Question of the Day Survey

A fellow author makes up these daily questions on her Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/deborah.rileymagnus

Since I’m not on Facebook everyday, I collected the last ten or so and posted them as a survey.

Author survey question of the day … Are you a happy writer? Do you find joy in all (or at least most) of the elements of being an author? Do you smile at the keyboard every time you face it?
Writing is one of few reasons, I get up everyday. I’m sad on days I don’t write. Yes writing makes me happy.

Author survey question of the day … What’s your best technique for keeping track of things, especially if you write series books, or books that cover vast amounts of time? Do you use spread sheets? Notebooks loaded with details? Editing notes on a word doc? Post-it notes on a wall? What works best for you?
I have lists. I am a big list maker. I research and make notes and outline. I tried spread sheets, but I like just WordPress or word docs better. I love 3M post-it notes.

Author survey question of the day … What INSPIRES you today, and why? Is it the weather, the place you are in your manuscript, something you saw or something you feel? What’s got your motor going?

Many different things inspire me. . . when people talk, cars driving by, movies, celebrities, and even a good meal . . . the list goes on.

Author survey question of the day … WEATHER … if you have air conditioning or live in Alaska, this question IS NOT FOR YOU … Any authors out there dealing with this unbelievable heat? Aside from running many, many fans to keep semi-cool, how are you writing through the hellish hot weather? (Dripping sweat here in Pittsburgh!) How’s the writing weather outside the United States? (Maybe I should go there!)
I would need a fan or I go to a restaurant and order a meal and eat and write. I cannot write when I have sweat in my eyes.

Author survey question of the day … How many “Ideas” do you have sitting aside and waiting for their turn? Those cool thoughts that come when you’re in the middle of something else?
Tons of ideas. . . I always get an idea when I am busy. I write then in a notebook.

Author survey question of the day … In your opinion, what is the most important HABIT a writer should have?
Write every days. . . lists, blog, poems stories, ideas, character sketches, outlines, or novel. . . whatever just write.

Author survey question of the day … What is your favorite way to connect with other authors? Facebook? Twitter? LinkedIn? Critique Groups? Writer groups and organizations?
Facebook groups, wattpad, fan fiction.net, my nanowrimo groups, and my blogs

Author survey question of the day … I’M BACK! I must say that accept for the beautiful statue of The Keeper of the Plains, Wichita Kansas was the flattest, most uninspiring place I’ve ever been, but the over 100 degree heat might have had something to do with that. Today’s question … How do you pull inspiration from places or events that just plain don’t inspire you?
Every place has inspiration just have to change the angle in which you see it. For example my home town is 5 miles by 5 miles of farm land . . . it has many a dozen of shops and places to eat. However, its safe when the sun set in feels like a home hug. I feel so safe in my town that I can walk whenever I want to, but only two gas stations are open after 10.

Author survey question of the day … This week I’m visiting friends in Wichita Kansas, and I have seen strange things, for sure … a church that looks like, and is build to match, Noah’s Arc … a real, live, single-hump camel grazing with a bunch of pretty palominos in a field, and one of the fluffiest, most delicious maple bacon donuts I ever tasted. … TODAY’S QUESTION … (because I have a moment to ask) … What have you experienced lately that might be just too weird for words?
I’ve seen the northern lights, solar eclipse, and some adult fetish things I will not mention on this blog.

Author survey question of the day … Do you write short stories? Create short story collections to sell? Or submit short stories to compilations of many different authors? What would you say are the pros and cons of these ways of writing and publishing?
Yes, I write short stories, and I collect them. I have sold and publish individual stories and plan to publish collections. It gives me extra publishing credits and can promote other writings. I have two individual stories published and few individual stories sold. I am not sure if there are cons as any published work is good.

Author survey question of the day … I’m distracted … the angel wings of VACATION are fluttering all around me. Friday morning I leave for 10 days and I honestly think I’ll get more writing done while away than during the preparation stages. Today’s question … How do you stay focused when other, really exciting things are playing at the corners of your thoughts?
I give myself daily goals and word sprints. I would works on notes, character sketches, and outlines.

Author survey question of the day … it’s JUNE! Does your writing routine change during the summer?
I write a lot more in summer as I am more of an indoor girl, I just take my writing with me to different places.

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New Surveys. . . April 2016 Part 1

I have to give credit where credit is due. . . One of my facebook friends Deborah Riley-Magnus who post a daily writing theme question. So I have collected the questions and made them into a survey.

Deborah Riley Magnus writes daily questions on her facebook site.  https://www.facebook.com/deborah.rileymagnus?fref=nf

I put them together and make a survey. Please give her credit if you use any of the questions.

This is April part 1, I hope to have Jan through March posted soon.

Author survey question of the day … When you know you will be writing a big scene, do you make a lot of preparation? Yes, I usually have pages of research, and many pages of notes plus sticky notes.
Research choreography for weapon battle? Yes, I research weapons, how fighter stand, what was common at the time of the battle.
Plan out the argument or conflict? Sometimes, depends on how big the fight is.
Prepare emotionally for writing that scene? Lots of coffee and chocolate. LOL

Author survey question of the day … When are you most productive as a writer? Writing and editing are two different things and I would best at two different times.
At the butt crack of dawn? I edit best then.
Mid-morning? I edit.
Afternoon? Good with sprint writing, or writing with notes.
Evening? Good with sprint writing, or writing with notes.
Or in the dead of night? Good for researching and outlining. I also usually take notes, unless my muses really push a scene.
When do the words flow most easily? Writing wise. . . muses work best between the hours of noon and 7pm. Of course that is when it is the hustle and bustle of the day.

Author survey question of the day … While writing, do you take meal breaks? I break for dinner, sometime lunch or breakfast.
Or do you eat at the keyboard? I have but I watch the crumbs on my keyboard.

