Writerly Navel-Gazing: In which I answer 30 writing-related questions over 30 weeks

Hello there, my lovelies.

So, Top 10 Book Boyfriends was without a doubt my most popular blog post ever. I’m really pleased you all got a kick out of it and hope to have a new Top 10 list for you very soon! I’m about halfway through the next one; these things take time.

In the meantime however, it’s been a bit quiet on ye olde blog of late. There are very good reasons for this, namely that all the free time has been spent writing my actual book (The Mayor) rather than rambling away on here. I have a self-imposed deadline to complete a first draft of Book One by the end of the year and I am determined to meet this goal!

I’d still like to keep this blog active though, so in an attempt to do just that, I have decided to answer a writing-related question week by week to take me through to the end of the year. There are 30 questions and 29 weeks of the year left, so some weeks I may answer more than one question.

Here they are below if anyone wishes to join in with me:writing

  1. Tell us about your favourite writing project/universe that you’ve worked with and why.
  2. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer male or female characters to write with?
  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 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 favourite 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 favourite character to write? Least favourite?
  12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of world-building? Any side-notes on it you’d like to share?
  13. What’s your favourite 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, 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. Favourite protagonist and why.
  18. Favourite antagonist and why.
  19. Favourite minor that decided to shove themselves into the spotlight and why.
  20. What are your favourite 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 original characters and post your favourite picture of him or her.
  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 in reality that reminded you of your story/characters?
  30. Question day! You ask, I’ll answer.

Remember, Lovelies, if you live in the UK, tomorrow is General Election day. Please don’t forget to vote!

Take care,

S.E. Berrow


These questions were pilfered from the blog of Molly Joyful (admittedly from a very long time ago). She is one of my very favourites and a bountiful resource of 18th century-related information, so please go check her out!

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