23, 14, 10, 6
Ooh! It worked! I didn’t expect that at all, actually. What a nice thing to wake up to!
23. Do you research things in your story? If so, how? – Uh, not really, no. Typically I’m writing about things I make up on the spot that adhere to rules that don’t apply in the real-world. If I am ever finding myself writing about something that does require a little technical expertise then I, uh, I might google it. But that does mean I’ve gone far outside my comfort zone. My comfort zone being my own head and what’s already in it. I’m aware this is awful form.
14. What do you include in your character descriptions? – Like? Physical ones? I don’t actually really ever describe characters. At all. Though I’m trying to move away from this because I know it’s bad and people like these sorts of things. Short story characters get nothing because they’re A) Basically just me grappling with an idea and B) Disposable meat puppets unworthy of description. Longer story people (like the folks in Cold Hard Hugs or Proper Schooling, say) I try to at least give a vague impression of what they look like, even if it’s one thing. I don’t like describing people…
10. Do you write more guy or girl characters? – Good question. In short stories (for reasons mentioned) they tend to be male if they’re human at all. In longer things I try to be more evenly split. I’m not a particularly diverse writer because I live in constant terror of writing someone badly. Hell, I can barely write human beings. Ideally all my characters would be genderless, asexual robots but I think most people would probably find that dull and the pronouns would get confusing after a while.
6. Do you outline or not? – I’m gonna say no. The most I do is write down (quickly) anything I don’t want to forget. The rest I do in my head. This is, of course, a terrible idea and very probably a significant reason I’ve never finished anything noteworthy. There are other reasons. Uh, yeah.
My writing technique is so poor and I’m so painfully aware of this I was genuinely considering starting my own writing-advice series called “Don’t Make the Same Mistakes I did”. That’s not a joke. I ain’t no shaelinwrites or anything but I can still do my best to steer people clear of the rocks I’ve scuttled myself on (and am making no real efforts to escape from). Or that’s my justification anyway. Mostly I just like using my blog as a point from which I can pollute the internet with myself, toxic influence that I am.
Or I would if I wasn’t so lazy. So everyone’s safe, really.
That was a lot longer than I meant it to be!
Thanks for the ask!