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Stolen from hearts_blood: List the first lines of your last ten stories. See if there are any patterns.

These are the last ten stories posted on ao3. Because I'm a little ill today, and who has time for anything else? :P (I've also slightly cheated in that I've removed the second part of a series, for a slightly more interesting spread. That should be the only one, though!)

1. “You’re dating six people?” She blinks, somewhat taken aback, “six people?” From The Magnificent Seven [Justice League Cartoon, Babs + OT7]

2. "This," Foggy says pointedly, "is insane." From This Beat is Crazy [Daredevil (TV), Alwaysagirl!Matt + ALwaysagirl!Foggy]

3. He meets Barry Allen for the first time at a lecture he's giving, and initially thinks little of it. From On Bated Tooth and Claw [The Flash (TV), Barry Allen/Harrison Wells]

4. "I wouldn't have thought," she says, once she's got her breath back, "that you'd ever trust me again, after... You know, everything." From Moments of Gold [Justice League Cartoon, Shayera Hol/Bruce Wayne]

5. "You're bleeding." From The Reek of Rust [Justice League Cartoon, Shayera Hol/Bruce Wayne]

6. The morning after is... Awkward. From For the Love of a Triangle [Mistborn Trilogy - Brandon Sanderson, Allrianne/Breeze/Ham]

7. "This," she declares grumpily, "is your fault, isn't it?" From No River High Enough [Batman: TAS/Avatar: TLA, Bruce Wayne + Pamela Isley + Harley Quinn + Selina Kyle]

8. He powers on to find the sunlight already glittering through the curtains, the warm space next to him on the bed empty and the sound of typing filtering merrily through the bedroom door. From And Silver and Samarium [Atomic Robo, Robo/Jenkins]

9. "This seems like a bizarre role reversal," he offers wearily, upon opening the door to find G'Kar glowering at him from the other side, "please leave, before I have to call security and expose this whole sordid affair." from Always Speaks Ill [Babylon 5, Londo Mollari/G'Kar]

10. "Flowers?" Cassie snorts, arching her eyebrow and delicately holding the bouquet away from her, "I'm flattered, really, but..." From Red [Teen Titans (comics), COnner Kent/Cassie Sandsmark/Tim Drake]

...Apparently I'm really into superheroes? What a shock. :P Also a lot of my fics seems to start with dialogue, which is nice. Can anybody see any other patterns?



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Oct. 21st, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
I do the beginning-with-dialogue thing as well! I'm trying to be more conscious of that. XD

Patterns, hmm... it looks like you're very into in media res, dropping the reader and potentially the characters right into A Thing and presumably filling in how they got there later on.
Oct. 23rd, 2015 09:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, I tend to be quite fond of that! I do like writing characters talking, though, so I suppose it sets expectations for the rest of the fic? XD

And I suppose so! I once read a thing advising to start as close to the action as possible, and I tend to follow that advice. A lot of my fic starts with a thing happening and the characters having to work around that pretty much immediately. It leads to less faffing, which is good because I have a personal thing against a lot of origin stuff.
Oct. 23rd, 2015 01:09 pm (UTC)
Heh, well it is good to let your readers know right up front that there's going to be a lot of talking. XD

I've read that same advice! And in my experience, sometimes it works for the story and sometimes it doesn't. I don't like a lot of origin stuff right at the beginning of a thing, but sometimes a mood needs to be set before getting into the meat of the story. You don't appear to have that problem, though!
Oct. 22nd, 2015 12:58 am (UTC)
Dialogue! Which is great, because I love books/fics that start with dialogue. And it's fantastic dialogue to boot. <3
Oct. 23rd, 2015 09:03 am (UTC)
Awwwww, thank you! <3333333 You know me, I LOVE writing dialogue. I could happily write characters babbling at each other all day!
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