30 Days of Writing: Day One

With only 57 sleeps to go until NaNoWriMo is back with us, I’ve been trying to find a way to get back into the swing of writing with some kind of regimentation. I happened upon J. Koyanagi’s ’30 Days of Writing’ blog post purely by chance, but it couldn’t have come at a much better time, so I figured I’d give it a go. And now, without further ado, here’s 30 Days of Writing, Penrefe-style:

1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you’ve worked with and why.

While the majority of the answers I’ll be giving as part of the ’30 Days…’ will be related to the Vampyr Snyper series — since that’s the project that has had my attention for the better part of the last 10 years — I’d have to say that my favourite project so far in my writing life is ‘Jeremy: a Story of Real Life, Only Not’, a comedic novella about a scrounging layabout trying to sort out his shambles of a life.

I first started writing Jeremy when I was having an “off” day with VS (I think I was basically sick of all the vampire-oriented drama), so I decided to write something totally different. Jeremy was the result. Many of the scenes within the story are almost direct annotations of real-life conversations between myself and my best friend in the years that we’ve known one another, which is one of the main reasons I favour this little side-project so highly. Writing and re-reading over this story always leaves me with a warm, fuzzy feeling (although admittedly I’m yet to finish it!).

It was also adapted into a stage play in 2005, which was a wonderful experience to be a part of; on the occasions I visited rehearsals, some of the actors would come up to me asking what they thought of their performances in relation to their written counterparts. In addition, watching the stage re-create my world and the characters I’d created walking around it was simply mind-blowing.

While it hasn’t quite got the grandeur or depth of the VS universe, Jeremy is probably the most fun I’ve had writing a book (and still is, whenever I pick it up).


If you are interested in doing your own 30 Days of Writing, here are the questions:

30 Days of Writing Questions

1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you’ve worked with and why.
2. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?
3. How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you’re writing about fictional places)?
4. Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!
5. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about “youngest” and “oldest” in terms of when you created them?
6. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good ol’ pen and paper?
7. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?
8. What’s your favorite genre to write? To read?
9. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.
10. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!
11. Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?
12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of worldbuilding? Any side-notes on it you’d like to share?
13. What’s your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?
14. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?
15. Midway question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!
16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how “far” are you willing to go in your writing? 😉
17. Favorite protagonist and why!
18. Favorite antagonist and why!
19. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!
20. What are your favorite character interactions to write?
21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?
22. Tell us about one scene between your characters that you’ve never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.
23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?
24. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What’s the most interesting way you’ve killed someone?
25. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.
26. Let’s talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favorite picture of him!
27. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters.
28. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there’s nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.
29. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?
30. Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his/her characters!