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snippet, verse: brick wall

I committed words! Written for this Tumblr prompt. Be warned: the sap, it burns.

No, really, I mean it, this is sappy as hell.

finished product )
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Aha, it's finally finished! I have at least filled in the expanded character questionnaire that I created for Joel Richler. Be warned, it's really very long.

NaNo starts tomorrow. I'm slightly excited but pretty nervous! My plan is to work on wordcount first on NaNo days and then do questionnaire stuff afterwards, so hopefully that will work out, though this took me many days even without writing words too.

Danny will be up next. (Finally!)

Questions and answers )
jules_thorpe: A grey and white cat with very yellow eyes. (Default)
A little while ago, I posted a character questionnaire for my main character, Joel. Ever since then, I've been giving sideways looks at the original questions, because there is a lot that they don't ask, and there are some things that they seem to assume. And it eventually occurred to me that I should expand it.

So I've spent the last week or so rewriting and expanding the questionnaire. My main sources of questions are the questionnaires here and here, though I have made up some questions myself. It's a work in progress, but I'm probably going to start working on answering these questions for the four main characters from my novel over the next few days.

(I also need to finish the damn novel draft, though that's on the schedule for November, finishing is my NaNo project. Then I can rewrite it to give Shri and Tess bigger roles.)

And so without further ado, here are the questions! There are many. I've separated them into sections because that seems slightly easier; at some point I'll probably edit them for better flow.

A question for readers: any questions that you like to ask your characters? Anything important that's not on the list?

Vital statistics )

Personality )

Emotions )

Appearance )

Health )

Habits )

Education and work )

Money )

Personal space and possessions )

Sex and romance )

Family )

Friendships and relationships )

Morals )

Religion and politics )

The past )

The future )

Childhood )

Adolescence )

Favourites )

Miscellaneous )

A couple of final notes.

First, I'm really interested in making this questionnaire as inclusive as possible, so I've tried to ask about identity things as opposed to assuming all characters are white, Christian, straight, cis and able-bodied. If you notice any place I'm making assumptions about identities with these questions, rather than asking about something that might vary, I'm keen to hear about it, so please don't be shy! (An example: I'm considering how to frame a question about poly identity/relationships, which isn't relevant to the current crop of characters, but might be relevant to others!) There might be many other things which I haven't noticed.

Second: this questionnaire is pretty focused on real-world concerns - you'll notice there's nothing on super-powers, supernatural phenomena, monsters, space-time anomalies, etc. I'm not sure whether to include that kind of thing, but I ended up deciding that my own universe-specific stuff shouldn't go into a questionnaire that I'd like to apply to characters from other universes.
jules_thorpe: A grey and white cat with very yellow eyes. (Default)
I found this character questionnaire on Tumblr, and I thought I'd do it with some of my characters. Some characters I know very well, and some I don't know so well.

I'm going to start with my POV character and probably work through the character list over the next few days.

Questions and answers behind the cut. )
jules_thorpe: A grey and white cat with very yellow eyes. (Default)
So I am (more patchily than I'd like, but still) generally someone who really likes to read books. I mean, if I weren't, I wouldn't be much of a writer. There's only a limited amount of skill you can gain as a writer if you don't also read, and read voraciously.

The thing is this - I've been writing the current novel since... February. It's now October. And I've been mostly staying away from reading long-form fiction while I've been in the writing process. My sense is that I'd turn into a style sponge: I'd read a Jasper Fforde and find myself writing like my book is a Thursday Next book, or I'd read a Stephen King and writer a chapter that mimicked the Dark Tower.

This would be... odd and bad.

I've been reading short-form stuff, mostly fan fiction, but nothing longer than a few thousand words. I'm not even sure if it's a sensible distinction to make, because I've been getting into bunches of new televised canons, and I find those worlds as absorbing as the world of a book. So I'm not sure if abstaining from novel-reading even makes sense.

And I am missing being a reader. I have a lot of stuff on my to-read pile and I'd like to read it someday. And in any case, I'm really struggling with the novel - I'm probably writing only a couple of thousand words a week, if that, because the bit I'm writing right now is full of difficult emotional stuff. (Damn you, plot.)

So what do people think? Is reading novels while you're writing a heinous crime against your own book? Is it essential? I have no idea.

I would love to hear everyone's thoughts.
jules_thorpe: A grey and white cat with very yellow eyes. (Default)
I'm currently writing a novel called Voicemail from God. I'm currently about 52k in, and right in the middle of the book - things are pretty bad in my characters' lives. And I'm currently writing a part where my viewpoint character is pretty sad.

This is kind of unpleasant for me 'cause when my characters are sad, I am sad. There's not much cure for this, really, and of course part of the value of writing stuff like this is that it forces me to process some of my own sadnesses and so on. So it's not like it's something that I really want to cure.

It's just... sad.

I'm also convinced that every word I write is legitimately dreadful, of course, but that's normal at this stage.


Sep. 28th, 2013 08:13 pm
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Well, this is a first entry. I'm not sure exactly what to put in this entry, but I know what I'm going to put in this journal: original writing. Of which I am planning to create quite a lot.

I don't make huge promises as to volume or frequency, but I want to be writing original things. I'm currently working on a novel, and I may make some updates about that now and then, though I won't be posting stuff from the novel itself until it's way more polished. I am going to post stuff about characters from the same universe, 'cause some of them are eating my head, and I would like them to stop.




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