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« on: December 12, 2011, 10:43:20 AM »
Hello to all new writers

My web site amongst other things, is to support new writers.  I have written a few interviews for published authors but never interviews for new writers.  I thought if some of you guys could just answer me some questions here, I could take the whole kaboosh and write an article on the subject.  Are you up for it? Just a voice for the newbies for a change.

So first here are fifteen questions for you to answer.  Please copy and paste then answer below and then I can look at each one in turn and use the results in the article.  No names mentioned unless you ask me.  Just an overview. You can choose to answer them here or you can PM me with your answers if you don't want the world to know.  - (the little square under my photo)  You can go to www.itslinhere.wordpress.com if you want to see how I do it.  

1. Have you always wanted to write or is this something entirely new in your life?

2. What are your main concerns about getting started or please share your personal experiences so far.

3. Are you a procrastinator?

4. What is your preferred genre?  (In what subject do you want to specialise?)

5. What age group are you?      a) under 21      b)over 21 but under 35       c)35 - 50    d) over 50

6. What do you feel are your weaknesses in being a new writer?

7. Do you read books on 'How to Write'?

8. Are you an avid reader or do you not bother to read many books,  you just want to be a writer?

9. Are you keen to look at publishing in the future or do you want to do this for a hobby?

10. Would you like to write a) a novel  b) a short stories  c) magazine articles  d) something else -  please say.

11 Do you think there is enough support for new writers?

12. Do you feel you should as a new writer, learn about creative writing in college, home study or night school etc.

13.  Does your family support your quest to become a writer?  

14.  How many hours per week do you think you can spare to write?

15.  Have you read any books on grammar?

16. Please add any relevant remarks relating to your quest to become a writer.

Thanks and we can look at this as a means of helping others to write.  As I said your names will not be mentioned on my web site unless you ask me.


Lin x






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Re: Interviewing new writers. Are you up for it?
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2011, 01:49:18 PM »
1. Have you always wanted to write or is this something entirely new in your life? 

I've always had stories for children churning around inside my head but it wasn't considered a suitable career path whereas my love of children was a better career choice.  Since leaving my two jobs due to disability over a decade ago, the nagging voice has started dropping huge clanging hints that I should try writing - I had nothing to loose and a lot to gain from it!

2. What are your main concerns about getting started or please share your personal experiences so far.

Being ripped off or rejected by so many agents that I loose all confidence in myself and my writing

3. Are you a procrastinator?

Definitely!

4. What is your preferred genre?  (In what subject do you want to specialise?)

Realistic fiction for children and young adults but I'm tempted to stray into children/young adult fantasy when I've finished writing the Toni series just to see if I can!

5. What age group are you?      a) under 21      b)over 21 but under 35       c)35 - 50    d) over 50

I'm 34 and a bit

6. What do you feel are your weaknesses in being a new writer?

Lack of confidence in what I write, definitely!

7. Do you read books on 'How to Write'?

Have done in the past, but not recently

8. Are you an avid reader or do you not bother to read many books,  you just want to be a writer?

I'm definitely a bookworm!

9. Are you keen to look at publishing in the future or do you want to do this for a hobby?

I definitely want to be published!

10. Would you like to write a) a novel  b) a short stories  c) magazine articles  d) something else -  please say.

Definitely a novel!

11 Do you think there is enough support for new writers?

nope - you have to take a creative writing course (like the Writers Bureau)  or have an internet connection (for places like MWC) or pay for membership to a group who has members writing the same genre as you (I'm with SCBWI) but even those can only offer so much support to new writers!

12. Do you feel you should as a new writer, learn about creative writing in college, home study or night school etc.

It definitely helps!

13.  Does your family support your quest to become a writer?

You can see their eyes glazing over when I try to talk about it!  lol 

14.  How many hours per week do you think you can spare to write?

somewhere between 50 and 70 hours a week!

15.  Have you read any books on grammar?

Nope

16. Please add any relevant remarks relating to your quest to become a writer.

Never give up!
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Re: Interviewing new writers. Are you up for it?
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2011, 06:29:22 PM »
Ooh go on, I'll have a go.


