Monday, October 6, 2008

Writing Meme

Here’s something I found on Dara's Blog and she found it on Pterodaustro Dreams' blog! As she wrote in her introduction, feel free to copy and use this on your own blog.

Do you write fiction or non-fiction? Or both?

I have written non-fiction, but I prefer to write fiction. Much more compatible with my weird imagination.

Do you keep a journal or a writing notebook?

Nah. I've started a few, but I usually end up losing them or not being interested in my original idea after all.

If you write fiction, do you know your characters’ goals, motivations, and conflicts before you start writing or is that something else you discover only after you start writing?

Until this attempt at NaNoWriMo, I only had a vague idea of where I was going with a story. This time around in NaNo, I have a full outline and it's exciting for me to contemplate the writing process in November. I like knowing where my story is going to end up this time.

Are you a procrastinator or does the itch to write keep at you until you sit down and work?

I have to write when the mood strikes and sometimes, that isn't until my mind is clear at the end of the day...the house is quiet and I can delve into my imaginary world.

Do you write in short bursts of creative energy, or can you sit down and write for hours at a time?

Depends. Many times I can write straight through the night until I'm finished, if it's a short project. Longer projects I can write until I hit a wall of exhaustion or am just plain stumped at where the story should go next.

Are you a morning or afternoon writer?

Late night! Late, late, late. Hmmm...way into the wee hours of the morning, so I guess I AM a morning writer.

Do you write with music/the noise of children/in a cafe or other public setting, or do you need complete silence to concentrate?

I can write with noise, but prefer not to. I absolutely can't write with any music going on because I can't ignore music. It is NEVER background noise to me. Music makes me listen to it, no matter what I'm doing. I love it that much.

Computer or longhand? (or typewriter?)

Oh, if I lost my laptop, I'd shrivel up and die. Does that answer the question?

Do you know the ending before you type Chapter One? Or do you let the story evolve as you write?

As I said before, I'm enjoying having an outline to fully guide where I'm headed with my latest book project, The Miting.

Does what’s selling in the market influence how and what you write?

No...I tried writing happy Amish stories because they're popular. I can write them, but I like telling the truth about any subject, and since I write from emotion, if a story is happy all the way through, it doesn't seem authentic to me.

Editing/Revision - love it or hate it?

I love having my stuff edited! It feels new and clean and crisp when it gets edited, and I don't mind having to do the revisions because the end result is so worth it to me. I'm an editor's best friend. Bring on the red pen!

Thanks again to Pterodaustro Dreams for posting this!


Joanne Sher said...

Ooooh - I LOVE this meme! May have to do it myself. LOVE your answers too, Dee - gives such a great perspective on you as a writer.

Patty Wysong said...

(I know, I'm suposed to be in bed--and I was. But I had to do something on the computer, and this is like eating just one chip--it can't be done!! LoL)

I love this, Dee!! Your answers cracked me up (and it's not just the hour!) --especially about your laptop!!!! Which, btw, is how I feel too.

And now, NOW, I'm going to bed--before Jo gets up for breakfast! LoL--It's not that...early, truly.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dee,

I lifted this from your blog. I'm posting my answers on Beach Reads. You can see it Sunday.