The folks over at http://trifectawritingchallenge.com have a wonderful community going and have set up a Meme to learn more about their community members. I’m new to the site, but I’m glad to be there and figured I could use this as a way to introduce myself.
- What is your name (real or otherwise)? F.T. Murphy
- Describe your writing style in three words. Honest, Passionate, Cathartic
- How long have you been writing online? I’ve been sharing my writing on my personal facebook page for a few years, but this is my first venture into blogging and sharing my writing exclusively. I started my Blog at the beginning of this year (2013).
- Which, if any, other writing challenges do you participate in? This is the first I’ve found that I wanted to participate in, but I’m sure I will find more as I get more experience with the blogging world.
- Describe one way in which you could improve your writing? I feel like right now the thing I’m missing most is scholarship. I have ideas that are very abstract, which is fine, but I want them based in the concrete knowledge of history and literature and I feel like my scholarship in many areas is limited. I’m in school currently though and am surrounded by knowledge and culture. It can only increase from here.
- What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? Never hide anything from your Muse. Complete honesty is the key to powerful, effective writing.
- Who is your favorite author? I’ll go with a poet, Allen Ginsberg.
- How do you make time to write? As a student, I end up writing often. Unfortunately, it is usually for an assignment and there is not much time for personal reading or writing. I try to dedicate the hour or two before bed to my personal reading or writing. I prefer to write in the evening, so that works out for me. I’m a night owl. I don’t get to do personal writing every day during the semester, but I keep in practice with writing assignments (some of which allow for creativity or even poetry) and make time for my personal work as many evenings as possible.
- Give us one word we should consider using as a prompt. Remember–it must have a third definition. Natural. It has an interesting third definition that could go a lot of different ways.
- Direct us to one blog post of yours that we shouldn’t miss reading. I guess if the goal in this is to get to know each other a little, I better point you to this one:
It is mildly vulgar, just to warn you, but I think it illustrates a part of my experience that greatly informs my writing: my time in Juvenile detention.