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Meme

Seen various places ... pick a question and leave it in the comments. :)

1. How did you come up with the title to [insert fic]?
2. Any of your stories inspired by personal experience?
3. What character do you identify with most?
4. Is there a song or a playlist to associate with [insert fic]?
5. If you wrote a sequel to [insert fic], what would it be about?
6. Care to share a favorite hurt/comfort fic?
7. Care to share a favorite crack fic?
8. How would you describe your style?
9. Do you have a guilty pleasure in fic (reading or writing)?
10. Write or describe an alternative ending to [insert fic].
11. What's the angstiest idea you've ever come up with?
12. What's the weirdest AU you've ever come up with?
13. Got any premises on the back burner that you'd care to share?
14. Is there a fic you wish someone else would write (or finish) for you?
15. How do you begin a story--with the plot, or the characters?
16. Are you what George R. R. Martin would call an "architect" or a "gardener"? (How much do you plan in advance, versus letting the story unfold as you go?)
17. Do you have any discarded scenes/storylines/projects?
18. Are there any writers (fanfic or otherwise) you consider an influence?
19. Any fandom tropes you can't resist?
20. Any fandom tropes you can't stand?
21. A pairing you might like to write for, but haven't tried yet.
22. A secondary (or underrated) character you want to see more of in fic?
23. Do you like more general prompts, or more specific ones?
24. A character you enjoy making suffer.
25. A character you want to protect.
26. Major character death--do you ever write/read it? Is there a character whose death you can't tolerate?

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Edited at 2016-09-15 05:45 am (UTC)
#2. Yes, often, although usually it's small things. A lot of the places I write about are inspired in some way by places I've been, for example, and a number of minor story incidents are adapted from things that have either happened to me or someone told me about. untitled #1 (couple with dog) is perhaps the story I've written that is the most directly inspired by my own life -- I'm an artist, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to describe, in detail, the process of creating a painting. I think most people don't quite understand how much prepwork goes into it, and the show itself tends to shorten and simplify the process quite a lot for dramatic purposes -- which I don't have a problem with; I understand why they do that, but I also really enjoyed writing about the whole thing.

#21. ... hmmm. Hard to come up with an example that I haven't actually written! The ones I can come up with off the top of my head are: I'd like to write about Peggy and her fiancé Fred, from Agent Carter (I think it would be interesting to look at that relationship, maybe an AU in which things did work out, and see what that future for her might have looked like), and I also would like to try writing Sara from Legends of Tomorrow in a relationship, but it would have to be with an OFC since I don't really ship her with any of the female characters on the show or particularly want to write her in a pairing with a male character. (Dear show: please give me a good ship for Sara in season two, k thx?)

#24. Are there any I DON'T enjoy making suffer, that's the real question.
It all falls under the h/c umbrella, but while I wouldn't consider h/c a guilty pleasure as such (for that, guilt would have to be involved XD) some of the specific h/c tropes that I go for do fall somewhat over the "guilt" line, such as slavefic and torture aftermath. Basically, while most of the h/c I prefer to read/write is more on the restrained end of things, I can totally go for the idficcy "200 chapters of slavefic" sort of fic; I just have trouble admitting it. XD
#3. Embarrassing as it is to admit, I really identify hard with Peggy Carter. It's actually a weird feeling for me, because I don't tend to identify with characters that much; I might see an element of myself here and there in them (I've enjoyed writing both Neal Caffrey and Tessa from Highlander because they're artists and I can use my own art background for that, for example) but I'm not sure if I've ever gotten that zing of character identification quite as hard in my life as I've gotten with Peggy. Even so, I try to maintain separation as much as possible when I'm writing her -- I definitely don't want to write her as a self-insert, because she is very definitely not me in many areas of her background and personality. But yeah ... if there ever was a character I identified with hard, Peggy is that character.

#25. I had a really hardcore case of this for Jennifer Keller in SGA, because the fandom hated her so much. I do have other characters I'm that way about, but I'm not sure if I've felt as virulently defensive of a character as I did with her.

Edited at 2016-09-15 06:13 am (UTC)
Interesting question! :D I'm really a mix of both. I've done everything from just writing the opening scenes with no clue where it's going, to planning the whole thing in detail before I ever write a word. The thing that works best for me is a blend -- if I don't do ANY pre-planning, I often run into trouble and abandon the project, but I find the planning process fairly boring if there's no actual writing involved -- plus, the more detail I plan things in, the more it tends to change once I actually start writing. So I'll usually start from an opening scene (I can rarely begin writing if I don't have the opening lines in mind) and a scribbled paragraph or two laying out a rough picture of the rest of the story. Though it really is all over the map depending on the project -- sometimes I'll have a bunch of notes for future scenes but no idea what order they happen in, sometimes I'll write the whole project completely out of order (I do have a tendency to skip forward and write the scenes I'm most excited about first), and sometimes I actually have a fairly detailed outline, but might go completely off-script when something unexpected happens while I'm writing.

