Amelie Rhys, is a brilliant author on the wattpad platform. she has published over seven works on the platform with a following of one thousand people. Amelie Rhys is a 20-something graduate student, dog-lover, traveler, reader & writer.
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When and how do you start your day? What do you do to prepare yourself for a day of work and your morning routine?
On a typical work day, I wake up around 7am and hurry to get ready to go as quick as possible! I am not much of a morning person, and I do the bare minimum for a routine so I can sleep as much as possible. If it is a weekend, I like to sleep in and start the morning with a cup of coffee in bed and some reading or writing.
What is your favorite part about being a writer? Will you continue to pursue this career in the near future or you have other plans?
My favorite part of being a writer is probably connecting with readers, and hearing their thoughts and reactions. I do plan to continue to pursue writing in a more professional setting, but I will likely keep my day job, too!
Amelie Rhys, how did you discover your passion for writing and how long have you been doing it? What benefits have you derived from it?
I started to write stories when I was fourteen. I had really great friends then (and still do!), and they enjoyed reading them and encouraged me. I have been writing on and off ever since then! I am now 28, and I have been writing more than I ever have in the past year. I think writing has a lot of the same benefits as reading-the ability to get lost in a different world can be stress reducing. But writing also accesses your creative side which is such a great outlet, too.
If you had a chance to travel anywhere in the universe for free, where would you go?
If I could travel anywhere for free, I think I would to Ireland. I had been planning to travel there this summer before COVID hit!
Amelie Rhys, What does your writing process look like and what goes into your physical and mental preparations when you are developing a concept for a book?
I use the Save the Cat! beat sheet to help my plot. I also look for my theme or themes and make sure that my main characters have appropriate arcs to match both of those things. When I start writing the chapters, I try to get anything I can down. If I can’t think of the right word, description, or phrase, I just skip over it for the time being to keep the flow. I try not to think too hard when I am just getting my thoughts down on to paper. Then I go back and craft it how I want it.
What was the worst mistake you made in your journey and how will aspiring writers prevent the same from happening to them?
My worst mistake was stopping! There were long stretches of time where I didn’t write at all. And I think part of the reason I didn’t write was because I was trying to think of the perfect story, and that was unrealistic. It is okay to start writing with prompts you find on the internet or contests or whatever it is you find! Your story will come to you the more you write.
What do you look for most in a plot and how do you achieve the results you want? What do you consider the most important part of a story?
I always make sure that my plots have the multiple points of conflict–the internal and the external. This gives you multiple points to write from when you’re developing your story and your characters. And then when writing, you have to think: what actions or scenes or dialogue will drive this plot and conflict forward?
If your scene doesn’t somehow drive the characters in a certain direction, you probably don’t need it! The most important part of a story is sometimes the part that is the most difficult or the darkest point. Because that’s where the pivotal moment is, and usually, it is all uphill from there!
Amelie Rhys, are you happy about where you are as a writer? Do you sometimes want more attention or less?
I’d say I am happy about where I am as a writer! I think I have come far even within the last year. I also think there is a lot to learn still, and there is excitement in that. One of the greatest things about writing is there are a million possibilities. And I love that! As far as attention, I am very grateful for the number of supporters that I have! Of course, I’d always welcome more readers, but I can’t complain at the moment.
Do you ever consider luck, your gender, ethnicity or race as a helping factor in your success?
What is the FUNNIEST or most interesting memory you have of you childhood?
I definitely think that luck is a factor with success on an online writing platform. There is undoubtedly an algorithm which can boost a certain story. Your connections also make a difference. I, undoubtedly, am privileged due to my race in many areas of life. I wouldn’t say most of my readers know my race, but I cannot deny that it might make a different were they to know.
As far as my gender, I am not sure if being a woman helps my writing. I might venture to say that people might be more attracted to women romance writers as they are typically women readers for those stories. But not always!
QUESTION #10: Amelie Rhys, what do you love most and dislike about your country.
There are absolutely beautiful places in the US, and I have been lucky enough to see many of them. There are also ugly places, and they are all around us. There is a lot of polarization right now when we need to work together.
QUESTION #11: Which three foods can you live without?
I cannot live without cheese, pasta, or French fries (or any kind of potato)!
QUESTION #16: What was the worst story you have ever read.
I honestly cannot think of a “Worst story”. There are some stories that might not resonate with me as much as others. I suppose in high school I had to read The Old Man and the Sea. And while it is a classic (and for a good reason), I remember struggling to get through the book!
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