Coming up next in my author interviews is an author from one of my critique and feedback groups. She published her story Mother’s Gift appears in the anthology From the Stories of Old with my own short story Kris and Krampus.
CORINNE MORIER is a bibliophile-turned-writer with a penchant for writing stories that make readers think. In her free time, she enjoys blogging, playing video games, and swimming. Her motto is “Haters gonna hate and potatoes gonna potate.” You can keep up with her latest by following her blog at http://corinnemorier.wordpress.com/ or following her on Twitter at @cmauthor.
So Corinne, we met through a writing group called Just-Us League. What drew you to the group?
I first connected with another member of the group, Elise Edmonds, and when she found out I was writing a mermaid novel, she recommended to Kristen, the leader, that I should join, and we’ve been inseparable ever since. And yet even though my entire reason for being friends with them in the first place is because Kristen has to read my mermaid novel, she’s not reading it. I like to say that I joined because of the mermaid novel that Kristen isn’t reading. xD
During your journey as a writer, is there anything you have learned that you would pass on to me and other beginning writers?
Ooh, so many things. I think I’ll keep it succinct and choose two specific ones. One, take your writing seriously. If it’s a hobby, then you just write whenever you have time. But if you want to make a career out of it, write every single day. No questions. Writers write. I have a 9-5 (well, technically, 8-4) job that keeps me really busy and on my feet all day long. I get home and I’m hella tired. But guess what I do when I get home? I change out of my work clothes, brew myself a cup of coffee, and sit my butt down at the computer and write, no matter how tired I am.
Another thing I’d like to share is just general advice. A lot of times in fiction writing books and on websites, other writers will tout rules at you: “Don’t ever use adverbs.” “First person POV doesn’t work.” “Never use a semicolon in dialogue.” But if you try and follow all these rules, you’ll never figure out what’s right for you, because these rules aren’t actually rules at all, just arbitrary guidelines. My favorite saying is “Rules that dictate how to write a novel exist, but no one knows what they are.” So define your own rules and discover your own style as you go.
There seem to be many debates on the best way to approach writing. One of them is the great plotting/pantsing debate. What’s your opinion on this topic?
My opinion is that you have to figure out whatever works best for you. Some people love creating detailed outlines for their novels before sitting down to write. Others prefer “pantsing” (a term used in writing communities to describe someone who sets out to write a novel without knowing how it will end). I find that a mixture of the two works for me. Although I used to let plotting my novels fall by the wayside and just let the story go where it felt right, nowadays I’m more in the middle. I like to write a general one or two sentence summary per chapter of what happens during that chapter. For example “The prince and his father stop for the night, and his father reveals that he fears death.” so that I have a general idea of what will happen during that chapter. And it works a lot better for me than it used to. But then I go off of that one-sentence summary and write the chapter, and sometimes it goes in a different direction from what I had imagined. Like, the major plot-related event during the chapter stays the same, but maybe the way it happens is different. So there isn’t one hard and fast rule of “plotting vs. pantsing.” It’s Plotting is simply a tool, and writers can either use the tool or not, because sometimes a tool just isn’t right for a project.
What’s your current project(s)?
Right now I just finished a round of beta reviews on what I thought was book one of a fantasy trilogy, but those evil, lovely little betas suggested that the story is so complex that it could easily be multiple books. So now book one is getting split into three separate books, and my trilogy has become a quintet. I’m currently working on what is the new book one in this series, which is about a young Prince who loses his father unexpectedly and must finish what his father started, which is to ensure the safety of all his people before they are completely destroyed.
When/where can I look forward to reading your stories?
At this point, the book is still in its first draft. I’m posting it to Scribophile as I write, so Louise, you specifically can read it there, but for anyone else: I’m hoping to have the first draft finished by May of this year and then get it beta-read, professionally edited, etc. after that. I would love to have it finished in time for Christmas, but to be safe, I’m going to say early 2018–March, perhaps.
For more tidbits on Corinne Morier, check her out at:
On her Blog
Posting on Facebook
Performing on Youtube
Building a library through Goodreads