On Writing

Questions and more questions

We’re way overdue for a new post over here. It’s been a busy several weeks, and I’m feeling as if I need to do something writing-esque this evening, but not feeling up to starting the new chapter I need to begin.

So I did some searching and found this list of questions to ask writers instead!

Not all of them apply (not being a published author), but I thought I’d answer the ones that do. If you want to weigh in on some of the questions yourself, feel free!

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

I’m not certain what is meant by a “literary pilgrimage”, but I am going to assume that some sort of book took hold of you in some way that you felt as if you wanted to visit that place.

I’ve done a couple of those. One was Ossining, New York, the town that Sleepyside, in the Trixie Belden books, was based upon.

It looked nothing like I expected it to.

I also visited the childhood home of Maud Hart Lovelace, who wrote the Betsy-Tacy series, set in Mankato, Minnesota (called Deep Valley in the books).

Again, it didn’t look like I expected it to.

But as the books were written long before I visited the places, I expect that they would be different.

What is the first book that made you cry?

I have no idea. I do distinctly remember getting very weepy over Anne of Green Gables. But i have no idea whether that was the first book that ever made me cry.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

That’s an interesting question. I am not a high energy person. I’m not someone who usually gets energized by much of anything.

But I usually have one of two experiences when I write. I either (a) find the words very difficult to get out and nothing comes and I’m tired and I don’t feel like pushing or (b) time goes by very very quickly and I’m immersed.

Not energized, per se, but when time flies, I’m definitely not exhausted.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

In terms of getting moving on writing, the Internet. Huge time suck.

As far as what writing traps I fall into?

Description is always an effort for me, and I tend to be kind of trite and repetitive when I try to describe things. I use a lot of dialogue tags, too. I’m trying to get better about that.

Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

I think I’ve been in reader’s block for a long time now. I used to get antsy if I didn’t have a book in progress with me to read. I’m one of those who’d read the back of deodorant bottles in the bathroom.

But now that I have a phone I lug everywhere, I don’t read as much.

And I often have so many other things on my to do list that reading gets shoved into a corner.

I do listen to scripture regularly, and I currently am buying audible Nero Wolfe books to listen in the car to. My mom enjoys those, too. And inspired by that, I am doing a reread of the other Nero Wolfe books not available on books-on-tape.

But that’s only a recent phenomenon. I haven’t done much reading in a long time. Unheard of for my 13 year old version of myself.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I don’t really try to be original, per se. I just write what I like to read and hope that readers like what I put out.

Those are a few to start with! I might come back later and post some more. 🙂 What about you?