Of Writers || Sixteen questions for a writer and their characters

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Hello there, dear bookish folks and today a special hi for all the fellow writers!

It has been quite a lot since I wrote something dedicated to this craft, and I thought to change a bit my registry. I’d moving with on and off on my WIPs and my characters, but this time I want to concentrate on something else.

Reasons why, I decided to ask myself some already made questions about writing! For this, you must thank Fuck Yeah Character Development, a blog on Tumblr dedicated to writing.

I found an interesting list of forty questions, mostly character oriented, but I thought I could work around them and realize something worth a bit of your time 😊

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Your writing has distinguish traits?  Do writing a not so grammatical correct English count as a trait?

Forgive me, but that’s not my mother language and writing in English was really a surprise. It requests a lot more of my time and the way in which I write the sentence is very different.

I think that being very gloomy and descriptive, also favouring dialogues and very important world-issue over everything else, is the brand of what I try to write down.

 

Something you’re not so proud of in your writing? Actually… nothing. Yes, I did commit crafting error, representation too, but all things I could correct and never made out to the public. But in general, I’m pretty proud of what I realize.

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MODESTY IS MY FORTE

 

A genre you probably will never write? Contemporary. That’s more likely. I thought multiple times about writing a contemporary, maybe focusing on something Italian, writing about my own aro/ace experience and my country, but… is it just dreadful?

The idea of sitting down and write about something that already exist sounds not only boring to me but also not a thing I would feel comfortable to write. Reality is much more complicated than a world I can create from nothing and twist with my hands, mind and words with not so many issues.

 

What role your books should play for readers’ feels? Probably tears, darkness, bad feelings. Yeah, I don’t really write stories who always revolve around the bright side.

As one of my betas said, my works are very gloomy and heavy. At the same time, I do intend to pass hope in my own peculiar way: do what is right and strike higher against evil, in the midst of the darkest time.

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PROBABLY HOW I IMAGINE MYSELF TO BE AS A WRITER.

 

What don’t appear much in your book? A good bunch of stuff. For a lot of time, food was missing, but I started to add it frequently. There’s always a good bunch of dress and fashion appearance talking. Aside from some worldbuilding details, I noticed how romance and pets are majorly absent from my writing.

In the midst of everything, a romantic relationship for me pass in second place. Also pets, which are sometimes readers favourite. Like… the world is ending, the revolution started and so on. I really don’t have times to discuss about a nice kitty.

 

How would describe yourself as a writer? A messy one, a researcher one and a very slow one. Also, a changer.

I’m not exactly what you can call a fast, immediate writer. I need to work before actually writing, because then I will feel like my writing is incomplete and destinated to be edited over and over. I’ll never be the writer that sit down a complete a draft in one month to elaborate the details only right after.

Maybe in few years? Probably. But right is “no” for sure.

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MORE OR LESS ME AS A WRITER

 

Is loss and other sad events part of your narrative? Well, in WIP II there’s loss, but the loss is mostly in the past and the major theme is about protecting and defending what the characters found and they love.

In WIP I… oh, well. There’s loss everywhere. All characters have lost something personal and something stranger to define, like the bond with their own country (yes, this is spoiler-is, but whatever). So, yeah, loss is part of some of my works and sometimes doesn’t give back any hope, just grief.

 

Is there any story you loved and deleted only to regret it later? Not really. Actually, I had over 40 plot ideas for different stories and deleting some of them was a nice thing to do, because such stories were more based on aesthetic and few plot ideas. Basically… nothing.

I managed to fuse some of the ideas, others simply went away. Sometimes I do feel a tiny bit of melancholia, thinking “oh, maybe that could have been a great story”, but I’m sure that, if it was the case, one day it will turn back to me.

