Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Three Things I Write, Three Things I Don't

I was tagged to write about three things I write and three things I don't by the lovely Rhonda Parrish.





Here goes!


Three things I write

Contemporary middle grade fiction--I love girly stories. Just the sight of this picture makes me want to make up a story to go with it.




Scary middle grade fiction--I landed my awesome agent with a book series I penned about tween ghost hunters. I LOVE that series...but everyone else was writing and selling similar books at the same time. I still want to write about ghosts, though. Like this tween ghost book by Lauren Barnholdt:




Lightweight young adult fiction--I say that because I've been told my voice is too young for YA. I'm kind of a lightweight, I guess!





Three things I don't write

Vampires--The idea of people drinking blood doesn't appeal to me, nor do I find pale men who sparkle remotely attractive. But I admire anyone who writes and reads that genre.




Dystopian--While I love futuristic stories, I'm not into the "society self-destructed so now we live in an overly-controlled world" concept.




Poetry--Pat Hatt's blog made me realize just how not poetic I am. If you haven't read it, he blogs in verse and some of his readers comment in verse, as well! It's SO fun. I think if you write poetry, you have a bright future writing picture books.




Now to tag three people.

Pat Hatt--I mentioned him above, so I'm tagging him, too! He's a prolific writer, having written books for both children and adults. Here's one of his children's books:



Madeline Mora-Summonte--Madeline's blog, The Shellshank Redemption, is a collection of her thoughts about writing and life. Plus she's the author of this flash fiction collection:



Finley Jayne--Finley Jayne is both a writer and avid reader, taking in more than 100 books each year. She's currently working on an ebook chronicling her adventures as she went from mommy jeans to skinny jeans.



What do you write? What do you avoid writing?

67 comments:

  1. Poetry. I admire poets, but gosh I can never be one. Talk about hard!

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  2. Pat does make it look easy. I know I suck at it, so not going to try.
    You should still write those ghost stories.
    Thanks again for the award - posted about it today.
    And feel free to join us for IWSG sometime.

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  3. Aw, thanks for the shout out today! And the dystopia gif made me laugh out loud :D

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  4. I write poetry and I like to dabble in short stories :)

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  5. Great blog post! I have a "middle-grade" voice too rather than a YA one. But I am trying my hand at a YA thriller. Mostly I write from a male POV--I have two teenage sons, so it comes natural;-) I don't mind reading other genres besides mysteries and thrillers as long as they are knock your socks off kind of reading!

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  6. I'm one of those that is 'turned off' by vampire stories....in my way of thinking if there really IS/WAS vampires in history sucking blood from the innocent...wouldn't, by now at least, we all be vampires?

    Love the idea of teen girl ghost hunters.

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  7. I love writing about vampires but I can't do poetry either.

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  8. I don't write books yet but when I do they will be about my life. I always wanted to write ... as with you I wouldn't write about vampires or futuristic books but I do enjoy it when others write ♡

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  9. we do hate damn vampires!

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  10. Thanks for the mention/tag!

    Love the idea of that tween ghost hunters series. And the Dystopia and Poetry gifs totally cracked me up. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  11. lol I can rhyme away at my bay, always having my say. Even if it is nonsense haha thanks a ton for the shout too. And with vampires, I'm with you.

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  12. Just wanted to point out that only in Stephanie Meyers' world do vampires sparkle.

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  13. I don't do vampires either. Never saw the charm in bloodsuckers with death on their breath.

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  14. This is a great topic! I'm also a no-poetry writer. I really like a story, and unless it's an epic or narrative poem, there's no story. I'm not a dystopian writer or a romance writer, but I love to write something scary or something that addresses an issue that's important to me.

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  15. I can't write poetry, either. Not too long ago, I did an experiment in haiku. I thought it was great but I felt a big yawn from those who read it!

    Mostly I write about how God shows up in my life. And, of course, I share photos of my grand-twins.

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  16. i liked your answers. :)

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  17. I have dabbled in poetry, but like you, I don't do vampires or dystopian worlds.

