I found this meme at this blog, and I have officially stolen it!
Do you have a pen/pencil collection? Nope, I have plenty of pens and mechanical pencils, but I don’t collect any, and don’t have many preferences.
Do you prefer handwriting or typing furiously? Typing! I don’t like writing by hand.
How often do you get inspiration? um… I’m not really sure how often. I daydream every day and night, so might that count, since all my day dreams are about possible stories? Sometimes certain people I meet, or events will spark an idea for a story, or characters. I usually get new ideas from dreams or while I’m doing the dishes.
Are you blogging this on a computer or laptop? A regular ole computer.
Do you get inspiration more in the early morning or late at night? Well, seeing as I’m normally never up before 11 am *coughnooncough* I most certainly am never inspired in the morning. Unless I’m lying awake in bed daydreaming, which happens often. And also seeing as I usually stay up much later than I should be 😳 and that’s usually when I write, I’d say in the afternoon and evening. 😀
Do certain movies/books/music inspire you? Celtic music does, books of similar genres that I write (Fantasy) and Fantasy (or even Sci-Fi) movies. Not always or often, but more than any other kinds of movies/books/music.
How do you incorporate God into your stories? I do it by making most of my main characters Christian (called Followers in this story). I try to have them often pray, read the Bible (called Scripture/s) and witness and get really preachy to the characters who aren’t Christian. 😉 Those that aren’t Christian are either the bad guys or will become saved later on in the story. Wars are won simply because the good guys have God on their side, and many battles too. There is much discussion between characters of similar or different viewpoints about good and evil, trusting God and so on. There are issues with forgiveness between different characters, letting oneself be deceived, anger, fear and so on, all with God and the Bible kept in forefront of each individual struggle. Even the unbelieving characters will eventually have to face the fact that their problems can’t be overcome without God.
Do you kill off your villains or make them repent? It depends on the villain. The main villains will more likely than not die at the end. Secondary villains, most likely will too, unless I like them, and their personalities would allow for repentance. Any other little ‘henchmen’ might live just ’cause, might repent, and might die. It really depends on the individual. For this story, King Tavoris will be killed off, Brogan too most likely, unless I think it would be better for him to skulk off somewhere in disgrace. Izalda will repent of ever having anything to do with Tavoris and go back home with her dragon.
Are the majority of your characters magical beings, humans, halflings, or something else? All my characters are humans. There are two dragons in this story, but they aren’t sentient ‘people-dragons’ so I don’t count them as characters.
What genre of writing are you most comfortable in? If you were to step out of your comfort zone, what would you write? I write Christian/Fantasy fiction. If I were to try anything else it would be Contemporary Christian/Fantasy Fiction, but that wouldn’t be stepping out of my comfort zone… I might try Science Fiction, but something way out of my comfort zone would probably be Mystery/Detective. I despise Detective stories.
Do you work better alone or with someone else? As in partner up with someone else and write a story as a team? I’ve never tried it! I think it would probably be fun, if perhaps challenging.
Do your stories make sense, or do they ramble wildly? Uh… I dunno. 😕 They probably ramble, lol.
Are your characters mostly Renegades, Peacekeepers or a mish-mash? Hehe, since I’m familiar with the ‘Renegade Characters’ of the person I stole this blog meme from, then no, they’re not renegades. None of my characters revolt against my Authority (pun-intended) and usually keep to what plot-line I have hashed together. They are peaceable, plot-abiding characters the lot of them, and they do what I tell them to. 😆 I think they fear me because they know I won’t hesitate overly much to killing one or two off in exchange for a mushy, tear-jerking ending.
Are you a sucker for good grammar? I try to have good grammar, but probably fail miserably in many places. 😛
How is your handwriting? It’s not pretty, but it’s legible… when I concentrate hard enough.
How evil are your villains? Well, Tavoris is relatively nasty in my opinion. Brogan is horrid, albeit confused, but still horrid. They’re more like ‘horrible, but human‘ not the ‘MWAHAHAHAA!! I love being evviiilllll!!’ 😈 kind of villainous characters. In my other stories though, they can get pretty evil. The most fun ones are the ones that are insane.
