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The Digital Quill Answers: “Have you ever been disturbed by one of your characters. If so, how did you handle it?”

Have you ever been disturbed by one of your characters. If so, how did you handle it?

Yes, it has happened to me, though mostly in my roleplaying experience. There are certain things I don’t see myself writing in my own books, but the roleplaying with friends is more like an experimentation playground to me, so I can be more lenient in running with what the characters can do.

Yet, I found that some of my characters are darker than I first expected them. I have learned to accept the darker parts of them and it has often served the story or the universe they were in. One of my roleplaying character who has extensive abusive history will even become the main character of a trilogy I am planning in a science fiction original verse. Her material is amongst the darkest I have dabbled with but I love her character development.

I also have some compelling villains that I will bring to the forefront of some stories, although they don’t consider themselves villains and believe in what they do. Some of them scare me to be honest, but at the same time I find them fascinating.

Background by Rose B. Fischer.

Background by Rose B. Fischer.

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Photo Credit: Rayi Christian.

Photo Credit: Rayi Christian.

The Digital Quill Answers: Did you ever have ideas at the most inopportune time?

As writers we are often inspired to write at the most inopportune times – can you share a story when this happened to you (like driving a car, in the middle of a lecture, operating heavy machinery!)

I have stopped counting how many times it has happened to me! This is why I always have a notebook and a pencil wherever I go! I always have ideas at random times, including during classes, conferences, waiting for a doctor appointment…

I’m also used to my muses coming to life right when I’m trying to sleep. While writing Clairvoyance Chronicles Volume One, my villain decided to finally talk to me at 1am. So I had to get back up, listen to him rambling about what he has been up to since Stone Age (yes, you read that right) and found out about several big conflicts in the supernatural community thanks to him.

Background by Rose B. Fischer.

Background by Rose B. Fischer.

Next Week on the Blog

Next week may be a quiet one on this blog. The Digital Quill Answers will happen on Thursday, as always. I am have some writing related posts coming up but I am still toying with exact topics.

Also, don’t forget to stop by Sourcerer today, where I write another Star Wars Saturday and reveal details about the upcoming release of the New Revised Edition of A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars.

Have a great weekend!

Photo Credit: Nigel Lo.

Photo Credit: Nigel Lo.

The Digital Quill Answers: “How do you manage time for writing as well as other stuff?”

How do you manage time for writing as well as other stuff ? Any advice for aspiring writers like me to continue working on full length book as I can see I am lacking the writing pace and time.

I have been mostly focusing on my writing in the last couple of years, but the amount of time I had on my hands still had to be organized. I’d say that knowing which project you want to focus on, is the first thing to choose. I have tons of ideas and several projects that are demanding attention, but focusing on one at a time does wonders.

Are you a pantser or a plotter? I am the latter for the most part, so I start taking notes and organizing structure before writing chunks of the novella/short story/novel/nonfiction title. It gives me better direction. While it may “delay” the actual writing, it makes me more likely to be productive.

I don’t need to have a specific moment in the day to write, but if I had to, I’d focus on arranging for a time in the day where I feel more energy. It can be anytime and knowing your personal tendencies helps, so you can arrange for writing times with better result. Making sure that you can have this time to yourself without having to answer to trillions of people is crucial.

I try to work almost everyday (whether it’s 300 or 2000 words) on my writing projects, but if I have a few days where I feel burned out, I am learning to let it go. Being consistent is important but if for whatever reason, you are unwell, accepting to take a day or more off, is okay. Self-care applies to every part of your life, including your writing.

Overall, advices are important and seeking different sources/ideas allows you to figure out what works best for you, since every writer is different.

One final thing that I can’t live without: always have something to scribble notes on wherever you go. You never know when inspiration can hit you!

Background by Rose B. Fischer.

Background by Rose B. Fischer.

Next Week on the Blog

On Tuesday, there will be a new author interview, this time with Rose B. Fischer for The Foxes of Synn.

Wednesday will see me ask for input on certain WordPress elements.

The Digital Quill Answers will return on Thursday; and I will have a book announcement at the end of the week.

Last Saturday, I was interviewed on Everyday Fangirl. I love how interviews always provide opportunities to reflect on things!

Have a great weekend!

Photo Credit: Nigel Lo.

Photo Credit: Nigel Lo.

The Digital Quill Answers: “What area would you choose to study if time was no object?”

What area would you choose to study if time was no object?

This is a question easy to answer! At this point, I would be interested to get back to learning other languages. In middle and high school, I studied English, Latin, German and Italian. At this point, I only use English though can still understand the others decently.

For years, I have been hoping to get to learn Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek. Thing is that if I were to learn another language (provided I had time as the question mentions), I’d need to really have opportunities to practice it.

Background by Rose B. Fischer.

Background by Rose B. Fischer.