Here’s a simple, fun challenge for a Sunday: list 7 things about your writing. You can use the examples below or do your own. Have fun, get creative, go crazy. And be honest; we all might learn something!
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1) My books start as… (What do you like in an opening line? How do you like to start your stories?)
2) I am an (insert genre or style here) writer. Explain.
3) I do/do not write from an outline. (What is this outline of which you speak?)
4) I use notes to… (Notes? What are notes?)
5) My characters come from… (Hamlet? My friend and family? They’re secretly all me?)
6) When it comes to dialog… (Are you good at it? Bad at it? How do you come up with what your characters will say?)
7) I write because I want to/I’m trying to… (Escape? Work out my demons before someone gets hurt?)
OKAY, HERE ARE MINE:
1) I like to start a book with an urgent, short piece of dialog. I’m told that creates confusion, but I disagree, and I doubt I will stop doing it. My new book begins with “Daddy?” – come on, how confusing is that? The next line explains that it’s a 4 year old girl who is interrupting her father while he’s shaving. Where’s the confusion? (This may be my rebellious streak.)
2) I’m trying my hand at each different genre, which sounds insane, but I am learning from each (including romance – shudder), and I believe very few good stories are just horror or just mystery; they contain some elements of each genre but have one main focus. So if I can write decent stories in each genre, my overall books should be better, right? Let’s hope so!
3) Outline? Nope, no outline. Not really. I start with a cool idea and what would be interesting scenes, which I go ahead and write – but there eventually has to be a cohesive layout, so I jot down my main plot points: archaeology students discover an area lost in time for 10,000 years. They are amazed at the ancient, living civilization. The inhabitants won’t let them leave once they’ve seen the place, for fear that others will come and destroy it. The students have to flee… So that’s kind of an outline, right?
4) I wish used notes more. I create a cheat sheet so I can remember the MC’s wife’s name, and who the evil power company executive is, but usually not much more than that. I have a folder full of ideas for scenes in that story instead, some of which get used but many do not.
5) In one story all the main characters were secretly me! Well, a few were made up. I create composite characters from bits and pieces of real life, but they’re largely made up people. Except the ones that are secretly me.
6) I’m pretty good at dialog. I love witty banter in books and movies, and try to move my story along through the dialog. I try to write the way people really speak, but in real life my personal vocabulary sounds a little lofty at times, so when a character says what I actually have said, it can sound fake. Also, I’m casual about a lot of rules because I wrote a lot of family humor books; as a result, some characters come off as immature. So I’m lofty and immature? Probably.
7) I write for fun, not so much for escape. I get a kick out of taking you down a new road and surprising you or making you laugh or cry. It’s fun for me.
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