As we say here in Newfoundland, "I'm smudderin' with the cold" so if there are typos out the wazoo today, please forgive me. My head feels like it's in a vice and there's a thunder storm in my ears. So without any preamble, here we go. I don't know who to thank for this weeks questions. I could do some internet digging but my head won't abide it.
1.) Was there a defining moment in your life when you knew you were going to become a writer? If so, what was it?
I don't think so. I've always written stories and believed that one of these days I would have a book in print. I guess that's the optimist in me. My first short story was published when I was in grade six, so I suppose I had an over-inflated ego after that. lol. Seriously though, I think any writer knows somewhere deep inside that they have a story to tell that begs to be written. I think just by sitting down to get those words on paper makes us a writer. Now an author, that's a whole different question. Maybe someone will ask that in the months ahead.
2.) When you write a story do you see it unfold as one big picture, or do you add layering in subsequent drafts?
It unfolds in one big picture for me. Editing is where I take out the nonsense, or add some more substance. But the story is the story.
3.) How many drafts do you usually write before you send your work to your editor?
One, maybe one and a half. Quite often my editor gets a draft at the same time my crit partners do. On Geek God I waited until I'd heard back from all my crit partners before sending it to her. I should check with her and see which approach she prefers. :)
Blah. I've done my duty. Now I"m going to send you off to visit Dani Jace and I'm going to go make some honey lemon tea and steam my head. See you next week when I'm hopefully feeling much better.