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April 14th, 2010

Getting to Know: Mark + Creating Characters
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by Madeleine Rex

I immensely enjoyed my “Getting to Know: Allison

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” post, so I’ve interview my male MC (Mark) as well. I had to omit certain facts and act as though I were interviewing him before the end of the book for various reasons, but what you find below is all him.

  • How old are you? 19
  • If the house burned down, what one thing would you want to take with you? Probably my grandfather’s journal.
  • Describe your hands. They’re large. I have long fingers.
  • Describe your nightstand, dresser, or bathroom counter. What’s on top of it? In it? Currently, I don’t have any of those things. If I did, there would probably be a few books on top of the dresser and bottles scattered about the room. Things I was trying to hide would be in my nightstand and bathroom cabinets.
  • What is your favorite food? Homemade mac & cheese. I haven’t had it for at least four years.
  • Describe your economic/political status. Economically, I’m doing pretty poorly. I don’t have a job because only a dim-witted person would hire me due to certain circumstances. I’ve been too distracted to focus an ounce of my attention on politics.
  • Where do you have a scar or birthmark? Describe circumstances surrounding your scars. I don’t have any scars, but I have a huge mole on my nose and a Matrix tattoo on my arm.
  • What is the last book you read? What did you think of it? Great Expectations by Dickens. I enjoyed it, though the beginning was slow.
  • Do you have an embarrassing habit? Drinking… But I guess that’s more shameful than embarrassing.
  • Give one vivid memory of a parent or parental figure. The memory of a stranger’s arm around my mother’s shoulder.
  • What is a dream (in sleep) you often have? Allison bringing me Starbucks for breakfast and us eating together, talking about the recent developments. I have it over and over.
  • Do you have a lifelong dream or aspiration? Joining the Navy.
  • How do you go to sleep, and how do you wake up? (i.e. position in bed, etc.) I sleep on hardwood floors, nearly choking on the humidity in the air.
  • What is the last thing you wrote? I can’t remember.
  • What grosses you out?  Alcohol, ironically.
  • Who is the person you like the least? Why? It should be my brother, but it’s not. I’d have to go with the irritating librarian at the Junior High.
  • Tell me about the last time you cried. THE AUTHOR HAS CUT THIS ANSWER, DUE TO THE FACT THAT IT GAVE AWAY A CHUNK OF PLOT.
  • What is something you feel guilty about?  Myriad things. Innumerable things. I can’t count.
  • Describe what you do when you look in a mirror. I try to wash my face with the paper towels and mucky water that dribbles from the rusty faucet. Or simply wipe grease from my face.
  • Describe yourself sitting in your favorite spot. If I’m alone, I’m sitting on the cap of a hill, leaning against a bristly bush that feels soft, now, because it’s so familiar. When I have Allison’s company, it’s sitting across from her, on the other side of the train tracks.
  • Tell me about a very treasured item. My grandfather’s war journal. He fought in Vietnam.
  • Do you have a nervous tic or habit? I haven’t noticed one, but Allison or Sean might have.
  • Tell me about your siblings…if you have them. I have a sister named Amy. She lives in California with her family, and I haven’t seen her for years. Since my parents divorced, I suppose. My older brother, Sean, he… I’m sorry, but I’d rather not delve into Sean. I’ve realized that I don’t understand him.
  • What is your favorite sound? The sound the shed door makes when there’s a breeze as it shivers in its door frame. It speaks of home.
  • What is your favorite smell? Soap.

Really, folks, this is a blast. I recommend taking a whack at interviewing your characters in such a way, and I’d certainly love to read those interviews if you chose to post them.

I don’t create my characters through this process, though (obviously, because I’m done with the first draft). The interviewing is simply 1) fun and 2) helpful in getting to know your characters better. Not creating them. I create my characters through Character Analyses. I wrote analyses for almost every character that had a name and appeared in the book. Some of them didn’t even make it in, yet they’re real to me. I discovered the Character Analyses system through Elizabeth George’s Write Away

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. Actually, I used every bit of the plotting process that George wrote about. I read the book last year, just after having dropped Forbidden. I knew that I was in dire need of a substantial plotting process and was thrilled to find that George and I were incredibly similar. Her process was percisely what I needed, though the next time around, I’m switching things up a bit.

So, what’s your process for creating characters? Or plotting in general? Is it similar to one you read about or that of a friend?

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April 12th, 2010

Wannabe Writers #11
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by Madeleine Rex

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is an informative and intriguing meme hosted by Sarah at Confessions of the Un-Published
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Where I am in the Writing Process: OK, I’ll admit: I’m still in the sitting around stage. I’m doing research on the topic of freelance writing, etc. (and am very grateful for the latest Writer’s Digest issue) and trying to decide how I might be able to incorporate a few features into my life. I really want to be published somewhere, so I’m working on that. My mom’s also going to take me out to take pictures of that wonderful building I mentioned in my last Wannabe Writers post.

My Current Problems: None. – Boy, that sounds good.

The Question this Week: When do you drop a storyline, give up and move on to something new?

That’s a wonderful question (and I’m going to twist it a little). I think its answer, though, depends on our personal tendencies. If you can multitask well, I don’t see why you shouldn’t work on multiple (however, it’s probably smart to stick to two) writing projects at once. I think that I, personally, wouldn’t be able to work with the same degree of focus or write as well if I were attempting to write a million things at once. I’d get confused, and this is coming from a girl who’s fairly good at multitasking.

