writing meme: days 5 & 6

5. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about “youngest” and “oldest” in terms of when you created them?

Let’s see. If we’re counting wip, then there are several babies still in utero. You can’t get much younger than that. My oldest character was 98 when he passed away. Now, if we’re going to talk about the Ancestors, those go way back. We’re talking pre-Norman Invasion …

In terms of when a character was created, that would be Samantha back in 1996 when I first thought of her. She sprang to life at the age of twenty-two.

6. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good ol’ pen and paper?

I write better away from the computer – even with wi-fi turned off, I can manage to find something to do besides writing. Too, I can write much faster than I can type, even though I can type almost 80wpm. Dyslexia goes a long way with not being able to compose at the typewriter. I transpose words more than I do letters. When I’m trying to think and write and type, I invariably leave things out. My scenes and characters – the whole shebang – come out very flat and have to be reworked later. I’ve been writing with a clipboard, loose leaf paper, and an ink pen since I was thirteen.

I can get some pretty good steam rolling between 11am and 2pm. Then again from 4pm until about 8pm or so. Now if I were able to live on the schedule I’m most comfortable with, that would be a different story. If I could go to bed at 3am or 4am and sleep until noon, I’d cope with a lot of things so much better. Unfortunately, life is out there and won’t allow me to live on that schedule.