Author survey question of the day … It’s a rainy spring day here. I want to laugh! Tell us about a scene you READ that made you laugh out loud. Please share the author and book title, too. The beginning of the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MQYOFW/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1 I found it entertaining where she was talking about her sister’s cat.

 

Author survey question of the day …Have you ever written a book so far out of your comfort zone that it still sits in a silent file or drawer? Yes, I have several project started and not finished because my muses lost interest or the topic was just not in my comfort zone.
A book in a genre or stylistic attempt you’re unsure whether you want anyone to know you wrote it? Hmmm, maybe romance.

Author survey question of the day …What’s your favorite part of being a writer? I love creating a new world and dealing with different type of characters.
The variety of things you can write? I write short stories, blogs, novellas and novels.
The ability to tell stories that make people think, or smile, or wonder, or rage? Yes, I think I have that ability.  At least I hope so.
Or is it the simple pleasure of finishing a story and knowing it all came from your imagination? I like when I create, but the first draft doesn’t always look like much. It’s like a piece of wood you are carving before the details and the sanding.

Author survey question of the day … Do you have slow writing doldrums and fast writing spurts in the course of writing the same book? Yes, I have some scenes that go so fast.
Do you try to smooth out the writing speed, or just roll with the muse? I try to roll with my muse. . . I have learned that planning and trying to direct the muses are hard to just let it roll.

Author survey question of the day … Where do you write? I write everywhere. I always have a notebook with me. You never know when an idea will strike.
Is it a different place from where you do other things like paying bills, marketing, social networking, online shopping, etc.? Sometimes. I do think sometimes my chores, errands, and online time distract me. However you have to pay the bills.

Author survey question of the day … Do you ever discover yourself deep in the personality and psyche of one of your characters? Yes, I feel like a little piece of me is in them. My muses knew that from the start.

Author survey question of the day … Of all the books you’ve ever read, which one influenced your writing the most … and why? Fictional book. . . The Hatchet by Gray Paulsen It was a book I had to read for school, but the images just have still stayed with me. I hope to do the same with my work. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MBLU9U/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1
Ten Little Indians (And Then There were None) by Agatha Christie I think some of the dark visions from that story still give me nightmares. It is one of the reason why I love thrillers and horror. I find her work amazing. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FC1RCI/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1
I also like Anne Rice, Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe etc.

Author survey question of the day … Are you a dream scribbler? Yes.
Do you keep a notebook and pen beside your bed? I am always within a reach of a notebook and pen.
Have these dreams actually ended up in a book you’ve written? Yes, actually several of my stories are from dreams.

 

 

Whose with Who?

When I read a book or watch a movie  I have to like or be interested in the character. . .  These links and blog is all about my experience with characters. . .

 

I have many fictional/celebrity crushes. . .

Characters I’ve liked in the past. . .

https://rebekah1213.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/fictional-characters-ive-liked/

 

I even had a crush on of my characters that I created named Lyric. Physically he was everything I wanted in a guy, but he was jerk. He only really cared about himself. . . I really want to reedit that book, because I was so stuck on him that my book has a section of him and my main female character Lucy. Lucy was supposed to be with Valin . . . not Lyric. Lucy and I both are draw to Lyric, so I might write a few stories about them or make The Whispering Path into a Trilogy. . . It just depends on what my muses want to do with it.

 

This is inspired by one of my first celebrity crushes. . . Jonathan Brandis (RIP)

https://rebekah1213.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/14-day-challenge-day-12-short-story-beach/

 

Some links for my Fanfiction. . .  (I write when I get stuck with my own work.)

https://rebekah1213.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/demons-in-my-bar/

https://rebekah1213.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/knock-knock/

https://rebekah1213.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/loki-prompt-20/

https://www.fanfiction.net/~rebekahwriter13

 

 

More questions. . .

I was asked more questions from the other day. . . https://rebekahquinne.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/questions/

 

For example, the overall tone of Stephen King’s work is dark, usually, and sometimes desperate. Whereas The LOTR books are fanciful and majestic. What’s the overall tone of your work? I write horror, occult, thriller, paranormal, and dramatic . . . My horror work is bloody and dark. My drama is like opera soaps thrilling and unexpected.

Do your personal beliefs tie in a lot?  As for beliefs, some stories and character use my beliefs, but I think that all religions have some truth to them, so there is no wrong or right with my characters. I do research; I believe in many things.

I mean, could you write a character opposite you? Yes, I have several characters that are the opposite of me. They make me think from another point of view.

Someone -while not a villain- you wouldn’t live in real life? I love writing the villains actually. I mean some are evil, but most of them are misunderstood. I love watching shows like “Criminal Minds,” “True Blood,” and “Dexter” for inspiration. I write characters that are not like me many of times.

Questions

I’m always looking for friends and such, and I was talking to an acquaintance and we got into the subject of me writing novels. What I am doing with old and new projects . . . many of them are going through a reedit phase. I have learned more things about novels and editing, so I am tweaking them, yet again.

Why the reedit it? I have learned so much from other writers and novelist that I realize I was telling too much. . . I need to cut some of the useless material out of my story. The link I gave you was my first attempt at NaNoWriMo.org and I ended with 130,000 words. . . I need to really figure out what part was good for the story and what part was too much. I also had a crush on one of my characters, still do. I wrote more about him that the actually story at time.

Where you not happy in how it turned out? I’m an artist with words. . . I always find flaws with my work.

Also I’m interested in what drives your creative force? Everything drives my muses. . . a sunny day, a drive, indoors, outdoors. Everything and everyone in my life has some impact on my writing.

Does it come naturally or do you have to concentrate on it? I think it works better when it comes naturally. . . I go rounds when I force it and most readers can tell.