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I don't know about you, but every now and then I have a dream that I'm a newly published author and my books are decently popular - at least popular enough that someone wants to ask me questions about my creative process. Now, some people might say this is due to some fame complex, but I honestly think I dream about talking about my books because I'm too afraid to do it in real life! I don't know why, but I'm always hesitant to tell people I'm an aspiring novelist. It's certainly nothing to be ashamed of; in fact, I'm internally quite proud of it. I suppose it's that old monster under the bed, the fear of rejection, that makes me hold my tongue when people ask what I do for fun. Perhaps I'm a "closet novelist". Well, I'm almost certain I can't be the only one out there who feels the same way, so I decided to post this questionnaire for all my fellow novelists and writers here on deviantART! I wrote these questions so other closet novelists could take the time to talk in detail about their books to someone who is seriously interested in other peoples' stories - me! So if you read through these questions and get the hankering to answer them, by all means DO! Post it in your journal, or keep it for yourself, whatever you please. I only ask that you please let me know you've participated so I can read and enjoy your answers!! I filled out my own answers in a separate journal, so if you'd like read them, go here: fav.me/d5klmaf . If you do post this in your journal, please link back to this page so if any of your followers want to do it, they can copy and paste the original questions. You're in for a long haul, but it's bound to be a blast!

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A NOVEL WRITER'S QUESTIONNAIRE

1. Many novelists have been writing for a very long time. Tell us about the first story you remember writing – or if you have no clue, tell us about your first serious attempt at a novel. What was the end result? Did you scrap it, lock it in a trunk, or rework it into something else?

2. Have you always wanted to write novels, or do different lengths of stories spark your interest? Have you written anything outside of novels?

3. Just out of curiosity, what's your take on poetry?

4. The most hated question of all: where do you get your ideas? Do they come out of thin air, or do you spend weeks/months/years coming up with something suitable?

5. Have you ever created a world or universe from top to bottom? How did you do it?? Where did you start? Have you ever been so wrapped up in a universe that it spawns many more ideas than originally intended?

6. How do you come up with names for characters? If you've ever had to invent names for places, tell us how you did that too!

7. Do any of your stories involve different languages? How? Have you ever tried to create a whole new language? What's it called? How far in depth did you go (i.e. did you totally Tolkien it or what?)? Give us some translations!!

8. When you start to tackle a new storyline, how do you plot it out? Do you even bother, or just write as it comes to you?

9. Say you have a storyline plotted out – either on paper or in your head – from beginning to middle to end. Where do you start writing? Are you one who writes chronologically?

10. Most novelists have more than one story to share – how many writing projects do you have on the go, and are you able to work on them all simultaneously? Give us a brief synopsis of each project so we know what to look forward to!

11. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting/publishing?

12. Are you one of those people who need to shut themselves away in order to write, or do you go to a busy place and tune out? Share with us how you get in your zone!

13. Some writers listen to music while writing, either for inspiration or to drown out distractions. Do you? How do you select the music you listen to, and do you find a difference in your writing when you write without it?

14. Along the same lines, some writers take up a pen and draw for their stories as well – are you inspired to draw people, places, or scenes from your stories? If you have some images online, post some links to your favourite pieces!

15. Is there a certain set schedule you follow for your writing, or do you write any time inspiration hits?

16. What do you think is your greatest strength in your technical writing ability? Why?

17. Is there something about your writing style that annoys you and you wish to change?

18. Name your favourite protagonist and antagonist – they don't have to be from the same story – and explain why they're your favourite.

19. Who's your most-loved side/minor character, and why?

20. What mode of narration do you typically use? (e.g. third person, first person, omniscient – see here for descriptions of each style: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narrativ…) Have you ever tried writing in a different narrative style? In your stories, do you ever hop back and forth between different characters' view points, or do you follow one character only? Why?

21. Spelling – is it your mortal enemy or a valuable friend? Does it bother you either way?

22. Do you find you have trouble with grammar, or have your grade-school language arts classes always stuck with you?

23. Give us your favourite line(s) of dialogue from one of your stories! Make sure to put it in context, and of course name the story! Feel free to just copy and paste (or link!) a small scene if that's easier!

24. Does the physical appearance of your characters play a big role in your stories? If so, explain how.

25. Have you ever designed a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them.

26. Writers block: Have you ever had it? If so, did you force your way through it, or wait (im)patiently until your muse returned?

27. How willing are you to kill off your characters if the plot demands it? What's the most interesting way you've killed someone?

28. Have you ever written about or described a battle/war? Was it complicated, out of your element, or did you crank that thing out in no time? Give us a brief overview of the scene – who's fighting who, some of the highlights, or gut-wrenching moments you're particularly proud of producing. Was this scene inspired by something? And if your scene's posted somewhere online, link to it!!

