Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tagged: 7 Facts

Apparently, I've been tagged by Juliana Haygert here. I am supposed to list 7 facts about myself and/or my writing and then tag 7 others to do the same.

When I saw this, my first thoughts were, "Oh, no. I hate talking about myself! How on Earth am I going to come up with seven facts about my writing?? And if that's not bad enough, I have to force this horror on seven other people??"

So now, I'm sitting here typing this post, hoping the facts will just appear on the page as my fingers fly across the keys without any conscious effort.


Well, that didn't work, but I'm not one to give up easily. So, let's see what I can come up with.

1. I've always been a seat of my pants kinda writer (pantser), pretty much. I'll have an idea of the way I want a story to go, but I've never really written down any kind of notes or outline. So I went and read up on planning and outlining. Now I can't write. Ironic, huh? All I can think about is trying to figure out my plot points, turning points, climax and resolution. And all I get is BLANK. I've been trying to write short pieces from prompts and it seems to help me write without overthinking it.

2. I'm a perfectionist. This is a terrible hindrance to my writing. Sometimes I will spend all day writing, and rewriting, and rewriting, and then rewriting some more, on a single paragraph. I try to move on and tell myself that I'll come back and edit the whole piece at once later on, but I can't think about anything else until that paragraph is exactly the "perfect" way I want it.

3. Description is my favorite thing to write. I'm working on a post now about how I do it and what I think about when writing description. Watch for it!! ;)

4. I like to write dialog. Pick your jaw up off the floor. I have a lot of fun with it. When you know your characters really well, and you let them do the talking in your story, sometimes it really surprising what comes out of their mouths.

5. I have trouble finishing. I tend to start a project, get distracted by another project, and never get back around to it. I'm trying to work on shorter pieces til I get my project endurance down.

6. I like to write Fantasy, but Romance is my true passion. I crack myself up sometimes, lol.

7.  People who know me find this one really surprising. I'm EXTREMELY shy around people I don't know. Just the thought of public speaking causes me to break out in hives and hyperventilate. Just speaking to people in public scares me speechless (again with the irony, I know). I know this is something I need to work on getting past. I believe it stems from low self-esteem. I just can't imagine why anyone would want to listen to anything I have to say. So I feel like talking to people is somehow forcing misery upon them. I know this is ridiculous. Really, I do. I'm a fairly intelligent person, and I know that I can, occasionally, offer valuable insight and even just be fun to hang out with. I never said this was a RATIONAL fear.

So, because of this crazy shyness, I can't bring myself to force this on anyone, or even imply that they should do it. So, if you feel so inclined (and I hope you do, cause I love reading odd and/or random facts about people, and they are great places to pick up quirks for your characters), post a blog on your site and share seven facts about you and/or your writing. And you can even tag seven others to do it also, if you want. Then, in the comments below, please post a link to your page of answers so I can check it out.

Good luck in all you do. Happy writing!!

Also: ROW80 Update #3 April 11th 

I know, I'm a little early. But I should have posted on Sunday, so really, I'm a little late. Oops.  ;) 
You can see my goals here.

Writing: Sunday/Monday - 666 words on my description post, Tuesday - 747 words on this post
Reading: One down, three to go!
Editing: Still only at 6 pages overall. Gotta work on this!!!
Blogging: This post, with update!!


Juliana Haygert said...

Thanks for sharing ;) It isn't too bad online, right? =P

Rebecca Barray said...

Nah, it's definitely a lot better on online. :) Thanks for tagging me and pushing me a little bit out of my comfort zone. It's the only way we can grow, right?

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't have guessed that you are shy from your online presence! This was a fun, lighthearted, blog. I was given the Sunshine Award, but haven't posted it, partly because it's another of those pass on to 10 people, which reminds me too much of chain letters and I hate chain letters. On the other hand, it's nice to be noticed, so maybe passing it on will be a good thing. Also, I have to come up with 10 things people don't know about me, like my favorite color!

Rebecca Barray said...

I hate chain letters too! Random things are a little easier, I think. Like your favorite drink, color, song, naptime... lol. I wanted to do my seven things on writing since it was a writer that tagged me through writing connections (and that's what she did, too). Good luck and just have fun with it!! ;)

Robin McCormack said...

Great post. Enjoyed learning all about you. The internet is great for introverts and those of us who hate public speaking. *grin* Right there with you. I enjoy writing dialogue myself. It's the descriptions that are kind of vague in the first draft. Happy writing!

Shah Wharton said...

I'm exactly the same re the shyness. Not as bad now as I have been (I go through fazes). Sober I'd rather not speak to strings - ever - after a couple glasses of wine, I'm less shy - but still tend to take fast feeling like they're bored listening to me or something. Negative thoughts saturate my mind - it can become impossible to say anything at all at the worded end of it. So I totally get you. Thats why I love my online world so much. I just don't get that shyness.

Also, I get to meet people like myself and thats a wonderfully liberating thing, don't you think? :)

Good luck with those goals. X

Dahnya Och said...

Hi Becca! I have trouble responding to memes and the like as well. I always feel a little awkward sharing some of the information - what's too much? too little? - but you've seemed to do well!

Good luck for the rest of the week in meeting your goals!

Rebecca Barray said...

Thanks, Robin! My post about description will be up on Sunday with my ROW80 update. Keep watch! I hope you find it helpful!

Shah, I love meeting others like me!! Thanks for the support! Good luck with your goals too!

Hi Dahnya!! I know exactly what you mean. I fiddled with this post for hours trying to decide if I was oversharing or not, lol. Thanks for the support, and good luck with your goals too!