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The Writing Meme:

1) Do I have a distinct style of writing?
2) If so, what exactly is it that defines my style?
3) Would you say my stories follow a certain theme?
4) Is there anything you feel I ought to improve or change?
5) Does my style (if I have one) remind you of anyone else?
6) Judging from whatever writing of mine that you've seen, what do you think is/are my strength(s)?
7) What do you think is/are my weakness(es)?


Please be as harsh and honest as you can.

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darkhairedgirl
Apr. 1st, 2012 05:51 am (UTC)
1) Absolutely. Even with my ridiculous brain trying to trick me on purpose, I can always tell when I’m reading something you’ve written.

2) Sometimes reading your work feels less like reading a story and more like reading the stage directions for a play, if that makes any kind of sense, because the further I get into the story the more clearly I can see everything in my head.

3) Family, hands down. The families we have, the families we make, the families we wish we had. For all the darkness in the HookerVerse, the club is still the place where all these people met and became friends at, and it’s because of this they were able to create something vaguely resembling a support system for one another. Is it weird? Yes. Is it fucked up and unhealthy for a lot of these people to even be near each other? Yes. But at the same time, no matter what happens, they still look out for each other when no one else is willing to. Despite all the problems that come with it, this fake little family it is exactly what these characters need, and I love that.

4) Sometimes I feel like you project your own issues onto characters a little too much. Drawing from life is wonderful and something that all writers do in some form or another – I mean, hello, look at most of what I wrote for Stacey – but sometimes there’ll be something you’ve added to a paragraph in a way that makes me tilt my head to the side and wonder, would this character be thinking this in this situation? It sounds more like you, not necessarily, say, Nerd.

IDK, maybe I’m projecting my own issues onto you right now because you’re too awesome and I’m jealous. It’s late. I should probably sleep at some point.

5) None that I can think of right now.

6) Fantastic world-building, strong women, clever dialogue. Also, endless emotional hurt because you’ll dig a knife in when the reader least expects it.

7) Once in a while I’ll come across a line or two in your work that feels like it was put in there for shock value – the quickest one that comes to mind is the one I mentioned to you not too long ago about Chick and the nice guy in the limo, where she’s straddling his lap like a cheerleader with her boyfriend? – and in my opinion, lines like that actually detract from the story. You’re good at what you do, babe, and the situations you write about are shocking enough. :P
emeriin
Apr. 1st, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
3) That reminds me of my third year drama course. Two other girls and I wrote and directed a play for the younger ones to act out. It was about a production of Waiting For Godot, the religious worries, the controversy and the state of theater after World War II. Much less grand than I'm making it sound, but there you go. :p

4) I think I may know why that is, and I shall let you in on the height of my anal-retentiveness: to keep from my brain having a meltdown, I have a point system to let me know where my head is at. Anything bad, I'll put it in word and add the characters to the score. Anything good, I'll do the same and subtract. I like to keep it under -1,000 usually, but if it goes just a bit over I will often start some writing to get me back to safety.

So that's why whatever my issue is, it might sometimes seep into the characters. The only person that doesn't happen to, who I can just write for hours and have it flow perfectly, is well... just have a look at my LJ subtitle and you could probably guess.

And I'm assuming from the Nerd comment that you weren't a fan of the last fic? That's a shame. :(

7) Honestly? Stuff like that line is less shock value, and more beating people with cynicism, to show the difference between a hooker doing this for her job and a girl with her boyfriend. But you're right, both are pretty bad and less is more.

AND I WILL DO YOURS AS SOON AS I CAN KICK THE FANGIRL IN ME DEAD.

Edited at 2012-04-01 02:17 pm (UTC)
nombrehetomado
Apr. 1st, 2012 06:26 am (UTC)
1) Very much so. I can pick out your writing from a line-up in the dark.
2) A combination of a kind of...self-aware narration. It's not completely train of thought, but the non-dialogue writing is very much character-tinged. That, plus you drift towards very broken characters, or ones in process of breaking. :)
3) I'm gonna crib from Rachelle, because her answer was very accurate and is now all I can think of for you. In addition, your themes are very much about how far people are willing to go. As families, obviously it tends to be very far, but I think even the non-familial writings have that whiff about them.
4) I'd like to see a prolonged writing exercise from you, and not a very actiony one either. You get hints of contemplation and just how deep people are hurting in your stories, but it's spelled out in action, rather than descriptions, and it would be interesting to see how you could handle that.
5) Not really.
6) Willing to go the darkest, deepest places, and explore how that would realistically impact someone. Strong characters. You do also have a good handle on realism, even in cracky setting.
7) The darkness is something not a lot of people would go far, so I applaud you for doing that, and typically doing it so well, but sometimes it feels a little...excessive? A character is already hurting, and the additional hurt doesn't do anything but emphasize that the character is hurting. Since your writing is more actiony than descriptive, I feel this can hurt your narrative, whereas if you took more time for an introspective slant, you could use the hurt-upon-hurt to your advantage.
taekarado
Apr. 1st, 2012 07:47 am (UTC)
1) yup.
2) detail. you embellish things with little details that make it fit into reality better.
3) "how much can i make characters hurt and still make them sympathetic" about fits the mark. also, the family thing rach and nom mentioned.
4) not especially.
5) oddly, i think youre very scott westerfeild-esque.
6) tugging at the heartstrings.
7) see strengths. sometimes heartstrings are tugged so hard that you just want to cuddle them.
keevacaereni
Apr. 1st, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
1) God yes.
2) Pain for the characters, combined with a really nice train-of-thought type of narration.
3) How far people can be pushed for the people they love.
4) I'd like to see you write more happy!fic.
5) Some of your work reminds me of Neil Gaiman's darker moments.
6) Pain, horror, fear. Making people go through hell and come out the other side.
7) I think you can push the badness of a story a bit too far sometimes.
emeriin
Apr. 1st, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
5) *faints from happy*
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