There is one question that most writers hate to answer.
"What sort of stuff do you write?"
That, and, "What do you like to read?"
The answer to both is, "EVERYTHING."
But we can't say say that, because the person asking us is probably looking for specifics. But then, as most of us do, we start to ramble.
"Well, I write a lot of fantasy, but sometimes I get tired of that, so I try to branch out by writing dystopian, sci-fi, romance, short stories, poems, horror, medieval fantasy, middle-grade, YA, picture books, fan-fiction--especially Harry Potter fan-fiction--non-fiction, historical fiction, contemporary, and any combination thereof. Oh, and I have a blog."
Then sometimes they ask what I blog about.
After I figured out that I was just substituting the answer, "EVERYTHING" for a longer version of the same exact response, I started coming up with shorter answers.
"I write a lot of fantasy. Mostly middle-grade. Kids are fun to write for."
"I've been writing a lot of young adult contemporaries recently. I'm trying to branch out a little."
"I've been experimenting with poetry. Our local library's annual poetry contest is coming up, and I really want to submit something great."
I have to stop myself from saying, "But that's not all I write! I also write [insert extremely long list here]."
Because how can I sum up what I do every day in just a few short sentences?!
Even questions like, "What have you been writing recently?" is hard to answer, because every day I write something different. Every. Day. Some days it's a blog post like this one, other times it's a chapter of my YA dystopian novel, and sometimes I edit my YA medieval fantasy novella. But I can't just say, "Hmm, mostly fantasy, though I write other stuff, too."
But after a long, long time of getting this question and not knowing what to say, I've finally come up with the perfect response.
"Do you want the long answer or the short answer?"
How about you? How do you answer these questions? Leave a comment!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I, uh, well . . .
I am a 17-year-old homeschooler, author, daydreamer, voracious reader, introvert, feminist, klutz, fangirl, and overuser of tape. I love the impossible (which might explain my obsessions with fantasy novels and Harry Potter) but I dip into the real world . . . occasionally. I tend to get overly emotional over my OTPs and eat sushi or listen to Taylor Swift to soothe the pain. If all else fails, reruns of “Doctor Who” or “Supernatural” is sure to help. I’m a big fan of mismatched socks, Cheez-Its, and bittersweet endings. I believe anything Rainbow Rowell, Felicia Day, or Lin-Manuel Miranda touches turns to gold. If you want to win the way to my heart, help me adopt a baby elephant. Or a llama. Or both. I write to survive and will often yell at my characters if they aren’t behaving, which is always. It doesn’t usually help. I am a contributor to the "Fauxpocalypse" anthology. You can follow me on Twitter at @Magic_Violinist.