Am I A Writer?

Tagged myself, off Michelle!

Which words do you use too much in your writing?

Too many little words – "and then", "he realised" "at that moment", that sort of thing. My characters also have a tendency to grin a lot, unless I rein them in. I once made an Excel chart by using the search option in Word and tabulating the results of my overused words – lots of "so" and "the next day" came up.

Which words do you consider overused in stuff you read?

I haven't had this problem in any books that I've enjoyed. Usually, if a book is badly written, it's not so much a matter of repetition as a certain tendency to wander all over the place.

What's your favourite piece of writing by you?

This is going to sound ridiculous, since I’m most proud of my current novel The Face of A Lion (agent hunting as we speak!) but the stories I always remember are the one I wrote in first grade, about a boy named Aldo, the one I wrote in fourth grade, called The Strange Girl (about a new girl at a school) and a short story/prose poem I wrote about 15 years ago called Eyes of the Sky, about a couple walking down the street... I think I’ve posted that one on the Forum; I’ll try to find the link.

What blog post do you wish you'd written?

I’ll echo Michelle: “Anything funny.” Or something educative and fun, like a Miss Snark or Nathan Bransford post.

Regrets, do you have a few? Is there anything you wish you hadn't written?

Oh no, not at all!

How has your writing made a difference? What do you consider your most important piece of writing?

I hope readers enjoy the stories. I hope they learn something, anything, even if it’s just a word they’ve never seen before. I’m not sure if important is the right word, but the most complete and fully edited novel I’ve got is The Face of A Lion.

Name three favourite words

These change all the time. Right now I’m into bizarre, blatherskite, wariangle and moose. That’s four, I know.

...And three words you're not so keen on

Suck, Abitibi-Temiscamingue and... well, there are others but I seem to have thankfully blocked them out of my brain

Do you have a writing mentor, role model or inspiration?
Oh my. What brilliant writer isn’t an inspiration? But I love the clarity and density of writers like Dickens, Tolkien, Sayers, etc.

What's your writing ambition?

To publish! And then to be able to start thinking beyond that, once I do...

Plug alert! List any work you would like to tell your readers about.

Glad to!
See this post for a list of YA authors from the Forum
Go read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and An Echo in the Bone, and Joanna Bourne's The Spymaster's Lady and My Lord and Spymaster, if you haven’t already done so
Check out Silent Women by Ingrid Berzins Leuzy
Follow the links on the right to other writers’ blogs, to see what they’re up to
Travelling to London? Check out Marsha Moore’s 24 Hours London
And if you’re an agent, let me know, and I’ll send you the first 10 pages of The Face of A Lion!

Do the tagging thing.

Anyone who’s reading, you’re it!

Further rules from Michelle: If you have time to do this meme, then please link to my original [and here], then link to three to five other bloggers and pass it on, asking them to answer your questions and link to you. You can add, remove or change one question as you go. You absolutely do not have to be what you may think of as a "published" or "successful" writer to respond to this meme, I hope people can take the time to reflect on what their blogging [writing!] has brought them and how it has been useful to others.
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