Young Geoffrey (ed_rex) wrote,
Young Geoffrey

30 days on writing: Entry #1

Yoinked from a number of folks on my Livejournal friends' list.

1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you've worked with and why.

I think this is a sort of disconnect I'm going to come up against more than once with this meme. Many of the questions seem to presuppose that the writer is dealing with one or more ongoing series, rather than distinct stand-alone stories or novels.

Fortunately, my sporadic outpout consists of both stand-alone items and a more-or-less interconnected series of stories and at least one unfinished novel ("unfinished" in this case means about two and a half full drafts, none of them satisfactory).

And, since it keeps coming back — or rather, since I seem to keep coming back to it — I suppose "it" sort of qualifies as "a" project or a personal universe, a sub-creation.

That said, it's a pretty unimaginative place, one based squarely on myself and people I know or (more often, now) have known. But! But, but, but ...

I said it's a universe "based squarely on myself and people I know" but the key word in all that is based. I've only occasionally stooped to dressing up autobiography as fiction and though I've based characters on (mostly) composities of people I know, the situations — what passes for plot in most of my stuff — tends to be more or less invented from the whole cloth.

Which last maybe helps to explain the Why? part of this first question of the meme. I keep returning to this universe of heavy drinking writers, ittinerant lesbian poets and earth-mother hippies because it is a world (more or less) familiar to me and so, one easy to write in or about.

Or so I thought when I started typing the paragraph above. Now that I think of it, if that were entirely true, the last story I wrote in the "Orson and Ash" universe probably wouldn't be five or so years old and probably wouldn't have started as an attempt at seductive pornography.

It sometimes — often! — seems to me that I'm done with Orson, and Ashera, but then I remember that unfinished novel set on that Northern Ontario commune and damn it, it still seems like it could be a bloody good piece of work if only I get it right.

0. Explain yourself! In which Young Geoffrey explains the meme and his reasons for exploring it.

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)?

4. Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!

5. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about “youngest” and “oldest” in terms of when you created them?

6. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good ol' pen and paper?

7. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?

8. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

9. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.

10. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!

11. Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?

12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of worldbuilding? Any side-notes on it you'd like to share?

13. What's your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?

14. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?

15. Midway question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!

16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how “far” are you willing to go in your writing? ;)

17. Favorite protagonist and why!

18. Favorite antagonist and why!

19. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!

20. What are your favorite character interactions to write?

21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?

22. Tell us about one scene between your characters that you've never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.

23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?

24. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What's the most interesting way you've killed someone?

25. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.

26. 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!

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?

30. Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his/her characters!

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Tags: 30 days on writing, fiction, random gloats, writing

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