Age of the Geek, Baby (lorax) wrote,
Age of the Geek, Baby

People Should Sleep on My Schedule!


Geez. True Blood.

I've also watched the Burn Notice finale and other stuff, but I've been forgetting to talk about it.

30 days of fanfic
16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?
I like having summaries for other people's fics, and loathe coming up with them for my own. Sometimes I just use a pull-line from the fic and then a basic two line summary, sometimes just a quote. Summaries are almost always the thing I do a the last minute, and the things I am never happy with at all.

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?
Sometimes titles are easy - if I go in with a song or poem in mind, I'll often have the title from there already. But when they're not, HOO BOY do I wibble about them. There are stories of mine still where I like the story and hate the titles. Yuletide last year was a good example of that, I hated the titles but couldn't come up with anything better and ended up just leaving them. I almost always have things set as working titles while I'm working on them and the title does change at least 60% of the time.

I haven't done many chaptered stories, but now that I work in Scrivener, I do tend to give each section/scene a heading. Sometimes it makes it into the final cut if I'm separating scenes, like in my Torchwood Apocalyptothon Story, and sometimes it's just for reference. A Year of Women, for example, had titled sections originally, each with a line from a hit song from the year they take place in, and then the year and the woman's name and month from each section. I ended up thinking that was too busy, and also not actually specifying years within the text as strongly, so the headings were simply the month.

18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your stories (aka "bunnies") from?
I tend to mostly write for challenges these days, so usually from the prompt I'm given. But I do get a lot of random ideas just watching and thinking of scenes I wish I'd seen in the show/text. I also get a lot of stray dialogue moments, where I just hear a line or an exchange in my head and then want to build a story around it. My Merlin remix more or less started with me wanting to use the line "Erm, well yes, dragon might be overstating a bit." and a pun about roaring. I'll get starting lines in my head a lot too. It's not that unusual to catch me walking around the house mumbling random dialogue to myself if I think no one is awake/home.

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?
7 Have you ever had a story change your opinion of a character?
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.
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
14 Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with
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?
19 – When you have bunnies ideas, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?
20 – Do you ever get bunnied inspired from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?
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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Tags: fandom - merlin, fandom - torchwood, fandom - true blood, meme, meta - fic talk, meta - writing, ranting & raving, tv talk

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