1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer the ten questions asked.
3. Add ten (writing or book related) questions of your own.
4. Nominate people.
1. Which of your writing projects is your favorite and why?
No, but honestly, people think this is an answerable question? How can I choose one favorite? Do you know the sorts of sad and lonely and unloved and disappointed looks I'd get from all the others? I can't choose a favorite.
Now, a favorite character... weirdly, that's easier. Right now, my favorite is Hauer, a very important person in my Red Riding Hood western, "Cloaked." I would totally marry him.
(I hope all the questions aren't this hard to answer.)
2. Can you share some snippets from your favorite project? (and no you cannot say no to this IT IS MANDATORY)
But I just said that I don't have a favorite project. How about I just share a little bit from "Cloaked," which I really ought to be working on instead of doing this tag? This is the opening paragraph:
The stagecoach was smaller than Mary Rose had expected, more cramped. Two people would only just fit on each wooden bench—if you didn’t know your neighbor well already, you would by the end of the ride, she guessed. And yet, a man had contrived to fall asleep on one of those small seats, the forward-facing one, curled up on his back with his knees in the air, his dusty boots tipped up against the side, heels on the seat. No spurs on his boots to mar the wooden bench, at least. He had his arms crossed over his chest and his stained brown hat settled companionably over his face. Mary Rose wondered if all the rattling and jostling of her entrance would disturb him, but he never stirred. So she sat down across from him, smoothing out the skirt of her brown travelling dress so it would be at least somewhat presentable by the end of her ride.
|(1880s traveling dress)|
3. What is your favorite tense (past, present, future) and voice (first person, second person, third person, etc) to write in?
I prefer to write in past tense. Very much so. For fiction, that is -- sometimes I write movie reviews in present tense because that's fun. I've written lots of fiction in both first and third person, but second person is really hard to pull off, and I don't think I handle it well, so I don't use it.
4. When is your favorite time to write?
In the morning. Sometimes I even get to, if I can skip off to Starbucks on a Saturday while Cowboy takes the kids to the grocery store. But I do most of my writing at night, after my kids are in bed. Fiction-writing, that is -- I write blog posts at any time of day or night.
5. What is the most unpleasant thing you've put one of your characters through?
Okay, so... I have written and co-written more than 30 stories set in WWII, all fan-fiction for the TV show Combat! -- and the awful truth is that lots of bad stuff happens in war. LOTS. I've beaten, shot, stabbed, blown up, burned, and bludgeoned a lot of characters over the years.
I think the worst thing would be a toss-up from when I killed all of Saunders' squad at once in "The Better Part of Valor" and when I convinced Hanley that Saunders was dead in "Lost." Though the latter was temporary. I could never kill my beloved Saunders.
|(Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders on Combat!)|
I just realized that this answer totally shows that I consider emotional pain to be worse than physical pain. It interests me much more, too.
6. Are you a more character-driven writer or a more plot-driven writer?
Character-driven, allllllll the way. I struggle with plots. Basically all of my story ideas start out with "Oh, this is a cool character! I like this person. Oh, this is another great character! I like them too." And then I have to think up a terrible situation, toss them in it, and see what they do. I'm really bad at plots sometimes -- this is part of why I've fallen in love with writing fairy tale retellings. The plot is there, I just have to put my own characters in it.
7. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I'm a plantser. I have to know the basic beats of my story before I start writing -- where it starts, where it ends, and some of what happens in the middle. The plot points have to be there or I'll get muddled. But I cannot plot the whole thing out ahead of time. I can't outline. When I do that, it kills the joy and I never actually write the story because all the fun and adventure of discovery is gone.
8. What is your favorite word processing system to write in and why do you like it?
I like Microsoft Word because I'm used to it.
|(So I should stop procrastinating, huh?)|
9. If you were left on an abandoned island with the last character you wrote about, how would that go for you?
It would go really well if I was stuck there with any of the good guys from "Cloaked." I'd prefer being stuck there with Hauer, because as I said earlier, I would totally marry him. And he's skilled at living off the land. But Mary Rose and I would be good friends, and I think we'd muddle through surviving all right, as she's a great blend of optimism and sensibleness. I'd be fine with Jubilee too. As long as I don't get stuck there with my Bad Guy, I'd be fine :-) I suppose I could just kill and eat him if necessary.
(OH MAN, now I've got him staring at me in aghast horror at the revelation that I would cannibalize him. Sorry, dude, you'd totally deserve it.)
10. What is your favorite writing resource? (this could be a blog, website, newsletter, writing book, that one pet who listens to all your writerly ramblings, anything basically)
My best friend. I could not do this without her. She's my Ideal Reader, my Writing Mentor, my Cattle Prod, and my trustiest of Trusty Scouts.
|(She's also really great at braiding my hair.)|
I was not tagged with this, so I'm not going to tag anyone either. If you're a writer and want to fill this tag out, have at it!