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30 June 2011 @ 10:09 am
30-day fanfic writing meme, day 1  
From ivanolix

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?



The first thing I remember writing fanfic for was The Tomorrow People (the old version). It was a long Mary Sue fic and probably terrible, but I regret not having it anyway. The utter wish fulfillment of HAVING SUPERPOWERS was what drew me in, obvs. I would still choose to be telekinetic, by the way.

I wrote lots after that, both original stories/novels and fanfic (mostly Star Trek). I was part of a big shared orig verse that I think would make awesome novels with some clean up but alas the copyright issues are probably too tangled. However except for friends, no one read the fanfic since I had no idea how to share it (this was in the Dark Days). I didn't find online fandom until college where I found USENET. :)

My first actual internet published fanfic was The Last Message for Babylon 5. I had already been part of the fandom for awhile by that point and read some fic, but that episode really sparked something and I remember writing the fic in a frenzy. What's there now is pretty much exactly what I wrote, too.

I'd always been interested in epic narratives, grand deeds and vast distances, large casts of characters with multiple agendas, etc. Also world-building (something I enjoy doing in my own original work too). So B5 fit that quite well.

It also had a muse/OTC character, which I'll talk more about on that day, although that didn't become clear to me at that time.






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 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?

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 fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?

5 –If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, 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 fic 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" fic 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 even all of the original source material?

14 – Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?

15 – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

17 – Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

19 – When you have bunnies, 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 from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic 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 fic? 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 fic? 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 fic?

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 fic?

29 – What is your current project or projects?

30 – Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!
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kag523 on June 30th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
"Dark days" made me grin! As in what year...? (Am I allowed to ask?) I'm 38, which means I'm about the oldest person here on LJ. LOL So *shrugs* That's that. *hugs* Karin :>D
lizardbeth: Jack - one of those dayslizardbeth_j on June 30th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
I turn 40 in Sept.:D There are a few of us around! And LJ at least seems to average older than tumblr. I about died when that tumblr thing went around where people reblog their age and NOBODY did it who was above 20. LOLOL I HAVE FANFIC OLDER THAN SOME OF YOU PEOPLE.
kag523 on June 30th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
*high fives* YOU MUST COME TO D*C, LIZ!!! Naz and I and Heather are ALL late-30's early forties! WE CAN BOND TOGETHER! <3 <3 <3

I seriously have no idea why you being my age makes me all the happier! Seriously, grinning like a fool here. LOL *hugs* K :>D
lizardbeth: Anders- Helolizardbeth_j on June 30th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
aw, I wish I could! It would be an awesome birthday! But two trips to Hawaii this summer have put it way out of possible this year! :(

Maybe next year! And of course if you're around this area (which I count Vegas and San Diego -- I've met lots of fans there even at non-comic-con times!) make sure you tell me!
kag523 on June 30th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Vegas is something I"m SERIOUSLY considering. I need breaks every once in a while or I just get way too wound up. Maybe this winter sometime! Woot! :>D
The Proverbial Bull in a China Shop...: Kara and Sam laughsabaceanbabe on June 30th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
"Dark days." *snicker*
lizardbeth: Dean - bookslizardbeth_j on June 30th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
We should all gather around the campfire and tell the young'uns our tales of the Dark Days. ... :)
The Proverbial Bull in a China Shop...: kara sam new capsabaceanbabe on June 30th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
They'd never believe even half of the old stories.
lizardbeth: Kara happylizardbeth_j on June 30th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
People used to write feedback in an e-mail and send it to the author of a fic? rather than pressing a LIKE button? NO WAI!