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Let it Shine: Andrew Weaver

This week our guest author is Andrew Weaver!

Here’s a little bit about Andrew: Atlanta based Creative, Andrew Weaver, is a professional Web Designer and author of I9. Andrew’s knowledge of Emotional Intelligence shines through his writing as a 4-time author in the Personal Development field. Andrew’s mission is to build a platform that gives everyone an equal opportunity to be their best selves.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I realized I wanted to be a writer when I caught myself carrying several notebooks around at a time. Random notes, marketing strategies, prototypes, designs, and more. I just always wanted to write down ideas.

Tell me a little about your writing journey, thus far.

My writing journey started a couple of months after graduating from high school in 2017. I published two works between August and September. The following year in the month of November, I published I9, my third title.

Do you write under a pseudonym? If so explain why.

I don’t write under a pseudonym. I actually never put any thought into doing so. I think if I were ever to switch genres, I’d use a fictitious title. I currently author personal development content, so I don’t think it would fit right now.

What genre do you write and why?

I currently write under the genre of Personal Development, but my niche is Emotional Intelligence. I write under this genre because it’s more of the “neglected” aspect of life that people either don’t want to discuss (openly) or don’t know how to manage. Knowing how to manage your emotions is crucial to thrive in a social environment, so I feel it’s necessary to discuss in this time of my life.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on my next title, A Look Inside, which details the “conversation” people have between their conscious and subconscious mind in daily decision making. My goal is to generate buzz around that and “republish” my older books to new audiences.

What inspired you to write?

I’m inspired by the fact that in today’s time, people are generally allowed to express themselves in ways that others can’t. Some people in other places are not allowed to “be themselves”, so it’s a privilege I want to take advantage of.

What are your top 5 favorite books?

The Richest Man in Babylon, The Entrepreneur Mind, James, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, and 64 Lessons for a Life Without Limits.

What does literary success look like to you?

I believe that literary success is having a purpose in every word you put on paper.

How many hours a day do you write? What is your writing routine?

I don’t write as often as I would like. I actually “type” most of the time. However, I tend to get my writing spurts early on in the day. It’s usually not the first thing I do in the morning, but if I’m resting or taking a break, I’ll find some time to write.

How do you incorporate feedback into your work?

Once I get a solid rough draft of work I usually find beta readers who don’t mind taking a look at unfinished work and critiquing it anyways.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Find a process to follow before you begin working on a project. Set goals so you have a finish line to work towards. For writing down notes, or freewriting, sort or stash them in a safe place, so you can revisit them later. That stash of ideas may be a goldmine later on.

Heads Up!

Readers can buy my book by directly contacting me on Instagram @daiilyw

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