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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.
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Comments 
28th-Mar-2009 09:56 am (UTC)
1 Why do you write fanfic?
I was so shaken by the final episode of B7, I had to resolve it; to be withthe characters I love, to learn to be a writer.

2 When did you write your first fanfic and which fandom was it for?
My first fanfic was a play, mainly Star Trek: TOS, but calling in B7, BSG, Doctor Who. It was when I was around 11-12 years old. I forced my brother to perform in it ... he was Captain Kirk, I was a red-shirt girl, and we had a cardboard cutout for Spock. I remember Orac was in it too!

3 Which fandoms do you, or have you, written for?
Mainly Blake's 7.

4 Do you read much fanfic or do you mainly write?
I devour fanfic! I have a backlog of fanfic a mile long (including your stories) that I have yet to get to. I read much more than I write.

5 What comes easiest for you when writing?
(dialogue, descriptions, plot, characterizations, humour, angst...)
Descriptions and atmosphere are first, and easiest, and snippets of dialogue. Often, vignettes will come to me fully formed, and I write rough notes for them, in dialogue ... then I just have to fit them into a plot. Plot is the hardest, so I spend a long time plotting and scribbling in note books, and screwing up pieces of paper before I really put any words down. I am just not funny, so I find humour difficult. I have been reading about how to write humour lately ... wish me luck.

6 Which genres do you mainly write? (action, angst, dark, drama, horror, humour...)
I find action really easy to write for B7, because really the series was like that ... then it would be drama.

7 Which genres will you not write?
Nothing really. I can't see myself ever writing femslash.

8 Are reader comments/responses important?
I love them. I have improved my writing for having them, and they encourage me heaps.

9 Do you use a beta reader?
For long stories.

10 Which is your favourite character to write fanfic for and why?
Tarrant. His characterisation in the series was muddled and inconsistent, so I like to try to get him sorted in my mind. He is much maligned, and yet that is because he is misunderstood.

11 Which are your favourite ships (including friendships) that you write the most?
I don't really have a favourite. I am open to anything ... I like to explore Tarrant with various characters, and enjoy resolving hte conflict between Vila and Tarrant.

12 Do you have characters that are so strongly established that they're in your heads?
No. Not really.

13 Which characters are you most comfortable doing a POV for? Which is the hardest?
I find Tarrant, Vila, and possibly Servalan the easiest. I have difficulty with Avon, and am tragically lost with Travis.
28th-Mar-2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
I have been reading about how to write humour lately ... wish me luck.

That definitely can be hard. Good luck!

Descriptions and atmosphere are first, and easiest...

Does that maean that the senses writing exercise was fairly easy for you?
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