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Thirty Day Fan Fiction Writing Meme. Day #01

Having thorough enjoyed the NCIS Thirty Day Meme, I'm going to do another one. Once again snaggled from dinozzoitis

Day 01 – 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?
Day 02 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.
Day 03 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favourite characters to write?
Day 04 – 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?
Day 05 –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?
Day 06 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?
Day 07 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?
Day 08 – 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.
Day 09 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favourite pairings to write?
Day 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?
Day 11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?
Day 12 – Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favourite book or movie but set in a different fandom?
Day 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?
Day 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?
Day 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?
Day 16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?
Day 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?
Day 18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?
Day 19 – When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?
Day 20 –Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?
Day 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?
Day 22 – Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favourite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?
Day 23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?
Day 24 – Beta'ing – 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?
Day 25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make play-lists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?
Day 26 – What is the oddest (or funniest) thing you've had to research for a fic?
Day 27 – Where is your favourite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?
Day 28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?
Day 29 – What is your current project or projects?
Day 30 – Do you have a favourite fic you've written? What makes it your favourite? And don't forget to give us a link!

Day 01 – 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?

I'd been 'writing' fanfic in my head for many, many, many years - right back to when I was a young teenager and pre-teenager and very, very innocent, long before I knew such a thing existed. It was very vanilla in those days (even more so than it is now) with just the idea that these two men belonged together.

And later on, again before I knew about fandom (when I still thought I was 'odd' (which we all know I am) to be entertaining such thoughts) I did actually start a Sherlock Holmes story with pencil and paper *g*

However, in my mind those examples don't really count, as they were before I discovered fanfic and fandom existed and that I wasn't odd.

I first got into fandom in the spring of 1999 when I came across information that three Starsky & Hutch videos had been released. Starsky & Hutch was one of the shows I'd grown up watching and one of the pairs I had 'written' about in my head.

I went on-line to see if I could find any more information, to see if any further videos had been/were to be released and during my search I came across a story called Down Roads Long Passed by James and to my surprise saw it was 'my' type of story - the type I'd been 'writing', i.e. that Starsky and Hutch were together, were lovers. I wasn't odd! There were many more people like me out there, who thought about/wrote the same things as I did.

That led me to search further and one thing led to another and to another and to another and I came across oodles more stories, archives and mailing lists and 'met' my first fannish friend: solo.

It seemed quite natural that, after reading stories, I would write my own and so in the summer of 1999, I wrote my first couple of  Starsky/Hutch stories: Hard To  Say I'm Sorry and Always On My Mind. My writing has for the most part changed a lot since then, but I've never had the inclination, desire or urge to go back and 'tidy' the stories up. I like to see how I've grown over the years; I think it's important for the writer and the reader.

I was pulled into the fandom simply because I'd loved the show when I first saw it and had always thought Starsky & Hutch were so right for one another, were best friends (yes, being friends is vital to me), loved one another, would die for one another and were one another's other half. Also, the fandom was very inviting, friendly and helpful and I soon had copies of all the episodes and my very first zine *waves to solo.

I always thought I'd be a one-fandom gal and remain in Starsky & Hutch fandom for my entire fannish 'life'. How little I knew *wry grin*
Tags: !memes/quizes, !memes: fanfic/fandom, fandom: starsky & hutch, fanfic: general

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