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MeganBryar

TMI Tuesday?

People here don't seem to be quite so keen on the idea as my FA watchers, but I thought I'd give it a shot. Because I'm bored. So if you have any questions about me, my characters, or just whatever random things that pop into your head, feel free to fire away.
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Added: 5 years, 5 months ago
 
Tanna
5 years, 5 months ago
Hmmmmm a random question.....let see...What is the air speed velocity of a coconut laden swallow?...........

Just kidding! Well My real question is do you have a favorite artist here on IB? and if so what in their art draws you to them?
MeganBryar
5 years, 5 months ago
Which do you mean? An African or a European swallow?

Favorite artist, hm? That's a tough one, as there are so many really wonderful artists out there, and it's so hard for me to pick favorites. Still, some of the ones that are actually active here on IB are:

[iconname]Iko[/iconname]

SunshineSweets
SunshineSweets


Spix

and

[iconname]MistressAdaira[/iconname]

All of them have very different styles, and they draw very different things, but they all have a wonderful grasp of emotion in their art, and they can bring their characters and ideas to life in a way that really bring you into the moment and makes you feel what the characters do. Plus, all of them are very nice people and, in my experience, very professional with those who commission them.
Tanna
5 years, 5 months ago
Woohoo Monty Python!

Cool! I will have to check them out. I really need to set aside some time to read more of your stories though :( I like your writing but generally do not find the time with work and sleep to read..however I think this weekend I will read them all! right in a row! you are a good writer I know once I start I won;t be able to stop till I am done :) and New question! :: Takes a deeeep breath :: You have a few stories out there and I was wondering...Which one do you like writing the most? What character of yoru own do you enjoy telling the story of? Okay that was two questions...but they go hand in hand...
MeganBryar
5 years, 5 months ago
Oh, well thank you! I'm flattered you like my stories so much, and I do hope you will enjoy the rest of them as much as you have the ones you've read. I understand completely about not having much time to read, though. It can be hard for me to find time to read much, sometimes, too. So I really do appreciate the interest!

Hm, those are tough questions. I've actually really enjoyed writing all of my stories. But I suppose the ones I had the most fun with were Oseille, which was my first novel and my very first attempt at story telling, and its sequel, In the City of Cats. I've always loved fantasy stories and anything to do with medieval history, and while my stories are set on a completely different world than our own, those two novels let me indulge in my interests more than most. Plus the characters in those stories were the first ones I developed and fell in love with, so I've always been particularly attached to them.

As for which character I enjoy the most, that's an even harder one. Though I guess if I had to choose, it would be Ciara, who was the central character of both the above novels. She's been with me the longest and I've put a lot of work and thought into her, and I just enjoy looking at her world through her eyes. Though I do my best to keep her balanced and to make her a good character and not just a Mary Sue. I enjoy her mother, Deirdre, quite a bit, too, as I enjoy how she and Ciara work together in a story.
Tanna
5 years, 5 months ago
Okay so it is technically 4:20am where I am but I have one more question. I have tried my hand at writing before...my attempts at it are up here, not that they are anywhere near what you can do...Bit my question is how?..how can you get what is in your head onto paper so to speak? I try and it all reads wrong. I can see it in my head..where I want things to go, and what the story arc will do....but getting it on paper is like pulling my stories teeth....I keep thinking of new ideas that sound great at the time, but on reading it again I find that it screws up more than it helps. Do you make some sort of outline before you write your stories? I do, but perhaps I should make them a bit better as they don't seem to be working lol....That was not really my question..it just spilled out onto the keyboard....My real question is  as follows

Have you ever written something in your stories that made you cry when you were writing it? almost as if you could feel the emotion that your characters would be feeling?
MeganBryar
5 years, 5 months ago
Oh gosh, I know that feeling all too well. I spent years trying to write stories that never worked the way I wanted them to, and never seemed to get off the ground. I think almost everyone starts out that way, too. And even the greatest writer in the world will always have times when nothing works for them. Which has always been a bit of a comforting thought for me, really. There's no magic formula for writing, either. Everyone has to figure out the methods that work best for them. I don't do outlines at all. I've never had the knack for it, and when I try it just makes everything more muddled. Other people swear by them, though, and couldn't write a story without them.

But one thing that did help me a great deal was learning to give myself permission to just spill my thoughts out on paper. When you start a new story, just write. Don't think about how it's all going to work, or if one section makes sense. Just go. One of my old graduate professors used to refer to writing rough drafts as the puke phase, because you just want to get it all out. Making your story work the way it should is what the editing process is for. Something else that helps me is to keep in mind that nobody writes a perfect story the first time through. You aren't a bad writer because you can't get it to work the first time, you're just a writer.

As to your second question, yes, I've brought myself to tears with my own writing several times. I'm not sure how well I was able to translate those emotions into the text, but I tend to feel for my characters and to become attached to them, and when bad things happen to them, or when some of them die over the course of a story, it always affects me.

Thanks for all the great questions, and I hope I was able to help you a little bit, too. I hope I didn't sound like too much of a pedant in the first answer, either. Best of luck to you with your writing. You can do it!
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