It’s NaBloPoMo, and I’m signed up and ready to go. I don’t necessarily have anything of earth-shattering importance to share, but we’ll explore the insanity that is me and see if there’s anything interesting.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
What is your favourite part about writing?
My favourite part about writing is creating worlds, creating characters, and having them come to life so vividly that they genuinely exist. I love the characters I love, and I love the characters I loathe, just because they’re so alive.
Last night I was dreaming about a character in a book I’m sporadically working on, and she was trying to rent a DVD from redbox. It wouldn’t let her, and it finally spit out some instructions that she was to go and speak with the manager of the drugstore, who would tell her why she couldn’t rent a DVD from redbox. So she went into the store, went up the stairs, talked to the manager, only to find out that she’d rented a DVD three months ago and never returned it. So she had to pay for it first. She asked the manager if she could just buy the DVD, and he sadly shook his head, telling her that she had to pay the fees first. Wow–three months at $1 day–in the dream it added up to $1500, which tells me that my character knows even less math than I do, which, trust me, is saying something. There was also a house fire in my dream, but we’re so not going there.
I’ve also been experimenting with an unsympathetic protagonist. He’s pompous and arrogant, and I just flat can’t stand him. But his story is fascinating. The premise is interesting as well. I know where we’re going to end, but how we’re going to get there is still a bit of a mystery to me. But he’s pushy enough that he’ll let me know what parts of his story to share and what parts stay private.
And the incomparable Izzybella and I are working on a story we hope to submit to a magazine, but dang! Trying to put it together is a little rough! While Izzy and I are very similar in a lot of ways, we’re also very, very different. So she’s told the story her way; I told it my way; and we tried to merge the two together, only to have it be disastrously incohesive. Now we have ask ourselves whether to leave them as two separate stories, try to fix what we have, or completely rewrite it. The story’s an important one, and it definitely needs to get out there.
So I love the creation aspect of writing, and I love the challenges in telling the stories in a fashion that will do them justice as well as appeal to their intended audience. Whether I’m successful in doing this remains to be seen. What about you? What do you like about writing?