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Argh, a lovely anonymous person left a couple of very interesting, thought provoking OC questions in my inbox that I can’t answer right now - even though I really want to! - because my goodness did the sky just become very dark and stormy and I can practically hear my computer quaking in its tower.

Reblog if it’s okay for people to come into your askbox and ask about your OCs

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I would be immensely grateful to those who may just wander into my ask and leave behind a single word prompt and in return I’ll write 500+ words inspired by it. 

❝ Please don’t expect me to always be good and kind and loving. There are times when I will be cold and thoughtless and hard to understand.
 Sylvia Plath (via feellng)

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For the writing meme iwillwritethisnovel​ asked (via fanmail): 

04: Have you ever thrown a book across the room?

Not physically, but I have wanted to! Reading questionable Young Adult novels can do that to a person. :P

07: Have you ever been part of a critique group?

I haven’t actually, but I would like to be. I think it would be amazing to bounce ideas around and learn from the experience of others.

16: How do you feel about movies based on books?

Generally quite favourable when the adaptations are done well. It’s always intriguing to see what you’ve been picturing in your head as you read translated onto the big screen. One of my favourite movies based on a book is the 1985 version of Anne of Green Gables — it’s pretty darn perfect in my eyes.

Then there are movies that stray from the source material and consequently - I feel - are actually better than the novel they’re based upon. Take Practical Magic, for instance, I far prefer the movie over the novel.

23: What’s your favorite & least favorite part of making characters?

Favourite(s): being able to shape and mold this brand new being, bringing a chracter to life through quirks and mannerisms, spending hours trawling through various websites to find the perfect image of them (as close as can be to the one pictured in my head), stumbling upon songs that fit them perfectly. I could go on — creating new characters is fun!

Least favourite: sometimes I struggle with being original and giving each of my characters a unique voice.

Thanks for asking! ♥

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Writing meme! #'s 11, 15, 28, and 36. <3

11: What’s your favorite book cover?

Can’t choose one, shan’t choose one so: these or these, and oh my goodness theseI also really love the simplicity of “Popular Penguins”.

15: What would you say has inspired you the most?

Definitely reading the works of others. I spent most of my childhood with my nose buried in one book or the other, lost in far away lands and living vicariously through the trials and tribulations of the characters who I grew to love. All that time pouring my heart and soul into these beautifully crafted stories (and sometimes downright bad ones) that I was reading sparked the urge, the want, the need to be creative and cultivate my own. That quote “write the story you wish to read” is basically me all over.

28: Which do you find hardest: the beginning, the middle, or the end?

The beginning, oh goodness the freaking beginning. I’m a bit persnickety and definitely a perfectionist, so when a piece doesn’t start well - as they so often don’t - I just scrap it altogether. I should probably try starting in the middle and worrying about the beginning later, but there is just so much development - both plot and character wise - that starts to happen in the beginning that my brain just can’t wrap itself around not having written it. 

36: Do you listen to music when you write?

Sometimes! Usually instrumental stuff because I find words too jarring. Idyllically, though, I like to write at night time when the world is a bit quieter, without any music or people talking or animals demanding attention.

Thanks for asking! ♥

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Writing Meme: 8, 10, 32, 40

08: What’s the best piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?

When I was in the seventh grade my English teacher gave me an A++ on a story about “becoming something else”. I wrote about murder and intrigue and ghostly ghosts and she commented on how descriptive and creative I was. Honestly that was probably what spurred me more towards writing. I guess because it was one of the first times someone said, “This is good, you could do to do this more; you have a knack for it.”

10: What’s your biggest writer pet-peeve?

Stray commas, errant punctuation, love triangles, self-inserts (I don’t know why this bugs me so much), rushed storylines, lack of character development, basically most things listed here.

32: How do you feel about friends and close relatives reading your work?

I really enjoy get critiqued by friends, be that good or not-so-good critique, so I have no problem letting them read my work. Heck, I share snippets here and at my other writing blog(s) so I’m okay with strangers reading it, too. In fact, I almost prefer it because it’s a truer, completely unbiased opinion on whether or not they like something that I write. 

Family is another matter altogether. I get really closed off and nervous and shy whenever a family member peers over my shoulder to read what I’m writing or asks to see a piece. 

40: Which is your favorite original character, and why?

Oh, Cat, you picked one of the hard ones! How am I meant to choose? I could easily say the Timekeeper because he’s so complex and easily misunderstood, slotted into stereotypes and afixed with the title of “brazen, harsh and forgetful” but he’s so much more than that. I feel almost protective of him and his abundance of charm and eccentricities. But I won’t choose him, even though he’s been rattling around in my head for what feels like forever now (when it’s really only four years). So I’m going to say Alice, the girl who fell through time. I’ve never been particularly good at writing female characters (I tend to rush them and make them one dimensional) but I’m really quite proud of Alice. She’s stubborn and extremely loyal and kind and far stronger than she may seem. Throughout her journey she changes and grows so much and gosh, I just can’t wait for others to get a chance to read her story fully and properly; to understand and see just how great she truly is because I feel like I don’t do her justice in the snippets that I share.

Thanks so much for asking! ♥

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✍ Finally, an ask-meme for writers! ✍

01: When did you first start writing?
02: What was your favorite book growing up?
03: Are you an avid reader?
04: Have you ever thrown a book across the room?
05: Did you take writing courses in school/college?
06: Have you read any writing-advice books?
07: Have you ever been part of a critique group?
08: What’s the best piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?
09: What’s the worst piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?
10: What’s your biggest writer pet-peeve?

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