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Fanfic writing meme, snurched from enemytosleep.
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?
I have always loved reading, even when I was a kid, and when I really loved something, such the Nancy Drew books or The Famous Five, the books just weren’t enough. In school, when I was between agesn 7-14, our creative writing teachers allowed me to use existing character to tell stories in addition to writing all original ones. So I wrote fan fiction long before I knew what it was called! Then came professional studies, and I about forgot about creative writing and fan fiction for several years.
It wasn’t until I got online in 1996, that I remembered it – and now I had a name for it! Some of the magazines had been writing tiny articles about the phenomenon on the Internet called Star Trek fan fiction, and particularly Kirk/Spock slash. So being a huge Star Trek fan, that caught my attention and was the first thing I searched for when I got online.
But it wasn’t until 2001, that I myself started writing fan fiction again. It was very difficult at first – it had been well over ten years since the last time I had attempted any creative writing, and now I was trying it in a foreign language too! It was for The Mummy/The Mummy Returns and was action/adventure, rated PG-13. What I really wanted to write was Ardeth Bay NC-17 smut, but all the writing guides said tasteful erotica is difficult to write and also NC-17 shouldn’t be the first thing you write, so being a good little girl I tried to follow that rule. And I couldn’t finish it, couldn’t get past the beginning. So after trying for a long time, and finding Weaver Of Dreams website and forums where people were writing and posting the kind of stories I wanted to write, I said to hell with it – I’ll write what I want! Which I did, and finished what I wanted, went on to write four other pieces (smut too, because that’s what I wanted to write).
2 – Name the fandoms you’ve written in, and how much you’ve written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.
The Mummy/The Mummy Returns – 7 fics (5 finished, 2 unfinished, all online)
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo – 1 fic
Stargate: Atlantis – 1 fic (work-in-progress, not online)
3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?
The Mummy Returns – Ardeth Bay (played by Oded Fehr)
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo – Antoine Laconte (also played by Oded Fehr)
Stargate Atlantis – Todd the Wraith
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?
I don’t have a muse, or muses. I’m not even sure I believe in the cocept. I wrote about it here.
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?
I haven’t had that happen, no.
6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?
Female characters, generally. But especially writing my Stargate: Atlantis fic, because the main male character get already so much attention (too much, IMO) both in the canon and fandom.
7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?
Writing my own, no. But reading fics written by others, yes.
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.
I love writing OCs. I think they’re often vital take make the world seem real and less we-live-in-a-bubble-there’s-nobody-here-but-us. I don’t particularly worry about whether my characters are across as Mary Sues or not, and so far I haven’t gotten accused of that. I also love reading stories with OCs, and I don’t mind them being main characters as long as the the story is well written.
9 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?
I’m not a shipper. At all. I usually have an appreciation for one or more characters, sometimes One True Character, or I just love the world of the canon. So I can see pretty much any and all pairings happening as longs as the writer does their job and convinces me.
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?
See above. I image it would apply to here too.
11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you’re writing? What kind do you tend to write most?
So far, the ones I have finished have been smut, that also give some glimpse at what else is going on the characters lives. I think of these as pure smut, but I’ve been told they are also highly romantic. Which is odd, because I don’t they are romantic. But on the other hand, my idea of romantic is “sickeningly sweet” and “ew”.
So I guess, smut?
12 – Have you ever attempted an “adaptation” fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?
No. I don’t see the point. I don’t read them, either.
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?
I’m in the lucky position that thus far, I’ve gotten the writing bug about supporting characters or guest-stars. So there’s not that much canon information on them, especially personal information. And Todd the Wraith is at least 10 000 years old; I’d say that gives me some playground
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?
Well, I started with NC-17… and can’t seem to write below R to save my life.
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?
I was originally against warnings because I did not understand about triggers – until someone on LJ explained the difference between triggers and squicks during one of the warning wars. Until that, I had thought it was just 5 seconds of “ew!” and move to next page. I couldn’t understand what was so hard about that.
Once I understood, it was an easy decision. My own is now “Author chooses not to warn” and as a reader I prefer “warnings blacked/whited out, click to read”. I don’t need/want them, but now get why others doand of course don’t mind it anymore but do appreciate it a lot when writers respect both those what to see them and those who don’t.
16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?
They’re pretty hard to come up with, but I try.
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?
Both – it’s always I either have it before I start writing and it never ever changes or even think about changing it, or don’t even after I’m long finished and have been racking my brain for days and days and can’t think of even one. My beta named one of my fics because of this.
18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka “bunnies”) from?
I don’t know. One was from another fanfic which I though I could actually execute the idea better. So I wrote my own spin on it.
This is copy/paste of my reply to the question elsewhere:
Most of my inspirations so far have started with a mental vision, an image. Usually it’s of a favorite character of mine in a particular, complete with a notion of what is happening, pose and surroundings and atmosphere, feeling. I can’t draw it out, so I try to recreate it in writing.
Another common inspiration for me is a particular turn of phrase, or a line (usually a line, but sometimes an exchange) of dialogue, that just pops in my head. These are the times when I have to work and build up the rest of the story to figure what the phase or the dialogue means.
I also get inspiration from songs, music and some poetry, but unless they come coupled with one or the other inspirations described above, nothing really comes of them. I have never finished anything that started from say lyrics of a song alone.
And of course, in more general terms – pretty much everything ever in the scifi/fantasy/horror/thriller genres, be it a movie, TV series wallpaper, a painting – anything at all, really – provide inspiration in the way they can’t get my imagination running, thinking up other alternatives and what ifs, and especially when they don’t give enough screen time for my favorite characters.
