Saturday, January 19, 2008

Tagged by Leigh

Thanks Leigh for the tag.

What's the last thing you wrote?
I started my novel again (again) yesterday. 750 words of the first chapter.

Was it any good?
Oh gawd; who knows?

What's the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?
A poem when I was nine that my teacher, Mr Place, would indiscriminately quote aloud during maths lessons. But it’s got lost in the detritus of life that is my parents’ home.

Write poetry?
Yup, once upon a time, but no longer.

Angsty poetry?
Yup, once upon a time, but no longer.

Favourite genre of writing?
Don’t really know. I’ve never managed to write enough of anything to quite decide. Women’s fiction? Commercial? I honestly haven’t got far enough to contextualise.

Most fun character you ever created?
I’m quite enjoying the baddie in the book I’m planning. She’s a cow.

Most annoying character you ever created?
I don’t think I have.

Best plot you ever created?
How about the only plot?

Coolest plot twist you ever created?
How about the only plot?

How often do you get writer's block?
Beginning of last year, ALL the time, but by the end of last year it was something I learned to control … a bit … I hope…

Write fan fiction?
What is fan fiction?

Do you type or write by hand?
I’m happiest typing, but I’m wondering if I should experiment with writing by hand because it seemed to come a bit easier on my writing course when I used pen and paper.

Do you save everything you write?
Yes. It’s probably a load of old bollocks, but it might be wonderful… and I’m just a bit ignorant.

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?
I always go back to an old idea long after I’ve abandoned it. That’s how come I’m still trying to write this friggin’ novel.

What's your favourite thing that you've written?
I don’t really like reading articles after they’ve gone off to be published.

What's everyone else's favourite story that you've written?
I’m too new to fiction to answer that.

Do you ever show people your work?
Only very recently. I think it’s like opening up your knicker drawer and inviting strangers in to rummage about.

Did you ever write a novel?
I am bloody trying to…

Ever written romance or teen angsty drama?
No

What's your favourite setting for your characters?
Bangkok.

How many writing projects are you working on right now?
Lots of articles and the same bloody novel.

Do you want to write for a living?
I want to write.

Have you ever won an award for your writing?
Only if you count Mr Place quoting my poetry in maths lessons.

Ever written something in script or play format?
Yes, for Drama A’ level years ago.

What are your five favourite words?
Bollocks, vituperative, elderly, (I can’t think of any more but I reserve the right to come and edit them in when I think of them.)

Do you ever write based on yourself?
‘fraid so.

What character have you created that most resembles yourself?
The one in the ‘bloody novel’ is quite like me. She’s a bit irritating too, which is a bit of a worry.

Where do you get ideas for your other characters?
Everywhere.

Do you ever write based on your dreams?
No

Do you favour happy endings, sad endings, or cliff-hangers?
Realistic endings.

Have you ever written based on an artwork you've seen?
No

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
Yes.

Ever write something entirely in chatspeak? (How r u?)
I’d rather poke my eyes out with cocktail sticks.

Entirely in L337?
Excuse me?

Was that question completely appalling and un-writer like?
I didn’t understand it.

Does music help you write?
Only when it’s turned off. I cannot write with music on.

Quote something you've written. The first thing to pop into your mind.
No. I’m not showing you into my knicker drawer. We’ve only just met.

7 comments:

Charlotte said...

Great meme. Now that I've seen it at Leigh's and at yours, I'm going to have to copy it.

liz fenwick said...

Great meme.....loved your answers :-)

Pacha said...

Brilliant JJ! I especially like the knicker drawer analogy!

SpiralSkies said...

Freewriting by hand seems to make a different bit of the brain work to typing...

So when WILL you be showing us your knickers?

Lane said...

Someone else who can't write with music on. Hurrah!

Leigh said...

I love the knicker drawer!
But music? I can't imagine being able to write without music. It fascinates me that we are all so different!

JJ said...

Hi Charlotte, nice to see you here. I saw it around, and thought 'I don't have enough writing experience to do this one' but then I got tagged!

Thanks Liz.

Pacha, that's how it felt exhibiting art too: I don't like that bit much.

Jen, I think I might give handwriting a chance, even though it makes my hand ache! Pathetic. Show you my smalls? (as my mother calls them) more like my bigs!

Lane, are we few and far between, then? It just gets in the way of my thought processes!

Leigh, I often think I can listen to music and put it on, only to have to turn it off again. So irritating. I think it depends on the level of concentration required.

JJx