I don’t talk about my writing life too much because I’m not sure if it would be boring. 😛 Before I talk more about Writer’s Ink Challenge, I wanted to share some great news! I won the #SpreadSmiles positivity contest with my short writing piece, Positivity: We Never Know Which Lives We Influence. You can read more about it on The Results to the Contest post.
Sasha @TheStylishDreamer said, “As soon as the Judges and I read her post, we all instantly loved it and I think it just spreads smiles and positivity in the most lovely way. I love Ipuna’s writing style as well! And not only is Ipuna’s Story AMAZING but she is a lovely person too!”
I just wanted to share positivity (kudos to The Stylish Dreamer for #SpreadingSmiles), but as a writer, there is no greater reward than knowing that my words impacted another person. I’m thrilled and speechless.
Writer’s Ink Challenge
Back to the post at hand. I’m grateful that I was tagged in the Writer’s Ink Challenge by Mahriya @MyBookishLife. It gives me an opportunity to reflect on my writer’s life. I’m a little slow responding back to Mahriya. Sorry about that! Side note: Mahriya is a talented web designer. She designed my blog. If you are interested in making your blog “pretty,” visit her.
Thank your nominator
Answer at least 8 questions about writing
Nominate at least 5 people
When did you first start writing? Have you written a novel before?
I started writing in the womb. My first word was “book.” 😂
I was a late bloomer. I was a complete math and science person. I liked math especially because there was no gray. The answer is right or wrong. In writing, there is a lot of subjectivity. I did well in English, depending on the opinion of my teachers. I didn’t like this so much. I was crazy and received my PhD in Nursing. I had no choice but to love writing! That’s all you do in a PhD program. Write. Write. Write! (and revise and write some more) I think my PhD program made me a little insane. I longed for great books and places to escape outside of dry research jargon. I started to read more in my second year in my PhD program (2012). Then, my imagination went wild, and I had to get it on paper. I started a book in August 2012 and finished it in December 2012. The first draft was horrible, but I finished a book! I have never been so passionate about something as I have been with writing fiction YA. I think it’s because it incorporates all aspects of my life. I use my experiences in my personal life and working as a nurse to escape into fiction with meaning.
I have written two novels. I had a literary agent, but it did not work out. 😕 I’m in the process of finding a new one.
Have you always been interested in writing?
I believe I answered this question with the first one. I have always been an avid reader. I took a creative writing class in 2009 at a community college. I was too intimidated to pursue writing a book at that time. My PhD program gave me confidence and made me insane enough to want to write a book.
Why do you like writing?
I love using my brain. 😛 Writing requires me to use many areas of my brain that I didn’t know existed. Sometimes my brain hurts. (You know like a good work out. Yeah! 💪) I can use my rough personal childhood, my strive to overcome many odds in life, and my experiences as a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse, teacher, and researcher, and jumble it all together into a crazy fiction piece. I reach into the deepest part of my soul to pull out words.
What genre do you write in?
YA. I like contemporary with a little bit of magic. Magical realism? Maybe that’s my thing.
Who or what motivates you to write?
Reading other books and my personal life experiences motive me to write.
Do you write poetry?
I did have a poem in high school called, Who Am I, that one of my high school English teachers helped published in some little book. It talked about my confusion as a teen born in the USA but having Korean and Puerto Rican descent and speaking neither language. I felt a little confused about my identity. I’ll dig it up someday. Otherwise, I don’t normally write poetry.
Are you part of any writing blogs?
Nope. 😕 I do participate in a private group Your Best Self with many talented and positive bloggers.
How do you write your stories (first person, third person)? Do you plot?
I love first person present or first person past. These are my favorite writing styles when I read too. I have to have an idea of where my story is going in the beginning, middle, and end, but I can’t plot out every little detail. This has gotten me in trouble before. I also like to run and think about my characters and scenes in my head. When I get back home, I quickly jot down any ideas that came to me.
Thanks for reading!
I challenge… (You can answer the same questions I did or make up your own.)
- Sonyo @ Lil Pick Me Up
- Kiran @ Kiran Mag
- Britters @ Explicit with Britters
- Ajibola @ Ajibola Sunday
- T @ Tenacity T Goddess
- Altea Addison @ Addison is Writing
- Michael Fedison @ Eye Dancers
- May Everly @ Forever and Everly
- Matthew Lange @ Singular Fiction
- You! I had a hard time picking people. There are many great writers out there. Do you have a book published or you are working on one? Feel free to do this tag and let me know in the comments!
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