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Writing Meme

fpb didn't tag me for this, I just stole it from his journal. :-)

1. Do you outline?
Yes, all the time. I usually at least have a general outline of where the story starts, goes, and ends (very informal), and often I will outline scenes as I go. That's one useful thing about writing rough drafts in a notebook--many pages have little bullet-point scene outlines at the top.

2. Do you write straight through, or do you sometimes tackle the scenes out of order?
I usually write straight through, unless I need to get a particular scene out of my head before I forget it. Or unless I'm co-writing, in which case I've been known to write scenes from random areas of a story.

3. Do you prefer writing with a pen or using a computer?
Rough draft is almost always pen on paper. Subsequent drafts are on the computer (I type quickly; but when I'm doing a rough draft, I need the space to jot down bits I've forgotten to include as I motor through the first attempt). The one exception to this is screenplays: I can't do rough drafts on paper.

4. Do you prefer writing in first person or third?
Tightly limited third is my favorite. I'll write first, though; I've even written second person, once.

5. Do you listen to music while you write?
Yes. Almost always. It helps me stay focused and keeps the mental gears going.

6. How do you come up with the perfect names for your characters?
I'm not sure I believe in "perfect" names anymore. I do know when I've found the name that fits a particular character, but there might be others that fit as well...I just found "Gina" or "Ana" first.

7. When you're writing, do you ever imagine your story as a television show or movie?
Hmmmm. I do imagine the visuals, in order to describe them; but I am much more apt to imagine other sensory details of the story: touch, taste, smell, hearing. The prose world can be as full of sensation as the real one--it's not as limited as TV or film. (And I'm seeing the difference pretty vividly right now, as I work on my TV spec.)

8. Have you ever had a character insist on doing something you really didn't want him/her to do?
Um. No...at least, not in the sense that it was making it really hard for me to write it. I've had characters insist on doing bad or stupid things, for which I am inclinded to yell at them, but it always plays into the story so I can't hate what's happening too much.

9. Do you know how a book is going to end when you start it?
Normally, yes. There can be changes, especially in details, but I have to have a goal to tell my story towards.

10. Where do you write?
At my desk; sitting on my bed; at the dining room table; on the couch; in coffeeshops.....

11. What do you do when you get writer's block?
Writer's block is just a manifestation of fear. If it's really bad, I might go work on something else to build my confidence (yay fic!) or else I might just push through.

12. What size increments do you write in (either in terms of wordcount, or as a percentage of the fic as a whole)?
Um. Whatever I can get done in the time I have. I will often stop short of ending a scene, because it's easier to come back and jump into the middle of the action.

13. How many different drafts did you write for your last project?
Huh. Not sure. For short prose it might be three or four drafts. Longer prose might be more. I'm finishing my 2nd draft of my spec.

14. Have you ever changed a character's name midway through a draft?
A couple of times, yeah. Usually I'll wait till the next draft.

15. Do you let anyone read your story while you're working on it, or do you wait until you've completed a draft before letting someone else see it?
Usually it has to be in 2nd draft before anyone sees it. feliciakw and whitemartyr can back me up on this. :-)

16. What do you do to celebrate when you finish a draft?
Tell my betas or LJ about it. :-)

17. One project at a time, or multiple projects at once?
Multiple projects, although if I'm working hard on one, I may put the rest temporarily on the shelf.

18. Do your stories grow or shrink in revision?
Shrink. I put in unnecessary stuff that has to be cut; I shift things around and compress them; and I have to expand some areas, too, but it usually ends up a bit shorter.

19. Do you have any writing or critique partners?
I have regular betas for my fic, and I sometimes advertise on my LJ for a beta in a fandom they don't cover. I also belong to a Christian screenwriters' group here in LA, and we get together twice a month to critique each other's work and pray for each other.

20. Do you prefer drafting or revising?
Revising. I've got more control over the story; craft comes into play.
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