Mira, you always have the best topics. Backtracking a second to January's topic... Strong Characters For me, a strong character is a well-written character who I could believe is a real person. I tend to veer away from characters that are more archetypal in nature (one of the reasons I've never been too much into DC Comics - most of the characters are archetypes, and while it's all good fun, I don't find most of their stories that compelling). I find it fascinating when a character's weaknesses are more apparent than their strengths. Variety is fantastic. I love Sansa Stark and I will defend her to the end of time because I believe she is one of the most intelligent characters in ASOIAF/GOT because she recognizes how to play the game from her particular position and survive. And her survival is based on how well she lies and how well she invests in her weaknesses and makes sure that the people in power (like Tywin and Cersei) continue to see her as a weak pawn. Several years ago, I was working on a Star Wars epic and I had one user get very angry with my portrayal of Anakin, because in the recent chapter I had posted I spent a lot of time exploring how weak he felt in that particular moment. This particular user kept arguing that I was writing Anakin as a "sissie" and a "girl" because he was having "girl emotions". I was really baffled about that, because IMO, a character reflecting on their own weaknesses is actually a moment of character strength. It means they're learning and will continue to grow and change throughout the narrative. I was also a little ticked off, because the masculine/feminine binary is something that really aggravates me and I don't think male and female characters should fit prescribed characteristics and traits based on their gender ("male characters can only be strong and firm and lasting and never check in with any emotion except for anger" and "female characters are the ones who are allowed to cry and be weepy and clingy" ). That's just... not... good... writing. Genre Genre is something that is closely linked to style for me, probably because the two are almost one and the same in theatre (a certain genre, like say, a realist drama, like Ibsen's A Doll House, is going to be written one way, whereas an absurdist drama, like Waiting for Godot or Endgame is going to be written in a completely different fashion - not to mention, those examples are also from different eras). I love playing around with genre. I love trying to see what a romance would be like if it was written in a style more associated with epics. Almost all of my work is saturated with some form of comedy (I grew up with Monty Python, so that's not really all that surprising ). I will read/write just about anything, especially for fan fiction. Genre is my happy place. @NYCitygurl - I write what I have inspiration for, but I also tend to write to fill a gap. There's something that I'm really interested in reading, but if I can't find it, then I'll write something myself, provided that my muse wants to.