Procrastination: A Writing meme

Okay, so I’m sitting here ready to start working on the rewrite of Five and what do I see? Yes, I tend to randomly run across meme’s at times. This one’s from Writing on Wednesdays

Do you write fiction or non-fiction?  Or both?

Definitely fiction. Urban fantasy in this case 8)

Do you keep a journal or a writing notebook?

This blog is my writing journal, but other than that I have two notebooks, one of the first book of what I’ll try to make into a duology, though it might turn out to be a trilogy in the end. We’ll see. The other one is for book 2 of the same series, which I’m planning to kick start during this year’s NaNoWriMo.

If you write fiction, do you know your characters’ goals, motivations, and conflicts before you start writing or is that something else you discover only after you start writing? Do you find books on plotting useful or harmful?

I usually start out with a general idea, though my characters and their backgrounds/personalities tend to be there first. In the end plot and character are totally inter-related and there’s no way to do one without the other. If you’re asking me whether I keep super-detailed outlines? No. My notebooks are full of general thoughts and ideas that often are the skeleton of a chapter, but the actual writing itself often happens quite spontaneously. And no, I don’t know how the series will ultimately end yet. I have a vague idea, but that’s about it. It’ll come 😉

I read a couple of different books on writing and honestly, I’m pretty neutral about them. They usually give you some tips and hints, but you’re often just as well off without them. If you’re looking for some structural help, books like Make a Scene or How Not To Write A Novel are definitely helpful – and the latter one is just a hilarious read, but honestly I’d be writing the same way as I am now if I’d never read them. In the end my own inner critic as well as the help and advice of fellow critics helped me to figure things out and work on an overall improve of my writing.

Are you a procrastinator or does the itch to write keep at you until you sit down and work?

It depends. There are days when I constantly think about the novel and just can’t get a scene out of my head until I sit down, but then again there are days like that when I simply don’t get to sit down and focus on writing. Right now I’m trying to work on the novel every day. I don’t have a set word limit, but I try to get something down every day to stay on track.

Do you write in short bursts of creative energy, or can you sit down and write for hours at a time? .

Again, it depends on the day. Sometimes I manage to get some writing done during work or finish a chapter faster than expected, but I often spend a couple hours straight in front of the laptop. Of course there’s internet to distract me, but it usually works really well.

Are you a morning or afternoon writer?

Honestly, I’m a NIGHT writer. Don’t know why, but there’s some pretty awesome stuff that you can crank out of my caffeinated brain at 3 AM and thereabouts. But then again I pretty much write whenever I get to it. which is often at night, but sometimes in the morning or afternoon at work.

Do you write with music/the noise of children/in a cafe or other public setting, or do you need complete silence to concentrate?

I’m really particular about having the right music to write with. Sure, I can write in silence and I really like to sit in my favorite coffee shop and just write a few hours away, but I definitely like to write with music. Current favorites are anything by Seether or Apocalyptica, mostly whatever suits the mood of the scene I’m writing.

Computer or longhand? (or typewriter?)

Uh. Laptop. I loooooove my little 13″ carry-everywhere laptop and not I bought a little tiny flashdrive that goes wherever I go. Yes, O Laptop I love thee!

Do you know the ending before you type Chapter One?  Or do you let the story evolve as you write?

See my answer to question 3? Honestly, I know jack-shit about the ending when I start a novel. And yes, not knowing how it will ultimately end sometimes drives me nuts. Ah the woes of a writer’s life!

Does what’s selling in the market influence how and what you write?

No. Really. If it would I’d write cheesy vampire novels without any content or bad language.

INSTEAD I’m having fun with what is hopefully turning into publishable material: Dystopian futuristic setting with a medieval backlash, two gay/bisexual protagonists who are really quite unsympathetic at times and really don’t want to get involved in issues like politics or moral justice and in the end their suffering is long and emotionally traumatizing and oh so infinitely pointless (as far as book one is concerned at least)

And yes, since you ask, I prefer my characters to be complex, edgy and morally ambiguous. Oh and they have motivations other than being eternally in love with Brainless Hero of the Godlike Looks (TM) You get the idea. If you’re looking for mainstream-adherent fantasy, Light is the wrong book to read. Though of course I’d want you to buy and read it anyway :p

Editing/Revision – love it or hate it?

