Sara Taylor does the Deep Cuts Writer Meme

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was possibly delusional when I first realized I wanted to be a writer. And then I forgot and re-encountered that realization over and over for at least a decade before sitting down and learning how to write.

I write because not writing isn’t an option.

When I’m writing, I drink whiskey, vodka, port, or tea. Usually not all at once.

What’s the line that you’re most proud of writing, the one you keep going back to in your mind? (Tell us what work it’s in, if you want.) I’m more likely to remember bad lines and cringe. Anything I like too much is inevitably cut. Though there was a line in a 10th grade history essay: “Bubonic Plague swept through Europe like a truckload of prunes through a short grandmother.” The teacher wasn’t impressed.

My favorite writing advice book is Negotiating with the Dead.

I’m most comfortable wearing hiking socks and yesterday’s clothes from under the bed when I write. Send a photo of yourself in it, if you’re comfortable with that.

Pen, typewriter, or computer? Either pen or computer, depending on the inclination of the narrative. Occasionally text message, for poetry that hits me when I’m driving.

When I was a teenager, I wrote about epic journeys with twist endings.

My writing style most closely resembles a bottle of wine knocked off a shelf so that the spreading stain slowly takes on the shape of the name of the man that killed your mother. Or whomever I’m borrowing from at the moment.

If you ever decided to write hardcore erotica, what would your pseudonym be? To tell that would completely defeat the purpose of having a pseudonym. But I can say that she likes corsets and floppy black hats and is drafting a novel.

I come up with my best ideas when I don’t have the time to write them down – usually while I’m packing up to go to a writing workshop.

Where do you write? Often on the move – train carriages are wonderful because you can’t get out and there isn’t anything to do that you didn’t bring with you. At my desk or in bed, or in the study carrels in the library, or outside when I’ve gone for a day hike and brought a notebook with me. When I was eleven I started carrying the notebooks with my novel drafts in them everywhere, so by now the one thing I’m good at is starting right up where I left off.

I have give or take one hundred/ at least seven/ too many to count unpublished stories/novels/poems in my trunk.

I’d trade places with the author named [author name] any day. I’d trade with anyone that had eight figures tucked away in the bank – then I’d be able to concentrate on writing instead of finding ways to eat. When I grow up (if I grow up) I want to be Margaret Atwood.

Writing is a discipline as much as an art.

I memorize poetry. When it hits me in the right way. I have no idea how to write poetry, and doubly no idea how to workshop other people’s poetry.

Ten years from now, my writing will be better, I pray to God. Also read.

The resource book/website I use most when writing is dependent on the piece. Possibly the OED.

All I need to make my writing career grow are a room of my own and a thick skin.

I prefer to write in the morning or late at night, whatever is demanding most insistently to be taken up.

What do you want the epitaph on your grave to say? “I told you I would never want kids!” if I don’t outlive my aunts, otherwise an invitation to graveyard enthusiasts to enjoy the nice grass and take rubbings.

Visit Sara Taylor’s website.

Samael Gyre does the Deep Cuts Writer Meme

stewart_eugeneI was 8 when I first realized I wanted to be a writer. It was summer and I wrote a story called “The Big Fish” which I still have. It dawned on me that people did this for a living and that I could, too. I was hooked. Never have made a living, though.

I write to speak the unspoken and show the hidden. I call it Ficta Mystica, or mystical realism.

When I’m writing, I drink coffee & herbal tea.

What’s the line that you’re most proud of writing, the one you keep going back to in your mind? — None come to mind, I am a process writer, not a goal writer.

My favorite writing advice book is the one in my head I’ve culled on my own over the years.

I’m most comfortable wearing clothes when I write. Send a photo of yourself in it, if you’re comfortable with that.

Pen, typewriter, or computer? Pen and computer these days, have used all forms of typewriter too.

When I was a teenager, I wrote about strange things, same as now.

My writing style most closely resembles that of me speaking, and yes, I really do talk that way.

If you ever decided to write hardcore erotica, what would your pseudonym be? I do write hardcore erotica as Everett Bedford. It is the best in the business and is available through Pink Flamingo books and elsewhere. Three novels so far. You can find links on my website at genestewart.com/wordpress

I come up with my best ideas… I am a process writer, not an idea writer; I find stories that rely on ideas to be like wind-up toys. That being said, I write everywhere I am. I carry a notebook and pen, I keep a journal, and I make notes on my iPhone and so on, too..

