Friday, January 4, 2013

Messing around, but... not.

Hi all! If you haven't yet read about my plans for MFB this year, please check out this post.

Somehow, the past two days just whooshed past me. I'd thought I'll work on my synopsis. Or on some writing... or.. well... anything, really.

Truth is, though, I didn't.

Odd thing is, it's not really bothering all that much, cause the reason for this is me and my one CP's version of character interviews.

The way we do it is fun and different and incredibly insightful. Also, very addictive, because the interviews are a creative process unto themselves.

So in a sense, I did get a lot done. Just not in the conventional sense.

Soon, though, I really have to stop playing around and get back to "work". Good thing I enjoy both equally.

Do you also "play around" with your characters in seemingly unrelated ways to get to know them better?

35 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't play around with my characters, but I do know how to avoid work with the best of them!

Scribbles From Jenn said...

I have played around with my characters in the past, but usually end up with the same people I began with, so I don't do it as much. Although, it can be rather fun and insightful.

Laura Marcella said...

Sure! You discover things about your characters you wouldn't have known otherwise. Good luck!!

Mrs. Jones said...

You know, I really Should play around with my characters more. Ive thought of writing a couple of chapters in another POV (other than the MC) just to get to know them better, but I always put it off with the excuse, "I just dont have the time."

Beth said...

NOt really. I usually write about fifteen pages of info dumps at the beginning of a ms then go back and delete them and start the book after that.

M Pax said...

I'm good at procrastinating, too. Sometimes I think it's necessary.

nutschell said...

I think playing with your characters is a great way to get to know them better. :)
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Richard said...

Can't say I have done that. But it does sound like a good way to know them better.

Mel Chesley said...

I love my characters. And honestly, I used to play around with them. They are characters my friends created for an online role playing game. I know them inside out, but when a new character comes along... well, I interview them and 'talk' to them to get to know what they're all about. Helps me in the writing process to make them well developed.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I am great at procrastinating. Sometimes I do play around with my characters.

Romance Reader - Nas said...

No doubt writing is hard work. But sometimes you have to let your character play a little in order to have something to write about.

Happy New Year.

Julia Hones said...

I do think a lot about my characters before writing my stories. But when I write my stories I get to know them better. Happy writing, Misha!

Rosalind Adam said...

If you can't mess about a bit at this time of the year then when can you. Your writing will be all the fresher for it next week!

Hannah Kincade said...

I don't really mess around with my characters. I slowly get to know them as I write. I find my writing much more rewarding as I watch them unfold in front of me. Even though I write a pretty thorough outline, they never cease to surprise me once they're written.

Kelley Lynn said...

My characters and I 'talk' all the time. :) They really have an issue shutting up. haha

Happy new Year!

Pk Hrezo said...

Of course! It's a great way to get to know them better. The deeper I go, the better my stories become. SO I'd say nothing like this is wasted!

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha don't we all? :-P

Misha Gericke said...

Same people or not, it's getting to know them that matters to me. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Yeah I love that most. :-D

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha I do that too, most of the time, but the fun and interesting things you learn is well worth it. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha I usually don't have enough info to dump in the first place.

Misha Gericke said...

I think so too. Part of me thinks procrastination is my brain's defense against burn-out.

Misha Gericke said...

Definitely. I only wish I could pay as much attention to my other characters. :-D

Misha Gericke said...

It really is. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

I also interview and talk to my characters. Usually before I start the rewrite. That way, I can find the voice I'm working with, while also getting a feel for what the character is going through in that scene.

I do it often in the early sections of a story, but as it progresses, I need it less and less. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

At least I get to make myself feel better by thinking it helps the book. :-D

Misha Gericke said...

Definitely. Otherwise they get all sullen and stuff.

Misha Gericke said...

You know, it's something I've been thinking of. The one story I truly love, I spent six months thinking about before writing the first word.

Sometimes I think I should give all my drafts the same level of attention.

Problem is, every time I don't write anything else, my first WiP just comes back to the forefront of my mind. :-/

Misha Gericke said...

Definitely agree with you. And I'm already back to business. :-D

Misha Gericke said...

I also find discovery by writing more rewarding as a rule. Thing is, there's so much going on in my main WiP series that it's better to know more beforehand. Just helps to keep everything under control.

Misha Gericke said...

Oh yeah. I know that feeling.

Misha Gericke said...

I agree with you!

Elise Fallson said...

I did a spontaneous interview of one of my characters once and it surprised me just how much I learned about my character in just a few pages of interview. I can only imagine how fun it must be to have a back and forth exchange with your CP. You've got me thinking I need to do another interview..... (;

cleemckenzie said...

I guess I interview my characters, but I don't write anything down that they say. I do think it helps me when I sit down to write their story.

Charmaine Clancy said...

Getting to know your characters is a huge step in writing. It'll help a lot further on.