Wednesday 24 November 2010

30 Days of Writing - Part Five

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

Yes, but (and here's where I'm cheating) only because the MC is their kid. I don't think I've written from a parent's perspective. Scratch that, it has to be a lie. I'm sure I have, but it's not something I set out intentionally to do.

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

Meg is definitely going to get frisky with her co-star (name subject to change), and yet they won't be revealing any skin in the book. I think.

23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to submitting?

Differs. For short stories it can be anything from a few hours to weeks depending on whether I think it's good to go or not. Most times, I hang my stories on the jingle bell line I've attached to my memo board and leave them to ferment. Then I redraft, then I hang them back up, then I edit, then I edit, then I edit, then they go.

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?

Oh, I'll kill any of my characters off in a heartbeat. Although for, 'The Midnight Motel' I may have resurrected a few.

Most interesting ways - I've drowned a soldier in a lake full of dead angels, I've sent men plummeting to earth after vengeful birds burst their balloon, and I'm thinking I need to come up with some more inventive murder plans.

Today's Word Count: 2187 + 545 (other projects)
Total Word Count: 48,703 + 5789 (other projects)

I am so hitting 50,000 words tomorrow. Or, I have so just jinxed myself.


Andrea Allison said...

drowned in a lake full of dead angels. Now that is something you don't read everyday. ;)

Aaron Polson said...

I've gone fishing in a pond full of dead angels...didn't get any bites.

Simon said...

Never written from a parental POV? 'Burying Sam', surely..?

Danielle Birch said...

You go girl, you'll hit it.

Fox Lee said...

Ah, vengeful birds. Hilarious yet tragic.

Cate Gardner said...

I hope not, Andrea.

Go back, Aaron. They are known to stir.

Doh! I heart you for that comment, Simon. Though I'm obviously a plank.

Thanks, Danielle (and woot you)

Ha! Natalie.

Katey said...

Lake full of dead angels...

Man. You make me happy.