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Thirty Day Fan Fiction Writing Meme. Day #10

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 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?

Yes and no - plus taking a few liberties with the question.

Yes, I've written outside of my comfort zone insofar as I've written pairings that surprised me, ones I never thought I would write. I'd always been an OTP in the good old-fashioned sense of the word gal and believed the only way I could write half of my pairing with another person would be to kill the other half off and keep the other one alive (which is rare for me to do). And when I first began writing Gibbs/Fornell that's what I did. Then I ventured a wee bit further and found I could write Gibbs with someone other than Ducky whilst Ducky was still alive or indeed was dead but he and Gibbs had never been more than friends.

Yes, to an extent with Jenny/Ziva. When I wrote them for the first few times it was as part of G/D stories and as, at that time, I didn't really like either character and certainly didn't trust them, they tended to have a negative role in the stories. However, as time when on and I started to like both ladies (especially Ziva) I branched out and wrote them in their own stories.

DiNozzo/McGee was a complete surprised to me. It was a pairing I never thought I'd write, a pairing I could see why people could see but I couldn't really see. I love Tim, I like Tony and normally that wouldn't be enough for me. But out of the blue a story nagged at me until I wrote it. I told myself it was a one-off, but then I wrote another and now I've written seven stories.

DiNozzo/Palmer was equally a bit of a surprise, somewhat less than DiNozzo/McGee. But again it's the same balance: I love Jimmy, I like Tony. Again I could see how people could see them, especially after one particular scene and I could see them at a very basic level. I've only written a couple of stories for them.

The biggest surprise, actually, with me writing Tony with a man is that I actually see Tony as one hundred percent straight and even a tad homophobic, certainly wary of a gay man. So the fact I have paired him with two men is very surprising - more surprising, actually, than the love/like balance. And yet given the feedback I've got from both pairings, I do write them well.

There is a pairing I really like but have only written a couple of quintuple drabbles is McGee/Palmer. As much as I love both characters and like the idea of them together, I did find both stories harder to write than most other things I've written - but I will keep trying.

Other than that, no. If I like a pairing I tend to be able to write them. If I don't like a pairing why on earth would I write them together? If I disliked both characters and disliked the idea of them being together, if I didn't find either character attractive at any level, there's no way I'd want to write them - what would be the point?

I know some people do write pairings they don't actually like or see simply because the said pairing is the most popular one in the fandom and they want to get good comments or want to belong to the fandom or some other reason. But I simply wouldn't do that. I believe I could write a pairing I didn't like, insofar as knowing the characters well enough and physically writing a story, but I wouldn't want to do it as I'd have no connection to the story and it would be hard to write as well as not being fun or enjoyable.
Tags: !memes/quizes, !memes: fanfic/fandom

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