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Ask me [one or more of these] questions about writing:

1. Which is your favorite of the fics you've written for X fandom?
2. Favorite piece overall?
3. Which was the hardest to write, in terms of plot?
4. Which has the most "you" in it, however you'd define that?
5. What is an image/set of images that you're particularly proud of?
6. Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?
7. Least favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
8. Favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
9. Favorite character to write?
10. Favorite line or lines of dialogue that you've written
11. If I'm showing off just one of your pieces to someone, which one should it be?
12. What WIPs do you have going now? Are you excited about them?
13. Are there any things that might have happened in any of your stories, but you changed them at the last minute? (So-and-so dies, they don't actually kiss, main character has long extended ballet-based dream sequence, etc.)
14. Would you want to write canon for any of your fandoms (like be hired by showrunner to do an episode)? Which one?
15. Does font matter to you when you're writing a draft?
16. 3 favorite comments ever received on fanfic.
17. Any mean comments? How'd you deal with it? Who laid the smackdown?
18. If you could go back and revise one of your older stories, which would it be?
19. Do you make up scenes at work/on the bus/at the gym? Who are the characters that pop up the most? Do you write them down?
20. Go nuts, and talk about writing.



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Mar. 23rd, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
Mar. 23rd, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
Heh. Unfortunately, due to anxiety related reasons I suspect, I have a slightly strange relationship with comments. I appreciate them, of course, but I think I'm actually one of the few people who generally prefers a kudos instead of a comment. Unless it's for a prompt fic then I tend to just want to hide somewhere, I'm afraid! Which probably isn't the best thing, but ah well - I am working on it, at least!

Saying that, though, I have had a few absolutely lovely comments over the years. I'm not sure if I can pick a top three, but... Hm.

Pretty much every comment on And I Like You (http://archiveofourown.org/works/3427160) warmed my heart, mainly because I didn't expect a silly little crack drabble to grow so popular and then it did! :DD And, er, all the comments on my weird array of Captain Cold/The Flash fics have been absolutely lovely and really nice to read! And the comments I've got on my Yuletide fics have been, of course, absolutely brilliant - the one I wrote last year seemed particularly loved by the person I wrote it for, so that was a definite bonus!

That... May have turned out more rambly than I expected. :/ But, yes! :D
Mar. 23rd, 2015 11:58 pm (UTC)
Re: 16!
Yuletide comments are always wonderful, yes! :)
Mar. 23rd, 2015 05:27 pm (UTC)
Mar. 23rd, 2015 05:57 pm (UTC)
Despite my strange relationship with comments, which basically boils down to "I'm glad that you liked it now please go away!", I haven't actually received that many horrible comments over the years. There were a few when I was just starting out, of course, but generally people have been fairly polite! Which is nice, or maybe just shows the general population of some of the fandoms I run in! <<

I have, however, had some truly WEIRD comments over the years that I still giggle over sometimes. These range from the badly spelled, to the badly worded, to the ones that leave the feeling that these people should really be writing their own version of the fanfic. One I remember in particular must've happened about ten years ago now, when I posted a (slightly awful) Sapphire and Steel/Torchwood crossover and got a very irate comment from somebody who insisted on quoting half a letter from PJ Hammond. Not a full letter, half a letter. It was very strange.

...They did seem very annoyed about it, though! I hope they got a nice cup of tea and a hug afterwards. I would've hated to spoil their day with my badly written crossover that made zero sense!

(On a slightly more tetchy note, I also tend to get a little annoyed when people post comments along the lines of "please write more!" On the one hand I'm glad that they liked it enough to want more of it, on the other hand it's almost never on the fics that actually have planned out sequels and the general tone seems to be that I should drop everything to write sequels for them all day. It feels a bit bad to be grumpy over that, BUT. <<)
Mar. 23rd, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC)
Re: 17!
But if an S&S fic made sense, you'd be doing it wrong! :-) I suppose fandom wouldn't be fandom without the odd weird comment, though. (And half a letter? That he'd written to them, or they'd found quoted somewhere?? And dictating about S&S as if anybody understands it or should is definitely in the weird, should be investigated by Elements category.)

On a slightly more tetchy note, I also tend to get a little annoyed when people post comments along the lines of "please write more!"

