We have a lot of answers to Anna's questions, so here it goes! :)
Anna: Which do you prefer to write stories with: pen, pencil, or computer? Pearl: Pen or computer!
Faith: Pen or Computer. I've never really written anything very serious before though....so maybe that will change. ?
Kate: Pencil or computer. Pens are just too messy for my liking. : )
Holly: Pencil or computer for me! If I am having a hard time typing out the story I'll switch to a pencil. There is something about having a pencil in your hand while you are writing! I have a much better connection with the story when I use a pencil!
Anna:Whose books have most inspired you to write? Which titles?
Pearl: I really enjoyed reading "The Chronicles of Narnia" (C.S. Lewis, I like "The Last Battle" the best!) , "Little Pilgrim's Progress" (Helen L. Taylor), "Spider Web for Two, a Melendy Maze" (Elizabeth Enright), "The Pushcart War" (Jean Merrill), and a few others!
Faith: I don't really know. Any book I read I pull ideas from, (maybe someday I'll come up with my own ideas.) but they don't make me want to write.
Kate: Wow, a lot of them... (I wouldn't necessarily suggest these all for reading) The Shield Ring by Rosemary Sutcliff The Viking Quest Series by Lois Walfrid Johnson Evangelists in Chains by Elizabeth Wagler Most everything by Elizabeth Prentiss, Elizabeth Enright, or Rebekah A. Morris And of course, Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland!!!
Holly: Tough question! I would probably say: The School Story by Andrew Clements From the Dark to the Dawn by Alicia Willis The Boy Colonel by John. J. Horn The Baker Family Adventures by C.R. Hedgecock Little Women by Lousia May Alcott and probably a dozen others!!!
Anna: What time period and setting interest you the most?
Pearl: I like the vintage time period, and probably medieval.
Faith: I prefer no time setting. Then I am free to make my own story, I don't have to match any history or anything. I like mysterious, almost scary settings, that keep you on the edge of your seat.
Kate: Medieval in the forest : )
Holly: Time period? Not really sure! I guess whatever book I last read that interested me the most! Not sure about settings either.
Anna: Who are two of your all-time favorite characters (both male and female) from books you've read? Why?
Pearl: I'm not quite sure who my favorite characters are. For boys probably Rush from the Melendy books by Elizabeth Enright, and Tirian from the "The Last Battle" by C. S. Lewis. For girls I like Phoebe from "Eight Cousins" by Louisa May Alcott, and Lucy from "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis. I like other characters too. :)
Faith: Katy from Stepping Heavenward, and people from the many biographies I've read.
Kate: Archie from Rose in Bloom or Devin from The Invisible Friend. They are just so nice, godly, and good, quiet leaders. For girls... maybe Katherine from Stepping Heavenward? : ) Probably because I can relate to her struggles. : )
Holly: Oh dear! This could get long! Goodness! That's a tough question! Philip from The Dark to the Dawn because of his character and strong faith in God. I have a few favorite female characters. But I would say I have always loved Jo from Little Women. Why? She longs for adventure and purpose in life and writes! However, there are many other female characters I love that are probably more godly than Jo! :)
Whoa! That was a lot! Thanks to Anna for such fun questions! :)
The answers to Jazzy's questions regarding writer's block. Jazzy: What is your bane? What causes the writer's block for you? What are the things that cause stomps for you story?
Kate: I'm not sure how my writer's block happens. Probably loss of interest in the story and lack of planning before I launch into the "once upon a time"...
Anna: I would say, probably, over-thinking a plot line and then getting bored with the whole story is my biggest bane and writers block. I like to leave myself a little room to dream and write on the spur of the moment or it just doesn't flow from the pen (actually, I prefer pencils) and feels too stiff, not my style. (this might sound silly...) A big road block for me is when I don't actually have a whole plot for my story. I might have a few good ideas, a cute scene, or a great setting on paper, but I've had to learn not to get so excited and try to write a whole story from them. Recently I've taken to writing down my scene ideas as though it were an excerpt from a story, putting it away in a folder for later use, and then much later changing it to fit wherever I need it.
Holly: What causes writer's block for me is when I get bored of the story or bored writing about the little details that happen between major scenes. Also, trying to keep stories going. I easily lose inspiration on what can happen next. If I don't sit down and write the whole story when have super high inspiration, I generally don't finish it!
Jazzy: Where do you get most inspiration more, a walk in the park, or a picnic in the woods?
Kate: Probably a picnic in the woods. : )
Anna: Yikes! I automatically pictured and described both settings in my head! The way I envision a picnic in the woods (to put it briefly) is sunny with birds singing which I definitely love the most.
Holly: Hmmm.... neither! :) If I had to pick one I would choose a picnic in the woods for sure though!
Bonus! @Jazzy Kate: My question is how do you help yourself get past writer's block? When the three stories you started aren't working at all what do you do to make yourself be interested? : )