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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Piquing your interest ~ Be Inspired Meme

My thanks to Suzanne Furness of The Word Is...for tagging me
This Be Inspired meme gives the recipient the chance to share some information about their current projects
by answering some questions.

I'm going to just answer just one of the questions
and tweak it a little
(for full set of questions see below )


Q: Tell us anything that might pique our interest
about your writing process?

I have gone from being a panster, who starts writing a story and then very quickly runs out of steam, to someone who tried to outline and plan. I have heard many authors say:

'Always finish your writing day with something still left to write'.         AND

'To be a good writer you must read, read and read some more'

Recently I have been doing just that, by using my local library more and treating myself to books on a regular basis (usually instead of clothes and shoes etc.!)
I've been writing short stories (and usually I get an idea but the ending is often elusive), this time I wrote the first paragraph only, then made myself leave it, do some chores and think about it.

And boy does this seem to have worked a treat! Those creative juices that I had previously mopped up by writing until my idea was exhausted are instead set to work on making the story I have just started work better.

I would like to pass this meme on to Ellie Garratt and Dominic De Mattos who have both recently returned to the Land of Blog.

What is the name of your book?

Where did the idea for your book come from?

In what genre would you classify your book?

If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition who would you choose?

Give us a one sentence synopsis of your book?

Is your book already published?

How long did it take you to write your book?

What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or readers of which books would enjoy yours?

Which authors inspired you to write this book?

Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book?


  1. Those are brilliant quotes - perfectly inspirational!! Yay! Take care

  2. I used to be a pantster, too, but I've found outlining works better for me, helps me to actually finish :)

  3. I'm a pantster too but I'm trying to become more of a planner. Strange thing is, in everything I do apart from writing, I'm a total planner! Maybe it's just my creative side that likes to live on the edge!

  4. Land of Blog! Too funny.

    Thanks for tagging me. I loved your answer to the pique our answer question because I've discovered both of the things you have. I was always a pantser, but you can't do that with novel-length fiction. For my current WIP I have a plot worked out in advance. That's not to say it is set in stone but at least I know where it starts, where I'd like to go, and how it may end. As for always finishing with something left to write, this a 100% foolproof way to start writing the next time your bum hits the seat.

  5. I like to be a pantser but I have come to realize that it doesn't always work that well.
    I do try to balance reading and writing. I think that's important

  6. Books are such a great treat to buy.

    I leave my documents open and go off to do something else, coming back with stronger story ideas.

  7. I've started planning a bit more too - I think it helps.

  8. I love the quotes!
    When I go to a bookstore, then I can imagine what it feels like to be a kid let loose in a candy store... so much to choose from!
    Local library visits? Yes, I agree whole-heartedly!

  9. I like to think in between writing, too. Perhaps why I'm constantly revising my outline.

  10. Yarp, whenever I don't finish my writing day with something still left to write, I always regret it ;)


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