1. Have you always wanted to write or is this something entirely new in your life?
As far as I can remember I have always dabbled. Even at school, I wrote a rudey story that got passed around until it landed in the headmasters lap, he sent a letter home to my parents, although he said it was inappropriate but rather good :-[


2. What are your main concerns about getting started or please share your personal experiences so far.
The ins and outs of writing give me the willies :D, the back scene IE grammar. I suppose what frightens me is all the rules and remembering them

3. Are you a procrastinator?
Absobloodylutely and proud of it :D

4. What is your preferred genre?  (In what subject do you want to specialise?)
I think I am still finding my genre. However I would say at the moment children's

5. What age group are you?      a) under 21      b)over 21 but under 35       c)35 - 50    d) over 50
c

6. What do you feel are your weaknesses in being a new writer?
Knowing the Rules

7. Do you read books on 'How to Write'? Yes, I have a lovely collection on my shelf

8. Are you an avid reader or do you not bother to read many books,  you just want to be a writer?
Yes, I think you need to be. However I do prefer to write than read

9. Are you keen to look at publishing in the future or do you want to do this for a hobby?
I have promised my children that one day they can buy my book from a book store
10. Would you like to write a) a novel  b) a short stories  c) magazine articles  d) something else -  please say.
I think as a writer you need to be versatile, so I dabble in all of them

11 Do you think there is enough support for new writers?
There is a lot more support now than there was but agree it is all on the net. However I think people take you more seriously now because of these forums, if you say you want to be a writer.

12. Do you feel you should as a new writer, learn about creative writing in college, home study or night school etc.
Yes, I think home study/college courses, do help with the fundamentals. However as Gypo once told me it depends on how you learn and a lot can be picked up from here if like a course you apply yourself

13.  Does your family support your quest to become a writer? 
I am so lucky that my family believe in me, probably more than I believe in myself.

14.  How many hours per week do you think you can spare to write?
When ever I can really, I have a busy home life so have to dip in and out. So I cant commit to a set amount of hours

15.  Have you read any books on grammar?
I am trying. Rather than books, I research on the net. However I have read up on style and tenses, show vs tell and creating characters.My course also covers grammar


16. Please add any relevant remarks relating to your quest to become a writer.
Enjoy
Time to take it serious and get the job done

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Re: Interviewing new writers. Are you up for it?
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2011, 08:25:37 PM »
1. Have you always wanted to write or is this something entirely new in your life?

My second grade teacher Mrs. Brown had everyone in the class keep purple folders containing each piece of writing we created. I loved my purple folder dearly; I still have it to this day. My passion for writing definitely began in second grade.

2. What are your main concerns about getting started or please share your personal experiences so far.

Right now, I'm working on showing instead of telling. The number one rule of writing, that's a good place to start, don't you think? Ha, ha.

3. Are you a procrastinator?

Yes, but thankfully not when it comes to writing. I love to write and what I love I naturally prioritize in my life.

4. What is your preferred genre?  (In what subject do you want to specialise?)

Young Adult and anything dystopian.

5. What age group are you?      a) under 21      b)over 21 but under 35       c)35 - 50    d) over 50

6. What do you feel are your weaknesses in being a new writer?

The sheer amount of experienced, talented writers in the online community scares me! I mean, what a terrific resource for 21st century beginning writers, but when you start to get a feel for how many good writers there are, it's like, "Whoa!"

7. Do you read books on 'How to Write'?

Funny you should ask that, I'm currently in the Quiet Area of my local library with about six or so of those books scattered around my laptop. They shall be coming home with me tonight.

8. Are you an avid reader or do you not bother to read many books,  you just want to be a writer?

I am a total reader, all the way. I love to keep up with the Young Adult genre, even if I'm getting a bit old for it (I sigh at the thought.) My favorite book is The Giver by Lois Lowry.

9. Are you keen to look at publishing in the future or do you want to do this for a hobby?

One of my life goals is to publish a novel. I hope that happens before I'm 30 (fingers crossed!)

10. Would you like to write a) a novel  b) a short stories  c) magazine articles  d) something else -  please say.

11 Do you think there is enough support for new writers?

Like I said before, there are so many talented writers who lend themselves to novices online. I definitely feel I have found a supportive community on the internet.

12. Do you feel you should as a new writer, learn about creative writing in college, home study or night school etc.

I'm going to double major in Education and Creative Writing, but I don't think that you have to take classes in order to be talented. As my writer friend once said, writing is a mostly self-directed effort.

