30 Days Of Writing: Day 1

30 Days of Writing.

I first came across this on J. Koyanagi’s blog back in August. For what ever reason, I didn’t participate. Then, just as recently as yesterday, Mercedes M. Yardley brought it up again on her blog. This time, for what ever reason, I feel up to it.

What is it? For those who don’t know, which I’m sure most of you do, you answer 30 questions about your own writing/process/style/etc. You can answer one question a day, or all at once. I believe it’s up to you. I’m trying the question per day route. I think I can do that.

I’ll list all the questions below, but here’s my first.

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

Out of my most recent projects, I’d have to say my favorite is the screenplay for “Things People Do”.

It’s my favorite project because of the lead characters. In the tangled web of events that initially brings them all together, each character has done what they thought was best for themselves. Not meaning to be malicious in any way though, the choices that they’ve made ultimately come back to hurt the next person in turn, and in a sense, leaves no one at fault, but at the same time, no one can be called innocent either.

Another reason why this project is my favorite, is because it takes a look at, in some extremes, what people are willing to do to “protect themselves” and “preserve their image/way of life” when pushed to the edge. People who normally would never have considered committing certain acts before, suddenly find themselves willing, though reluctant, to do whatever they have to do so survive. In a sense, snatching away the rag-tag cloak of innocence so many of us falsely wrap ourselves in.

Yeah, I’m big on breaking down facades, lol.



30 Days of Writing Questions

1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you’ve worked with and why.
2. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?
3. How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you’re writing about fictional places)?
4. Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!
5. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about “youngest” and “oldest” in terms of when you created them?
6. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good ol’ pen and paper?
7. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?
8. What’s your favorite genre to write? To read?
9. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.
10. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!
11. Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?
12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of world building? Any side-notes on it you’d like to share?
13. What’s your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?
14. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?
15. Midway question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!
16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how “far” are you willing to go in your writing?
17. Favorite protagonist and why!
18. Favorite antagonist and why!
19. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!
20. What are your favorite character interactions to write?
21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?
22. Tell us about one scene between your characters that you’ve never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.
23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?
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?
25. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.
26. Let’s talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favorite picture of him!
27. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters.
28. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there’s nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.
29. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?
30. Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his/her characters!

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  1. I had an opportunity to read this and its really a great challenge for a writer – no wonder you are doing it – its a dedicated, committed type of writing if you are doing it day to day. I love a challenge so I will think about this – sounds like fun, especially readling all of the questions.

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  2. Im looking over the questions now – I said on twitter – I think you are challenging me lol

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  3. Ok I worked at it for 1hr. Fingers are tired, but it was a fun exercise. It helped me remember why I love the written word. I love to write, and it was fun writing down memories. Im going to stick with it until I finish it. Im not discipline enough to do day to day. To many things going on in my mind.

    However. I am going to do it until I finish. So, right now I am on number 7, I will take a nap break lol and start with it tomorrow (later today – its after 1:20 am)

    =)

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