Happy Wednesday, friends! A few weeks ago when I posted Stephanie’s interview, some of you asked me to fill out my interview questions. So, here I bring you an interview of me! lol
1. How long have you been playing The Sims and what got you into it? I’ve been playing The Sims since July 23, 2014. Prior to that date, I’d been a very active, busy registered nurse. When I began having some health problems, my son saw how bored I was and he suggested I might find The Sims entertaining. Sims 4 hadn’t come out yet but was about to. Regardless, I bought The Sims 3. I couldn’t believe how much fun it is to decorate houses and digitally sculpt sims. So. Much. Fun.
2. Why did you begin blogging your sims story? I began blogging my first sims story in 2014 on Weebly which I liked very much. I was always interested in writing and found it therapeutic. Later, when my save was completely destroyed (I didn’t know how to make backups then, lol – I’ve come a long way!), I quit blogging for a while. Once I got my new gaming laptop for Christmas 2015, Bee suggested starting a story again, which I did that very night. I’m really glad I made the move to WordPress because the reader seems to make all the difference in the world and I’ve met such nice people in this community.
3. How do you come up with your story ideas? Sometimes, I will be people watching and make up a story for the person I’ve noticed. Other times, it comes to me when I’m sleeping or when I just wake up. Stories hit me at the weirdest times. I like to remind family/friends that whatever they say may be used in a story!
4. Do your sims actions help create new ideas or make the story go in a different direction then you had intended? My story is both plot-driven and game driven; heavier on the plot-driven side, I’d say, though. One thing I love is when I have a plot and then something happens in game that completely changes what I thought I was going to do. By allowing my game some of the control, I have a lot more fun when I’m writing. I think it enhances the ideas I have.
5. Which character is your favorite and why? I like all my characters for different reasons, even the devilish ones. Keniesha, though, was my favorite because I felt like I had such a clear picture of who she was. Whenever I wrote her, the words flooded out of me. In a way, after I began writing Noble Doubt, I was a bit disappointed she was not my founder. lol.
6. What chapter has been the most difficult to write so far, and why? I think any chapter that has taxed me emotionally has been the most difficult. Examples would be during the aftermath when Jilly died. I remember how emotionally exhausted I was after getting those chapters out. Other chapters had the same effect on me such as Holden’s shooting, Marty’s abuse, Blue’s heartache that led her to run away, etc.
7. Is there anything you wish was different about your story? There are so many things I wish were different! If I was writing a book, there is no way I would pound out a chapter a week! I would be much more careful, it would definitely take me longer and be more detailed. I work best with a deadline, though, so there you go. I wish I could change the chapters that aren’t written very well – there are a lot of them. lol I’m a work in progress, folks!
8. Do you have advice for any other writers who may just be starting out? I would say the same things almost everyone who has answered this question would say… write, write, write! And read, too. A lot. No matter what level writer you are, or think you are, keep writing because it will improve. Use editors like Hemingway or other online apps. A lot of them are free and helpful. If you’re ready to pay for a good app, I would suggest Pro Writing Aid. It is amazing. Also, don’t get discouraged, and never, ever compare yourself to another writer. I repeat: NEVER, EVER COMPARE YOURSELF TO ANOTHER WRITER! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been disappointed with my writing after doing that. Just, don’t. Okay, I’m done shouting now. 😂
9. What are the challenges of bringing your characters to life? The challenge is real. What I think is important is to have characters who are believable. I’ve failed at this many times, but all I can do is keep trying. To me, a believable character is neither good nor bad, they are a little of both just like us. They make mistakes, they try to fix them, they win and they fail. They have a backstory even if you never write what that is in the actual story you’re writing. They’ve been places, done things. There are reasons why certain things bother them or why they are passionate about something. If you write a good, well-rounded character, your readers will cheer for them and cry for them, too.
10. Do you proofread/edit all your own writings or do you get someone to do that for you? I proofread my works but Bee edits my blog writings. She is kind to do so and should be a professional editor if you ask me! She is incredible and has a way of pulling more emotion out of me and into my writing. There is nothing I would do here without her input, believe me. When writing professionally, my editor is named Cynthia. She is amazing and I’ve worked with her for many years on different projects. I use beta readers also with novel rough drafts. They are invaluable.
You never know, I might put up an announcement one day asking for beta readers and I hope you’ll volunteer and tell me what you like and hate. LOL
Author’s Note: I reckon I don’t need to put a link to my site here. LOL 😂
If you are a blog author (it does not have to be The Sims related) and would like to be featured in an interview, please send me an email using my contact form! I would love to interview you, too!
Thank you so much for reading,