13.  Does your family support your quest to become a writer? 

Yes, absolutely, bless their hearts.

14.  How many hours per week do you think you can spare to write?

My education is on a brief hiatus right now, so I log about two to three hours per day writing with an additional two hours critiquing online and studying the craft.

15.  Have you read any books on grammar?

Not yet, but I plan to do so.

16. Please add any relevant remarks relating to your quest to become a writer.

It's a challenge, but boy is it rewarding!


Hope that helps :) Feel free to use my name, Anna Gergen, in your article, if you choose to quote me.

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Re: Interviewing new writers. Are you up for it?
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2011, 03:01:05 AM »
Thanks to everyone - I will start to write when the interest here dies down.  Keep posting please.

Lin x
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Re: Interviewing new writers. Are you up for it?
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2011, 04:38:59 AM »
Difficult questions, I am still thinking about the first one, I don't think that I alway's wanted to write.

For example I do think that originally I didn't recognise reading as such an obvious thing to use my eyes for. Just scanning colorless 'Grey Stuff' didn't look as
something to waste my eyes on. (Also a lot of 'Heavy Readers' did seem to have glasses, not something that promoted a 'Reading Lifestyle' to me at the time.)

Only after reading a book about (speed) reading, I discoverd reading to really be an interesting skill to be able to
look inside of the mind of the writer that wrote his or her thoughts on paper. From reading that book I also discoverd that paradoxically when you read faster, you
actually can make it more easy to follow the thoughts the writer intended. Since I read that book I now probably actually read faster than
most people, and also enjoy reading much more, and also recognise writing as an interesting and practical skill to play with thoughts
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I do write posts on it once in a while :)'

 
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Re: Interviewing new writers. Are you up for it?
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2011, 07:39:21 AM »
1. Have you always wanted to write or is this something entirely new in your life?

As far as I remember I have always written, always wanted to write and always will.


2. What are your main concerns about getting started or please share your personal experiences so far.

I have no real concerns about starting. I just start, unfortunately I start many different projects.


3. Are you a procrastinator?

Yes indeed.


4. What is your preferred genre?  (In what subject do you want to specialise?)

I don't want to be pigeonholed but I guess  at some point in time I will slip into a genre.


5. What age group are you?      a) under 21      b)over 21 but under 35       c)35 - 50    d) over 50



over 50

6. What do you feel are your weaknesses in being a new writer?

Mainly concentrating on one project.

7. Do you read books on 'How to Write'?


I used to do, sometimes I still dip into one of the books I have.

8. Are you an avid reader or do you not bother to read many books,  you just want to be a writer?


I am an avid reader, usually have about 5 books on the go at once.

9. Are you keen to look at publishing in the future or do you want to do this for a hobby?

Sure I want to be published.



10. Would you like to write a) a novel  b) a short stories  c) magazine articles  d) something else -  please say.


all the ones mentioned and poetry/plays.

11 Do you think there is enough support for new writers?


There is enough support I think and many forums and courses etc if one needs them.

12. Do you feel you should as a new writer, learn about creative writing in college, home study or night school etc.

It's finding the time isn't it? I think these things can be very useful.

13.  Does your family support your quest to become a writer? 

Oh yes I reckon they do :)
14.  How many hours per week do you think you can spare to write?

As many as I can fit in. Don't time myself though.

15.  Have you read any books on grammar?

Read books and taught English as a Foreign Language for years and still do sometimies.Mainly now to Austrian school kids that have problems. Proof read a lot for university students.

16. Please add any relevant remarks relating to your quest to become a writer.

It's sometiimes tough fitting a full-time job and a family and lots of other things into the time available but I enjoy it and will keep at it.

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Re: Interviewing new writers. Are you up for it?
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2011, 07:31:16 PM »
1. Have you always wanted to write or is this something entirely new in your life?

I've been writing for what seems like a couple of lifetimes.  It started with verse writing in high school and college.  Later I found myself in broadcasting and eventually wrote everything from commercial copy to newscasts.  I sold my first, and only, piece of verse back in the late '70s to Grit.  For some reason, I never offered another piece up for publication.


