• Fred Charles

Writing Process With Novyl

For this week's Writing process interview, I have my good friend Novyl! Not only is she wonderful writer, but she's also an accomplished artist! If you are interested in seeing her character sketches, check out her Instagram account by following the link at the bottom of the page!

Who Are You? 

Well, generally, I like to believe I am a human being – but you never know! My name is Novyl and I am a writer, an artist, a physicist and a dreamer.

What are three things that you absolutely need in order to write?

A cup of tea. A smoke (dirty habit). And some first class inspiration!

Most writers have many ideas swimming around their heads competing for attention. How do you decide which idea is worth working on?

They are all worth working on and I always jot down ideas and notes as they come to me – in my very large (shame-free) notebook collection.

The one I decide to work on has to be the idea that is MOST compelling, the one I want to write the most and the world where I want to get lost in the most.

Right now, this is my fantasy WIP – I am focusing on this now, as the Universe I am building is extremely fascinating and there is so much going on!

Work on the idea that fires up your soul!

When you decide on a writing project, how much do you plan upfront?

I plan a little bit, as in, this is the story I want to tell – and I do some rough outlining. But when I actually write, I am a total pantser!

It depends on the story really and how invested I am in it!

All writers experience writer’s block from time to time. What you do to get unstuck?

Journaling! I swear by journals! When I get stuck, I move back to my journals, where I write down personal thoughts and feelings – even stuff like, “I have writers block and don’t know what to write”. The very act of writing things down on paper helps get the brain moving and juices flowing. It works for me!

Tell me something about your writing process that is quirky and unique to you.

Quirky is my middle name! Haha! I am not really sure to be honest. I am still developing a process for my writing. The process is constantly evolving.

When are you most productive? When are you least productive?

Sometimes I am most productive late at night and sometimes, early in the day. Just depends on my mood really. Creativity can strike at anytime!

It’s my birthday and you want to give me a book. Which book do you get me and why?

I would give you:

“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho -> This book made a huge impact in my life and it is a beautiful and simple story.

“The Death of Forever” by Darryl Reanney -> Not fiction – but a very interesting and fascinating look into human consciousness that I think you will enjoy!

“Eon” by Greg Bear -> A hard sci-fi – The way Bear describes the physics and everything – it was SO fascinating that it was in THAT moment as I read this book that I realized I wanted to study Physics! So this will always hold a special place in my heart!

“A Mote in Gods Eye” by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle – A sci-fi and hands down the BEST first contact story I have EVER read!

And anything and everything by A C Clarke, Philip K Dick and Larry Niven. There are so many others – but these ones made an impact and stick out!

Bonus Question from JM IVIE: What made you want to become a writer? Well... its a funny story. I was around 11 or 12, my father illustrated this book called "A Dream Come True". This book had been written by a 12 year old girl named Nayantara Noorani. It was a small novelette... about an orphan girl who joins a travelling circus. Highly unlikely Pakistan but I was enchanted! By this time I was into reading all kinds of books and I thought to myself I love stories and I can make them up too!! Like awesome ones...And if this girl can do it... then so can I! So she inspired me really... and I was off!

Now, the fun part: What is one question that you want me to ask the next interviewee, not knowing who it is?

“Are you a fan of pineapple on pizza?”

What are you working on and where can readers find you?

Working on a few things at the moment – find me on Instagram - @lyv0n


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