Thomas Jefferson had one of those buy-some-land-get-the-whole-damn continent-free coupons which was about to expire on the 31st.
This quiz asks “Can We Guess Who You Are in Only 20 Questions?”
Here’s what they guessed…
1. You are male.
2. You are in currently in your mid 30’s.
3. You are married and just became a parent. You are experiencing exciting days, and more are on their way, but through it all you remain strong, loving and deeply caring.
4. You have short hair - partly gray, brown eyes and a fit body.
5. You decided long ago that your kids must have a better childhood than the one you had. You know you’ll do anything to make sure of that.
Probably Watership Down by Richard Adams. It’s one of the books I’ve read the most times over, and it’s one of the few books I can viscerally remember reading. I was a pretty independent reader from really early on and I had almost no supervision, so I didn’t read a lot of the books others in my age group were reading. I had, for instance, not read The Very Hungry Caterpillar until about two months ago.
Cop out time. I’ll list some of my favorites rather than picking one: Alexander McCall Smith, J.K. Rowling, Lincoln Child and Preston Douglas, Jo Beverly, Anne Bishop, Tamora Pierce, theoctopusofevilhabits, verkiezen, aeolian-mode, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, John Steinbeck, Margaret Atwood …
"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." - Mark Twain
There’s also a quote by Margaret Atwood that I can’t quite lay my finger on; it basically says that writers write not because they have some intimate understanding of the human soul, but because they don’t.
Strange things inspire me. I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to writing; I’ll borrow bits of imagery or create big playlists of music or take photos and quotes and sort of mish-mash it all together until I have a feel for something. I’m mostly inspired by whatever catches my fancy in the moment.
I used to hate them, but I’ve grown complacent. If I watch the movie before I read the book I’m even prone to like both of them in different ways.
I did! It wasn’t very rewarding because there were really only two types of people in the class: those who were there for the gen ed credit and those who were convinced their artistry needed no improvement. I was definitely there for the gen ed requirement, but I was also hoping to maybe come across some writing buddies. I think the most useful thing as an author is having someone who can honestly critique your work with the end goal of collaborative improvement. That class was not the place for it, haha.
Um, this is hard. I tend to sort of disregard good feedback and focus on where I need to make improvements. I think the highest compliment is having people ask if I wrote something or copied it down from somewhere else. Recently someone said “I fucking love your writing jesus” and that was pretty great; I think anytime someone swears it means they actually mean it (which is why @theoctopusofevilhabits is one of the best people I know).
Usually plot. I tend to have plots long before I have the characters to fill them, though occasionally I’ll get one character and the plot at the same time. The project that’s proved most frustrating to me actually started with the characters first, which may be why I’ve fumbled it so royally.
My least favorite part of making characters is having to shoehorn them into plots; I despise two-dimensional characters, but having them move in ways I want them to move can sometimes be frustrating. My favorite part is probably deciding their back stories and occupations and—because I am a horrible person—how they die. I usually understand how a character dies before I start piecing together how they lived.
My favorite part of plotting is when major narrative arcs come together; when the pieces all fall into place and there’s a sense that the story really means something. I hate literally everything else about plotting. I despise layout mechanics and often find the process of getting from point A to point B extremely bothersome.
Beginning. I usually write backwards or starting in the middle. I struggle so much with starting a plot and establishing basics that sometimes I just give up and never manage it.
This is hard; despite my earlier claim that I like to work collaboratively when drafting projects, I don’t like the idea of deliberately partnering up and sharing the workload of building stories and worlds. verkiezen and I have tried it a few times and it’s always been a gross failure, and I think part of it is that I carry a pretty hefty amount of inadequacy and really struggle to work with others without feeling really inferior, haha.