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The Tuesday Topic

tuesdayChange of pace today. I usually leave you with one question, but today I have ten … TEN! So, get your interactive boots on. You must … simply MUST speak back to me today. If you don’t, I’ll cry and that really messes up my keyboard.

The inspiration for these brilliant questions (really, aren’t they blinding you?) came from an article I read discussing what degree of creativity is motivated by nature vs. nurture. This poll is all very scientific and the only acceptable excuse for not responding, is that you’re not a writer at all.

1. Were there many books in your childhood home?
2. Were you read to you as a child?
3. Are/were your parents avid readers?
4. Are there other writers in your family?
5. Have you always channeled your creativity into writing?
6. What other creative talents do you have?
7. Do you believe you were born to be a writer?
8. Do you have an MFA?
9. Do you write with the goal of publication?
10. Are you already published?

29 thoughts on “The Tuesday Topic”

  1. oooh, I love surveys!

    1. yes
    2. yes
    3. yes
    4. yes
    5. yes
    6. does eating count as a creative talent?
    7. yes
    8. no
    9. yes
    10. yes (short stories)

    Will you be compiling the results? Can we expect multi-color charts? 😉

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    1. Concerning your answer to #6, I’d like to think it does, or at least enhances creativity because I gained 20 pounds writing this novel. And now that I’ve said that publicly, I have no choice but to keep dieting. 🙂

      So far, I’m afraid to compile the results. I might have to come to the conclusion I should retire my keyboard.

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  2. 1. Were there many books in your childhood home? Children’s books-yes. Adult books-no.
    2. Were you read to as a child? Uh… sometimes yeah. Not often though.
    3. Are/were your parents avid readers? No.
    4. Are there other writers in your family? Not really.
    5. Have you always channeled your creativity into writing? No.
    6. What other creative talents do you have? I also sew, paint, and fence (the sword kind of fencing). I enjoy scrapbooking. I work out daily.
    7. Do you believe you were born to be a writer? Yes. I used to dig papers out of the garbage, staple them together, and make them into little story books. I had an obsessive problem. It has never gone away.
    8. Do you have an MFA? Isn’t that a bad word in texting language? If you mean Master of Fine Arts, no. I’m not that pompous–even if I had one, I wouldn’t brag about it. I ever rich enough to get a masters. Loved college. Got a BA. Then the $$$ ran out.
    9. Do you write with the goal of publication? Of course. Absolutely yes.
    10. Are you already published? Nope.

    Fun survey. Thanks for letting me participate. I’m running one of my own at my blog. Probably bad etiquette to plug my own blog, so I won’t.

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  3. True or false, multiple choice, or essay perhaps?

    1. Books in the house? Probably more in mine than anywhere else. Otherwise, print, yes, but more magazines than books. Grandmother loved Zane Grey. Later I read one, but that was enough. Yet I loved to read myself. Where that came from – no clue.
    2. Read to? Nope.
    3. Avid readers? Not much; like I said, more magazines.
    4. Other writers in the family? No.
    5. Only writing? No, I read more than wrote early on, did more of painting and drawing initially. During college discovered some knack for making pictures with words instead of paint. Over time that’s the way I’ve leaned.
    6. Other talents? As said above, but seldom exercised. Maybe when I get old?
    7. Born to write? Ha! Now there’s an essay I won’t begin. Could say it this way – one day I asked the air what should I do? Air said one word to me – write. I was of a mood to take air seriously, so I do. Simple as that. Expression is its own purpose and reward. And I don’t mean anything grand. It is more a very personal intent.
    8. MFA? Nope. Self-taught for the most. Suppose I’m rather ill behaved, unkempt, as a writer. But neither do I learn alone, certainly.
    9. Publication as a goal? Define publication. But in the common sense, no. But being public, yes, that matters to me, personally. It would seem empty to me just writing in a hole. And I do poetry, not novels, so websites are workable and appropriate venues from my point of view.
    10. Already published? Just a bit. In on-line magazines. And by the by, old fashioned of me I suppose, but that art and craft of letter writing also counts to me, even if to an audience of one. And that is a joy to me.

    Thanks Linda. A little playtime in the sandbox can be fun!

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