29. Have you ever written a love scene? Call out the couple!! :XD: Were you able to go into details, or too squeamish to do so? What about it did you find simple or difficult? Again, if it's posted, share the link! Overall, what is your opinion of sexuality in today's literature – particularly that in online sites, like dA?

30. If there's another complicated or controversial scene or topic you are particularly proud of writing or would like to mention, write about it – or link us to it – here!

31. Genres are a fuzzy topic because one novel can fit into many categories. Do you tend to work within one realm of writing, or jump between a bunch? Pick one or two of your stories and list which categories they fit into. Then list a few of your favourite genres, and some authors that you find particularly inspiring in each.

32. Is there an author out there that you wish you could emulate? (Who's writing style do you like the best?) Feel free to say yourself! ;)

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And that's all she wrote! Good luck! And feel free to spread this all over dA - just remember to link me back your answers!! :la:

-TheMeadiator
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LucyFaerie Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Is this where I paste a link to the thingy I did?

[link]

I hope that's correct.

Thank you.
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TheMeadiator Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is indeed! No, thank you for participating! I hope you had fun, or that it at least made you think :aww:
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LucyFaerie Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Thank you. It did make me think.

One of the things that annoys me is people who get into analyze mode times eleventy one when it comes to characters. They immediately start trying to analyze a character after said character has spoken three times and figure them out. Well, the real world doesn't work that way, why should fiction?

I like to mess with people's heads and slam them in the brain with a proverbial clue bat when it comes to some characters. I know what conclusions they are going to jump to and I find it quite amusing when a character goes into a completely different direction. LOL
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TheMeadiator Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, I know what you mean. Even from a 5 page scene, it's hard to get a full grasp on a character, so why bother trying to analyze until you've read the whole story? Never assume anything!
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LucyFaerie Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
You said that quite well and I agree. I could give someone any five pages out of any of the stories I've written, some about the same character, who has progressed throughout a series and each of those five pages would give a very different aspect, even though it's the same person.

For that matter, I can take five pages out of any given story in different parts of the same story and it would show very clear pictures of where that particular character was at a certain time in their life, but just because they may have had Perspective A at the beginning, then later on, the reader learns of Situations B and C, which causes said character to reach the Conclusion of D, thus changing their Perspective from E to A, which the reader learns of at the beginning.

Hope that made sense.
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TheMeadiator Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely! Characters, like real people, show different sides to their personality in different situations - so unless you're extremely well-acquainted with the character (such as a character in a long series of novels), you (as an audience member) shouldn't say whether or not a character is flat by simply reading one or two of their reactions over the span of a few pages. And characters change and evolve of the length of the book, like you said, so I just don't get how people can jump to conclusions like that.

Haha, anyway, it seems like we're on the same page about this!
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LucyFaerie Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Thank you--this is why I never understood why people "accepting" fiction think they can make an accurate decision on a character or characters within just a few pages. I comprehend those people don't have the kind of time needed to spend on reading an entire story extensively, however there is much I would take into consideration by reading a bit further into a sample of someone's story, more consideration than has been given to me in the past.

It's good to know we're on the same page and makes me feel like less of a flake.
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CADFND Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm working on answering this~! :D I'll post it when I'm done.
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TheMeadiator Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY!! I can't wait to read it! :la:
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tlhakujunkan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to do this! Thanks for taking the time to come up with the questions! :)
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TheMeadiator Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooo, please do! And honestly, it's my pleasure - I love reading about creative processes as much as I like reading a good story! :D It's like verbal ice cream somehow, and I don't really know why.
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tlhakujunkan Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Verbal ice cream is a good way of expressing the feeling. XD
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MinnemannE Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
:O_o: so many...
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TheMeadiator Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I knowww, sorry, ahaha. Maybe I should have said, "A Novel Writer's Novel of Questions". My own answers are turning out to be novels, that's for sure. :XD:
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MinnemannE Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
That's true :XD:
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Oh my god, I feel the exact same way! I'm generally not afraid of saying that I'm writing a novel (I mean, it's better than saying I make dressup games, at least.), but I really hate talking about it in real-life and I dream about one day getting to talk about my novel and it won't be embarrassing. Summing up my novel in a few sentences makes it sound so cliché and so stupid, I'm afraid people are gonna think "Oh, here's another Narnia-wannabe. Just smile and nod.".

I'll go ahead and do that questionnaire in a journal right now.
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TheMeadiator Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOD SAAAMME. I'm so afraid people will think my stories are childish or trashy, which they aren't (same as yours :D ), but the fear is there. I'd rather people remain ignorant about my writing for the time being as opposed to having to explain so much to strangers.

