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A baker's dozen writing questions for my flist... 
24th-Mar-2009 09:33 pm
In a desire to know my flist a little better...

All of the people on my flist write fanfic for B7 and various other fandoms. Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to answer the following questions regarding writing fanfic.

1 Why do you write fanfic?
2 When did you write your first fanfic and which fandom was it for?
3 Which fandoms do you, or have you, written for?
4 Do you read much fanfic or do you mainly write?
5 What comes easiest for you when writing?
(dialogue, descriptions, plot, characterizations, humour, angst...)
6 Which genres do you mainly write? (action, angst, dark, drama, horror, humour...)
7 Which genres will you not write?
8 Are reader comments/responses important?
9 Do you use a beta reader?
10 Which is your favourite character to write fanfic for and why?
11 Which are your favourite ships (including friendships) that you write the most?
12 Do you have characters that are so strongly established that they're in your heads?
13 Which characters are you most comfortable doing a POV for? Which is the hardest?

debris4spike pointed out that I haven't answered these questions. I guess it's only fair.

1 Avon.
2 The first one would be two years ago for B7.
3 So far B7 is the only one that has inspired me to write.
4 Mainly write but I do read.
5 The easiest would be dialogue and characterizations. Plot comes next. The hardest would be descriptions. I'm just not a visual person.
6 Angst, action, drama, mystery and humour.
7 I don't do slash or porn. I don't tend to graphic violence even though I do torture scenes, but only within the context of the story and I concentrate more on the psychological and emotional impact.
8 I enjoy them and some comments or lack of them help me grow as a writer.
9 I did try using a beta at first but the speed at which I write makes it impossible.
10 Avon. He's infinitely fascinating.
11 Avon and Cally captured me from the beginning. And definitely Avon and Vila for friendship.
12 Most of the main characters are in my head, and its getting quite crowded.
13 Avon and then Vila.
Avon_Hooked on Writing
25th-Mar-2009 04:02 am (UTC)
1 Mostly a driving desire to see what happens. The WHAT IF and WHAT NEXT.
2 If you mean first by first...GI Joe when I was 10 year old. :-D I posted that on my LJ a few years ago. It's bad, but funny and definatly a whumper story. But first fanfic know what fanfic was, Adventures of Sinbad.
3 Hmm....Advenatures of Sinbad, Stargate: SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Supernatural, Buffy, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Chronicals of Narnia, Blake's 7, Dresden Files, Pretender, Star Wars, Star Trek: Voyager and a kitchen sink crossover that was never finished with going on 13 diffrent fandoms in it.
4 I read much more than I write. I've been in a long dry spell lately. That seems to happen when I'm working on crocheting and knitting projects. My crafting muse seems to scare my writing muse off and then with the health issues, I just haven't been productive in that way lately. Though, I did start working on the rewrite to a Torchwood fic I started a while back. :-D
5 Whumping. :-) Actually, action sequences. They are my strong suit. Getting down in the nitty gritty of a fight scene or chase sequence. I'm a very visual writer and that's where it really comes out.
6 All of the above? I do tend to do more angst/drama, but I do throw in a lot of humor. I use a lot of dark humor to off set the drama.
7 Slash. Just not going there. I know that sounds crazy with writing a little bit of Torchwood from time to time and the slash is cannon there. I just remind the reader, this is my own little happy AU where there are no issues of wandering sexuality and everyone is just friends...in a very disfuction way. :-D
8 Absolutely. My muse feeds on feedback. I love to write to a person and have them read it as I'm writing to give me feedback so I know what is working and what isn't. My one friend was betaing my Narnia fic while I was writing and managed to cut me off before I wasted more than a page on why Talking Horses do not have bits in their mouths.
9 Yes, several in fact. I like to have at least two beta readers because they both pick up diffrent things. One is more for the technical grammer issues and another for continuity.
10 That's hard to say. I tend to be odd about this. I tend to write the foil character of my favorite character in a story instead of from that character's POV. In SG-1, Daniel is my favorite character, but I tend to write from Jack O'Neill's POV. SGA, it's McKay, but I write from Sheppard's POV. Torchwood, it's Ianto, but I write from Jack or Owen's POV. Narnia, it's Edmund, but I tend to write from Peter or Lucy's POV. It's not so much of who do I like more, it's more of who is talking to me right now.
11 I go for the strong buddy pairs: Jack/Daniel, McKay/Sheppard, Jack/Ianto, Dean/Sam. Though there are a few romantic ones I like: Avon/Kally, Daniel/Sha're.
12 Heaven's yes. I was writing a Stargate: SG-1 fic one night and I swore I heard Jack O'Neill say "D***it Daniel!" behind me to the point I turned around to look!
13 Strong leader characters are the easiest for me. Jack O'Neill, Dean Winchester, John Sheppard, Avon, Jack Harkness. The harder ones are the ones whos personalities are so diffrent from mine. Bad guys are really hard. I have a Stargate story I need to finish, but I just can't bring myself to do it because I need to get in the head of Cavahnah and he's a snake. It's just a slimy place to be and I dislike getting in his head to do him that he sounds in character. I'm also having trouble right now with Owen Harper because he's a major foul mouthed character and I don't use swearing in my fics. I will state someone swore, but not what they said. It's getting tricky to do his inner thoughts and dialog because they have him so potty mouthed in cannon.
25th-Mar-2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
You've certainly written for alot of shows. Is there one you've focused more on?

Whumping is action sequences?

...in a very disfuction way

Yes, I will not do slash either, or porn for that matter. Just not into either one.
26th-Mar-2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Stargate has been a focus for longer than for others. Some where just bunnies that grabbed hold and wouldn't let go until I wrote them.

Whumping is actually another term for "hurt/comfot". Whumping is a term I coined in the Stargate fandom and it just took off from there. If you google "whumping" you'll get at least 10 pages of websites using it in a fannish way. :-D The term started as "Danny Whumping" and just went crazy from there. My one claim to fame. :-D

Porn is another thing I won't do either. :-)
26th-Mar-2009 01:05 am (UTC)
You can actually see the entry on it here:

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