 

Do you get attached to anything you plot? Generally, no. Meaning that all my general ideas, that are still in a super early phase of draft, haven’s emotional hold on me. Same discourse for WIP II. Despite it being my new project, I don’t feel the same bond I’ve with WIP I. I’m totally freer to change it as I wish, without feeling too much distress of some impending sense of doom

 

Do you always start knowing how it will end? Yes and no. I do have two basic ideas like a tragic end and good one (which may be still bittersweet). Because… as much as I do believe sometimes, we all need to read and write for our self a universe were things go well… in real life, they really don’t.

For example, I do know may people would be upset at a protagonist’s death but I’m not 100% against. Because, while archiving something good or fighting against evil, people die, no matter how much we don’t want to. So, not saying any of that will be featured in WIP I or II. Just something to add to my point above.

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ME AS A WRITER. SOMETIMES.

 

What relationship do you favour in your story? Friendship, family…? Mostly friendship. I do have a rocky relationship with my family, so despite the theme being present, the “fluffy feelings” are almost at zero.

Romance is… not exactly making a huge move in my written words. There is relationship that are romantic, others are platonic and in an aro/ace key. Anyway, sure you won’t read my works for sexual innuendo or erotic tension.

 

Your characters are more of introvert or extrovert? A mix. Sometimes I’m afraid my characters will end up looking similar, because I do have some stereotypical traits I love to write about.

Regarding my protagonists, both the ones of WIP I and II are introvert. I kinda like writing extrovert characters but the idea of having them as the focus of the story sound exhausting.

 

How much names play a role for your characters? Oh, a very big one. In my first work, the famous WIP I, I re-worked multiple times on them. Only in the last editing, the names reached their final version.

Now I do try to give a lot of attention to them, because they reflect much more the origin of the characters. It’s never about smashing the key board together and hope to obtain something with a nice pronounce. For example, in my current project, WIP II, I’m using some Italian names and other from a dialect typical of the region I’m researching.

 

And what about gender and sexual orientation? I usually do try to figure out characters’ face and background points before deciding such details. Only later I’ll decided if the characters are going to be trans, outside the binary genders or being cis. Sexual orientation usually comes after or along the decision written above.

If I’ve to count my casts, I would say there’s a huge number of girls. Also, I took the decision that every one of my main character is going to be part of the asexual and aromantic spectrum.

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ACE POWEEEEERRRRRR

 

How old are the characters? I remember when I tried to write a young adult with teens characters, but I was falling into what majority of young adult writers do. I was creating a teen who looked and talked and acted like a twenty something.

This is basically how I realized that I wasn’t writing a young adult for its theme anyway, so I aged my characters and from now on I write the majority of them from twenty years old on with thematics and styl that fit more into the new adult.

 

What type of villain you feature in your work? How much they’re important? This is complicated because I’ve lot of feels about the villain topic and I even program to write like two discussion post. I could use as exampled the tons of male fictional villains and the fandom obsessive relation with them, but I won’t digress. So, villains are important in my work as two things:

  • something to annichilate
  • they don’t have traumatic or sad reasons behind them being bad

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YEAH, THEY’RE JUST BAD PEOPLE

I always see the villain as something that must be overcome, not an ally, not someone the hero has to relate too, or to forgive – reasons why I do resent the narration of a villain shaping the hero, usually robbing the protagonist of their own personal narration.

Talking about the second point, majority of the time, having or not having a traumatic past (that put a patch onto the villain’s action for some), my villains are straight up assholes. They’re just bad. They want a thing? They decide that to obtain it in the worst way possible, maybe because they just don’t care or because they think they know better. They’re their own hero of the story… just like the people in real life that are actually just bad. All my villains are shaped out of direct reality and people’s behaviours I observed.

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THOUGHTS

WHAT ABOUT YOU? HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER TO SOME OF THESE QUESTIONS? WHAT DO YOU RELATE TO? WHAT DO YOU FIND INTERESTING? 

9 thoughts on “Of Writers || Sixteen questions for a writer and their characters

  1. “How much names play a role for your characters?” I’ve gone the Shakespeare route (aim high, I say) and have named some of my characters after their occupations, as in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. As it’s a children’s book, I think it works.

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