About Lindsey Stuffel:
I’m a small town girl, and an introvert with a big imagination. I learned early-on that writing was the perfect outlet for my situation. Once I wrote my first book, I never looked back. I’m now preparing to release my 4th novel, with a 5th already in the works. Someday, I’d like to establish my own imprint and help other writers like me with the publishing process.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration usually comes from small things. It could be a look somebody gives me from which I end up building an entire scene. Occasionally that scene blossoms into an entire story. Inspiration is everywhere if you know where to look. I once wrote an entire chapter because I stepped on a crunchy leaf.
Tell us about your writing process.
Once I get an idea in my head I open a word document and start typing. I name my characters and describe their traits and physical appearances. Typically a plot will begin to form while I’m doing that, and I write an extremely rough outline. Then, I start with chapter 1 and let my characters and the story take me where they want to go. Once my rough draft is done, I do one re-write while formatting the book interior, and then two more read-throughs before I’m satisfied the story is finished. I’ve learned over the years my outlines are completely useless because I never stick to them, but they’re still part of my process.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters tell me where they’re going. In my head, they’re real people. I love them, and I miss them when they’re gone. I feel sad when one of them dies, I feel guilt when innocent people are hurt as a result of their actions.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t worry about the opinions of others. You will anyway, but if you can let the criticism roll off your back, you’ll be a stronger writer.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I sent my first novel out to a few publishers and agents with no nibbles. My extreme impatience led me to CreateSpace, and I’ve been using them for my self-publishing needs ever since.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing is gaining ground, but the traditional houses aren’t going anywhere. I’m excited to see what the world of self-publishing has in store in the next 5-10 years.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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