Tag you’re it: Writing Q & A

 Hi! I wasn’t planning to post today but I had a tag from Mollie at Mollie’s Musings to complete this. I did not want to disappoint so here it is! Please please check out the funny and interesting blog of Mollie’s and it won’t disappoint! https://molliewallace.wordpress.com

So here it is. Please enjoy and I am sorry if there are any grammar or spelling errors.

When did you first start writing? 

I started writing when I was in primary school, so five or six. When I watched a film, I was always more fascinated with how he story was created than the filming process. As with a book, my mind went back to how they came up with the concept and writing process. I felt and still feel writing is magical, transporting me into any world at any given time. 

Was being a writer something you always aspired to?

Yes. Anytime I was asked what did I want to become when I was older, I said a writer. Many have scoffed, many have laughed, many have said have realistic dreams, but to that anything is possible and I am writing write this moment so I am winning. One day, I thrive so that it will be where I am comfortable in my life and I can do writing without the worry of work.

What genre do you write?

I do not have a preference, but I would say that it is more dark fantasy, sci fi and horror. I would love to write in every genre as a tester to see where I am most comfortable but I don’t think I will be tied down to just one. I’m greedy and like it all.

Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress? 

Erm, *taps fingers against chin* I can do. It’s a story about siblings who get separated and taken by two different forces as the world around them all starts to end. It showcases their battle to become a family again but also widens their eyes to the wonders and horrors that await around each corner.

When did you start working on this project?

I started writing this at the beginning of December. It started as short story, a writing prompt from the magnificent KJ Chapman, and I haven’t stopped since.

What was your first piece that you can remember writing? 

I started when j was young and wrote much drivel. The first I remember completing clearly was The Man with two knives. It was for English class and I got a C for it.

What was it about?
It was about a child stuck under his bed alone as a man with two knives hunted him down and waited patiently to kill him. My teacher was a bit worried as I was the only one that wrote such vivid darkness in the class. My parents showed the same concern. I don’t think much has changed in my writing.

  
What’s the best part about writing?

The creation and the magic of turning a blank canvas into a thing of beauty that has the gift to touch lives or move them in a way.

What’s the worst part about writing?

Realising that you have to stop for things as mundane as sleeping. (May be that’s why I’m not a fan of the sleepy. Also Freddy Kreuger haunts my dreams – true story that)

  
What’s the name of your favourite character and why?

This one is a toughie. At the moment, I have two in my current WIP that I adore. I think my favourite is Den. She is a character from an unpublished novel I wrote the other year that’s been left on my pile to do something with. I like her as she is uncomfortable in public and interactions, blunt and has a great dry sense of humour. She says things that offends without realising but is also tough. The further the character develops, a beauty unlocks as well. The most fun to write.

How much time a day/week do you get to write? 

It’s done sporadically. Much of the time is spent writing on my phone throughout the day when at work, on my breaks and (as now) laying in bed at all times awaiting sleep to take me. Evenings and before bed is the main times.

When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)?

Morning I would say is the best time. It’s allowed me to forget about my book for a few hours and then kicks off again refreshed.

Did you go to college for writing?

No. I liked the money more so skipped sixth form and went to work. I thought the best way to learn is to get life experiences and practice writing in my free time. I now write at work for manuals and procedures which helps my grammar and things.

What bothers you more: speeling errors; punctuation, errors, or errors for grammar?

Grammar. I fail in that so much that it bothers me the most.

What is the best writing advice that anyone has given you?

Just write. If you don’t write, you don’t achieve. Just fucking do it!

What advice would you give to another writer?

Read and write, as much as possible and never be scared to put your work out there for free! Even the worst critic can give w great thing: feedback.

What are your favourite writing sites or blogs that you turn to for help, tips or encouragement?

I turn to google a lot and read interviews. Podcasts on writing help. Twitter is so much fun to engage with other writers and sour me on. Of course, WordPress 😉

Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing? 

Reading. (No brainier) spending days out with family admiring the countryside and history of England and other countries. Use to love cross fit but need to stop until knees are healed. Running, swimming. Football (watching). Going to concerts and walking. Oh and trying many new foods and restaurants and sampling alcohol (not in a refined way, I like trying new beers…and teas.)