YAY AWESOME! I'll pop on over and read it right now! :la:
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Same here, LOL. xD Like last year, when I was starting at a new school and getting to know people, there was one girl who asked me what my novel was about, and I was just "Uh... Ehm... Well... It's... It's about a girl who recieves a key which opens the portal to some hidden world, which is ruled by a dictator... really cruel and stuff." and she just stared at me for some time with the exact same expression and then just said "Well, I'm not a big fan of fantasy, but I hope you get it published someday". It was so awkward. xD

Awesome. :)
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TheMeadiator Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww, dude that's so awkward. But people who aren't fans of fantasy generally have no imagination anyway, so their opinions don't matter!! Ahahaha.
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I guess. xD Have you checked out my journal?
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dreamed one day of being published, but god I can't get anything written and finalised at all and I'm always afraid my ideas aren't original enough or something.

1. Many novelists have been writing for a very long time. Tell us about the first story you remember writing – or if you have no clue, tell us about your first serious attempt at a novel. What was the end result? Did you scrap it, lock it in a trunk, or rework it into something else?

Oh my goodness lol, I actually have some of my crappy old stories saved up in folders and stuff. They were all awful. When I was younger I used to enjoy trying my hand at ghost stories, none were very original though! Also my sister and I did these "illustrated" fable stories lol, so stupid, "How the chicken got her comb", believe it or not, she was combing her feathers and somehow she combed too hard and owie, it got stuck in her skull...violent child that I was did not realise how much that could be impossible or how much it could hurt!

2. Have you always wanted to write novels, or do different lengths of stories spark your interest? Have you written anything outside of novels?

I wouldn't call any of my stories novels, they're just stories

3. Just out of curiosity, what's your take on poetry?

I like it, the rhyming type is my favourite lol, because it pleases the child in me! Sometimes though if a poem is too abstract I don't find it interesting. It has to make sense to my little brain.

4. The most hated question of all: where do you get your ideas? Do they come out of thin air, or do you spend weeks/months/years coming up with something suitable?

It depends, sometimes they just come to me, actually recently I haven't been feeling too inspired so have to force myself to generate ideas like that. It used to be the case where everything used to inspire me, but now my creative spark is more like an ember really.

5. Have you ever created a world or universe from top to bottom? How did you do it?? Where did you start? Have you ever been so wrapped up in a universe that it spawns many more ideas than originally intended?

YES. Two actually, connected to one another, oh they're such great fun to create! I usually start with one area or place, build it up, and then start connecting others to it. I mean every place has some form of governing body, it also has some form of trade or living, belief is also a big part of civilization, then from there start making others! For some reason I really enjoy writing for corrupt governments or religious factions lol, it brings out my inner tyrannical despot.

6. How do you come up with names for characters? If you've ever had to invent names for places, tell us how you did that too!

I spout garbage until one sounds decent! That's the truth.

7. Do any of your stories involve different languages? How? Have you ever tried to create a whole new language? What's it called? How far in depth did you go (i.e. did you totally Tolkien it or what?)? Give us some translations!!

Yes actually, the story I'm working on now involves aspects of a different language, usually I don't go too in depth, I just pick words to describe or give meaning to, then from those you can usually find a common "root" that can be used in others. For example certain pronunciations of letters will be repeated in the language etc. I'm still working on translations!

8. When you start to tackle a new storyline, how do you plot it out? Do you even bother, or just write as it comes to you?

I used to plan it, but now I just write as it comes, however I find this sometimes confusing and messes up the flow of the story, so I've learned to sort of, "think-plan" before writing.

9. Say you have a storyline plotted out – either on paper or in your head – from beginning to middle to end. Where do you start writing? Are you one who writes chronologically?

No! I write segments then connect the dots! It's awful because then I have "fillers" to write that are so boring!

10. Most novelists have more than one story to share – how many writing projects do you have on the go, and are you able to work on them all simultaneously? Give us a brief synopsis of each project so we know what to look forward to!

I'm doing a load of re-writes, some of which have actually halted completely.
"Outcast's Keep" - the story that started it all! Is now in it's fourth re-write but I've reached a point where I can't go any further because despite having the entire story already memorised and written, I don't know where to go with it from this point in my new re-write!
"Sol Regalis (1)" - second re-write, again I'm stuck now as I've been playing around with character personalities.
"Sol Regalis (2)" - possibly needs a better title but this one was simply for fun and I'm going to re-write the second half of it soon before moving on with it. The problem is that nothing much has happened in terms of plotline, it's all just been about character interactions! I do have some Illustrations submitted here though with segments I liked.
"Crow" - what I'm working on now, only on chapter four but again it's a little vague, it's more of a character and culture exploration for one one my characters.
"Castle of Silk" - actually was a collab project for fun with *InkyRose we finished it a while ago though, I'm uploading segments on a blog now and then but it was what told me that actually planning beforehand is really beneficial lol
"Alverdale Tangle" - another collab that is now on hold for a while, I got my first chapter written though!

11. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting/publishing?

I've never finished one! Never to my satisfaction anyway

12. Are you one of those people who need to shut themselves away in order to write, or do you go to a busy place and tune out? Share with us how you get in your zone!

I need to be in my room, at night, with no one bothering me or demanding attention.

