What 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 you 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 committed 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.