Writing Process with S.M. Creanza
Who Are You?
Hello, my name is S.M. Creanza. I’m a teen author and illustrator who writes middle grade fiction. Currently, I’m Studying Computer Science in New York City. When I’m not battling technology and making art, I like to read, run, and help others in the community.
What are three things that you absolutely need in order to write?
Haha, I consider my writing requirements pretty minimal. All I need is a computer and a relatively quiet place to sit down (a drink of tea or coffee is nice but not required).
Most writers have many ideas swimming around their heads competing for attention. How do you decide which idea is worth working on?
Well, when I get an idea, I process if it’s any good in my head. So, I usually let it fester inside my brain to see what kind of options I have. In the meanwhile, I begin sketching and creating concept art to help me visualize the potential story. Once I feel I’ve found a great story pathway, I begin writing. This is what I did with my most recent novel. I had the premise in my mind for about five years before I found the right narrative path. Still, the more you write, the faster your mind will work. Hence, with my most recent stories, I’m able to process story ideas in a matter of days. It’s essentially a game of letting my mind wander a bunch of possibilities. Then, I’ll move on to find other resources to help create the final product.
When you decide on a writing project, how much do you plan upfront?
Most of the main elements/messages of the story is planned.
All writers experience writer’s block from time to time. What you do to get unstuck?
My theory on “writer’s block” is it’s an involuntary lack of motivation. That’s why I like to be working on several projects at once. If one of the projects is not working, I’ll move to one that can keep me motivated. I’ll work on that for a while, until I find a solution to the project giving me “writer’s block”.
Tell me something about your writing process that is quirky and unique to you.
I’m not too sure? I’m quite visual and like to be sure of the worlds I make. I seem to enjoy approaching things in a visually artistic manner.
When are you most productive? When are you least productive?
I’m least productive at home. I’m most productive in a quite public place.
It’s my birthday and you want to give me a book. Which book do you get me and why
An all-purpose book gift I would give anyone is A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Young children to adults can read that book and learn about life. I honestly believe it is a true work of literature.
Bonus Question Submitted by Esther Rabbit: If you had a unique superhero name based on your extraordinary abilities, what would you call yourself?
I'm not sure If I have " extraordinary abilities", but I do have synesthesia and grew up in this place called Tanglewood. So maybe I'd call myself Sync Tanglewood.
Now, the fun part: What is one question that you want me to ask the next interviewee, not knowing who it is?
What’s your greatest weakness as an author and how do you overcome it?
Where can we find you?
I’m currently working on some fun novels for Middle Grades audiences. My most recent project Cricket and the Bird is Going to be released this March. If anyone is curious on where to find me here are some links: