An interview with young writer Charis Rae

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Today I have the privilege of interviewing Charis Rae, a young writer. She has some really good advice to give about writing and also shares about her awesome work in progress. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


How long have you been writing?

I’ve been an avid lover of words ever since I could remember. My love for writing started at a very young age, but I began writing seriously at around twelve years old and haven’t stopped!

What made you want to write?

I don’t think it was a matter of “want” for me – more a matter of “needing” to write. I have stories inside of me, bursting to be told, and I have no other choice than to do what they say.

What kinds of things do you like to read? What catches your attention?

I tend to be a reader-of-all-trades, but my favorite genres are fantasy, sci-fi/dystopian, and historical fiction.

Do you like to write the same type of things?

Yes! I haven’t written too much in the historical fiction genre, but I really enjoy fantasy, dystopian, or a mix of the two.

What is the hardest part about writing non fiction?

I think I’d have to say the planning and outlining process. I don’t outline my articles very much, mainly points of what I’m going to talk about. It usually works for my blog posts, but when it comes to more professional articles, it’s more work to lay out what I’m going to say.

What is the hardest part about writing fiction?

Brainstorming and planning. I struggle with being able to come up with the small details and connections to crafting a quality story.

Are you currently working on a story of some sort?

I’m working on preparing my novel, The Running, for NaNoWriMo in November. It’s about a boy named Sylar who joins a deadly race in attempt to win enough money to save his dying mother and create a better life for his family. But along the way, he meets other competitors whose relationships change his life and rattle his beliefs to the core, making him question the true meaning of happiness and love.

Sounds like a pretty neat story! How long have had the idea for it?

The idea originated from a conversation I had with a friend on a Writing Workshop. It was an old, one-line idea she had thought of. With her permission, I expanded on her original idea, adding my own unique elements, and shaping the story into what it is today.

Is there a place that you like to share you writing? Like a blog, newsletter, or Facebook page for example?

My primary platform is my blog – charisrae.com – where I write non-fiction blog posts on a variety of topics and share snippets and short stories.

Who do you mainly write to? What types of people read your writing regularly?

All of my writing (fiction, articles, blog posts) target young teens like me with inspiration, advice, or simply an exciting story. The wonderful members of Young Writers Workshop (YWW) read my rough drafts, and my blog readers get to see my finished works.

What subjects do you like to write about?

My fiction stories vary, but my blog posts focus on what’s happening in my life and writing life. My articles also vary, depending on the prompt or requirement if I’m submitting to a magazine.

If you had to choose one of your articles as your personal favorite, what would it be? What makes it special? (I know, this IS hard!)

(Goodness, this is hard!) I have several blog posts that I love, but I especially enjoyed writing My Thoughts on Self-Worth (http://charisrae.com/my-thoughts-on-self-worth/). It was a different post than I usually have done on my blog, but I felt like it was a topic that needed to be addressed and the words just flowed out of me onto the draft.

If you had to summarize everything you write about into one sentence, what would you say?

I write for the enjoyment of myself, the glory of God, and to inspire, encourage, and touch the reader, leaving them changed for the better, or (hopefully not!) for the worse.

What advice would you give to a young aspiring author who wants to write about the things you write about?

Always remember that writing is really hard. It may seem easy, when you read published books, but you have to remember that you’re holding possibly the tenth (or more!)  draft of a novel written by a professional. No matter what, keep writing and stay consistent, and you can only get better.

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