It’s been a good week or two since my last post. Odd that I don’t post much unless it was related to the 30 days of writing. Anyway, I’d like to recap over the 3o days.
I didn’t think all the questions were that wonderful, and I couldn’t answer all of them fully, but in general I think it was a good idea. I’ve had the chance to explore my own writing and look into how and why I’ve written the way I have. And that is a good thing. I like how some of the questions forced me to take a look at my writing in general, and the types of characters that I have. All in all, it was a great experience, and you can try it too!
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading the posts. I’ll try to keep this blog updated every once in a while, but not quite as often as everyday! 🙂
Today is the last day! Can’t believe I made it!
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!
I’ll tag Branli, if he’s listening. I like how he creates these crazy secret societies and the intricacy involved.
29. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?
I think of writing pretty much every day. I try to write something everyday though that sometimes doesn’t happen. I also try to read a few times a week if at all possible. In real life, I rarely find anything that reminds me of characters. On occasion though I will see someone and immediately think they would be a perfect physical example of a character I have. I do like to people watch and sometimes I will draw my ideas for stories from real life.
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.
No. I have not written any characters with physical or mental disabilities. The major reasoning for this is much like my attitude toward writing children: it’s very difficult to do well. I don’t believe I quite have the desire to do such a task, as writing ‘normal’ people is difficult enough. Perhaps in the future I will have disabled characters, but for now, none to speak of.
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.
Appearance does play an important role. Just as in real life we judge others on how they appear to us. The same goes in my stories. I try to show enough details about a character without creating a ‘police report’ list. I try for a few distinctive features about the character. Everyone notices gender first in our society (and if it can’t be determined, well then, that makes for a very interesting characteristic). So after gender, many people will notice an additional physical characteristic, perhaps colors or shapes, or maybe posture and attitude. Eye color, hair color, nose shape, ear shape, don’t always matter. Sometimes the posture tells us so much more about the character.
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!
I do draw, thought not professionally, and certainly not of a high calibre. I haven’t drawn any of my main characters, or any other characters for that matter. And no one has drawn them for me (though of course, in the future there may be many drawings).
So with no pictures, I must say that I can’t post any. Though I try to be descriptive enough that an idea of a person can be achieved in the mind’s eye. I hope that I am successful enough a writer that most people see the same person.
25. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.
Surprisingly, very few. It really never crossed my mind if they had pets. I think that is very interesting (see here why). I think I have perhaps a handful of characters, maybe 5 or so, across a good 25 stories (so a hundred or so characters) have pets. That’s a pretty small number!
I’ll tell you the one pet I have from a story that hasn’t been talked about. It’s a bearded dragon. And it’s used for a magical ceremony by one of my characters, though the pet isn’t hers!