13. Some writers listen to music while writing, either for inspiration or to drown out distractions. Do you? How do you select the music you listen to, and do you find a difference in your writing when you write without it?

I used to, but now I just need silence to think

14. Along the same lines, some writers take up a pen and draw for their stories as well – are you inspired to draw people, places, or scenes from your stories? If you have some images online, post some links to your favourite pieces!

Yes! It was the characters who made my first story, everything just revolved around them. I'm an artist before a writer unfortunately.
[link] [link] [link] [link] [link] I'm sorry, I have loads lol

15. Is there a certain set schedule you follow for your writing, or do you write any time inspiration hits?

At night, when i have free time

16. What do you think is your greatest strength in your technical writing ability? Why?

Character interaction! I don't know why lol, I hate describing things, but conversation I don't mind.

17. Is there something about your writing style that annoys you and you wish to change?

I tend to cling to certain words or phrases and overuse them without realising it.

18. Name your favourite protagonist and antagonist – they don't have to be from the same story – and explain why they're your favourite.

From any story anywhere? From mine, my favourite protagonist is probably erm...Sam, even though when I first wrote for him I hated him and he was a little whiner. Now I like him because in terms of the storyline he's a great character to "see through" because he's new to the world he finds himself in and isn't a technical hero, he's just a regular kid.
My favourite antagonist is Gallaway :heart: I have no idea why! He's just always been one of my favourites. To some extent I also feel awfully sorry for him because I'm a mean creator and gave him a cruddy personality and back-story.

19. Who's your most-loved side/minor character, and why?

Oh my goodness! It's always the side characters I love mooooaaarrr! I would say Zantair *points to avatar* because he's fun to write and I know exactly how he will react to everything. Although he is important to the story he's never a main character, only there to facilitate the storyline and the reaching of a goal.
I also like William, because actually he wasn't even going to be a side character, he was just some random person I needed for a certain scene, then suddenly he took over and demanded a name.

20. What mode of narration do you typically use? (e.g. third person, first person, omniscient – see here for descriptions of each style: [link]) Have you ever tried writing in a different narrative style? In your stories, do you ever hop back and forth between different characters' view points, or do you follow one character only? Why?

Third person, although I have tried first person and it's fun! I have to say though that after a while all my characters started to sound like me so I had to stop lol. I think though my style is jumbled and hops from third person to omniscient a lot without me being able to control it. I do hop back and forth between characters, but never in the same chapter, that gets confusing to read I think.

21. Spelling – is it your mortal enemy or a valuable friend? Does it bother you either way?

Mortal enemy, as is grammar, I need spellchecker!

22. Do you find you have trouble with grammar, or have your grade-school language arts classes always stuck with you?

Yes I do :D I hardly remember anything I learned in regards to verbs, nouns etc. Is it so wrong to just wing it?

23. Give us your favourite line(s) of dialogue from one of your stories! Make sure to put it in context, and of course name the story! Feel free to just copy and paste (or link!) a small scene if that's easier!

This is actually a segment I wrote to get to grips with an event that happened in the history of Sel Island (a place in the Sol Regalis storyline) In the time a great winter had come after the breaking of the Wall (a barrier on a seperate plane that once kept "demons" out of the human realm) i put a load of background info on the actual deviation it belongs to ---> [link]

"Do you know how much your people suffer?" asked Zantair, too aware now that his voice held an almost manic pitch. Perhaps Mayce was right, perhaps he was mad, but what difference did that make in a world already ravaged by insanity? "Have you even looked beyond this fortress?"
"Zantair I command you to stop! I am your King!"
"You will listen!" it came out as a feral scream, the burning heat of the parchment warming his hand and reminding him of the pain of the freezing cold he had grown numb to. "This morning I saw a group of men set upon an old woman like a pack of wild dogs. They moved like animals, savage and without reason, they were scarcely men Mayce! Starvation had driven them mad and they fell upon the poor creature and tore her apart with their hands and teeth, fighting amongst one another for scraps of still warm flesh, desperate to devour what they could before the chill froze the body!"
He was shouting now and he did not care, his voice sounding like someone else.
"And do you know what Mayce? Do you know what I felt as I watched them licking at the snow to get every last drop of blood, gnawing on bones to get every ounce of marrow? I envied them! I envied them for tearing apart another human being! At least they had eased their hunger a fraction!"


