This week Write on Wednesday was a list of questions from Becca. My first interview!!
How often do you get writer’s block?
Never. Probably because I am always ready to switch assignments. If I can’t seem to move forward on one thing, I’ll pull out something else to work on. There are always a couple items on my list of work in progress, so it’s easy enough to do, which answers the next question, too.
How do you fix it?
Do you type or write by hand?
Both, but mostly type. I have a hard time maintaining organization when I write by hand. I might have six or eight notebooks floating around, and the right one is never in the write place at the write time. I do enjoy hand writing. I notice my thought process is slowed down and I come up with more ideas, there is probably more description, conversation – the writing is simply longer. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? This may be an “ah ha!” moment. I will have to take a look and compare.
Do you save everything you write?
Unfortunately, yes. Boxes of stuff, going back to high school. Once in a while I will pull something out and read it, and CRINGE! Thanks goodness I am not that person anymore! It would probably help the lack of organization thing mentioned above, if I would throw more things away.
Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?
I am quite attached to my precious ideas. It is likely I will go back to something.
Do you have a constructive critic?
I share with lots of people. They all offer different responses to my writing, which run the gamut of stroking to grammatical hand slapping. They are all helpful.
Did you ever write a novel?
Oh my, that is a long sad story. Short answer, yes. Long answer: It took five years of long, hard and angst ridden labor to write that first mystery. I printed it. Went on to write a sequel, which was ¾ completed, and rather better than the first. Didn’t print it. At the same time, wrote a young-adult fantasy. Printed rough draft, and went on to complete a couple edits. Didn’t print it. Computer stolen. Oh well. Says something for hand writing, doesn’t it?
What genre would you love to write but haven’t?
Why not do what you would love to do?
What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?
I wrote some poetry before I was thirteen. I won’t do that again!
How many writing projects are you working on right now?
One for a class (not a writing class, however), one for me, and one blog. Thinking about starting something new, soon.
Do you write for a living? Do you want to?
No, and yes. A dream I am working towards.
Have you ever written something for a magazine or newspaper?
No and no.
Have you ever won an award for your writing?
What are your five favourite words?
“I’d like to represent you.”
Do you ever write based on your dreams?
I think they probably sneak in there. All of my writing filters down from my subconscious, which is also where dreams originate, so the answer must be yes. I don’t usually remember my dreams unless I lay in bed when I wake up and really think about it. I don’t often have the luxury of that time.
Do you favour happy endings, sad endings, or cliff-hangers?
Variety is the spice of life!
Have you ever written based on an artwork you’ve seen?
Only for school. Are you asking about writing something fiction, using the artwork as a prompt? I haven’t done that.
Well, this was a fun interview. Gave me some things to think about. I can’t write a post without some pictures though.
I have just bought some land in northern Wisconsin, in a very unpopulated county with lots of National Forest. I plan to write about it later. Here is a sneak preview -a picture from summer is the first photo posted above.