Seven Things (Or my writer friend tagged me and now I’m “It.”)

My friend Tamela Ritter tagged me on this meme. So, in case you’re interested, here’s 7 things about my writing. (Gosh, who could I ever tag on this… Briane)

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.


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One response to “Seven Things (Or my writer friend tagged me and now I’m “It.”)

  1. OK, so I say seven things about MY writing and then tag another author? I’ll try to think of someone for that. I’ll go get started now and then post it tomorrow or Monday maybe.

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