Writer’s Questionnaire

Writing Habits: A Questionnaire

I found this questionnaire while perusing ‘s blog. She gave credit to find the questionnaire on The YA League. I thought it might be interesting to reflect on my own writing.

1. Typed or Handwritten?

When I am fiddling with a few new ideas, I like to handwrite them in my Hello Kitty notebook. This notebook contains starts to poems or just ridiculous lines I hear around the university. However, when I want to start a piece, I will type it on the computer. My thoughts come and go quickly, thus the need to type.

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2. Cursive or Printed?

Printed. I used to be a cursive whiz back in elementary school, but it was all downhill from there. My cursive handwriting is atrocious and I often make up my own letters if I cannot remember the proper way.

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3. Show us your favourite pen.

When I write, I like to use colour. At one point I had a large stash of neon gel pens for my writing endeavours. I found that I got lost in the writing if it was all one colour. So, each break I took away from my piece would mean I would switch the colour.

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4. Where do you like to write?

My ideas seem to just fall out of my head while I am in the shower, but it is hard to get those down on paper due to the excessive amounts of water falling off my body. Aside from the shower, I find peace in writing a few lines in the ‘Crush’ space at the University. My emotions are usually at a bursting point when I sit over there and the paper gets filled with words.

5. Who are your five favourite authors in terms of authorial style?

Jane Austen

Ellen Schreiber

William Shakespeare

Vivian Vande Velde

Neil Gaiman

6. What are you your three favourite books on writing?

Teaching Adolescent Writers – Kelly Gallagher

How to Write About Shakespeare’s Comedies – Paul Gleed

To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme? – Sandy Brownjohn

7. Have you ever competed in NaNoWriMo?

I have participated in NanoWriMo twice in my lifetime.

8. Have you ever won NaNoWriMo?

I was successful in one of my attempts. I accredit the success to being in high school and having a lot more time for writing.

9. Have you ever had anything published?

There has been the odd poem here or there that has managed to squeeze its way into a Canadian writing journal or two.

10. What projects are you working on now?

My major projects are all on hold until after I finish university. However, I do enjoy free writing some poetry when I have a spare minute and  a spare emotion to unleash on a page.

11. What is your soundtrack to writing?

If I just want a bit of background noise to accompany my writing, I will turn to the Tsubasa Chronicle’s soundtrack to fill that void.

I Talk to the Rain

12. Do you have a writing pump-up song?

When I was working on my novel, I had one song and one song only that would bring some fierce inspiration.

So What – P!nk