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Thirty Day Fan Fiction Writing Meme. Day #14
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 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?

I find ratings impossible, to be honest. There is nothing set in stone and people have different opinions over them. One person's PG will be someone else's NC-17. I rate my stories simply because I have to for the various challenge comms I take part in. So it's not an easy question.

I know I over-rate at times, give it a PG-13 when others would rate it PG. Yet, I've seen stories rate PG-13 which I'd rate G - so there you go *g* Equally I've seen people rate anything slash, even if there isn't even a kiss and no bad language, etc. with a minimum of PG-13, simply because it is slash - something that really annoys me. I rate my slash and het the same.

And are we talking ratings for sex or other things? A story might have zero sex in it but be heavy on gore and language, etc.

However, taking it generally going by how I use ratings and basing the rating purely on the sexual content, then I'm most comfortable with PG-13 or mild R (non-graphic sex) I suspect some stories I rate R would be rated PG-13 by others.

Yes, I have written higher (again basing it purely on the sexual content). I have written NC-17. When I first started to write I believed/was led to believe it was the 'done' thing to include a fairly graphic sex scene in every story - so I did. I wasn't comfortable with doing it, if I'm honest, and certainly not using the 'standard' terminology, but I did it - and despite not feeling comfortable doing it, it turned out okay.

However, as time went by and I felt more confident with myself, I decided I didn't need to keep writing scenes I didn't really enjoy writing and it wasn't necessary to include detailed sex scenes. So I stopped. Now most of what I write is fade to grey and when I do write a love-making scene I use terminology with which I'm comfortable.

Why would I be shocked to discover a story I was writing was G-rated? Huh??? Fanfic is about far, far, far more than just the sex.

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plutos_revenge From: plutos_revenge Date: 14th July 2011 20:35 (UTC) (Link)
Back in the days of yore when I started reading fic I was fascinated by the whole ratings malarky. All those weird and wonderful terms different archives & mailing lists had used to baffle me with their complexity. Some places used to have the most complicated, detailed rules for what classed at what, it was almost more fun than reading some of the fic they housed *g*.

I hate seeing slash given high ratings just because it's m/m. Ridiculous.

I rarely look at ratings for ratings sake, more so for particular authors who can write fantastic pg rated stuff but who make me cringe when they write sex scenes. I'll take dirty & graphic any day over a tamer scene written by an author who's blatantly not comfortable and who uses cutesy terms. It's one of my squicks tbh, not quite on a par with RPS but right up there.

I see tomorrow's thing raises the great warnings debate. Always fun! :-)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 15th July 2011 10:44 (UTC) (Link)
*Grins* Oh, indeed! I know what you mean.

It really is - it annoys me beyond measure (ditto a slash writer 'warning' (not labelling but warning) for slash. Grrrrr).

I don't look at ratings at all, TBH. Okay, so I see them but I don't pay any attention unless I read the story and it's 100% G rated and it's been labelled PG-13, I might do the odd head shake, but beyond that, nope - and I don't use them on my website). I'm not sure what you use by cutesy terms, TBH.

Indeed it is - why, thank you :-)
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