Hocus Pocus Questions…

It would seem that I have been tagged! No don’t worry I haven’t been arrested or anything; it was the lovely Rory over at A Guy Called Bloke  who tagged me for some Halloween jiggery pokery. This fantastic bit of fluff and fun was originally created by Kim Chance and Destiney Murtaugh….

So here we go with the questions:

Sarah, Mary, & Winifred Sanderson: Being a witch is hard, but so is writing. If you had magical, witchy powers what aspect of writing or what part of the process would you magically skip over?

I would have a spell that immediately brought to mind the word that I was searching for. Honestly, the amount of time I waste , staring into space while my brain rummages around trying to find a lost word is unbelievable. 

Max and Dani: What relationships tend to be at the core of your books? Friends? Family? Romance?

This would be the book that is definitely within me but hasn’t yet left the confines of my mind right? The core relationship would be the darker side of romance, the shade of grey between the black and white of good and evil ;O)

Amuck, Amuck, Amuck!: How do you approach the chaos that is drafting? Are you a plotter, a pantster, or a combo of both?

An idea pops into my head, I roll it around for a while until it has gathered enough words and then put digits to keyboard; I’d like to say that there is a plan or at least some logic but there really isn’t.

I Put a Spell on You: How do you deal with book ideas that want to pull your focus from your main WIP? (Work in progress)

Once I have an idea my focus doesn’t shift from that until all the necessary words are where they should be. Saying that, as I write short pieces or poetry it’s easy not to be distracted by other ideas, cups of coffee yes but other ideas? No.

Thackery Binx: Things aren’t always what they seem–Think back to when you first started writing to where you are now. How has your process transformed from then to now?

As my early experience with writing was in a professional capacity (I was CEO of an internet based company and wrote content), my first blog posts were not representative of me or my personality. As time has gone on I have opened up and made myself vulnerable and now I have far more confidence as a writer and far fewer inhibitions.

My Lucky Rat Tail: Do you have a writing ritual? If not, what are some of your favourite writing tools?

Absolutely! I have a very strong cup of coffee and a shower as those two things are, apparently, what my mind needs to get its arse in gear and come up with some ideas…

Boooooookkk: Favorite Writing Craft Book?

I have never read a writing craft book. I probably should but I just tend to wing it and hope for the best.

Another Glorious Morning: Do you enjoy writing in the morning? Or do you prefer the evening, like Winnifred?

Definitely in the morning. I usually start between 7am and 8am, right after breakfast.

The Black Flame Candle: What’s one of the biggest mistakes you’ve made so far in your writing journey? OR What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you cannot write objectively, the people who read your work have to feel that there is something real there. Writing without emotion is like coffee without caffeine – possible but a bit pointless.

Billy Butcherson: What’s a trope that most people hate, but you love and would like to see “come back from the dead”?

[quick Google search for ‘trope’]………[reading about literary tropes]……….[comes across trope in the urban dictionary]. Yep, I have no idea how to answer this question.

Come Little Children: Songs that give you a “hypnotic” focus when writing? I.e., fav songs on your writing playlist

I never listen to songs when I’m writing but to meditation music (often with the sound of rainfall which is ironic as I hate the rain).

Well, that got the old grey matter going and now I need to think of some nominees…..give me a minute while I have a coffee……

Right, here goes, I’m going to tag:

Lucy Brazier at Secret Diary of Porter Girl because she is actually a published writer and will therefore probably give far more sensible answers than me.

Brian Lageose at Bonnywood Manor because you just never know what he’s going to say next which is always important when you are asking questions

The Stories in Between. I can’t give you a name here because I don’t know it but I love this writer’s work; I’m hoping that he’ll answer these questions so I can learn a little more about the man behind the stories…..

My thanks again to Rory; I hope you’ll pop over and check out his blog as he’s a great guy….and a bloke.

Have a great day everyone :O)

Lisa x


  17 comments for “Hocus Pocus Questions…

  1. October 30, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Lot of fun, reading your answers. All these tags and awards do make the reader a bit more aware of the writer.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. October 30, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Great answers Lisa, l struggled also with that ‘trope’ thing and no matter how hard l Googled l was still none the wiser ha ha!

    I think is so very true, that the more confident we get within ourselves and our audience, we do expose our weaknesses more.

    my first blog posts were not representative of me or my personality. As time has gone on I have opened up and made myself vulnerable and now I have far more confidence as a writer and far fewer inhibitions.

    Liked by 2 people

    • October 30, 2018 at 10:19 am

      I’m with you there Rory, I didn’t have the first damn clue even after help from Google! I’ve learned from experience never to answer a question that I don’t fully understand ;O)
      You’re right and I think that’s the wonderful thing about writing – you learn so much about yourself in the process; it unravels the mental spaghetti in some way :O) xx

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  3. October 30, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Reblogged this on A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip! and commented:
    Halloween jiggery pokery… and some downright honesty about blogging 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. October 30, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Definitely a good fun read

    Liked by 1 person

  5. October 30, 2018 at 11:45 am

    I would love to conjure up the lost words.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. October 30, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Haha! Wow! That was random how he picked you! But it was a good post!

    Liked by 1 person

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