Welcome to my Indie Author interviews! As a new feature on my site, once a fortnight/month I will delve into Twitter and find an indie author to show you what these clever people can do.
This fortnight I’m talking to Kindar Ra’Harashal who last year wrote a million words! (A MILLION!) If you need a lesson in dedication Kindar is it, he works 12 hour days, six to seven days a week. He writes about relationships between men, some not about love and others very explicit.
Ok, easy one to start that requires only silly answers to break the ice, what is your favourite silly activity?
My favorite activity to do is play Minecraft. I am thoroughly addicted to that game and I don’t even know why. I can look at it objectively and know that there’s nothing in it that’s all that interesting to do, after all it’s break stuff, and build stuff. I have little in the way of visual imagination, so breaking stuff is about all I do. And yet I can spend hours and hours just mining the ground.
The modded version of Minecraft are even worse for me because they give me something to do instead of mindlessly mining.
It is a game I have to be very careful with. Days can easily disappear in it.
What is your current WIP and what excites you the most about it?
My current Work in Progress is book 3 in the Tristan series, ‘The Used Child” what excites me the most about it is that this is where Tristan and Alex meet again after years apart and both discover that neither of them is who the other expected. It isn’t a pretty reunion, but it’s an exciting one.
What do you do when you get writers block?
I want to start by stating that I don’t believe in the concept of “writer’s block” as being not having any idea of what to write.
When I can’t write, it’s because of one of two reasons. Either I’m physically or emotional exhausted. In those cases, I just rest. I take a day off from writing. The other reason is that something isn’t working in the story, maybe my plot isn’t going where I wanted it to go, or where I thought it was supposed to go. Maybe I just lost track of what the story is about.
If I have the luxury of setting the story aside, I’ll do that while I figure out how to fix the problem. During that time I’ll work on something else because I find that the routine of writing everyday works for me.
If I don’t have that luxury, I need to publish three novels a year so I can’t always afford to stop, then I just force my way through it and trust that I’ll figure out the solution and so that I can fix things during the second draft phase.
What’s been the most challenging thing about being a writer, and the most rewarding?
The most challenging thing about being a writer for me is making the time to write. I work a 12 hour a day job, 6 days a week, sometime 7. I take 2 hours out of the morning, before I start to work, every day to write, but I have days when I would love to have more. My ultimate goal is to earn my living from writing.
The most rewarding is that moment when the story comes together. It might be when me and my co-scripter are working on the outline, or while I’m doing the actual writing but when that moment happens, it’s like the story comes to life and carries me along with it. I no longer so much write the story as transcribe what I see happening.
What advice would you give to writers out there?
Figure out why you are writing.
There is nothing wrong with writing for the simple pleasure of doing it, or to seek fame and fortune, but they will require different methods bring different challenges and rewards. I don’t think there’s anything more frustrating than spending years working on that epic 12 volume story that will be spoken about for centuries to come, only to realize that all you wanted to do was have fun telling a story.
Knowing why you write, accepting the limitation and rewards of that reason will make anything you write, following that, much easier and way more fun.