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Frequently Asked Questions

Why did you become a writer?

I became a writer because the thought of not writing stories would drive me to madness. But in all seriousness, it was a dream I’d had since I was six years old, and I couldn’t imagine a life where I did not make things up and write them down

Most writers aren’t artists. Why are you?

I love art almost as much as I like literature. I have always liked to create things that capture the beauty of the world around me or create things that express otherwise inexpressible emotions. Painting and other visual arts allow me to express my creativity in a way which makes the process of writing more invigorating.

Where do you get your ideas?

My ideas come from everywhere. I like to keep notes of interesting ideas and let them sit in my head until a few of them come together and explode into a story.

Can you give me some writing tips?

Helping share writing tips, tricks, and tools is something I have always been passionate about. I have endless resources available on my website for up and coming writers who want to bet better at the craft. Check out the Writing Workshop to get started.

Do you accept story ideas?

I do not accept story ideas, I have plenty of my own. However, if you are interested in sharing ideas with others, feel free to join any number of writers on the writing workshop forum.

Do you work with other artists?

I love working and collaborating with other artists. Many of my closest friends are also writers, painters, artists, or otherwise creative individuals. If you are interested in working with me or would like to invite me to participate in a project, feel free to contact me at contactaustincolton@gmail.com or fill out the form on my contact page HERE.

Do you teach any corses or seminars?

I curently do not teach, but I create videos on my YouTube Channel ARK Writer, and I post writing tools and blog articles on my writing workshop page.

Do you have a facebook page?

I currently do not have a public facebook page. But you are welcome to follow ARK Writer on facebook. Click the LINK to view the page and join today!

What are your thoughts on censorship and book banning?

I think that any form of censorship or suppression regarding the written word contained in books has a devastating impact on society. I do not think that books, especially works of fiction, should ever be banned. I have written at great length regarding the subject and you can view more of my thoughts HERE.

When is your birthday?

I was born at a very young age to Chris and Teresa Colton, June 11, 1996 in Salt Lake City Utah. I do not remember it, but from my understanding, it was a long day for my parents and my father studied from his chemistry book while my mother sat in labor.

What is your favorite book?

This is perhaps the hardest question for most writers to answer. Though this answer may change from time to time, if I had to settle on just one, it would be “The Horse and His Boy” by C. S. Lewis

Do you have a favorite movie?

With no hesitation, my favorite movie would have to be The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. But with all things considered, I can never just watch one without watching all of them, so the entire trilogy is my favorite.

Do you have a favorite song or band?

There are a lot of types of music that I like, however there are a handful of bands that I like the most. My top three bands are Angels and Airwaves, Blue October, and New Order. My favorite song from each band are: Rite of Spring by Angels and Airwaves, Hate Me by Blue October, and Blue Monday by New Order.

My Favorite music to write/paint to is a mix of Classical Piano and Violin or orchestra soundtracks recorded by Two Steps From Hell.

Do you like to listen to music when you write?

I almost always listen to music when I write. I find that it relaxes me or puts me in the mood. I read a study that music can help you maintain attention to a task which is why good music in video games proves to keep gamers engaged and trick them into playing longer. Since I struggle with severe ADD, this has proven to be a good way of maintaining my focus, especially during the times when I don’t actually want to do any writing.

Do you like painting or writing more?

I like writing only slightly more than I like painting. With a few words I can paint thousands of pictures that everyone sees differently. However, painting allows me to express ideas visually in a way that words can not. They complement each-other in the way that they allow me to express myself. For that reason, I have made sure to make time to develop both skills.

Do you write anything besides fiction?

I like to keep a journal to document special and important moments of my life. By doing so, I have written several memoirs which I have printed for myself and have given away as gifts to my family members. Aside from this, I do not typically write anything that is not fiction except for a stent in my early twenties when I did work as a freelance copywriter to earn a little extra money. Finding a way to get paid to do something I was good at put a happy buck in my pocket when I was a poor collage student.

How can I contact you?

Contact me by emailing contactaustincolton@gmail.com or by filling out the form on my contact page here.

What is your religion?

I have a strong believe in god and I am an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For more information feel free to visit the official website of my church.

What did you study at University?

I studied digital marketing at Utah Valley University. Although I both liked and disliked the experience, it was ultimately beneficial in propelling me forward and launching me into my career and an SEO. I found that I loved digital marketing as much as I liked Art and that if I had to make a living doing anything else, being a digital marketer would still give me the time to pursue my creative aspirations. Besides, it never hurts to learn how to market and sell your own work, right?

Do you speak any other languages?

Yes, I am fluent in English and Spanish. I have also dabbled in the study of German, French, Italian, and Latin (despite it being a dead language). Learning a new language as an adult uses a new portion of your brain that would otherwise go unused. I find that expanding my ability to communicate and to learn different forms of sentence structure as well as grammar to be beneficial to my developing understanding of storytelling.

What’s your opinion of mental disorders or therapy?

I think that mental disorders should be taken seriously and that no one should feel ashamed to seek medical help if you are struggling. Life is so much better when you have the support of friends, family, and medical professionals to help you manage mental problems. As someone who has struggled with depression, severe anxiety, and ADD, I have learned first hand how much better your life can be after you get help and realize that you don’t have to struggle through it alone. Do what you need to in order to live your best life because the world is better with you in it.

It is not uncommon for writers and artists to struggle with mental disorders. If you would like to reach out for more information on how I manage and succeed despite having several mental disorders and conditions, I encourage you to. Just reach out by email at contactaustincolton@gmail.com with mental disorders in the subject line and I will try and get back with as many people as I can.

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