I became aware of a little game called "Would You Rather …?" a while ago on the radio where the hosts would ask listeners strange questions that had them make choices between two equally disgusting or silly things. For example, "Would you rather eat a dozen hard-boiled eggs in twenty minutes or one uncooked snail in a second?"
I was surprised at what people would choose to do when my choice would have been the opposite. It got me thinking of some questions to throw at writers and what 'rather' I'd pick. I'm going to try and stay away from disgusting food choices (although a debate between cheesies and M&M's might be fun) and keep them slightly realistic. I know the temptation will be to answer some of them "Well, I want both!" But that's the agony of the game! So, ready to play? Okay, here we go.
Writers, Would You Rather …
1. have your first published book take off like wildfire or have a slow, steady build?
2. have a fascinating, complex, page-turning plot or fascinating, complex characters that make you want to learn more about them?
3. write your first draft all in one, frenzied, three week rush or take a slower, steadier pace over a year?
4. have a universally panned book but have great sales or get universally good reviews but your book lives in obscurity?
5. blog twice a week or twitter daily? (remember you can't choose both!)
6. date Johnny Depp or Ryan Reynolds? (okay, for this one you can choose both)
I'll be fascinated to hear your choices. Oh! You want to know mine? Okay.
1. I'd want a slow, steady build not a first time flash. I need adjustment time!
2. Hard one, but even though I love my characters and, if they're done really well I would root for them even through a silly plot, I think I'd rather have a kick-ass plot. It's the engine that drives the whole book.
3. Even though I don't do it, I wish I could spew out a first draft in 3 weeks. Get that sucker over with.
4.I'd love the sales but if my writing sucks that bad that everyone pans it I'd find it hard to keep going.
5. Argh. Hard one again. I guess, Twitter. Writing blog posts is hard!
6. Sigh. Thank God I relented on the choice here. Both, of course.
So, are there any other difficult "Would You Rather…?" questions you can suggest?