Sunday, January 3, 2010

Writing Meme

I've been seeing this meme on other writers' blogs and wanted to try it out myself. It was actually quite hard because while I think about my writing all the time, I guess I never looked at it from these angles.

1.) What's the last thing you wrote?

A few pages of a story idea I got from the Adopt a Plot section on the NaNo boards. While I really like the idea, another girl saw that I had remarked that I liked it and was worried that I'd write the story, as she had "claimed" it first, so I was forced to abandon it. I might return to it here and there, though, just because it's been fun to write.

2)What's the first thing you wrote that you still have?

I have a "story" from first grade about how much I "lyke ladebugs". You can't deny my writing talent from the start :p

3) Write poetry?

No, never. I've never really enjoyed poetry- writing or reading it.

4)Angsty poetry?


5)Favorite genre of writing?

Young adult, historical, mystery... or all three combined!

6)Most annoying character you've ever created?

Ooh, wow... probably Angelina from an untitled story about summer camp. She was based on someone I had actually gone to camp with previously, and it didn't take much embellishment to up her annoying factor.

7) Best plot you've ever created?

Probably Remembrance. It still needs some work, but I really do love it.

8) Coolest plot twist you've ever created?

Hm... I quite like Gloria's double-crossing in Remembrance.

9) How often do you get writer's block?

Quite, but I try to work through it, especially since I think it's caused by lack of confidence as opposed to lack of ideas.

10) Write fan fiction?

I guess I have, in a sense. I used to do written role-playing online, which I suppose is a form of fan fiction. However, I've never sat down with the goal to write about characters already in existence; even my RPs involved characters that rarely met the people from the original story.

11) Do you type or write by hand?

Both. Ultimately I type, but when I'm without a computer, which is about 50% of my writing time, I get it all down by hand, and then transfer it onto the computer.

12) Do you save everything you write?

Yes, including different drafts. I like to see the evolution.

13) Do you ever go back to an idea after you've abandoned it?

I don't think I ever really abandon ideas, but I do return to writings I've left for a long time. I enjoy the changes I'm able to make as I change as a person and a writer.

14)What's your favorite thing you've ever written?

Ooh, tough. Probably the comedy screenplay I've been co-writing with my friend Katie since the tenth grade.

15) What's everyone else's favorite story you've written?

Well, I don't write strictly stories, and I don't show my stories to anyone... But out of the rest of my writing, people seem to really enjoy the aforementioned screenplay, Crosse's Time.

16)Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?

I'm not very good at writing romance, but I've tried to integrate it here and there. I hope to God I've never written angsty teen drama, as I don't enjoy reading it.

17) What's your favorite setting for your characters?

I seem to write them outside a lot. There's a lot of freedom outside.

18) How many writing projects are you working on right now?

About 5. I'm editing Remembrance and Crosse's Time, still writing Caroline's Story and Q/Quarantined, and a screenplay of mine (Requited) is being produced by my friends and I, so I'm sure I'll have tweaks for that too.

19)Have you ever won an award for your writing?

Yeah, I got an award in eleventh grade for a screenplay I wrote... the work is embarassingly bad, though. I can't even look at it now.

20) What are your five favorite words?

Quintessential, deplorable, serious, melodious, deign.

21) What character have you created that is most like yourself?

Lexa Harris from my NaNo attempt last year, For the Stage. Basically the Victorian me.

22) Where do you get your ideas for your characters?

People I know, other characters I like, names, songs... everywhere, I suppose.

23)Do you ever write based on your dreams?

Yeah! There is one in particular, an untitled comtemporary YA that was my first and only venture into the supernatural, that I had dreamed the ending to. However, because those were my days of writing linearly, I never got the the end.

24) Do you favor happy endings?

No, not exactly. If it fits, I won't fight it, but both as a reader and a writer, I like endings that make you think, which usually aren't the happy ones.

25) Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?

Yes, definitely. I don't know how you can't be.

26) Does music help you write?

Yes, most definitely. I do need it to be the proper mood/time period, though, and preferably just intrumental or I tend to write the lyrics.

27) Quote something you've written. Whatever pops in your head.

To choose something randomly from Q/uarantined:

Eliza stopped and looked behind her. She couldn’t see the headlights yet, but she was certain a car was coming. Sure enough, a few seconds later, twin lights crested the hill. When the car got nearer, Eliza waved her arms, hoping to catch the driver’s attention. It worked, and the car slowed.
“You need help, honey?” The bearded man behind the steering wheel leaned over to talk to her through the passenger seat window.
“Could you give me a ride to St. Claire’s Hospital?” Eliza asked, widening her eyes and hoping she looked innocent.
“Of course. Are you sick? Should I call an ambulance?”
“No, it’s not me,” Eliza lied. “My mom was just rushed there and my aunt and uncle are out of town. There’s no one to take me to see her. I’ll pay you for gas, if that’s what you want.”
“No, no, don’t worry about it. Hop in. I’ll get you there as fast as I can,” the man said, reaching across to unlatch the door.
“Thank you so much.” The gratitude in Eliza’s voice was real as she climbed into the car. She closed the door and put on her seatbelt. As she secured the buckle with a snap, she heard a second click behind her. She turned her head and froze at the sight of a gun aimed straight at her head.
“Don’t move,” Abigail commanded, placing her finger on the trigger.

And now I must go figure out how my brown hair dye turned my hair black...


  1. OH, very fun, I'll have to do this later on. :)

  2. I did one. Hope you don't mind. Though mine is Portuguese (home language). Thanks for the ida and I enjoyed reading your answers.