And then there’s been a few times where I simply felt the need for more “[Insert Character Here] smut”, or for some odd reason feel a need to write a story for a particular genre, most of the time the genre being horror and/or horror/scifi. These stories are for me only; the smut I’ve sometimes published because it’s always in one fandom or another, but the horror stuff, mostly original fiction, stays in my drawer. Oddly, I don’t feel the need to show them to anyone. As soon as they’re out of my head, on paper/in computer, the need goes away. These stories just… want out of my head.
19 – When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?
I sometimes write them down in full detail intending to use them later, but I find that kills the need to write them out into full stories 🙁
Usually the best bunnies see fit to come when I’m in the shower, or sort of half awake/half asleef in the bed in the middle of the night and by the time I get to computer/paper and pen, they have flitted elsewhere :/ So I guess it more of a daydreaming really.
20 –Do you ever get bunnied from other people’s stories or art in the same fandom?
Stories yes, art no.
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?
Three of my fics are sequels, all in the same series. Why not? It’s an canon character/OC smut, so that lets me develop the OC and their relationship and the world along with writing hot smut 🙂
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?
Nope, and never thought to. I don’t write regularly enough to be sure I would/could finish in time, especially since 2006 because of work/health stuff and I didn’t know about fests etc. before coming to LJ. Plus I haven’t come across a fest/Big Bang that caters to my niche interests.
23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?
Oded Fehrfan fiction site, my own personal site, fanfiction.net, adultfanfiction.net, AO3, LJ, DW
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?
I’m lucky to have one, because lately I haven’t written with any regularity. My previous regular beta, who betaed all my Oded Ferh fanfic, was amazing – it was like she could read my thoughts about what I meant when I said something feeling wrong or not flowing or flat but I couldn’t see where, and with few adjustments and edits to bring out the problem so we could fix it.
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?
If I write an action scene, I can have an action scene music in the background – “Ambush” and “Massacre/Canoes” from The Last Of The Mohicans soundtrack is especially good for this. Otherwise I need quiet.
26 – What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you’ve had to research for a fic?
I don’t remember.
27 – Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?
I don’t have a favorite place.
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?
I try to write something new for writerverse at least once every two weeks (this is to try and get me to even somewhat regular writing habit again), and finishing the Stargate Atlantis smut fic that I’ve been writing embarrasingly long time now.
30 – Do you have a favorite fic you’ve written? What makes it your favorite? And don’t forget to give us a link!
I’m kind of proud and happy with all of the fics I’ve written, so is a hard one to answer! I think maybe The Business Of Pleasure is my favorite, purely from the writing point of view. I had to be in a complete different, lighter state of mind than when I wrote for Ardeth Bay in The Mummy universe (which was all that I had done at that point) that it still stands out in my mind. It’s about an encounter between a woman, Giulietta (an OC) and her paid lover, a gigolo named Antoine Laconte (minor character played by Oded Fehr from movie Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo). They are both modern, strong minded characters and I had fun writing them 😀
Title: The Business Of Pleasure
Fandom: Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
Rating: F18 (NC-17)
Pairing: Antoine Laconte/f (het)
Warnings: choose not to warn
Written: May 2004
Links: Crystal Dreams, AO3, Fanfiction.net, Livejournal
I’ve imported all my writings I wanted to keep to WordPress and deleted the efiction site. You can access them by the Writings link in the menu.
I feel bad about not writing, or rather writing so little. Writing isn’t easy for me, it takes a long time and more energy and so much more creativity than say, making wallpapers, or avatars. I think a thing contributing to this is that English isn’t my native language, and I try to be too careful to say what I mean to say perfectly the first time – instead of just getting it down, and rewriting and tweaking it later. So it takes a lot of energy. For the last couple of years, ever since I started at my last job in February 2007, I haven’t had that energy, or if I have had the energy haven’t had the creativity. At first the job was so bad and stressfull, and two months after that ended all that health problems/stuff I’ve been writing in my Livejournal started, and is still going on as I write this. I fell out of writing habit.
In case you’ve been wondering why I can keep capping as normal with all this health stuff going on – capping demands very little; uploading is by far the worst part, and even that doesn’t need much effrot. And weeding out the bad caps, even though I hate doing it because it’s boring, is so routine, there’s no thinking involved. So that’s why I’ve been managing capping normally, and wallpapers/avatars almost normally.
Now that things are looking a little better, I hope I can get back to that habit – I miss writing, and I’m writing in my head all the time, every day. It’d be great if there were a device that could read my thoughts and put them on paper but there’s not, so just have to do it hard way…
It doesn’t help that I dread writing Todd – not so much because I don’t think I can write him, but because I haven’t written a canon character other than Ardeth Bay in more than 7 years, I think. I don’t remember dreading writing Ardeth even the first time around. I think Ardeth and The Mummy universe have become my comfort zone, and now I need to write start writing the part with Todd, I’m dreading getting out of that comfort zone. I had no trouble writing in SGA when it was just on OC – granted, there was some direction problems because I didn’t know why she was there and why Todd would want her, but with AKVeronica60′s help, I believe I got that sorted out. So it just remains to write Todd… and I don’t. There’s quite clear in my head, and there’s been times when I’m not tired and feel like I can write… and I don’t. I procrastinate, do anything but write. And I hate that!
Any suggestions as to what to do to brake this rut?
I’d love to try a WC – explanation here – but that’s complicated by my living in the “wrong” time zone for pretty much any fandom real-time online activity. I’m in Finland which makes my time zone GMT+2, and I’m pretty much sleeping when most people I know online are up and vice versa. If you live in a time zone closer to mine, and would like to try a WC out, please e-mail me or leave a reply here.