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  18. lol I love vampire reads but so with you on the pale sparkly variety. I'm good. Thanks. lol

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  19. Writing is a tough thing to do. For me anyway. Some authors just flow so nicely. You have to have your niche though. Hang with yours.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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  20. Great post as always, Stephanie! I'm writing a dystopian story right now, but I'm finding it pretty difficult. It's an important message that needs to be told, but imagining a future that bleak is so depressing. I don't think I'll write this kind of fiction again. It feels too much like non-fiction for me.

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  21. Hmm. I don't write any of those genres, LOL! I'm with you on the vampires, though. And the poetry. God, I love poetry, but I cannot write it.

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  22. Awesome. It's funny how your voice develops over time, eh? My favorite genres to write are YA horror, fantasy and historical, or a combination, but I've tried all different genres. My third book was MG, and I've never gotten the taste out of my mouth. It's such a fun genre.

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  23. It's helpful to know what you are good at! BTW, you had asked in a comment about writing contests for middle graders--there's info about one now (poetry!) on my blog.

    Yvonne

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  24. I have written some poetry but I don't consider it worthy of any note. I love ghost stories and hope to see you do more as you would have your own vibe to it. I agree with you about the dystopian(spelling??) world. I am getting tired of them. In films as well. The only future world that seems hopeful and optimistic is Star Trek other than that we are all heading downhill and I think we need some more optimism

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  25. I think some genres are sometimes better than others but middle grade books are cute!

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  26. I write action, humor, fantasy, and an occasional horror. I haven't tried to write for a younger audience, and I think if I did try, I'd probably fail miserably. I don't have enough appreciation for poetry to do it justice.

    Loni

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  27. Love that poem. That sums up my poetry talent as well LOL.

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  28. I definitely do not write poetry either. I appreciate people who do, but I am not one of them.

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  29. I read almost everything - and write almost nothing. A balance which works for me.

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  30. How fun! I loved reading about what you like to write and not write. I love to write poetry- but that quote is hilarious!

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  31. How fun! I loved reading about what you like to write and not write. I love to write poetry- but that quote is hilarious!

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  32. I cannot do poetry. I tried in college, and it was just....horrible.

    My wheelhouse is YA and NA. Mostly YA.

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  33. Pat is an amazing poet AND he knows it. :)

    I like writing the creepy and am considering writing something for MG or YA. I don't do well with romance or violence.

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  34. I have to agree about not writing about vampires, those and zombies do not hold my interest. I think you found a great assortment of what works for you to write about :)

    I look forward to seeing what Pat writes; all in rhyme indeed, so it should be interesting!

    betty

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  35. Great post. That first photo is so cute and I can see why it inspires you. I doubt if your voice is too young for YA. YA can be for kids as young as ten. Maybe you reach the younger end of the YA spectrum, or your books could be enjoyable for any age because you are a nice person and it shows. I write poetry when God sends me a poem. My poems are nothing like Pat's. I write the occasional short fiction. Not long ago I wrote an article about senior citizen dating and how difficult it was to start dating after 30+ years of marriage. I especially enjoy that kind of writing because it's personal and amusing and I hope it helps someone or makes someone laugh. It reminds me of when I was a newspaper reporter and sometimes wrote a column for the paper.

    Love,
    Janie

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  36. Hah! What a fun list and I think it's a great way to learn more about you and other writers. We all have our niche's, both in writing and reading preferences. I'm a big fan of the Princess Diaries and you just gave me an idea for where to look as I'm on the hunt for a new read. :)

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  37. I LOVE writing flash fiction.
    I like poetry too.
    I'm busy with a suspense story.
    I don't do vampires either.

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  38. I Don't care for vampires or dystopia either. I like something with more love and hope in the story but I'll admit, I love a good mystery. Something to keep interested and guessing to the end.

    Those young girls are adorable. They look like great friends doing their toe nails. Doesn't get any girlie than that.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  39. I also dislike Dystopian stories

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  40. Yeah, poetry is hard...

    I don't do dystopian either. Or vampires. I don't do dragons either, but that's mostly because I'm intimidated by all those that have done dragons so wonderfully in the past. There's no way I could compete.

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  41. I write mainstream literary fiction and fantasy. I do not write about vampires either.

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  42. Cool idea for a blog hop. Interesting how you found your agent through books you didn't publish. Funny how things work, but maybe your books will sell later? I love Patt Hat's blog.

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  43. My writings all over the board, but for the most part YA fantasy and paranormal, including vampires. grin.

