I'll start with story (the fun ones), and work my way to craft. Ugh, I dislike that word. Conjures images of grimy flats and nicotine-stained fingers on well-worn typewriter keys. Anyway:
- I always want to give my main character a pet, be it cat, dog, or abomination from the depths of Hell, but almost all are removed in the edits. Charlie (A Reaper's Tale) was this close to disappearing into the void.
- I enjoy raining suffering, both mental and physical, on my characters. Broken bones, charred flesh, lost eyes... Huh, guess it's mostly physical.
- If I ever write a story without a twist in the plot, the world will turn into jelly and be instantly consumed by the Space Whales. Which reminds me;
- Most of my ideas are too bizarre to ever leave my brain, lest I'm interned in one of those places with padded walls, and I can't type in a straight-jacket. Tried it.
- If I followed the rule, "write what you know," I'd only write about computer games, old Shimano drivetrains, and Joss Whedon shows.
- I've begun using the serial comma, though I have no memory of when I started. Also I'm probably using it wrong.
- While music aids my cognitive process, I have to know the words to the song or they'll find their way into my work.
- The more uncomfortable I am, the higher the word-count. This works for both back pain and wonky wrists from typing in bed.
- If I left my writing schedule to my muse, I'd never get anything done. Instead, I keep her on a long leash. During my downtime she's free to frolic, but when I need her, it only takes one yank. She's a slow walker sometimes, though.
- Characterisation would be so much easier if I could put every second sentence in italics. But then I'd look a fool, and the bigger boys wouldn't like me so much, boo hoo hoo.
- The less I write, the more I talk about writing. The more I write, the less I talk about writing. I guess my brain needs one or the other as an outlet, but not both.
- If I concentrate on doing it right, it reads like robotic crap. If I just write, it's rougher, but better. And rough's easier to edit than crap.
- I cannot please everyone, so I should concentrate on pleasing myself (shush). I am my own ideal reader.
- Reading inspires me to write. Good books, bad books, shampoo ingredients... It's all good.
There. Hope you derived some entertainment from this. If not, I owe you 'nother book to make up for it.
(Strand, out in April. It used to have a cat in it.)