I got this from Nova.
What’s the last thing you wrote?
For the sake of this meme, I will not count blog posts, so… I think the last was the most recent draft of AMERICAN GOTHIC.
Was it any good?
What’s the first thing you wrote that you still have?
I don’t have it here, but my first book was called The Old Well In The Creek, and it is at my father’s house. Or possibly my mother’s house. One of them has it.
None that I will fess up to.
Is there any other kind?
Favorite genre of writing?
To write, short stories (though I haven’t in ages) and screenplays. To read, short stories. And screenplays. Hmmm.
Most fun character you’ve ever created?
What the hell kind of question is this?
Most annoying character you’ve ever created?
All of them annoy me. They do not shut up, except when I need them to exposit.
Best plot you’ve ever created?
I am not so big on plot. I like the one where the cat is stalking the guy, and I like the western.
Coolest plot twist you’ve ever created?
If I tell you, I will have to kill you.
How often do you get writer’s block?
It’s hard to say. Mostly I have trouble making time to write, or finding energy to write, which is not quite the same. Though I did have writer’s block for about four years once.
Write fan fiction?
Only if my humorous “Abridged Buffy” stuff counts.
Do you type or write by hand?
Do you save everything you write?
Yes, but I am terribly disorganized about it.
Do you ever go back to an idea after you’ve abandoned it?
We constantly have dozens of ideas on the back burner. I don’t think we ever really abandon them, but sometimes I am surprised by which we choose to discuss or work on.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve written?
GUNFIGHT AT HIDE PARK. Which is hilarious, because I have not yet written a word of it. I wrote the outline, and Will wrote a rough draft. I have a date with it tomorrow, though. Soon we will have a completed draft. I hope.
What’s everyone else’s favorite story that you’ve written?
I have no idea. A lot of people seem to be fond of DOGS OF WAR, but none of them enough so to option it.
Do you ever show people your work?
Yes. Feedback is crucial. It helps that I write with a partner, of course, but we really value outside opinions after a point in the writing process.
Did you ever write a novel?
No. I have the outlines of two novellas, but neither has enough plot so I have abandoned them.
Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?
Nope. I mean, I wrote angsty dramatic things when I was a teenager, but I don’t think that’s what the question really means.
What’s your favorite setting for your characters?
I don’t have one.
How many writing projects are you working on right now?
If I count them, I will cry. My active projects are just three. I think.
Do you want to write for a living?
Yes. Is this a trick question or just a stupid question?
Have you ever won an award for your writing?
Ever written anything in script or play format?
That is pretty much all I write, other than the stuff I write here. Though I am working on a craft book proposal.
What are your five favorite words?
Fuck, shit, hell, damn, cocksucker. (We have been watching Deadwood, so I don’t think I am very reliable on this one.)
Do you ever write based on yourself?
No. Um, well. Not any more.
What character have you created that is most like yourself?
Can I just not count my pre-Will stories that were thinly veiled tributes to boys I liked? That would be awesome. Other than those, I really don’t think any of the characters I write are much like me.
Where do you get ideas for your characters?
Currently, Will thinks up most of our characters. Having a writing partner is very helpful.
Do you ever write based on your dreams?
No, I don’t think so.
Do you favor happy endings, sad endings, or cliff-hangers?
I like bittersweet endings.
Have you ever written based on an artwork you’ve seen?
Well, we wrote a movie that is sort of based on another movie. Does that count?
Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
Yes and no. My own spelling and grammar tend to be decent, but I am terrible at catching the mistakes I do make (which annoys me since I have been paid as an editor in the past). Will’s punctuation concerns me.
Ever write anything in chatspeak (how r u?)
Entirely in L337?
No. I thought it was the same as chatspeak, though, so clearly I know nothing.
Was that question appalling and unwriterly?
Does music help you write?
It used to, but now I find it irritating.
Quote something you’ve written. Whatever pops into your head.
The lock doesn’t keep people out. Anyone would break it if they wanted to, but we haven’t got a better one. We put up the sign. No one can get past that.
(From an abandoned adaptation. Maybe someday I will go back to it.)