That's quite a question, isn't it? And what, fellow blogger, would be your answer? I'd really like to know and you can tell me all about it on your blog if you decide to join in the fun that is this meme about writing. But it's rather up to you to decide whether you want to do this meme or not. If yes, consider yourself tagged.
Yours truly was tagged by the Hatman, well sort of, and he's got a lot to answer for as I'm sure you will agree after reading this post. ;-)
Without further ado, let's get cracking:
Which words do you use too much in your writing?
Beautiful, scrumptious and dus (= so, ergo).
Which words do you consider overused in the stuff that you read?
Undead, gorgeous, homicidal maniac, ethical or sustainable garden(ing), hat.
What's your favourite piece of writing by you?
All of it. ;-) But if I have to make a choice I'd go for something I wrote fairly recently like this, this and this.
What blog post do you wish you'd written?
Take a good hard look at my blog rolls on the right. Most of what those bloggers have written is what I'd wish I'd written myself. (Phew, I hope I got away with that.)
Regrets, do you have a few?
Yes I have, I wish I hadn't be born so pretty and so highly intelligent too, not to mention modest. But we all have our crosses to bear I suppose.
Is there anything you wish you hadn't written?
The answers to the 3 previous questions, probably.
How has your writing made a difference?
I used to write about such riveting subjects as genetics, cattery management, genetics, the socialisation of kittens and cats, animal health and welfare, genetics, inherited defects, and did I mention genetics? I'm quite sure that I managed to give many of the readers of those articles nightmares in technicolor and with surround sound. But, on the other hand, I've also managed to improve the quality of life for many a cat or kitten and have probably saved some lives here and there too. About the latter I'm frightfully chuffed. Come to think of it, about the former too.
And as far as blogging is concerned: quite a few commenters write about the pleasure my blogs give them, how they make them smile, giggle or guffaw, that they inspire them to take up gardening, create nice floral arrangements, start a veggie garden or throw a hissyfit. All of which are differences my writings have made to their lives. Small ones, but still, it's a result. Of sorts. ;-)
Name 3 favourite words.
Sunshine, bliss, cats, books, nature. OK that's five, but it's my blog so there.
Name 3 words you're not so keen on.
Dead, meat, credit crunch.
Do you have a writing mentor, role model or inspiration?
There are quite a few fellow bloggers who, little do they know, are my writing mentors. It can't have escaped your notice that yours truly is Dutch, and English therefore, is my second language. A language that I will never be as proficient in as my mother tongue. So reading blogs by native speakers is teaching me a lot about the English language. Or, the shorter version: if you're a blogger and British, American, Canadian, Australian or a New Zealander, it's you!
My role model is J.K. Rowling as I live in hope to one day make about as much dosh as her with my writings.
Inspiration I find everywhere. No surprises there, if you're a regular visitor here.
What's your writing ambition?
See role model.
Plug alert! List any work you would like to tell your readers about.
I recently finished The Skiver's Guide by Diana Wynne Jones. It's a must read IMO. Frankly, you should read all of her books as they are so much fun, and much, much better than those of J.K. Rowling IMHAVAO.
While reading this post you have been looking at pics of a scrumptious garden I've taken earlier this year when I went with my gardening club to visit the charming Vlacke garden in the province of Zeeland.
Some useless trivia: New Zealand was named after this Dutch province and Zeeland means sea and land, a very apt name for both the province and the country.
copyright 2009 Y.E.W. Heuzen