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Thirty Day Fan Fiction Writing Meme. Day #11

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 11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

Genre is an interesting term as it means different things to different people. To me it's the slash, het and gen thing, but for others it's things like angst, hurt/comfort, BDSM, etc. And for others it's established relationship or first time. Thus, I'll answer for all three.

If we're using the term 'genre' for slash, het and gen, then I have written far more slash stories than either het or gen. But it has to be remembered that I didn't start writing het until 2006 (and I started writing fanfic in 1999) and didn't start to write gen until 2007 and even then I didn't write a great deal of het or gen to begin with.

In more recent years it's balanced out more and whilst I still do write slightly more slash than het or gen, it's not a considerable amount more. I enjoy writing all three genres, but if I had to put them in order it would be: slash, het and gen.

If, however, we're using the term 'genre' for things like angst, hurt/comfort, romance, etc. then again it's fairly balanced between stories that are more on the romantic side and stories that are more on the angsty side. I find I often go in cycles, whereby I'll write nothing but angst and death, etc. and other times when I write far more lighter stories.

I can't say I have an out and out favourite as such, it all depends on the idea, the characters involved, etc. But even when I do write angst and death, it for the most part doesn't tend to be all gloom and doom and dark. I don't write things like partner rape or BDSM or non-con, kink, etc. it's not my kind of thing. I suppose 'romance' is more me than anything - but it's not romance in the traditional way, i.e. they meet, spend the better part of knowing they want to be together but arguing and angsting about whether they should and going through trials and tribulations. My romance is more the day to day stuff of being and loving together.

Finally, if we are using the term 'genre' to apply to first time and established relationship stories then that is straight-forward. I write far, far, far, far more established relationship stories than I do first time stories and much prefer writing established relationship stories. And even my first time stories are, apart from the fact the pairing are getting together for the first time, for the most part like established relationship stories as I don't do the whole 'shall we/shan't we thing' at least not in depth.
Tags: !memes/quizes, !memes: fanfic/fandom

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