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16 February 2014 @ 12:20 am
transition's our profession and we don't work nine til five  
Meme from sholio. Pick one of the questions and ask me in comments -- you're welcome to specify a particular fandom you'd like me to answer from.

1. Of the fic you’ve written, of which are you most proud?
2. Favorite tense
3. Favorite POV
4. What are some themes you love writing about?
5. What inspires you to write?
6. Thoughts on critique
7. Create a character on the spot... NOW!
8. Is there a character you love writing for the most? The least? Why?
9. A passage from a WIP
10. What are your strengths in writing?
11. What are your weaknesses in writing?
12. Anything else that you want to know... (otherwise known as Fill in the Blank)
Sholio: WhiteCollar-Neal hand on Peter's shouldesholio on February 16th, 2014 12:29 am (UTC)
How about #5?
Frith: Neal 1frith_in_thorns on February 16th, 2014 12:46 am (UTC)
What inspires me to write... hmmm.

For individual stories, they tend to build out of one or more very specific images in my mind, like a snapshot of a scene, and I'll desperately want to write that moment and so I'll both build up to it and then work outwards from it. (Uh, except in the instances where I do just write that one scene and then decide I'm done with that fic. Which happens quite a bit XD)

As to what inspires me to write generally... it's other people. I write for people. I love doing things for people to make them happy, and one thing I can do for my friends is make stories for them.

(This is why I had to arrange myself a core of people to send Artifice to as I write it. If I'm only doing it for me, it doesn't seem anywhere near as important as fanfiction, which is for the people who enjoy reading it.)
Sholio: WhiteCollar-Peter Neal hugsholio on February 16th, 2014 01:11 am (UTC)
As to what inspires me to write generally... it's other people. I write for people. I love doing things for people to make them happy, and one thing I can do for my friends is make stories for them.

Awwww, this is lovely.

I'm so compelled to write that I know I'd do it no matter what, even if no one ever read it, but there is definitely an element of this to my motivations as well, especially with fanfic. I really love writing stories for other people and making them happy!
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Frith: Katarafrith_in_thorns on February 16th, 2014 12:48 am (UTC)
I like the immediacy of present tense for throwing myself into the action as I write it, but it works best for short, sharp scenes and then it begins to grate if I do it for too long. So I'll say past tense :) But also it depends very much on the story -- some things I'll start out deliberately writing in one tense, and then find that after a few hundred words I slipped into the tense my brain clearly felt it "should" be in without noticing!
Winterwinterstar95 on February 16th, 2014 12:46 am (UTC)
Frith: Neal 2frith_in_thorns on February 16th, 2014 12:56 am (UTC)
Complicated :P

On the one hand, I write with the explicit aim to improve my writing with the practice, and obviously knowing what did and didn't work is a key part of that. But on the other hand, things I write are my babies, and hearing crit of them really hurts! My immediate reaction is always defensiveness and intense sadness, but that reaction stays inside my head and a few minutes later I can properly appreciate and feel grateful for the crit :)

(Although I did beta-swapping with someone in SGA fandom, and we never became reconciled to each others' use of commas -- we had to agree just to ignore them even though it pained us both XD XD)

However, as I've said before, if I write things which are offensive or hurtful or in any way -ist (I would hope this would be unintentional) I would DEFINITELY want to know about it so that I could fix it. That's a thing which is WAY more important than any hurt feelings on my part. And even if I didn't ultimately agree on the matter, these sort of things are important discussions to have.

Edited at 2014-02-16 12:58 am (UTC)
kriadydragon: Beastkriadydragon on February 16th, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
Frithfrith_in_thorns on February 16th, 2014 02:09 am (UTC)
The answer to this is definitely Hold With All You Have, the apocafic I wrote for last year's BB. I'm really pleased with it not just because of how long it turned out to be, but because it required loads of worldbuilding and plotting, and I'm just really happy with how it turned out :)
love_82 on February 16th, 2014 05:19 am (UTC)
#9 please
Frith: Neal 2frith_in_thorns on February 16th, 2014 10:07 pm (UTC)
"I thought you'd changed your mind on wanting me to run away with you."

Rachel smiled sweetly. "Not at all. I just stopped believing it was something you wanted."

What scared Neal the most was the calm way she said it. She wasn't delusional, or mistaken — she knew perfectly well that Neal hated her, and was afraid of her. She just didn't care, because all that mattered to her was what she wanted. And she wanted him with her, willing or not.
love_82 on February 23rd, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
Nice! I love Rebecca as a villain.

Is this from the new story you were just posting? I am so looking forward to reading it. I have bookmarked it to read this week.

Apologies for being so late replying to this.
aragarnaaragarna on February 16th, 2014 08:30 am (UTC)
#3 :-)
Frith: Diana 1frith_in_thorns on February 16th, 2014 02:49 pm (UTC)
My favourite POV is, I think, torn between Diana and Rodney McKay (from SGA). Both these characters have a nice amount of sarcasm and snippyness, which is definitely a trait I also have, so I enjoy writing it :P

Neal should be on this list too, really. In White Collar, he and Diana are the two characters I find it incredibly easy to write -- for some of the others I have to stop and think a little more about what their reactions would be, but for them I find it really easy to get into a flow :)
aqwt101aqwt101 on February 16th, 2014 10:11 am (UTC)
Frith: Neal+Peter 1frith_in_thorns on February 16th, 2014 02:56 pm (UTC)
Themes... hmmm. This is something I've never really thought about before! :D

I think one theme I write about a lot is a sort of finding self-knowledge: characters discovering that they're more adaptive, or more resilient, or more forgiving, or more resourceful than they thought they were. And I write a lot about leaning on/being supported by others, and unconditional friendship/love.

I also prefer writing external than internal sources of conflict -- I like characters uniting to fight circumstances, rather than fighting each other.
aqwt101aqwt101 on February 16th, 2014 03:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the answer! :)

I also prefer writing external than internal sources of conflict -- I like characters uniting to fight circumstances, rather than fighting each other.
Oh yeah, I love when characters are against the world, not against each other, too! Both in fanfiction and in canon...
nieseryjnanieseryjna on February 16th, 2014 10:26 am (UTC)
#10 maybe?
Frith: Neal 1frith_in_thorns on February 18th, 2014 03:12 pm (UTC)
I think my writing strengths are writing about things happening, describing what's going on. (That's certainly one of the things I most enjoy writing, anyway!) Also, uh, describing characters going through physical trauma? XD
leesa_perrie: Diana Berriganleesa_perrie on February 16th, 2014 02:40 pm (UTC)
#7 please!
Sally M: writing 15sallymn on February 16th, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
Frith: Neal 2frith_in_thorns on February 18th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
Favourite character to write: currently Neal. He's just so much fun, and has a really wide range of moods and reactions.

Least favourite: Probably Mozzie. I like him very much on the show, but I find he kind of has a way of overwhelming other characters in fic, and also he's extremely hard to write properly, as he has such a unique world-view. But mostly it's that I much prefer him in small doses, which translates to me not writing him very often (and I think I've never had him as a POV character).
Sally M: white collar 8sallymn on February 23rd, 2014 03:43 am (UTC)
I'm with you on Mozzie - when I first started watching, he was my least favourite of the regulars. I like him more now, but still find a little goes a long way... he's an OTT character by definition, I think.