The Writing Meme from Charlotte at Charlotte’s Web
What’s the last thing you wrote?
A short short story, just this past Friday.
Was it any good?
Not sure. It’s in fermenting mode now. I have a lot of hope for it, though.
What’s the first thing you wrote that you still have?
The first short story I wrote got published in a lit mag I just adore. One of the things I did with the money I got for being published in this litmag was spend the ENTIRE amount on extra copies of that particular issue. Several years later, I still have copies of my story and that issue.
Yes–mostly in college. I haven’t written poetry since college, though.
Oh yep. Mostly about sex and longing. My brother was baffled by it, and I’m pretty sure he wanted to barf when he read my poetry.
Favourite genre of writing?
Reading: literary fiction and nonfiction foodie literature. Writing: literary fiction.
Most fun character you’ve ever created?
A dog. He was the narrator.
Most annoying character you’ve ever created?
Ah–I LOVE creating these. Every story should have someone you can’t stand in real life–they sparkle in written form! My most annoying character is the best friend of my novel’s main character. He loves to mess things up, and he can’t shut his mouth EVER.
Best plot you’ve ever created?
I take the fifth.
Coolest plot twist you’ve ever created?
Someday, you’ll hopefully read this.
How often do you get writer’s block?
Whenever I put a LOT of pressure on myself to write in a specific amount of time. The worst writer’s bloc I’ve had in the last few years was during NaNoWriMo.
Write fan fiction?
Do you save everything you write?
I do, until I lose it off my hard drive or whatever. And then I try looking for it months later and can’t find it. And then I have the terrors. For instance, I thought I’d saved every thing I’d written in my novel, but a year later, there are sections I can’t find anymore. Where did they go?!
Do you ever go back to an idea after you’ve abandoned it?
Most of the time, nope.
What’s your favourite thing you’ve written?
A little nonfiction piece about a super personal situation that got published in an online litmag. It is perhaps the rawest and most honest thing I’ve ever written. Submitting it for publication was one of the most frightening things I’ve done as a writer.
What’s everyone else’s favourite story that you’ve written?
I don’t know. No one tells me what they like, it’s not like they get to vote on all my stories. The most correspondence I’ve ever gotten is about the first short story I wrote and got published, though.
Do you ever show people your work?
Yes. Except my novel, which I keep mostly hidden.
Did you ever write a novel?
Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?
What’s your favourite setting for your characters?
Los Angeles. I disliked living there, and so I guess it is a good conflict-driven setting for me and for my characters. I wish I could write more about San Francisco or New York or London or Seoul.
How many writing projects are you working on right now?
Novel. Novella. Short stories. I am also reading four books at once, so I guess that’s my modis operandi.
Do you want to write for a living?
Yes. But I don’t.
Have you ever won an award for your writing?
Never won. I won something in my MFA program. But no awards outside of school, though I was a finalist for an award.
Ever written anything in script or play format?
What are your five favourite words?
Never thought about this! I don’t think of writing down to specific words! I guess my favorite words to use are “but then,” “and then…” Lame.
Do you ever write based on yourself?
I probably base my writing on my life and its characters more often than I write based on myself.
What character have you created that is most like yourself?
Probably the first person narrator in that very first short story. But that character was based on me decades ago. So that is probably no longer the case. Otherwise, I very much hate basing characters on myself. That is why I am a fiction writer–writing nonfiction is incredibly uncomfortable for me.
Where do you get ideas for your characters?
My mom and dad. People around me.
Do you ever write based on your dreams?
Do you favour happy endings, sad endings or cliff-hangers?
Have you ever written based on an artwork you’ve seen?
No–but good idea!
Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
Kind of, not really. Too many years spent blogging has made me happily carefree about grammar and typos, at least for the first draft.
Ever write anything in chatspeak (how r u?)
On my crackberry, yes. And that’s it. Chatspeak is strictly for chatspeak.
Entirely in L337?
I AM 3L33T!!!! h3y d00d pwn you! …I did, I am suck a geek. But only in chat, again. Not in my “writing.”
Was that question appalling and unwriterly?
Yes! But it was funny, too.
Does music help you write?
Quote something you’ve written. Whatever pops into your head.
“The day was hot and replete with ice cube fantasies.” My WORST opening line, ever. It cracks me up.
I tag anyone of my friends who is a writer!