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.

10 comments:

  1. Nice meeting you, Dave. Hope you won't be quite as silent and we'll read more of you. :)

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  2. Dear Dave (could be an advice column, no?)

    Thank you for sharing with us - it's nice to meet the "Silent" Editor.

    I am curious for yet another answer: the name of your blog? I love, love, LOVE the word Puffery - not so sure about Taradiddle, although it has a lovely ring to it. :)

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  3. Well, that VV response proves you can write even if absolutely nothing has happened to you in all of your years. And I say, if it really hasn't, go out and make something happen.
    I added Any Human Heart to my Goodreads.com list because I am everyone.

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  4. Hello there! It's fun getting to know the editors. I'm completely enjoying the whole Trifecta experience. I am wordy as all getout, and I can't be and succeed with these. Very useful tool. Also, I'm loving building from a word.

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  5. I've always had difficulty with the 'write what you know' technique too... what I know leans toward the boring.

    Nice to meet our "Silent Editor."

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  6. Yeah, I wouldn't use 'imp' to describe that voice either, sounds more like a bastard.
    Knowing that you guys are actually hoping for good suggestions for the prompts makes me feel like a heel for (jokingly) suggesting 'poop.' I really just couldn't think of one. Which I suppose if the problem you and Lisa have every week. They've been great so far, though. Keep them coming.

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  7. Yeah, I wouldn't use 'imp' to describe that voice either, sounds more like a bastard.
    Knowing that you guys are actually hoping for good suggestions for the prompts makes me feel like a heel for (jokingly) suggesting 'poop.' I really just couldn't think of one. Which I suppose if the problem you and Lisa have every week. They've been great so far, though. Keep them coming.

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  8. This was a great idea!!! You and Lisa deserve kudos for putting this together and pulling it off. Looking forward to your more frequent postings, since everyone always remains committed to their New Year resolutions! ;-)

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  9. Nice to meet you Dave, I read your suggested post and loved it. Hope to read more from you.

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  10. I'm just seeing this post for the first time. Because, you know, I was on hiatus. Anyway, I never knew that - that you started this blog for the 100-word challenge. I'm so happy to discover this! I loved your contributions. And maybe this sounds silly, but now that you're involved in your own project, I feel proud. :)

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