Call yourself a writer?

NS August 17th, 2009

My new blogging friend and kick-ass feminist writer Karen at Spinning Plates tagged me for this writing meme and since I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what my goals are as a writer, I thought I’d give it a whirl. It originate with Linda at You’ve Got Your Hands Full.

Which words do you use too much in your writing?

I use ‘just’ entirely too much.
Which words do you consider overused in stuff you read?

I’m not crazy about this whole ‘Win/Fail’ stuff that seems to be so popular right now. Drives me up a wall.

What’s your favourite piece of writing by you?

Ooh, that’s a hard one. This one means a lot to me but I also like this one and this one because it always makes me chuckle when I think back to how befuddled I was at some of the British ways of doing things when I first moved over.
What blog post do you wish you’d written?

I wish I’d written Strawberry’s well-reasoned and measured response to the health care debate in America instead of my swearing, guns-blazing rant. But then again, I’m not known for being well-reasoned and measured.

Regrets, do you have a few? Is there anything you wish you hadn’t written?

There are posts that I regret spending so much time on but none that I regret themselves. I have least favourite posts, of course, but I still wouldn’t say I regret them.

How has your writing made a difference? What do you consider your most important piece of writing?

To date, the most influential and controversial thing I’ve written is still Not a Happy Birthday, the feature on birth rape that I wrote for The F-Word.

Name three favourite words

Just a minute

…And three words you’re not so keen on

Delicious, luxurious and sensuous (as they relate to products made for women)

Do you have a writing mentor, role model or inspiration?

I have a few. First and foremost, my mother, for inspiring me to become a writer at all, and for being an amazing writer herself. The bloggers whom I look up to are many but I’d have to say that Jen and Charlotte are my most influential mentors. They both write with refreshing candor and thoughtfulness and have both supported and encouraged me greatly over the last couple of years.

What’s your writing ambition?

To use my writing to affect change somehow, somewhere, and in whatever way I can; to connect with people and be moved and inspired; to write a book.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever gotten about your writing?

That it has the ability to make some people think about things from another angle or perspective.

The rules:
If you have time to do this meme, then please link to my original, then link to three to five other bloggers and pass it on, asking them to answer your questions and link to you. You can add, remove or change one question as you go. You absolutely do not have to be what you may think of as a “published” or “successful” writer to respond to this meme, I hope people can take the time to reflect on what their blogging has brought them and how it has been useful to others.

I’m tagging Blues of a Waxwing, J. Lucy Muses, Motherhood: The Final Frontier, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave Em and This Is Worthwhile but feel free to do it even if you weren’t tagged.

8 Responses to “Call yourself a writer?”

  1. Charlotte says:

    Thank you for this meme, which I’m going to rush out and copy, and thank you for your unbelievably kind mention! I regard your blog as my go-to place when I have a visceral reaction to something, but can’t formulate any clear thoughts about it, because I know you will have! Glad to be on this road with you, dear Ms Savage.

  2. Thank you! Once again I’m honored that you even read what I write and the company you put me in is, well, wow. I’ll do this meme in the next day or so for sure.

  3. jen says:

    awww, i’m blushing! thanks :) sending the love right back atcha.

  4. Karen says:

    Ooh, I’ve never been described as a ‘kick-ass feminist writer’ before but I think I like it! Thank you :-)

  5. joanna says:

    Thanks for the tag! I really (oops, there’s one of my overused words) needed something to write about today. And having now visited my fellow tagees I feel privileged to be in their company.

  6. A Free Man says:

    Thanks for the link to that health care post. I wish I could have written that one too. I wish I could write anything about it, but I’m just fed up and noone is listening anyway.

    Crikey, when did I become such a negative nelly?

    Crikey, when did I start using ‘crikey’?

  7. mothership says:

    Oh, I love your responses and thank you so much for tagging me – I have already been tagged, though so I will consider myself exempt for now. Feel free to bag me with the next one, though.

  8. Strawberry says:

    Thank you so much for mentioning my blog post, and for the kind words! I really appreciate it. :)