Although there are not enough hours in the day to check out as many blogs as I’d like to, I occasionally read something from someone who follows my blog because I figure we probably have common interests.
Today I read a post from the Happy Typewriter, which had straightforward questions intended to focus one’s writing. Being one of those all-over-the-place writer, I was intrigued. So I answered the questions myself.
Q: What do you want to write about?
A: Ordinary people put in extraordinary circumstances
Q: Do you want to do fiction or non-fiction?
A: That’s a bit of a Sophie’s Choice for me, but if I absolutely have to pick one over the other, I’ll go with fiction.
Q: What genre do you enjoy writing the most?
A: Right now it’s plays.
A: Writing for the stage has been so satisfying because when one of my plays is read aloud or performed by others, I get to hear it from the audience’s perspective. (The best part is being in the audience and hearing others laugh at my jokes!) In addition, my poetry and novels have reached far fewer readers, and I don’t get to be there when the reader is experiencing it (except in my critique group), which means it’s not as fun for me.
It would be interesting to pose these questions again in a year to see if I’m still in the same place…
Now I pose to my writer friends: how would you answer these questions?