meme/poll

Cool asks for fic writers

via zmediaoutlet


1. Describe yourself how you would describe a character you’re introducing
2. Is there any specific ritual you go through while/before/after your writing?
3. What is your absolute favorite kind of fic to write?
4. Are there any other fic writers you admire? If so, who and why?
5. How many words can you write if you sit down and concentrate intensely for an hour?
6. First fic/pairing you wrote for? (If no pairing, describe the plot)
7. Inspiration, time, or motivation. Choose two.
8. Why do you choose to write?
9. Do you ever have plans to write anything other than fic?
10. What inspires you the most?
11. Weirdest thing you’ve ever written/thought about writing/etc.?
12. A fic you wish you had written better, and why?
13. Favorite fic from another author?

14. Your favorite side pairings to put in?
15. Your guilty writing pleasure?
16. Do you have structured ideas of how your story is supposed to go, or make it up as you write?
17. Would you describe yourself as a fast writer?
18. How old were you when you started writing?
19. Why did you start writing?
20. 4 sentences from your work that you’re proud of

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Oh yes, I remember that!

I just remembered I did a (kind of) self insert once too. I'll have to dig it out when I get round to this list!
3. What is your absolute favorite kind of fic to write? - Ha! This answer's pretty obvious if you read through my collected works: I'm a sucker for the interstitial, the moments of domesticity implied by canon. I love to read case fic, but as a writer I'm definitely stuck on the moments in between what we see in canon.

11. Weirdest thing you’ve ever written/thought about writing/etc.? - Huh. The death-fluff ficlets in which Sam and Dean are sentient inanimate corpses? There's probably something else that I'm forgetting, but that's what comes to mind.
15. Your guilty writing pleasure? - Long sentences, too much narration, rewriting perfectly serviceable prose because it doesn't "sound" right; excessive semi-colons and em-dashes.... If you're talking tropes? I dunno. Domestic Winchesters, I guess. I'm always up for sending them grocery shopping.

20. 4 sentences from your work that you’re proud of - Just going to grab a chunk of text that I really like, because I don't have time to track down individual phrases:

They watch football together, the way they did when Sam was young and enamored of Brick Holmes. They knock elbows in tiny booths of tinier diners, and spend an entire day sampling every single pie and pastry available during a slow Tuesday at Ronnie's Bakery in a town that consists of three streets and a parking lot. They drive down empty highways under skies full of restless clouds: sometimes Sam sings along with the tapes because it makes Dean laugh; sometimes Dean sprawls loose-limbed in the passenger seat and silently watches Sam drive, the hum of the road beneath their wheels the only music either needs.

There's something in Dean's eyes that Sam has never seen before; perhaps it is joy, he tells himself, and doesn't ask.
that's gorgeous (I love tiny & tinier, and the image of Dean just watching) -- can I have link? :-)

And #7!
Link!

7. Inspiration, time, or motivation. Choose two. - Easy: inspiration and motivation. If you have those two, you can make time. Without inspiration there's no point trying, and without motivation there's no trying at all.
now I remember reading (and loving) that piece -- but I'm glad you brought it up initially as there was a last timestamp I hadn't seen that I was very pleased to read. Oh, Sam!! Great stuff.

wishing you inspiration and motivation....
Z asked for 12, 13, 20 (and you can just pick four you like, proud is a bit of an odd way to put that)

12. A fic you wish you had written better, and why? - This might be cheating a little, but I'm going to say the first little run of SPN fics I wrote: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Looking back at them it seems glaringly obvious how unfamiliar with the characters I was still--there's nothing blatantly wrong, but they feel vaguely generic, as though I was still mostly coasting off their collective fanfic iterations instead of trying to match their canon selves. I don't know that it's a stage that could've been bypassed, but still. They're not fics that I go back and revisit happily (unlike some later ones).

13. Favorite fic from another author? Ack. This is almost impossible to answer. Um. Pulling a fic at random, because I love all of her SGA stuff, Praxis by miss_porcupine. It's just ... fun. And full of details and character bits that make it feel like something that actually happened. Similarly, la cocina es el centro de la casa by you, for all the same reasons and because you're a doll. <3

20. 4 sentences from your work that you’re proud of - I'm going to cheat a little, because I'm at work and so can't spend too much time digging around. But this is 4 sentences long exactly, and I still love it as an opening to the fic I'll never finish writing:

Despite what the folks in Punxsutawney would have you believe, the most important groundhog in the history of the world is not named Phil. The most important groundhog in the history of the world has no name--or at least nothing a human would recognize as such. In fact, the only thing of note about this groundhog is that it chose to dig a certain hole three inches to the right rather than to the left: on such choices is the fate of all creation hung.

(Take that, Tolstoy.)