The winners of April’s Word Weaver Writing Contest share their thoughts on the contest, writing in general, and other stuff.
Today our fourth place winner, Adele Marie Park, answers a few questions about our contest and other writerly things.
(Click HERE to read her contest entry)
1.Dan: Did you write your story for the contest or was it part of a larger piece or something you had written before?
Adele: I wrote this story exclusively for Word Weaver Competition.
2. Tell us about your writing process. What is the journey from idea to published piece /completed story?
The idea can come from a dream, music, movie or television or something someone says. It gets jotted down along with the main characters then I start writing. First draft is left for about two weeks then I go back into it and start edits. My first published book Wisp
I hired an editor, a cover designer, who also helped me format.
3. Where do you do your writing?
In the kitchen at the dining room table.
4. Do you have a writing goal you want to achieve?
Yes. I want my stories to be read and people to love them as much as I love my favorite authors.
5. What helps you the most when it comes to writing?
I make a playlist for every story or novel I write. Becca helps me out with every aspect. Coffee and our dog Dante, who reminds me when I need to take a break and play with him.
6. What does writing success look like?
A good solid fan base, a steady increase in sales and a happy writer.
7. What are you working on now?
I’m currently in a competition called The Next Great Horror Writer https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/the-next-great-horror-writer-contest/. It runs on until October and consists of a different writing challenge every month. I’m also writing Wisp 2 Spells of Sea Dragons and a horror novel “Wolfemanor.”
8. There are a lot of writing contests out there. What drew you to this one?
I’ve followed your blog since I started blogging and love your writing style and humor so when the competition came up, I jumped at the chance.
9. Have you ever entered a writing contest before?
Yes, several times through the years.
10. Will we see you again in the July Word Weaver Writing Contest?
Yes, I’ll be entering for sure.
11. Did you know the piece you submitted was special?
Yes. Her voice was constantly in my head, telling me her story needed telling.
12. What’s next for you?
-Takes a deep breath -Try to win the Next Great Horror Writer competition. Finish the first draft of Wolfemanor and Wisp 2 Spells of Sea Dragons. I hope to get both novels ready to publish before Christmas.
After that? Edit and re-write my Suleskerry series about shapeshifting selkies (gray seals). Suleskerry is a series of books that I’ve been writing since I was a teenager, they sort of grew up with me. I dream that Peter Jackson will read them and want to make an epic movie about them. -laughs- You never know.
Hey, you can’t win if you don’t play, right? Dream big.
Gang here are Adele’s links : https://firefly465.wordpress.com/
Thanks so much for sharing these insights, Adele!
Gang, the next winners will be coming up on the blog soon. Stay tuned!