Co-host of @StoryDam and creatrix of OctPoWriMo (a poetry month in October) Morgan Dragonwillow is intimate with shadow and dances into the heart of it. She believes that diving in to what most people try to avoid makes great fertilizer for creativity whether it is writing, painting, or using other mediums for art.
At the beginning of 2012 she finally realized it was past time to get serious about her writing and she has been writing ever since.
What inspires you to write?
I am a very visual person and when I see pictures that intrigue me stories and poetry start running through my mind. It can be a doorway, a shadow, even a spider web can trigger my imagination.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an inconsistent writer but during my writing stints I become quite OCD about it. At those times I use music to shake things up and connect in before sitting down to write. When I am in a writing mood I can write for hours and everything else becomes a lost memory.
I have tried both writing from the hip and creating such a detailed outline I know everything about my characters even their astrological sign. Typically I write it out online in Yarny.com and I keep detailed notes. My favorite way to stay motivated and keep writing is to check in with my writing buddies on Twitter with the hashtag #wordmongering My writing communities at #StoryDam and #Row80 are life savers for me. Without them I might have given up a long time ago.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do both. One of my favorite stories I actually interviewed my characters to discover everything I could about them before writing the story. But when I am most connected in I listen to what they have to say.
What advice would you give other writers?
Do what ever it takes to tell your inner critic to be quiet, write without worrying about what it looks like, and never ever give up. When it is really hard, push through because something great is probably on the other side.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided when I was eight years old that I wanted to write a book, and what is the point of writing one without publishing it. When I discovered that I could self publish through Kindle and Amazon, well, I am a bit of a control freak so I thought it was perfect.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It is a whole new world for writers that want to publish their work. I believe it is a positive change that we can publish our books ourselves. I also believe it is a lot more work that most people think and those that are willing to do the work and hire professionals when necessary, are more likely to succeed.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?