Young Geoffrey (ed_rex) wrote,
Young Geoffrey

30 days on writing: Entry #5

More memeage.

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

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)?

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

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!

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

I know, I know, broken record. Not all of us write with the idea of serials in mind. That said, my own track-record includes a series of recurring characters; think (though it galls me to use such an eggregious example) of Salinger's Glass family.

With that in mind, the youngest character I've written is (here she comes again!) Ashera, whose birth I wrote as a flashback and part of whose childhood (roughly her 6th or 8th year; it varies with the draft. If ever I go back to it I'll decide how old she is for good) I chronicle in The Valley of Shabathawan. In fact, that novel was first intended to be about her, birth to young adult-hood, but another character elbowed the child aside and insisted the novel was about her. But more on Philomena Hawkins in Question 9, I think.

Oldest? That would either be Catherine from framing prologue and epilogues in a re-write of "The Question", which I talked about yesterday, or else Charles Sprelling, from a story I wrote in late 1983.

The former was an attempt to paint a portrait of a woman resting from her labours after a long life spent ensuring that her colony did not revert to a male-dominated tribalism or feudalism. I was trying (and, though perhaps somewhat lugubriously) to implicitly make it clear that having and raising children is not antithetical to feminism and personal liberty.

The latter was from a story called "Dominion", another of my early attempts at science fiction. (I'd forgotten that so much of my earliest stuff was SF, though considering my reading then, I shouldn't be surprised.)

In retrospect, the story clearly owes a great deal to Heinlein's "Requiem".

Charles Sprelling is a dying old man, the architect of a social Canada and its space program, who is dying of cancer and who manages to do himself in by stealing a space suit and floating off into the night.

I've just taken a look at it and find it frankly embarassing in its naive portrait of age, its baldly-written politics and info-dumped history, but I kind of admire my chutzpah in even trying such a story.

And I'm pretty sure, having now flipped through its brief pages again after many years, that it was written very much with Heinlein consciously in mind, both an argument and an homage, but certainly not a rip-off.

But it's certainly a story I have no desire to re-write.

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Tags: 30 days on writing, dominion, fiction, requiem, valley of shabathawan, writing

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