Writing meme!

1/11/16 07:42 am
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A few answers to that writing meme for [personal profile] kayim and [personal profile] flo_nelja.

[personal profile] kayim asked for #6, 16, 20 ([tumblr.com profile] meghantopus asked for #20 over on tumblr, too, stealing my answer there for this here)

6. First fic/pairing you wrote for? (If no pairing, describe the plot)

I've told this story (a few times) before, but the first thing I wrote was a Fonzie deathfic when I was five. But the first fannish thing I wrote and posted online for other people's consumption was an Alexander and Alexander RPF ficlet, Clarification.

16. Do you have structured ideas of how your story is supposed to go, or do you make it up as you write?

Both. Ideas come to me in a variety of ways. For example, The Three Body Problem was basically a premise that I thought I could write in time to finish for a big bang (what would happen if Cas asked the Winchesters out on a date?). And I just let it go where it wanted to go. I thought I would've had more dates, but three was all I had time for. Impromptucomes. But then I need to figure out where the story's going, what the point of it is, and how to end it. So then comes the structure. If it's not easy to remember or the fic is going to be huuuuuuuuge, I will sometimes write out a loose outline (and my fic docs often have random notes and deleted things I really like at the bottom of them), but most often I keep it in my head.

That's only for longfic (novella length or longer, which is my standard), though. Shortfic often comes to me complete, the idea, the structure, POV, etc. Those are easier because I already know everything and I just have to write like hell to get it all down before the excitement wanes. (And even yet, some of those turn into sprawling epics (see Truth, Justice, and the Lantean Way, which went from 5k shortfic to 65k massive SGA big bang).

20. Four sentences from your work that you’re proud of.

Oooh, this is really tough for me, because my sentences are less awesome than my paragraphs (I just work best in paragraphs). Yep, okay, I just went looking and nope, I can’t find sentences that are standalone awesome. Thus, you get paragraphs. (And to be honest, I don’t really like a lot of these, but it’s late and I’m PMSing and hard on myself.)

From We Three Kings: Cas casts his eyes down again. “Our symbols are not static like our short names. The symbols evolve as the angels change. This symbol means Castiel, favored and outcast, defender of humanity and instrument in its downfall, bound to the Winchesters to defend them above all else.”

From April Showers Bring May Flowers: When Sam is suddenly there, waking him up with a face full of cuts and bruises, Cas heals him without a second thought. His first thought is simply that Sam must not smell like blood, or pain, or anything that is not the wholesome, honest, perfect smell of Sam Winchester.

From Third Time’s the Charm: The door drifts mostly shut as Sam stands, transfixed, looking at the ridge of Cas’s spine, a tiny mountain range down the middle of his back. Before Sam even realizes what he’s doing, he’s moved over to brush his hand over the bumps, his fingers juddering from one to the next as his hand travels up Cas’s back.

From The Grace Machine (upcoming rarepair big bang): He can feel the lever, the great heavy movement of the cogs and wheels of the universe turning, the shuddering of the doors into place, shaking the whole world as they close. Crowley lets out a keening wail, though whether it’s about Hell closing or his newly human state, Sam wouldn’t chance to guess.

[personal profile] flo_nelja asked for #3, 11, 15.

3. What is your absolute favorite kind of fic to write?

Romance, particularly first times. I never get sick of thinking of ways to get my OTPs together.

11. Weirdest thing you’ve ever written/thought about writing/etc.?

I have an affinity for crack!fic, so there are a few things I could put here. I think Clips and Clamps may seriously be my weirdest crack!fic, though. SGA as paperclips...

15. Your guilty writing pleasure?

I don't really have one. I never feel guilty for writing, or about what I'm writing. Pretty much I have no shame anymore. :D

Though - you know, I actually enjoy writing angst and dark!fic. I don't do much of it because the romance sucks up all my time, but I put as much angst and darkness as I can everywhere. I like that emotional gutwrench, especially in a place you're not expecting it.

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