Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Writer Questionnaire from Presents of Mind

I found this questionnaire on a website: Presents of Mind - go ahead and fill out yourself on your own website, and put the link in the comments so I can check them out!
  1. Where do you write? My favorite writing space is my room in our shore house. No distractions, no TV, no music, just me and my computer.
  2. What are your writing habits? I always set aside time on the weekend to write. This is the best time for me, because I like to have a long stretch of time in one sitting.
  3. How do you write your first drafts? Scatteredly. I am working on book two, and I have several files for each scene, or set of scenes. I just compile files, and once I think I have enough, I order them, then write notes in the gaps of what needs to be written, then I go ahead and write everything. All messy, and all like a madman. 
  4. Subsequent drafts? I revise a lot, for years and years, in fact. I usually keep everything in one big file and read through it, over and over again, as I revise. Sometimes I will pull out individual sections and work on them, and then pop them back in once they're done.
  5. Do you keep a writing journal or notebook? Not currently. I have lots of notebooks, with lots of random notes, but no real journal right now.
  6. How do your organize your journal/notebook? A complete and scattered mess. 
  7. What’s your biggest challenge as a writer? Time and space. 
  8. Do you have a good luck talisman? What is it? No :(
  9. Which writers have most influenced you or inspired you? J.K. Rowling, L. Frank Baum and my fellow writers at JHU. 
  10. What genre(s) do you (aspire to) write? Young Adult, Fantasy, and Paranormal. 
  11. Any quirky habits you’ve developed? Depends on what you all quirky. Haha. Aren't all writers quirky? I have writing habits that I hate, but I'm very particular about my writing time, I need quiet, and I need to focus, and I need to be comfortable.
  12. Are you inclined to learn by primarily by
    1. reading other writers you love? Reading always makes me want to write more.
    2. using advice in writing books? Not so much.
    3. workshops and/or classes? Yes, I learn the most from class, lectures, hearing other writers talk about their writing, reading other writers in a way where I am looking to critique, and delving right into everything and lots of discussion. 
    4. hard-headed trial and error? Yes, figuring out things on my own, while having the support of other students and teachers is a great learning experience
    5. a combination of these? Yes
    6. some other method? Watching TV helps too! At least for getting ideas. 
Thank you for reading!

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