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Sloane
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Hello, Sloane Perkins here. I am currently working to become an author. With two children's books currently in the works of being published, I am trying to add a young adult book to that list before I graduate from college.

I am also into photography, traditional art, and film making so expect to see some of that as well.

My username is WriterRaven because my favorite animal is the raven and I love to write. My Pokesona is a fusion called Shaylava. Please, though, refer to me as Raven, Janobii, or Noble.

Credit to :iconyoh-an: for the raven woman in the picture and to :iconazure-23: for the Shaylava picture.
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Questions for Writers:

01: When did you first start writing?

Well, I’ve always been into stories and as a child I would often make up fanfictions of different things. The earliest story I can remember was one about Pinkie Pie from the original My Little Pony show going into space. Later on it developed into myself going into the Pokemon universe and traveling with Ash through different episodes. Though, this traveling thing did not become common until Sinnoh though.

02: What was your favorite book growing up?

Hm… well, originally it was a set of two books that I literally cannot remember the name of at all, but they are what got me into reading. It was about a western town with the sheriff as a horse and they were solving mysteries and stuff. I was really sad when it ended, and I can still remember the ending being when the railroad was built through town so all the occupants had to follow the railroad westward and abandoned the town.

Then, fifth grade comes along and I immediately took to two different book series, Percy Jackson and the Chronicles of Narnia. I read all the books in both series and I’d have to say Lightning Thief and the Magician’s Nephew were tied for my favorite for a while there.

Then eighth grade rolled around and I read To Kill a Mockingbird. Hands down, by far, my favorite book of all time. I can pretty tell you everything that ever happened in that book, the symbolism between all of the scenes, and rattle off several famous quotes from the book as well as what those quotes meant. The only part that I’m rusty with is names of characters. I can usually get close but since I have trouble with names in real life, I guess it’s to be expected.

03: Did you take writing courses in school/college?

Yes, I took a creative writing course over this past summer. However, I have learned a lot through my previous English and Social Studies classes. It’s thanks to my History teacher from sixth grade that I actually got into writing because she said my essays were some of the best that she had ever seen. My English teacher that same year helped kinda blossom my talent by having the class write a short story every day. I had both of them again the following year which really helped, until the English teacher got fired and got replaced with another really good teacher who helped expand my vocabulary. The English teacher after that helped to expand me into different genres of fiction (prior to eighth grade I had been a strictly historical fiction writer with a common theme being Napoleon showing up). History following the middle of my eighth grade year stopped really helping because the teacher that helped my essay skills got promoted to headmaster (which is great for her, don’t get me wrong, but that switch was hard on me because the writing style that I was developing and used to for her got abruptly beheaded with the new teacher hating it). Ninth grade year, the English teacher absolutely loved my writing style and helped me truly grow in the impromptu essay department. The same is true with my tenth grade English teacher. Then I got my eleventh grade English teacher. I loved him so much and he was, by far, the most well known English teacher in the area. The arts school in the area even asked me if I had had him yet when I applied there (I had to say no at the time of applying because I applied in the tenth grade, but I guess it was for the best). This English teacher is, by far, the best English teacher I have ever had. He taught me how to write essays like a master and I was really looking forward to having him again this year, but, alas, he contracted cancer and was forced to retire.

04: Have you read any writing-advice books?

Like actual books? No. But I do save many of the resources I find on Tumblr or that people send to me so that I may refer to them later when I’m writing. I also take notes of every piece of advice ever given to me. Being able to speak with some of my favorite authors every November is great for this.

05: Have you ever been part of a critique group?

Not in the traditional sense. Though, I can name three separate forums where I’ve worked with other people to critique the stories that were posted there.

06: What’s the best piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?

“Sometimes the best way to start a story is to slap your hands on the keyboard and see what comes out.” - My seventh grade English teacher.

She wasn’t wrong, it’s how some of my favorite pieces start.

07: What’s the worst piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?

“The best way to get over writer’s block is to stop writing.” - several different sources.

This may work for some people, but out of all the other writers I know and all the authors I’ve spoken to, I’ve never heard a single official source confirm this. It never works for me, taking a break usually makes the writer’s block worse for me. Deadlines, I’ve found, make writer’s block magically disappear.

08: What’s your biggest writer pet-peeve?

I hate making mistakes in my writing, spelling and grammatical, and then not catching it during my proofreading, then having one of my reader’s catch it. I’m appreciative of my reader’s telling me about the error so I can fix it (love it actually). What irritates me is that I can’t seem to catch any errors on my own anymore.

09: What’s your favorite book cover?

It’s a tie right now. The Lunar Chronicles books all have very simple yet effective covers that really get the point across as to what fairytale each book is based on. The Falling Kingdoms books all do really well in enhancing the whole fantasy aspect of the book as well as giving little hints into the book that don't make much sense until after the book is finished.

10: What’s your favorite writing quote?

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." -Ernest Hemingway

11: What would you say has inspired you the most?

My past and boredom. I was bullied a ton as a kid, so I wrote to escape the pain and it ultimately taught me that there's always a way out that wasn't painful. Now, boredom is my best motivator.

12: Would you like your books to be turned into TV shows, movies, video games, or none?

