"Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises; don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful."
William S. Burroughs
"Writing is an act of empathy. You are occupying and understanding a point of view that might be alien to your own—and work is often the keyhole through which you peer."
Benjamin Percy, The Writer’s Notebook II
Anyone participating in Nanowrimo this year?
I told my friend that I probably wouldn’t because I’d be gone for half of it in Korea. But it’s not as if I’ll be dead for half of it. I’ll still be writing.
Dilemma. Denial. Dithering.
I’ve asked for a vacation from work until mid-November. It’s been much needed for some time now. I’d been jotting down frantic little notes on my phone while at work, and though it was wriitng, I was tricking myself into thinking I was actually working on my story and being satisfied with that. So difficult to type quickly on my phone and not break flow.
I’ll be finishing my applications, hopefully by tomorrow, then I have the whole week to prepare for my overseas trip. But I’ll be able to write, and I will be writing lots. Progress shall be part of my writing life, which is just…my life. I’m good with that.
And it’s finally getting colder. I’m very good with that.
P.S. I need a book for my flight/trip. Any recommendations?
"My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude."
55 Words to Describe Someone’s Voice
I was sitting on the computer last night trying to be productive and actually write something. My first sentence included the character listening to a voice through an intercom and my first thought was, “What kind of voice is it?”
So, naturally, I found myself googling the different ways to describe a voice. I present to you my findings! I hope you all find it useful.
- adenoidal (adj): if someone’s voice is adenoidal, some of the sound seems to come through their nose
- appealing (adj): an appealing look/voice shows that you want help, approval, or agreement
- breathy (adj): with loud breathing noises
- brittle (adj): if you speak in a brittle voice, you sound as if you are about to cry
- croaky (adj): if someone’s voice sounds croaky, they speak in a low, rough voice that sounds as if they have a sore throat
- dead (adj): if someone’s eyes or voice are dead, they feel or show no emotion
- disembodied (adj): a disembodied voice comes from someone who you cannot see
- flat (adj): spoken in a voice that does not go up and down; this word is often used for describing the speech of people from a particular region
"We writers – and especially writers for children, but all writers – have an obligation to our readers: it’s the obligation to write true things, especially important when we are creating tales of people who do not exist in places that never were – to understand that truth is not in what happens but what it tells us about who we are. Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all. We have an obligation not to bore our readers, but to make them need to turn the pages. One of the best cures for a reluctant reader, after all, is a tale they cannot stop themselves from reading. And while we must tell our readers true things and give them weapons and give them armour and pass on whatever wisdom we have gleaned from our short stay on this green world, we have an obligation not to preach, not to lecture, not to force predigested morals and messages down our readers’ throats like adult birds feeding their babies pre-masticated maggots; and we have an obligation never, ever, under any circumstances, to write anything for children that we would not want to read ourselves."
50 things you should ask your character before you start writing.
1. What is your full name?
2. Date and place of birth?
3. Tell me about your parents?
4. Brothers? Sisters?
5. Where/how do you live? (alone or with someone; in what kind of home?)
6. Do you have a job? If yes what is it?
7. How do you look? Hair, eye and skin color, height, weight, any marks, style of dress.
8. Do you have any allergies, mental illnesses, psychical weaknesses?
9. Are you left or right handed?
10. Do you have any tics, certain habbits or other things like that?
11. What do you usually carry in your pockets?
12. Describe your childhood
13. Did you like going to school?
14. Where did you learn most of the things you know?
15. Who did you look up to when you were younger?
16. Did you like your family? Why/why not?
17. What was your dream job?
18. What kind of child were you?
19. What’s the most important thing you did in your life?
20. Have you ever had any romantic relationships? And if they ended, why did you break up?
21. Do you have a relationship now?
22. What is your greatest regret?
23. What is the worst thing you ever did?
24. What are you scared of?
25. Best memory? And worst?
26. What are your religious views?
27. Would you kill anyone? If yes, why?
28. Would you die for anyone?
29. Do you make friends quickly?
30. How would you describe your manners?
31. Turn ons?
32. Turn offs?
33. Are you close to your family? Why/why not?
34. If you desperately need help, who do you turn to?
35. Your hobbies?
36. Your most treasured possession?
37. Favourite color and food?
38. Favourite book/genre?
39. Do you smoke/drink/do drugs? And if so, why?
40. What is your favourite way of spending a Saturday?
41. How do you deal with stress?
42. Favourite joke?
43. How do you react if someone disturbs your routine?
44. Do you like yourself?
45. Introvert or extrovert?
46. What are you good at?
47. And what are you not good at?
48. What words describe you?
49. what is your weakness?
50. What would you want to add that you feel is important?
I would ask these things like I am having a conversation with my character.
I need to do this for mine.
This is also a reason i want to dabble in acting (I just don’t really know how to get started. anyone?). Because it gets you so totally in one character’s mind and personality and situation and conflict. I think it’s an experience that would be extremely useful and mind-opening — to learn how to express an existence within yourself that is different from who you are. I can’t quite grasp it yet.