Typical lazy Saturday brainstorming — now with more violence!

My clone is busy killing people right now.  🙂

Well, not literally.  Y’see, he recently decided to give LARP-style combat (people hitting each other with foam swords and spears and axes and whatnot) another try.  It’s good exercise — works all muscle groups — and can be a lot of fun when done properly.  Here’s hoping the people he’s hanging out with this afternoon aren’t total cheese-monkeys like many of the fantasy-medieval LARPers we knew back east…

Yesterday I was talking with my clone about an idea I have for next year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge:  interviewing characters.

By the time April rolls around, there ought to be another novel in The Awakening series, and “interviewing” some of the characters from that will be big fun.  Honestly, the most difficult part will be choosing which characters: For H, do I interview Hrothgar Tebrey or his younger brother Hunter?  Would Drake feel offended if I interviewed Deegan instead?  Is Raphael Ryan the automatic choice for R because of his alliterative name, or should I interview Johan Riksen?

“But, Weaver, April is more than one hundred forty days from now!  Why plan so far ahead?

The answer is simple:  I discovered a while back that interviewing fictional people is a lot of fun.  (Well, I had fun, anyway.  The characters probably at least enjoy a chance to run loose outside their stories for a while.)  It’s also useful for character creation/development.  You can learn a lot about a person by which questions they refuse to answer, and which ones they answer with lies.  (Seriously, Jason, you’ve been a figment of my imagination for what, a quarter of a century now?  Surely you’ve realized that you can’t keep anything a secret from me forever… *wicked author grin*)

Yeah, I’m looking forward to this.  I intend to do some of these interviews early and save them to post on the appropriate dates.

Sudden new idea:  What would happen if I let characters from different stories talk to each other?  What would Rachael Vardegan have to say to Jon Livingston, for example?  It’s not as if they’re likely ever to meet in-story (“Wait a damn minute!” says Rachael.  “You know Drake, too?  That’s it — off my ship.  Now!”  So he leaves immediately, and Rachael cusses a lot in Yiddish.), but if they did — and Rachael avoided making snap judgments based on who Jon knows — they’d probably get along just fine.

A conversation between Jason Grey and Joseph Brennen would be entertaining (and by entertaining, I mean containing levels of snark the likes of which even the gods have not seen).  I don’t think I can write that one, though.  I mean, I could write it, but I don’t think I should.  Ever.


[Edit: additional thoughts]  You know something else that would be fun?  Letting our readers interview our characters.  What kinds of questions would they ask?  How would the characters respond?  What does Hrothgar Tebrey think would happen in a fight between him and Grond from Luther M. Siler’s sci-fi novel The Benevolence Archives?  🙂


About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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3 Responses to Typical lazy Saturday brainstorming — now with more violence!

  1. milliethom says:

    A really entertaining post. i can’t wait to read some of these interviews – it’s a great idea.

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    • I did one ‘character interview’ a while ago (https://northofandover.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/a-character-creation-questionaire-my-way/) in response to all those character questionnaire things online, which I have always found to hinder the creative process more than help it. Getting a character to talk about him/herself works far better — for me, at least — than making a list of favorite color, name of first pet, birth order… (“Birth order?” says Jason, looking at his author with a ‘you must be joking’ expression. “I thought neither of us believed in that nonsense. Or are you just trying to get me to make a snarky comment about some famous psychologist?” He mutters something under his breath containing the words ‘Freud’ and ‘amnesia.’)

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  2. The idea entertains me. 🙂

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