September 21, 2015

My Start as a Writer

By Hayley Belfrage

When I was a little girl, becoming a writer had never even crossed my mind. Even at the ripe young age of fifteen, I still do not know if that is where I want my life to lead, however, I know it is now a possibility. Writing my trilogy, “The 4975,” I was constantly faced with an adversity in every new chapter. I had many different visions of what could happen to Hunter, Eamon and the ones around them if I penned every possible outcome.

When I got the confirmation email confirming the trilogy will be published with Ravenswood Publishing. It was all I could do not to run up and down the street crying with joy. Hang on, I actually did that. (I was home alone at the time.)

What do I do to get inspired? Listen to music. All types of music, but my favorites include the works of a young Delta Goodrem, Taylor Swift, Calvin Harris, HAIM, M83, Sarah McLachlan, and Celine Dion. Ballads from a wide variety of musicals also appear on my playlist. The biggest question I get asked in regards to inspiration is how.

How did I get blessed with the idea for the “4975?” How did I find the time to sit down and write, between juggling my friends, extra-curricular activities and a fully-fledged academic education? The answer is simple, dear friends and fellow writers; if it is meant to happen, I promise you that it will.

The most valuable advice I can offer is to draw from your own experiences - that way, you will know and comprehend what your main characters understand.

Happy writing!

Hayley Belfrage can be found on Instagram: @hayleybelfrage Twitter: @Hayley_Belfrage Facebook: Hayley Belfrage

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