Amanda Bradburn over at amandabradburn.com posted this writer’s tag and tagged any other writer, and as I’m not creating “brand” new content for April in order to get ahead on my May posts, I thought this was the perfect little cheat to whip up for a last minute post. Plus it’s fun.
1. What GENRES, STYLES, and TOPICS do you write about?
Genres: I’ve written contemporary fiction, Christian fiction, YA fantasy, fan fiction (ah, the good old early days of writing), poetry, short stories, and have tried my hand at magical realism and children’s literature.
Styles: If you’re talking about the four (five?) main styles of writing, then narrative, of course. If, taking it in the direction Amanda did in her tag, style = POV, then I almost always write in third person. I’ve tried writing first person but I can’t seem to stick to one set of eyes and emotions.
Topics: I don’t often go into a story knowing I want to address a certain topic — it usually just starts seeping into the story as I write. I have noticed many of the main characters in my stories are loners, or focus on independent women (or women that are trying to gain confidence/independence), and of course mental health often plays a big role in my stories.
2. How long have you been writing?
This was a question for my mom. Maybe eight? For school I once wrote a story about a sheriff and his ten gallon hat (which to my mind meant a hat so big he could fit in it), and I think that was my “first” story.
3. Why do I write?
Why do you eat?
4. When is the best time to write?
I’ve written blogs posts about the best and the worst time to write, but if I was to give a strictly selfish, personal preference, whenever inspiration slaps me in the face. I have such a hard time forcing myself to write. Usually I’ll ignore it for months and then suddenly the urge to write is so overpowering I’ll write for days. Those are the best.
5. Parts of writing you LOVE vs. Parts you HATE
LOVE: The first spark. An idea, an image flashes and a story begins to grow, festering in my mind until I finally begin fleshing it out. Writing snippets of scenes in notebooks, using electronic sticky notes, building a Pinterest board… yes, this is all a part of writing, because where would the story be without that seed?
HATE: The in between. Long pauses in writing due to lack of inspiration, writer’s block, the divide between finishing a first draft and going back to edit. Hm, basically any time I’m NOT writing. *self-five*
6. How do you overcome writer’s block?
I respect it. I realize that if I’m having horrible writer’s block, it means a) my mind needs a break, b) something needs to be fixed in the story, even if it’s just a little word, c) something better is brewing just under the surface.
OR I cry and stuff my face with chocolate and don’t come back to the project for weeks to months.
7. Are you working on something at the moment?
Sure am. I’m currently editing the skeleton draft of my fantasy novel…series…I don’t know, there are a lot of books and they are all judging me for how long it’s taking to get them written down. I’ve been working on this series since 2014 and have experienced a lot of self doubt. But I’m plugging away!
8. Writing goals this year
Set up a regular writing schedule. Get a solid draft of the fantasy novel done. Begin serious research on a WWII story idea. *drops mic*
And to follow suit of everyone else who seems to be involved in this tag, I tag any other writers who wish to fill out this out! If you don’t have a blog, feel free to leave your answers in the comments — I’d love to read them!