cornetespoire said: Writing meme: 10, 12, 23
10. What’s your biggest writer pet-peeve?
The older I get, the more I hate both exclamation marks and dialog that doesn’t sound like actual humans can speak it. It’s one thing for dialog to have a certain cadence for theatrical or historical reasons. It’s another when you look at something that a modern person is supposed to be saying and it sounds written. I have so little patience for that. It’s why I read all my stuff out loud to check for dialog flow.
12. Who is your favorite author?
Auuuuugh. Tough one. I have like, a rotating stable of five or six authors, all for different reasons. George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien for the worldbuilding. Stephen King for getting into a character’s head. Aaron Allston for humor and emotion and being a huge influence on me when I first started writing. Catherynne Valente for language. Simon R. Green for sheer fun.
23. What’s your favorite & least favorite part of making characters?
Favorite is actually thinking them up and realizing who they are, then when I first start writing them and they actually start to become more than just ideas. Least favorite is all the planning before that sets them on their way. I don’t want to have to set up the rules; I just want to play the game.