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Writer's Meme

Gakked from tifaching: a writer's meme.
Put a number in the comments and I’ll answer accordingly. The mission for those of us who answer the questions, should we accept it, is to stay positive about our writing and ourselves, but to also be fair about our shortcomings.


1. Of the fic you’ve written, of which are you most proud?
2. Favorite tense
3. Favorite POV
4. What are some themes you love writing about?
5. What inspires you to write?
6. Thoughts on critique
7. Create a character on the spot... NOW!
8. Is there a character you love writing for the most? The least? Why?
9. A passage from a WIP
10. What are your strengths in writing?
11. What are your weaknesses in writing?
12. Anything else that you want to know... (otherwise known as Fill in the Blank)

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malnpudl
Jan. 30th, 2014 06:57 am (UTC)
Oh, cool.

Ummm... your choice of 6 or 7, if you please.
keerawa
Jan. 30th, 2014 07:20 am (UTC)
A Highlander character for you! (Do you even know Highlander?)
#7: Meet Maria Ibanez, a twenty year-old Immortal who aged out of foster care two years ago in Brooklyn.

Maria met a hot guy named Niko who invited her back to his place, then shot her dead. Then she woke up in a morgue with Niko smirking over her.

Maria spent a few months being trained by him, balanced right on the edge between numb and panicked. The night Niko finally decided to fuck her, and wouldn't take no for an answer, is the night she decided to shoot him right back, see if he liked it, and cut his head off with his own goddamned sword.

Ever since then she's been crashing at shelters or on the streets, working under the table since she was apparently dead long enough to lose her social security number, trying to save up enough cash to get the hell out of New York. Any time she feels another Immortal on her radar, she rabbits. But she just can't shake the feeling that she's being watched...

Edited at 2014-01-30 07:20 am (UTC)
malnpudl
Jan. 30th, 2014 07:24 am (UTC)
Re: A Highlander character for you! (Do you even know Highlander?)
Oh, man. I love this. Yes, I know Highlander; it was my first (adult) fandom. And this rings all my chimes. Dark and real. Yes.
keerawa
Jan. 30th, 2014 07:30 am (UTC)
Re: A Highlander character for you! (Do you even know Highlander?)
Thanks, Mal! Glad you liked her. I've gotta say, being a new Immortal in the modern world would be TERRIFYING.
luzula
Jan. 30th, 2014 07:39 am (UTC)
How about 11?
keerawa
Jan. 31st, 2014 07:00 am (UTC)
#11 - My weaknesses in writing
I have no organized system when it comes to writing. I don't plot or storyboard. I just sit down and write stuff as it comes to me, out of order, hold all the pieces in my head, and try to eventually patch it together in a way that makes sense. I don't necessarily consider this a weakness, except for the fact that it makes long-fic impractical.

I'm a bit weak when it comes to descriptions. There's a gift to giving just the right detail, and knowing when that's needed, and when it's not, that I haven't mastered yet.

I have trouble writing good, realistic female characters. I've worked on it, so I'm very proud when I manage one, like Maddy in Runaways, but it's still like pulling blood from a stone.

I love unreliable narrators. I think people are very often unaware of their own motivations, needs, emotions, and even if they know about them, that doesn't mean they will be honest about them, whether out loud or in their own head.

Sometimes I pull it off really well, so that the reader picks up on the cues needed to see what the author doesn't, like in Runaways. But that can be a weakness when it leads to me being too fucking subtle. Case in point - my Fifth Element Yuletide story, The Cake's Not a Lie If You Bake Your Own, which in my head is a dark look at how Korben Dallas's government conditioned him to be their perfect special ops soldier, and how that conditioning affected him, and then Leeloo. But of course my narrator didn't KNOW any of that, and I apparently did a piss-poor job of conveying it to my readers, because all they see is the happy ending.

Oh well. The author is dead. Long live the reader. They get to interpret it any way they want!

Edited at 2014-01-31 07:32 am (UTC)
frozen_delight
Jan. 30th, 2014 09:14 am (UTC)
8, please. :)
keerawa
Jan. 31st, 2014 07:06 am (UTC)
8. Is there a character you love writing for the most? The least? Why?
Hmmm. I both love and hate writing characters like Fraser and Sherlock.

I've always had a fondness for brilliant freaks; people who think, perceive, and respond in atypical ways. That said, getting myself into those characters' head space is easy, but translating it for the reader is a PITA. And, frankly, that's exhausting in exactly the same way as what I end up having to do all the time, anyway, to try and explain myself to important people in my life. So I find myself not wanting to deal with that particular challenge.

Oh, and I hate writing Moriarty. I don't like having his voice in my head. Not one bit. *shudders*
tifaching
Jan. 30th, 2014 11:55 am (UTC)

10 please.

keerawa
Jan. 31st, 2014 07:30 am (UTC)
10. What are your strengths in writing? (Now with bonus examples!)
I model people all the time as a vital RL skill, so I'm good at keeping characters in-character, and character voice is very easy for me. That's true of almost everything I write, but I'm especially proud when I can pull off authentic voice in a book fandoms, like Requested and Required, which really nails Temeraire and Iskierka's voices, and Life, stripped of all luxuries for The Curse of Chalion.

I think I'm good at building and maintaining tension. Dissonance is a great example in the Highlander fandom, or A Study in John in the Sherlock fandom.

I can tell big stories in very few words. I had Sam end the world and then save it in under 8,000 words in Dare Frame Thy Fearful Symmetry. Wrote a whole dark Fraser story in 300 words in Outside the Tent. And made people cry in 279 words of Inescapable Realities.

I tend to see situations and characters from a different angle that people generally do, and help readers see it with me. I showed a dark, intense Ray Kowalski in Con Job, convinced readers that Fraser would actually be a fantastic professional killer in Death Defying, and made my readers believe that Demon Dean Winchester still loves his brother more than anything with Three Days on the Rack and Sacraments. Apparently I write a lot of awesome dark fic. Also, in case anyone hadn't realized it, The Cat in the Hat is scary as fuck. Just saying.

Edited at 2014-01-31 07:53 am (UTC)
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