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Writing Meme: Write Anything

I’s not a Monday but I am bored. Here you go – three questions to answer:

1. List one of your writing goals for the upcoming month and how likely you are to accomplish it.

Write a lot of science network wa articles? Accomplishing it is easy as far as going through my feed reader and sending off potential ideas to my editor, getting the ok and then contacting the people involved. Then I freak out about interviewing them, interview them and then I freak out about writing the articles. My editor gets them though.

2. What genre or subject you would like to write about that you aren’t currently?

I would like to write mystery/crime fiction – have started a novel along those lines but it is on haitus till Sedition is done. I have already cut my teeth on a fantasy one, done the erotica, done the romance, comedy creeps into everything and I am not interested in writing horror.

3. What is your writing lifestyle, habits? How do you manage the interruptions with your writing? How do you stay positive? Believe in your writing success?

Articles generally have to get written before a particular expiry date. Otherwise things seem to get done when I have time to do them. A lot of people ask me to volunteer my time for their pet problems and projects.

There will be blood shed if I have actually managed to not only find time to write but also be in the mood to do so and someone interrupts me for a reason other than bringing me snacks, chocolate, tea or coke. I will probably get really angry. A glare usually works until they interrupt to apologise.

It is difficult. Last week, I felt like I hadn’t achieved much but on the other hand, I had a lot of fun things happen. It can get hard during the winter and it can get difficult when you are concerned about cash etc. but I can’t dwell on it for too long. I go write my sandbox stuff or binge on chocolate and coke and try to get my backlog of work done or I go to sleep and dream. All work with varying degrees of success depending on the situation.

I guess I believe in it because I KNOW I can write. I just know.  It’s like knowing when you love someone , you just know. There is no fanfare. I just don’t know if the way I write or what I write about is what anyone else wants to read. And  I seem to be able to write reviews. I wrote feature articles for awhile. And apparently I can write science articles, who knew? So yes, belief in my ability is easy enough. Belief that others will like what I have to say is a bit more difficult.

4. Are you a pantser or plotter?

I answered this before but ok. I am not sure. I don’t worry about the plot mcuh anymore. I know what needs to happen for the most part because it’s the interaction between my characters that creates the plot. So I just do any needed research for settings etc and think a lot about my characters. Things tend to flow logically for me.

5. Who are two of your favorite current authors and why?

Kerry Greenwood who does both the Phryne Fisher detective series and this awesome baker series (a baker who solves mysteries). She has awesome heroines. Phryne Fisher just doesn’t give a damn for the most part, she’s blunt and she doesn’t make a huge spectacle of her emotions and she does what she wants even if it includes sleeping with half the young male population in 1920s Melbourne. The first book is called Cocaine Blues. Everyone who has read it has become an instant fan.

Terry Pratchett and I don’t think I need to explain why. He and Kerry Greenwood think. They do their research. They know that they have to make their genre’s setting believable. It maybe fantasy or historical but every detail has to be thought out – it has to feel like it could very well be real to the reader.

The real reason a lot of would be authors don’t get published? They forget to make their setting believable with the right decor, language, weather, landscape … whatever it may be.

And it isn’t easy to write about modern day settings either. I once used the word “naught” till someone told me that in 2005, normal average people didn’t say that anymore. Just pedantic editors and writers like me. My character is not an editor so she is now not allowed to say “naught” which pisses her off to no end.

6. How does your family feel about your writing?

My family thinks I am going to win the Booker Prize. They want me to win so that they can retire on the prize money. 😐 My mom might be reaching the ends of her patience. She wants Sedition done soon.
The meme came from here. You can answer it as well on your own blog – feel free to let me know if you do so that I can come take a look.

Marisa is a globetrotting freelance writer, journalist and editor with cat for hire (her, not the cat). She is currently based in Melbourne.

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