The Word Nerd Co-op

June 3, 2008

My Questionnaire

Filed under: Goals — randomranter @ 5:33 pm

Sorry for the delay, I was having wordpress issues yesterday.

Me: Random Ranter aka Tara

1. At what level would you describe yourself as a writer (for instance, just starting to take myself seriously; searching for a graduate program, etc.)?

I would say after being a writer for years, I have in the last two years started to properly admit to and own the title and to take steps toward possible publication.

2. What genre(s) do you write?

Right now my stuff has a chick lit feel. I have some adult stories on the back burner, but the ones I am working on right now are young adult.

3. How do you fit writing into your life right now?

It’s crammed in around the other stuff. I am working on that.

4. What is your goal for this project (June 1-Aug. 31)?

I need to get the loose ends in my WIP cleaned up and the synopsis polished.

5.What steps do you plan to take to reach that goal?

Keep on writing. I have also targeted some contests so that I have to get it out there.

6.How do you reward yourself (or how would you like to be rewarded) when you meet a goal?

Food. Or reading/knitting time.

7. What writing craft books do you have/like?

I don’t have that many any more. I had Strunk and White and an anthology – On Writing I think. I also read some writer blogs that focus on craft. And I have gone to a few conferences and am going to RWA Nationals this summer.

8. Any craft books you’re interested in checking out?

Yes. Hopefully I will remember those names.

9. What inspires your writing?

All sorts of things – snippets of conversations, a fascinating idea, or just a really good what if.

10. How would your author’s blurb read?

I have trouble with this one, but something like: Tara comes from a family of storytellers and always loved creating stories. She finally deciding she needed to start commiting things to paper. She also enjoys reading, knitting and eating and is working hard on her next story.

11. Tell us about your family (partners, kids, pets, etc.)

My household is me and my cat, but I have a great group of friends who read, write, think, travel, and even sometimes knit.

12. Have you ever participated in Nanowrimo (finished or not!)?

Finished two years running.

13. What can you do to make it easier on yourself to meet your goal for this project?

Writing would be good.

14. What are you looking for in terms of support from a writing partner (ex. Exchanging work for critique, being held accountable for meeting a word count goal, etc.)?

I think someone who will nudge me and remind me I was supposed to be accomplishing something is good.

15. What crafty pursuits do you enjoy when you’re not writing?


16. What other hobbies/past times do you like?

Eating. Reading.

17. What non-writing-craft books have you enjoyed?

Too numerous to list, so let’s tag some authors: Nora Roberts, Carridad Ferrer, Jennifer Crusie, Suzanne Brockmann, Meg Cabot, Vicki Pettersson, and Lani Diane Rich.

18. What else would you like to share with us?

Just a little guilt that I can’t name every author I love. And I’m excited about this.


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