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Writing Survey

on August 12, 2013

In an attempt to get myself writing on here again, I re-organized all the tags/suggestions, and deleted anything that didn’t have enough “me” in it.  I also have a list of not-too-personal surveys from LiveJournal which I intend to post here as well.

1. Do you outline?
Not usually.  This is probably why I rarely finish anything.  I don’t know why I have such a difficulty with this.

2. Do you write straight through, or do you sometimes tackle the scenes out of order?
Usually I write straight through, however, I have been known to tackle scenes out of order (namely when I don’t have my story in front of me and I want to work on it).  It is difficult to work in scenes written out of order though.

3. Do you prefer writing with a pen or using a computer?
Computer.  When I write by hand (I used to do this all the time), my handwriting ends up not looking nice, and I have scribbles and additions and it’s near impossible even for me to read.  That being said, usually when I’m writing out of order scenes, those are written on paper.

4. Do you prefer writing in first person or third?
I don’t have a preference between the two; I feel like the type of story lends itself only to one or the other.  My fanfiction is almost exclusively third person, whereas the story I’m working on right now is about someone discovering herself and needed to be written in 1st person; the story wouldn’t have made sense in 3rd person.

5. Do you listen to music while you write?
I keep meaning to create a playlist just for a specific story to keep my mind focused on it, but that doesn’t ever wind up happening.  I actually did have a playlist created for one story, but I never remembered to have it on when I was writing.  The story I’m working on now technically has a playlist (the story and playlist have their inspirations in the same source), but I’ve never tried writing the story with it on, partially because the playlist is music that I do not normally listen to.  I don’t find music to affect my concentration; when I’m really into writing, I tune out everything around me.

6. How do you come up with the perfect names for your characters?
Meh, I don’t.  I usually just pick names I like.  If I’m writing a period piece, I will research applicable names and pick what I like from there.  My current story, I wasn’t even sold on  the names, I just used them as placeholders and had intended to change them later when inspiration struck.  However, I had shown the story to a friend and he started referring to the characters by name and they just stuck at that point.

7. When you’re writing, do you ever imagine your story as a television show or movie?
I do.  When I read, I know it’s successful writing when I’m picturing it as a television show/movie, rather than words on a page.  Therefore it’s important to me for my story to visual.  Of course there are certain things that you can do with a visual medium that you simply can’t do on paper. 

8. Have you ever had a character insist on doing something you really didn’t want him/her to do?
Yes.  Every time I try writing an emo-esque Anne of Green Gables fic, Gilbert always finds a way to try and get with Anne, and I’m like, noooooooo, not in this fic.  I don’t have such a problem with my original characters, mostly because I let them control the story.

9. Do you know how a story is going to end when you start it?
Rarely.  Maybe my fan fiction more so, because they’re relatively short.  But never with original work.  I was writing one and suddenly new the ending, so I jotted it down so I’d remember it.  My current story, not so much.

10. Where do you write?
Usually in the living room.  I need to try cleaning off my desk and seeing if writing in my bedroom works any better.  If we’re slow, I’ll write at work.

11. What do you do when you get writer’s block?
Get frustrated and walk away.

12. What size increments do you write in (either in terms of wordcount, or as a percentage of the fic as a whole)?
Until I have to stop either due to hitting a mental roadblock, or real life interferes.

13. How many different drafts did you write for your last project?
Uhhh. . . technically two.  I started writing, then I had someone beta the progress, then I re-wrote most of what I had so far.  It’s still a WIP.

14. Have you ever changed a character’s name midway through a draft?
I mean to often, but then don’t because I just get used to that name being that character.  Although I feel like one time I had two characters in the same piece with the same name; obviously that would need to be changed.

15. Do you let anyone read your story while you’re working on it, or do you wait until you’ve completed a draft before letting someone else see it?
Depends.  I usually don’t have betas.  My last piece I was sending to someone because he was sending me his mid-draft.  My current one I’m sending chapter-by-chapter because I want to make sure everything is working smoothly before I get too far in as it is a topic I’ve never dealt with before.

16. What do you do to celebrate when you finish a draft?
I really don’t celebrate it.

17. One project at a time, or multiple projects at once?
Multiple.  If I get an idea, I want to go with it.  I don’t want to make something (or someone) wait just because I’m stuck on something else.  That being said, I’m only active with one at a time.

18. Do your stories grow or shrink in revision?
Grow, because usually what revising does is fill in those “insert skipped time here” breaks.

19. Do you have any writing or critique partners?
Not really.  I have a couple of people who have done it in the past.  My current piece, the only reason that friend is critiquing it for me is because the story was completely his idea.  (One of those jokes, “You know what you should write?”  “Challenge accepted.”)

20. Do you prefer drafting or revising?
Drafting.  Usually when I get to the revision portion I’m sick of the story and don’t care.  That’s why I’m revising my current story as I go along.


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