So here I am, with less than half an hour before I have to go to work. That's not enough time to work on my story (though that's what I really want to do), not enough time to read (though I probably should. I've got a reading list a mile long -.-). I'm all dressed and ready to go. So I ask you? What do I do? The answer is, of course, babble! I don't expect anyone to read this, so if you stumbled in here by mistake, don't worry! You can sneak out before anyone notices.
I'd been thinking about doing this for awhile. Just posting a random rant on Booksie (I have quite a few of them) but I hadn't had the time (or boredom) to do so until now.
Today's Random Question: Do you ask random questions?
Whenever I'm working on a story, I always get stuck on little details. I'm what my mother calls a "tweakaholic." I fixate on details and keep tweaking. And then I tweak again. And again. Sometimes, when I'm stuck on my story and have to choose between two things, I'll ask the first person I see a question about it. If it's not really that important, I usually go with their answer. Sometimes I'll just ask random questions just to see what kind of answers I'll get. I've gotten my family and friends so conditioned that whenever I pop out one of those questions, they answer immedately. Am I the only one who does this? Is there anyone else out there who will ask a stranger on the street a random question for the sake of their story?
And I'm not talking about giving the questionee a clear and detailed explanation. There's no "Okay, so I'm writing a story and I can't decide if I should kill the main or not. What do you think?" (Although I do sometimes give details when I need a serious, big decision made.) I'm talking walking up to a person and saying just three words. "Yes or no?" If they choose yes, then it's buh-bye main char. If it's no then congrats mainie! You get to live for a few more pages.... That's actually not too bad an idea. Maybe I will kill a main halfway through a book sometime, just to see how it turns out...
But that's not the point! Anyway, I"ll do that for all sorts of things. If my character has dyed his or her hair, but I can't decide what color, I'll tell someone "Pick a color" and go with that. If there's a certain number of characters that I need for a story, but I haven't decided how many, I'll usually ask something like "Pick a number between x and y."
If you've never done this, you would be amazed at what kind of answers you'll get, and how they can really legthen your story. Once, years ago, I asked my mother to pick a number between 1 and 10, and she chose 9. In a matter of seconds, a group of characters who were supposed to be going on a simple journey got a harder job as they had to face down 9 enemies!
Wrapping things up (since I've used up my less than half an hour and am now probably going to be late). Does anyone else ask random question to make decisions? If you don't, then how do you make little decisions like that? I'm really curious to find out!
Thanks for listening....er....reading! ^_^