I have a bunch and for some reason they're always Zantair related lol, he's such a drama queen. Although Paola is no better. This segment actually IS from Sol Regalis. Paola is a brothel owner in Port Town. ---> [link]

“You have that same beauty, a beauty that screams to be crushed and ruined!” she smacked Zantair hard across the face, her nails drawing a thin line of blood and nearly tearing the stitches beneath his eye. “You dared to come back! You dared to show your face again! I waited for years for you to return here so that I could gaze in wrath at your pretty face and pour all the venom and rage of my soul into each stare. Would that it killed you or burned you with agony!"
She spat at him in revulsion.
"But you did not come, you stayed away like a coward! I heard of her, far away from me, a songbird with the gift to help others! The beautiful White Woman! I longed to have her know of me, to remember and return, to ease and salve my bleeding heart and yet she did not! I was forgotten and all she cared for was you! What spell or curse did you weave upon her to ensnare her so? What power do you have to turn a woman’s blood to fire so that her passion overrules her mind?"
She kept her gaze on him in wrath as though willing him to just wither and die.
"For so long I wanted nothing more than to kill you! To tear out your heart like the beast you are and devour it! I wanted to gouge out those hypnotic eyes and slash those beautiful lips to pieces! I thought of every imaginable pain to inflict upon you until my hatred consumed itself in its own fires!” And now her voice fell to a whisper at first, the shaking of her body ceasing as she lowered her clenched fists, some ounce of sanity returning back to her.
“I do not hate you, I would see you broken and shamed but I do not hate you as I have. The years passed and I have grown old and spent, lovers came but all left me until my heart longed for your eyes to turn on me. And then a dream came to me, a dream in which I saw you, but it was no dream, you were here, breathing the same air, a cancer in my heart!”


24. Does the physical appearance of your characters play a big role in your stories? If so, explain how.

Not really, it's only ever the case for a few and governs how other characters react to them. I do so love describing disgusting people though lol.

25. Have you ever designed a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them.

Yes, my main antagonist Gallaway has a withered arm and blind eye, it does offer some disadvantages in terms of physical ability and how others look at him, but it also makes him the character he is.

26. Writers block: Have you ever had it? If so, did you force your way through it, or wait (im)patiently until your muse returned?

Yes, as mentioned above with my list of ongoing projects, it hits at certain points, but usually when that happens I can swap back to drawing :D

27. How willing are you to kill off your characters if the plot demands it? What's the most interesting way you've killed someone?

Oooh, when I first started writing, characters were dropping like flies! Then I felt bad and couldn't part with them so brought them back and rewrote things. These days though, if a character must die, then they must die! Actually that's the case with William as his character is destined to go nowhere! Sad I know but he has no future and it was planned from the start :D sorry William *pats head*.
Most interesting way? Um...most of them are just killed by other characters or natural disease or something. Zantair though is a Shifter and requires a lot more killing to be...killed :D but that's Ilsbeth's destiny, to find a way to slay the Demon. I'm not giving it away!

28. Have you ever written about or described a battle/war? Was it complicated, out of your element, or did you crank that thing out in no time? Give us a brief overview of the scene – who's fighting who, some of the highlights, or gut-wrenching moments you're particularly proud of producing. Was this scene inspired by something? And if your scene's posted somewhere online, link to it!!

Yes I have, and it was my element. I've written some before but they need-reworking. The last battle scene I wrote was for COS with *InkyRose in which King Mayce of Harrigan faces the Raven Lord Blaise in a battle for Queen Leonora's liberty. Bear in mind that these characters each existed before the collab in their own worlds, for the collab we threw them together and tweaked certain things. Mayce and Zantair however stay the same. Here's the link ---> [link] I'm actually very proud of it and it's split in half between Mayce and Zantair's perspective

29. Have you ever written a love scene? Call out the couple!! Were you able to go into details, or too squeamish to do so? What about it did you find simple or difficult? Again, if it's posted, share the link! Overall, what is your opinion of sexuality in today's literature – particularly that in online sites, like dA?

Yes :XD: again it was for COS but I haven't posted the scene yet! I was embarrassed writing it because yes I did go into detail. I actually hate romances in lit and find them boring if they're over done.

30. If there's another complicated or controversial scene or topic you are particularly proud of writing or would like to mention, write about it – or link us to it – here!

Um, I've written abuse scenes, I'm pretty proud of them lol! I know I'm a horrible person! I'm also happy to say that I wasn't one of those people who went overboard either! I actually have a scene from COS (again I'm sorry it really did get my creative juices flowing) that I'll be posting up soon but it does involve a character simply known as "Father" I might post you a dropbox link to see what you have to say about it :D ---> [link]

31. Genres are a fuzzy topic because one novel can fit into many categories. Do you tend to work within one realm of writing, or jump between a bunch? Pick one or two of your stories and list which categories they fit into. Then list a few of your favourite genres, and some authors that you find particularly inspiring in each.

I write mostly fantasy actually

32. Is there an author out there that you wish you could emulate? (Who's writing style do you like the best?) Feel free to say yourself!

