As some of you know, some of us have found interesting ways to distract ourselves throughout the Pitch Wars process. From posting funny videos to naming characters or book title, we have found the fun in the excruciating wait for word from the Mentors. One of the fun things we can all take part in is tweeting #PitchWarsAMA – Ask me anything, started by @Eris0303. If you see the hashtag, ask the person a question. Once they reach five questions they will post up the answers on their blog and tag someone to do it next. Please note, this is totally unofficaial, it is just participants finding ways to have more Pitch Wars fun.
So, here are the five questions that I was asked:
How do you prepare to write rough draft of new manuscript? Asked by @EGMooreWriter
I don’t prepare rough drafts, ever. I just begin and go from there. For my first book, from start to finish, it went: write, edit, write, edit, write, edit, edit, edit, write, edit. Or something like that. For my second I did do an outline but I have deviated from it so much now that I am giving up with it and have returned to write, edit, write, edit… you get it. I do keep a list of character attributes and aesthetics, these are especially helpful early on. By now, I know my characters so well I don’t need to refer to it. I have gone back and forth between saying ‘yay – outlines are great’ to ‘I can’t work like this’ but ultimately when I get stuck it can be useful to write a quick outline for the next couple of chapters, none of which I will stick to but I find it gets me writing again.
Have you ever taken a literary trip? Asked by @Eris0303
I am not well travelled. By that, I mean I was born in Ireland, moved to England when I was nine and went on a school day trip to France when I was ten. So no, I have never taken a literary trip. However, I do plan on visiting the Jane Austen Museum which is not far from where I live. I do go for a walk when I get flummoxed by something in my writing – does that count?
The one trip I want to take more than anything for my writing is to the Appalachian Trail. I would love to hike it all the way through from Maine to Georgia; it is a dream of mine. My story is set in the Appalachians, I just love the trail so much even though I have never walked it, or seen it in anything other than pictures.
If there was one thing, other than writing, that you’d like to succeed in, what would it be? Asked by @winellroad
Again, I would like to reach my second dream (first is obviously writing related) and walk the Appalachian trail. Other than that, I would like to travel all around the world.
Do you ever put a little bit of EL Wicker in your main characters? Asked by @TKentWrites
Yes, my protagonist lived a solitary life for a long time. That is her little piece of me. I like the solitude that writing brings – I enjoy my own company. Plus, I like to think I’m kickass *sniggers
What are your hardest scenes to write? Asked by @Aightball
This is an interesting one because what I do and do not find hard to write is not what I thought. I used to think that writing action and fight scenes were going to be the most difficult but it turned out that I was pretty good at them (according to my lovely Beta’s).
The hardest parts to write are actually the emotions. I don’t want to say – ‘I felt sad’ I want to describe what my character is doing in a way that the reader can see she is sad through her actions. We can show that we are sad by being disinterested in everything, we can show our anger by behaving badly so why write ‘I felt angry’ when there are so many fantastic ways to show the emotion our characters are feeling. Raw emotion is powerful, and using it is a great way to have your character act ‘out of character’ so I try to utilize that. When I first started writing, it was hard to do that and at times, it still is. I regularly search my MS for the words feel and felt so I can weed them out and inject some emotion through action where possible.
So that is my five. Next up – @EGMooreWriter TAG – You’re it!