Winter Sunlight

30 days of fanfic meme (day 2 & 3)

2: Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

SO MANY. There have been so many. See my AO3 stats. I usually only had one main fandom at a time, though -- the ones I wrote long fics in, or wrote in for an extended period of time. I was sort of a serial fandom monogamist. This thing I've been doing lately, where I might be in two fandoms at once, or dabble in a new one while staying in the old one, is pretty new.

I started off with Trigun, as noted in the answer to the last question. I went through a couple of minor anime obsessions before lodging in my next big writing fandom, Dragonball Z. After that I was out of fandom almost completely for a couple of years, then got back into it with Stargate Atlantis, and stayed there for awhile. When I dropped out of SGA, I had a few somewhat transient fandoms -- Avatar: The Last Airbender and Highlander were the main ones -- and then got involved with White Collar in 2011. That one's still active, off and on. I fell into writing for the MCU last year after watching Winter Soldier, and that one's kind of still active too, though I'm out of the Avengers side and pretty firmly installed in the Agent Carter side of the fandom now.

On an interesting side note, of all my old fanfic, the Dragonball Z ones are the ones that still get the most comments. I might occasionally get a comment on my SGA fic, or even more rarely on one of the others, but the DBZ fic gets comments regularly. In fact, I just got a couple really nice, long ones today! I think I discovered at some point that it's on a TV Tropes rec list, which is one of the main sources of new readers, I suspect. But I also think people discover it for the same reason that I started writing it in the first place, which is that gen fic, especially long plotty gen fic, is really rare in that fandom. And that was mostly what I wrote.

ETA: Oh ... I missed the "how much you've written in it" part of the question. For SGA and White Collar, the answer is "REALLY A LOT". White Collar has 129 stories up on AO3, and the only reason why SGA doesn't have at least as many if not more is because I still haven't managed to get most of my stories cross-posted; I think I wrote somewhere between a million and 1.5 million words in that fandom. The other ones are a lot more reasonable.


3: For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?

Trigun: I don't know. It's been so long. I think I was drawn to the whole world, more than any one character. I also wrote a lot of OCs.
Dragonball Z: Bulma.
Stargate Atlantis: All four of the main team. Maybe with Rodney and Teyla having a slight edge.
Avatar: Katara.
Highlander: I don't remember having a favorite. Amanda, possibly.
White Collar: Peter and Neal.
MCU: On the Avengers side, Sam. On the Agent Carter side, Peggy.

I think it's interesting to consider this one, because my favorite characters on the show are not always the ones that I find funnest and easiest to slip into their POV. Sometimes it overlaps (Peggy), but sometimes it doesn't. In A:tLA, for example, Zuko's my favorite, but I always found Katara incredibly easy and enjoyable to write. Sam wasn't actually one of my favorites in the MCU, at least until I started writing him, but from the very start I really loved writing his POV -- I think it had something to do with the "ordinary person's outside POV on weirdness" viewpoint that he brings.




All the questions:

1: How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?
2: Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.
3: For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?
4: Do you have a "muse" character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?
5: If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?
6: When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?
7: Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?
8: Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.
9: Pairings: For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?
10: Pairings: Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?
11: Genre: do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?
12: Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?
13: Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?
14: Ratings: how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?
15: Warnings: What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?
16: Summaries: Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?
17: Titles: Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?
18: Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?
19: When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?
20: Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?
21: Sequels: Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?
22: Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?
23: When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?
24: Betaing: How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?
25: Music: Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?
26: What is the oddest (or funniest) thing you've had to research for a fic?
27: Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?
28: Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?
29: What is your current project or projects?
30: Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!

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I think it's interesting to consider this one, because my favorite characters on the show are not always the ones that I find funnest and easiest to slip into their POV.

This is often true for me as well. For example my absolute favourite character in SPN is Dean Winchester but I cannot for the life of me write in his voice so I end up writing in any other voice but his. This has been true for other fandoms as well, although not always. It's nice when they overlap, because I think you can always point out some special things about a character you well and truly adore, more so than a character you're writing out of some...necessity. (Not that I don't love all the characters I wrote for, just not with the same intensity.)

And you have some ridiculous word count for SGA. I can't even imagine writing that much! :)
I'm just guessing at the SGA, but with the number of long fics I wrote in that fandom, it has to be at least close to the bottom number!

And yeah, I think it's really interesting how sometimes I love characters, but can't quite get their voices, and sometimes a character isn't my favorite, but their fic-voice just seems to flow. :D
I hope you upload them to AO3...although in my recent experience it's suprisingly painful to upload long works to AO3 due to the way it does formatting. I'm surprised AO3 doesn't let you import word-like documents.

On a separate note, I hope you're feeling better! *sends hugs*