An All About Writing Tag

On Nevillegirl’s blog she posted these questions for anyone to take and answer. And so I promptly decide I would, indeed, take them.

  1. What kind of music do you like to listen to while writing?

Usually instrumental– jazz or that music that is just…instrumental (behold my powers of description). Music like this.

2. What kind of music do you not like to listen to while writing? Why? Does it distract you or something?

Occasionally I will listen to music with lyrics and it helps if it fits with the story’s plot/theme/genre but it often just distracts me and sends me into a daydream; which is great when I need inspiration, but not so great when I need to put words into paper.

3. Who or what was the inspiration for the first character you ever wrote?

Ah, hmm….I think it was Heidi and Laura Ingalls? Because she lived on a hill in the alps, had three sisters, but it was in modern-day. Oh, and she was named Ann and her sister was Nan; which are basically variations on the same name.

….I was nine.

3. Do you usually have romance in your stories? Why or why not?

Yes…in the past I have written mostly family and friendship stories, but I’ve started to write romance. I often have trouble deciding who will be with who though; sometimes I know right away, but mostly I am confused. My Nano 12…well, I just abandoned it because my MC decided she actually liked the rebel pirate not her adviser.

Why? Often I just feel a  romantic connection between their characters (in other words, they tell me they’re doing what they want so there). Also fluffy romance makes me extremely happy. I really want to just relax and write a modern-day book (no historical research or world building yay!) and write a silly but hopefully touching fluffy romance someday.

4. Which author(s) do you think you write like?

 I honestly can not answer that. It is a befuddling question for me. Maybe a classic one? I was told once my style resembled that classical style.

5. Are your stories usually funny or serious?

They lean more toward the funny side, but also have serious moments. But usually the content I write is lighter, and I want to try an outright funny story/book.

6. What is the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

To get an exact quote I would have to dig some stuff up, but the teacher that assesses how I have done over the year in homeschooling always raves about it, which makes me really pleased. My Mom/also is my teacher loved one of my recent stories and thought it beautiful.

7. What is the worst thing someone has ever said about your writing?

It was about my academic writing; a critiquer (am I spelling this wrong?) said one of my papers sounded like a rant (and I was sitting behind them when they were discussing it and ugh writing workshops make me anxious).

8. Why are all these questions about writing?

Because writing rocks, that’s why.

10.Would you rather own a castle or all the chocolate in the world?

Oh, wow. That’s a tough one. Castle, I suppose. I mean, it’s a castle.

I’m not going to tag anyone– whoever wants to may do them.

Questions:

  1. Is there a TV show/movie that, after watching, suddenly inspires you to write?
  2. Is there a book/author that does the same?
  3. Have you written poetry? What kind?
  4. What was the title of your first story?
  5. Historical or contemporary fiction?
  6. Romance or friendship stories?
  7. What kind of blog posts do you most enjoy writing?
  8. Short stories, novels or poetry (to write)? Why?
  9. What book do you first remember loving?
  10. Do you like sweet, salty or savory foods?
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The Words in Your Head

 “In imagination she sailed over storied seas that wash the distant shining shores of “faëry lands forlorn,” where lost Atlantis and Elysium lie, with the evening star for pilot, to the land of Heart’s Desire. And she was richer in those dreams than in realities; for things seen pass away, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

I’m quite good at imagining. I always have been. To Anne Shirley, as described above, imagining is dreams, games, and just something wonderful to do. Imagining is a game, and something I enjoy, but it is also stories. It’s one of the many ways I write my stories–there is a flaw to this method however though.

Imagine - NYC

Imagine – NYC (Photo credit: Phillips_Jon)

I’m also quite good at having words flow from my head, making up stories as I walk along the sidewalk, or stare up at the ceiling at twelve in the morning, but when I’m plopped in front of a computer and keyboard, everything flies out of my head. It’s unfortunate and makes me wish for a literally tiny computer—not a iPod touch, but a miniature laptop—I could carry around in my pocket. Maybe the keyboard could even unfold to a normal size.

Also unfortunately, I’m not an inventor. I leave this idea to you, inventors of the world.

