I have been tagged once more, by my friend Kate. Thank you very much, this shall be a hopefully fun post as I show what a dysfunctional family I have amongst my characters.
The Official Rules:
- Thank the person who tagged you and link to Belle’s original post
- Take the picture
- Answer the motherly writer questions
- Tag at least three bloggers at the end
The Motherly Writing Award originally came from Worlds of Ink and Paper, inspired from Kate’s Evil Writer’s Award, so that is fun!
There are seventeen questions to answer.
1. How motherly are you to your characters? What sort of a mother? Strict but attentive? Spoiling and soft? Tender but cautious? Or perhaps you are one of those writer mothers who is not so motherly?
I don’t think I’m motherly at all. There might be a few characters I spoil, but I don’t think it’s in a motherly fashion. I’m not really strict, I usually depend on my characters to point out the direction of the plot once I get beyond the basic premise. It can be difficult that way. But my characters come to life.
2. Do you fret about your characters’ fates? Their dates? Whether or not they get kids of their own?
I sometimes fret about their deaths or if they get tortured. But generally I try to unfold things naturally.
Except for romance, generally I want everyone to end up happy and loved. So they have someone to cling to when I tear apart their entire world and annihilate them.
3. Are you sad when your characters are hurt? How sad on a level from one to ten are you when one of your characters in injured physically or emotionally? Spiritually? What about if they die?
It depends on the character. But I’m often detached enough from them that I don’t feel much. My motivation to write can go down if a character is suffering, especially emotionally or spiritually, but that might be because I get bored and want whatever is hurting them to get stabbed in the face so they can keep going and get this story done. So…it can be a 0, or it can be an 11.
Their deaths have made me cry, I will say that.
4. Are you aggressive or do you retaliate when someone insults or doesn’t like your characters/book? To what extent?
I haven’t had much trouble with this. Mostly my siblings complain that my stories are too big and complicated and I note that they ain’t to be my beta readers. Nope. But I haven’t had many people comment on my stories or characters, so there just hasn’t been enough volume for criticism to test my reaction.
5. Which of your characters do you “baby” the most?
Sometimes I think I’m babying them, or coddling them, doting on them…but I think I just want to do that as I realize, “Nope, the plot demands you get all your wants ripped away from you. Sucks to be you, loser.”
Then I take away their hopes and dreams and make them fight a million battles before they can finally settle down at last.
I am rather attached to Des right now, and Sheyla…but I keep making life hard for them. Except Sheyla keeps getting this propensity to fight back and kill badguys, so I’m not sure she’s going to suffer enough.
6. Which one of your characters do you let fend for themselves the most?
Robert has been stuck in limbo and hasn’t been getting written despite residing in Spectra, so I guess he’s been abandoned to fend for himself? He has to write his own story now?
7. Do you tend to cling more to your older children and stories, or your youngest ones?
Whatever’s newest and shiniest, oh yeah. I guess it’s because the newer ones are better honed after years of experience so they get to the core of what I really want to read about.
8. Do your characters have any habits or styles that you disapprove of?
*Glances at Des and his friends*
There may be some fundamental problems of character and disastrous coping mechanisms going on, yuuuuuup….
And then there’s Elvyla. Perfectly proper and perfectly emotionally stable. What gives? I tell you, Willowbrook makes everything perfect. Even homework is great there.
9. Which of your characters are you most proud of?
Oooooh. That’s a hard one.
It may fall between Elda, Dale, and Sheyla.
10. How many of your main characters have actual mothers?
Ummm….Of current stories…Four. But three of them are the girls of Willowbrook, where apparently life is perfect. And the only mother alive in Spectra is Robert’s and he hasn’t shown up.
Oh, wait. Astarta has a mother, and the Blackwells have a mother, and a nameless important girl has a mother, but that gets into side character territory. None of the mothers have shown up much. But the nameless girl’s mother will turn out to be very, very important.
But none of the main characters in Spectra have mothers since, as we have seen, Robert has apparently made himself irrelevant for the time being.
11. How many of your main characters are mothers?
There’s a kind of main character who is a mother.
12. Have you ever had pressure to kill off a character? Have you ever downright refused?
Like if the story is just telling me characters have to die? That pressure may feel too organic to be a problem for me.
But if I roll some dice asking yes/no questions and ask if all of humanity has been obliterated from this one particular world…Yeah, that’s pressure.
And it’s very, very hard to refuse the decision of the dice….
13. How many of your characters are children?
There’s a lot of characters who start out as kids or teenagers in this story. Sheyla being the most important one, aged eleven at the beginning.
14. Are you loath to kill characters? How much so?
Yeah, I really don’t like it. I can only manage to kill off characters who I invented to die at some point. Otherwise I get too attached.
Except that one character. That one character I just made up and was living, and then…the character wasn’t around anymore…so, that character must have died off sometime.
15. Are you biased for your own characters?
You will love my characters, I’m certain of it.
You will love them even as I rip away everything they love.
Or is it that I’m slowly adding everything that they love?
Well, there will be lots of explosions at least.
16. How well do you care for your characters?
Ha. Ha ha. I don’t take care of my characters, I am not their mother and I will will ruin them before they get built back up again. Okay, sometimes I give them nice things.
But then they repay me by smashing my outline to smithereens, so I guess I’m either a vengeful not-mother out to kill them, or maybe…I just let them run amok and smash that outline like tantrumming little children, and it works out better than in real life?
17. And do you intend to be more motherly, or less motherly with your characters in the future?
Let’s stick with not motherly.
As always, no retagging, because others have been tagged. Unless you, the random person over there, want to try it out?