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Thursday, October 4, 2012

30 Day Writing Meme - Day 3

  1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you've worked with and why.
  2. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?
  3. How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you’re writing about fictional places)?
I don't really think about it. Well, I mean, I do, but I usually let the character names come out of the story. I generally have a name for the first person that'll be mentioned when I start a story, and the name will usually be in the first line or three, but after that, I wait to see what their names will be the same way you wait when you're reading them. I don't know what they are until I write them. There are times when I change someone's name, or when I have to combine characters and then they get a new name, but even then, I don't really mull it over for years or anything. It's not like naming a baby. They don't have to function in the real world with the names I give them. I just aim for something that seems to suit them--unless the point is that it doesn't suit them at all. I like to play with the construction of names--how family names and personal names fit together, whether you have a name that's related to a craft or a place or a thing, what your name will be when you accomplish something great.

Place names I have more input with myself on. I really like naming things descriptively which is great because I write fantasy. So I'll have, like, The Hall of One Thousand Mirrors or I'll have The Mound of the Ancients. In Married to the Wind, there's a desert called The Wastes by the people in Velivia and The Walking Place or The Place of Long Walks by the people who live there. In Beacon, even though it's set in contemporary America, there's Silversun Lake, The Bones of the Gods Mountains, The Everchange Quarter, stuff like that.

When I have to create a language that isn't a real earth language, I tend toward rolling vowels and softer syllables; I like my sounds to be pretty. And I just try to make it sound like it might be real, that all the words belong in the same language. There's harsher languages in some of my scifi shorts that I haven't finished yet, too, and I do the same thing: look for consistency. It has to sound real, you know, or it's a distraction.
  1. Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!
  2. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about “youngest” and “oldest” in terms of when you created them?
  3. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good ol’ pen and paper?
  4. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?
  5. What’s your favorite genre to write? To read?
  6. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.
  7. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!
  8. Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?
  9. In what story did you feel you did the best job of worldbuilding? Any side-notes on it you’d like to share?
  10. What’s your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?
  11. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?
  12. Midway question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!
  13. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how “far” are you willing to go in your writing? ;)
  14. Favorite protagonist and why!
  15. Favorite antagonist and why!
  16. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!
  17. What are your favorite character interactions to write?
  18. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?
  19. Tell us about one scene between your characters that you’ve never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.
  20. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?
  21. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What’s the most interesting way you’ve killed someone?
  22. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?
  27. 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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