The following late night blogging extravaganza is brought to you courtesy of the unwitting Michael Larsen and future zombie Emmie Mears.
1. Why do you want to write?
I write to satisfy the itching in my fingers and the whispers of characters in my mind who want their stories told. I first began by stealing my mother’s day planners before I was old enough to go to school. I used them for my earliest stories. I wrote as soon as I could hold a pen. Writing is the only activity that soothes and satisfies me on every level: emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical.
2. What literary forms — poetry, novels, nonfiction, plays, screenplays — do you want to write in?
I write novels.
3. Whom are you writing for?
I am writing those who need the stories, who lose themselves in words, who fling themselves into new worlds. I’m writing for myself. I’m writing for the characters who tug at me, pleading with me to tell their stories and share them with others.
4. What do you want your writing to communicate?
I want to share the experiences I’ve had through the lens of fiction, to paint new windows into the world. I want to open a portal into the glory and mess that weaves together to form humanity. I want to delve into the inky darkness and the oily smoke that clouds us and sift it to show what comes out, whether it be shining glimmers of light or stinking refuse or everything in between.
5. What do you want your writing to achieve?
I want my writing to tug your heartstrings until you laugh or cry or tremble. I want it to strike those chords that resonate, familiar and new alike. I want my writing to inspire others to explore our world and relish each day that comes their way.
6. Where do you want your books to be in the literary landscape?
If I were to sketch a map of the mountains and molehills of writing’s geography, my books would be a cool stream flowing through the dense forests of Kim Harrison down into David Eddings’ vale.
7. What kind of advances would you like for your work?
I would like for my advances to be $75,000 or more.
8. How much money would you like to earn a year from your writing?
9. How involved do you want to be in the writing process?
I want to cozy up to it next to a fireplace in winter and let it have its way with me.
10. Do you want to self-publish, pay to be published, or be paid to be published?
I want to be paid to be published.
11. How will you support your writing until it can support you?
I would rather be poor with my mind free to write than rich with an unwanted job that follows me home. I will work to live so I can live to write. I will build my craft through the labors of my hands and the help of my team until it will hold up under the weight of bills.
The Difference Between a Pig and a Chicken
In the making of ham and eggs, do you know the difference between the pig and the chicken?
The chicken is involved, but the pig is committed.
*My new guru (of whom I’m certain you gentle viewers will become quite sick) suggested that if you want to be a successful writer, take your goal income and double it — then if you only get halfway there, you’ve still won.
**How to Get a Literary Agent, p. 245. All questions above were taken from this chapter — so much for my procrastination in regards to thinking through this stuff.
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