Right now I love it. I love how much this is improving and how much new stuff I’m adding to make the novel so much better. I’m really hoping to get most if not all of the second draft done by the end of the year. It would be awesome. And then the third draft/polishing comes 😉

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Book Meme

Yes, I’m procrastinating….Got this from Lynn Flewelling’s blog.

1. One book that changed your life.

Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time (hey it’s because of those books that I’m living 6,000 miles away from Germany after all :p)

2. One book that you’ve read more than once.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Shadow of the Wind (in German and in English and man it’s great)

3. One book you’d want on a deserted island.

Scott Lynch – The Lies of Locke Lamora (and the sequel for the pirates 😉 )

4. One book that made you laugh.

Richard Morgan – Thirteen (the Jesusland parts were awesome!)

5. One book that made you cry.

Rebecca Gable – Das Laecheln der Fortuna, Lynn Flewelling – Stalking Darkness

6. One book that you wish had been written.

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan. Though I’m curious what Brandon Sanderson will make of it.

7. One book that you wish had never been written.

Everything by Goodkind. Period.

8. One book you’re currently reading.

Lynn Flewelling – Traitor’s Moon

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read.

Khaled Hosseini – Tausend Strahlende Sonnen

Bonus question: What book scared you the most?

Stephen King – The Dark Half -> great book, but twelve-year old me got the creeps from the murder scenes 😉

Tag Game

So I was tagged by Don to post six random things about myself. Here it goes:

1.) This is something that made me crack up really badly this weekend: Some of you may know that my name’s Stephanie, my husband’s name is Stephen (pronounced “Stephan”) so anyway, this weekend I’m talking to my mom on webcam and she is rather bemused about my brother’s new girlfriend’s name. His name’s Fabian, her name’s Fabienne. Let’s just say it scared the crap out of my mom, thinking: “Holy crap, another marriage candidate.” I personally think it’s hilarious 😉

2.) My new thing for this weekend has been oil painting. I’ve painted or drawn with a lot of different types of colors or pens, but oil’s been the latest discovery. I love it and had a lot of fun doing a painting of Ares and Damian, my two very cute, though sarcastic gay main characters. I’ll try and upload a photograph of the painting later today. It turned out really well and shows them kissing, though it’s framed by a lot of hair. Stephen likes to pretend that Ares is a girl, because he has thick, curly hair *laugh*

3.) Nazca my kitty is even more hyper than before we took her to the vet to get fixed. This cat is on crack, I kid you not. This morning she’s been racing through the house, jumping up the doorframes… Like I said, she’s nuts but we still love her.

4.) My leather coat arrived on Friday and I absolutely love it. Yes it’s old – from the 70s – and has some minor wear, but overall it’s awesome. Love old things, just like old cars 😉

5.) I actually talked to Stephen about my writing for quite a while yesterday and it was fun. I’m really glad he’s interested in what I’m writing, even though he’s not big into reading himself (that’s about his biggest flaw I think…) I’m still not sure whether or not Ares is going to survive book 3, but that gives me some really nice plot twists and turns to play with 🙂

6.) Stephen, the two cats and me are going to move out of my in laws’ place in August into a friend’s basement apartment. I’m already excited and planning on how to paint it (Jen already volunteered to help with that one :)). Also planning on buying some new furniture. We definitely need a new bed, after Stephen broke ours by jumping on it…(no comment…) and I also really want to get a lovesac or something like that to read and write in -> comfy writing places are of utmost importance 😀

And now to play tag with six others. Who’s in?

Claire-love

Sira

Jen

Lisa Damian

Lavinya

Fior

Rules:

  • Link to the person who tagged you.
  • Post the rules on your blog.
  • Write six random things about yourself.
  • Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blog
  • Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
  • Let your tagger know when your entry is up.