Yay, I get to do a writing tag and answer questions thanks to my new writing friend, G. L. “Gwynne” Jackson. Gwynne has a lot of writing knowledge and offers great advice. I hope you get a chance to check out her blog.
G.L. Jackson’s Questions:
1. It’s the old stranded on a desert island question! Which three books do you take with you?
- The Complete Works of Shakespeare because it will keep me occupied on the island for a good long while. According to Goodreads, The Complete Works of Shakespeare is 1,745 pages long. Amazon says 2,016 (there you go exaggerating, Amazon). This book must weigh a ton. It’s probably what sank my boat.
- Moby-Dick so I will finally finish it.
- Whatever book comes floating my way. I like to be surprised.
2. Which author or authors would you cite as your inspiration? V.E. Schwab and Lauren Oliver.
3. What are some of your other creative pursuits beyond writing? Does blogging count? With a full-time job, part-time job, family to raise, and books to read, I’m afraid I don’t have time for other creative pursuits, but I used to be a songwriter.
4. Tell me about the last TV show you binge-watched. What did you think? Sense8. I liked it!
5. How did you get your start in writing? I’ve had several “starts” in writing. In 1st grade, I wrote my first story (see exciting recap below). After college, I attended writing workshops where I learned a lot about craft. Then the “start” that finally took was an inspiring conversation with a friend.
6. Do you remember the first story you wrote? Can you recap it? Umm, yes. A busy butterfly flies around to all the flowers and trees. A big wind comes, bringing with it a flying Christmas tree. I don’t remember what happens after that.
7. Fast-forward 60 years into the future. What does society look like to you? (This is a big question, so feel free to narrow it down as you like.) I like to believe the human race figures things out and that the future is beautiful.
8. What’s your go-to guilty-pleasure genre to read? Thriller with a spicy sex scene.
9. Do you consider yourself to be an extrovert or an introvert?An introvert with decent acting skills.
10. What’s the one piece of advice you’d like to give to aspiring writers?Don’t believe the “tortured artist” myth. Do whatever you must to keep writing fun.
Tag, You’re It:
Let’s kick off this list off with three writing Kelly’s, shall we?
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog and Twitter in your post.
2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.
3. Nominate up to 10 other bloggers or Twitter followers
4. Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination.
Eve Messenger’s Questions:
- What are three things you do really well as a writer?
- When you daydream about “making it” as a writer, what do you visualize?
- Do you have a regular writing routine? If so, when?
- Dogs or cats?
- What’s directly to the left of where you’re sitting right now?
- When do most of your plot ideas come to you? In bed, on walks, in the shower, while driving, when reading other books?
- What’s your most recent writing breakthrough?
- Are you able to write in noisy environments?
- Have you ever attended a book signing event for an author you admire? If so, what was it like?
- Are you better at coming up with titles or elevator pitches?