1. I do not write from outlines for fiction. — I am a panster and I love it. I found out in high school that writing and outline felt like I had written the entire thing and I lost all passion for the project. That is not to say that I don’t know where the end point is, just that I don’t know how I’m going to get there.
2. I write differently for every story. — I’m sure there’s a basic level of my writing that is there, but each story has a different voice. The assassin boys talk very differently and observe the world differently than the mother who’s looking for a cure to her daughter’s life-threatening illness. And while I tend towards Hemingway — though I despise the man — I am capable of writing more poetically.
3. My biggest challenge is describing locations. — I have very distinct places in my head when I write, but I often forget that the person reading the story has no idea what I’m seeing. I do dialog and banter very well, but I forget to tell people that my characters in the mid-century modern living room as opposed to the French-country farmhouse kitchen. I’m working on it.
4. I cannot resist a challenge. — I do 3-Day Novels and Nanowrimo, and everything in between. I’ve done 25 word stories. I used to crush alphabet challenges. Right now, my biggest challenge is getting things finished in time for my deadlines.
5. I am a hard-core genre writer. — I write horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and the occasional mystery. I don’t stray outside of them, though I may straddle the area between them. (Sci-fi mystery noir for example) I tried to write a story for a lit mag and it just about killed me. Straight up “literary fiction” is not my bailiwick. I would never have started reading it if it weren’t for having friends in the genre. (Fight Club’s literary fiction right?)
6. I cannot spell well. — My vocabulary is spectacular. I just can’t spell things. My best reference is a dictionary that we’ve had in the house-hold since I was a tiny tot. Just to be clear: “surprise” vs. “suprize”. On the other hand I can spell “antidisestablishmentarianism” without looking it up. I would suggest that we spell things the way they sound, but that’s practically un-American these days. This is why I need beta readers.
7. I generally only edit my own work once. — I’ve gotten used to sending things out into the world without editing more than once. It’s not that they’re perfect (they aren’t) but I’ve battered my internal editor into a corner. I could be a perfectionist, but I refuse to let it happen.
So there’s seven things you didn’t ask about, but now you know.