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Beautiful People { January Edition }

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Finally got around to the Beautiful People blog link up again! If you'd like to participate go to Cait's blog Paper Fury.

Here are the questions and my answers, and also some great quotes!

1. How many years have you been writing?When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’?
I've been writing since before I can remember, but I haven't always been as serious about it.
For a while I was in to painting and drawing. But eventually I realized that I really love writing. Even then I didn't start writing regularly until about a year and half ago, when I realized the only way to write was by writing.

2. How/why did you start writing?
Because I love to. I started writing with thoughts then paper and pen ;) Lol. Maybe this was answered in the above question.
Writing is just something that is a part of me and helps me know what I think better.

3. What’s your favorite part of writing?
All of it! The originality. That it's mine. I love when really good ideas come to me.
But of course, I just like writing the words down, letting them fly from my pen. Making something happen from nothing.

4. What’s your biggest writing struggle?
Making time to write. To keep going when I get stuck. Or feeling I don't know enough, either through experience or knowledge to accurately be able to describe what I'm writing.
Also it's really hard to write when something huge is going on.

5. Do you write best at night or day?
I can write best when ever I make myself write, though I usually write in the morning.

6. What does your writing space look like?(Feel free to show us pictures!)
My writing space is wherever I am, or my room, and it is usually clean. But it can be cluttered with lots of books and papers every where. I have encyclopedias, a globe, reference books, collections of different sorts and other things of interest close at hand for my writing.
And many ink pens and note books!

7. How long does it typically take you to write a complete draft?
Depends on how long the draft is :) The last couple stories have taken about a month and a half each. Short stories just a couple hours or a couple days.

8. How many projects do you work on at once?
I usually work on one main long project, but do many short stories, essays, articles and poetry through out that writing time.

9. Do you prefer writing happy endings, sad ones, or somewhere in between?
I actually love sad endings. But I never write totally sad. I like giving my book a satisfactory ending. Whether sad or happy, it needs to be worthy of finishing. Not just an ending that disgusts. And happy endings can do this just as much as any other.

10. List a few authors who’ve influenced your writing journey.
C. S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Katherine Paterson, Elizabeth George Spears, Patricia MacLachlan, and I'm sure I could think of others.

11. Do you let people read your writing? Why or why not?
I used to not because I wasn't for sure how others would respond to it, but a writing challenge on forced me to share it more.
Still, I rarely let any one read my stuff until the last draft and most of the edits are done. I still get nervous when people read my stuff. :)

12. What’s your ultimate writing goal or dream?
To be published and write more books, forever! And know that my stuff inspires others in their lives.

13. If you didn’t write, what would you want to do?
I don't know. Besides having a family some day, be a nanny or tutor/teach.

14. Do you have a book you’d like to write one day but don’t feel you’re ready to attempt it yet?
Yes. It needs lots of research. Way too much. And the plot needs to he handled very carefully, or it could give the wrong impression.

15. Which story has your heart and won’t let go?
All of them :) The one I'm currently working on "Silent Thoughts", and the one I've been working on off and one for the last couple years, "Perfect" mostly.
Also I can't get two of my short stories out of my head, as of lately. One is called "The Last Song" and the other was something like "The Journey of the Book." Both I've written first drafts for. I'll be doing them up again here soon.

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