Back I am, with this Write on Wednesday thing . . . sometimes the return to routine feels so good.
This week, Becca asks us to answer a series of questions, so here are my answers. Share yours if you will.
Whatâ€™s your favourite genre of writing?
I really love creative nonfiction – to read and to write. But I also love novels, more to read than to write.
How often do you get writerâ€™s block? How do you fix it?
I’m not sure I believe in writer’s block, although I believe that people do get stuck. If I do stop, I try to just push my way through or stop to meditate or take a walk.
Do you type or write by hand?
When my writing practice is in full swing, I first write by hand – in a journal, and then I type. My formal writing usually happens as I type so that I can attempt to keep my hands moving as fast as my mind. Sometimes, though, it really is nice to feel the scratch of pen on paper.
Do you save everything you write?
Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?
I have a couple of essays that I’ve been working on for years, but usually I leave things be if they don’t work after a while.
Do you have a constructive critic?
Yes, I have several dear friends who read with an eye to helping me improve my writing. I don’t always like their criticism because I get defensive, but I always appreciate it and find my writing benefits from it.
Did you ever write a novel?
Nope, and it used to be that I thought I never would. But now, in moments, I wonder if I could.
What genre would you love to write but havenâ€™t?
I used to write poetry in college, and I loved the feeling of it. And I wish I did write more, but I try to use my gifts where they lie, and mine seem to lie more fully in prose.
Whatâ€™s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?
Fiction – probably . . .
How many writing projects are you working on right now?
I’ve got a book going – slowly, and I’m working on a couple of edited collections, too. Then, there’s a whole smattering of other essays going, too. I like having multiple focii.
Do you write for a living? Do you want to?
In a matter of speaking I write for a living because I make my living by teaching writing. But come June, I will be making my income, for the most part, from writing directly. Yippee!
Have you ever written something for a magazine or newspaper?
Yep, see the list at left.
Have you ever won an award for your writing?
In grad school, I got an honorable mention or something from Writer’s Digest; I guess that’s an award. It was pretty cool.
What are your five favourite words?
Only five – sleepy, serendipity, sage, Ebenezer (I stole that one from my mom), and light
Do you ever write based on your dreams?
Sometimes . . . but mostly I guess my dreams remind me of what questions or puzzles I’m really working through. I have, however, had those moments in the middle of the night where I wake up to scribble something down, thinking it’s profound, and I wake up to read “Ron Howard’s red, fuzzy toes.” (See the film Baby Mama – yes, I did watch that and liked it – for a great scene about this.)
Do you favour happy endings, sad endings, or cliff-hangers?
All of the above.
Have you ever written based on an artwork youâ€™ve seen?
Yes, see “Reflection on Shadows” at left.
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