12 December 2008

The Writing Meme

Taken from this post

1. List one of your writing goals for the upcoming month and how likely you are to accomplish it.

I would like to get at least the first two chapters of Pointe and Shoot written. We have spent a fair amount of time talking about the story, and it is all sloshing around in my head now. My daughter and I are busy with the character sheets – which is something new for me – so I don’t think it would be too hard getting the first two chapters out at least. Likelihood of accomplishing goal: 80%

2. What genre or subject you would like to write about that you aren’t currently?

I think I would like to tackle either a romance or chick lit story soon, but I doubt I would be able to do more than a short story in either genre.

3. What is your writing lifestyle, habits? How do you manage the interruptions with your writing? How do you stay positive? Believe in your writing success?

I write in bursts and then, not at all. It is not always productive, but, unfortunately, little things like work and family often get in the way.

Feedback helps with staying positive, but it also depends on what kind of writing day/week I have had.

Writing success is a tough one. Every writer would like to, deep in their heart, believe that they are the next big thing, but the reality is often different. But, I still believe that, one day, I will see my novel in a bookshop, and that helps a little. Use your delusions to your advantage :D

4. Are you a pantser or plotter?

I am mostly a pantser. I am trying this plotting thing now with Pointe and Shoot, but that is mainly because it is a collaboration project.

5. Who are two of your favourite current authors and why?

Terry Pratchett: Apart from being incredibly imaginative, I love the way he uses the language. He can convey, in one or two short sentences, that take other writers pages and pages to achieve. And, of course, he is deliciously funny.

Haruki Murakami: Again, language and imagination. While the stories often leave me feeling melancholic, I get lost in the crispness of his writing.

6. How does your family feel about your writing?

My husband is not much of a reader, so he doesn’t really read what I write, but he is still very supportive of my writing, because he knows how important it is to me. My parents are also very supportive, and my mother encourages me on a regular basis. She was also my English teacher at school, and has been encouraging me since I started writing.

My daughter is my ultimate reader, and ideal audience. She loves my writing, and loves playing editor for me. We also chat about the stories often, and she provides great insights and is always encouraging when I feel blue about the writing.

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