Writing Meme

The rules are simple:

Copy paste the questions below onto your blog;
Fill in your answers;
Drop a link to your post in the comments here.

Which words do you use too much in your writing?

My worst culprit is “actually”: enough so that I put significant conscious effort into avoiding it. I also tend to use “about” and “looked” a lot, apparently.

Which words do you consider overused in stuff you read?

That is a good question! I don’t know. I can’t think of anything. I’m not usually that analytical of things I’m reading for personal enjoyment.

What’s your favourite piece of writing by you?

I haven’t completed any long writing projects yet but in terms of short “sketch” stories, my favorite is definitely A Rainy Afternoon. I am also fond of Valentines and Fooling a Dragon.

Regrets, do you have a few? Is there anything you wish you hadn’t written?

Not a thing! There are occassionally things I wish I hadn’t shown anyone else, but one must write terrible things before one can write decent things, and decent things before good, and good before great.

Name three favourite words

dearth, cornucopia, extant

…And three words you’re not so keen on.

I like words far too much to remember the few smatterings of vocabulary which bring about distaste. Mostly, vapid neologisms like “frenemy”.

Do you have a writing mentor, role model or inspiration?

Oh lord yes. I view influences as different from inspirations, so my influences are manifold and not included in this list. As for inspiration, Scott Lynch for the sheer craft of his work, Susanna Clarke for writing a shining example of what I wish to achieve, and Lyn Thorne-Alder for her impressive dedication and output.

What’s your writing ambition?

To create a story and world compelling enough that people write fan fiction for it.

What’s the last thing you wrote?

A series of character sketch vignettes for a friend.

Was it any good?

I liked it! My friend liked it even more!

What’s the first thing you wrote that you still have?

That I still have? That makes it more difficult. I may have an old back-and-forth cooperative novel my sister and I were writing when I was, oh, thirteen or fourteen. I still have some poetry from when I was twelve or thirteen.

Technically I suppose the journals I wrote for school when I was in third grade or so would be the earliest, but I don’t think that’s the sort of thing you mean.

Write poetry?

Occasionally I give it a shot. Then I remember why I don’t write poetry. (It’s hard.)

Angsty poetry?

Rarely. I usually write descriptive poetry or try for humor.

Favourite genre of writing?

SCIENCE FICTION! Pseudo-historical period fantasy is a close second.

Most fun character you’ve ever created?

That’s a tough question. Fun for who? I would say my nameless Ellehemaei Daeva, or Theodore Gainsfeld. I also am very fond of this other character who I haven’t named yet and no one has read anything about but I call him Cheshire for reasons.

Most annoying character you’ve ever created?

Again, annoying for who? Annoying for me has got to be Miss V because she’s an arrogant manipulative little thing who is very difficult to write. Annoying for characters is Leofric: he believes he’s the hero of a shounen action anime and acts accordingly.

Best plot you’ve ever created?

I’m shit at plots. The plot of I.D. is exactly why the book is not done yet. If I had to pick a best one of the lot, however… Maybe the sort of space-opera one with the space pirate/Phantom Thief and her Detective Nemesis where she ends up getting attacked by slavers and loses a good chunk of her crew and is then captured by the Detective and hijacks/teams up with him to hunt down the slaver group and get back her crew.

Coolest plot twist you’ve ever created?

If I told you, I’d have to kill you.

How often do you get writer’s block?

Not especially often anymore. I have learned the sure-fire way to get through writer’s block is to just write something for a little while, even if it’s completely random and awful.

Write fan fiction?

I try.

Do you type or write by hand?

I mostly type for convenience, speed and readability, but I have been known to do first draft work by hand.

Do you save everything you write?

Hmm. Mostly, unless it was particularly stupid or bad. I have a sort of pack-rat mentality for computer files, and sometimes I like to go back and review my progress or revisit good ideas I didn’t do justice to.

Do you ever go back to an idea after you’ve abandoned it?

What is this “abandoned idea”?

What’s everyone else’s favourite story that you’ve written?

Nobody’s ever told me… I was informed a few days after making this post that it is generally considered to be this story.

Do you ever show people your work?

No, I hide it in that invisible and inaccessible corner of the world called “a public website”. (To be fair, I don’t post everything.)

Have you written a novel?


Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?

Uh. Yes, I suppose I must say that I have.

What’s your favourite setting for your characters?

I have to pick a favorite?? Gosh. I think my favorite of my settings are Saeland et al. and the as-yet-underdeveloped ‘ari world.

How many writing projects are you working on right now?

I guess I am technically working on… four? I have a queue, though.

Do you want to write for a living?

No, not particularly.

Have you ever won an award for your writing?

Not in any way that really counts.

Ever written anything in script or play format?

Yes! …It’s not done, though.

Do you ever write based on yourself?

That’s a difficult question! Do I write self-insert types of characters? Virtually never. But nearly all of my protagonists are built off of some aspect of my own personality.

What character have you created that is most like yourself?

…I must regretfully answer “the crazy one who thinks he’s an anime hero”…

Where do you get ideas for your characters?

There is a little machine in the back of my head that takes my memories and experiences and processes them through some strange and mystical system before spitting out the seeds of stories. The characters then come from the stories.

Do you ever write based on your dreams?

Occasionally. I have some notes for stories I want to write at some point which are basically transcriptions of the interesting parts of my dreams.

Do you favour happy endings, sad endings or cliff-hangers?

I like endings that resolve the conflicts brought up in the story. Whether that resolution is happy, sad, or some other mood entirely is much less important.

Have you ever written based on a piece of artwork you’ve seen?

I’ve tried but I suck at it.

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?

Oh yes.

Ever write anything in chatspeak (how r u?)

Haha, not any stories, but I do it… well, I hate to say I have done it “ironically” but that is in fact the appropriate choice of word. It’s just that most people who do things “ironically”… aren’t…

Entirely in L337?

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Was that question appalling and unwriterly?

No, it was hilarious and geeky. If anything is “appalling and unwriterly” about this meme, it’s the sheer quantity of questions that are fragments.

Does music help you write?

It helps me write in the sense that it helps keep me from being distracted by random noises and the silence. It can also help put me in the right mood for the story.

Quote something you’ve written. Whatever pops into your head.

After watching them for a few moments, the cloaked man looked back down at his own sandwich, shrugged and muttered something again. He awkwardly picked it up, trying unsuccessfully to keep the lettuce from falling out.

It suddenly occurred to Amy that he might not have seen a sandwich before.

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One Response to Writing Meme

  1. B says:

    I refuse to believe anyone is better than Theo in any sense whatsoever.

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