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Writing Meme

Back from visiting family, and I thought I'd take a stab at this writing meme that's been running rampant across my friends list while I've been gone. Pick a question that you would like me to answer!

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
B. Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
M. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?
N. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
X. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
Y. What do you look for in a beta?
Z. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
AA. How do you feel about collaborations?
AB. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
AC. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
AD. Do you accept prompts?
AE. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
AF. How do you feel about smut?
AG. How do you feel about crack?
AH. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
AI. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
AJ. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
AK. Talk about your current wips.
AL. Talk about a review that made your day.
AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
AN. Write an alternative ending to a fic you've written (specify by title, link or general description]



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Aug. 26th, 2014 02:04 am (UTC)
Q and W, please!
Aug. 26th, 2014 02:19 am (UTC)
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
Oh, out of order, definitely! Anything over 1000 words or so generally gets written as intro, climax, resolution, B-story climax, then all the in-between bits. In the end I put them all together and smooth over the rough edges. Its a bit like quilting.

W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?

The Cake's Not a Lie If You Bake Your Own (1233 words) by keerawa
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fifth Element (1997)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Korben Dallas/Leeloo
Characters: Korben Dallas, Leeloo
Additional Tags: Military, Pre-Canon, Post-Canon, Dark, Happy Ending, Soldiers, Yuletide 2013

Every soldier needs someone to come home to.

This isn't really an older fic, but I'm not satisfied with it for two reasons:
1) Dallas' voice didn't come out right, which is odd, because that's the part of writing that usually comes easiest to me.
2) In my head, this is a very dark story, with an unreliable narrator who never really understood what had been done to him. But I think I failed to feed the reader with enough clues to see the dark underbelly, so all they read is a vaguely angsty story with a happy ending. *sighs*

Edited at 2014-08-26 02:19 am (UTC)
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Aug. 26th, 2014 02:31 pm (UTC)
C. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
Mpreg. I'm genderqueer, and have struggled with physical and social gender issues. Pregnancy is a bit of a squick for me in general, but mpreg, especially any version that deals with your body getting pregnant when you know that isn't right, is intense body horror for me, and I don't want anything to do with it. Bit a shame, too, since I get on with omegaverse like a house on fire!

R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
God no. I'm the poster-child for DIS-organized writing. There was one time I actually forced myself to sit down and write out an outline, to see if it would work for me. It took a lot of effort for me to figure out what to put in the various empty spaces in the outline (much like it would when I was filling in the missing parts of a story). Once I was done with the outline, I felt done with the story, and had no desire to actually go back and write the scenes that had popped into my head while I was writing the outline. So ... I was the only that got to enjoy that story.
Aug. 26th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
J or AK.
Aug. 26th, 2014 11:17 pm (UTC)
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
This was actually very difficult to answer, because the easy ones don't make much of an impression - its the hard ones I remember. But writing short comes very naturally to me, so some of the drabbles and snippets were probably easiest. Not all of them, certainly. Some of them I had to sweat blood over, clipping and cutting and polishing them, making them shine. My God-POV SPN drabble, Not a Sparrow Falls, would probably be an example of the ones that just flowed.

AK. Talk about your current wips.
Ugh. Well, I'm actually, really, I promise, I SWEAR, working on continuing the post-season 3 Sherlock series, Human Intelligence, in which John Watson and Sebastian Moran are working together undercover in Ireland.

Aside from that, I have the due South story with Ray in a tiny village up north that has gone through five complete re-writes, and still isn't working. I WILL post that damn thing someday. Its on my bucket list.

For Highlander, I'd really like to finish the 3rd in the Dawson Chronicles trilogy, but I don't know if it will ever happen. I actually used a little bit of it as inspiration for The Paper Burns, But the Words Fly Free. That's really going back to my roots, since the 1st in the trilogy is literally the first fanfiction I ever wrote.

I also have the WIP with Duncan running into Methos at the Australian opera house, where Methos' paranoia is running too rampant for him to even tell ME, the author, what the hell is going on. (How crazy does that sound, on a scale of 1-10?)

And then there are two SPN case-fics that I may or may not ever finish, one with a series of flashbacks to New Orleans, where I got lost in the research, and another one that is ... kind of waiting around to see if the relationship between Sam and Dean ever again resonates with the emotional truth of the B-story I'm telling, along with the case fic set in subway tunnels.
Sep. 8th, 2014 03:05 pm (UTC)
How about letter O for a dS fic?
Sep. 9th, 2014 04:40 am (UTC)
Oh, good one! Death-Defying immediately sprang to mind, since I always imagined it as a film. Fraser's living in one of those intense Chinese action films, in which the relationship between the protagonist and antagonist is the most interesting part before one inevitably destroys the other. Ray, on the other hand, would really like to turn it into a (even more than usually) homo-erotic buddy film. ;-)
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