2. What are your main concerns about getting started or please share your personal experiences so far.

My biggest concern is whether light verse is still marketable.  I won't stop doing it either way.  I publish a blog on blogspot that delivers news events in rhyme.  I work against a deadline as if I had readers chomping at the bit to read me.  But that's just to keep me writing.



3. Are you a procrastinator?

I am, indeed.  Which is why I need that 'deadline'.


4. What is your preferred genre? (In what subject do you want to specialise?)

I prefer light verse.  The subject will come to me in my daily reading.  I also like essays.  The topic, there, is prompted by what's happening in the world.  It often manifests itself as a rant.


5. What age group are you? a) under 21 b)over 21 but under 35 c)35 - 50 d) over 50


Over 50.


6. What do you feel are your weaknesses in being a new writer?


Being inconsistent and the lack of ideas.


7. Do you read books on 'How to Write'?

Yes.  But I find I get more out of reading people who write, or wrote, the kind of stuff I want to write.


8. Are you an avid reader or do you not bother to read many books, you just want to be a writer?

I read almost non-stop.  I enjoy reading fiction but have no feel for telling stories, at least via prose.  I also read a lot of non-fiction, including history.  It gives me ideas of telling those stories in verse.  Of course, I also read verse and many times get that "I wish I wrote that" feeling.


9. Are you keen to look at publishing in the future or do you want to do this for a hobby?

It would be great to be published...but I find it's a great hobby.  Especially since I'm too long in the tooth to play basketball anymore:-)


10. Would you like to write a) a novel b) a short stories c) magazine articles d) something else - please say.

D) Light verse.  Though I do write the occasional 'letter to the editor', essays and articles are tough for me when I comes to knowing the marketplace.


11 Do you think there is enough support for new writers?

I don't know how to answer that question.  Sorry.  Never thought about getting support.  Just writing.



12. Do you feel you should as a new writer, learn about creative writing in college, home study or night school etc.

I'll have to cop out on that one, too.  It's got to be up to the individual. Years ago, I attended a 'creative writing course' and found myself lost.  I just can't learn that way.


13. Does your family support your quest to become a writer?

My family consists of my son and two daughters.  Off on their own. They're quite kind when they read stuff I write.


14. How many hours per week do you think you can spare to write?

I'm in what's called  'retirement' - so I can spare as many hours as it takes.


15. Have you read any books on grammar?

"The Elements of Style" and "The Bedford Book For Writers" are two books always within reach.  Along with my rhyming dictionary, of course.




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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2011, 12:45:55 AM »
This is a fun way to get to know fellow WCers. Great thread, Lin :)

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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2011, 12:53:59 PM »
1. Have you always wanted to write or is this something entirely new in your life?
I've been writing since they first handed me a crayon. I've got stacks of old copy books at home with stories about me and my dog Princess having nonsensical adventures.

2. What are your main concerns about getting started or please share your personal experiences so far.
Taking the first step into getting published was the hardest and it doesn't seem to be getting any easier. When I submitted my first short story I felt so ill I could barely eat for the rest of the day, nevermind when I approached an agent. When I got accepted by one I went home and hid under my duvet for a few days after thinking 'What have I done, I'm not good enough for this!'

3. Are you a procrastinator?
I go through lulls but when I'm in the zone it can last for months of energetic writing. I've hammered out entire novels in these phases (They're rarely any good though and it usually takes at least 2 or 3 more energetic phases full of ruthless editing, addition and plot tweaking before I even like the look of them)

4. What is your preferred genre?  (In what subject do you want to specialise?)
Crime is my passion. I like bad guys.

5. What age group are you?      
 b)over 21 but under 35

6. What do you feel are your weaknesses in being a new writer?
The nervousness. My writing isn't terrible, not in comparison to some of the stuff I've seen out there, but I still find it very hard to let anyone even look at it. I like to think I take criticism well but I can get disheartened to the point I put away my keyboard for weeks at a time if something I'm very proud of gets hammered. I'm trying to grow out of that, but it isn't easy.

7. Do you read books on 'How to Write'?
No, I just read a LOT and noticed trends. Many of the more technical points of writing, such as comma usage, I didn't pick up till I started hanging around in this forum.

