Writer’s Tag and I’m it!

There’s still four weeks for anyone to participate in OOO October’s Outta the Drawer Originals and I really hope you guys will help it catch on!

This week I have a double post because I was lucky enough to be tagged by Ari Meghlen for a Writer’s Tag, created by Ari and Lorraine Ambers. Thanks Ari! If you haven’t checked out her blog and you’re a writer, do so immediately and thank me later. Her blog is chuck-full of useful information about the art and business of being a writer. Now, here we go:

Writers Tag banner made by Lorraine Ambers

Name one novel that inspired you to write.

I can’t say that a novel ever inspired me to write. An emotion did—frustration. I had an enormous crush on a boy and the only way I could work it out was to write a story with me as the protagonist and with him as my love interest. Spoiler alert: He professed his love to me…in the story.

 

What’s your favorite genre to write and read?

I mostly write fantasy, sci-fi and paranormal stories, but I also write mysteries and historical fiction. My reading reflects that, too.

 

Do you prefer to write stand-alone or series?

I have a soft spot for sagas, so I tend to write characters that have LONG arcs. I haven’t written anything about generations yet, but it is an ambition. I guess that means series.

 

Use 3 words to describe yourself

Focused, messy and impatient.

 

Reveal your WIP aesthetics or an image that represents your MC or setting.

This is Inez Garza by day as the duchess’s daughter and by night as a smuggler of magical contraband in my recently released book, A Smuggler’s Path.

 

How long did your first MS take to draft?

The first draft took maybe a month, but the project took years! Why doesn’t anyone tell you that when you tell them you’re going to be a writer?

 

Who is your author idol?

Diana Gabaldon. Her works have history, fantasy, romance and just excellent writing. And she writes tomes, not books, that grab you from beginning to end. I’ve reread most of her books two or three times. Her research is meticulous and I hope to write like her someday.

 

Share a writing memory that made you determined to carry on.

I have an uncommon first name and a friend in middle school once said that with a name like mine I should be famous (which is belied by the abundance of actors named Chris in the Marvel Universe–all famous, boring names). I didn’t become a writer to become famous, but it’s a thought that follows me.

 

Tell us something surprising or unique about yourself.

I recently learned that my strange idea that numbers and letters (and months of the year and days of the week) have personalities and assigned sex has a name—Ordinal Linguistic Personification. I really thought I was the only one until I looked it up. Anyone else?

 

Share the hardest part about being a writer and how you overcame it.

Knowing when I’m done. It took forever to release my book even after I finished rewrites because I kept thinking I needed another opinion, another reader. Then I realized I was chasing perfection, which is impossible (even my favorite stories have flaws). I had to look at this as a career that will (hopefully) span decades and a less than perfect first offering won’t keep me from writing another book and another. I had to remember to celebrate that I’d done something most people talk about but never do.

 

What’s your favorite social media and why? Share your link.

The only thing I participate in is blogging. I’m weird because my generation is the one that uses Facebook, twitter and dating apps. I still use my cellphone for calls!

 

Share some uplifting wisdom in six words or less.

Wisdom usually starts after six words. 😉

 

And here are my nominees:

Catherine Green (SpookyMrsGreen)

Rachel Farrimond

Suzanne Rogerson, fantasy author

Brenda Davis Harsham

Amber’s Angle Blog

Connie J Jasperson

 

…And the questions:

  • Name one novel that inspired you to write.
  • What’s your favourite genre to write and read?
  • Do you prefer to write stand-alone or series?
  • Use 3 words to describe yourself
  • Reveal your WIP aesthetics or an image that represents your MC or setting.
  • How long did your first MS take to draft?
  • Who is your author idol?
  • Share a writing memory that made you determined to carry on.
  • Tell us something surprising or unique about yourself.
  • Share the hardest part about being a writer and how you overcame it.
  • What’s your favourite social media and why? Share your link.
  • Share some uplifting wisdom in six words or less.
  • Nominate six bloggers!

Hope you enjoyed!

 

 

6 thoughts on “Writer’s Tag and I’m it!

  1. Great to see your answers. I loved that outfit in the aesthetic question, gorgeous!

    It can be so hard to stop the rewrites – I know, I’m still doing them! How did you finally decide, “this is enough” ?

    Thanks for joining in the Writers Tag 🙂

    • Honestly, it was like removing a bandage. You’re never really ready for it, but you know there’s nothing more to be gained by waiting. I knew I had a good story and it was going to become my personal Chinese Democracy (I know, weird reference), so I said enough and ripped off the bandage.

      Your Writers Tag was really fun and may have convinced me to join Twitter.

  2. This was great! I am so glad Ari inspired you to answer some questions! I love that you Diana G! I have been meaning to read Outlander. My mom purchased the entire series, so now I just have to sneak them home with me!

    Also, number and letter personification! That sure is something! I love that you are able to see things in a different way – truly inspiring!

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