Rebecca's PenThe creative works of R.E.W.

About R.E.W

I am author, artist, history buff, wishing to share these three passions of mine with anyone who cares to read this blog. The main drive between these three deep interests of mine is imagination.

History isn't just people and events in a dusty book. Writing isn't just words in a tome. Art isn't just random images in a photograph, sketch or painting. I'll give you examples of what they really are.

1070076_293044340840072_722507151_nFirst off, let me just say that I will be posting a follow up on my story of the boat accident! I have already written it up, but I need to go over and edit it. Yes, yes, I am procrastinating. I am truly sorry. But at the moment I am in the mood for more “fun” posts than a testimonial. Sorry.

At a writing blog called Every Good Word, a general tag has been issued for anyone who would wish to join; a series of interesting questions about one’s personal writing journey. I just wanted to do it, to relax for a few minutes, before I get down and bury myself in Latin and Bible-study.

  1. What was your first-ever piece of writing?
    In the good old days of mystery-loving, I started out writing little mystery novels and urban fiction–as in, a story about a big family and a daughter who had adventures at school with her friends, and with her little sleuthing club. Too much Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew. Also, I wrote a Magic-Treehouse-esque novel about two kids time-traveling to ancient Rome.
  2. How old were you when you first began writing?
    I’ve been telling stories since infancy, basically–using my dolls to reenact favorite movies or books, and then I started drawing seriously at age 5 or so, and using my pencil to create sequential “storyboards”–of course I did not consider them that back then, but when I was six I filled whole sketchbooks with visual stories. And at age 7 I first began to actually write, both by hand and with the computer.
  3. Name two writing goals. One short term & one long term. My short term goal is the completion of my current works in progress, my long term goal is to become a published author. Not sure when that day will arrive, though.
  4. Do you write fiction or non-fiction?
    I love to write both, actually. I find enjoyment in writing essays or history papers, especially if I am particularly interested in the subject or time period. I delight in writing more spiritual focused fiction–not “Christian fiction”; rather, it is fiction that is not purely plot and characters, but it contains theological, philosophical, and psychological elements from the great writers (Augustine, Plato, Milton, Shakespeare, Dante, Socrates, Dostoevsky, Whitman, Thoreau . . . and many, many more)
  5. Bouncing off of question 4, what’s your favorite genre to write in? I guess that I overwrote the last question, but like I said, I enjoy history vastly, as well as philosophy, theology, and psychology. My favorite genre is a compilation of those and historical fiction, but I want to branch out more into speculative, urban, realistic and gentle fiction. I am not much of a sci-fi or steampunk girl. Mmhm.
  6. One writing lesson you’ve learned since 2013 began. Can I name several, because there are multiple lessons that have showered on me since January. 1) Don’t compare yourself. Don’t compare yourself to people who started writing at age four, or six . . or two. Don’t compare yourself to other writers’ techniques, following, or style. It ends up damaging your own writing quality most of the time, and you’ll only feel unsettled and perhaps a little bitter. Just don’t. 2) Embrace your own abilities, accept your weaknesses, and strive to strengthen your strong points. And fight off discouragement. Reading the Bible helps that. It’s the best thing to ward off the malicious voices swarming in your brain, seeking always to undermine your strengths.
  7. Favorite author, off the top of your head! Gah . . . *clasps hands* . . . Tolkien! Yes! I did it! His multi-faceted layerings, his spectacularly unmatched world-building, his grasp of Biblical truths which he wove without allegory into his trilogy . . . pure brilliance.
  8. Three current favorite books. I just can’t . . . can I? Okay, this is a mutable list, but that does not matter. Eclipse by Richard S. Wheeler. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.
  9. Biggest influence on your writing {person}: Definitely my parents. Their support, love, and patience with me and all my frustrations, moods, and manias has just beyond belief incredible, and I couldn’t ask for better parents, ever!
  10. What’s your go-to writing music? I listen to far too much music to answer this legitimately. To make a long answer short, my go-to playlist ranges from Celtic Woman and soundtracks (Gods and Generals, PoTO, HTTyD, The Patriot, Last of the Mohicans, Titanic . . .etc.) to Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, contemporary Worship, OneRepublic, etc. again. That’s all.
  11. List three to five writing quirks of your’s! Little habits, must-haves as you write, etc.
  • I can write anywhere–in fact, sometimes I can create better, both art and stories, when I’m in medias res (the middle of things). I can sit there in the middle of our family room typing away, aware of what is going on, while at the same time the right side of my brain runs off to my own worlds. I consider it one of my greatest talents. XD (It is also really bad sometimes, because my sister will be talking to me and then she goes: “Did you even hear a word I just said?” Me: *repeats almost word for word what she said, even though I was just imagining a scene in Strong Hearts and I did not comprehend a word she said*. Abby: “*sarcastically* Thanks for listening. Gawsh, how do you do that?!? You don’t even know what I said!” Me: “o.O”)
  • I have to have my drawing pad at hand. Or else if I get this sudden picture fixed in my head that I must draw, then I will not feel happy or satisfied until I can visually see it.
  • Methinks tea is the elixir of life. If only I liked coffee, and my existence would be so much easier . . .
  • 98% of the time I listen to music, the other 2% surrounded by random noises that can only be created by a large family.
  • I don’t like people to talk to me while I write, even though I can sit in the middle of a domestic cacophony, and I’m fine. I can dream or imagine something away from the computer or pen/paper while somebody talks to me, but when I’m in the act of writing, then I want that person to hush up and leave me in peace to grovel before my muses.
  • I have to have pictures and all my favorite art blogs up or else I feel orphaned.
  • I always have to have at least several books on hand to make me feel more . . .  secured.
  1. What, in three sentences or less, does your writing mean to you? It means being able to give something to the world, rather than always taking. It is an expression of feeling and intellect, meaning that I can bring some meaning and truth into what I create with words. It allows me to make new friends–with my characters. I love new friends. There’s four sentences–oh–this is ANOTHER one–proof of being a writer, in the verbose sense.

 

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3 Responses to Answers

  1. Amen to #6, Rebecca! Thanks for linking up at Every Good Word & stop back soon! <3

  2. Dad says:

    Regarding #3 publishing…If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.
    Henry Ford

    PS you are quite an interesting subject!

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