This is L.G. Smith from Bards and Prophets. Is it just me or do you see a resemblance between L.G. and Agent Smith from the Matrix?
Okay, it may seem as though they only have sunglasses in common, BUT L.G. is just as badass as Agent Smith. Her blog is one of my favorites because her posts repeatedly cause me to pause and ponder. What else could a writer ask for? This post and this post are just two examples of L.G.'s Kung Fu writing skills. The woman's got talent! I'm psyched to have L.G. as our Mentor today.
Thank you, Emily, for asking me to be part of your
Monday. I love your blog and am happy to answer your questions. Mentor
Happy to have you here! When and why did you start your blog?
I just celebrated my one year blogoversary in January, though I suppose that doesn't really count as the beginning since I didn't actually tell anyone I had a blog until maybe the end of February. I had to let the blog roll down the hill for a little while first to make sure the wheels didn't come off. And, of course, I started the blog for the same reasons a lot of people do. I had a novel I thought I was ready to query and everyone said I had to start building my online "presence" so that agents and editors would see that I was social-media savvy. Don't know how true that is, but it's why I started the blog.
That's a common reason to get started. Whatever lights the fire, right?
How do you come up with your ideas for posts?
I have a terrible admission to make. I know there are bloggers who meticulously plan their posts weeks in advance, develop theme weeks, or have recurring topics they visit on specific days (*cough*Emily*cough*), but I usually write my posts the night before. I mean, I do let ideas stir in my brain for awhile before I write them down, but I tend to write by the seat of my pants for both my novels and my blog. But to answer your question, I really can't write about something with any conviction unless I feel an emotional connection to it, so my blog posts tend to be about things that are currently on my mind, or writing issues I might be struggling with, or perhaps just funny observations I've made about life. I often resort to posting funny signs on my blog. I don't know why.
Don't lose your system. It works for you!
What is your most memorable blogging experience?
That would have to be joining the A to Z Challenge last year. I was still new to blogging and didn't have very many followers when I signed up, but by the end of the month I had made a hundred new friends, some of which I have grown very fond of over the past year as we continued to get to know each other better. I would encourage everyone to sign up for the A to Z Challenge this year too, as it is going to be fabulous!
Another advocate for the A to Z Challenge. Awesome.
What is the top reason you blog today?
I do think my reasons for blogging have changed over the year. In the beginning it was about establishing my voice online and finding my niche as a blogger. Now I blog because of the relationships I've developed with people and because I genuinely love interacting with other writers. I have the smartest, funniest friends on the internet.
I'm with you. Blogging should be about people, not press.
Which would you prefer to be—a best-selling author or Pulitzer Prize winner?
I don't think anything I write would ever win a Pulitzer Prize, so I'll go with best-selling author. Yes, please.
Ha! I feel the same way. I can envision your name on the best-seller's list someday. I just hope you'll keep up with your blog when that happens. :) Thanks for being our Mentor, L.G.!