Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Vanished! #IWSG and #WritersLife Survey Results

I want to express heartfelt grief, sending hope and prayers to all those affected by the recent tragedies around the world. Hurricanes and psychotic terrorism are running rampant! But it strengthens my faith in humanity to see so many people working together to help others.


Now, on to less important drivel...

October? Really? Time has vanished again...
Well, I'm working again, so time is flying and I'm overbooked. I keep chugging along and that's fine with me. But I miss blogging around like I used to. I was so happy to be a hostess last month--it forced me to visit, and I so enjoyed it!

This month for IWSG, I'm dealing with change. I don't like change all that much. I deal with it, but I don't really like it. I like sticking with my old phone, my old computer, and all my old ways of doing things (I hate online banking - too many glitches and cyber-thieves!). If it ain't broke... But life moves on and we have to adjust if we want to succeed, whether we like it or not sometimes. The changes in my life are still up in the air too. We are planning to move soon, but we aren't sure where we want to go. Lots of things up in the air. I'm sure we'll be fine, but the stress of it all is starting to wear me down.

Anyone else resistant to change??


Moving on... Here are the results of my Writer's Life Survey #11 - Getting into Character

Who was your first main character?


A Characterful Word Cloud

Do you normally write characters the same gender/sex as you?

Do your characters have backstories?


Do you identify with any of your characters?


Well, I hope you enjoyed the survey results. Can you relate?
And how do you deal with change?

PS - I'm doing a day of class presentations to some 7th graders on Monday about VOICE - Any advice you think I should pass on? And wish me luck!

BTW - If you're interested in helping me spread the word about DISPOSAL - Pop Travel #3 coming out in November, here's a link to the FORM.

Thanks, y'all!!

20 comments:

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I don't care for change either. It usually works out okay, but still. Hang in there, Tara! And good luck with the class presentations!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Vampire? LOL

Since my life tends to be chaos, half the time I don't even notice the changes.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looks like the average Joe is an alien...
I am not fond of change either. Good luck with the move.

The Silver Fox said...

I usually don't mind change, except when I see grammatical rules change only because so many people make the same mistake that the powers that be finally throw up their hands in disgust and say "Fine! Do it that way!" (An example? It's now officially okay to say "literally" when you mean "literally" or "figuratively!" How stupid is that?!?)

Christine Rains said...

Thrown into change, I can adeptly deal with it. Slowly moving into change, I'm a bit more resistant. Weird how that works! Thanks for the survey results. Seems like flaws are right up there with values. Two biggest things for me!

Patricia Lynne said...

The idea of change makes me nervous, but I always find it not as scary as I hype it up to be.

M.J. Fifield said...

I hate change, too. I recently had to upgrade my computer situation, which I have been dreading for years now, but it's gone quite smoothly thus far. Of course, I probably just jinxed myself by saying that. Here, let me knock on some wood just in case.

But yeah, I hate change and have to be dragged into it kicking and screaming. And I hate it when change is impending and things are up in the air. Hope that changes for you soon!

Thanks for posting the survey results. I've been looking forward to seeing them.

Chemist Ken said...

I'm very resistant to change, but strangely enough, once I'm forced to change I take to it almost immediately. I guess I just hate change for change's sake.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Best wishes on that class presentation on Voice! :) I try to tell students that voice comes out of their own unique storytelling - it's something that can be tried on like a costume, with other people's writing style - but ultimately, it comes from somewhere inside of us after a lot of practice. Of course, that's just my take on it.

Liz A. said...

The only constant in life is change. And yes, I hate it, too.

7th graders?!? *shudders* Good luck :)

Juneta Key said...

When I was younger I embraced change easier but now I don't like it at all. It feels harder now. September did move by fast for me too. I blink. Boom. Great post. Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Rhonda Albom said...

I am resistant to some change, but other times, like when we travel, I can switch the plan on the spot and am usually cool with it then.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara - lots of change going on for you - all the best with it and I sure hope it comes together easily - good luck there. Voice: if they are talking - ask them to enunciate clearly, speak slightly more slowly and just make sure they engage with the audience ... cheers Hilary

Diane Burton said...

I don't like change. I prefer the status quo. Can't live that way, though. So much changes, and I have to go with the flow. I just wish technology would wait a bit for me to catch up. LOL Good luck with your new release.

Arlee Bird said...

I adapt fairly easily to change, but I rarely look forward to the change happening.

Neat graphics and stats.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Carole Anne Carr said...

What a fun questionnaire! And fascinating results. As to voice? Tell them to be themselves, to recognise their own distinctive voice, and then to search for the give away phrases in other children's writing that makes them unique.

Heather R. Holden said...

A move? Wow. Good luck! I can only imagine how stressful a change that big is...

And best of luck with the class presentations! I have nothing but horrid memories of middle school, so you're brave for facing seventh graders like that, LOL.

Also, fun survey results! It was interesting to see how everyone answered...

Patsy said...

I (usually) don't mind change, but I hate being unsettled. I'd rather deal with something than fret it might happen.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

A lobster character! Awesome! I like change on somethings and on others I don't.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I'm also not a big fan of change. You're moving? I can't even imagine how much work that will be.