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NOT HURRAY( 30-day writing meme questions )9. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.
Generally I either come up with a plot I want to use and decide what sort of character would fit it best, or I decide I want to write about a certain type of character. OR SOMETIMES the character just shows up in my head like WHAT'S UP CAITLIN, WRITE ABOUT ME, so I do? I don't really have a process. I don't fill out questionnaires anymore, I found them to be a waste of time, and I like to let my characters grow through the writing. Ideas come from all sorts of places.10. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!
Well, it wasn't a situation I
put my characters in, but one time Ashley wrote me a fic where Zac and Joseph moved to Alaska (REALLY) after faking Zac's death (REALLY!!!!) and started a coffee shop. And made out. And I thought...that was pretty awesome, actually. But after all the conventionally weird situations I
put them through, the idea of the two of them operating a coffee shop in Alaska is the weirdest of all. A normal life for those two? Awesome.11. Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?
Um, Zacharias is my favourite. Snarky little bitch that he is. I think there have been at least three completely different worlds/times I've put him in, and he shines wherever he goes. If this surprises anyone, obviously you are unfamiliar with my writing. :P
I don't really write about characters I don't enjoy, I guess? Sometimes they are difficult and I want to strangle them, but I still love them. Or else...I would not write about them.
No, wait. There was
one guy I wanted to punch in the face, and I can't remember his name right now. He was a "hero" who was really the antagonist. What an asshole. Everything I hate in a man.12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of worldbuilding? Any side-notes on it you'd like to share?
That would be the Shanahn series, Jeff! I don't spend much time worldbuilding anymore, but I used to really enjoy questionnaires, and my compilation of notes on Shanahn is...very precious to me. I still have a much-crumpled map I drew of it, too. You would not believe how sad I was when, after creating a calendar based on the number three (sacred to the Shanahn religion) where all months have twenty-seven days, I realised this meant that a baby does not
gestate for nine months. And I cried inside, because the symbolism would have been so beautiful.
Second up would be Ellany, which is only a city in a much, much larger world. I didn't make a lot of notes on it, but I had so much fun with the idea of a city IN A JUNGLE and all the awesome stuff that happened there.13. What's your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?
I think I do have the most fun with the city of Ellany, but I don't know if that's just the story or not. It's really the clash of cultures that makes it most interesting, that here you have a city nominally part of the empire, and ruled by it, but where the natives still have a say and pretty much everyone accepts that, and ALSO THERE ARE DWARFS. And it's kind of noirish, so that's fun. Also the magic system is badass.
14. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?
The only maps I have right now are too wrinkled to be scanned even if I had a scanner. I generally only draw maps of countries/worlds, not cities or buildings, because I'm better at visualising those. And I only draw them freehand, not with computer programs, because...I suck at drawing on the computer.
I was going to link to a drawing done on the computer, just there. Then I realised I am too ashamed.