Writing On Wednesday 2.16.11

Writing on Wednesday is a weekly meme created at Bookish Ardour. Visit to join the conversation with other writers.

This week’s question:

Writing Stereotypes: Have you been subjected to them? What do you find are the most common you’ve been subjected to and what ones have you heard of?

One of the most common stereotypes about writers is that writers are reclusive, hidden away in a garrets, scribbling by candlelight. I sort of wish I had a desk in a garret some days! I can be reclusive, but time alone is a luxury for me. These days, many writers do a lot of networking and presenting. The writer in the garret is an image from the past.

Here are some other stereotypes about writers and writing that I’ve encountered:

  • Writers are spelling wizards. I’m not a terrible speller, but I make good use of spell check. I’m spoiled by modern technology.
  • If you aren’t published by Random House, you self-published. There are many smaller presses out there that publish and pay authors for their work.  These presses are more likely to publish a first time author. My first novel was published by a smaller company in Florida.
  • We write because we are tortured. Well, I don’t think that I am quite right in the head, but outwardly I live a fairly normal life. Writing is very cathartic.


Wednesday 2.2.11

Today is sort of a snow day. My daughter and husband have an official snow day, and my boss gave me the option to stay home. I am. I like starting the day with some memes, drinking coffee and wearing pajamas.


To play along visit Should Be Reading and answer the following three questions:

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers:

I’m currently reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I just finished The Hunger Games, and I’m sure I’ll read Mockingjay next. So far, I love this trilogy. I like Peeta better than Gale. In the words of Oscar Wilde: “This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.”


Writing on Wednesday is a weekly meme, created at Bookish Ardour.

This Week’s Question: Do you read what you write?  If you don’t would you consider it? And if you do, did you read it first or write it first?

I read the genres that I write. I also read more genres than I write. I read historical fiction and “grownup” fiction, but I haven’t written any of my own yet. I write YA fantasy, and I’ve definitely been inspired by authors like Juliet Marillier, Holly Black and Libba Bray. Lately, I’ve been trying my hand at some steampunk. We’ll see what comes of it! I’ve read Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker, and I really enjoyed Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn series. I intend to read more steampunk this year.


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