  
What are your hobbies?

See above. Please include chess in here and board games! I love game nights! And movie nights! Oh and also watching re-runs of Psych, watching Greys anatomy and many other television series! I get hooked!

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Amazing)

Quiet by Susan Cain (needs a mention as great Factual book about introverts – a must read)

  
What’s the best movie you’ve seen this year?

Horns. I loved the book and loved the film. It probably wasn’t the greatest film that’s been made but it did the book justice. And Juno Temple is in it, which is a plus.

  
And two notable mentions:
Maleficient was also an amazing film that I saw for the first time this year! Loved the twist. (I promise I am not just picking Juno Temple films)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (A fantastic film, and as lover of comics needs a mention. Bring on Civil War, the graphic novel was amazing and the film no doubt will be too) – not a Juno Temple film, but Elizabeth Olsen was in it, and that’s a plus too 🙂

What is your favourite book or series of all time?

Favourite book is The Shining – I am sure of my favourite book as in reading quality but this one does it for me. When I read this, it was winter, snow on the ground, a chill in the air and I was wrapped up with a cold and it brought an atmosphere to it that matched the book. Was so haunting!

A mention must go to the entire Mistborn Series! 

Who is your favourite author?

There is no out and out winner. Stephen King, Brandon Sanderson, Emily St. John Mandel, Dean Koontz, Trudi Canavan etc. Here are some other writers that are not classed as authors but deserve a mention … Mick Foley; Kevin Smith, Joss Whedon, James Roday, Josh Radnor and many other screenwriters that inspire!

What are your plans for the rest of the year in terms of your writing?

In the next twelve months I hope to have my sibling story self published along with a selection of short stories flung together and published. To also delve into new territories and finish a screenplay I started awhile ago. The idea of a collaborative work has always caught my eye but that may be further on.

Where else can we find you online?

Twitter! @nobodyetal

I’m tagging in:

http://clairehuston.wordpress.com
https://ceeleeolson.wordpress.com/

http://thesecretlifeofpandas.wordpress.com/

http://smitchjack.wordpress.com/
http://sarinalangerwriter.com/
If you have already competed I am so sorry that I have missed it. If you could please let me know if you have and I would love to read it!

Here are the questions for you to answer:

When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to?What genre do you write?Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress? When did you start working on this project?What was your first piece that you can remember writing? What was it about?What’s the best part about writing?What’s the worst part about writing?What’s the name of your favourite character and why?How much time a day/week do you get to write? When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)?Did you go to college for writing?What bothers you more: speeling errors; punctuation, errors, or errors for grammar?What is the best writing advice that anyone has given you?What advice would you give to another writer?What are your favourite writing sites or blogs that you turn to for help, tips or encouragement?Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing? What are your hobbies?What’s the best book you’ve read this year?What’s the best movie you’ve seen this year?What is your favourite book or series of all time?Who is your favourite author?What are your plans for the rest of the year in terms of your writing?Where else can we find you online?

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7 thoughts on “Tag you’re it: Writing Q & A

  1. Thanks for playing along! Was fun to learn more about your writing history. Some of the best authors wrote in bed as well.
    “Just fucking do it!” is GREAT advice! The Shining was an amazing book. Although, it did live in the bottom of my drawer for a while after I read it. *shivers*
    I love tea too! It’s so delicious!
    Thanks again for participating 🙂

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  2. It’s great that you continued to write despite early opposition! Also, game nights are the best! I love getting together with family and playing Trivial Pursuit. I loved discovering more about your writing journey. This is such a great post!
    Good luck in the new year with your writing dreams!

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    1. Thank you for reading, it is much appreciated. I thought it would be hard but I chose to ignore the doubters. Yes I love game nights. Been so long since I played Trivial Pursuit. Caption it and Logo are my current favourites! Thank you for the continual support, it means so much.
      I spotted that you have been tagged to do your own Q & A. I can’t wait to find out more about you!

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      1. I’ve never played Caption It or Logo! I’ll have to look into them 🙂 I’ll try to do my Q & A after Christmas.
        And thank you for your support as well 🙂 It’s always great to find people as encouraging as you!

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