This is my first post directly on Dreamwidth, and I'm wasting it on this survey instead of actually writing stuff! Ha Ha Ha
01:When did you first start writing?
I remember actually beginning to write stuff in grade 4 or 5.
02:What was your favorite book growing up?
Go Dog Go (when I was very young), then Into The Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville, and The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper (these are still on my list of favourite books)
03:Are you an avid reader?
I'd say so! Although HOW "avid" depends on what I'm reading - if it's really dull, I tend to try and avoid it.
04:Have you ever thrown a book across the room?
I wouldn't say across the ROOM. I've definitely thrown a book down on the bed, and shoved a pillow over it for good measure. Writers are the worst sometimes.
05:Did you take writing courses in school/college?
I took creative writing in highschool, which had a lot less fiction than you'd expect. Then I took a business writing course in college, cause it was required.
06:Have you read any writing-advice books?
Yes, I had to for an assignment once. They are as such:
The 28 Biggest Writing Blunders (And How to Avoid Them)
This one wasn't bad, but most of the blunders were things I would never have tried to do, or things I already knew.
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
I enjoyed reading it and it had a lot of excerpts from good books. I don't... actually remember much of it's advice though because I read it so long ago ^^'
07:Have you ever been part of a critique group?
Not really. I feel like a lot of times when people try to start "critique groups" what they really mean is "I want someone to critique my novel but I don't want to read/critique other people's writing", so the group soon falls apart.
08:What’s the best piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?
"It seems more like a Western than a Fantasy"
I can't say if this is really the BEST piece, but I think it's the sort of thing I'm looking for. If I'm really missing the mark I want to be aware. And my first reaction was to think "Of course it's fantasy, just wait until the end of the novel when someone becomes immortal!" But then over the years I started to think, if it's not obvious from the beginning then everything's gonna look out of place. I need to find a way to work magic into the world before the last chapter.
09:What’s the worst piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?
"IT'S PERFECT DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING"
10:What’s your biggest writer pet-peeve?
Weirdly specific description, obligatory romance.
11:What’s your favorite book cover?
Uhg, there's so many that I like!
The first cover of Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan is beautiful, as are the UK covers of her Demon's Lexicon trilogy. I really like the covers of the Eternal Sky trilogy by Elizabeth Bear. And there's a special mention to Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan. (I've probably left out something lovely!)
12:Who is your favorite author?
Tamora Pierce, Sarah Rees Brennan, Scott Lynch, Kenneth Oppel, Caitlin R. Kiernan.
13:What’s your favorite writing quote?
I can't think of any off the top of my head, but probably just something simple like "Writer's Write".
14:What’s your favorite writing blog? c;
I like to follow the blogs of authors like Sarah Rees Brennan, Malinda Lo and Elizabeth Bear. They're not exactly "writing blogs" but they provide insight sometimes, to how different writers do things.
15:What would you say has inspired you the most?
Being very lonely and having ample time to use my imagination.
16:How do you feel about movies based on books?
Usually... they're not good. Or not AS good. But my favourite book was turned into the Worst Movie Ever, so I'm very bitter.
17:Would you like your books to be turned into TV shows, movies, video games, or none?
I don't really know if they would work as such. Although, the story I'm working on now would make an interesting video game, I think.
18:How do you feel about love triangles?
They're so tiring and overdone! Even if someone tries to do like, a subversion of one, it tires me out right away.
19:Do you prefer writing on a computer or longhand?
I used to prefer writing by hand, but I have wrist problems so now I have to type everything out.
20:What’s your favorite writing program?
I just use MS word, ahah
21:Do you outline?
It looks like I tend to outline AFTER my first draft.
22:Do you start with characters or plot?
Almost always, it's characters. I have a lot of characters that I don't yet have a plot for.
23:What’s your favorite & least favorite part of making characters?
I like backstories and figuring out why characters act like they do, and how they'd respond to certain things. I dislike finding the "little things" about a character - if I look for them, they seem forced, if I don't look, they might not show up.
24:What’s your favorite & least favorite part of plotting?
My favourite part is when things all fit together, my least favourite part is MAKING THINGS ALL FIT TOGETHER. And also trying to figure out if things are "believable"
25:What advice would you give to young writers?
