Tuesday 2 November 2010

30 Days of Writing Questions - Part One

1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you’ve worked with and why.

Such an unfair question to start with--I love them all. Okay, I guess I'll plump for my otherworld in 'Theatre of Curious Acts'. And as to the why--because it's chock-full of madness - dragons, fairy tale villages, inns balanced on top of pointy hills, train stations that stretch into forever, back to front theatres, and the four horsewomen of the apocalypse 'live' there.

2. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?

I'm assuming this means per project, otherwise thousands upon thousands of poor, dejected things. And I have no preference whatsoever as to male or female. In fact, I think I have a nice, healthy (okay, they're rarely healthy) mix. My book 'Last Seen Drowning' (may it rest in peace) had about seven POVs - I wonder why I never sent it anywhere. Actually, thinking on the previous question, I really liked that little universe and it had a suicidal (non-sparkly) vampire. Oh crap, now I want to work on that rather than NaNoWriMo.
Note to self: Seven POVs--you don't want to go there.

3. How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you’re writing about fictional places)?

I steal them from spam emails, or I type in a search in twitter and pick out a first and second name, and for all emergencies I have my huge first name, surname and place name dictionary. I'm never happy with a story until I get what I feel is the right name for the character.

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

The first story I sold way back in 1993 (actually, I use the word sold loosely as it was 4theluv, though I did get a free contributors copy) was called Bethany's Dream and it was majorly blah! Girl has a dream that someone is trying to kill her, gets really nervous, but hey, guess what it's a surprise party. I don't think she even bothered to kill the guests.

I still have fond memories of my first novel 'Fading in the Summer Sun'. I spent years with those characters and they were nice folk (if slightly twisted).

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

Bollocks. I think Molly in 'The Drawing of Dolls' is about seven, but I'd have to look her up to be sure and I'm far too lazy to do that. Oldest, double crap. I'm going to say the suicidal vampire in 'Last Seen Drowning' - he's definitely mega crinkly. Oh, wait. I guess my true oldest would be Old Father Time. Old Father Time would have to be as old as time I guess.

Now onto the (supposed) daily NaNoWriMo catch up:

Daily Word Count: 2154 (go me!)
Total Word Count: 3099
Characters Playing: Amelia Darling, Cally Darling, Danny Levine (who???), Meg Cooper, The Press Gang
Time Frame: Dystopian Future - 2241 (yay, we have a year)

Things that surprised my book: Ha, so the book wants to be a YA eventhough I declared it wouldn't be, well I threw a spanner in its works and added the word Bollocks at the top of the page -- what do you mean, I can edit it out later!!!
Things that surprised me: Dead Parent (okay not that surprising) / Instead of trying to make my first pages perfect, I'm adding comment boxes with things I need to fix/reconsider - go non-obsessive me)
Googled: The Bends--Diving.


Aaron Polson said...

1993? Whoa.

And Spam emails are awesome sources. I also steal the names of students and rearrange them.

Anonymous said...

For a Yank such as myself, a "spanner in the works" would be akin to a "wrench" impeding progress?

Danielle Birch said...

Go NaNo word count!

Cate Gardner said...

One has to find a use for Spam, Aaron. :D

Ha, Milo.

I want your word count, Danielle.

Katey said...

Note to self: Seven POVs--you don't want to go there.

I did it once, with the epic fantasy. And god, it broke my brain. I can only imagine what it did to my poor first reader. She's a trooper. (And somehow still here to tell the tale).

SO glad you're posting these for Nano. Awesome!