THAT TIME I PICKED THE BRAIN OF A FURIOUS PAPER HUMAN (aka Cait)

07 November 2015

If you think Cait needs an introduction because you have no idea who she is, then I question your life choices. With that being said, here is what went down during e-mail conversation, where I threw words at her, and she attempted to bat them away with as much eloquence and sass as possible. 
P.S Let's all appreciate my taste in gifs please; also feel free to answer these questions yourself in the comments section if you feel like the world could do with hearing your (probably amazing) novel-writing life and structure - I don't, which is why I have not answered these questions myself.

1. HOW DO YOU BUILD YOUR PLOTS/FANTASY WORLDS, what's the process? where does the magic happen, where do the sparks originate from? An inspiring meal? A sudden idea while in the shower? (WHERE THERE IS ALWAYS NO PAPER TO HAND WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN.)
IT IS CRUEL AND UNFAIR TO GET IDEAS IN THE SHOWER. I have lost countless stories down the drain, seriously, it's abominable. I need a waterproof notepad, clearly.
But typically? I start with what I WANT to write about. So if I have this burning aching desire to write a novel about heists and assassins? I just do it. I pile in all the things I feel like (aka whatever I am currently obsessed with at that moment, which could be anything from Japanese dragons to leprosy to pond scum [not even joking here] to corn chips) and heap it ALL together and work out where I want the story to go. I'm an outliner, so after letting my conglomeration of ideas fester for a while, I plonk myself down and make myself write an outline. THINGS JUST COME OUT. I  DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY OR HOW. THEY JUST DO. I have been accused of being the Queen of Ideas. Not knocking it. #humbleandproudofit

2. HOW REAL DO YOUR CHARACTERS BECOME TO YOU? (flesh and blood real? as in real enough to start talking to imaginary people on the daily).
It depends on the story! I have, um, about 16 books written and fifty billion more in my head. So the books that have hung around the longest feel more real. Often, too, my characters don't have faces! They'll just have vague eye/hair/skin colour and personalities and maybe a sense of dress style, but faces? NADA. It's very eerie in my brain.
3. THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION - HOW THE FREAKING FLYING FALAFELS TO DO YOU WRITE SO FAST? Do you plan everything to a t so then all you have to do is write write write (and try not to get hand cramp) or do you plan and plot along the way and let the story take you where it wants to go? WHAT DO YOU DO? sit and type all day? how do you not go insane?
YES I JUST SIT AND TYPE ALL DAY. If you start off insane, it works much easier. (I recommend this. Insanity is fun. There is tea and cake and evil cackling.)
So typically I write a book in about 10 days. My first drafts are around 50-60,000-words. AND THEY ARE MESSY. Seriously! Don't underestimate how messy they are! If you even sneaked a peek at one of my first-drafts you would a) probably be murdered by me because they are top secret, or b) die of blindness because they're written so awfully. I believe in writing wild and free and editing later. (My editing/rewriting process takes MONTH.)







4. WOULD YOU SAY YOUR WRITING STYLE IS SIMILAR/A MASH-UP OF SOME AUTHORS WHOSE BOOKS YOU HAVE READ? or is it totally unique because you are a pumpkin KNOWS WHO THEY ARE.
Of course I'm entirely unique pumpkin and the world has seen NOTHING LIKE ME BEFORE. Ahem. So. I would like to think I was a hybrid of Maggie Stiefvater, with a smidge of Derek Landy's style of humour, and Sally Green's characters, but with Suzanne Collins' tendency to kill all those characters. I can dream, can't I?!? I have been accused, by a beta reader, of writing like Jandy Nelson too, which pretty much made my life



5. FIVE BOOKS YOU WISH YOU'D WRITTEN YOURSELF? (and why and which parts stood out to you that made you go WHY DIDN'T I WRITE THAT LIFE IS SO UNFAIR)
Can I just list five books by Maggie Stiefvater?! BECAUSE YES PLEASE AND THANK YOU. I adore her writing. It makes me sob because it's so visual and gorgeous and also occasionally humorous. Also, when I read Half Bad by Sally Green I nearly burst into tears because it's SO LIKE MY STYLE. Also I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. That author is so sickeningly talented it should be illegal (I love her books so much).




6. WHICH PART OF A NOVEL DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TO HAVE ON LOCK DOWN - the plot or the characters? and which do you enjoy reading more of? dialogue or details of plot/a fantasy world or beautiful descriptions?

For me when writing? PLOT. For me when reading someone else's book? CHARACTERS. And I'm a big dialogue fan. Ginormously big, I tell you. I would rather read pages of rapid fire dialogue than six paragraphs that detail the colour of the carpet. Ugh. And, while we're at it, make that dialogue witty banter. I love witty banter.


7. WHAT TYPE OF WRITER ARE YOU? (e.g a furious writer?..(HEHEHEHEHE I'M SO CLEVER)
YOU ARE SO CLEVER. I SHALL BOW TO YOUR CLEVERNESS. But, it is actually true. That's partially the reason I called myself "Paper Fury" because I do everything FAST AND WITH FURY. I get passionate! Especially when I'm in the middle of a new exciting story! I would like to add fast and furious and fabulous to that, though, because...I am. Fabulous.
Cait is a writer and avid eater of books. She likes to believe in impossible things and eat whole books before breakfast. She writes about sad characters with cake deficiencies. When not writing books, she makes plans for world domination and blogs at paperfury.com. She's 21 and lives in Australia. BLOG | GOODREADS | TWITTER

8 comments:

  1. LOVE this post! I'm always amazed at how much Cait can write in a short space of time, IT'S SERIOUSLY AMAZING.

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    1. I AM SO ENVIOUS OF HER IT IS RIDICULOUS

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  2. OMG CAIT! Cait is my twin, except she's much more hilarious and snarky than I am. And it is so unfair how she manages to read and write so much at the same time. *hmmph* This was such a great post - love the GIFs and the questions! Great job you two! ♥

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    1. yup, MUCH MORE SARKY, i need to take lessons. I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW SHE WRITES SO MUCH AND SO FAST, does she have magical powers or?!

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  3. CAIT, CAIT IS HEREEEE *fangirls 'cause DUH, Cait* awesome interview Hawwa, I admit I am rather envious of your gif skills ;D [ and 16 BOOKS? howwwwww, I can barely write 6 pages :o ]
    P.S. hope NANOWRIMO's going good for you! *sends you lots of writerly magic*

    safah - oh, how i wander.

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    1. HEHEH, well, it takes a lot of work to have great gif skills...a lot of practise..a lot of dedication..

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  4. It was SO FUN reading this interview, you're a star Hawwa! Anddddd CAIT, you're so funny!!

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