Character Asks: Valentine’s Day Edition

I’ve decided to do something a little different on the blog this time around. I may even turn this into some sort of feature down the line. I’ve done book tags and writer tags in the past, but I’ve never done a character tag before. I used to interview my characters long ago way before I even started my blog. I enjoy getting to know my characters more though and thought it would be fun to create a new tag for characters. This time it’s Character Asks: Valentine’s Day Edition.

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George Florence & The Perfect Alibi

I’m juggling a lot of WIPs right now so, for this particular one I’m going to focus on the characters from my mystery novel, George Florence & The Perfect Alibi. These characters are the most developed and I have a lot of fun with them.

Is your main character single? If so, who would they spend Valentine’s Day with?

All of my characters are single except for Ebony, George’s older sister. With that said, George and Lilah would most likely spend the day together. Then again, they spend every day together. However, George would probably want to keep working throughout the day.

Do any of your characters have a crush?

As of right now, no. I do have plans for Lilah to develop a crush on a certain someone later in the series, but in book one, no. No one has any crushes on anyone else.

What’s the perfect date for your main character?

George would want to stay in and watch a movie or go for a nice walk in the park. He wouldn’t want to do anything too fancy but he’d want to get to know her as well. Lilah, on the other hand, would want to go out to eat – probably for burgers. But if she met someone who planned something simple, she wouldn’t mind.

Which character would go to Valentine’s Day dinner alone?

Caleb. He would probably order dinner for two and then pretend he got stood up. He’d get extra food and possibly a discount on the bill if his sob story was hardcore enough.

Which character hates Valentine’s Day?

George. There is a reason for this, but it would be spoilers for book two.

What turns your main character on?

Logical thinking turns George on. He gets very impressed and wants to give that person puzzles to solve or to help out on an investigation. Lilah doesn’t have too high of standards. If a man gives her coffee, she’s sold.

Which character just wants the candy?

Lilah. And probably Caleb.

Does your character feel as though they need a date for Valentine’s Day?

No. None of them really care too much about Valentine’s Day so none of them have a need to go out and celebrate. This isn’t just because their single either. George has his reasons, but Lilah believes every day is a good day to show friends, family, and significant others that you love them.

Which character would participate in something Valentine’s Day related for the sake of celebrating a holiday?

Caleb… probably to get that free candy!

Which character would take their best friend out?

George or Caleb. (Seriously, Caleb has become a much bigger part of the series than I originally meant for him to be.) George would do something special for Lilah as a thank you for all her help, but that’s it. It would just be the nice gesture. Caleb would gladly take Lilah out if it was something she truly wanted. They’ve developed a hardcore friendship with each other. Caleb would also fake being Lilah’s boyfriend if it was needed for whatever reason.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this character ask. Feel free to answer these questions with your own characters and WIPs. If you do, please link back to this post as well as let me know you participated. I’d love to see some other answers!

Can you answer these with some of your characters? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Writing Ritual Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Galit to participate in this tag called the Writing Ritual. I don’t participate in tags often, but I do enjoy them. I think they’re a lot of fun and it’s definitely great to see what other writers, bloggers, and readers have to answer.

I won’t be tagging anyone to do this as I don’t normally do. But if you see this, consider yourself tagged. If you post it on your blog, leave a link in the comments below. I’d love to see your answers!

Writing Ritual Tag

When do you write? (time of day, day of week)

I typically write in the morning. I’m an early bird and the most awake during the early hours. Plus, that’s the time everyone in my house gets up and goes off to work, so I have that time to myself. As long as the dog, cat, and turtle cooperate, I can get a lot done.

I try to write every day. I haven’t stuck with it lately, though. I’m trying to get better at that!

How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

I typically put on YouTube or Twitch in the background as I write. Sometimes it can be distracting, but for the most part, I’m alone without feeling like I am… if that makes any sense.

How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

I don’t usually. I’ll sometimes read a little bit of what I wrote to remember where I left off, but I usually just jump right back into my writing again.

What song is your go-to when you’re feeling uninspired?

I typically listen to instrumental music. This can be the Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings soundtracks, violin music, or gaming soundtracks such as Pokemon, Ace Attorney, or The Legend of Zelda.

What do you always do (i.e. listen to music, read, watch youtube, etc.) when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?

I’ll put on some of the music I listened above to get myself into the writing mode. Sometimes I’ll switch to a different project or find a writing prompt and write a quick flash fiction story. Then there are times when I just take a break altogether. I’ll walk away for the rest of the day and read or play video games.

What tools do you use when you’re writing?

I use Word Document on my laptop. That’s pretty much it. I’ll write the old fashioned way on occasion with a notebook and pen, but it’s usually just Word that I save to Dropbox.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?

My notes and a timer. 9 out of 10 times, I outline before writing. I also set a timer for one hour. That way I stay focused and I can write up to 2,000 words in that time.

How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

Coffee or soda water. I try not to eat during my writing sessions only because I like the kinds of snacks that get your fingers all cheesy or the like.

How do you know when you’re done writing?

I’m done when the story is finished being told. Sometimes I’ll think the story is going to go to 200k words and then it ends up being 70k or something. I usually stop when I get a strange sense of satisfaction. I guess that means my mind is happy with what I wrote.

What are your answers to these questions? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!