Sunday, 22 January 2012

Answers

Over at Trifecta, we're asking the community to tell us a little bit about themselves. For some reason, they wanted to know a little bit about us too. So, my answers:

What is your name (real or otherwise)?
David Moore (AKA The Silent Editor)

Describe your writing style in three words. 
Sporadic. Short. Serious.

How long have you been writing online?
I'm only new. It'll be a year in March.

Which, if any, other writing challenges do you participate in? 
I really enjoy Velvet Verbosity's 100-word Challenge. I created my blog for her challenge.  I really enjoy it because she only ever asks for 100 words. Hence the name of the challenge, I suppose.

Describe one way in which you could improve your writing. 
Write.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? 
A colleague of mine (who is a published author) told me to write about 'what I know'. I told her I knew very little. Patiently, she then said to write 'about things that had happened to me'. I told her nothing had ever happened to me. She then (a little less patiently) told me to use the 'what if?' technique. I had no answer to that one and that is now exactly what I do.


Who is your favorite author? 
It's a huge call to name just one author. I'm reading William Boyd's The New Confessions at the moment and everyone should read his Any Human Heart. He's a brilliant storyteller and if I ever do write this novel, I'm sure you'd see his influence.

How do you make time to write?
I don't make time to write nearly as much as I'd like. I ought to, but I don't. It's a big part of 2012's New Year Resolutions. I'm hoping to increase blog posts to at least once a month...

Give us one word we should consider using as a prompt. 
I hope we get some good answers for this one, because choosing new words ain't easy.

Direct us to one blog post of yours that we shouldn't miss reading.
I like this one: http://pufferyandtaradiddle.blogspot.com/2011/04/voice.html. It's far from spectacular and it won't win any prizes, but I chose it is because it was the first writing I'd ever put up for other people to read. Dave's Friday check-in a few weeks ago talked about how difficult putting our writing out there is; it's something I still struggle with.