I think it would be cool to see some of my stories get turned into movies or TV shows, but I also would be worried they'd completely destroy all the hard work I put into it.

13: What’s your favorite writing program?

Uh… hm… well I mainly use three mediums equally so I don't have a favorite. Since I have a Mac and an iPhone, Notes is really good for transferring back and forth between the two with relative ease. Google Docs is great for backing stuff up, but the spellcheck on both Notes and Docs is not very good. Word has the best spellcheck out of the program's I use, so I use Word as another form of backing up and a grammar check.

14: Do you outline?

Sometimes? I'm more of make it up as I go type. I usually have a few major plot points that I think of and then it's just a matter of stringing the points together.

15: Do you start with characters or plot?

Depends on the story. Sometimes I want to make a specific character so I create a story around that character and sometimes there's a certain plot I want so I create characters to fit that plot.

16: What’s your favorite & least favorite part of making characters?

My favorite part is coming up with a character has something cliche about them, and then making it not cliche. Least favorite… remembering who the heck they are. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve messed up with characters. In half my roleplays something will happen to a character and then later on its like it never happened. I can name at least two different characters that I’ve made in stories/roleplays that I said were from one place at one point and then shortly thereafter made them from completely different places.

17: What’s your favorite & least favorite part of plotting?

My favorite part? Planning ways to completely torture my readers. Least favorite? You mean there’s a least favorite part to plotting? I WOULD NEVER BELIEVE SUCH A THING!! MWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA-*cough cough cough*

CURSE YOU :iconcaffeineassassin:!!

18: What advice would you give to other writers?

No matter what else anyone tells you, keep writing. I’ve found most people don’t understand how hard writing can be and you just have to do what works best for you. Taking advice from others is great, but make sure the advice applies to you. If it doesn’t work for you, then it’s doing more harm than good.

19: Which is your favorite genre to write?

Fantasy. More creative license for more craziness.

20: Which do you find hardest: the beginning, the middle, or the end?

The middle. Usually, when I write a story, I’m very good at creating an exposition, a climax, and starting a rising action, but I find connecting the beginning and the end is a lot harder than I anticipate most times.

21: Which do you enjoy more: writing or editing?

Hm, it depends. I prefer writing my own stories over editing them just because editing is hard for me (because I can’t catch stuff). However, I do love to edit stories for grammatical errors and such.

22: Have you ever written fan-fiction?

It’s how I started out.

23: Have you ever been published?

Not yet, but I’m close to getting my very first children’s book published. I’m actually working on a bio and picture for the book right now.

24: How do you feel about friends and close relatives reading your work?

Friends I love to have read my work because they usually get most of the jokes and give the most relative feedback for plot holes and such. Relatives, on the other hand, can be great. They are great for catching grammar and spelling issues. However, I do find it awkward when the character that pops up that is usually named after me has a romance scene and I know my relatives are reading it.

25: What’s your favorite time of day for writing?

I like writing at mainly two different times of day. My preferred time is when I’m wide awake at night because it’s usually when I am the least disturbed and have the most time to think about what I’m writing and how I want it to flow. However, I am not opposed to writing during school, since I get a lot of inspiration there, then typing up what I wrote later, then reworking it at night. But, night is probably my favorite.

26: What’s your oldest WIP?

Like, fanfiction or actual work? Because if fanfiction then that pinkie pie story because it magically disappeared and ended with the spaceship getting hit by an asteroid and my imaginary readers still have no idea what became of poor Pinkie Pie. But, if you’re talking original work… there’s this demigod story I started that was inspired by the Percy Jackson series. Had a ton of plot holes in it but it was still a great story all around. Never actually got around to finishing it and that story also mysteriously disappeared.

27: What’s your current WIP?

Fanfiction wise, Tri-Kappa Labs has been rebooted for the third time and, while currently on hiatus, is well underway along with my Five Nights at Freddy’s story, Survive the Night, which also just underwent its first reboot.

Actual story wise, Sound-Off is the main focus. Chapter 2 is under the works and hopefully will be out soon for my readers to enjoy.

28: What’s the weirdest story idea you’ve ever had?

Oh wow, um… all of them? My stories can get pretty weird to be honest. I can say that the weirdest plot hole I ever had was when I had two characters, one a daughter of Artemis and one a son of Apollo that were half siblings by human blood, and they were twins. Yeah, you see the issue with this.

29: Which of your original characters is your favorite, and why?

Well, Raven Sincock is probably one of my favorite characters to use because he was my first official original character, so he tends to follow me wherever I go. But, Sloane Jackson, oh Sloane, she shows up a lot too. I’ve found its fun to put her in a supporting role so she can be the sarcastic weird nerd friend.

30: If you could live in any fictional world, which would it be?

Any fictional world? That depends. If you are asking like fictional worlds that I didn’t create, then… I’d live either in the Harry Potter world or the Percy Jackson world. Sorry guys, but Hogwarts and Camp Half-Blood are calling my name!

If we’re asking one I did create, then… oh that is tough. I’m not sure but I’d have to say that the multi-verse a friend and I made for a bunch of roleplays and stories would probably be my top pick since they’re all so awesome.
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Reading: Terminal by Kathy and Brendan Reichs
  • Drinking: Movie Theater Diet Coke

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