8. Are you an avid reader or do you not bother to read many books,  you just want to be a writer?
My boyfriend made me get rid of half my books when we moved in together as he said our hose was too small. I still have a few hundred; from the collected works of Shakespeare my great-grandfather bought in 1910 that had its cover replaced with a cut up kellogs box some time in the 60's, to more recent books about wizards riding dinosaurs.

9. Are you keen to look at publishing in the future or do you want to do this for a hobby?
When I was in my teens, I wanted nothing more than to be published. Seeing my name on a book sleeve was the ultimate goal. I used to love watching Murder, She Wrote and imagining myself sitting at a typewriter clacking away! These days, while getting published is in the back of my mind, I find myself writing more for the pure pleasure and only when I'm truly happy with a piece will I submit it. Deadlines are not my friend.

10. Would you like to write a) a novel  b) a short stories  c) magazine articles  d) something else -  please say.
Novels are my love, though I tend to find myself drifting into the short story realm more and more these days.

11 Do you think there is enough support for new writers?
Buckets! We're spoiled for choice. Communities like this one are incredible for new writers to have at their disposal.

12. Do you feel you should as a new writer, learn about creative writing in college, home study or night school etc.
I don't think it's necessary if you have a strong grasp of the language and a passion for writing. There are more than enough resources online for finding out about grammar mistakes and plot

13.  Does your family support your quest to become a writer? 
Tolerate might be a better word.

14.  How many hours per week do you think you can spare to write?
Between work and college I'm lucky if I get half an hour a day. I always try to give myself 2 hours on the weekend though.

15.  Have you read any books on grammar?
Yes and no. I have, but mainly for my course in 'Teaching English as a Second Language'. I think there's enough resources online that most people can skip that these days.

16. Please add any relevant remarks relating to your quest to become a writer.
Read, read, read, read, read. I don't think you can be a successful writer if you don't. My bank balance despairs with all the books I've bought, researching poisons, law, foreign countries, fire arms, or even just buying best sellers in my favourite genres. Every one I read teaches me something new and improves the stories I'm able to weave.

Though, to be fair, the most fun I have when researching is the practical stuff. If you want to write about something in the Cotswolds, take a holiday there! Writing about a thief? Buy a set of lock picks and some locks then fumble your way through it. Got a shoot out coming up in your next scene? Head to the gun range and fire some off. I never realised how difficult a gun was to fire until after I got some lessons in Finland. That being said, know your limits. If you are writing about drug abusers, I wouldn't recommend becoming a smack addict or trying to hang out with some, or if you're writing about a pilot I'd not advise dropping 10 grand on getting a license. Sometimes, you can just make stuff up. :D
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« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2011, 09:56:03 PM »
1. Have you always wanted to write or is this something entirely new in your life? I've always enjoyed reading, but didn't consider writing until two years ago when a few people suggested that I do so.

2. What are your main concerns about getting started or please share your personal experiences so far. The process of writing a novel kept my attention thought the entire process. It was enjoyable and not the chore I thought it might be. It was a literal escape from my everyday concerns.

3. Are you a procrastinator? In a few things, but not in writing.

4. What is your preferred genre?  (In what subject do you want to specialise?) Crime thrillers

5. What age group are you?      a) under 21      b)over 21 but under 35       c)35 - 50    d) over 50  (c)

6. What do you feel are your weaknesses in being a new writer? Organization

7. Do you read books on 'How to Write'? No

8. Are you an avid reader or do you not bother to read many books,  you just want to be a writer? I love to read, but not when I'm writing.

9. Are you keen to look at publishing in the future or do you want to do this for a hobby? I am currently being published. I have no desire to invest the time and do the work for it to sit in a box and gather dust.

10. Would you like to write a) a novel  b) a short stories  c) magazine articles  d) something else -  please say. I have written my first novel.

11 Do you think there is enough support for new writers? It's a big game. You have to make your own support and not depend on others to do it for you.

12. Do you feel you should as a new writer, learn about creative writing in college, home study or night school etc. The basics of writing can be taught. Creativity can not. The answer is "no".

13.  Does your family support your quest to become a writer? Yes. Without the support of my wife, the novel would be sitting in that box I spoke about.

