A Meme for Procrastinating Writers

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by Angela Hunt

I was recently tagged with this meme, so I’ll fill it in. At the end, though, it’ll be your turn!

1.What’s the one book or writing project you haven’t yet written but still hope to: I have a book brewing in my head, and am just waiting for the right time and place to begin. Sometimes you have to let an idea incubate—in yet another case where chickens are an apt analogy, an early hatch can result in disaster.

2. If you had one entire day in which to do nothing but read, what book would you start with? Since I’m recovering from
Covid as I type this, I’ve actually had a couple of those days! First I’d start with the Bible, then I’d read something from my current craft book, then I’d launch into a novel. I have to read THE HENNA ARTIST this month, so I’ve been looking forward to diving in.

3. What was your first writing “instrument” (besides pen and paper)? I had an old manual typewriter when I was learning to type in high school. But when I first got serious about writing, I bought an Apple IIe computer. All these years later, I’m still writing on a Mac.

4. What’s your best guess as to how many books you read in a month? Novels? One—I am lucky to get my book club book read. Nonfiction? Probably three or four, mostly for research on the work in progress.

5. What’s your favorite writing “machine” you’ve ever owned? My Mac Air. I love my huge desktop for photo editing, but for writing, nothing beats the Air.

6. Think historical fiction: what’s your favorite time period in which to read? I like authentic first-century fiction . . . and the Roman era. Fascinating, and very much like today!

7. What’s the one book you remember most clearly from your youth (childhood or teens)? Gone with the Wind and Jane Eyre. Read both of those in sixth grade and loved them. Have read both of them many times. (Which probably explains why my first novels were romantic historicals.)

8. What’s the one book you’d recommend to all writers in ACFW? So many possibilities . . . but I think I’d have to make SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS, by Renni Browne and Dave King my top choice. Worth reading every year.

Now it’s my turn to tag someone. . . so if you have a blog, consider yourself tagged. The world is waiting to read your answers!


Angela Hunt is the author of more than 165 books for children and adults. You can check out her work at angelahuntbooks.com. When she’s not writing, she’s caring for her hubby, dogs, chickens, and grandkids . . . not necessarily in that order.

Comments 3

  1. I so enjoyed your post, Angela, especially your comments about stories needing to “incubate” before they can be written. I’ve had a few of those types of novels. And, like you, I love my MacAir!

    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! Blessings to you!

  2. Thank you, Angela. I can definitely see the influences of those early classics in The Knight’s Chronicles (although I’m not sure what your first books were). I claim Self-Editing for FW as my favorite too. I don’t read it every year, but I surely should. I think I’ll make a note of that!

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