Sunday, June 18, 2006

Ten Elements in Your Writing

Tambo asks: What ten elements/words do you associate with your writing?

This was one of the most interesting and intriguing questions I've seen in a while. So here's my answer:

1. Pain
2. Emotions
3. Rationale
4. Science
5. Distorted
6. Flaws
7. Sex
8. Love
9. Weakness
10. Strength

What are yours?

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19 comments:

michaelm said...

1. People
2. Irony
3. Destiny
4. Life
5. God
6. Prejudice
7. Laughter
8. Love
9. Guilt
10. Questions

Tough one, Melly.
I think I could stop by tomorrow and come up with an entirely different list. I would also say this would be interesting to post a year from today.

~m

Jennifer said...

1- Innocence
2- Adventure
3- Curiosity
4- History
5- Science/Fantasy
6- Friendship
7- Growth
8- Dialogue
9- Change
10- Frustration

Fred Charles said...

1. Inner turmoil
2. Desperation
3. Dialogue
4. Change
5. Genre-blending
6. Pain
7. Strength
8. Trust (and distrust)
9. Esoteric
10. Terror

Melly said...

Michael, you make an interesting point. I'm pretty sure that a year ago I would have had some other elements.
Very interesting elements, btw, the making of very serious, provocative fiction.

Jennifer, knowing you, it's almost what I expected to see. Also probably because you write YA. The elements are you :) Although the science one took me by surprise, especially since the other elements are so... fantasy. You know what I mean? THe frustration, the adventure, the growth...

Fred, I can identify with many of the elements you mentioned. Also, from reading a bit of your flash, I expected some of them. I think we might have similar themes on different genres.

Deborah said...

1. Terror
2. Rage
3. Pain
4. Strength
5. Courage
7. Love
8. Stamina
9. Insanity
10.Rational/Irrational

Like Michael said, this was a tough one. But it was fun. Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer said...

lol the 'science/fantasy' is because of my keen interest in science fiction/fantasy...and the fact that most of my writing has some element of it. I like the science of 'building/creating a world'. Of thinking how it would work, of the type people who would inhabit it, that type 'science' (not so much pure science)

I happen to be working on a fantasy piece where I'm in the process of creating a world and hence that's why that made it's way in.

melly said...

Deborah, that list is so you.
I don't know why I'm so surprised everybody's giving lists that are inline with what I know about them.
I mean, I've read your flash, and I know a bit about Proseperity and your interest which is well packaged into that list.

Jennifer, you're right. Science has so many aspects and I always only think of the one I choose to relate to.

Diddums said...

Interesting one :-). Can't resist.

1. Humour
2. Observation
3. Detail
4. Contrast
5. Anthropomorphism
6. Magic
7. Froth
8. Disillusion
9. Fear
10. Darkness

Deborah said...

LOL! You're funny, Melly. :)

Melly said...

Diddums, if you can do all that with humour, then you're my hero :)

Deborah, you mean more like... ahem, stupid, right? I mean, how did I not expect this?

Jean said...

I'm still struggling with mine, but I hope to have it together in a day or so.

Melly said...

Let us know when you do then, Jean. I'm curious.

michaelm said...

Melly-
I forgot to say thanks for the link!

~m

Diddums said...

Well, the froth bit is easy - LOL. You've got me thinking, though. Some one who genuinely deals with the dark side of life in a humorous way is Terry Pratchett. Look at his portrayal of Death.

Melly said...

My absolute pleasure Michael :)

Yeah, Diddums, I figured the froth would be easy :)
I haven't read Terry Pratchett. Any reccommended book to start with?

Jean said...

As you know, I finally got it: http://www.mercuryranch.org/blog/2006/06/19/ten-elements/

melly said...

Oh, and it's a great list!

Diddums said...

I think the first 2 books by Terry Pratchett are:
The Light Fantastic
The Colour of Magic
Both fun enough, but there are better ones later on... the whole tone seems to change.

Melly said...

Thanks Diddums. I'll check them out.