meme/poll

A writing meme, the ashamed edition

via zmediaoutlet:

  1. What are some writing tics that persist in your work but that you dislike?

  2. What does your id want? Do you ever give in?

  3. You have to erase one of your fics from existence forever. Which one and why?

  4. How much do you trust the reader?

  5. Have you ever written anything you would’ve backclicked if it’d been written by anyone else?

  6. What’s your guilty pleasure as a writer?

  7. Be honest: are you mean to your faves, or do you go easy on them?

  8. What parts of writing a fic do you think are a chore?

  9. Are there any unintentional trends in your writing?

  10. Have you ever intentionally written a character as OOC to fit with a kink/prompt/story idea?

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6. What’s your guilty pleasure as a writer? - This might sound kind of dumb, but rereading my own fics. It feels kind of vain to say this, but I really like some of them. :P

But also--I am perhaps guilty of writing Sam and Dean a tad more, uh, let's say 'soft' with each other than is strictly in-character. Zmediaoutlet calls me out on it sometimes, as a good writerly friend should.

8. What parts of writing a fic do you think are a chore? - Uh, the whole process? I'm dreadfully lazy, and would much prefer if the dang things would just write themselves.
I'm glad you do it, too! I re-read my own things... more than most people, I imagine. Usually I won't to back terribly far (but sometimes I do). I always read the crap out of the fic I literally just wrote and posted, though. XDD I've found that these days for SPN I'm more likely to read only the one I just finished and move forward from there; I used to read back more. I've definitely re-read my Cars fics more times than I think the rest of the world combined has ever read them, haha. I really like them, okay. XD

As for #8, WE ARE OF THE SAME MIND THERE.
I've definitely re-read my Cars fics more times than I think the rest of the world combined has ever read them

Definitely ditto for some of my own fics--so you're not alone in that tendency. :D

Also, isn't writing such a hassle? :P
for Z:

1. What are some writing tics that persist in your work but that you dislike? - Hm. Hmmm. I have a tendency to either gloss over things to quickly via narration or else get bogged down in dialog or details. I think. If I could clearly identify the individual writing tics that cause problems, it would be easier to eradicate them.

5. Have you ever written anything you would’ve backclicked if it’d been written by anyone else? - Yes and no. I've been writing for a long time now, and there's definitely stuff I've written in the past that I cringe at now, just because I've grown as a writer. (Though at the same time, there's also stuff I wrote when young that I still quite like--several of which are accidental fanfics, interestingly enough.) But removing that as a factor I don't think there's anything--certainly not that I've actually completed--that I would simply backclick out of instead of finishing, once I'd started reading it. After all, if I don't enjoy what I write at some level, I can't continue writing it.

9. Are there any unintentional trends in your writing? - Pft, you really went for the hard questions, didn't you? I suspect that my readers could probably answer this question better than I could, but I'll try.

I write mostly guys, for some reason. Also, interstitial moments--things that would occur between scenes/episodes in the source material. This isn't a deliberate choice, it just seems to be how my writing brain works. Which is perhaps why although I have many ideas for larger works, I just can't seem to get them off the ground (with a single notable exception ;D ).
Have you ever intentionally written a character as OOC to fit with a kink/prompt/story idea? - Sort of. I'm not sure how AUs fit in, after all. But yeah--especially with SGA, where I got tired with the lack of consistent character development and nonsensical backstory for some of the main character. So I settled on my own and wrote them that way going forward even as canon diverged from it.

But that special case aside, I really do try to write everyone has close to canon as I can manage--otherwise, what's the point of writing fanfic at all? Might was well just label it "original fic" to be fully honest.
But that special case aside, I really do try to write everyone has close to canon as I can manage--otherwise, what's the point of writing fanfic at all? Might was well just label it "original fic" to be fully honest.<.i> Truth!

But we have all at least once written something completely ooc ;)