AuthorTube Newbie Tag

J.L. Weinmeister

Today I’m participating in the AuthorTube Newbie Tag, originally created by Jenna Streety. The original version of this tag is no longer available on Jenna’s channel, as she has since replaced it with version 2.0.

1. How did you find out about AuthorTube?

I was looking for worldbuilding tips and found Jenna Moreci’s channel. I spent most of spring 2020 binge-watching AuthorTube after that.

2. What genres do you write in?

I mostly write fantasy (with some sci-fi aspects), and I dabble in contemporary and historical fiction on occasion.

3. What is your preferred writing tense, point of view, and category of story?

I prefer present tense and first person POV (I know. I’m weird). I write young adult.

4. Are you a plotter, pantser, or plantser?

I’m a super organized person, but I’m oddly a pantser. I outline for rewrites, though. Otherwise, I’d never finish anything.

5. Are you a self-published, published, or yet-to-be published author?

I’m yet-to-be published with plans to self-publish after I finish my Master’s degree. I used to want to traditional publish, but after doing some research on publishing, I’ve decided I’d rather do it myself.

6. What publishing company, literary agent, and/or printing company are you represented by or use? If you’re not yet published, what is your dream publishing house and/or literary agent?

I don’t want to work with a publishing house or literary agent. Right now, I’d rather self-publish.

7. What AuthorTube related videos can we expect to find on your channel?

I post audio versions of my original short stories. I’ll also be doing storytelling and writing “camps” with educational videos on different aspects of those subjects.

8. When did you start writing?

I started writing as soon as I could hold a crayon. It started out as just scribbles, but once I learned how to write letters and words, I wrote readable stories.

9. What was the first story you ever wrote?

I don’t remember because I was a small child, and I doubt I still have it. The first one I remember writing is about me planting a flower in a garden and watching it grow. I think I wrote one about my cat (may he rest in peace) around the same time.

10. What authors have inspired your writing the most?

Brandon Mull, Christopher Paolini, and J.K. Rowling inspired me the most when I was a kid. I idolized Paolini because he published at such a young age, and it gave me hope that I could, too. I’m glad I waited (my story isn’t ready yet). I loved Harry Potter as a kid, and Rowling is one of the richest authors of all time. I aspire to be better than her. Mull wrote two of my favorite book series of all time. I still love both of them. His plot twists are the best. I need to learn how to write plot twists as well as he does. Fun fact: I’ve met Mull three times and Paolini once.

11. Do you schedule your writing sessions or simply get to writing whenever you can find the time?

I write really inconsistently. I have another passion—archaeology—and I’m terrible at balancing the two. I tend to have several-month-long spurts where I focus on one and completely ignore the other, and then I trade. I’m not in school right now, so I’m focusing on writing, but once I start grad school, I’m going to work on balancing the two. The short answer is, I write whenever I feel like it and have time.

12. Do you type on a computer, typewriter, write everything out by hand, or use a blend of those? And where do you write in general?

I handwrite all my novels. I write some of my short stories by hand and others on the computer depending on where I am and what kind of mood I’m in. I get migraines from computer screens despite blue light-blocking glasses, which is one of the reasons I prefer handwriting. Handwriting tends to be more conducive to creativity because it’s slower. I usually write on my couch at home. When I was in middle and high school, I would write at school whenever I could spare a minute.

13. What are you most looking forward to now that you’re a part of AuthorTube?

I’m looking forward to connecting with other readers and writers. That’s the main reason I started this channel in the first place.

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