1. Did you have a make-believe friend when you were a child? I sure did. I gave her the improbable name of “Mary-Lan-Too-Sue” and don’t anyone dare ask me where that came from, because if I knew when I was four, I sure don’t know these many decades later. I do wonder, however, if inventing my playmate was any hint that, someday, I might invent characters in a book and enjoy spending time with them even more than I enjoyed Mary whatsis. What do you think?
2. Did you do well on spelling tests? Enjoy learning definitions of new words, the more complex the better? I did. I still remember rolling new words around in my head and, eventually, across my tongue. I think writers enjoy the power of words. Do you agree?
3. Do you enjoy being alone, or would you prefer being in the center of a party? If anyone asked me (for forty years or more) I would have said I was shy, though once I began appearing and speaking in public comfortably as an author, I wasn’t so sure. Then someone explained “introvert” to me. Hooray, I know what I am. (See the Atlantic Monthly: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/print/200202/rauch This is an article by Jonathan Rauch titled “Caring for Your Introvert.” ) Me! Me! Me! How about you?
4. Do you enjoy moving forward with your writing in a work in progress? How about editing that work? I love doing both and, given a choice, would rather write or edit than almost anything else. Do you understand? Are you with me here?
Y’know, because I AM a writer, because I AM an introvert, I rarely have a chance to discuss these, to me, deep questions with fellow writers. So, how about a discussion here? Do you at least understand how I explain myself?
Sincerely yours, Radine