Where do you write? See my photo above, that’s my office just off the kitchen.

I have far too many unpublished stories/novels/poems in my trunk.

I’d trade places with the author named Samael Gyre any day.

Writing is an avocation, not a profession.

I write and read and love poetry.

Ten years from now, my writing will be a decade older and I hope a decade wiser.

The resource book/website I use most when writing is Ralan or Duotrope if I’m peddling short fiction, otherwise it’s all revelatory visits from cloud beings that glow blue.

All I need to make my writing career grow is to publish novels and have them prove popular enough that people will pay for them despite the apparent death of respect for intellectual property.

I prefer to write. Period.

What do you want the epitaph on your grave to say? SOON.

Samael Gyre, aka Gene Stewart, has a website. Go see!

Lisa Morton does the Deep Cuts Writer Meme

morton_lisa200I was an embittered and disillusioned screenwriter when I first realized I wanted to be a writer.

I write because I’m arrogant enough to think I might be good at it.

When I’m writing, I drink Supreme Shi Gu Ping Oolong Tea (I’m a total tea snob).

What’s the line that you’re most proud of writing, the one you keep going back to in your mind?
(Sorry, it’s three lines):

    “My name is Lisa Morton. I’m one of the world’s leading authorities on Halloween. And this year I discovered that everything I thought I knew was wrong.”
    —the beginning of my novella SUMMER’S END, forthcoming from JournalStone this October

My favorite writing advice book is ON WRITING HORROR, edited by Mort Castle.

I’m most comfortable wearing a cat when I write.

Pen, typewriter, or computer? Toshiba netbook computer.

When I was a teenager, I wrote teen romantic comedies (yes, really).

My writing style most closely resembles that of Lisa Morton.

If you ever decided to write hardcore erotica, what would your pseudonym be? Ben Dover

I come up with my best ideas in the shower.

Where do you write? My office is one end of the living room couch.

I have some stuff I’m saving for another themed collection and not much else in my trunk.

I’d trade places with the author named Lisa Morton (sorry, but I don’t want to trade places with anyone) any day.

Writing is a lifestyle.

I really need to learn how to write poetry.

Ten years from now, my writing will be read by astronauts on their way to Mars.

The resource book/website I use most when writing is Wikipedia.

All I need to make my writing career grow is another 10 lifetimes.

I prefer to write [blank].

What do you want the epitaph on your grave to say? Pretty scary for a chick.

Visit Lisa Morton’s website.

Scathe meic Beorh does the Deep Cuts Writer Meme

Scathe meic BeorhI was 14 when I first realized I wanted to be a writer.

I write because I am compelled to.

When I’m writing, I drink coffee, but only in the morning.

What’s the line that you’re most proud of writing, the one you keep going back to in your mind?

    ‘God twists the little wills of men to serve His purpose in the end.’
    (the novel BLACK FOX IN THIN PLACES)

My favorite writing advice book is Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury.

I’m most comfortable wearing pajamas when I write.

Pen, typewriter, or computer? Once upon a time, pen and typewriter. Today, though, a laptop.

When I was a teenager, I wrote about Jesus.

I come up with my best ideas while I am reading.

I have at least 3000 unpublished stories/novels/poems in my trunk.

I’d trade places with the author named nobody any day. (I am happy with who I am.)

Writing is a gift to be cherished and used.

I not only adore, but depend upon, poetry for my prose.

Ten years from now, my writing will be no better than it is right now.

The resource book/website I use most when writing is Dictionary.com.

All I need to make my writing career grow is to be represented by a good agent.

I prefer to write stories and novels these days, though poetry was once what I could not stop writing.

What do you want the epitaph on your grave to say? Please Forgive Me.

Visit Scathe at Goodreads.

Patricia Lillie does the Deep Cuts Writer Meme

lillie_patriciaI was five when I first realized I wanted to be a writer.

I write because it keeps me sane. Sort of.

When I’m writing, I drink coffee.

My favorite writing advice book changes. Right now, it’s a tie between Stephen King’s ON WRITING, and MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT, edited by Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller.

I’m most comfortable wearing jammies when I write.
(No, I’m not a morning person, although I get up at 5 or 5:30 a.m. to write. In a perfect world, I could spend all day in my jammies, writing and drinking coffee. And, nobody would speak to me before noon.)

