Meet the Winner of Inkitt’s Summer of Love Writing Contest!

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Congratulations to Lulu Waters, winner of Inkitt’s Summer of Love writing contest!

Welcome Lulu! We’re so excited to get to know you better and hear about your work.

When did you first start writing? 

I began writing when I was around 6 or 7 years old. Everywhere I went, a journal or notebook came with me. When I wasn’t writing, I was daydreaming about new characters and new adventures. My parents used to call me a hermit because I’d sit in my room for hours just writing. I secluded myself from all distractions and got lost in my creations. Once high school hit, that changed a bit, but I still always found time to write. I haven’t ever stopped writing. 

Do you write in other genres? Which ones? 

I do write in other genres. I love a good fantasy or supernatural book and I’m slowly breaking into those genres. They are definitely a different monster than romance writing; however, those are my favorite shows/movies to watch. The creepier, the better. 

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how do you move past it? 

I honestly don’t believe in writer’s block. Do I get bored and feel stuck? Sure, but what writer hasn’t? We all aim to keep our storylines fresh and engaging, but I don’t generally get a block. If I get bored or stuck, I move onto another project. When I focus my energy and thoughts on something else, it helps bring my creativity back out. Most of the time, I have 3-4 projects going at one time for this exact reason. When I’m ready to tackle project A again, I usually do a read-through of what I already have written and that seems to spark an idea or ten. Then I get right back into the story and continue on. 

What are you working on now, or planning for your next project? 

As I said in the previous question, I’m always working on 3-4 projects at a time. I’m really trying to break into paranormal writing, so I’ve been working on outlining a new book for that at the moment. As for Inkitt, I’m tackling 3 projects at once: Desires Beyond the Lens, Possessing Roman, and Silver & Glass. My projects and ideas never end! There will always be something in the works. 

What is your writing routine like? Do you have a favorite place to work? Do you write every day? 

I tend to get right to work the moment I wake up. Having a cup of my favorite coffee, my favorite playlist on play, and zero distractions. I have an office where the majority of my planning and writing takes place, but you can find my outlines and notes strung out all around the house. In the winter, I enjoy sitting on the couch in front of the fireplace with my laptop, typing away. Writing every day can be straining, but I do try. It might be one paragraph or one chapter, but I do write every single day. It might not be a masterpiece, but the words are down and that’s what matters. After all, practice makes perfect. 

Congratulations again, and good luck with your upcoming projects!

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About Author

Tabitha Lord is the award-winning author of the HORIZON series. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband, four kids, two spoiled cats, and lovable black lab.

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