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Heather Lee Dyer is a fiction writer and the author of Creativity Over Perfection. Heather normally writes along the genre of young adults science fiction, specifically space opera. Find out why she said she’d never write non-fiction books but did it anyway!
Heather writes young adults science fiction, specifically space opera, being raised on loving space, space travel, and science fiction.
She initially wasn’t into writing a nonfiction book thinking she didn’t have anything to share.
Heather grew up in a Hippie Commune, living on the mountains of Montana, and considered it as the happiest time of her life.
Children can find creativity in everything. We’re all born with that. Our experiences either develop or stunt that creativity.
Everybody has a creative side in some way or another.
When Heather was diagnosed with lupus, she threw herself more into writing which she found as a cathartic process. it was an empowering experience for her.
She tried to frame her actual emotions around the characters of the book. And since it was a fiction book, she was able to change the outcome, her reactions, and other people’s reactions.
For her, writing saved her life! Doctors have already given up on her. She stresses the importance of the mental state in dealing with lupus as automatic depression could always happen.
Having to deal with lupus and the consequences along with that, she committed to really writing everyday. She makes sure she celebrates every small accomplishment!
Some teachers could be too focused on the mechanics of writing. Instead, her focus is to make sure kids enjoy writing.
She also used the book to encourage and reach out to more and more kids to write and enjoy writing.
Heather outlines stuff. She researches before she starts. She uses some sort of a screenplay outline to help her organize things.
She does a messy first draft and on her second draft, she makes sure everything is cohesive with some transitions.
She edited her first book 14 times before sending it to her first editor. Now, she’s down to three passes before sending it to her editor.
She can usually outline a fiction book in a day or two. She can get her first draft done in a month. Heather walks us through the times of day she spends writing.
A writer’s block comes from having too much information in your head.
Coming out of the Hippie Commune and moving into the big city, Heather got bullied not only by the other students but by the teachers as well.
Heather came from a place of safety to a place where she was afraid to go to school each day and be herself. She stopped writing and stopped from anything special.
It took her two months outlining her book and then another 3 to 4 months to finally having her first draft.
The nonfiction book was much shorter than her fiction books, but she found it way more difficult than she thought.
She struggled with exactly the same things she was writing about like the fear of writing. She had to take her own advice as she was writing to get through these difficult times.
Heather outlines the importance of persistence and empowerment. Other people’s stories can help us persevere.
Being part of the NaNoWriMo, Heather got into the habit of writing. It showed people that you could do it everyday no matter what.
Consistency is key in doing things.
Finally, Heather shares that the more you write, the more your mind grows, and the more opportunities come your way as a result!