Ooh, quite an exciting question this week! Well, it was back then…
What was it like when you published your first story?
This is way back in the misty depths of 2013. I’d pitched my book at the grand total of one publishing house and got a resounding ‘no’ (after chasing them), and at that point I decided that I simply didn’t have the patience to do that another god knows how many times. Forever, probably.
A pretty straightforward, but quite difficult question this week: What kind of scenes do you find most difficult to write?
The thing is, I’m not sure I have an answer to this. What I find difficult to write depends on how inspired I am (or not), not what it is that I’m working on. I can’t say that I have trouble with dialogue or fights or sex or travel descriptions in particular – sometimes they write themselves and sometimes it takes blood, sweat and tears to get them out on paper.
At this rate I’ll never catch up. *grumble* I had more visitors this week – my nephew and his girlfriend – but all the family visits are now over for at least two months, so life can get back to normal. More or less. Let’s get this week’s question out of the way at least.
Unfortunately it’s not a particularly inspiring one for me: Do you use critique groups or writer’s groups? Are they helpful?
I’ve still not caught up. >.< It’s also unlikely to happen this week, as my nephew and his girlfriend are coming to visit for a week. Ah well, eventually I will catch up, if it’s the last thing I do!
But over to this week’s question, which is: It’s summer, so what’s on your summer reading list?
I nearly managed to catch up last week! Just one extra post this week and I’m good. I should be able to do that, surely?
The next question is pretty straightforward, anyway: Do you use beta readers? How many?
Catching up like this is easy! I’ve already written an extensive post on this subject previously, so please read that one.
Views on how other authors deal with this can be found here on Jay Dee’s blog.
This is quite an interesting question, though I don’t really have much to say about it. I would have had, if I’d continued to misread it like I initially did, but the actual question is this: How do you feel about movie novelisations? (So not ‘how do you feel about movies based on a novel’?)