I missed a day or two, so doing two questions today.
30 days of fanfic
7 – Have you ever had a story change your opinion of a character?
Yes, both by writing it and by READING one. I've had a good fic give me a new viewpoint of a character. I think my favorites usually STAY my favorites, but writing a story outside of my usual comfort zone can give me an entirely new outlook.
An easy example is Five Women Who Hate Fleur Delacour, which I read ages ago and loved and internalized to the point where I sort of accidentally ripped off her Fleur without realizing I did it when I wrote Inhabits Common Clay.
For writing, I think that writing Map, made me think about Peter more, and work him out more strongly in my head. I don't FORGIVE him, but I have a better understanding of what reasonings might have led to it.
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.
In fandom stories, I usually use mostly fandom characters. I do write original characters in original stories, obviously, and when a story calls for an OC, or an outsider viewpoint, I'll use an OC.
I don't know that I go through any kind of "anti Sue/Stu" checklist, I just try to make them people, and use them to tell a story, not necessarily define it. People who want to read fanfiction, for the most part - including me - want to read about the world and characters we already love, not a new edition, so the additions have to help tell a story that focuses on the canon, or illustrates a new facet of it, for me. They don't take it over and outdo the canon or anything like that, even if they're doing something better than the canon characters.
The most I've used OC's in recent works was in my Jurassic Park yuletide, A Year of Women, which relied pretty heavily on original lady characters. I worked up character sketches for all the original characters and tried to imply a little more about who they were beyond the scope of their sections. I'm not sure how well I succeeded in all cases, but I was fond of how it came out.
The only other OC I worked with in a fandom story that I can think of offhand was in my SPN remix, Narandam (The Silver Street Remix). In that one the OC had been established by the original, but I chose to flesh her out and use her more as a focus. I tried to sort of USE a stereotype while at the same time illustrating that wasn't all she was. Again, I can't say how well it worked, but I did feel like she seemed a real person by the end.
I tend to get irritated with how easily we throw around the term "Sue" anyway, because we're very quick to label ladies with the title, and it seems a lot like unnecessary hate, after a while, but that's a whole different issue.
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?
2– Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.
3/4 – Do you have a "muse" character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the story isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse? (I accidentally combined two there. Ooops.)
5 – If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a story, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?
6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?
9 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?
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?
11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?
12 – Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" story of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?
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?
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?
15 – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a story?
16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?
17 – Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the story? Also, if you do chaptered story, do you give each chapter a title, or not?
18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your stories (aka "bunnies") from?
19 – When you have
20 – Do you ever get
21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a story you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?
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?
23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?
24 – Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your story? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?
25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your story? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?
26 – What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a story?
27 – Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?
28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your story?
29 – What is your current project or projects?
30 – Do you have a favorite story you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!
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