I don't know, i like my own style :D
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LOL, no worries, I'm the same way. I can write tons, but I never really finish anything. ^^;

AHAHA, number 5 is awesome!! Tyrants FTW. And YESS to number 9! You're the only other person I've met that writes pieces all over the place and then stitches them together!! Write the good parts first, ahaha. Aahhh, I love all your fave pics :P And lol, side characters are the bomb. I like how you can have some random dude in one scene, and then you're writing a completely separate scene, and are like, "Hey, he can be the same guy here", and then he gets a name and becomes like a 'Where's Waldo' figure. Ahaha, wing grammar? Suuure, why not? Oh my gosh, your dialogue is so dramatic, I love it!! I also love that you have disgusting characters - sometimes it seems as if the literary world is full of models and bodybuilders, it's frightening. Ahaha, it's not wrong to be proud of a torture scene! It's really hard to get the effect right and make the reader disgusted. I haven't really got close to that yet.

Okay wow, I'm so excited to read the scenes you linked me to!! :la: I will read those ASAP. But ughh, I'm going on a road trip for a few days, so it might be a little bit until you hear back :ohnoes: But thank you for taking the time to go through this interview!! :heart: I hope it rekindles the ember a bit so we can have more of your writing :D
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a little embarrassing lol.

But of course, inner tyrants need to be let out somehow! And writing is perfect for that because you can abuse whole nations :D When I read your other journal about writing segments all over the place I was like "yayyy Im not alone!" it's so much more fun than writing chronologically and this way you can always add stuff before or after an event without having to change everything else. The only downside is filling up the spaces and...getting confused :D
:dance: most of my side characters are random dudes lol, then they squeeze themselves in again and I find myself thinking of a backstory for them :D then they're not so random anymore!
Yeah, write and hope Word helps me out lol. I used to have a huge run-on problem, now I have fragment issues!
Thanks :D dramatic dialogue is fun to write when it comes out proper, it depends on the characters I think though, some just don't fit in with that type of dialogue. Disgusting characters need love too, lol, my favourite disgusting character to write for is Rinnig :D who you'll meet briefly in the COS extract I linked, I sort of love him lol even though he's a disgusting shrivelled old man, he's such fun to write for. Sometimes there's beauty in the disgusting :D
I've only scratched the surface slightly but I hardly write any physical torture scenes, I find those can sometimes lose readers...well I know sometimes i get uninterested when I'm confronted with those because they can either be really good or really awful.

Sorry about all the links, I got overly excited lol. Thanks for putting up such an interesting interview, and I liked reading your answers too, I want to let the members of writersink know about it too because I think it's a great way to get people talking about their writing and sharing it a bit more, most people feel that no one is interested enough to ask them.
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Haha, yesss. Writing and video games are where I can let out my inner demons and not feel like a horrible person :XD: It's true! And yes, sometimes it does get confusing when you stitch scenes together, especially when the seasons somehow aren't in chronological order... :O

Great! I'm excited to get started on your links!! :la: Rinnig sounds hilarious. Sometimes those characters are the most memorable and most fun to write. And I see what you mean about torture scenes. I also had a heck of a time writing a scene about one of my characters getting attacked by a computer virus while he's browsing the web :o It's actually a pivotal scene, but I can't seem to make it interesting, so it just sounds blah.

Yes!! Please do suggest this to WritersInk! Or I don't mind sending them a note myself, but either way, it should be available to people who want to do it :D
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Lol, I'm playing "Dishonoured" at the moment and when given the chance to be really awful I tend to take the less violent approach...the inner tyrant in me seems to be dying, not so in writing though :XD: Lol that happened with the COS collab, hence it taught me a lesson - that I should plan what happens next, and maybe add time tags :XD:

:excited: Rinnig is great, I have to admit though he was never given the exposure he deserved (luckily for everyone else), but he's so much fun, I sort of like him but his character stinks so I hate him also! Ow, computer virus attack, that sounds interesting! And scary too! Hm well how does the virus attack, I mean...I don't know what I mean lol! It's an interesting concept i have to say!

Already did :XD: in last week's round-up
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Ooooo, that game looks amazing. Jealous! Haha, yeah, I've never gone for the badass modes in Skyrim or anything, but I'm pretty brutal in Super Smash Bros. I also have no mercy in Mario Kart. :XD:

Haha, hateable/loveable characters are the bomb-diggity. Haha, maybe write his background in a short story where he's the main character, just for kicks! Yeah, I thought that scene was going to be interesting/nerdy/epic, but it's blah and I'll probably end up changing it :p

Thank you!! :heart: I saw that! :highfive:
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It's a great game, and another one from Bethesda, I like that it's steampunkish but has such a huge archaic magic influence to it. Also it's like a much better Assassin's Creed with a more loveable character lol.
In Skyrim I have two games, one for myself, and one for my sister (yes i have to entertain her) so I get that chance to choose both options and see what happens.
Lol, no one ever plays games against me so I don't now if I have no mercy or not, I'm usually allocated to being the local jester/game-player to entertain everyone else.

You know I should, although I did set him up originally as an ex-priest...I wonder why he got kicked out of his profession and ended up as a brothel gatekeeper :XD: Interesting! Ah well keep the idea for later, you might want to go back and rework it at some point, never throw anything away! I learned that the hard way when I deleted a whole story then wanted it back some years later.

