Sunday, September 24, 2017

Story Questions

Which would you rather carry--a notebook or a paperback? Do you want to be told a story or tell it?

Where do your stories come from? Do you write in response to other authors or do you dance to your own inspiration?

Why do you write--to connect, inform, entertain or...

How do you choose what story to write? Do you consider where your words will do the most good? Do you consider if the story is yours to tell? Do you share your family's stories with courage? What about cultural appropriation? Does every story that comes into your head deserve to be written? Do leave some stories for other authors to write? Or do you think distance gives you perceptive? Do you allow someone else's opinion to censor your creativity? Do you let the story choose you?

Some authors say they write the same story repeatedly throughout their career--only changing plot and character? Are they stuck or obsessed or driven or...?

Next post:  Canadian Literary Prizes
Autumn is the season for literary awards.
One of the cool things I did for this post is to make my own short list from the newly announced Scotiabank Gillar long list. Log on to see if you agree with my selections.


Laurie Buchanan said...

Leanne — Great, TOUGH, thought-provoking questions. I would cheat on the first question and carry a book and a pencil so I could read a story, but write my own in the margins :)

Leanne Dyck said...

I like that answer. It allows you to have the best of both worlds. Clever.

Karen Ginther Graham said...

I always carry a small notebook and pen. Always.

Leanne Dyck said...

Very smart. I try to remember to carry one too. And leave one by my bedside. But you'd be amazed at how many times invisible hands move it. : )