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25 January 2008 @ 11:37 pm
In her native habitat Lizardbeth is often found in the Long and Plotty Ravine...  
Writing meme, from surreallis

Ideas. Where the hell do they come from? Can you make those little fuckers show up?
Wild horse-bunnies. When a story just gets pulled right out of you. Do you get them?
Writer's block. Have you been scourged?
Clean up duty. Do you like editing?
The ending. Is it hard for you to find the ending?
The title. Where do you get yours? Do you have yours when you start the story?
Plot. If you plot out your stories first, raise your hand.
POV. How do you choose your POV for a scene? For a story?
Challenge. Do you like them? Do they inspire you?
Sex. Do you like writing sex?



Ideas. Where the hell do they come from? Can you make those little fuckers show up?
They lurk around in my brain, for my own fic. For ficathons, where I'm restricted by some pairing or prompt but without an actual story idea, I might have to make the idea show up, usually by looking through the source, playing What if?, etc.

Wild horse-bunnies. When a story just gets pulled right out of you. Do you get them?
On occasion I get the bunny I must write RIGHT NOW, will not leave me alone, and I can write the whole thing. However, this is pretty rare, since I don't tend to the short fic by nature. However, the thing that happens all the time is the Teeny Weeny Ficlet which is really a Giant Fucking Epic in disguise, because there are hidden complications and questions of "how the hell did A get to X?" inside it

Writer's block. Have you been scourged?
Yes. it's usually one of two things: there's a fundamental flaw in the story, and my subconscious refuses to let me go on until I find it; or I'm bored with the story, often because I've "told" it already and my brain would like to go on to something new. The trick is to figure out which one it is. Or it might be both. *cough*my reel_sg1 fic*cough*

Clean up duty. Do you like editing?
Sometimes. Depends on my mood. When I'm feeling particularly anal and/or uncreative it can feel quite good to go back through and edit soemthing. My problem is that sometimes the editing takes over the writing, and I'll go scrub the first page endlessly and not actually ADD anything to the fic.

The ending. Is it hard for you to find the ending?
It depends on whether I have a good idea of the end before I start or not. However, the precise ending - as in the last paragraph or line -- is often REALLY hard.

The title. Where do you get yours? Do you have yours when you start the story?
I pull mine out of my ass. Well, more or less. *g* I hardly ever have it when I start. Sometimes it'll fall in to place about half way through (those I like the best, because they tend to act as a signpost for the theme), and the rest of the time I have to figure it out at the last minute. Most of my titles are ...pedestrian.

Plot. If you plot out your stories first, raise your hand.
*raises hand* Pretty much, at least in the sense of knowing the broad direction of the story (since my story ideas usually "come with" that, or I wait until I have that much -- I'm not much for the random scenelets). How much I write down depends on the length of the story. Shorts I don't tend to write the ending, just keep it in mind, because writing it down tends to suck away my interest. Long things I do more work to figure out where they're going. Though sometimes that's just plot points C,D,E heading toward Z, not the entire alphabet. But if there are serious action scenes/timeline issues, I'll always work that out to make sure everyone is in the right place heading the same way. Sometimes even with diagrams...

POV. How do you choose your POV for a scene? For a story?
I usually abide by the one POV per scene rule - and I pick that depending on who needs to know what, what the reader should know/shouldn't find out (if I want to hide something), to skip over unnecessary exposition, or if someone has a particular reaction I want to see from the inside or outside. And which character I feel more comfortable writing in that story. The shorter the story the fewer POV characters. For example, Distorted Reflections, being epic, has about 12 characters who get at least one POV section, although a few of them are quite short and really for plot/dramatic purposes (it's literary "Monster Vision"!). But we needed a baseline of about six POV characters, simply becuase they get separated all over the damn place and restricting the POV too much would strangle the plot. However, Tartarus will have two, maybe three, POV characters, because for all its length, it's a very personal story. 90% of my stuff has only one. I noticed last year that both of my 20,000 word stories it became much harder to stay in one head - it's very tempting to skip over to an opposing or different POV.

Challenges. Do you like them? Do they inspire you?
Hi, my name is Lizardbeth. I'm a ficathon addict. I find them inspiring in the sense that they make me actually finish. If left to my own devices, I do not often finish things, and they tend to spiral off into epic land. Challenges force me to focus. They also tend to open me up to other pairings/ideas that I probably wouldn't do on my own.

Sex. Do you like writing sex?
uh, yeah. Duh. Though not always, I have to admit. Sometimes I just write "And then they done sex" and move on, if I'm not in the mood.

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