a book the day after I finished the first draft, but I quickly realized that it didn’t work because I couldn’t figure out what to do with it.
KS: Exactly! I find that I get a clearer perspective of what needs to be changed/ improved when I’m away from my book for a while.
Thank you so much for all your insights and tips on the writing process, Corinne. I really appreciate it! Looking forward to reading more of your work…
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