I know I just did a tag, but…whatever. Hamlette tagged me and here are my answers.
1. What genres, styles, and topics do you write about?
While I’ve flitted around from genre to genre over the years (ranging from historical fiction to dystopia to fanfiction) I’ve come to settle into westerns. Louis L’Amour’s stories have inspired me, as have so many of the western films that I love. Westerns are my happy place, my sweet spot, and I love writing them.
Styles? I don’t really know. Sometimes I tend to copy-cat whatever author I’ve read most recently – consciously or unconsciously – especially ones with a strong voice, like Suzanne Collins. Obviously, that’s a problem. I can’t really define my writing style/voice/whatever, but that’ll probably come in time.
Topics, topics, topics…I have this weird fascination with the idea of someone being thought a traitor but actually isn’t, or someone who is, in fact, a traitor, but then changes their ways. Is that an actual topic? I’ve written a couple of things centered around that, but mostly the stuff I write is all over the place.
2. How long have you been writing?
I don’t know exactly how long, but it’s been several years. The big thing that pushed me into writing was when I read Northanger Abbey in my pre- to early teens. I became obsessed with all things Jane Austen + Regency, so I started writing my own Regency novellas (they. were. wretched.) and then it branched out from there. But even before then, I’d write stories.
3. Why do you write?
1) God has given me my ability to write (however small that ability is) and I want to use that talent as best I can to bring honor to His name. So that when people compliment my writing I can turn it all back to Him.
2) It’s just plain awesomeness.
4. When is the best time to write?
For me, personally? When I write, it’s usually sometime in the mid- to late-morning. My brain’s not trying to wake up anymore and it’s not crammed full of things I’ve done during the day either. Though writing in the evening has a certain charm about it as well.
5. Parts of writing you love vs. parts you hate.
I love thinking. Thinking about how the plot could fit together, thinking of crackling, witty dialogue and lovely, brave characters who are wounded in some way, at some time, but still able to do What Needs To Be Done. I love all that. And I love listening to cool beans music as I write.
What I hate is actually sitting down and writing and realizing that all those plot twists and dialogue bits and brilliant characterization has flown from my head and all that’s left is the wreck of whatever I tried to write yesterday. (Okay, it’s not that bad. But sometimes it’s pretty close.) I also dislike writing dialogue; I feel like I can never get it to sound natural.
6. How do you overcome writer’s block?
Ignore it and hope it goes away? Usually, I pray. Then I switch back and forth between the two major projects I’ve got going right now (more about those in a minute) or I write some fanfiction. Eventually, it all works out.
7. Are you working on something at the moment?
Yup. Well, I’m not actively working on it at this very moment and I haven’t written anything in a few days, but I’ve got some things in progress: two western novels – Reese and The Bounty Hunter – and then a spot of 3:10 to Yuma fanfiction. I literally have no idea where I’m going with the fic ’cause the movie wrapped up so neatly, but I WANT TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH THESE CHARACTERS. (With *cough* one character in *cough* particular.)
8. Writing goals this year?
Write every day. Seems unreachable, but I haven’t been trying hard enough.
Feel free to snag this tag if you want to. It’s open to anyone, as far as I’m concerned. 🙂