No really. Please invent it. I’d love it. Heck, maybe there is even something like that out there.

However, back to point. It’s incredibly hard to get the words out of my head, and on to a screen. I am not sure why. I lose them easily, and maybe I’m even a bit self conscious when typing them out, even though no one is reading them. However I read them, and I squirm, and wonder if they really are all that good.

And we all know one of our worst critics is ourselves.

NaNoWriMo even has a name for this—Your Inner Editor—and instructs you to hand it over to them so they can lock it away for a month.

I’m not even sure if that’s the core issue, my inner Editor. I just have a habit of…not blanking exactly, but something else I can’t quite pinpoint, in front of the computer—I didn’t used to do that as much, so it leads me to believe it perhaps started with my Editor being an annoyance and then promptly turned into a habit.

Does anyone else have this problem? Why? How do you deal with it? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Late Researching

I may have been down for the 21st. And it may now be June.

Okay, I was, and it is. I really don’t have a good excuse other than…okay, I don’t really have a excuse. I had time. I just got distracted.

But, the theme. The theme for this month’s Teens Can Write Too blog chain is researching!

And researching, as a writer, can be very…erh, interesting. And rather alarming if you are a friend that is scrolling through the writer’s history…but why would you be doing that? That’s snooping!

Many writers, including me, have frequented the baby names sites, searches on bullet wounds, strange diseases, general wounds, oh, and broken bones. Injures/wounds/illnesses are all very popular. We love to make our characters suffer, apparently.

I remember some of my research being quite strange. Some is harmless–a word in a different language, a food recipe–while some is full of injuries, recovery time, different types of comas. When I think about it, most of my research is pretty tame compared to some. I guess I’ve been fairly nice to my characters? *cues characters yelling at me* Or not.

So, if you click on your writer friend’s history accidentally, don’t be alarmed. Really.  Don’t.

Also, I apologize for this being a terribly short post. Again, I have no excuse.

A Meme and New Years Resolutions

So, my friend Nevillegirl did this at her blog. It was originally taken from The Magic Violinist blog, and she originally took it from her Mom’s blog, and…well, I’m going to do it now.

I love it when…people hug me. It gives me a warm, safe feeling.

I can’t sleep when… I’ve watched a movie like The Woman In Black.

I have a phobia of… Corresponding to the answer above, monsters of the night.

I wish I had… um, I don’t really know…a published, paid for, piece of writing I suppose.

I always smile when…  I watch The Nanny.

I need… New Pajamas. Yes. My Hello Kitty ones are getting worn.

I want… Dragonspeak. And a cool singing voice.

I think most people think I am… That quiet and polite girl.

I think strawberries are…   Delicious. Now that I’m not allergic to them any more.

I think I am… A bit of nerd, and childish. A good person, but not perfect.

My best friend thinks I am…  I don’t have a best friend. I do have a group of good friends though?  My friends I know in person probably think I’m quiet, sweet, and a bit awkward. Online– steampunk nerd(okay, everyone probably knows about my love of steampunk), nerd in general, good kind of crazy.

My family thinks I am… ME. I mean, they just know me. And I’m a combination of everything listed above, with added stuff.

I used to wear…  Lots of dresses. I still would, but being a teenager and wearing lots of dresses generally doesn’t work out well for you.

I wish I knew how to cook… dolmas. They’re so good, and I could eat them every day then! Excuse me while I try not to go to crazy at the prospect.

I wish I didn’t…  Develop habits that I have trouble breaking. Oh, and snap at people.

I’m glad I…  Have my family. Am a writer.

The last movie I saw in the theater was…  Les Miserable.

It was… Amazing, to say the least. Now I shall go bawl.

The last movie I saw on TV was.. I only have a TV that you can insert DVDs, etc in. So, the last movie I saw on it…erh…part of Pride and Prejudice? Also, on Netflix, I recently saw Hugo.

It was… Hilarious as usual. They really play Pride and Prejudice for laughs. Hugo was so steampunk that it made my heart do a little flip.

If I had a month off from everything I would… I’m not sure, really. Write more, I guess.