Are you long-winded or succinct? I dunno, am I?
Do you have typical “writer” traits such as ink stains on your fingers or a pencil behind your ear? Lol, I don’t think so. I talk to myself, and put myself in my characters’ heads and talk to them, or each other, or themselves. Or is that just wacko traits, rather than writer traits?
Would someone walking past you on the street consider you normal? They might not, because I only ever wear skirts, but that hasn’t got much to do with writing. If I were daydreaming, and my lips were moving as I talked to my characters through my characters, or I kept making different facial expressions for seemingly no reason, they might think I’m insane. But I don’t do that in public much. I think.
Do you write mostly poetry, stories, novels or a mixture? What’s the difference between a story and a novel? If a story is shorter, then I write novels mostly. I don’t think it would be physically possible for me to write something short, lol. I will on rare occasions write poems, but they almost never rhyme.
Do your characters vary in accents, appearance and attitude or are they mostly the same? Oh yeah! I love writing different kinds of accents, and it’s fun trying to figure out how to spell out the sound of the word the way they say them. Appearances vary too, though Fane and Lara look similar because they’re related. I try to give everyone different attitudes as best I can.
Do real people and/or places inspire your writing? Three of my characters in this story are based after real, specific people. There is probably a little bit of everyone I know in all of my characters, but just those three are based solely on one person. Places not so much, and not at all in this story.
How many blogs/websites/internet haunts do you have? Several. 🙂
Who is your favorite character? Or do you choose to remain unbiased in case of a revolt? They don’t revolt! My favorite character in this story is either Fane or Alastair.
Do you talk to your characters? Do they talk back? I don’t talk to my characters! What do you think I am, a nut?? No, I’m classier than that, I’ll pretend to be one of my characters, and then talk to all the other characters. They talk back quite a bit, that’s where most of the casual conversation in my stories comes from. 😛
Are you more comfortable with girl or boy main characters? Girls, because I know how girls think. I find that most books I read written by a guy, but with girl main characters (especially when the character that you’re in the head of the most is a girl) the girls are unrealistic, boring, cliched and overall just dumb. Not always, but mostly. I once read a book that was supposed to be a girl’s diary, but it was written by a guy. It was terrible! And she was so. very. boring. And unrealistic. So I figure that this is also probably true for girls who write from a guy’s point of view, but I wouldn’t know since I’m not a guy. I have many guy main characters, but I usually have one character that I write from the point of view of, and that’s most often a girl.
Do you follow basic overused plot lines with new twists thrown in or do you depart from the norm all the time? I try to depart from the norm! Whether I succeed or not…
Do you feel God has called you to be a writer/poet? Will you grasp “the power of the pen”? I do. I firmly believe that, whether I’m a talented writer or not, writing is my God-given gift that I will, should and must use to serve Him. Before I will let myself write each day I will pray that what I write will honor God, that He will bless it so that what I write will bless others. One of my own personal goals is that this particular story will reach out to my cousin, even if I made her character a bit ridiculous. I really want it to reach out to her, and it’s the best chance I have to witness to her, since she has somewhat of a vested interest in two of the characters, hers and Alex’s. She hasn’t read any of it yet though, which is probably for the best, since it’s not finished.
I also hope to encourage other Christian teens to use their gifts for God before they invest them in the world, because He is the one that gave them to you, and He can take them back. And even if He doesn’t, you’ll never get any fulfillment or happiness from your gifts unless you use them for God’s honor and glory. (That goes for anyone who doesn’t believe and trust in God too; that’s why so few things in this world bring true happiness and why it is always temporary.)
About a year ago I struggled with not wanting to use my gift for God, wanting to write books with all kinds of magic, sorcery and witchcraft in them, which God clearly condemns in the Bible. At that time I couldn’t care less what God wanted, but then I changed and not long after I came to the realization that I wouldn’t be able to use my gift the way I had always done and planned. I thought I wouldn’t be able to use it all, that I had lost my gift completely. It was terrifying. Then dumb little me figured out that you can write fiction and include God and Christ! It took me a while to figure out how to do it though, but here I am now, writing Christian Fiction, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
So, there you go! If you’d like to you can steal this too.