I was tagged by Rebcake (Becca, I had no idea you had another blog) for a writing tag of sorts. Now, I am not a Canva wizard with money to spend on those countless one-dollar beasties, so instead of trying to finnick with the free images for hours, I figured the quality, conciseness and intrigue of the answers was more important than graphic design. Some things just don’t click with me.
I. What genres, styles and topics do you write about?
Stellar question. When I don’t have a new story rolling around in my head, I write anthropomorphic animal fiction. As in, talking horses. But it sounds more dignified when you use large words to describe it. If I happen to not be in a anthromporphism mood, then I write brutally innacurate historical fiction.
As for topics, I try very hard in my stories to avoid orphans. Pick up any book on the shelves of your local library these days and there’s a 70% chance it features an orphan. Can’t we have some parental supervision these days? I wouldn’t think of giving any of my characters mental instability by removing all of their parental attachment. The cruelest it gets is losing one of them, and even so, they’re forever remorseful over it.
Other things to be avoided: any kind of magic, too much shipping, academies of special people (where’s the idiot academy?) and most “E.S.” stories. E.S. is an acronym used commonly in my notes. It stands for “enigmatical something”, meaning, some sort of thing that every single blasted person knows about and wants except the people irrelevant to your story. The Lord of the Rings, although I really don’t like it, is a classical E.S. story. I usually use the acronym in a annoyed/sarcastic tone, e.g. All this story needs is something to go between part C and part D. Oh, I know! An orphan with an E.S.!
Well, I have spent a lot of time talking about the things I don’t like to write about. So it is safe to assume that I like to write about the things I have not mentioned. Proof by counter-example.
II. How long have you been writing?
I got interested in writing via an online course I took that gave me a bounty of information on how to write, which happened sometime in 2014. But I had been making up stories long before then.
When I was around six years old, I began playing out stories in my head before I fell asleep at night. Most of the time they revolved around this kid named Tony (heavily based on my brother Mac) whose dad was a police officer, and, naturally, went on crime-fighting, mystery-solving adventures that were a lot of fun to think about. Of course, looking back on it, it was awfully cheesy, but I was six.
phase three to four year obsession, I began making up animal stories due to my love of animals and the fact that I began to like Tony’s German Shepherd Trooper (made up in the second year of my playing those adventures) better than Tony himself. So I dibbled with those for awhile. But my ‘big break’ was Nanowrimo 2015, when I finally sat down and wrote 40,000 words. I haven’t stopped since.
III. Why do you write?
This is the part where all eloquence flees my mind.
I write because I have stories that need chronocling. As anti-climactic as that is.
Wow, this is oppressively short.
IV. When is the best time to write?
They say that Nanowrimo builds habits. I believe them. I get up before eight every morning, eat an egg and some turkey sausage, read some Bible, then sit at the computer and write for at least an hour. So, morning, I suppose.
This sounds all hunky-dory but I get writer’s block like crazy, so most of the time I only end up with a few hundred words.
V. What do you love about writing?
I love the imagination involved in creating characters and stories and worlds.
I love the tingly feeling I get when I make something that’s actually good.
I love the big thought trains my words buy tickets for and the long discussions they incite.
I love the research I end up doing and the knowledge I gain that was sparked through a simple question I thought up while writing – What does miso soup taste like? What even is miso soup?
(FYI: Miso soup is a Japanese broth made out of soybeans. I have tried and I have to say that if you haven’t had it, you’re not missing much.)
VI. What do you hate about writing?
I hate it when I spend effort and brain cells making something up and then realise that it’s already been written.
I hate it when words don’t behave as they should.
I hate it when I can’t eke out any words despite my most violent efforts.
I hate it when I have a brilliant idea just waiting to be written and then I forget it.
I hate it when I get distracted.
And I hate writing culture. Sorry. I believe in happy endings and moral choices, despite the critics who call that uninteresting and psycologically boring. I’ll show ’em.
VII. How do you overcome writer’s block?
I switch projects. I go write something else. And I wonder why I can’t seem to finish anything.
VIII. Are you working on something at the moment?
Indeed. The votes have pointed towards Dog Story, which I began – ha! This morning!
IX. What are your writing goals this year?
Camp Nanowrimo (July 2017)
15,000 words of Dog Story
Nanowrimo (November 2017)
Editing Camp Nanowrimo Project from April
Indeed, I realise that this post is nearly one thousand words long! For your cooperation, you have won access to something you may or may not be interested in.
A members-only page for those who make it through posts!
Yay! Free stuff!
But – there’s a catch. To get your classified information, you must answer the comprehension question below:
What was the name of Tony’s German Shepherd?
The answer, which is case-sensitive, is the password to the page. If you can remember the answer, then you will find out the title of the long-awaited Dog Story. And it’s a pretty awesome title, if I may say so myself.
Good luck and good day!