Today we are having a bit of fun with author, Saewod Tice.
DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A WRITER?
There is always the one question interviewers ask: “Did you always know you wanted to write?”
Most responses I’ve seen from authors is always that they knew they would be a writer someday. To be honest, for me, it wasn’t something I knew I would do someday or even attempt to succeed. Had I always written short stories, poems, journal upon journal of thoughts and feelings? Yes. I’ve always had a desire, even a need, to do something creative as a part of my life.
But not all writers knew they would be writers, let alone find themselves able to submit their work to an agent or publisher. I only found my confident enough to take the leap after my husband pushed for me to do it. The rejections were disheartening, but then I got some great advice and a way to look at the rejection as an improvement tool. (Yes, it was/is much easier to say than it is to do – even still.)
So, for fun, let’s take the Clarke Patented "Am I Really a Writer?" multiple-choice test below and find out once and for all if you've got what it takes!
THE CLARKE PATENTED "AM I REALLY A WRITER?" TEST
(Borrowed from www.caroclarke.com)
A. I think I'm a writer because:
1. I enjoy writing
2. I enjoy reading
3. I enjoy typing
4. I enjoy knowing that I am a creative being
B. I tend to get my ideas from:
1. the world around me
2. the fantasies within me
3. the TV in front of me
4. the concept of "idea" is so, you know, anal retentive
C. I try to write:
1. one sustained period a day
2. one sustained period whenever inspiration strikes me
3. you mean I actually have to write something all the time?
4. only when it won't violate my imaginative flow
D. I believe that adjectives and adverbs:
1. should be used sparingly
2. should be used vigorously, fulsomely, and without stint
3. are what, exactly?
4. are pathetic attempts to limit my creative energy
E. I structure my novel-in-progress by:
1. writing to a prepared plot outline
2. writing according to how the story seems to be telling itself
3. writing whatever comes into my head from moment to moment
4. how mundane actually to have a "novel-in-progress"; I have a concept
F. I achieve the self-discipline to write by:
1. forcing myself to work whether I'm in the mood or not
2. letting guilt finally force me to do something, anything
3. jotting down half a page now and again and rewarding myself with ice cream
4. self-discipline is the enemy of creativity
G. I deal with difficult, blocked or 'dry' periods by:
1. working on something else to retain good writing habits
2. panicking and bingeing
3. wondering if I shouldn't take up decoy carving instead
4. only real writers are really blocked
H. I strive to make my work:
1. as good as it can be by rewriting and polishing
2. as good as that first true inspiration will allow it to be
3. as unembarrassing as I can before going to my writing group – they're really mean
4. as unintrusive in my creative life as possible
I. I approach the task of finding an agent or publisher by:
1. researching the market thoroughly and learning how to make a professional
2. sending my manuscript and a very nice letter to my writing tutor's publisher
3. sending my manuscript to the publishers of the latest best-seller
4. they'll be knocking on my door begging me for my manuscript
J. I accept rejection slips:
1. with a pang, then move to the next submission
2. with a little sigh: I secretly knew it was no good
3. with a howl of unbelieving rage: ignorant jackasses, don't they know true talent when they see it...
4. I'm too sensitive to put myself through such a negative experience
K. I see myself in the future:
1. finding satisfaction in writing novels my readers enjoy
2. becoming a rich and famous best-seller and appearing on TV
3. winning the Pulitzer, the Booker, and the Nobel Prize for Literature
4. being the most famous person on the planet. Hey, in the universe!
L. I want to write because:
1. I have characters and stories bursting to come to life
2. I like the idea of having a book published
3. I like the idea of being a writer
4. I didn't say I wanted to write, just that I know I'm a writer,
and this is a dumb test, anyway
How to score this test:
Count up the numbers of the answers you have selected.
If you have a total of:
12-16: You seem to have what it takes. I'll see you in print one day.
17-25: Time to get serious. Take one giant step towards a professional attitude.
26-35: What a dweeb. Quit dreaming and get a life.
36-48: Jerk extraordinaire! Out of my sight, thou posturing ninny!
Having taken the Clarke's Patented "Am I Really a Writer?" Test, you now know if you are a real writer or not. If you are, congratulations! If you aren't, contact me for some useful websites on needlework, photography or windsurfing.
The above is just for fun. If you want to know if you are a real writer, Write. If you write, you’re a writer. If you don’t, then you aren’t. Is it really that simple? Yes, it is. Being a published author does not define you as a writer. Remember that as you make those keystrokes on your computer or your pen strokes to notebook.
I’ve been extremely fortunate to be welcomed by multiple publishers into their family of writers, but I still feel the sharp sting of rejections. It’s taking me awhile to truly say it out loud or in an official manner, but regardless, my name is Saewod and I’m a writer.
Author of Amongst the Ruins
Amazon - www.amazon.com/Amongst-Ruins-Chronicles-2020-ebook/dp/B005OZIIVE/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_3
Noble Young Adult - www.nobleyoungadult.com/Books/329
Blurb: In the year 2220, only about 15% of Earth's population have survived and thrived after the Nuclear Disaster of 2020.
With the collapse of modern society, the population has regressed into eight clans.
Amongst these clans, an unusual girl grows from child to adult.
Raised on the run and in hiding, Shilo wants to be free of the expectations of women. But in a ruined world where anyone could be an enemy, only the radiation-twisted mutants are clearly identifiable. A fertile female is a precious treasure, and any lapse in caution can mean a loss of the freedom she longs for.
Training as hard as a soldier would, in order to free herself from social constraints, she finds herself faced with an offer from a new clan--an offer that provides her with what she desires. But her recently found independence brings discovery, and discovery brings two very different men from her past—and each of them is determined to claim her.
One is obsessed with owning her, the other desires her as the only person who can make him love again.
Bio: Saewod Tice lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. A self-proclaimed foul mouthed, book nerd who loves reading genres ranging from Young Adult to Horror to Erotica.
To escape the structured, methodical confines of her day job, she delves into her overzealous imagination producing dystopian worlds and romances. When not writing or spending time with her family, she embraces her Computer Geekdom through the internet. Including being a member of Writing.com, TextNovel writing forums, and RWC group.