Surprise! Here I am posting on a Friday. What??
I was tagged by the lovely Emily at For the Bookish to do the Wisteria Writer tag! Thanks, Emily! It looks like fun.
So why am I posting on a Friday, you ask?
Well, I enjoy doing tags. They don’t really fit with my normal content schedule/blog focus, however, so I don’t like to do them for regularly scheduled posts. This blog isn’t about me, and answering a bunch of questions about myself, while fun, isn’t what I want the regular content on here to be.
So when I do get tagged, I do the tag on an off-day, so we all get the fun tagginess (and you get an extra post!) but you don’t lose out on the other important topics I have planned for regular posting days.
Now that we have that explanation out of the way, let’s get to the tag!
- Thank the blogger who nominated you. (Done!)
- Answer the ten questions asked.
- Add ten (writing or book related) of your own.
- Nominate ten people.
When did you start writing?
As soon as I could write the letters of the alphabet, probably. (And before that, if you count all of the stories I made up in my head.)
What do you use to document inspiration and ideas?
I write down all of my ideas in a document on my computer. Little plot snippets, premises, title ideas, settings that I really want to write a scene in someday, and more all go in that document. I’ll likely never use half of it, but it’s fun to read through once in a while and helpful if I need an idea.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
The prep stage, definitely. It’s so fun when you first have the idea and you think about it all the time, come up with outlines and character sketches and find pictures for all of your characters, etc. In theory I enjoy the first draft, but in actuality it’s a very slow process. And revisions just overwhelm me. I probably will enjoy editing once the big problems are taken care of and it’s mostly style issues, but I haven’t ever gotten there yet, so who knows…
What genres do you like writing best?
Fantasy. Hands-down. I have written things in a lot of other genres, but fantasy is what works the best for my voice and style. It just flows on the page the easiest. Especially the fairy tale style fantasy; that’s my favoritist of all to write.
How do you begin the outlining of your novels?
It depends. Recently, I’ve been starting with a basic premise and then developing characters before I make an outline. I find that the plot focus becomes a lot clearer in my mind if I have backstories for the characters and understand them really well first.
Can you share a snippet of one of your current pieces of writing?
Helen moved back and sat. Len sat next to her, looked at her, and shook his head, although a smile was playing about the corners of his mouth.
“I don’t know you very well, but it strikes me that that little act in the council room today was exactly the sort of thing you might do.”
“What else was I supposed to do?”
“You could have told me about your plan,” Len said. “Just a thought.”
What authors or books inspire you?
C.S. Lewis (you knew that one was coming!). J.R.R. Tolkien. Charles Dickens. Louisa May Alcott. Robin McKinley. Marissa Meyer.
Who do you trust to edit/critique your writing?
Someone I know well who I am also sure knows a lot about writing. Preferably a more experienced writer than me.
Where do you hope to be as a writer in ten years?
Hopefully I’ll have something published in ten years. That would be nice. I will still be writing, although still part-time (I never plan to be a full-time writer). Mayyybe with multiple things published…? *crosses fingers*
What advice do you have for other writers?
I don’t think I’m experienced enough to be very good at offering advice…but I will say to remember that your motivation will run out for a project at some point. And you just have to keep going anyway. Otherwise you will never finish a thing.
- What is the first story that you ever completed?
- What story (short story or novel) do you consider your best work so far?
- Do you outline your novels before you start writing, and if so, how?
- Who is your favorite character that you created?
- What style of prose are you best at writing (description, dialogue, action, etc.)?
- What is the first thing you do when you start revising a piece of work?
- When do you write (in the morning, after lunch, before bed, etc.)?
- Where do you write (on your bed, at your desk, etc.)?
- What is your favorite music to listen to while you write?
- What writing advice do you want to give yourself?
Please don’t feel obligated to do this! Only if you want to. And if you’ve been tagged before, sorry about that.
Hannah@Furious Ever Afters
Deborah@The Road of a Writer
Grace@The Lucent Logophile
Schuyler@My Lady Bibliophile
Shantelle@A Writer’s Heart
Miriam@Crafted by Christ
Hopefully you enjoyed this bonus post! I had lots of fun doing it.
Feel free to share your answers to any of Emily’s and/or my questions in the comments below! See you tomorrow with something bookish!