Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Call yourself a writer?

Words oft' heard in this household, I can tell you. Like when I'm 'thinking' (even if I haven't got my eyes closed!); or being inspired by England's heroics in the Ashes; or sitting staring at a lap-top screen. Anyway, now even the lap-top is having a go, with this meme from Linda Jones. And she's a journalist and uber-blogger, so I'd better not do any of that arty prevaricating, waiting for the muse to descend and so on. Ok then, here goes...
1. Which words do you use too much in your writing?
Most of 'em!
2. Which words do you consider overused in stuff you read?
Keynote (as in speech); place (as in state of being, rather than location); of (as in, bored with...)
3. What's your favourite piece of writing by you?
The shortest piece.
4. Which blog post do you wish you had written?
Almost everyone's. Seriously, blogs make fascinating reading. I've given up newspapers completely.
5. Regrets. do you have a few? Is there anything you wish you hadn't written?
There were some pretty dreadful short-stories written in my teens. Sometimes, I can even remember a sentence or two, and I cringe!
6. How has your writing made a difference? What do you consider your most important piece of writing?
Er, has it? Is there one?
7. Name three favourite words
What're you drinking? (I know, that's really four words!)
8. ....And three words you're not so keen on
In a minute!
9. Do you have a writing mentor, role model or inspiration?
Roger Deakin has a gift for capturing the natural world in just a few well-chosen words. A prose-writer with all the economy and vision of a poet.
10.What's your writing ambition?
Win the Booker? Be appointed children's laureate? Write a best-seller? Well, obviously all three but rather more realistically, I'd simply like the time to finish all my current writing projects.
Plug alert! List any work you would like to tell your readers about:
Obviously my baby, Writing Therapy. It's on week four of the blog book-tour now, at author Melanie Trevelyn's place. Do pop along and say hello. It needs a bit of a lift just now, as it happens, having just found out it didn't make the Young Minds shortlist (sniff!)
Finally, it's tag-time. Linda says I have to pass this on to between three and five fellow-bloggers (heh, heh, heh!) so.... Nik Perring, Gary Murning, Melanie T, Denyse Kirkby and Gadjo Dilo - you're all 'it'!
Call yourself a writer?
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