So I'd say I lean more to the "gardener" end of things, with a few architect tendencies in the planning of the garden. :D
Hahahaaaaa, do I ever. I have a folder for each fandom I'm in (it gets its own folder when I've started more than a couple of fics for it), and I tend to write as the inspiration strikes me, which means that unfinished stories can really pile up. Every so often I'll go through and just move all the things I'm probably not working on anymore to a dead WIPs folder, so that I can find things again (I think at one point I had something like 60 files in my working White Collar folder -- this is not counting the finished stories; those get moved somewhere else -- and I was starting to really have trouble finding things I was actively working on, since my file-naming conventions are ... chaotic, to put it mildly). So basically, my past fandoms are littered with the wreckage of stories I never completed, ranging from loose descriptions of stories I never wrote, up to stories that have 30-40K written and just never made it because I stalled out or lost interest.

Lately I've been finding that I can repurpose these into snippets for Fandom Stocking and similar events; they're fairly useful for that, especially if I'm pretty sure I'm never going to finish them.

I don't tend to end up with discarded scenes all that often (at least not more than a few paragraphs), unless the story really went in the wrong direction and had to be revised heavily. When I do cut things out, I save all the cut bits in a document called, descriptively, "cut bits", just in case I need them again.
I have a folder for each fandom I'm in (it gets its own folder when I've started more than a couple of fics for it)

It's always fascinating to me how other people organise their folders! Mine are organised fandom > fanfic > my fic, and everything for that fandom - from random snippets to works in process - ends up in there, with numbered versions for every file. I move all the versions of a fic into a "posted" folder once I have, in fact, posted it. Sometimes, if I have a big one, I make a subfolder for that particular WIP. And also subfolders for series. But I never put anything away - I always expect to eventually come back to it, even if it's ten or twenty years later. (That does in fact happen, so it's not an unrealistic expectation.)

My Doctor Who folder has 164 objects (some of the more developed fics have up to 15 versions) and one subfolder for a series. My Grimm folder has 125 objects and seven subfolders for series or complex WIPs. *hides*

Lately I've been finding that I can repurpose these into snippets for Fandom Stocking and similar events; they're fairly useful for that, especially if I'm pretty sure I'm never going to finish them.

Repurposing things is great! I always save things I cut out of longer fics in editing, because there'll always be some place I can use them again.

I don't tend to end up with discarded scenes all that often (at least not more than a few paragraphs), unless the story really went in the wrong direction and had to be revised heavily.

Yeah, I sometimes have false starts for a fic or a chapter, or scenes that went in the wrong direction for that particular fic, but more often it's bits of dialogue that got discarded because either I accidentally let the conversation drift in the wrong direction, or I came up with a great exchange that didn't fit the fic I was working on. These can almost always be repurposed, though I've had some that were too rooted in their respective context to be useful anywhere else.

When I do cut things out, I save all the cut bits in a document called, descriptively, "cut bits", just in case I need them again.

Me too! Usually labelled "[fic] leftovers" or something like it.
#8. Already answered on DW!

#15. It's usually based on wanting to do a particular plot with a certain set of characters. Does that count as plot or characters? I'm not sure! I do tend to be more of a plot writer in general. But I don't want to do plots with just any characters; the plot idea will generally develop from the characters in some way.
Is there a fic you wish someone else would write (or finish) for you?

(other than the obvious :P)

ETA I went over to DW and saw this answered. So I guess then:

"18. Are there any writers (fanfic or otherwise) you consider an influence?"

Edited at 2016-09-15 05:36 pm (UTC)
Agh, the influence question. XD I never can answer this one properly, partly because I'm not usually aware of my influences until years and years later (I can generally only see it when I revisit older projects), and partly because it is usually very project-specific. Like, Lois McMaster Bujold's novels are a definite influence on my Kismet universe (this is one of those things that I didn't see at all until rereading the series nearly two decades after reading it the first time, and then it was blindingly obvious) but they're really only an influence on Kismet, as far as I can tell. I feel that Roger Zelazny's Amber books were an influence in a lot of the things I like to think about (large casts of characters, colorful worldbuilding with lots of genre-mixing) but don't seem to have actually had a visible influence on anything I'm actively working on.

Reading a book, or series of books, will often "nudge" me slightly into thinking a little more along those lines in the projects I'm working on -- like, if I'm reading a lot of fantasy, I find myself wanting to write fantasy, or thinking of fantasy AUs for fic; it's easier for me to write first person if I'm reading a lot of it; that kind of thing. There's something similar in the way our conversations about Agent Carter tend to drive my ideas for the characters and setting. Possibly more like inspiration than influence, in both cases. :D
#6. Something old: Try to be True by vain_glorious (White Collar). This was comfort reading for me for quite awhile.

And something new: Grace Under Pressure by sheron (Agent Carter). This is still a WIP, but is current comfort reading.

(Why it comforts me to read about people having an utterly terrible day, I will never know. But it does.)

#26. I've written deathfic in most of my fandoms. Whether I can bring myself to read it depends on my mood. Usually I'm too much of a big sappy softie to take it.