How do you write?
I write when I feel the urge to, or something comes to me.
What inspires you?
People, places, things, and ideas. My son, my family, humor, passion.
How do you improve your writing?
I write the way I would talk about something. As if I were talking to a friend. I've also taken writing courses, creatively and grammatically.
How do you critique it and edit it?
My mother critiques and edits it. She has a talent for doing so. She also helps my stepfather, who is an author, edit his books.
What do you do with it when it's "finished"?
I print it out, and send it to whatever the purpose was to write in the beginning. I mostly write short stories, poems. I recently wrote a poem for a friend who passed away. They needed a poem for his funeral, and I wrote it for him.
How do you juggle your creativity with your motherhood and/or does it lend to the other?
It assists one with the other.
Where do you keep your writing?
I keep my writing in a file on my computer. Any work that I do, I also back up with a flashdrive in case anything happens.
Do you use pen and paper?
Sometimes I use a pen and paper if I have an idea, or thought I want to remember to write on.
Do you share your writing publicly?
Sometimes I do. I will often give a couple of chapters to my friend to read and to give her opinion.
How do you create a story line?
First thing is to draw an outline of what you want your story to consist of, beginning , middle, end. As well as charactes and relationships to other characters. Basically it all comes down to people, places, and things.
Do you write dialogue?
Dialogue, personally, is a weakness. It is very easy to fall into the old patter of, " sally said." "jane replied." I go through books to get ideas of how i want my dialogues between my characters to look like. It has to be smooth,as if you are speaking to a person. It has to be believable, and interesting.
Did you teach yourself and/or did you learn in an academic or life environment?
My stepfather helped me find my style of writing, and also gave lots of pointers and ways to organize my thoughts. I think their is a certain level that you must be taught, but their has to be a passion for it, and a certain level of creativity for it to really go anywhere.