1. Hemingway is my number one inspiration too. Like you, I wouldn’t say that my writing style or voice is anything like his, but he’s one of my favorite writers and his advice is always the best I’ve ever heard, time and time again.

    I had never actually read that bit about the one line, but that is absolutely how I write my short stories too. Some little thing will be a catalyst–I’ll hear someone say a set of words that are particularly intriguing, someone’s name will spark something, I’ll have a thought that sounds lyrical…and I’ll be like, this could be a story. And it’s so funny, once you have that one line the rest just happens. When I have writer’s block, I find myself searching for quips, story prompts, “first lines,” etc that will spark something in me, because I know that’s all it will take if I can just find the right ones.

    I often feel like rather than coming up with ideas and making up stories, I’m opening up windows into reality and writing what I see. A character just forms, and then I must write what they do (I don’t feel like I’m the one deciding). This is probably why I’ve had such a difficult time with longer stories and books, because I’m flighty and my interest is prone to wander to other characters; other stories; other windows of reality.

    In response to your questions:

    1. I really wish I could improve my level of patience (I know I can with time, but…I want to be patient RIGHT NOW). I tend to rush through stories. Sometimes that’s good–sometimes it’s meant to be short and sweet. But there are some stories that absolutely should be longer and I often get overwhelmed and try to just finish it, which is when it suffers the most.

    2. An emotion I want you to write about: unrequited love, but not “I love her but she doesn’t love me back.” More like “we’ve been married for 2 years and I just now found out she was never really in love with me.”

    This is what happened between my ex-husband and I, and it was its own unique bundle of gut-wrenching.
    I’ve never seen anyone write about it before.

    • So I completely forgot about the fact that I asked people what topic I should write about at the bottom of this post. I’ll have to write something up and put it on the story repository you can see…once I finish chapter 6 of the story I’m working on (not sure if you’re caught up there)? I really like your idea though. I may have to do that.

  2. Right now, I would say the biggest thing I wish I could improve about my writing process is FINDING THE TIME TO WRITE. I find it hard to just focus and eliminate distractions, and find the time to do so. But I’ve made the move to going back to writing things out by hand first. I’ve always been able to focus more that way, and while it may take me slightly longer to pen 2000 words than it does to type them, I tend to produce more concise, quality work and accomplish more that way.

    My process has definitely changed over the years, having become a writer for a career. I find I have less time to search for inspiration, and instead have to learn how to force it. The way I describe it to people is it’s become like a puzzle for me. Taking all the pieces (aka quotes and information) and fitting them together in the write order, with the right amount of padding. The downside, is that it has created a problem for my creative writing process, where I often come up with the middle or end, and then can’t seem to piece it together to get a beginning. So I’m practicing going back to that. We’ll see what happens.

    As for your second question – I’m going to challenge you to write something about regret. Not the kind of regret of a simple decision, but the kind that keeps you up at night, haunting your thoughts.

    • Oh man…I totally have an idea as to what I could write about with regret. I’ll see what I can do. As we get a bit closer to my book releasing (looks like you’re reading through my posts now, so I’m sure you’re getting to that post soon), I may use said idea as a way to give people insight into what my writing style is like.

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