Q: What is your favorite piece of your own writing?
A: The one I am currently working on.
When you are a famous author (or a yet unfamous / yet unpublished author with more than one complete / yet to be completed piece of writing), feel free to use this in an interview like so many other authors. Or be honest and tell them the name of your favorite work. Or tell them my instinctual answer:
All of them.
I include my small part in the Prairie Chicks blog in this list of favorites. The Prairie Chicks Write Romance blog isn't rolling belly-up in the water. The Chicks will cease posting because they're finished. Not giving up. Finished.
This is how I see it. An accomplishment to be proud of.
What else have I seen?
Well. Today, I observed a flock of determined Chicks fearlessly experiencing the Surrey International Writers Conference (Expect great things from these women. I do).
And you know you are too. You're fearlessly determined. But you don't need me to tell you that. You know already. That's why you're here. Even if it is because you feel the need to search for some spark to remind you of your determination. Day by day, I am finding my spark and am glad for the shower of flames and positive energy this weekend promises.
Call it a project or an experiment or a work of love or a relentless drive, but you are a writer. You don't need me or anyone else to tell you that. And there is nothing I or anyone else can do to stop you. Remember that.
What have I learned?
I am the opposite of a fair weather writer. I like it cold and dark and snowy. Summer is for gardening and edits.
Writers as a collective are unbelievably supportive and kind and caring, even if they pretend to be introverted hermits.
I am less of an introverted hermit than I originally suspected.
What is in my future?
Writing. Writing. More writing. I vow not to get in the way of my story. Not to be that author whose head pokes out from the shrubberies or who you can tell is hiding in the linen closet. I will allow my characters be described by their actions, not a list of their hair and eye color.
A lot more time with mermaids and mermen. Mostly mermen. Shirtless ones.
Some thought into the pros and cons of a pen name. A piece of advice from Julia Quinn this weekend - if you want a pen name, go ahead. But keep your first name so you actually turn your head when someone is talking to you.
Perhaps a bit more blogging on my personal blog, which has sadly fallen into disrepair over the summer.
What bit of advice can I, an unpublished author, offer to you:
Be authentic. Be true to yourself. The right decisions in life are usually the difficult ones. This does not mean every difficult decision is the right decision. Follow your heart. Follow your head. Follow your stomach. Floss. Sing in the shower. Eat your main character's favorite meal. Spend time with the ones you love. Secretly observe them as character research. The show must go on.
Enjoy every moment you write. Enjoy this thing you love. This thing we love.
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."