14, 22, and 28 on the Writer Ask Game if you feel like answering that many!
14. Do you have a favorite writing-related quote?
“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” - W. Somerset Maugham
22. Has your own writing ever made you cry?
A couple of times. Well, I consider tearing up and having one or two slip out to be crying. Whenever I write, I place myself in the heads of each individual character, especially in emotional scenes, like reacting to a character’s death. I usually grow short of breath and my heart kind of seizes up when I do these, but sometimes, when I spend too long focusing on the feelings and trying to describe them, I get emotional myself and have to step away to get a breath of air. Sometimes, I won’t, and I’ll power through it so I don’t lose that feeling. The last time I teared up was when I was writing the ending for Bride of Fen’harel.
28. On a scale of 1-10, how much do you stress about choosing character names?
Can I say 12? After talking with so many other writers, I feel like such a black sheep. xD
I am a person who strongly believes in the power of names. Sometimes, someone has a name that doesn’t quite fit them, so they shape one that does, or perhaps a middle name suits them better. It’s all part of their personality. Even when they’re just unimportant people who will probably not pop up again, I still make sure that I like their name instead of just tossing down something simple. For my important characters, there’s an entire process. I imagine them in my head, get a feeling of what I feel like their name would start with, then scroll through names starting with that letter. Sometimes I hit it, sometimes I don’t and I’ll move on to the next letter. I write down a large list, then stare at them for a while, marking off ones I decide against. When I get down to the final few, I’ll even walk around saying them out loud, trying to decide if I like the way it sounds, because some names LOOK so beautiful but SOUND terrible. It’s a horrid curse.
So…short version, I stress about names a LOT. Haha.
Thank you for the asks! You can always shoot me as many as you’d like! :D