I found this questionnaire here, and considering myself a writer, I set out to complete it. There.
(Okay, that may have sounded a trifle grumpy. Sorry. I just don't really like writing all those intro paragraphs - I just prefer going on to the actual post. But I do apologise for the grumpiness. I was too hasty and I admit it. NOW we can start the post. Heehee.)
1. How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’?
I've been writing ever since I could, honestly. I don't remember writing away though, as a little kid, I rather remember drawing and drawing away. But I did write, because I still have my old tiny stories. My earliest one was about a lady called Lisa who married and got twin girls and about fifteen words long. SO CUUUTE.
I officially called myself a writer when I realised I had finished my very first book. That was when I was twelve, thirteen. I had written loads of unfinished stories and some finished ones before I had reached that age of course, but I had always considered it as 'just a hobby.' But when I realised I had finished something, I suddenly realised, 'Hey. I am a writer.' That was a great moment. :-)
2. How/why did you start writing?
I honestly can't remember how and why I started. As I said, I was really young when I was already penning down nonsense.
3. What’s your favourite part of writing?
(I changed favorite to favourite. Yes blogger, you MAY put a red squiggly line under 'favorite.')
My favourite part of writing? Oh my word, I don't think I know. Yes, I do know - the characters. I LOVE creating characters - ones that have never been created before. Lovable and funny ones, annoying, spoilt and funny ones, sweet and soppy ones. The variation is everlasting and I LOVE mixing this and that to make my own character.
4. What’s your biggest writing struggle?
Does editing count? Yes. It probably does.
I am becoming better and better at finishing things, so that isn't the issue anymore (last year, that was definitely my biggest struggle - finishing things) but what I really do not enjoy is editing. Read through, chopping out, filling in. I know it has to be done (of course it has to be done) so I do it, but I do not enjoy it and I'm not that good at it either.
5. Do you write best at night or day?
I never write in the night, but I must say I write well in evenings because it's the only time our house is relatively quiet. Haha.
6. What does your writing space look like? (Feel free to show us pictures!)
I recently posted about this here, but honestly I've gone back to writing on my bed. My bed and I- we are just SO inseparable (yes, doesn't that sound lazy?), but it's just so comfortable and warm and such a good place to concentrate things in. I am now blogging on my bed. I read in my bed. I write my books here. BED, I LOVE YOU.
7. How long does it typically take you to write a complete draft?
My minimum is a month - normally two to three. But then it depends on the book. I can pretty easily manage a children's book in two months. One month, if it's a holiday.
8. How many projects do you work on at once?
Well, I always have about two running seriously, but now and then I'll click on a new fresh file and start a few paragraphs when ideas strike. Now I'm tackling 'Pen-Enemy' (the one I put the beginning of on my blog) and a novel about a bubbly, extroverted girl who can't live without colours. I 've actually only started the latter - only two pages haha - so it might just be one of those, 'start and leave' things I have millions of. But I hope it isn't, because I love the character already.
9. Do you prefer writing happy endings, sad ones, or somewhere in between?
Haha, I was talking about this yesterday, with a Church friend.
Ugh, I hate sad endings. The Book Thief, although absolutely glorious and amazing and beautiful, can not totally gain my praise because of the sad ending (my goodness, I CRIED so much.) And Gone with the Wind? I adore the book, but what even about that ending.
I don't really mind a book with some bittersweet, honeylike things - like Rilla of Ingleside - it's sad, because loved ones have died, but the ending gives you a happy feeling inside. So yes, I go for happy endings - or at least ones that give you a gooey, satisfying feeling. SERIOUSLY. (I'm looking at you, Julian Fellowes.)
10. List a few authors who’ve influenced your writing journey.
Roald Dahl (people say my style is a little like him, in my children's books), Markus Zusak (that guy has talent, such impeccable talent), My darling Lucy Maud Montgomery (I read the Blue Castle yesterday... again), Emma Anderson, Margaret Mitchell, Laura Ingalls, LYNN AUSTIN and Amy Dashwood.
11. Do you let people read your writing? Why or why not?
When I finish things, YES, all the WAY!!! My siblings read my stuff, my cousins, my uncles, my grandparents... I'm lucky enough to get quite an amount of readers that way. I have a cousin who asks me questions as if I'm a bestselling author. "Naomi, I'm SO excited to be talking to a real live author!"
When I'm in the middle of things, not as many people read my stuff, of course, but I don't mind when they do. My sister often comes and reads stuff whilst I'm writing (over my shoulder, which makes me nervous), and I let Emma read everything she wants to.
So yes, I do let people read my writing. I don't mind stuff like that. ;-P
12. What’s your ultimate writing goal or dream?
Honestly, I've gotta be honest - I'm a girl who dreams huge, so it's to be a famous authoress. Best-selling, and all that. I cling and I hope and I believe God can bring me there if He has that plan for me. If that doesn't happen, however, I just hope to make people happy with books. Make my siblings and people-who-read-it HAPPY. I love cheering people up, and doing that via my writing is just my favourite thing on earth.
13. If you didn’t write, what would you want to do?
14. Do you have a book you’d like to write one day but don’t feel you’re ready to attempt it yet?
Yes, a really nice romantic book. With serious stuff that don't sound weird and nonsensical. I'm good at writing funny nonsense, I am. But serious, beautiful, tear-jerking romances? I'm not ready for that yet. But I'm going to one day. :-)
15. Which story has your heart and won’t let go?
You mean one of my stories?
At the moment I'm loving my 'Pen-Enemy.' I completely love Martin (at the moment, he's a grown up, and such a jolly sport) and I must say my little plot is heaven to write in.
Choose one of these questions and answer it in the comments!
(Okay mum. Please.)