Welcome to week seventeen of the #WritersQuick5 series - where we learn about writing from fellow writers.
Today I’m honored to bring you answers from novelist, poet and screenwriter Jennifer Joseph. Jennifer writes fantasy, science fiction and poetry for readers of all ages, and horror for those old enough to know that monsters rarely live under your bed.
Jennifer currently has a Kickstarter up for her first children’s poetry book, Alphabet Oddities, which runs until May 5, 2017. Her project was even named a “Project We Love” by the team at Kickstarter. Alphabet Oddities features an Asian-American girl who loves science, space and weird creatures. Personal note: I was so stoked to support this Kickstarter. Like Jennifer, I’m ½ Asian AND I write and love science fiction, so supporting this idea was 100% awesome for me.
Jennifer’s poetry chapbook, Speeding in Reverse, was published as a limited edition run in 2012 and she has also been featured in a variety of magazines and journals.
Let’s see what Jennifer has to say…
Question #1 - Where do you write and why do you write there?
I usually write at my desk in my home office but I also like to write in coffee shops. I have a gigantic office with great light, the walls are filled with art, and the shelves are filled with my favorite nerdy collectibles. It's an inspiring place to work.
Question #2 - What is unique about writing for your particular genre?
I write in multiple genres and mediums so this question doesn't apply.
Question #3 - What are some of your grammar or punctuation pet peeves?
Everyone makes mistakes bUt PlEaSe StOp DoInG tHiS. I'm more irked by the writer who thinks they don't need their work edited.
Question #4 - At what point in your writing process do you start to bring other people in to review your work?
My friend Ellie usually sees my work first, sometimes in the ugly first draft phase. For anyone else, I have to edit anything I write at least twice before I share it.
(PS: Find Ellie at: twitter.com/ellieannswords)
Question #5 - What advice would you give to a new writer about the writing process?
Read a ton, remember your first draft is not meant to be perfect, never stop learning, and find a good editor.
Thank you Jennifer so much for your answers! I also thinking finding a good and trusted editor is KEY.
Please be sure to check out Jennifer’s Kickstarter for Alphabet Oddities and follow her on Twitter and Instagram!
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