Ha, I have just the last couple of days been having some of those, which I'm not used to (only my flist ever say things like "is there any more?" and they're allowed to, especially after all the things they've written for me) and is definitely annoying. It was a 200 word ficlet, people! You were lucky to get that much! Go away!! :loL: I think some people do mean it as a compliment, though, but it is hard to tell, really.
Mar. 23rd, 2015 07:25 pm (UTC)
Re: 17!
That'd been written to them, from what I can gather. It was all very odd. As I recall, they accused me of getting a character completely wrong. Considering that this character was a semi-OC who'd only been mentioned briefly on the show - Jet - this seemed somewhat dubious, but oh well.

I definitely try to take it as a compliment, or else I'd be going around insulted a lot and that doesn't sound much fun, but it still gets a tiny bit annoying after a while. I mean, I don't mind it so much when it's on a chaptered fic or one that ends on a cliffhanger - but 100 word Drabbles? Or ridiculously self indulgent fics? Or 20000 word epics that I slaved over for months? HM.

Plus, I'm never really sure how to respond to them! :/ A lot of then you can just say thank you to (apart from the ones which just go "MORE!", of course), but then you're left with this dangling request. And I don't really want to promise anything, because the few times I have promised things have ended up never getting written/getting written three years later when nobody wants to read it. So, slightly awkward. :/

Ah, I feel slightly bad about ranting. I'm sure they generally mean it in the best way, and it's certainly not nasty. I'm just never sure quite what to DO.
Mar. 23rd, 2015 08:30 pm (UTC)
Re: 17!
You should have known the contents of their letter! How could you not?

And it does always feel weird when people ask you to continue, as I was saying, I've had it today & it is, but I think, actually, there is nothing you can do, except say thanks politely, and possibly, no, if the comment seems otherwise reasonable and if not ignore it. Because, you're right, it's weird things they pick on sometimes.
Mar. 23rd, 2015 11:52 pm (UTC)
Mar. 24th, 2015 08:25 am (UTC)
I ACTUALLY HAD TO THINK FOR A MOMENT. The morning is not so good on my long term memory, alas. <<

WIPs... I'm technically still doing that genderswapped!Clark/Lex one, but it's recieved so many odd comments (not bad! Just odd, as in the last one asked me when genderswapped!Clark would be getting knocked up) and is proving such a slog that I'm honestly not sure if I care enough to finish it. :/

But in other, more positive news! I have, like, 5 WIPS going for an absolutely tiny fandom, so I'm quite excited for those. And I have several fics in various stages of planning/writing/glaring at the screen for Comment_Fic, so hopefully some of those will work too! We shall see. :DDD
Mar. 24th, 2015 02:24 am (UTC)
8 and 9
Mar. 24th, 2015 08:58 am (UTC)
8 & 9!
8. Oh, man, that's a slightly difficult one. Hmmmmm. I suppose I can narrow it down to three, maybe? Because I really like the scene in Bless the Child where genderswapped!Bruce has to announce her pregnancy to Dick (http://archiveofourown.org/works/2500418/chapters/5550962), but the first kiss scene in Some Mercifully Light Land (http://archiveofourown.org/works/827228) is also something that I'm pretty proud of, and the point when the two main characters finally get around to having sex in And Now We See Each Other Clearly (http://archiveofourown.org/works/386281) is also pretty alright!

Decisions are hard. :(

9. Appropriately, it's a tie between Harley Quinn and the Joker. Because sane protagonists are for losers. ^^
Mar. 24th, 2015 11:09 pm (UTC)
Re: 8 & 9!

Ooh those sound good! I will check that out :)

LOL sanity is so passe.
Mar. 25th, 2015 02:54 am (UTC)
Mar. 25th, 2015 12:45 pm (UTC)
Hmmmmmm. I definitely had an answer for this, but I don't quite remember exactly what it was. Ah well! Improvisation! ^^

I tend to write a fair amount of stuff in one go, so generally most of the things that get cut out are just sentences that were repetitive or wonky bits of grammar. The longer fics I've written tend to have a bit more shifting about going on, though - generally it's ADDING stuff, to make it clear why characters are doing things, but a fair few things get taken out. Mainly it seems to be long conversations about nothing in particular, because yay dialogue! ^^
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