Road Trip Wednesday just keeps getting harder and harder. Today's question is:
What are your writing and publishing superpowers (drafting?
beta-reading? writing queries? plotting? character creation? etc.) --
and what's your kryptonite?
Honestly, I feel like I have no business even answering this one. I have twenty blog posts and two WIPs that, combined, don't yet reach 10,000 words. But really, right now--that kind of is my superpower. I'm new. So I'm allowed to not know things, I'm allowed to ask questions, and I'm allowed to not be very good. This is the first thing I've done that I'm really, truly new at in a long time. Like, maybe the last thing was trying out for my first high school play, or picking up the clarinet in 8th grade. Other things have been offshoots of things I was already good at. When I stage managed for the first time, or directed, I had already done a ton of acting and random tech theater work, so I felt that there was pressure to be good right away. When I started teaching, I had gone through ten summers working at camp, so even though teaching public high school in Queens was a far cry from theater camp at a Y outside Albany or progressive private school camp for 9-year-olds in Greenwich Village, I still expected to be good right away.
But writing? The only time I have ever sustained any kind of daily writing habit was when I was fourteen and writing fanfiction. For Ally McBeal. (Plus one crossover, where Ally and friends visit the Bartlet administration from The West Wing. Oh yeah. It's out there. It's terrible--all 13,000+ words of it!) So going into real writing, I have no pressure other than wanting to tell stories. I can celebrate every word, because it's one more than I had written before. I can bang out a short story and submit it to a contest, blithely aware that I will almost certainly not be chosen for publication. I'm basically a writing infant--and that's my greatest strength right now.
And my Kryptonite? At the moment, computer games and trashy TV. Really anything that lets me put off actually sitting down to write!