I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by writer Eve Messenger. Basically, the Liebster Award is a blogging meme that allows bloggers to recognize other blogs they enjoy, similar to the Blogger Recognition Award.
Now, I’m terrible at blog-tagging. Part of this is because I feel really awkward “tagging” people chain-letter style, and the other part is that a lot of the blogs I follow don’t actively participate in blog tagging.
However, when I made my post about the Blogger Recognition Award, I realized a large part of the award was letting other people know you appreciate what they do. So I posted a few of my favorite blogs/resources, but I didn’t tag them directly. Instead, I emailed them privately with a link to the blog post and an explanation of why I had nominated them. Four of the seven people I contacted responded enthusiastically, and while they didn’t tag anyone themselves, they seemed happy to know they were appreciated.
So, on to the Liebster Award!
According to the Liebster Award rules, I must now:
- Answer a list of questions
- Nominate other bloggers. (I’m going to amend this slightly…)
- Pose eleven questions of my own.
The Questions Asked of Me
1. How important do you think it is to network with other writers?
Depends on your goals. If you want to improve your writing, networking can be a great way to find resources and get advice. If you want to learn marketing, networking with other writers can help you learn what worked for them and what didn’t. If you want to socialize with people who are familiar with the trials you’re going through, then networking can be helpful.
Just don’t forget to spend time writing, too.
2. Do you ever read books more than once? Which ones?
Sometimes. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman is one trilogy I specifically remember re-reading, along with Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling, and Shatterglass by Tamora Pierce.
3. What’s the scariest or most challenging thing for you about writing?
Not being sure if other people are going to like what I write, and thus whether the dream of being able to make a living off this is possible.
4. What is the most amazing thing about writing?
Seeing your worlds come to life. And those moments when you’re re-reading your work and get lost in it without realizing you’re reading your writing. That’s awesome.
5. Where is your favorite place to write?
Wherever I can successfully get into the scene without being distracted. That being said, there’s a coffee shop downtown that I did a lot of writing at for a while, and that was enjoyable. I love the smell of coffee… I just don’t like the taste.
6. When’s your best time of day to write? Why?
Whenever I can. (Though I seem to get on a writing streak in the evening or early morning, depending on the day). But really, that depends on whether my day job is in season or not. If it’s in season, then I’m going to be trying to find writing time when I’m at home (and not working on book covers), or during the weekends.
7. What are three of your favorite words?
Um… I’m not actually sure. I can’t think of anything off the top of my head. Though when I read the word “semaphore” in Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, I looked it up on Dictionary.com, then really wanted to use that word in something. I’m proud to say that “semaphore” made it into the final draft of Magic’s Stealing.
8. What’s one thing that would tell you you’ve “made it” as a writer?
When I’m able to make a living off my writing (or off the combined books and games sold through Infinitas Publishing with my husband), then I’ll know I’ve “made it.” That, and seeing people enjoy the stories we’ve worked on.
9. In terms of writing or reading, what’s the best thing anyone could say to you right now?
That they really enjoyed a specific scene in a story I’ve worked on… (I love talking about my story plotting, so getting to talk about the specifics is exciting). On the other hand, simply being told that they believe I’ll be able to reach my writing goals is also helpful.
10. Do you have any rituals, superstitions, or preferences related to writing or editing?
I sometimes listen to particular songs or types of songs to get a specific scene in mind.
11. In the face of all the rejection that comes with being a writer, what advice would you give to someone to help them stay on a path toward achieving their dreams?
Keep working to improve your craft (writing or otherwise) and look into all the options. Don’t restrict yourself to one path. Figure out specifically what you want, and learn what it takes to make that work. Don’t try going into your dreams blindly, because there are a lot of pitfalls that can sneak up on you if you aren’t careful.
I nominate you.
That’s right. I’m going to shake things up a bit.
Since the point of the Liebster Award is to discover new bloggers, and since I’ve recently done a similar exercise via the Blogger Recognition Award, I’m going to open up my side of the blog-tag to anyone who wants to make a post in the next week. I’m going to pose 11 questions, and if you want to participate, answer these questions on your blog, then post a link to your post in the comments below. Next week, time permitting, I’ll collect any shared links, then list them on a new blog post.
You are welcome to continue the trend if you wish, but you don’t have to. 🙂
The Questions I’m Asking You
- What do you like to write, and what are you working on now?
- What does writing mean for you?
- If you could visit any place in a story you’ve written, what place would you visit? (Juicy details, please!)
- If you had the chance to meet your characters, would you? Who would you want to meet?
- What is your favorite book?
- If you had to recommend a specific resource (blog, book, website, etc) to another author that you found really helpful, what would you recommend?
- Do you have any preferred forms of social media you like to use? Why?
- Why do you blog?
- What is your favorite quote?
- What’s your favorite game?
- If you could have a special power, what would it be?
I look forward to seeing what you have to say. 🙂