Writing survey


Snaked from Cherith on Tumblr.
A: What do you write?  Fanfiction, original fiction, nonfiction, articles, songs, poems, essays, plays, what?
—I write almost exclusively original fiction. I used to be into fanfic years and YEARS ago, but I’ve mostly grown out of it. I don’t consume too much, anymore, that I feel the need to improve upon, explore, or change. Or, the stuff that I do think could be done better/differently, I don’t care about it enough to spend time on it. I enjoy my own characters more than writing other people’s creations. I dabble in fanfic every few years, but it’s REALLY rare. Like, maybe once in the last five years rare.
B: How often do you write?
—Every day when I’m on a streak. The last six months, or so, I’ve gone on two or three week streaks of writing every single day. Then, I take a break because I need to rest my brain before starting another book.
C: Who is your favorite character of your own?  Who is your favorite character created by somebody else?  Why?
I think my favorite character of my own, right now, is Gwen. My favorite character of someone else’s is definitely Harry Dresden from Butcher’s Dresden Files. *fans self*
D: If you had the choice of going without writing forever or going without dinner forever, which one would you choose?
If you choose going without writing, you’re not a writer.
E: Have you ever participated in National Novel Writing Month or any of its variations?
—I’ve never completed NaNo in November, but I’ve written more than 50k in several other months of the year.
F: What’s your favorite book? Favorite author?
—Favorite author is easily Jim Butcher, but I don’t know if I could pick a favorite book. Probably Dead Beat, though I have serious fucking love for The Missing by Sarah Langan. That woman is incredible and the only reason she’s not my favorite is, I think, the fact that I have actual, physical and emotional reactions to Dresden. I am convinced I am literally (har har) in love with a fictional character.
G: What’s your least favorite book?  Least favorite author?
—The only book I’ve ever read that I really disliked enough to even think about after putting it down was Touch the Dark by Karen Chance. Jesus christ, that book was such a pile of shit. Other than that, I honestly don’t spend time thinking about what I don’t like to consider what’s my least favorite.
H: How long have you been writing?
Most of my life, at this point. I remember writing “original” stories (they were loosely based AUs--that were not that alternate--for a book series I liked) in middle school, and then moving on to fanfic for awhile after that. I went back to original fiction in high school, because fanfic feels like a waste of time to me. (I’m not saying it is for others, but for me, it feels that way.) I probably wrote and told stories before that and just don’t remember.
I: What grades do you/did you get in English class?
Always As + extra credit. It was the only thing I was any good at in school. I can’t math, science bores me, I wasn’t physically capable of a lot of what we’d do in PE and History bored me, too.
J: What does writing mean to you?
—This seems like a weird, hippy, dippy question. If you mean what do I get out of it, then the answer is enjoyment. It’s pretty much the only thing I’m good at other than cat wrangling.
K: Share an old, embarrassing work?
I would have to figure out where I left it all and then type it up. Nah.
L: What advice would you give to other writers?
The oldest advice in the book: Write. Even if you think you don’t know what’s coming next, write. I honestly don’t think there’s any better advice. Except maybe to hurt your favorite/main character as much as possible.
M: How do you feel when somebody gives harsh yet constructive criticism?
—I don’t know if I’ve ever gotten harsh criticism. This could be because I’m awesome, or it could be that I think any constructive crit isn’t harsh. I follow almost all advice I’m given. There is very rarely criticism that I don’t agree with.
N: Which writing blogs and writing help blogs do you follow?
—I don’t follow any blogs, though I’ve read enough of LKH’s blogs to know what NOT to do.
O: What motivates you to write?
Enjoyment of writing and the hope that I’ll get published one day and hopefully be able to make a living at it eventually.
P: What are your goals for things to happen to your writing? (Getting published, getting a good review, having a fandom, etc)
—I want to live off of my writing and I want people to write fanfic about Gwen’s office cat Rupert.
Q: How do you get through writer’s block?
Write. It’s literally that simple.
R: What genre do you write in?
—Almost exclusively Urban Fantasy. I’m not smart enough and I’m too lazy to do anything that doesn’t allow me to make shit up instead of doing research. I don’t think I’m good enough to write straight horror, but whatever a step below horror is, I can do that every so often.
S: Would you let a stranger off the streets read your first drafts?
Sure, as long as I’m not giving them a file they can steal. My first drafts are not usually that bad. Then again, I’m an edit-as-I-go, writer so, other than stupid typos, I usually come out of a day’s work with a pretty decent draft.
T: What’s your favorite part of the writing process?  Why?
I love reading what I just wrote and going, “… that’s too funny for me to have written. Did I do this? Who came in and did this for me?”
U: What’s your least favorite part of the writing process?  Why?
I don’t dislike anything about the actual writing process, but the trying-to-get-published part of writing blows ass.
V: What do you listen to when you write?
Usually I just have my entire music library on shuffle; Florence + The Machine really gets my brain’s juices flowing, though.
W: What’s your biggest pet peeve in writing?
In my writing, it’s probably when my brain says one word and my fingers say another. I’ll mean to type, “she took a breath” and I’ll read it over and find that my fingers typed, “she took a brick.” What are you doing, fingers? What the frame are you doing?
X: (Leave a prompt in the person’s ask box)
Y: How would you describe the perfect prose?  How would you describe your own prose?
—I like clever writing that doesn’t try too hard to go over my head. I don’t mind words that aren’t seen too much, but don’t pull out a word that most people are going to have to look up. Don’t over-describe shit. Come up with interesting and unique analogies. I like prose that can make a point and make a joke at the same time. I strive to write like this, but I don’t know if I can judge my own work, so I don’t think I could describe it.
Z: How often do you read?
Honestly, maybe three times a year. There are not many authors I like and I prefer writing to reading.

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