14.  How many hours per week do you think you can spare to write? 10 to 15.

15.  Have you read any books on grammar?  Only in public school. That's what editors are for.

16. Please add any relevant remarks relating to your quest to become a writer. It was not something I initially set out to do. It was quite by accident, but I found another thing in my life that I love and will continue doing, God willing.

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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2011, 02:54:41 AM »
When I do my interview I shall read the answers to each question and try to gain an overall impression on how you guys are managing your writing lives.  I shall do this after New Year.  Then at the end of Jan I am going on holiday for a week to Africa.  (Well almost Africa) Cape Verde to be precise. For those of you who don't know where it is, it's a group of islands off the coast of Senegal on the west coast.
After Christmas I have to get out my shorts and T-shirts again! Lots of writing to be done for my blog.

Keep writing!

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« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2012, 05:59:59 PM »
1. Have you always wanted to write or is this something entirely new in your life?

Writing has been in my life for many years. I can't seem to remember when I didn't write, which might sound cliche but it is true that I have always seemed drawn to it. But the idea of career writing only came to me within the past, I'd say, five years.

2. What are your main concerns about getting started or please share your personal experiences so far.

I've found that starting and pulling through with a story idea has been one of my biggest challenges and concerns thus far. It's easy to come up with ideas, but writing them from start to finish is the challenge. The idea can start to lose its sparkle, the imagery can start to fade, and loads of doubts start to fill my mind. It has taken me years to focus on one book idea and push through it.

My current concern isn't just the completion of this book, though it is still a focus of mine, but it is the publishing process. I am out trying to self-promote myself, getting followers, advice, and interest so that this dream can become a reality. I am typically very closed off emotionally, shyness is a character description most would use for me. So going out and introducing myself, pushing my book onto others is a pretty big step I am having to take. So it's not just getting discovered, it is pushing myself to go out to get the opportunity.

3. Are you a procrastinator?

I would like to think no, but I will admit that I have been distracted rather easily by things on TV, on the internet, or in a book. It is very easy to get distracted by something and from there the procrastination disease strikes at you.

4. What is your preferred genre?  (In what subject do you want to specialise?)

I love so many genres. I try to dabble in a good portion of them when I write. But it will, more than likely, always be Nonfiction. As for the ones within nonfiction; romance, humor, action/adventure, and fantasy. I will bring in some drama and angst every so often, but for the most part I prefer a happier story and setting.

5. What age group are you?      a) under 21      b)over 21 but under 35       c)35 - 50    d) over 50

I'm Over 21 but Under 35

6. What do you feel are your weaknesses in being a new writer?

First is that I am pretty bad at grammar. I know it might not be the worst thing in the world since we are blessed to have people called editors who will be able to provide inspiring help to solve this issue. But it is still a big sore-thumb of mine.

I have a lot of self-doubt and shyness I have to barrel through. Going out and introducing myself and getting my works read will be a struggle at times, I don't doubt that.

7. Do you read books on 'How to Write'?

I do have books on writing exercise, how to get published, and how to write to be published. I haven't studied them much, but I do have them on my shelf, ready to go when I need help.

8. Are you an avid reader or do you not bother to read many books,  you just want to be a writer?

Avid reader! I have quite an addiction to books.

9. Are you keen to look at publishing in the future or do you want to do this for a hobby?

I want this to be my career. I am looking for a way to get my name known and to get published (Said before, but will just keep saying it! :) )

10. Would you like to write a) a novel  b) a short stories  c) magazine articles  d) something else -  please say.

Novel/Series. I am up for doing something else on the side; short-stories and magazine articles and newspapers and other stuff like that. But the novel-series is my main focus.

11 Do you think there is enough support for new writers?

I think there is a lot of support out there, however it seems like it can be a struggle to find unless you already have someone who knows what they are doing. I have only been pointed to self-promoting (going to forums, doing a facebook page, etc) due to a friend who has been published and sort of studied a lot of this. There are things out there, just gotta do a bit of work to find them and some studying to ensure they are legit places.

And some of the stuff that is easier to find, like books, can cost. So while I believe there is support, it might be a little hard to find when you are just starting off or it could cost a little bit of money.

