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Thirty Day Fan Fiction Writing Meme. Day #22
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 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?

Assuming 'fest' here is being used in relation to ficathons, then yes, many times. I've even organised and run them. I enjoy them very much - but only the non-anonymous ones. I did one year do three anonymous ones and hated every minute of it and so will never do them again.

I have also taken part in one Big Bang (NCIS).

My favourite experience? That's a bit of an odd question to my mind. But I'll go with the NCIS Big Bang. It was completing my story My Son's Boyfriend (Gibbs/Ducky).

It was a story I had started (i.e. I'd written a couple of paragraphs) and had the idea for for quite some time, but had kept putting it off as I knew it would be novella length. Thus, when the Big Bang came around and I signed up and submitted my outline, I was 'duty bound' to complete it and I did. It was good to have the focus of knowing I had to write the story in the time scale and thus had to focus on it rather than toddling off and writing other things.

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plutos_revenge From: plutos_revenge Date: 22nd July 2011 12:53 (UTC) (Link)
Why don't you like the anon ones? *is nosy*
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 22nd July 2011 13:01 (UTC) (Link)
It really comes down to the fact that when people comment on the story I've posted I can't thank them for their comment and that sits very badly with me. It's not quite so bad if we're talking a day or two, but most of Christmas ones, for example, go throughout the entire month of December and the reveal isn't done until first week of January and until then you can't thank anyone for their comment.

Also, I don't feel I can thank the person who has written my story 'properly' because the stories all tend to be posted by the organiser so my 'thank you' goes to them and unless the writer tracks comments or haunts the post then they don't necessarily see it. And I don't know whether they've seen it or not and that troubles me.

Now I know that everyone knows that, but it makes me so very uncomfortable and causes me stress that any pleasure in doing the fest has gone.

Plus, I confess I don't get them, because they are (again talking about Christmas ones) seen as gifts from one person to another. Well I know to whom I give gifts and from whom they come so again I can do the 'thank you' properly.

Daft really - but there you go. I discovered several years ago when I did three how much it bothered me and so I vowed 'never again' because the whole point is, apart from giving a 'gift', to have fun - and this was the complete opposite for me.

EDIT: IMS, I have done one since, but that was a 'all stories are posted on Friday and reveal is done on Sunday type of thing. I still wasn't as comfortable as when I post myself & can thank straight away, but it was better than weeks.

Edited at 2011-07-22 13:03 (UTC)
plutos_revenge From: plutos_revenge Date: 22nd July 2011 13:19 (UTC) (Link)
*pets you*

That didn't even occur to me tbh! I always assumed people would haunt the post/track comments but I see what you mean that you don't know they've seen the thank you. And yes, replying to comments is a good point. Though I know of a few writers who never reply to comments & clearly state that they don't do so.

I suppose the quick reveal ones are better but I admit I do find the whole thing a bit weird. I'd find it odd not to know who i was writing for more than anything else I think
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 22nd July 2011 16:02 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.

Well we know my mind works in weird ways *Nods* You know I've never come across a writer who says they don't reply to comments. I've come across a couple of icon makers who've done that. And at least you know up front.

Ah, I've never done a fully anonymous one *shudders* The ones I've done/see every year are ones where you know for whom you're writing so you can at least customise it for that person.
fanfromfla From: fanfromfla Date: 22nd July 2011 13:06 (UTC) (Link)
Have I ever mentioned how much I love "My Son's Boyfriend"? I don't think I have, so consider this making up for the lapse! :)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 22nd July 2011 13:07 (UTC) (Link)
*Beams happily*

That has quite made my day, thank you so much for letting me know.

It's my second favourite and I really enjoyed writing it, so it's lovely to know you love it too.
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