Monday, September 3, 2012

Gearing up to get an agent: meet and greet

Questions for the Meet and Greet

Hello to you who are part of this venture. Let's hope we all succeed in getting an agent.

-Where do you write?

Most anywhere. I often go to the public library or the college library near my home. Yes, I often write in longhand. But, I also work at my computer at home. I took my laptop to the library one time and decided it was too much to carry around. I've written in doctor's waiting rooms, fast-food restaurants, sitting in my car. You name it, I've probably done it. Oh yes, writing while lounging by my swimming pool is best.

-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?


-Favorite time to write?


-Drink of choice while writing?

-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
I prefer silence, but when I do feel like listening to music, it's classical music I like.

-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
That's a very long and complicated story. Long story short, it grew out of another book I wrote.

-What's your most valuable writing tip?
Don't wait for inspiration to hit to write. Write everyday, if you can, and write as much as you can.

Short bio:
I'm a 65 yr-old retiree who's raising his now 3 yr-old grandson. I've read a lot in the past 40 or more years. Most of my reading now is non-fiction. I really enjoy a good biography. I also enjoy art, and am now taking a drawing course. I've self-published a couple of books.

Good luck to you all.


SStokes said...

So great to meet you! Look forward to seeing you around GUTGAA!

Jeannette said...

Glad to meet you! I'm impressed with people that write longhand... it seems a much more romantic way of going about the craft than punching a board.

Donna Hole said...

I like these answers; short and informative.


Jessica L. Foster said...

Cool how your current story grew from a prior one. That is always exciting when that happens. Nice to meet you.

Jadzia Brandli said...

Figured I'd stop by your blog, since you did mine. Great answers! I especially love your writing tip. Pleasure to meet you!

Elise Fallson said...

I can't imagine writing in longhand anymore. The closest I get is scribbling ideas on scrap paper when they hit. Longhand is becoming a lost art. ):

L.G.Smith said...

I'm like you, I can pretty much write anywhere. I always take my notebook with me in the car or wherever. If I have a few minutes, I can usually jot something down that I'll use later when I get back to my laptop.

Deana said...

Hey Richard! Thanks for joining in GUTGAA! I love your writing advice! Sometimes it's the actual act if writing that gives me the inspiration:)

Anonymous said...

Biography and art. I'm with you on this. And grandchildren. And writing anywhere in longhand. Did this a LOT in my younger days; not so much now, but then I'm pretty much housebound and with a computer. So much faster to write this way!

Inspiration is a tricky thing. Not really something to count on!

You're 7 years younger than I. Aren't we "seniors" awesome!!

Richard said...

Anne, I couldn't agree more.

Anonymous said...

Hi from another GUTGAA participant.

You said what you read. What do you write?

Richard said...

Meredith--I write fiction (probably historical)

Nicole Zoltack said...

Sometimes when I'm stuck, I write by longhand and it helps for some reason.

Mara Valderran said...

I'm always in awe of anyone who has patience to write longhand. My thoughts run quicker than my pen does. Sometimes even faster than I can type. :) It's nice to meet you! Looking forward to seeing you around GUTGAA!

Tamara said...

Hi Richard,
I have a two and a half-year old grandson myself. He's at my house a lot, but I can't imagine all the work of raising him after raising all my own kids. You have my total respect!! I think it's an amazing thing you're doing.

I'm 43. It seem like most of the writers I run into are in there twenties, which always makes me feel super late to this game. It's nice to see someone a little older still pursuing the dream.

Anyway, I'm just hopping around to the GUTGAA blogs to say hi to everyone.I got so inspired by all the great blogs on here that I finally decided to start one. i'd love it if you'd stop by!! It's brand spanking new and in desperate need of follwers. haha.

Good luck with GUTGAA!

Joyce Lansky said...

I write often, but it's not necessarily on my manuscript. I do a lot of blogging.

Misha Gericke said...

It's so true that we should try to write every day. It's amazing how many times inspiration struck three words into a new chapter. :-)

Rachna Chhabria said...

I agree with the advice that we must not wait for inspiration, but strive to write everyday. Richard, I am sure your 3 year old grandson must be keeping you on your toes.

Lea said...

I also enjoy reading non-fiction and biographies and I love sketching and painting, too. My wishes are with you on getting an agent :)

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to pop in and say thank you for your critique of my pitch (#81).

It's funny what you don't see until someone else mentions it...and then it's so obvious you can't believe you missed it.

Rose Munevar said...

This bloghop is massive! And that's wonderful you're taking care of your 3 year old grandson. It takes a lot of energy to keep up with little ones, and sacrifice. Hope you get an agent.

Melissa Sugar said...

Hi, I am a new follower from GUTGAA. It is nice to meet you.