Rhianne Williams has always been in love with the written word and the powerful emotions a good story can steer in you. Growing up, she loved nothing better than curling up with a good book. As a teen, she started penning her own stories and adventures, too.
But, as it often happens, the real world got in the way. Rhianne put her writing dreams behind her to get an admin job. As she toiled away at it, the urge to write never left her. So, Rhianne, did the only thing she could do: she picked her pen up again and threw herself back into writing.
Today, Rhianne is the proud author of several non-fiction writing books, including How To Start Writing Science Fiction And Fantasy and Self-Care For The Modern Writer. Last year, she also self-published her first fantasy novel, The Collective, the story of a curious university student who finds herself on a pirate adventure back in the 1700’s.
Like this weren’t enough, Rhianne also runs the Little Novelist, a blog that helps aspiring writers follow their dreams and go from Novice to Novel. This year, the Little Novelist won the Blogosphere Book Blogger of the Year!
Here, Rhianne shares how she conquered self-doubt, the challenges she faced along the way and her writing habits:
1. What is your dream and how are you currently living it out?
My dream is to be a full-time writer. Although I am not currently living it, I do write every day and I am working towards the dream with every word I like.
2. What steps did you take to get started in the beginning?
I’m still taking them. You just have to start writing and be determined to get there.
3. What challenges did you face to pursue your dream and how did you overcome them?
The biggest challenge I face is motivation. As I work full time it took me a while to get into a routine where I could incorporate all my writing hours into my week as well as my working week.
You just have to start and be determined to get there.
4. What mindset shifts did you have to go through to turn your dream into a reality?
I had to really be into my early morning wake up calls. Now when I get up at 5am to write I can focus totally on the writing.
5. How do you deal with fears and self-doubt?
Usually I whine to my author friends. They have all been through it too and really help me to think positively. I also use an app which reminds me to do things like drink more water and take a breath.
6. When did you realise you had made it?
I think when I see my book in a bookshop I will know I have made it.
- Fave personal development/business book: I don’t read non-fiction very often. I don’t think I have ever read a personal development or business book.
- Inspiration: ALL my incredible writer friends.
- Mantra to live by: Take each day as it comes.
- Breakfast: Juice Plus Vanilla Shake
- Fave app: Instagram! I love pictures!
7. Do you have any daily habits or rituals that have set you up for success?
I have a routine that I stick to. So I get up, exercise and then write before going to work. I try to stick to a to-do list of 6 items.
8. What are three lessons you’ve learned on your journey?
a. the first draft on anything you write will always seem like rubbish when you read it back
b. having friends in the same boat as you really helps.
C. figure out your best times to write and stick to them.
9. What advice would you give to other women who want to become writers?
Get started! You won’t become a great writer without starting.