Bryanna is a force of nature. This student is a short story writer, online literary journal editor, and Twitter goddess. Her followers love her down-to-earth personality and humility, but they also enjoy the rich, character-driven worlds she creates in her stories. Be sure to follow Bryanna and check out her journal, Satyr Central.

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  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Growing up, I was obsessed with daydreaming and writing. I kept changing my mind when it came to future jobs (veterinarian, programmer, lawyer, etc, etc), but I ultimately came back to writing in the end.
  1. What do you love most about writing? My daydreaming was a way to escape from reality, and writing was a way to turn my daydreaming into reality, if that makes sense?
  1. What genre(s) do you write and what drew you to that? Science fiction/fantasy! My dad used to be really into gaming, and he introduced my siblings and me to games like World of Warcraft and Diablo. He also introduced me to The Legend of Drizzt series by R.A. Salvatore, which became my first favorite fantasy series. He’s also very into comic books and sci-fi, so science fiction–especially superheroes–has always been a favorite of mine.
  1. How long does it take you to complete a book or writing project? It depends on the project. I’ve actually never completed a full book because I’m one of those procrastinators who spends years worldbuilding without ever putting together a full, coherent story. I’m starting up a short story series on my website, though, so, hopefully, I’m finally getting everything together enough to stop procrastinating.
  1. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? Can you describe a typical writing day? I usually take weekends to do short story and blog post writing. I get pretty easily distracted, so my routine is usually to build an outline for my blog post, find a topic I’m really interested in or passionate about or find a writing prompt, then get to work from there.
  1. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I have a habit of changing the font whenever I start getting bored, distracted, or frustrated. Weirdly enough, I feel like it helps me feel refreshed enough to keep going.
  1. Do you have any suggestions to help others become better writers? If so, what are they? The typical tip I hear is to write often, which I agree with, but I’d probably say that beta reading or editing for other writers is also a great way to improve your own writing. Finding mistakes or things you like in someone else’s writing is a great way to familiarize yourself with the writing styles you like and the common mistakes you should try to avoid.
  1. What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out? I got this advice from several of my writing professors, which is: don’t write what’s trendy, write what you love. Trends come and go but if you truly love what you’re writing about, you’ll find a way to make it sell regardless of what’s popular right now.
  1. How do you handle writer’s block? It might sound weird, but I find that thinking about my work in progress while I’m in the shower makes a lot of new ideas pop up. “Shower thoughts” are a real thing!
  1. What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing? Good characterization. I worked as an editorial intern recently and one of the notes I found myself putting most often for manuscripts I recommended passing on was that I didn’t feel I could root for the characters. While the story is important and it’s great to be passionate about worldbuilding and plot, remember to give your characters some love too. That’s something I’ve struggled with.
  1. What is the most difficult part about writing for you? How do you overcome it? The most difficult part of writing for me is overcoming my desire to make everything I write perfect. Nothing is ever perfect, but I would convince myself that it’s “not a good time” to write because I didn’t feel like whatever I put down would be worth keeping. It’s a mindset a lot of writers have, and it’s a mindset I’ve had to learn to overcome by forcing myself to write however I can, even if it’s just through writing down notes or research until I feel ready to write the story or blog post.
  1. Do you watch anime, documentaries, sitcoms, and/or reality TV? If so, what’s your favorite right now and why? If not, tell us what you’re into! Do you like TV? I’m not a big TV watcher, but I do have a number of different comfort shows I like to keep on in the background: Living Single, The Office, Key and Peele to name a few. For anime, I like Fairy Tail, Noragami, Blue Exorcist, and Tokyo Ghoul.

Fun, quick facts:

  1. Tea or coffee? Coffee.
  1. Cake or pie? Pie.
  1. Morning person or Night owl? Definitely night owl.
  1. City or country? City.
  1. Social media or meetups? Social media.
  1. Paperback or ebook?  Paperback.
  1. Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter? Spring.
  1. Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, or Pixar? Oof, that’s hard. I’d probably say Marvel.
  1. Board, card, tabletop, mobile, or console games? Console.
  1. Type or handwrite? Type for speed, handwrite for ideas.

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