I have been tagged for the Reader Appreciation Award. I owe a big thanks to Johana Vera of Bookworm's Multiverse for passing this one on to me. Her blog is great, but I had to follow her the second I saw the awesome name she'd chosen for her blog. I mean, seriously, how could a blog name be any better than that?
So, I have to come up with seven things to share about myself. I share a lot on this blog, so finding seven new things to share may not be as easy as it sounds. Nevertheless, I will give it my best! This time, I'll try to keep this list of facts related to my writing. This is a writing blog after all!
- For someone who has a passion for writing science fiction, I have little confidence when it comes to describing the more technological aspects of my stories, such as spaceships. So many science fiction shows have their iconic ships, and I feel like the ones I put in my stories feel generic in comparison. Maybe I'm setting my standards too high, and in the end, I care far more about the quality of the story I'm telling. Still, it would be nice to design something cool and memorable.
- I think better when I write a story with a pencil and a notebook first. That's how I write my outline and key scenes. The act of forming the words with my hands does something for my creative side. Writing can be a very physical act for me in that way. Writing by hand also has the added benefit of forcing me to look over every word a second time as I type the story out. This gives me a chance to catch my mistakes.
- When I write an action scene in a book, I gain insight on how it will work by acting it out. I always make sure no one is around to see me do it, because I don't want anyone to witness my pathetic attempts at mimicking ninja kicks and knockout punches. I am not a fighter, but I play one in my living room to an audience of me, myself, and about a thousand characters that live inside my head.
- I know I've mentioned this periodically, but I'll still say it here. When I write a key scene for a book, I often hear a song in my head that I feel fits with the mood or the events taking place. I feel like I'm making a movie in my head, and I need all the elements that go along with that. For me, music is one of the most crucial pieces of the puzzle. If I can find the write piece of music to inspire me, the scene practically writes itself.
- Lately, when I find myself absolutely stuck on a WIP, I try to find another writing project to focus on for the moment. It helps me circumvent the gears in my head that can't seem to turn out what I need. It's better to be creating something than sitting frustrated over something that just isn't working for you.
- Writing is the way I explore the world. I write characters who live very different lives than I do, primarily because I want to learn what it's like to live in someone else's shoes. I've never been a man, but I've tried out the male perspective. I've never been the athletic type, but I've written athletic characters. I am not gay, but I've written from the POV of characters who are. For me, this exploration through my writing adds to the rich tapestry of my life. I write science fiction, because I can envision diverse, exotic worlds and the impact of futuristic technology on human interactions.
- I constantly question whether I'm a good writer or not. I do not, however, question whether I am a writer. I know that I am a writer. I've always been a writer. I only wonder whether I am good enough to achieve my goals, and I need to know how I can continue to improve.
All right. I need to pass this on to 5-10 people. In the interest of saving myself time, I've chosen 5.