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I found this writing style survey and I added a few questions at the end. . .

My Writing Style
May 15, 2009 by marina72

Questions snagged from Faye L. Booth

1. Are you a “pantser” or a “plotter?”

2. Detailed character sketches or “their character will be revealed to me as a I write”?

3. Do you know your characters’ goals, motivations, and conflicts before you start writing or is that something else you discover only after you start writing?

4. Books on plotting – useful or harmful?

5. Are you a procrastinator or does the itch to write keep at you until you sit down and work?

6. Do you write in short bursts of creative energy, or can you sit down and write for hours at a time?

7. Are you a morning or afternoon writer?

8. Do you write with music/the noise of children/in a cafe or other public setting, or do you need complete silence to concentrate?

9. Computer or longhand? (Or typewriter?)

10. Do you know the ending before you type Chapter One?

11. Does what’s selling in the market influence how and what you write?

12. Editing – love it or hate it?

Bonus questions

13. Why do you want to write?

14. Do you want to publish your work? Why?

15. Do like to write alone or do you like to work with other? Why?
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Are you a “pantser” or a “plotter?”
Who can really claim to be a "plotter,"? No matter how much research you do, no matter how many proposals and meticulous outlines you write up, the story isn't real until you write it. I can't count the number of times I've sat down with a specific idea, only to end up writing something completely different. Once I have a reasonable draft done, then I go back and research, et cetera.

2. Detailed character sketches or “their character will be revealed to me as a I write”?
Again, the latter. My characters have a habit of doing their own thing, regardless of my original intent. I usually go in with rough ideas - e.g. which will be the protagonist - but that's about it.

3. Do you know your characters’ goals, motivations, and conflicts before you start writing or is that something else you discover only after you start writing?
Wow, one, two and three are essentially the same question, slightly reworded. Like I said, I'll sit down with a vague idea, but nine times out of ten, it will be completely different by the time I'm finished. They tell me about themselves - my job is to listen and record.

4. Books on plotting – useful or harmful?
While my first instinct is to instantly mistrust anything that offers a list of rules, tips or tricks, I suppose that some writers must find such books useful, (otherwise, there wouldn't be so damned many of them floating about). I myself have never used one, but I can't see how they'd be harmful.

5. Are you a procrastinator or does the itch to write keep at you until you sit down and work?
I compulsively write something every day. Sometimes, it's a paragraph - sometimes, it's tens of thousands of words. I only procrastinate when I'm on a deadline, (there's that mistrusting rules thing, again).

6. Do you write in short bursts of creative energy, or can you sit down and write for hours at a time?
Both. I have a day job, and I'm usually cramming some sort of frantic scribbling into my ten-minute and lunch breaks. On my days off, I'll ramble on for ages. It all depends on how much time I am allotted on a particular day.

7. Are you a morning or afternoon writer?
I'm a dead-of-night writer, actually.

8. Do you write with music/the noise of children/in a cafe or other public setting, or do you need complete silence to concentrate?
I have a nearly physical need to have music on when I write. I think that this is primarily due to the fact that 90% of my ideas come from songs.

9. Computer or longhand? (Or typewriter?)
Both computer and longhand. When I'm at work, I don't have access to a computer, so I tend to scribble shit out on scrap and receipt paper in my free moments. At home, I tend to use the computer more, although if I'm really struggling with something, I usually work it out on paper first.

10. Do you know the ending before you type Chapter One?
Weirdly, though I rarely plan anything else, I usually know how it's going to end. Getting there is the tricky part.

11. Does what’s selling in the market influence how and what you write?
No, nor should it.

12. Editing – love it or hate it?
I hate being edited, but I seem to love self-editing as I tend to make it a never-ending process.

Bonus questions

13. Why do you want to write?
I don't know. I've been doing it since I was three years old. Much like reading or breathing, I wouldn't say it has ever been something I made a conscious decision to do, or even remember learning how to do. I just do it.

14. Do you want to publish your work? Why?
I do. The egotist in me would like to believe I'm a decent writer, and should therefor be able to earn a living as one. Also, specific writers have had an enormous impact on the way I see the world. It would be nice if someone said the same about me, one day. It's unlikely, but hey.

15. Do like to write alone or do you like to work with other? Why?
I work alone. I have a hard time seeing eye to eye with other writers, (or anyone, for that matter). If I could find someone I trusted enough to work with, it might be nice, but apart from illustrators, I'm not especially interested in group work.
That is interesting, because I have been able to keep up with my outlines as long as I was really passionate about the story. I do understand how you have to research when you edit though.

I also noticed many of the writers on LJ are late night writers (at least many that I communicate with).

I understand about working solo.

My answers are here
http://rebekah1213.livejournal.com/74230.html





I suppose outlines work for some people. For me, though, it's like trying to write a story from a set of stereo instructions. I have to begin with actual prose, no matter how rough, and work out the idea in an organic manner. It can always be changed/improved later.
That is kewl. "To whose his own. . . " as the saying goes. . .

I have learned every writer is unique.
I love stuff like this. =D Posted my answers HERE.

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LOL i like surveys normally but this just doesnt grab me hun.I mean i am not a writer as such or at least not what most people write about.I am interested in what your answers woudl be though
I know I am just posting more writing tips, and writing stuff as I have been chatting and messaging with other writers to try to get myself back into writing again.
I will post more blog again me and my rants again so you and regularly comment.
Its cool hun as you can write what you want and feel like.I was just pointing out this particular survey didnt grab me LOL.I noticed you have given your answers and i am going to ahve a look .
I actually I have at least a half of dozen blogs in my head along with stuff for my next book and ideas for my boyfriend's book I am helping him with. My mind has been running on overtime.
This is a good one. Are you going to write your answers in, too?

