Happy Wednesday folks, and welcome back to WBW! As I mentioned in last Wednesday’s Coffee Shop Musings, I’m not sure what I’m going to do on Wednesday’s, so I’m here by calling it Whatever Wednesday! For today’s Whatever Wednesday I’m going to answer Charles’s Questions 3.
1. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you when reading or writing?
The funniest thing that’s ever happened to me was realising that I have a knack for writing funny stuff. Years ago I started writing fan fiction, and I was mad about Doctor Who and Deadpool at the time (heck I still am). I decided I would write a fan fiction about the two on an adventure together. I really loved writing it, and what I realised was I was really good at writing Deadpool’s jokes, and the Doctor’s funny little one line quips (it was the 10th Doctor). I had a friend that I would share these fan fictions with and I used to love seeing his face light up and the laughs from him as he would read it. It wasn’t until later on after when I started writing proper fiction that I realised that I was better at being funny than I was being funny than I was at being serious. I’ve even been contemplating something new with comedy elements in it.
2. Has there ever been a character that caught you by surprise by being either bigger or smaller than expected?
Back when I was around 16-17, I dabbled in some writing of my own characters. I liked to write prose, but I loved comic books, so I decided to write super-hero adventures. I had two characters that I created that were the headliners: Dream-Engine and Black-Cannon. Not very good names thinking back, but that was them. In and around their second or third adventure, I introduced a character that would be their mentor. My original name for him was Siorkin (don’t ask, even I don’t know where I got the name from), which I later renamed to The Sorcerer (wise move). Anyway, as their adventures went on, The Sorcerer was very much intended to be a background character, guiding Dream-Engine and Black-Cannon as they went on their super-hero adventures, but it turned out that Dream-Engine would take a different path, and The Sorcerer then stepped up to take his place, making him a central character along side Black Cannon. Believe me, this was actually never my intention to have The Sorcerer as a main character, but that’s the way it turned out, and I actually liked it! Like I said, I was only 16-17, so I didn’t have much writing experience, and was just making the story up as I went along, no actual plot in mind.
3. How do you react to people saying ‘writing is easy if you have a plan’?
Going back to my last sentence of the answer above, I don’t think it matters whether you have a plan or not, because I clearly didn’t have a plan when I was writing those super-hero stories, and I was able to throw out about a thousand words every couple of days. I was rolling with the punches and seeing how things went, and didn’t care. Where as now, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started making plans/plots if I’m writing a story and I’ve actually found it a little more difficult to stay on course and follow along the plot I’ve written, instead of veering off into a different path of whatever might come to mind as I’m writing.