Pen, typewriter, or computer?
Computer. I’m a lousy typist and can’t read my own handwriting.

When I was a teenager, I wrote about dark stuff.

I come up with my best ideas while driving or in the shower. Then I have to remember them until I can write them down.

Where do you write?
Wherever I land: on the couch, on the porch, at the laundromat, at the library. Sometimes, even at my desk.

Writing is fun.

I read poetry.

Ten years from now, my writing will be better than it is today, I hope.

Visit Patricia Lillie’s website.

Sandra Odell does the Deep Cuts Writer Meme

I was 10 when I first realized I wanted to be a writer.

I write because I can’t not write. Kind of like not breathing – great for a horror story, bad for a horror writer.

When I’m writing, I drink water or Diet Mountain Dew.

What’s the line that you’re most proud of writing, the one you keep going back to in your mind?

    “Toby was a boy who couldn’t tell time, but he didn’t mind. Time couldn’t tell Toby, either.”
    — “How Toby Told Time”, BARDS & SAGES QUARTERLY, Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2011

My favorite writing advice book is Writing Down The Bones.

DignityI’m most comfortable wearing my Kermit the Frog hat when I write.

Pen, typewriter, or computer? Computer or Pen. Sometimes blood, but I’m all out of Band-Aids.

When I was a teenager, I wrote Star Trek fanfic. Hey, we all have skeletons in the closet!

My writing style most closely resembles that of myself. You can’t find your own voice if you are too caught up in who you sound like.

If you ever decided to write hardcore erotica, what would your pseudonym be? Xander Allwood

I come up with my best ideas while I’m nowhere near anything to write them down.

Where do you write? Usually out of the house. Too easy to get distracted at home, and it’s awkward trying to hide the bodies.

I have far too many unpublished stories/novels/poems in my trunk.

I’d trade places with the author named Kij Johnson any day.

Writing is a joy.

I read and write poetry. Don’t understand it, but I read and write it.

Ten years from now, my writing will be ongoing.

The resource book/website I use most when writing is Google.

All I need to make my writing career grow are more hours in the day and someone else to take care of the house.

I prefer to write anything and everything.

What do you want the epitaph on your grave to say? Well, This Is Going In A Story

Visit Sandra Odell’s website.

Angel Leigh McCoy does the Deep Cuts Writer Meme

mccoy_angel200I was eleven when I first realized I wanted to be a writer. Until then, I’d wanted to be a veterinarian. In retrospect, I probably should have stuck with that.

I write because I am.

When I’m writing, I drink Diet Coke.

What’s the line that you’re most proud of writing, the one you keep going back to in your mind?

My favorite writing advice book is Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories That Resonate by Brian McDonald. It’s short and simple. It gets right to the point. It talks about the theme of your story, and how important it is to have one. It then goes into how to support your theme, with very clear explanation and good examples.

I’m most comfortable wearing my glasses when I write.

Pen, typewriter, or computer?
I forgot how to use both a pen and a typerwriter about twenty years ago. Computer and iPad all the way.

When I was a teenager, I wrote gothic romances and short stories about talking fish that granted wishes, ghostly hookers (of which I knew very little), and reincarnation.

My writing style most closely resembles that of lots of people; I’m still looking for my voice. If you find it, send it home, please.

If you ever decided to write hardcore erotica, what would your pseudonym be?
Fok Fu

I come up with my best ideas right before falling asleep.

Where do you write? I write primarily on my couch, laptop in lap, and a cat on either side.

I have a bunch of junk unpublished stories/novels/poems in my trunk.

I’d trade places with the author named Neil Gaiman any day. He seems to have created a wonderful life for himself.

Writing is masochism. You’re unlikely to make money off it, people love telling you how much you suck at it, it makes you fat, and yet, you can’t stop.

I write poetry when I’m in love.

Ten years from now, my writing will be ten years closer to being popular, ’cause I’ll be ten years closer to being dead. And we all know that writers don’t really make it until they’re dead.

The resource book/website I use most when writing is Dictionary.com.

All I need to make my writing career grow is ass in chair.

I prefer to write in complete silence.

What do you want the epitaph on your grave to say?
“Have Sex Here — Make a Ghost Happy”

Visit Angel McCoy’s website.