meme/poll

Questions for fic writers

aylithewriting, via zmediaoutlet/deadlybride:

  1. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.

  2. Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?

  3. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?

  4. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?

  5. Share one of your strengths.

  6. Share one of your weaknesses.

  7. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.

  8. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.

  9. Which fic has been the hardest to write?

  10. Which fic has been the easiest to write?

  11. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?

  12. Is there an episode above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?

  13. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?

  14. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?

  15. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?

  16. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?

  17. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?

  18. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?

  19. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?

  20. Describe your perfect writing conditions.

  21. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?

  22. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).

  23. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?

  24. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?

  25. What do you look for in a beta?

  26. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?

  27. How do you feel about collaborations?

  28. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.

  29. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?

  30. Do you accept prompts?

  31. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?

  32. How do you feel about crack?

  33. Would you ever kill off a canon character?

  34. Which is your favorite site to post fic?

  35. Talk about your current wips.

  36. Talk about a review that made your day.

  37. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?

  38. Write an alternative ending to [insert fic title] (or just the summary of one).

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3. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole? - Uh, sex pollen? But really, I'm willing to give anything a shot, presuming it can be handled in a PG-13 way. My thing, though, is that I'm much more interested in subverting or inverting or otherwise messing with the trope. 'Do something different with it' is my motto. Don't always succeed, of course, but that's usually my intention.

9. Which fic has been the hardest to write? - Assuming we're talking finished fic here, I'd probably say the fic "Death of a Unicorn" I wrote for the Original Big Bang fic fest a number of years ago. It really did feel like pulling teeth at times, and the last week or so before the due date was just an agony of desperation. I've never been entirely happy with it, but I'm just glad it's done and I don't have to revisit it. :P

(Runner-up would be my one and only Naruto fic, but I never properly finished it, so it doesn't count. Which, come to think of it, is another fic fest entry. I'm not doing any more of those ever again.)
The problem with that as a trope is that it really has been done to death. Any variation I'd try on it is has already been done by someone, and well enough that I don't feel the need to attempt improvement. It's just ... not interesting to me, as a writer.
15, because I'd love to hear you meld your writing and camerawork interests! And 31 because is this even a question that can be answered in SPN fandom? Like, is there even a strict line between that is and isn't canon-compliant, when your canon is as pliant as ours. XD
15. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose? - The one that would probably also be the most difficult: "Falls the Night", in which the POV character is bouncing between possible timelines and doesn't know which one is real. It would be interesting to see what could be done visually to convey what I was attempting in text.

31. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant? - Super-strict, and increasingly so as I go along. I mean, I'll write AUs, but they're deliberate AUs, and usually a way to explore some facet of canon. One of the reasons for this is that it forces me to be more creative and careful as a writer, helping me (I hope) avoid falling into the trap of self-indulgence. (The other, at least for SPN, is that I mostly like canon. I'd rather interact with that then with some skewed version of it.)
14. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across? - Gee, that's a tough one. There's so much of it! But the one I've come in most recent contact is basically to make overuse of your thesaurus.

(Dear writers who may be reading this: go ahead and use mostly "said"; please do call the characters almost exclusively by their names rather than using increasingly strained epithets; "eyes" is a perfectly fine word, no need to bring "orbs" into it; etc. In other words: make friends with Strunk & White and choose words that mean what you need them to mean, no more and no less.)
*giggles* I love this answer, I read it to AJ who absolutely adored it, it just made me smile so hard! Less is more, I;d say ;)
5. Share one of your strengths. - Hm. When I'm actually trying, I can write stuff that reads well. I like to find pleasing cadences and phrasing that sounds interesting--things should flow for the reader, if you're doing it right.

6. Share one of your weaknesses. - I'll get stuck in the wrong mode--overusing narrative summary or getting bogged down unnecessarily in dialog or description or whatnot. (And then drop the story without finishing it because I'm both a perfectionist and lazy.)

23. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why? - Hmmmmm. That's a very good question, though my answer (off the top of my head and not actually looking through my back catalog fic-by-fic) is perhaps less interesting: my first few SPN fics. I hadn't quite gotten the character voices down, and things tend to be either too sweet or too bitter.