My plan is to work on small projects in my free time for a bit while working on editing my MS. During the summer, when I have more time, I intend to edit for a strict amount of time each day and allow myself to work on broadly planning my next project. My upcoming writing endeavor should require an enormous amount of planning and thinking-over, and I don’t want to lose precious summer time. Yet, I don’t believe I could be writing, or even plotting, two books at once. Editing while plotting on the side sounds a bit more manageable.

Now, if you’re thinking about dropping a storyline or project that you haven’t finished with no intention of picking it up again later, that’s an entirely different ordeal. It’s like severing a relationship. It would be totally ridiculous to take this lightly. You need to weigh all the pros and cons three times over.

That’s not to say that I haven’t dropped hardly written MS’s without a moment’s thought – when I was ten. I sorta-kinda gave up on Forbidden awhile back, but I knew that I would later try again. Forbidden is to be my next project. When I dropped it originally, it was because I had been going about it all wrong. It needed so much nurturing and plotting that I wasn’t prepared to give or do. I knew that I needed to nail-down a process and learn to write and plot seriously. Winging it simply would not work when I was dealing with a new universe, wacky and terrifying creatures, etc. So, I wrote my current WIP and learned to really write. Now, I’m prepared. I know what I’m signing up for.

Whether you’re moving on to something new completely or working on two projects simultaneously, it’s quite clear that the decision must be heavily pondered.

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April 11th, 2010

Getting to Know: Allison
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by Madeleine Rex

Alright, I cannot take credit for this totally awesome idea, so I’m handing it over to Erin at Bookish in a Box

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(which is one of the greatest blogs ever. Erin has a strong voice that seeps through every word she types and is really likable in general). The point of this post, in my case, is to get to know my characters through the simplest things. I want to be able to list off the oddest facts, and I want the character to come through clearly. That’s when I’ll know that I’ve created someone real. For example: The fact that I have roughly eleven books on my bedside table and another couple hundred on shelves above my head that had to be propped up to avoid their crashing down and killing me says a lot about my character and life.

I’m going to copy the questions from Erin’s posts, which you can see here

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  • How old are you? 15
  • If the house burned down, what one thing would you want to take with you? In order based on priority: My family (though I hope they’d have the wits to make it out on their own), my iPod, the sixteen+ water bottles I keep under my bed, or my baseball cap.
  • Describe your hands. They’re tan, olive-toned, and smooth.
  • Describe your nightstand, dresser, or bathroom counter. What’s on top of it? In it? There’s a book in my dresser that I’m trying to pretend isn’t there, so no more on that one. There are four BGSU baseball caps on my dresser, and an alarm clock, iPod, and three sets of iPod headphones on my nightstand.
  • What is your favorite food? Lemonade. No, really.
  • Describe your economic/political status. I would typically go along with whatever my mom says when it comes to politics, but she can’t decide for herself. In the last election, she had bumper-stickers for each candidate. My financials aren’t spectacular. 7.25 an hour at DQ isn’t ideal, but it’s going to pay for college. Or part of it.
  • Where do you have a scar or birthmark? Describe circumstances surrounding your scars. I don’t have any scars or birthmarks.
  • What is the last book you read? What did you think of it? No comment.
  • Do you have an embarrassing habit? Drinking so much that you’d think I was a sponge. It wouldn’t be embarrassing if I didn’t have to go to the bathroom every hour.
  • Give one vivid memory of a parent or parental figure. Carey watching me as I ran around Ridge Elementary’s gym. He smiled for a second.
  • What is a dream (in sleep) you often have? My friend’s head cradled in the cut-out half circle of a guillotine. My other friend sending the blade down. Cheering. Blood-spattered smiles. High-fives.
  • Do you have a lifelong dream or aspiration? To run a marathon.
  • How do you go to sleep, and how do you wake up? (i.e. position in bed, etc.) Nowadays, I tend to fall asleep in my clothes in whatever position I was in when I flopped onto my bed. I wake up tangled in blankets, my jeans stuck to the fabric.
  • What is the last thing you wrote? “Mom.”
  • What grosses you out?  Cigarette smoke.
  • Who is the person you like the least? Why? Sean Lanly. It’s complicated (and I know that sounds stupid and meaningless, but it’s still the truth).
  • Tell me about the last time you cried. I’d rather not. I’ve cried so often that it could have been five minutes ago. I can’t remember.
  • What is something you feel guilty about? Running out of the house when I should have stayed. Not talking to my mom when she talked to me. Giving advice before thinking it through. Not getting to know the people I thought I knew. Not saying “I love you.” Screaming. Crying.
  • Describe what you do when you look in a mirror. Wonder how so much could have changed, and yet I don’t look any different.
  • Describe yourself sitting in your favorite spot. I’m sitting cross-legged by my dad’s shed and tapping my hand on a mound of dirt.
  • Tell me about a very treasured item. PARADISE LOST by John Milton. June loves it so much and has gone through at least four copies. – Hey, you didn’t say it had to be a treasured item of mine. I don’t want to go there.
  • Do you have a nervous tic or habit? Freezing in place like an idiot. Or running away, which is worse.
  • Tell me about your siblings…if you have them. My little, brother, Andy. He’s four. And wonderful.
  • What is your favorite sound? The voice of someone I used to know.
  • What is your favorite smell? June. The smell of her comforts me.

Whoa. That’s so much fun. I seriously recommend trying this out, if you’re a writer. You know what else you should try out? Wannabe Writers

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. Technically, I should have posted a post for that meme yesterday, but I thought that double-posting Wannabe Writers would seem dull. It’ll come. I’m just taking a rain-check.

Happy Sunday! Good luck with your Mondays tomorrow.

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