Monday, August 26, 2013

Every Good Word linkup

So... Hey, this is Ellie... *brushes off dust* how have you all been?
Nevermind the awkwardness that comes from posting on this half-dead blog.
I am still writing strong, I just never post because my newest stuff is from the middle of my novel and also my novel's violence and language content exceed the standards I set for this blog. I'll give you a heads-up more on the novel later (maybe...).

For now I saw this link-up floating around across a few of my favorite blogs (Bree's and Mirriam's) and I thought I'd join in the fun. The tag was from a newly-made blog, Every Good Word, by Meghan. I've added it to my feed and am excited to join in the fun of a new writing blog out there!

But for now, the tag:
  1. What was your first-ever piece of writing? I've never officially published anything, so the only piece of writing I've ever finished would be my current work in progress, An Island of Grief. It's had many drafts over the years, some were complete, but I'm continuing to work on it until it's perfect. (People say don't aim for perfection, you'll never get there. But my inner critic is saying that my most recent draft is indeeed perfect, and if I can finish it I'll have the inner critic satisfied, and ain't that the goal?)
  2. How old were you when you first began writing? Let me check... I officially began writing in 2008, so that would make me 12.
  3. Name two writing goals. One short term & one long term. Short term goal is to finish up and publish this (hopefully) final, (hopefully, so-far) perfect draft of An Island of Grief and publish it before starting college in fall of 2014. Long-term goal is to win the Nobel prize for literature (and/or the Pulitzer). They say dream big, right? :)
  4. Do you write fiction or non-fiction? Fiction at the moment. I have plans for more books, some fiction, but others non-fiction. (Philosophy and theology works.)
  5. Bouncing off of question 4, what's your favorite genre to write in? Literary fiction, with twinges of paranormal and fantasy. Science fiction is really fun too. Oh wait, I also forgot to mention that my current novel and a lot of my little new ideas follow a 6-step classic tragedy plot.
  6. One writing lesson you've learned since 2013 began. With time and effort, the inner critic can be satisfied, and you can create a perfect work. :)
  7. Favorite author, off the top of your head! John Steinbeck is always a favorite for his beautiful sentences. Homer and Aeschylus are also favorites, but I think a lot was lost when their works were translated... oh to know Greek!
  8. Three current favorite books. Cry the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton, The Moon is Down, by John Steinbeck, and Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte.
  9. Biggest influence on your writing {person}: The teachers in the two literature classes I took in 11th and 12th grade online from Tapestry of Grace. They helped me see what was so lasting in the 'classic' books we read today, and how such authors got timeless truths across to readers even thousands of years later. They helped me see what makes novels great and famous, and how people study literature and what critics look for in a work; so now I know how to write my novel to the same standard as the woks I studied.
  10. What's your go-to writing music? The soundtracks from Inception and The Bourne Supremacy always put an edgy feel to my work, the more moody compositions of George Winston help me feel classy, and the beautiful, serene, and sad music of the incredible Zack Hemsey make me pour buckets of tears on my poor keyboard. Here is my writing playlist if you want to take a listen... 
  11. List three to five writing quirks of yours! Little habits, must-haves as you write, etc. 1. In my current work, all the chapters must start with a statement about a characteristic of a character (e.g. "Enabeth Analuia had always been good at telling people’s emotions, and most especially those of her brother." and "Calah Analuia had always been a poor sleeper, though nobody knew it, and thanks to God that he was, or he would have died early that morning." 2. I have to write in complete isolation: door shut, headphones on, blinds pulled. 3. I like to quote other classic works and make lots of allusions to philosophy and literature. 4. I don't eat while writing, but I drink tea by the pot. 5. No matter how hot it is, I must wear my pajamas and bathrobe. ;)
  12. What, in three sentences or less, does your writing mean to you? It means leaving a legacy of thought and word to generations and civilizations to come. It means showing the world, now and later, how evil man can be and how good God is. It means crafting words for the sake of words, for the sake of God-given beauty, his unconditional grace to every human.
 Well, there you have it, folks!! Take time to check out the link-up, Meghan's new blog, or maybe write your own answers. Talk to you later, and happy writing!

- Ellie


  1. Thanks for linking up, Ellie! Your post was *awesome-sauce*. Always great getting to know a kindred spirited writer!

  2. I just came across your blog from the linkup and followed! I enjoyed reading your post :)