June 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm (Uncategorized)
Tags: characters, ideas, stories, writing
What is the spark that ignites your story ideas?
Do your ideas usually start with a character, a plot, or setting? Maybe a few lines of dialogue or a fantastical creature?
Does it differ for each story?
A character usually sparks my story ideas. Sometimes two characters.
For my science fiction/adventure series, the entire concept grew from a conversation between two characters in a restaurant. One of the characters freaked out when someone from her past appeared in the restaurant, and the entire series grew from there.
My urban fantasy novel that I’m currently writing started with the female main character. At first all I knew was that she had the ability to see through magical disguises and could therefore see demons and other supernatural creatures even when they magically disguised themselves as humans. Again, the story grew (slowly) from there.
It can take a long time (sometimes years) for me to come up with a plot to go with a character. I still have many characters in my head just waiting for a story of their own. Some of them will have quite a wait.
How do your story ideas begin to take shape?
June 4, 2012 at 6:41 pm (Uncategorized)
Tags: cozy mysteries, genres, readers, reading, sci-fi, science fiction, urban fantasy, writers, writing
Is your favourite genre to write also your favourite genre to read?
I’m curious to know how other writers will answer this question because my answer is in the negative.
Is that weird?
You see, my favorite genre to read is the cozy mystery genre. I just love, love, love cozy mysteries! But I’ve never written one. Perhaps I will one day (I think it would be fun) but as of yet I’ve just never had an idea for one that has interested or excited me enough to give it a go.
For some reason, as much as I love to read cozy mysteries, my favourite genres when it comes to writing are science fiction and urban fantasy.
Now, I’m not saying that I don’t like to read science fiction and fantasy. I would probably say that urban fantasy is my second favorite reading genre. I’m a big fan of certain series like the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher and the October Daye series by Seanan Maguire.
It’s just that, as a whole, the cozy mystery genre is my number one for reading pleasure.
And as for science fiction… my experiences with reading science fiction novels haven’t always been that great. I have a hard time reading hard sci-fi because it just doesn’t grip me. The problem is that I don’t always know when I pick up a sci-fi novel if it will be character-driven or all about the technology. And if it turns out to be in the latter category, I usually don’t make it past the third chapter.
That said, there have been some science fiction novels that I’ve enjoyed. And I recently had the chance to read the first chapters of a sci-fi novel by one of my writing buddies and was completely hooked. Plus, I love sci-fi television (don’t get me started on my love for Stargate!) and I actually started writing my two science fiction series as television series. So I do love the genre, just with certain qualifications.
Anyway, I’m thinking I might be in the minority when I answer the above question in the negative, but I’m not sure. So I’m looking forward to hearing from other writers on this topic!