Well, my fellow word artists. It's that time once again! Time for BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE!! WOOHOOO!
If you don't know, Beautiful People is a writerly linkup by the fabulous Cait, previously of the Notebook Sisters, now of Paper Fury, and Sky at Further Up and Further In. Basically, you answer the questions of the month and add the url of your post to the linky! SO FUN!! :D Here's the link to this month's questions!
This month, the questions are aimed at us, the authors! HOW FRIGHTFULLY EXCITING!
1. How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’?
I've been writing since I was ... mmmmmmmm ... 4. But, as I have yet to finish a first draft (I'm easily distracted, whoops), I still don't really consider myself a "writer."
2. How/why did you start writing?
Oh goodness, it was so long ago .... One day as a little tyke, I just wrote (and illustrated lol) a 4-page (two were pictures) story entirely in crayon, and that was that. I've never really stopped. Not for very long, anyway.
3. What’s your favorite part of writing?
*gasp* What a hard question!! Hmm ... plotting. I don't mean planning, like outlining or whatnot, but PLOTTING. This scene connects to this one, and this person could be this, and OMG WHAT IF THIS PERSON DID THAT AND THEN THAT'S WHY SUCH AND SUCH HAPPENS OMG IT ALL CONNECTS AHAHAHA I AM A GENIUS. Figuring out backstory and secrets that connects with whatever web of deceit I've weaved and have it all make sense is just the best feeling. XD
4. What’s your biggest writing struggle?
Everything else. You name it, I struggle with it. Flat characters, weak or no subplots, making things too easy for the characters, no description, figuring out the ending, having driving motives for the characters, ACTUALLY WRITING THE BOOK. I'm a mess. XD
5. Do you write best at night or day?
Day, I guess. Though I haven't really tried writing at night too much ... maybe I should. ;)
6. What does your writing space look like? (Feel free to show us pictures!)
My laptop in my room! The lighting is bad at night, which is when I took this pic. Aaand it was taken with my crappy ipod camera. BUT let me describe what you're seeing:
On the table, my laptop, as well as pens and pencils and scrap paper on the corner of the table. Above the table, (one of my) calendars, writing advice and questions, as well as a picture bought from the marvelous Mirriam Neal, and a watercolor painting I made once. On the bookshelf: my books. Obviously. Well, some of them. It's not a very big bookshelf. On top of the bookshelf is my writing idea binder (that big pink one in the corner), empty notebooks, some school folders, and various misc., including candles, two Jars of Good Things, more pencils pens etc., and my own version of the three stooges:
Left to right; Jeff, Steve, Fred. Jeff officiated Fred's wedding once! No, he wasn't marrying Steve. He married Sally, but we killed her (aka threw her in the garbage. What? They're just pipe cleaner and feather!). Jeff is a good guy, very responsible and nice. Steve is a troublemaker. Fred is constantly having an identity crisis. Wait, what were we talking about before?
7. How long does it typically take you to write a complete draft?
8. How many projects do you work on at once?
Technically just one, though there's one co-authored work that's always lurking.
9. Do you prefer writing happy endings, sad ones, or somewhere in between?
Never quite got there, but I've always planned happy, satisfying endings.
10. List a few authors who’ve influenced your writing journey.
Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm what? Idk man.
11. Do you let people read your writing? Why or why not?
Only Sunny, we've basically always sent our WIPs back and forth to each other. Sometimes my brother, he's surprisingly supportive. I don't like showing other people because they might a) not "get" it, b) be criticizing/condescending, c)look at me funny, OR, if it's my parents, I just cringe from the thought of them being any of those things listed above, or even worse, be ooey-gooey-goopy supportive. You know that voice adults use to compliment a three-year-old on their crayon scribble art? That. That's the voice I don't want to hear used on me. Because it has been used before, and I hate it. I feel babied and patronized, even though they're legitimately proud and supportive. And I DON'T FREAKING WANT ADVICE, OK?! I'M THE ONE WHO'S SPENT HOURS POURING OVER WRITING BLOGS FULL OF PROFESSIONAL WRITING ADVICE! I'VE SPENT YEARS OF MY LIFE DEVOURING BOOKS! JUST STOP.
*cough* Or something along those lines.
12. What’s your ultimate writing goal or dream?
Finish a freaming (more intense than "freaking," less than "fricking,") draft, edit it up all fabulous, get it published! Of course I always daydream about some famous director...producer...person... wanting to turn it into a movie (picture the stereotype of a girl pretending to accept an award or the Miss America crown, and you'll be close), but that's so hilarious it's not even funny.
13. If you didn’t write, what would you want to do?
The other things that I already do when I'm not writing! That is to say ... nothing I could make a living out of. XD
14. Do you have a book you’d like to write one day but don’t feel you’re ready to attempt it yet?
I think so ... but I don't remember what it is right now .... If I think of it, I'll edit it in. X)
15. Which story has your heart and won’t let go?
That I've read, or written? Because I don't have an answer for either. LOL sorry to be boring. XD
AND that's about it, folks! I feel like I didn't have as many answers as I should have. Or at least, not as many fun or exciting answers. :/ Oh well. Maybe I'll do better next month! ^.^ Thanks, Cait and Sky, for this always enthralling linkup!