A delightful end to a crappy week! Dronstad who blogs over at the Dronstad Writing Blog has graciously nominated me for the Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you dronstad!
Now, I must answer the seven questions he’s asked.
- What got you to writing?
It all started when I was in the sixth grade. My teacher gave us a creative writing assignment of maybe two or three paragraphs. I write several pages…just couldn’t help myself! From then on, I knew I would be a writer someday.
- Who is your favorite author and genre?
I have a lot of favorites. Franz Kafka tops the list, but I also love Flannery O’Connor, Mitch Albom, Isaac Bashevis Singer, oh and Anton Chekov. It is easier to explain the genres and types of writing I don’t like. Romance/Sci-Fi (to me they are one and the same), gratuitous violence, contrived, too-good-to-be-true happy endings. I like stuff that kind of kicks you in the gut; writing with surprising yet believable twists.
- What is the main reason as to why you started the blog?
I began blogging to get my name put there as a freelance writer & editor. Plus, I like to write & wanted to meet like-minded people.
4. What motivates you to write?
Where freelancing is concerned, money is an effective motivator :-). Otherwise, I’ll have an idea floating around in my head and eventually something happens or someone says something will bring the idea full-circle. When that happens, I have no choice but to write. If I don’t, I will implode.
- What’s the meaning of writing to you?
To me, the written word is a legacy. It has an energy all its own and will be here long after I am gone.
- List your goals for writing?
I’ve attained a few of my writing goals:
- becoming a freelance writer
- published a book of short stories (Gutter Ball)
- helped other writers get published
- Someday, I hope to be a household name, to be really well-known for my writing
- What is your advice for beginning writers?
Write what hurts you in your heart and soul. Write what’s difficult for you. Be fearless. Take writing classes. Never give up!