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Thirty Day Fan Fiction Writing Meme. Day #03

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

I'm going to exclude the four fandoms in which I've only written fewer than five stories I don't feel one story (in three cases) or three (in the other) really gives a fair judgement.

It's a difficult question as I like all the characters I write about - I wouldn't write them if I didn't. Plus, they all have their strengths and weaknesses and particular characteristics that makes them fun to write.

Starsky & Hutch: Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson. He's my favourite character and I find it somewhat easier to get inside his mind than I do with Starsky.

The Professionals: Ray Doyle. Again, he's my favourite character and for me is the more diverse and dichotomous character. He's

Due South: This is a really difficult one. I'm going to go with Benton Fraser (even though I do prefer Ray Vecchio slightly over him). Fraser is easier in many ways to write as far as speech patterns and being more formal goes.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: Illya Kuryakin. I'm back to my favourite character. I just really enjoy writing Illya, he is very multi-layered and a challenge to write, but in a good way.

NCIS: The hardest of all. However, I'm going to go with Doctor Donald 'Ducky' Mallard, who is my equal favourite character. I find Ducky a doddle to write. Maybe it's the fact that he's British (and I am) and whilst I don't have his background, education or intelligence I've always been told I speak well and I regard myself as fairly well educated, which makes him easy to write. I also have a lot of fun writing him; I enjoy writing 'Ducky educates' stories and his story telling stories. He's just a great character to write.

Buffyverse: Rupert Giles. Again he's British, formal, uptight, doesn't always (make that often) understand the popular culture, etc. etc. He's another good fit for me *g* I really enjoy writing him.

The Sandbaggers: Neil Burnside. In many ways he is a lot like Giles and he's easier to write than the more laid back Willie.

Sapphire & Steel: Steel. Steel yet again with the formal, aloof, not understanding popular culture, etc. etc. Also, Steel is great fun to write because in truth we know very little about him (or the others). We see examples of his 'powers' i.e. he can take his body temperature down to zero, he can tie lift cables with his hands and more, but we don't know all about them. Thus, it's easy to stick with what we know from canon but also, at the same time, expand on these abilities and play with them. He is very enjoyable to write.

Inspector Lynley: This is another difficult one as I enjoy writing both Thomas 'Tommy' Lynley and Barbara Havers very much - they are both so very different. Not only are they different genders, but they are from different classes, they have different upbringings, different outlooks, different cultures, everything about them is opposite almost. It's a different challenge than writing most pairings. I'll go with Lynley just, partly because most fanfic I write is male-centric.

Sherlock Holmes: Doctor John Watson. When I write Holmes fiction, I always write in the first person and all but one of my stories have been from Watson's POV. I find him an easier character to understand, to get my head around and thus more enjoyable to write. I also like to write Holmes through his eyes.

M*A*S*H: Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce. Hawkeye is a lot of fun to write, again he's my favourite character and again he has more diversity to his character and is a lot more dichotomous than the others. He's very multi-layered.

Looking at my choices it seems that in most cases (but not all) my favourite character to write is also my favourite character over all. And also in most cases my preferred character to write is the most diverse, the more dichotomous, the more-multi-layered character.
Tags: !memes/quizes, !memes: fanfic/fandom, fandom: buffyverse, fandom: due south, fandom: inspector lynley, fandom: m*a*s*h, fandom: ncis, fandom: sapphire & steel, fandom: sherlock holmes, fandom: starsky & hutch, fandom: the man from u.n.c.l.e., fandom: the professionals, fandom: the sandbaggers, fanfic: general

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