Every Good Word: A Writerly Link-Up

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What was your first-ever piece of writing?
I wrote (and had drawn art for) a fan fiction about Peter Pan and Princess Tiger Lily with my back-in-the-day homeschooling friend Emily.

// 2 // 
How old were you when you first began writing?
In the single digits. I don't remember the exact age I was though. 

// 3 // 
Name two writing goals. One short term & one long term.
(i) I want to finally figure out decide on whether or not to write my WIP Fantasy novel main character's POV in 1st or 3rd person. (ii) Complete my first Fantasy novel and try to have it published.

// 4 // 
Do you write fiction or non-fiction? 
I write both. Right now I'm focused more so on my fiction writing than non-fiction, though I would definitely love to end up writing in both genres in the very near future. 

// 5 // 
Bouncing off of question 4, what's your favorite genre to write in?
Ooh, that's a tough one. I love creating fantasy worlds (in my fiction writing) just as much as I love to write poetry . . . So, I guess I can't really pick just one genre!

// 6 // 
One writing lesson you've learned since 2013 began.
That it's okay to shelf a WIP for a while to focus on the "real world" a bit more. See also: WEDDING PLANNING

// 7 // 
Favorite author, off the top of your head!
Madeleine L'Engle

// 8 // 
Three current favorite books.
(i) Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (ii) Captives by Jill Williamson (iii) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

// 9 // 
Biggest influence on your writing {person}: 
I've always been insanely mesmerized by Madeleine L'Engle the writer and Madeleine L'Engle the person. I have nearly all of her books, non-fiction and fiction - every time I read through one of her books it's like I find another piece of my soul. I just love her!  As far as a person(s) whom I know IRL who have encouraged me? My momma and Lynette. They both read my poems back in the day when they were, well, for lack of a better word crappy, and yet they both continually encouraged me to keep on writing; to share my heart and my imagination and His great love for the world through my words. And so I have been doing so.

// 10 // 
What's your go-to writing music? 
TRON: Legacy (Soundtrack), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Game Soundtrack), Lindsey Stirling, Florence + The Machine, Snow White & The Huntsman (Original Score), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Soundtrack)

// 11 // 
List three to five writing quirks of your's! Little habits, must-haves as you write, etc.
(i) I can't write if there's a bunch of noise going on in the house - this gal must have COMPLETE SILENCE, or else. . . (ii) I'm a night owl, so naturally I love to write when it's quiet and everyone else is already asleep. (iii) Yoga pants or jammies are what I live in while writing. True story. (iv) I love chocolate covered coffee beans for snacking purposes and a hot cuppa coffee - I know, double trouble! (v) I'm totally OCD, so sometimes I find myself having to step away from my writing for a day or two to keep myself at bay before destroying - ahem, deleting - sometimes (what I like to think of as) perfect or perfectly awful scenes/paragraphs/sentences. 

// 12 // 
What, in three sentences or less, does your writing mean to you? 
My writing is an outward expression of inner happenings and imaginings - spun within my heart and mind and soul, and then it is combined; intertwined; melded together. It is my own personal brand of art - art in that it is rare imaginative happenstance that comes about in a very only-the-way-Sarah-could-do-it form. It is my complete livelihood; it is encompassing, surrendering and soul-unlocking.

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  1. I loved all of this, but that last sentence is amazing. :)

  2. Ooo, the tron legacy soundtrack sounds fun to listen to for inspiration. I might try that sometime. I'm a little like you in the sense that I'm a night owl, but I like to listen to music while I write. This was fun reading and seeing what things we have in common. Hope you have a great day!

    1. Tron is probably my favorite film/music score to listen to in the background when writing, and I have absolutely not a clue as to why, other than the fact that I just plain love it of course! Oh, and thanks for dropping by, Kay! I love seeing new names/faces here on the blog! :)