Monday, September 2, 2013

Another Writerly Meme

Stealing this from Beth at "Rainbows and Penguins."

What was your first-ever piece of writing?

Gosh, it must've been this short story I wrote when I was around six about a ball and a frisbee. The ball and the frisbee wanted to play together. The ball suggests catch, but the frisbee points out that he doesn't have any hands. The frisbee suggests frisbee, but the ball points out that he doesn't have any hands. The ball says, "I know! Let's race! You can roll and I can bounce!" So they race until it's time to go to bed. The End.

How old were you when you first began writing? 

Around six, so for about seven years now.

Name two writing goals. One short term & one long term.  

Short term: Finishing Cosmo before NaNoWriMo this year. 

Long term: Getting published. ;)

Do you write fiction or non-fiction?

99.99% of the time it's fiction, but once in a blue moon I'll write non-fiction. Very rarely. Extremely rarely.

Bouncing off of question 4, what's your favorite genre to write in? 

Fantasy, fantasy, fantasy.

One writing lesson you've learned since 2013 began.

Getting critiques can be hard sometimes, but it's so worth it.

Favorite author, off the top of your head!

J.K. Rowling.

Three current favorite books.

Currently? Harry Potter 1-7, The Hunger Games, and The Host. But best books I've read recently are Wonder, How I Lost You, and The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet.
Biggest influence on your writing {person}: 

For a person that I don't know (but wish I did know): J.K. Rowling.

People that I do know: My parents.

What's your go-to writing music?

It depends on the book I'm writing (each book has a different soundtrack) but Taylor Swift is always great. I love listening to the music from the album "The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond." Classical music is great, too.

List three to five writing quirks of yours! Little habits, must-haves as you write, etc.

1. There always seems to be a scene in a forest (if it's a fantasy novel).
2. Most of my main characters are nerds.
3. A boy named Jamie keeps popping up.
4. My bully always has one or two "minions" who just stand there and do nothing.
5. Every single antagonist of mine has a raging temper.
What, in three sentences or less, does your writing mean to you?

I am a god. I can create new worlds, new people, friends that always stay with me, magical creatures, and anything else I can dream up. The sky isn't the limit: my imagination is.

Tag, you're it! :D Leave a link to your post in the comments (if you decide to do one).


Boquinha said...

Awwww, thanks! I love these (as you know). I enjoy reading them and I enjoy doing them.

I love to hear details about your writing process and I love to learn about your quirks. A boy named Jamie keeps popping up?? That's news to me! Such a fun post - thanks for sharing!

Boquinha said...

Oh, and writing non-fiction is fun, too (in a different way than writing fiction of course). Many of your blog posts are technically non-fiction, wouldn't you say? ;)

The Magic Violinist said...

@Boquinha Specifically a little brother. I have no idea why. XD

*Facepalm* Duh! I guess I do more than .1% of non-fiction, then.

Grace Robinson said...

Love this! What a good point Boquinha made about blog posts being non-fiction! And here I was thinking that I wrote 99.9% fiction, too, but I guess not! :-P

That last set of questions got me thinking - about some of my writing habits and quirks. First off, I write long stuff. My short stories usually wind up being novellas, despite my best efforts. :-P And I always have a female protagonist. Even in my epic fantasy stories that have a large ensemble cast, there are more women characters than men. I'm not trying to write feminist stories - I guess I just feel more comfortable writing females because I am one. :-P

The Magic Violinist said...

@Grace Robinson Ha, I envy you. ;) No matter how hard I try, my stories are always just too short. My longest short story was maybe 2,000 words. MAYBE.

I've never written a story with a male protagonist, which my brother pointed out to me a couple years ago. I always have boys in my stories, sure, but they're usually secondary characters. It's just so much easier to write female characters since, as you said, I am one, but I think I'm going to try and stretch myself. ;) I love a good challenge!

Beth said...

Oh I loved reading this! :) My favorite question was the writing quirks. It's so interesting to think about. I always have forest scenes as well! Actually, right now half my novel is in a forest... ;) There's just something magical about forests and how mysterious they are.

The Magic Violinist said...

@Beth Ha! :D I had just finished editing a scene in a forest when I read this comment.

Yup! I completely agree. The magic that happens in my forest scenes is completely off the hook.

Dr. Mark said...

It's always fun to learn more about your writing process. I knew a lot of what you shared, but there were some new tidbits, too.

99.99%? You were just using hyperbole, weren't you? ;)

The Magic Violinist said...

@Dr. Mark Yes. ;)

Roselle Zubey said...

I love your answers to those questions. My favorite author is Daniel Silva (as you know). I also like Nicholas Sparks and Danielle Steel because they write in my genre. I write love stories/women's fiction. My go to writing music are film scores by John Williams, James Horner, and the late Jerry Goldsmith. I listen to these composers like they're composing classical music. My writing means a lot to me. My metaphor for writing is giving birth because you're bringing something into the world that didn't exist before