Edit AFTER you write.
26:Which do you enjoy reading the most: physical, ebook, or both?
Physical books. Ebooks don't feel real to me, and screens are hard to pay attention to.
27:Which is your favorite genre to write?
28:Which do you find hardest: the beginning, the middle, or the end?
I usually start off with an ending in mind. Maybe I'll have a beginning scene. But I always have to really work to connect them together.
29:Which do you find easiest: writing or editing?
I actually enjoy editing, but it always leads to more writing anyway. Editing is definitely less frightening than writing.
30:Have you ever written fan-fiction?
Yes, and it was not good.
31:Have you ever been published?
A couple of short stories.
32:How do you feel about friends and close relatives reading your work?
Friends can read it, relatives are embarrassing because I always feel like they'll look for a hidden message in what I'm writing.
33:Are you interested in having your work published?
I'd like to.
34:Describe your writing space.
It's my bed... which is apparently a bad place to do it :P
35:What’s your favorite time of day for writing?
Mid-day or at night, I think.
36:Do you listen to music when you write?
Sometimes - but it needs to fit the mood of things.
37:What’s your oldest WIP?
I started it in 5th grade and I'm going to re-write for the 4th time this November.
38:What’s your current WIP?
"current" haha. Well, it's a sci-fi story (trilogy) that I've been working on for the past few NaNoWriMos. I've also got another short sci-fi story that I'm working on. I mostly have it written out but I need to re-write some scenes to fit the mood.
39:What’s the weirdest story idea you’ve ever had?
There's probably been weirder but "eccentric millionaire builds and android and wipes his memory, gets him addicted to drugs, and watches him suffer for fun". Why??????
40:Which is your favorite original character, and why?
I like them all and they all have a special place in my heart!!
But I do really like my roleplay characters and I feel like I've done a lot of work with them and they've got all those little character details down.
41:What do you do when characters don’t follow the outline?
See if where they're going is better than my first idea.
42:Do you enjoy making your characters suffer?
In some ways yes, in some ways no. I feel like suffering can become a bit too much. However, in my current novels, the main character gets injured a LOT, and I enjoy that.
43:Have you ever killed a main character?
I don't actually think I have. I don't think you need to, or at least, I've never needed to.
44:What’s the weirdest character concept you’ve ever come up with?
Uh, I feel like I have a lot, but there's one that I don't even know what I was thinking... "Alien crash lands on earth and is taken in by a priest who makes him a religious zealot". But also "Anthropomorphised drafting compass that has a genetic disorder which causes her to murder people uncontrollably". I'm sure there have been even stranger than that.
45:What’s your favorite character name?
In fiction, I really enjoy the name "Scarborough Pentecost" from Caitlin R. Kiernan's Threshold.
Of my own, I like the classic "Carmine Red", but I'm currently enjoying "Lambda" (I mean, it's a code name, but still).
46:Describe your perfect writing space.
Maybe like a futon, something that offers lots of different seating arrangements. I like sunny places in general and places with lots of plants. Mostly I just need a space where I can write comfortably on a laptop so that I don't completely kill my wrists.
47:If you could steal one character from another author and make then yours, who would it be and why?
Nick from The Demon's Lexicon, because he's so simple on the surface but has a lot of depths. I like the struggles he has with connecting to people and also with violence. I think it's something I tend to use a lot in my own characters, too.
48:If you could write the next book of any series, which one would it be, and what would you make the book about?
I feel like if I continued any of the series I like, it'd just be a fluff piece about all the characters living on to do the things I want them to :P
49:If you could write a collaboration with another author, who would it be and what would you write about?
I don't know if there are any authors I read whose style is really similar to mine, but it'd be cool to write a dark faerie tale or something with Bruce Coville or Kenneth Oppel. One of the things I really enjoyed about reading them as a child was that, although they wrote children's books, their stories had really dark themes to them as well, and they didn't leave them out for the children's sake. So the stories that I wrote at that age turned out the same way.
50:If you could live in any fictional world, which would it be?
Tortall! But it'd also be cool to live as one of the Old Ones in Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising sequence.