Today I…  Had my eyes examined. Same as last time…(this would be a good time to mention, that I wear contacts. Thats your random fact of the day, kids!)

Yesterday I…  Went to my leadership group’s meeting.

I like… lots of people, lots of things. Love really. Speaking of love, I like love. Or love love. That’s starting to sound confusing.

Well, now for  my New Years Resolutions. Now,  I’m not big on them really. I mean, I don’t usually keep them…at all. So why make them? But, I’m going to make a list anyway…these are more ‘things I hope to accomplish/and ways I hope to better myself’ then ‘New Years Resolutions’.

1. Work on not snapping at people. Yes, I know that I need to work on this.

2. Participate in FAWM. February Album Writing Month. I am writing a musical, so this should be a good resource, whether I use it for that or not.

3. Get a good solid plan(at least) for my dystopian novel. I’m obsessing a bit about it, but I’ll regret it if I stop obsessing. Or maybe that’s just me obsessing.

4. Stop wishing that fictional roleplay character was real so I could date him. This is one I’ll fail at.

5. Meet a published author. I wish it could be Eoin Colfer. Maybe. Maybe he’ll go on tour near me.

6. Get a short story, poem, etc published. Oh, I hope so.

So, there you are! Happy 2013 ya all! I love you all. ❤

Also, I hope to get the review(as it won the poll) of The Infernal Devices: The Clockwork Angel published soon.

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”

Interview With Holly Short-The End of The World

Hi, I’m Miss. Isanut from The Daily Prophet! People are saying it’s the end of the world, and we’re here to talk to Miss. Holly Short, Artemis Fowl the Second, and Foaly…Foaly who?

Foaly: Just Foaly. Foaly appears very nervous, and is wearing a hat that seems to be made of tinfoil. I nod to him.

Holly: Captain.

Miss. Isanut: What?

H: She acts frustrated. Captain! Captain Holly Short. Not Miss. I don’t mind Miss too much, but call me Captain.

M.I: Ah, well. Captain Short, what do you think of the world ending?

H.S: Interviewee is laughing hysterically.  I watch her awkwardly.

Foaly: He is whimpering.

H.S: Has recovered somewhat. Trolls. Literally. The world is really not ending. Crazies.

Foaly: May I remind you that I believe this?

H.S: Like I said, crazies.

Artemis: First time he has spoken. It is untrue–there is not one ounce of truth in it. Believe me. Smiles in a way that is reminisce of an actually scary Edward Cullen.

M.I: Sure, we believe you! I smile brightly.  Now, Foaly, I saw someone earlier who I think could be related to you–in disguise perhaps? Is this a family tradition?

Foaly: Appears to be happy. No, but she shows great taste!

H.S: Foaly…snatches his own hat, greatly resembling the womans, off his head.

Foaly: Starts to shriek. Holly!

Artemis: mutters under his breath–can just make out…Foaly…thought…friend logic…Holly…not…five…

H.S: Shut up Artemis! Apparently she can understand his muttering.

Foaly: tries to reach for his hat I need to check on Australia…he takes out his phone.

Mulch: The dwarf suddenly appears, putting the phone in his mouth. Eats it.

All Three: Mulch!

M.N: And this interview is over! Hope everyone has a good day, and enjoys the apocalypse..

~Miss. Cleo. Isanut

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THE END OF THE WORLD

CHARACTER INTERVIEWS

Participating Blogs

Magic and WordsPost

Ramblings of a Young Kiwi WriterPost

A Mirror Made of WordsPost

Want to join? Let me know in the comments!

The Blank Page

The first post. The feeling of staring at a blank screen that all some writers hate. We stare, and think, and do multiple head-desks as we try to get that first line right.

The first line the will decide if the reader continues to read or not. Or in the case of a unpublished author, if the agent will.

This post feels much like that. Will you continue to read my blog, or will you just click to the next blog you’re browsing through?

 “Yes, I have only a few pages written, but I have it all pretty well thought out. I’ve had such a time to get a suitable plot. None of the plots that suggested themselves suited a girl named AVERIL.”