A writer’s meme … from Becca for W.O.W.
January 14, 2009 § 7 Comments
What’s your favorite genre to write?
Essay. Creative non-fiction. Semi-memoir. (egads, what’s “semi-memoir?” oh, that? It’s where you get creative with your own life and events. You don’t mark it as memoir though if you’re getting it published. Ssshh, don’t tell Nan Talese!) I love the pace and structure of good essays and creative non-fiction.
How often do you get writer’s block?
Whenever I don’t have, or have not given, myself some sort of deadline, I can just sit there and fiddle away, accomplishing nothing but “fake” writing. Absolutely pathetic.
How do you fix it?
By tricking myself into some sort of due date. Actually, this works; I relax when I’ve decided on when I’ll have something finished … usually.
Do you type or write by hand?
I type stuff that is destined to be handed in or handed over. I write in longhand for my “own” stuff. Like, in my journals.
Do you save everything you write?
No. It is sooo nice to not be married to every little thing I’ve written or tried to write. I delete. I toss crumpled paper over my shoulder. Often. There’s a freedom to it and a trust, too, telling oneself that it can be written again, maybe written better next time, too.
Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?
I haven’t but that’s not a bad idea. I don’t think we always see the obvious, as in re-spinning or twisting something we’ve already written. Or, approaching it from a completely different point of view.
Do you have a constructive critic?
Yes. And it kicks in when I think I’ve finished a piece. It is a relentless, kick-ass, nit-picking, honking critic. It always wants more whittling of the piece.
Did you ever write a novel?
Yes. Nanowrimo in November. I wrote one.
I can safely proclaim it a “drawer” novel.
That’s where it’s been since Nov. 30 which is also the last time I looked at it.
What genre would you love to write but haven’t?
Oh, that’s an easy one. I would love to write poetry, to have that mastery of word-to-image that slices off bits of things for the reader to re-see with amazement.
What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?
Mystery. I cannot build to it, cannot think that way. Which is why I am delighted by a mystery though I don’t read a lot of them unless someone hands me one and says “Here, read this.”
How many writing projects are you working on right now?
Right now … hmmm … let’s see. Three with deadlines; two articles and a book of collected “things.” Creative projects, as in no one will care if I finish them or not projects? An essay (for fun), and a photojournal.
Do you write for a living?
Yes. Write and edit.
Do you want to?
Yes. I would like ta writing job, though, where I write what I want to write. And I would work really hard at it, not fritter away the opportunity. Yes, to be a full time writer of books and collections … aaaaah.
Have you ever written something for a magazine or newspaper?
Yes. I have been frelancing for nearly two decades. I always say I’ll give it up and have more time for my own writing BUT it IS my own writing in its way.
Have you ever won an award for your writing?
Yes. Not the National Book award or anything, but yes.
What are your five favourite words?
(of course, if asked tomorrow, all five will be different):
pop (as a verb)
Do you ever write based on your dreams?
No. Nor have I ever used a dream or dream element in my writing.
Do you favour happy endings, sad endings, or cliff-hangers?
If it’s a literary piece, I enjoy a cliff-hanger (thus the ending likely depends on character.)
If it’s chick lit, I’ll take the happy (corny, stupid, obvious, wonderful) ending.
Have you ever written based on an artwork you’ve seen?
Yes! The first creative piece I ever did. It was in sixth grade. I had an extraordinary teacher. She asked us to write every week based on a piece of art she would tape to the blackboard. It is a device I have used ever since. Can’t write? Blocked? Take me to the Art Museum!
If you’ve answered all these questions, give yourselves a huge gold star and pat on the back.
Now go off and do some real writing. (how about if I read? It’s really really late!!!)