All joking aside: Jin first began writing stories from a young age to overcome depression and bullying. His first novel, Re:Volver, was a product of 6 years of work and was self-published in the summer before his senior year of high school. He is now working on the sequel to Re:Volver while posting chapters to other stories on his blog.
When he’s not writing, fighting bullies, or sassing his friends, he’s usually fencing, running, or reading. You can also find him playing card games or chess.
What inspires you to write?
Just take a moment to look at our world. What do you see?
In centuries past, writing was more than simply entertainment; writing was a tool. Words are power; words are the power to change the world. Although words for entertainment are certainly great (I write YA novels, and I love it), words grant the power to create change in one’s favor. In our society full of vices, I hope to one day join the ranks of many writers before me – and leave the world for the better with my writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually begin writing a novel after I’ve gotten an idea or inspiration for a story. After rolling it past friends and family for their input, I create initial drafts for the base plot and begin fitting in characters necessary to carry the plot along. Afterwards, I establish the main characters, the villains, etc. After finishing a draft, I submit it to a professional editor for their input and make any changes needed to maintain a fast-paced and dynamic story.
Only after creating /everything/ necessary for the story (plot, characters, conflict, plot twists, and memorable quotes for characters) do I begin writing the story. I usually write an hour a day, not only to make sure that I’m writing consistently, but also so that I don’t suffer from “Writer’s Block.”
After finishing the rough draft of the novel, I contact my “beta readers.” I have 5 designated “beta readers,” all with different credentials to provide me different possible reactions from different readers. I make sure to have at least 1 English major (preferably a professional editor that I hire), 1 average person (someone who has a social life), 1 book-worm, 1 eBook reader (to make sure that the book is properly formatted on electronic devices), and 1 good friend (for a self-esteem boost).
When all my beta readers have finished and sent in their corrections/edits/suggestions/compliments, I make all necessary changes to the novel and let it sit on my computer for 2-3 months. This is so that if last-minute changes or ideas are needed to be put in, I can do so without having to go through the trouble of unpublishing my work from various sites. This also allows me to take my time, enjoy my novel, and make sure that my novel is a worthwhile purchase. I’d never want a reader to ever regret spending money to read my writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Of course I do. Why wouldn’t I?
What advice would you give other writers?
Share your writing. Too often do I find that new and novice writers are unable to improve their craft because they are afraid of sharing their work for suggestions and improvements.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I originally sought a publisher, but after realizing that publishers demanded profits more than the contents of a novel, I decided to self-publish my novel instead. I advise new authors to seek publishers whose goals are in line with the author’s; not only to sell books, but also keep the message the author wants to convey in his or her book intact.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Looks as bright as ever!
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Suspense, Young Adult, Literature, Satire
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print