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!
3. How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you're writing about fictional places)?
This'll be quick and easy: who the hell knows?
Well, that's not quite fair. In my case, character names and characters' locations come from all over the place, without any (conscious) method or even pattern.
Sometimes I'll give a character a name simply because I like it. My first attempt at a novel (no, you may not — not until I'm dead and buried — read it; some things are far better left to the imagination) was called Edwin, because, well, I'd recently met someone by that name and liked it. Liked him well enough, too, but I really liked his name.
In the case of Ashera Hawkins, the first name through a consult with the genuinely awesome The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, when I had realized that Ash's birth-mother was a flakey earth-mother type hippy who would naturally name her daughter after a goddess. The last name came from the woman who would rescue Ash from that birth-mother, but ultimate (of course) came from me and my memory of a beautiful and brilliant, slightly older and vastly more sophisticated woman I'd known during my time with the Youth Coalition for Peace. Yes, I'd had a crush on her, but also, I'd just liked her last name.
Orson I named "Orson" because a friend wrote a play which included a character based on me. Called "Orson". Which he told me meant "little bear". And so I, half-tongue in cheek, ret-conned my own stand-in character with that name as well.
But usually, I couldn't tell you why a particular character has the name he or she does. It's mostly a pretty arbitrary process, which might explain why I'm probably unhappy with them at least half the time.
Similarly, most of the stories I've written have been set in places I've been to or (more likely) have lived in. Usually Toronto, with most scenes in Kensington Market or near Queen West.
The major exception is the unfinished Valley of Shabathawan. The name of that Northern Ontario town I unabashedly stole from my mother. She hosted the drive-time show for CBC Sudbury for quite a few years and for a while (until management noticed what she was doing and told her to knock it off) weather reports and tongue-in-cheek public service annoucements for a non-existent town she called "Shabathawan". If I remember a'right, she called it that because it sounded Cree or something similar. In any case, I enjoyed the joke and liked the sound of the name and so decided that was where my novel took place.This entry was originally posted at http://ed-rex.dreamwidth.org/11235.html. Comment there using OpenID, or here as per normal.