This time, I’m going to break with my contrary tradition of not answering the questions attached to the nomination, simply because I don’t have the time to come up with another Tenuous Lynx post.
So think yourselves lucky.
John’s questions (and my answers) are as follows;
1. Have you ever fallen in love with a character (Yours or someone else’s)?
Not that I can think of, not in a book anyway. If we’re talking movies, then any part played by Audrey Hepburn.
2. What is the hardest part of a story or an article for you to write?
Hahaha, well, given my recent diversion into open-ended storylines, (The Wrong Stuff, Starship Gypsies and the unfinished sci-fi
masterpiece story, Deus Ex Machina) I think I’d have to say endings. Although many of my plots seem to arrive in my head basically complete, my problem is getting lost in writing it and finding out that I’ve gone from A – B via D, K and Y and have to think of a way of getting back to where I left off.
3. Do you ever get into a “writer’s block” situation and if so how do you get out?
Ummm, not as such, because I just talk rubbish most of the time anyway and I don’t have a strict posting schedule. But if you’re talking about fiction specifically, I tend to make stuff up as I go along and it just seems to come to me, once I’ve got the starting and end points of the story.
4. If not how do you avoid it?
By not writing if I don’t feel like it, I suppose. There’s no point in staring at a blank screen when I could be doing something else. But I love doing it so much that it rarely happens.
5. What is the best part of being a writer or blogger?
I’m beginning to think the answer to that may well be “the community”, because I really enjoy the network of other writers and bloggers who I’ve met in the last three years or so. Social media is ok for entertainment, but unless I count the many arguments I’ve had about US gun control, it isn’t exactly a debating platform for an intelligent exchange of views and ideas.
Which is fine, don’t get me wrong, I love Facebook, but the blogging community is a unique and extraordinary thing. I’d never suspected there was so much talent and imagination out there to be discovered.
6. How do you keep yourself motivated to write?
Just the fact that I have the opportunity to do so is enough for me. I’m properly hooked.
7. Do you need noise or quiet when you write?
I very rarely get to have total peace and quiet, with three of us in a small flat, but I can cope with a little background noise. If there’s a lot of talking going on in the room I’m trying to write in, (Audrey does have a habit of giving a running commentary on everything she does, which is a little like having someone recite a list of random numbers in your ear whilst you try and solve algebra problems) I will sometimes put headphones on. I like having music on when I’m writing, but then I like having music playing when I’m doing pretty much anything.
8. What is the way you celebrate when you write something that makes you proud?
That’s very decent of you sir, I’ll have a nicely chilled pint of dry cider if you’d be so kind. (Note to Americans: “Cider” is not “Apple juice”, it’s what I believe you refer to as “rough cider” or something)
So now you know.
The important part of these awards is obviously paying the compliment forward, so I’m going to pick five blogs that have made an impression on me recently and whose work I think is worth your time checking out.
…go over and say hi, tell them dalecooper57 sent you.
And because I can’t resist mixing things up a little, instead of posing questions for you to answer, (although you are of course free to answer the same ones I did, I’d be interested to hear what you have to say) I’d like you to post a favourite photo that you took which represents “sunshine”, to follow the theme of the award.
Thanks again to the inestimable Mr John Howell for the nomination, this has been Just Jot It January for day 22, see you tomorrow.
* That link really is worth checking out, for a wealth of music, video and other random entertainment.