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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
Comments 
25th-Mar-2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
I *suspect* the difference is that on LJ people are commenting on *your* diary and while they will often respond, and respond encouragingly, it very seldom will be a response that springboards another idea.

That was what used to happen on the B7 mailing list I was on. One of the finest examples was when one person posted a short fic, and other people said 'Yes, but what about...' and so another person wrote a continuation, and someone else said 'Yes, but what about...' and it wound up having about 5 authors and 7 parts and it all hung together and was lovely.

I can't see that happening on LJ.
25th-Mar-2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
Sort of a round robin idea? That sounds fun. I don't suppose there are any forums that do that still?
25th-Mar-2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
It probably still exists, somewhere, but finding a group of compatible folk with a universe in common... I wouldn't know where to begin to look.
25th-Mar-2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, I imagine that would be hard, esp for B7 these days. Really makes me wish that I'd discovered this show when it first aired. Reading the zines that you sent me, there seems to be far more people who had closer visions to the characters that I have in the old days than now.

Edited at 2009-03-25 01:42 pm (UTC)
25th-Mar-2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
I think it was mainly that most of us had only recently seen the show, so the characters and universe were more firmly in our heads. I haven't watched it in.... years and years. There's never enough time.
25th-Mar-2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
That would explain the difference. I'd always found it odd that alot of people's visions of the characters seem more like caricatures, picking out a few character traits that everyone seem to like and have that represent the whole character. It confused me to no end because I watched the entire series back-to-back over the space of a week two years ago and kept wondering if I was watching some other show than everyone else. Or maybe it's just that some of it is written so ambiguously that it is highly open to interpretation depending on the viewers' perspectives.
25th-Mar-2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
I think it's a combination of ambiguity, plus the tendency to ascribe good characteristics to someone you like/bad characteristics to someone you dislike, and then the fact that there's MORE fanfic than original tends to 'dilute' the original.
25th-Mar-2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
Good points. Beauty (and the beast) is in the eye of the beholder. And with so much fanfic...no one really wants to write things that they don't find interesting so they pick those parts of the characters they do find interesting.
25th-Mar-2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Maybe the focus has shifted from round robins to RPGs, which are not exactly the same,of course,but are also a form of collaborative writing.
25th-Mar-2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
RPGs for B7? Are they on LJ?
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