Writing Process with Esther Rabbit!
Updated: Jan 30, 2019
As a writer, I am always interested in learning about how creative types work. I created this series of questions to gain insight into how other writers approach their work.
For this week's post, I would like to introduce Esther Rabbit!
Who Are You?
Esther Rabbit is a content creator for upcoming authors, digital marketing specialist and author of New Adult novel, Lost in Amber. She aims to assist writers by experimenting with tools of the craft and blogging about it on her website (www.estherrabbit.com).
On her quest to be of service for the writing community, she started an interview section on her site where she picks the creative brain of bestselling authors, indie authors and all sorts of professionals in the industry.
What are three things that you absolutely need in order to write?
Aside from the obvious laptop, I’d say silence and focus. There’s nothing worse than having the writing process interrupted by external factors like the mailman or dogs barking – that’s probably why I have cats :)
TIP: You have excellent noise cancelling headphones on the market and in some cases they could prove to be an author’s best friend.
Most writers have many ideas swimming around their heads competing for attention. How do you decide which idea is worth working on?
If that’s the case, I’m probably not most writers. I’ve never started working on multiple novels at the same time and I don’t see how that can be productive in the long run.
If you do have multiple ideas, then I think you should make your pick based on your ultimate goal. Do you write exclusively for the joy of it or are you hoping to financially gain as much as possible from your novel?
This question should make it easier, so if you’re looking to increase your income, I’d go with reader appeal on topic.
When you decide on a writing project, how much do you plan upfront?
I plan absolutely nothing, total pantser! I sit, I type, and when the story evolves a bit too much, I stop and research. Research is the most extensive part if you want to give your story the credibility it deserves.
I mean, you can’t write about genetic engineering if you have no clue on the matter, and you don’t want your target reader to punish you in a review later, just because you were lazy.
It’s better to write a damn good book in three years than pull out a shady book every couple of months. Your content equals your reputation, so if planning and executing takes extensive time, so be it.
All writers experience writer’s block from time to time. What you do to get unstuck?
Research. I sometimes stop to read a new book in the genre I write in or document my topic thoroughly. Reading about the complexity of the topic you’re writing about may change your plot twists and open certain doors.
Tell me something about your writing process that is quirky and unique to you.
When at home, I write on the couch. That’s my writer’s nook and if you get to see my couch, you’ll understand it’s possible.
When are you most productive? When are you least productive?
I’m an early birdie, so I wake up and start working immediately. I have my coffee as I do my writing/ replying emails/ taking on the world. I work throughout the day and leave the “light” activities for the evening/night.
It’s my birthday and you want to give me a book. Which book do you get me and why?
Fantastic Worlds: The Art of William Stout. I’ve had the great pleasure to interview this legend in the illustration industry, award-winning William Stout. He designed album covers for none other than The Who and The Rolling Stones.
Between you and I, I’d never get someone I don’t know that well a book, but you look like you’d enjoy art-related material as well as music.
Now, the fun part: What is one question that you want me to ask the next interviewee, not knowing who it is?
If you had a unique superhero name based on your extraordinary abilities, what would you call yourself?
What are you working on and where can readers find you?
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