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It seems Bethesda can do no wrong! I'll just have to break down and buy my own x-box - I'm sure my brother is getting tired of me borrowing his. OH NOOO. What a travesty! Well, you can come over to my house and we'll have a video game tourney. I mean, having others watch you play is awesome and all, but there's nothing like beating the poop out of them instead. :XD:

Yess! Do it! :dummy: And it's true, I can't throw any writing away. You never know when it might come in handy later.
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1. Many novelists have been writing for a very long time. Tell us about the first story you remember writing – or if you have no clue, tell us about your first serious attempt at a novel. What was the end result? Did you scrap it, lock it in a trunk, or rework it into something else? Well my first attempt is the one that is up on here, The Lark's Last Voyage, though never completed outside of my head, it's there.

2. Have you always wanted to write novels, or do different lengths of stories spark your interest? Have you written anything outside of novels?
I'm more of a short story man myself. I feel that making up smaller, worlds works better for me. Plus it allows for more experimentation.

3. Just out of curiosity, what's your take on poetry?Can't write it and I don't really get it, but I don't hate it.

4. The most hated question of all: where do you get your ideas? Do they come out of thin air, or do you spend weeks/months/years coming up with something suitable? Usually from pondering stuff right before bed, sometimes dreams, though much less often now, and a couple on experience.

5. Have you ever created a world or universe from top to bottom? How did you do it?? Where did you start? Have you ever been so wrapped up in a universe that it spawns many more ideas than originally intended? I don't think that I have. Maybe almost, with a universe of classic horror movie villains all having a world with ours, but that's been done before.

6. How do you come up with names for characters? If you've ever had to invent names for places, tell us how you did that too! I usually base it on people who I know that fit the personality I want of just out of thin air that I like.

7. Do any of your stories involve different languages? How? Have you ever tried to create a whole new language? What's it called? How far in depth did you go (i.e. did you totally Tolkien it or what?)? Give us some translations!! Lol no.

8. When you start to tackle a new storyline, how do you plot it out? Do you even bother, or just write as it comes to you? It's in my head, and I change it when I revise or on the go. Sometimes I have a very basic plot synopsis saved for later stories.

9. Say you have a storyline plotted out – either on paper or in your head – from beginning to middle to end. Where do you start writing? Are you one who writes chronologically? I write from the beginning to the end. Writing it any other way feels weird.

10. Most novelists have more than one story to share – how many writing projects do you have on the go, and are you able to work on them all simultaneously? Give us a brief synopsis of each project so we know what to look forward to! I have three going on right now, though they've been going on for God knows how long. One is based on an interesting perspective on ghosts that a professor told me, where they are actually people in another time briefly visible in the present. Another is based on a monster writing his memoir on breaking the "racial" barrier in the monster community. And the final is something I haven't started, and it's kind of something that explaining might detract from, so yeah. Oh, and I want to do a second person slasher story.

11. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting/publishing? Pack in the day (a year ago) only a few weeks. Now, I don't feel the energy to write as much, or at all, but this is really making me want to start again, so hopefully I can finally put something out.

12. Are you one of those people who need to shut themselves away in order to write, or do you go to a busy place and tune out? Share with us how you get in your zone! I started writing in a lecture hall when I was really bored, but now it's mostly in my room, alone.

13. Some writers listen to music while writing, either for inspiration or to drown out distractions. Do you? How do you select the music you listen to, and do you find a difference in your writing when you write without it? Sometimes music is on, though I don't know if I have a preference to it being on or off. Maybe off. I don't know if there's a difference or not, honestly.

14. Along the same lines, some writers take up a pen and draw for their stories as well – are you inspired to draw people, places, or scenes from your stories? If you have some images online, post some links to your favourite pieces! I can't draw for shit, but I've had a few people draw stuff for me :)

15. Is there a certain set schedule you follow for your writing, or do you write any time inspiration hits? I wish I had a schedule, so then I could freakin' put something out and not feel like a layabout.

16. What do you think is your greatest strength in your technical writing ability? Why? I think that it might be that I try to tackle things from a different perspective than the norm. I can write about a zombie, but where it's not a mindless monster, but a person suffering. Or maybe descriptions, which people say that they enjoy.

17. Is there something about your writing style that annoys you and you wish to change? I wish that I had a stronger vocabulary and that I could write in first person better.

18. Name your favourite protagonist and antagonist – they don't have to be from the same story – and explain why they're your favourite. It might be the same. In my story "The Hub", there's a focus on a janitor that tries to avenge the death of plants in a space terminal. It was a blast going for a villian as a main character and trying out mental instability.

19. Who's your most-loved side/minor character, and why? I think all of my stories really only focus on one person, which probably is holding me back some, and is something that I can work on from now on! If not that, I'd say the monster from "Monster". I love his personality.