1. Are you a “pantser” or a “plotter?”
I love plotting. I love sitting and working on details, sketching out characters, writing snippets of dialogue. When it comes to putting the story together, though, that's where I get stalled.

2. Detailed character sketches or “their character will be revealed to me as a I write”?
Mostly detailed, but characters often change quite a bit as I mull them over.

3. Do you know your characters’ goals, motivations, and conflicts before you start writing or is that something else you discover only after you start writing?
A little of both. The main character(s), I need to know everything about them. Until I change my mind...

4. Books on plotting – useful or harmful?
No clue. I stay away from books about writing because I like my own method.

5. Are you a procrastinator or does the itch to write keep at you until you sit down and work?
I'm a procrastinator about putting a story all together and even worse about editing.

6. Do you write in short bursts of creative energy, or can you sit down and write for hours at a time?
Hours, but I never have a block of time like that.

7. Are you a morning or afternoon writer?
Whenever I can catch a break. I think I'm more of an evening person in general, though.

8. Do you write with music/the noise of children/in a cafe or other public setting, or do you need complete silence to concentrate?
I don't need complete silence, but I do find it better.

9. Computer or longhand? (Or typewriter?)
I used to do long hand only (many, many moons ago). Now I do notes and sketches long hand and the story writing by computer.

10. Do you know the ending before you type Chapter One?
Yes. It could change slightly, or I might have more than one ending in mind, or I might decide to end in a different place.

11. Does what’s selling in the market influence how and what you write?
Not in the slightest.

12. Editing – love it or hate it?
Hate it and am bad at it. I love editing other peoples' works, but with my own, it's very difficult to do.

Bonus questions

13. Why do you want to write?
It's inside me. I feel like there's a thousand stories to tell and people I invented as a child. I started writing when I was about five. I would fill notebooks with gibberish. My parents encouraged me after that. :)

14. Do you want to publish your work? Why?
I would LOVE to. It would feel like someone values what I write. I've considered self publishing, just to see what it would look like in a book format. Maybe nobody else would read it, but I wouldn't mind cuddling up with my own book at night. :P

15. Do like to write alone or do you like to work with other? Why?
I've written in groups and that actually worked best for me. When there's another person there, it's harder to say, I'll just fold the laundry real quick or I'll just see what's on TV. It's writing time, and nothing else besides writing (and possibly snacking) is going to happen.

I look forward to your answers!

I procrastinate all of the time. I have had some jaw pain and I always seem to use it as an excuse to not get my writing done. Lately I have just popped in a few Tylenol and get back to my writings.

Anyways my answers are right here. .
http://rebekah1213.livejournal.com/74230.html
1. Are you a “pantser” or a “plotter?”

Definately a plotter, but I can't plot too much or I'll get way too ahead of myself and get lost...that happens to me a lot sadly, so I try to be a "pantser".

2. Detailed character sketches or “their character will be revealed to me as a I write”?

They'll show themselves to you, just believe you me, I love to use my details to bring to life a character.

3. Do you know your characters’ goals, motivations, and conflicts before you start writing or is that something else you discover only after you start writing?

Yeah, I know the goals and motivations, but the writing always takes on a life of its own and things change and I find myself reading my own stories trying to figure out what is going on with them. lol.

4. Books on plotting – useful or harmful?

Both, I guess.

5. Are you a procrastinator or does the itch to write keep at you until you sit down and work?

If I get the "itch" to write, I HAVE to do it! It consumes me and overtakes me competely. I can't eat, I can't sleep, I can just barely spare enough focus to remember what I'm doing (unless I'm with my fiance!).

6. Do you write in short bursts of creative energy, or can you sit down and write for hours at a time?

I've done all night write-a-thons. I mean, I can write all the time - as long as I have a muse that is. ^^

7. Are you a morning or afternoon writer?

Morning? Afternoon? NO! I'm a night writer! =D

8. Do you write with music/the noise of children/in a cafe or other public setting, or do you need complete silence to concentrate?

Music! I must have music when I write...it absolutely is a plus for me, unless it's poetry...then it's silence or natrue sounds.

9. Computer or longhand? (Or typewriter?)

For most of my stuff, the computer is much better for me. For my poems and stuff, still pen and paper.

10. Do you know the ending before you type Chapter One?

Nope. By that time that story has changed so much I can't really tell what's going to happen next.

11. Does what’s selling in the market influence how and what you write?

God no. I do plan to market my stories and sure, vampires seem to be selling like hot-cakes. If I have something I like that is similar, then yeah...I'll put it out there. But I'm not going to write just for the sake of selling like that.

12. Editing – love it or hate it?

If I plan on publishing it, editing is a must. I don't like doing it, but I do. If I don't plan on publishing it then I'm not putting the effort into it.

Bonus questions

13. Why do you want to write?

To simply express myself creativly. A better reason is because (most) writing isn't illegal. ^_~ Don't ask - and I won't tell.

14. Do you want to publish your work? Why?

Well yeah. I'm hoping to keep my soon-to-be family fed with my writing (and I'll most likely have to save, plus a second or third job in this econ!).

15. Do like to write alone or do you like to work with other? Why?

I love doing colabs, but if I'm serious about it then I can't really write with other people around. My fiance is the only one I can stand looking over my shoulder - and that's just because I love her with all of my heart and soul.
I have defiant over plotted or overanalyzed and then you get lost in the storyline. I try to keep it simple.

I have been there when the writing "consumes" me. . . I was so inspired once for four weeks straight my schedule was all based around my writing. (I wish I could do that again.)

I really learned a lot about you.

Here are my answers:
http://rebekah1213.livejournal.com/74230.html