Monday, January 5, 2015

Q&A And The Search For Deeper Point of View

So...because I'm supposed to be writing I thought it would be ever so helpful to do a Q & A with my current hero instead. In the quest for more insight and all that jazz. Which lead to research with lead to being distracted which enabled my desire to procrastinate very nicely. 

The rationalle being it's writing related after all. But now it's four o'clock and I've got diddly squat to show for word count and even less desire to write a blog post. So, guess what? Meet:

Constable Michael Davenport, who’s in the hot seat today. I live to serve. 

Nice to know you’re happy to be here.  I didn’t say that.

So, as a Constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police do you always get your man…or woman? You’re implying something here and I feel the need to set you straight. There is nothing sexy about my job. A job I take very seriously. A job I would never jeopardize by acting inappropriately.

Nice uniform. Knock it off.

You’re what? 6’1” – 6’2”, a hundred and— Finish that sentence and I’m out of here.

Fine. Would you rather see a movie at the theater or at home on TV? At home.  What if it’s a date? Then it’s her choice. If she wants to stay in, get cozy? I don’t invite women who I’m not serious about back to my place. So if we’ve gotten to this stage I’m hoping it means we’ll be having breakfast in bed the next morning.

You cook? That’s so- Don’t say it. I live by myself so yeah I cook. Otherwise I’d starve. It’s the second decade of the twenty-first century a guy who can cook shouldn’t be a novelty. It’s a necessary skill everyone should have.

Touchy much? If you could be a character in any novel you’ve ever read, who would you be? Um…that’s actually an interesting question. I don’t read a lot of fiction. Mostly non-fiction. But…I just finished reading The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss. I’m a history buff. He led quite the life. So, I guess him.

Wow, that’s…fascinatingly boring. At what age did you lose your virginity? I’m not answering that question. Why? Are you embarrassed by the answer? No. It’s none of your business. You sure that’s all it is? You’re looking a little flushed. Next question. 

Do you have a personal written budget? And I’m going to go out on a limb and guess you do. I’m financially responsible. So yes, I have a budget, keep track of the market, and am in regular contact with my financial advisor.

Ohhhh, are you rich? Again. Next question.

Jeez, you’re a laugh a minute. Do you like to sing karaoke? No.

(Sigh) Would you rather have super strength or super intelligence? How about a little bit of both. You know, balance in all things.

What is the one habit you have that you would like to change? Saying yes to nosy, inappropriate writers.

HaHa. How many pairs of shoes do you own? Let’s see…dress, casual, baseball, runners…five or six.

Who’s the latest artist you downloaded to your iPod? Buddy Guy

A blues man, nice. Favorite sport? Baseball. Snore. Why? What’s wrong with baseball?

Have you ever thought about UFC? You know what? Never mind. Angelina Jolie or Nicole Kidman? Nicole Kidman Why? I don’t know…because I had to pick one?

DC or Marvel? Batman.

I love these kind of writing exercises. I find them helpful in terms of getting into deeper point of view and often the answers surprise me. And from this exercise I can tell tell you a few things. Mike is going to be forced into crossing lines in his professional life. He's going to end up with Grace at his apartment long belong he's ready for her to be there. There's a very good reason he doesn't talk about his sex life. And I'm pretty sure he's going to be up on a makeshift stage singing karaoke. While Aspen Lake might not be Gotham, it's still going to need a hero. 

Writing prompts and exercises? Yay or nay? Do you like getting a look inside main characters?


jblynn said...

Fun post!

I love the habit one the most. ;-)

I don't do it this way, but I see how it can be helpful.

Silver James said...

OMG, Karyn! I'm snorting coffee over here! I can't wait to read Mike's story. And I bet he looks awesome in his dress reds. ;)

I love flash fiction writing prompts. I often get 250 words that I then expand into a full scene and/or chapter. I also like to interview my characters occasionally. It helps to get a handle on their personality.

Loved this post. Now get Mike in hand and get back to writing. I want this book like now!

Karyn Good said...

Thanks, JB. I find it helpful if it's it creating a bit of backstory to get the creative juices flowing.

Karyn Good said...

Thanks Silver. I'm working on it. Using flash fiction prompts as a writing excercise sounds very intriguing. Will have to try it!

B.E. Sanderson said...

Great post, Karyn! What fun. =o)

I'm the odd man out in writerland, I think. I don't do writing prompts or character interviews or stuff like that. The only time my characters speak to me is when I force them onto the pages of a novel. And I have a really tough time writing short. If it's coming out, it's coming out full length. LOL

Karyn Good said...

What works for some definitely doesn't work for others, B.E. And writing short is hard. I find it incredibly challenging to find that snapshot moment that you can turn into a story. Here's to stories and characters however they come about!

Aldea Aundy said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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