Friday, July 1, 2011

Writtle Me This: A Survey

I wanted to do an interview of sorts. I've read some good ones lately. So here's some questions I'll ask myself, and I'd love y'all to write your own answers in the comments :)

When did you start writing?

Um...we had a lot of assemblies in my school. One a week actually, and I entertained myself with writing during these assemblies to keep myself busy. I kept all the snippets in this one book, and I recently found that book. Lol. Good times, lemme tell you. Writing kept my friends and I entertained then, and it gave me a passion to daydream story lines from then on.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I am a YA junkie. I fell in love with reading when I was 11 in the YA section. The section was slim pickin's compared to what is available now. (I would have killed for the selection we have now back then). But, lately I've also been into non-fiction too. Makes me feel like I'm learning something (without tuition rates).

What is your favorite genre to write?

I would say YA, but really, I have interest in doing New Adult as well as YA in the future. I don't really see me branching out of that age group (from 13 to 25) with both male and female protagonists. And more specifically than that, I know I'll always have romance in whatever I write. I'm a sucker for romantic drama/tension.

What is your favorite TV show? Does it echo what you like to read?

I love reality TV show competitions. Right now, I love Platinum Hits, Master Chef, The Voice. Platinum Hits makes me want to learn guitar and grab a notebook and write longhand.

I wouldn't say it echoes what I like to read really. Except for the Hunger Games series, I haven't had much interest in reading about competitions, BUT, there is a competition of sorts in my upcoming YA self-published novel. (woot)

Does music influence your writing? Do you listen to music while you write?

Yes to the first and no to the second. I love listening to music before I write. Hearing about how creative people can be makes me SO excited to be creative myself. So before I write, I love to have a listening session.

I can't listen to music when I write though. Hearing other people's words in my head hinder me from creating my own. Shrug, I won't count it out though in the future.

Just to clear things up, I always end with a song to write by, which may not make sense when you hear I don't write to music, but these are songs I use to get in the mood to write scenes. They're my warm-up jams.

Now to leave you with another song to write by, “I'm Not the Enemy” by Lina. I used to like this song more, but it's still a nice mellow song. 


  1. When did you start writing?

    I don't really remember ever NOT writing. But I have clear memories of writing stories in the third grade. So we'll go with that.

    What is your favorite genre to read?

    I don't know that I have one. I like a little of everything.

    What is your favorite genre to write?

    Women's fiction I guess? That sounds so limiting. The WIP I am working on is comedy and drama...and while some would consider it chick lit, it's not something a guy couldn't enjoy.

    What is your favorite TV show? Does it echo what you like to read?

    Of shows that are on now, I like Parenthood, Men of a Certain Age...I like strong characters and good dialogue. I loved Firefly when it was on - probably because of the dialogue. I enjoy a lot of SciFi, but have never thought to write any.

    I think it does go hand in hand with what I like to read. I like characters that I can connect with and lots of strong dialogue.

    Does music influence your writing? Do you listen to music while you write?

    Yes, in that it sets a mood. And yes, I ALWAYS listen to music. When I'm writing, cleaning, thinking, trying to sleep... :)

  2. - I started writing as soon as I knew how to. I had a friend, Bridget, in second grade and we would each write stories with the other as the main character and swap notebooks as we made progress

    - I, too, am a YA junkie. Can't get enough of it. Which is why it's my answer to the next question, too.

    - I don't watch a lot of TV, but when I do it's either House, CSI, or re-runs from the first five seasons of Smallville. I was obsessed with Smallville! I used to love One Tree Hill, too. So I guess my TV habits have evolved, but not my reading ones!

    - I love music. Certain songs have helped me to create my characters, and some scenes as well. But if I'm having writer's block, I need total silence!

    That was fun! Thanks for asking!

  3. When did you start writing?

    Well, I think I wrote my first short story when I was in 5th grade. But I have been making up stories my whole life!

    What is your favorite genre to read?

    Fantasy. Definately fantasy. Especially if there are dragons.

    What is your favorite TV show? Does it echo what you like to read?

    Survivor and Hell's Kitchen. No this does not echo what I like to read. Mainly because good Fantasy series are hard to come by.

    Does music influence your writing? Do you listen to music while you write?

    Hmm. I do get inspired by listening to music. But I don't listen while I write. Even if I did, I get so focused in on the story I don't notice anything else!

    I agree with Gina. This was fun!

    I Take the Pen

  4. Wosushi: I cannot read something if the dialogue isn't believable. It's the number one thing that hooks me or lets me off the hook.

    Gina: I used to watch One Tree Hill too, but that was forever ago. I couldn't believe it was still on...and that I could still follow some of it. lol.

    Krista: YES--> I now have someone to talk about Hell's Kitchen with. Can I say how excited I am to see the next season in a week or so? Guess I just did.

    Thanks for taking my survey y'all! I really enjoyed reading them. Maybe I should do that more often? Oh, and just to amend mine a little. I started writing down stories in our assemblies, but I was running off at the mouth with craziness from a small age.