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Sunday, September 30, 2012

30 Day Writing Meme - Day 1

  1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you've worked with and why.
I think my favorite at any one time is whatever I'm working on that's working! I don't like to play favorites in any aspect of my life, really, but when I'm working on something that's flowing, it takes over a lot of my mind.

Right now, I'm revising Married to the Wind, and I'm liking it more and more as I pull those corset stays tighter and it starts to look the way it does inside my head. It's a great world, and I love it, and there'll be two more novels set there eventually as the world keeps expanding the more I think about it. There are issues I need to work out, and soon I'm going to run into the first part that I know is really a mess and will take a lot of work to weave together and iron out, but I just love this story, these characters. I want it to be as good as it can be so everyone else will love it as much!

I also just started a short story about what happens to a handful of women after it becomes illegal to do anything not considered 'womanly'--like thinking for themselves, or wanting equal pay--and they're sent to a containment facility. I don't usually get political in my writing, but it sparked me and I wanted to write it.

  1. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?
  2. How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you’re writing about fictional places)?
  3. Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!
  4. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about “youngest” and “oldest” in terms of when you created them?
  5. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good ol’ pen and paper?
  6. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?
  7. What’s your favorite genre to write? To read?
  8. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.
  9. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!
  10. Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?
  11. In what story did you feel you did the best job of worldbuilding? Any side-notes on it you’d like to share?
  12. What’s your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?
  13. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?
  14. Midway question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!
  15. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how “far” are you willing to go in your writing? ;)
  16. Favorite protagonist and why!
  17. Favorite antagonist and why!
  18. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!
  19. What are your favorite character interactions to write?
  20. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?
  21. Tell us about one scene between your characters that you’ve never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.
  22. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?
  23. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What’s the most interesting way you’ve killed someone?
  24. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.
  25. Let’s talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favorite picture of him!
  26. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters.
  27. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there’s nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.
  28. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?
  29. Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his characters!

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