Daily Archives: September 21, 2010

30 Days of Writing: Days #21 & #22

The answer to yesterday’s question was short and I had little else to say…

21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?

None of my characters have children. I occasionally write short pieces from a young person’s POV, but not often. None of my stories thus far have called for a child character.

22. Tell us about one scene between your characters that you’ve never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.

Okay, I suppose it’s best to take a moment and differentiate what sorts of writing I do. The first and most basic type is free writing. This is spewing on paper and is almost always done with paper and pen. This is where I bitch and complain about life (more so than I do here) and occasionally work out story details. For the purposes of this question, I don’t really count what’s been done as free writing because it’s all half-assed ideas and snippets.

The second type can be labeled "Projects." Projects are the novel(s) I work on in collaboration with Eric. Scenes may get written for a novel that never get used or get cut later. A whole character was cut from Model Species. I expected there to be more unused scenes while working on Luck for Hire, but that hasn’t happened yet. (I do have a probably non-cannon 52|250 piece featuring Mr. Luck coming out on Friday…) Again, things that get exorcised in the process of revision fall by the wayside of my mind. Regardless, these scenes get written and most often looked at (by Eric).

The third type we’ll call "Me Only" writing. Lately this has been random #FridayFlash or 52|250 pieces. Short, one-offs originating pretty much from my brain only. No Eric involvement. In the past, Me Only has included the occasional short story and even some bits and pieces of a never worked-out novel. In this case, sure. There are scenes between characters that have never been seen. I even have a short story that I haven’t written which obviously includes some scenes between characters that I, well, haven’t written.

I’d say a weakness of this meme has been that it assumes that I only have one group of characters. Or rather, maybe I’ve been interpreting that questions too broadly and should only use my current work-in-progress. Which would be boring since it’s only 10K words long at the moment.