One of my favorite novelists posted a Penmonkey Evaluation on his blog. Though I was a while ago, I kind of got tagged to do it, so I figured it can’t hurt.
a) What’s your greatest strength / skill in terms of writing/storytelling?
Uh, good question. I’d like to say character and showing character development. I love watching characters change and writing about character interactions. For me, I usually have a set of characters long before I have a plot. And I mean long before. Sometimes years before. So, character. I’m going with that as my answer.
b) What’s your greatest weakness in writing/storytelling? What gives you the most trouble?
Ah! Cry, cry, cry…action scenes. No contest. I struggle so much with writing action-y bits.
c) How many books or other projects have you actually finished? What did you do with them?
Well….lots, actually. I can’t even count how many books I’ve finished. Somewhere in the low teens? 11 or 13? Something like that. The only one I’ve stuck with so far is Opus, which had two really bad first incarnations that don’t even vaguely resemble what it is now. However, there is a scene from the baby book (and I mean the embryo idea of the thing that became Opus) that has survived to Opus Draft 2, though it doesn’t necessarily quite look how it once did.
What have I done with them? I guess I shared them with my friends, now my critique partners. I tried to get one of them (that I wrote with one of my best friends) published. But that didn’t work out, given that we were eleven at the time.
d) Best writing advice you’ve ever been given? (i.e. really helped you)
Write the book you’ve always wanted to see on the shelf but could never find it. For sure. Even though it’s a complete butchering of one of my favorite author’s (Maggie Stiefvater) advice, it’s helped me more than any other advice I have ever received.
e) Worst writing advice you’ve ever been given? (i.e. didn’t help at all, may have hurt)
“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” Sorry Stephen King, I love my adverbs. I love all the parts of speech actually. Same goes with verbs of being. I like verbs of being, just not the passive voice.
f) One piece of advice you’d give other writers?
Uh……..I don’t think I’m qualified to give advice quite yet.