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Hey everyone! 3 years 3 months ago #62692

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I may only be a teenager, but believe me when I say I've wanted to be a writer all my life.

I write fiction---up till now I've only managed short stories, but I'd love to start a novel someday. My preferred genres are fantasy and magical realism, where I'm not trapped in the cage of the real world but instead free to do whatever I wish ("why the heck is that mat on fire, son?" "Because our creator just gave us fire powers." "But we already live with unicorns and eat glitter!" "Our creator is a free spirit, duh!")

You might have noticed already that I love writing dialogue. It's just inherently interesting to me to see how my characters play against one another through everyday speech, and because what Person A says could be a lie to deceive Person B, and Person C might interpret the whole conversation wrongly and worry endlessly about it for weeks. Dialogue in itself is a psychological race, or a mental spar. And that makes it enormously fun to write.

(You may ask: well, if you like writing dialogue so much, why not go and be a scriptwriter instead? Believe me, I tried. But in the end it's still stories that come the most naturally to me.)

I don't have a specific book or idea I'm working on right now, but I do have eight characters that I'm busy bringing to life. They're all characters from previous short stories/discarded novels I've written that I still want to get to know. I've read that different writers have unique ways of coming up with their characters, and I'm the kind that believes characters have a life of their own. In all the stories I've written I've discovered that making a character do something always leads to havoc (read: plot holes), so I let the characters go where they want. They're more of my friends than just names living on a page, and sometimes they point my stories towards directions I've never considered before. If they don't think they have chemistry with the partner I've assigned them with, they dump the partner and point at someone else and say, "See that guy over there? I want to fall in love with him." And this has actually happened before, no kidding.

I have a friend or two who reads my stories occasionally, but I don't know anyone who actually writes and who can share my joy (sometimes) and frustration (oftentimes) in writing stories. So please talk to me! I'm looking forward to meeting new writer friends!
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