Challenge #21: Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?
I write lots of babies. WRITE ALL THE BEHBHES!!! : P In one story, I had the princess, the servant, and even the elephant pregnant with a total of four babies by the end of the story. (The servant had twins!) It’s easy to write teeny babies. It’s a bit trickier writing toddlers and other varied ages through childhood because each child develops differently. And then you have to take into account what time period you’re writing and what was expected of younglings in past eras. But you do have a lot of free reign with children. Precisely because they’re unpredictable and can get away with saying things other characters cannot. : )
I am fond of writing children’s perspectives, and I think I’m fairly good at it. I wrote one Lissie and Ben story that starts with little Lissie at six years old which was so much fun, and I’ve started another where she’s quite little and Ben is only twelve. : ) Little people are delightful.
Challenge #22: Tell us about one scene between your characters that you’ve never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.
Uh…… Do any such scenes exist? I mean, I send everything to my best friend to edit, or my sister to enjoy, or various writing friends to critique, so I’m not sure of anything that I haven’t shared with anyone. Hm.
OH!! I did start to write a sequel one-shot to The Baffling Case of Miss Emma Browne. It was going to deal more with the consequences of living with advanced knowledge in a past era, and the moral obligations to either act or not act upon said knowledge. But it started to go in a really sad direction, and involved too many patient deaths, and character death, and it was not what Emma Browne was meant to be, which is happy. : ) So I never wrote it all out.
Challenge #23: How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?
……Decades. Okay, that’s not always true. I have dozens upon dozens of stories that I started years ago, (as far back as 2005) some even began posting and never finished. But if I get involved in a story that interests my best friend and Beta, she’s amazing at choosing the perfect punishments and incentives for getting me going when I don’t feel like writing. So I just have to make sure she is excited about it, and then I’ll have the motivation to finish.
Challenge #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?
Excuse me? The plot does not demand death. The plot never does. The characters choose. Always. Okay, there’s maybe one story where the plot drives the characters, but I refuse to kill off main characters. I do kill friends off, though… wait. No I don’t. I kill villains! People I hate! That’s it!
Most interesting way… well, a nobleman killed of a sorceress by disintegration. He was magical. And I just had an evil mermaid go psycho and kill herself in a storm by capsizing her boat and drowning. That was satisfying! She was an attempted man-thief. YOU DO NOT GET IN THE WAY OF LOVE!! Or you die! Oh, but neither of those were my characters. : P They were both in fanworks. So… I don’t think I’ve killed any of my villains.
Challenge #25: What books do you read to inspire your writing? Do you avoid similar books to what you’re working on so as not to be “influenced” by them?
I do the opposite of avoid similar books. There is no such thing as a truly original story. It’s all about how it’s written to make it feel fresh and new. So I never shy away from reading things of the same vein as my current writing projects. And of course, I believe in fan fiction, so sometimes reading/watching the source is the only way to write it well.
“There is someone who is waiting for me with all her heart. But I have no way of returning. Whether it takes one year or ten, if there were a way to go to her, I would. But there is no way to get back.”
–Kim Boong Do
Queen In Hyun’s Man
I don’t like to make profile pictures that aren’t of me, but somehow this has managed to stay on my Facebook for the past month or so. It’s just. so. cute. And yes, it’s from the drama Queen In Hyun’s Man. Which I own. Because it’s that good. ^_^ Even if it makes me cry buckets through the entire two last episodes.