20. What mode of narration do you typically use? (e.g. third person, first person, omniscient – see here for descriptions of each style: [link]) Have you ever tried writing in a different narrative style? In your stories, do you ever hop back and forth between different characters' view points, or do you follow one character only? Why? I write most comfortably in third person, but I also try first person. A story I want to try is a second person horror/slasher, but that'd be a bit away.

21. Spelling – is it your mortal enemy or a valuable friend? Does it bother you either way? I think sometimes my hands are a little fast, but usually don't have an issue with it.

22. Do you find you have trouble with grammar, or have your grade-school language arts classes always stuck with you? It's definitely not the best in the world, but I think that it's above average.

23. Give us your favourite line(s) of dialogue from one of your stories! Make sure to put it in context, and of course name the story! Feel free to just copy and paste (or link!) a small scene if that's easier! "Oh well, such is death." It's the end of my story "Better Off Dead", which focuses on a person that died, but it's still among the living. I like it because it's such a simple, but, at least to me, memorable ending.

24. Does the physical appearance of your characters play a big role in your stories? If so, explain how. Maybe in some of them. Size plays a role more in my antagonists more than anyone else, but even then, just once or twice, to make that character seem invincible and terrifying.

25. Have you ever designed a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them. Well...Kind of. Probably not the way that you mean. I have made characters with phobias and instability, but nothing like missing an arm or mental retardation.

26. Writers block: Have you ever had it? If so, did you force your way through it, or wait (im)patiently until your muse returned? I kinda just become lazy and a loser for not writing. It's more just me not wanting to put in a major effort to make something good.

27. How willing are you to kill off your characters if the plot demands it? What's the most interesting way you've killed someone? I love killing people off. especially if it's not expected. But I won't kill someone just to kill someone, I would rather it have a meaningful impact. The most interesting way that I think I've killed someone off would more be just the punishment of multiple deaths that the character Neil has to face in "Retribution". While the deaths themselves are not crazy, the idea that he has to die so many times is.

28. Have you ever written about or described a battle/war? Was it complicated, out of your element, or did you crank that thing out in no time? Give us a brief overview of the scene – who's fighting who, some of the highlights, or gut-wrenching moments you're particularly proud of producing. Was this scene inspired by something? And if your scene's posted somewhere online, link to it!! I didn't really write a whole war, so much as the beginning of one between humanity and alien invaders. Nothing special, it was more just working on description when I was just getting started.

29. Have you ever written a love scene? Call out the couple!! Were you able to go into details, or too squeamish to do so? What about it did you find simple or difficult? Again, if it's posted, share the link! Overall, what is your opinion of sexuality in today's literature – particularly that in online sites, like dA? Nope, not that kind of writer :P

30. If there's another complicated or controversial scene or topic you are particularly proud of writing or would like to mention, write about it – or link us to it – here! Uhh...Suicide, religion, and mental disorders, but nothing groundbreaking.

31. Genres are a fuzzy topic because one novel can fit into many categories. Do you tend to work within one realm of writing, or jump between a bunch? Pick one or two of your stories and list which categories they fit into. Then list a few of your favourite genres, and some authors that you find particularly inspiring in each. I think I find horror and humor the most fun to work with, especially when I can combine them, but I also love sci-fi and maybe some drama/transgressive. I actually love reading fantasy, but I just can't get into writing it myself, but I love Harry Potter, Eragon, The Hunger Games, Stephen King, Lev Grossman, Rick Riordan, and then just books.

32. Is there an author out there that you wish you could emulate? (Who's writing style do you like the best?) Feel free to say yourself! F someone elses style, I want to write in my own style!
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Holy long comments, Batman! Hahaha, dude. Amazing. Ooo, I'm excited for your slasher story! And that monster one sounds hilarious :XD: Thanks so much for doing this :love: Very informative! And damn right, your style rocks!!
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TK112 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Dude, I know. But that's your fault for making it so damn long, don't put that on me :P

And thanks, I'm glad you like my style :D
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Ahaha, I just wasn't expecting people to answer in a comment, that's all. But jam, so no worries. :D And hell yes! Write some more already!! (I'm kidding, take your time - but really... do.)
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TK112 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
i need someone to beat me into writing. there are so many distractions!...like dishonored
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TheMeadiator Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
... But that's such a good distraction to have!! Ahaha, sorry, I'm no help.
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TK112 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Don't worry, no one is :P
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TK112 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
32 questions...you're killin' me smalls
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TheMeadiator Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sooo, you gonna do it?? :dummy: Later? Maybe? Sometime?
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TheMeadiator Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm the Great Bambino! Aahahaha. Firstly, it makes me very happy that you quote that movie; and second, I know, I goofed, I'm sorry. I've been writing up my answers since I posted this and I'm only on question 8. 8! Damn man. Oh well. It's fun. :XD:
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