12. Do you feel you should as a new writer, learn about creative writing in college, home study or night school etc.

Yes. I think that a any writer, of any level, should go out and keep learning. I think it could only help and promote yourself even more. It doesn't have to be an actual college-level, stuck in the classroom, course. But clubs and books and stuff like that could really open up doors and introduce you to more people who are interested in the same line of work you are and open yourself to more advice and ideas that you might not be able to get by going at it alone.

I also find that teachers for these courses will have a good amount of experience (probably a requirement) so that would be another great source to go to on how to start off.

13.  Does your family support your quest to become a writer?

Yes, my mom wants me to make it big so I can buy her a convertable, haha. They are very supportive of my dream and are happy to support me through it. I think they also support me in the fact that I am ensuring I have things to fall back on in case the books don't pay the rent.

14.  How many hours per week do you think you can spare to write?

I try to set as many hours as I can aside, but to say how many off the top of my head...hmm, too hard to say. It really will just depend and vary on my workload at school for that week. Studying will have to come first for the most part.

15.  Have you read any books on grammar?

No, but I probably really should look into them.

16. Please add any relevant remarks relating to your quest to become a writer.

A dream is always worth the challenges that comes with it. Writing is a long path filled with some pretty rough obstacles and rocky terrain. I think that as long as you try your best, think positive, and keep on moving it will all work out :)

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Re: Interviewing new writers. Are you up for it?
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2012, 06:20:13 PM »
1. Have you always wanted to write or is this something entirely new in your life?

i haven't always wanted to write - but i've always been a writer.  i am somewhat socially dysfunctional at any level deeper than purely superficial.  after a while, i put ppl off - things like forgetting i have guests in the house:  i get up to, perhaps, use the bathroom and then an idea strikes me and i go to look it up on the internet or quickly jot it down in wordpad and next thing i know it's an hour later and the only thing left of my guest(s) is a note on the table.


2. What are your main concerns about getting started or please share your personal experiences so far.

number one main concern is finding out i'm not as good as i know i am; close behind that is writing a fabulous novel and discovering it was something i'd already read.

3. Are you a procrastinator?

not by choice - i just tend to forget what it was i'm supposed to be doing.

4. What is your preferred genre?  (In what subject do you want to specialise?)

uuuuuuuuuuuuh..............  oh wow.   easier to put it the other way:  if the words "tender" or "coming of age" or "bittersweet" can be applied to anything i've written, burn it and shoot me now.  "chick lit" is not me. and i do sex scenes only if the characters absolutely force me to.

5. What age group are you?       c)35 - 50   

6. What do you feel are your weaknesses in being a new writer?

lack of confidence and prioritizing (which comes first:  my character's laundry or mine?)

7. Do you read books on 'How to Write'?

i try not to - too much of that and i start to doubt my own ability

8. Are you an avid reader or do you not bother to read many books,  you just want to be a writer?

"avid" is such a pale, weak term.....!

9. Are you keen to look at publishing in the future or do you want to do this for a hobby?

i would like to support myself with my writing - i don't know if i'm being realistic or fatalistic but i know the odds are against that kind of success.

10. Would you like to write a) a novel  b) a short stories  c) magazine articles  d) something else -  please say.

you forgot "all of the above"

11 Do you think there is enough support for new writers?

i get more support from my bra - there are local groups and such but as for actual, concrete support, as in, the kind that would let me focus on writing instead of jotting down ideas in between booking service calls for leaking water heaters, i have yet to find it

12. Do you feel you should as a new writer, learn about creative writing in college, home study or night school etc.

whatever works - but a writer should have a solid grounding in constructing a piece of writing

13.  Does your family support your quest to become a writer? 

kind of but it's in a passive way - i don't hear "oh, i see you're creating - don't worry about dinner", is what i mean


14.  How many hours per week do you think you can spare to write?

honestly?  none.  so i don't cook, do laundry, etc, unless it's reached critical mass

15.  Have you read any books on grammar?

i have a couple of them but i use them as reference when i can't remember what my college prof taught me

16. Please add any relevant remarks relating to your quest to become a writer.

i wish it was easier to find out where i'm supposed to send this stuff once it's done.

Lin

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Re: Interviewing new writers. Are you up for it?
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2012, 09:32:06 AM »
Thanks to all who contributed.  I shall be taking this up soon and writing my interview on my blog.  I'm afraid my holiday and writers' conference got in the way, but I promise to catch up soon.

Lin x