Today I have the privilege of interviewing Kirstie Rhys, a young writer. She shared about why she loves writing, and also has some really good advice to share about getting better at writing. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
How long have you been writing?
Sporadically throughout the years. But seriously for almost three years.
What made you want to write?
Well, took me a while. But probably reading, seeing my sister write, as well as a few friends. After I finally did, I loved it. Still do. It’s something I now can’t imagine not doing.
What kinds of things do you like to read? What catches your attention?
Mostly Fantasy, but I am slowly gaining more interest in a wider variety of books.
Do you like to write the same type of things as you read?
I have started a fantasy story, as well as short fantasy stories. But nothing major. Yet.
What is the hardest part about writing non-fiction?
Coming up with enough things to say, or topics. I could go on with fiction, but nonfiction is much more work for me.
What is the hardest part about writing fiction?
Writing out what comes to mind (at least the first draft), coming up with ideas to bring the plot forward, as well as outlining. I need some major work on that.
Are you currently working on a story of some sort?
My friend and I are working on a sort of historical fiction novel set in the 1800’s (can’t say much right now).
How long have you had the idea for it?
We’ve been working on it slowly for the past month. It started during a spontaneous character exercise and from there we created a story around them.
Is there a place that you like to share your writing? Like a blog, newsletter, or Facebook page for example?
I write fiction short stories, and non-fiction on my personal blog.
Who do you mainly write to? What types of people read your writing regularly?
Mostly teens, with my stories!
What subjects do you like to write about?
Any random fiction story that pops into my head. Or a nonfiction post on something I’m really passionate about.
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!)
One of the posts I did on being introverted, and some things people might misinterpret on that topic. (Introverts don’t hate people.)
If you had to summarize everything you write about into one paragraph, what would you say?
(Ah, that’s hard…) I’m hoping to steer my blog content towards my journey as a writer/author, as well as inspiring young people to find joy in writing, reading, and God.
What advice would you give to a young aspiring author who wants to write about the things you write about?
Put down that thing you’re holding. Pick up a pen, paper and start writing. Write what comes to mind, there’s no need to show the whole world, write like no one’s watching.