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  44. I have eclectic reading tastes, but haven't gotten into the whole vampire/zombie/werewolf stuff. Doesn't mean I never will, but it isn't likely. (Unless one of my writing pals writes something along those lines and asks me to read it.)

    As for writing, I won't write about any of those aforementioned topics or erotica, either. Just about anything else is fair game.

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  45. I don't write poetry either, but I admire those that can. I agree that you should still write those ghost stories!

    I write urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and geeky contemporary romance. I don't write poetry, YA, or MG. (Though that's amusing since my favorite series ever is Harry Potter!)

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  46. I write romance and contemporary fiction, but my characters fit into the New Adult category, so I may explore that some more.

    I love your girly take on life. And I love Patt's poetry. I'll leave the poetry to him, but I believe reading poetry helps us write better.

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  47. Verse always feels forced for me. I have tremendous admiration for those who do it well.

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  48. Will have to check Pat Hatt'sblog, that sounds interesting. I don't read much dystopia either and I'm tired of vamps.

    P.S. thanks for stoppingbymy blog the other day!

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  49. I don't like vampires, either. :)
    I'm telling my 12 yr old granddaughter about your blog..bet she will love it....I surely do.:)
    xo

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  50. I'm in 100% agreement about vampires. Don't write them. Don't read them. And I have a bad taste for dystrophia, too. It goes against my philosophy to imagine a darker world than we have at the present. Once imagined, something is more likely to become real.

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  51. Three things I do:

    Psychological: (I'm currently writing about Dissociative Identity Disorder)

    7 Deadly sins tying into Greek Mythology (I've abandoned this one right now)

    Horror.

    (I'm such a happy person)

    Three things I don't:

    Happy contemporary- I love them, just can't write it. At all, haha.

    Dystopian (as well) I tried in the past, but gave up. It's just...yeah.

    Paranormal (I've written some in the past) but that was when I was reading a ton of paranormal when I was like 15.

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  52. Ugh! I write so many things. In fiction, YA but they say it trends older. Literary fantasy, paranormal and supernatural. Would love to write horror but am too scared. In nonfiction I write magickal herbalism, earth-based spirituality and about magick, as well as folklore. I enjoyed your post. Admire your whimsical nature and wish I could find your sort of lightness in my very dark writing.

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  53. I write paranormal, fantasy, and contemporary romance. I don't write erotica or humor. Neither are for me. I do love humor in books though.

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  54. I don't do vampires either.

    I write what is known as chick lit.

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  55. The dystopia meme made me LOL! I love that you write for a younger audience because we need good literature out there for tweens and okay, I like reading them once in a while as well.

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  56. I love those girly girl covers.

    I can't imagine writing a vampire or dystopian novel, but who knows, maybe one day I will.

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  57. Dang! You mean there will be no vampire hunting tweens who battle through a sea of blood and gore?

    Haha, that works for me.

    Yes, Pat Hatt and his friend Brian Miller over at WayStation One always impress me with their poetry skills. And like you, make me realize that I should let the pros do that.

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  58. This is a really cool post! I could never ever write a dystopian. I admire those who are able to but, even though I don't plan on being an auther, I don't think I'll be able to write that kind of story and for it to be successful. :P

    Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

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  59. I dont like vampires now for nothing special:)
    Aw Pat is Pat lol
    Sometimed I write many things but not poems.but never post any:)
    You know Im a cook if I write the people would be afraid:)
    They wsnt recipes.
    But really I think read is the most important thing for me!

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  60. Lol. every time I read PattHatts blog I get the same feelings. He is so super talented.

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  61. Great idea for a blog post, Stephanie! I used to have poetry come to me, but it doesn't anymore. I wish it would return!
    I admire anyone who can write with a lighthearted voice. I always seem to be so serious all the time!

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  62. Roses are red,
    Paper is white,
    I could read posts like this all night.

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  63. Yeah . . . I'm not much for writing poetry myself, but even though vampires aren't my favorite creature, I don't share your distaste for them, and I am so over dystopians right now that it's not even funny. Great post!

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  64. Aww you said I was lovely! :) Thank you.

    I liked your post. Is there any chance of you releasing your ghost books sometime in the future when the market isn't so crowded, or are those shelved for good now?

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