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?
In a way it depends on what is meant by 'writing fanfic'. As far as actually writing and sharing the first story I wrote was in 1999. However, I had been 'writing' mostly in my head, but in couple of cases by hand (yes, actually writing) for a couple of decades before that. Let me elucidate.
Until 1999 I had no idea that 'fandom' and 'slash' existed. Of course I'd heard of Star Trek conventions and fans in that respect, but that was all. Then in 1999 during quiet Easter, I discovered that three videos of one of my favourite shows as a teenager (Starsky & Hutch) were being/had been released.
So I did a little browsing on the web and this searching somehow led me into a story, which I started to read and sat there unable to believe my eyes. Someone was writing about them as lovers! Something that I had been done in my mind (along with Bodie/Doyle, Kirk/Spock, Holmes/Watson and Raffles/Bunny) from when I first saw them on TV/read books about them.
At the time I just thought that I was very weird and alone in this. After all surely nice, normal girls (especially quiet, studious, bookish, naïve girls) didn't have thoughts about two men together, did they? Not that my thoughts then went beyond hand holding or some simple kisses, maybe the odd bit of gentle petting, but they were together as a couple.
Throughout the years between being a pre-teenager and 1999, during which time I did the usual education, degree, marriage, jobs, etc. I still had these thoughts about some male/male pairings from TV, but I still kept telling myself that I was 'odd'. However, this story proved I wasn't. Some more browsing (at which time we weren't on broadband and so were paying by the minute) revealed more stories, and eventually I made contact with someone influential and well-known in Starsky & Hutch fandom who invited me to join a list and that was that.
There I discovered that far from being alone and 'weird' there were many, many, many others who had similar thoughts, and that there was this whole new world called 'fandom'. I soon discovered that people in fandom will bend over backwards to be helpful and encouraging, providing episodes, lending zines, recommending zines and stories, answering all sorts of daft questions, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. I entered a swift learning curve, but as learning has always been a passion of mine, I was in my element. I made some wonderful friends, many of whom I am still in touch with, and started to have story ideas of my own.
The ideas I had found their way onto paper (well the computer screen) and so my fandom writing life began. The very first story I wrote was a Starsky/Hutch story and an established relationship story at that - pretty much all my pre-actual-writing-stories stories were ER stories - not a lot has changed there.
What pulled me into Starsky & Hutch fandom to begin with was because it was the first fandom I found, it was a show and a pairing I already adored; it showed me I wasn't weird or alone in my thoughts and it offered such a lot of help and encouragement and friendship and discussions and opened up doors for me in ways I really don't think would otherwise have ever been opened. At the time I first got into Starsky & Hutch, I saw them as 'the' pairing; the only pairing I would ever write or read and perhaps more importantly (at the time) would want to write or read - certainly write. As you know - a lot has changed in twenty-one years.
1 – 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?
2 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.
3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favourite characters to write?
4 – 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?
5 –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?
6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?
7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?
8 – 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.
9 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favourite pairings to write?
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?
11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?
12 – Have you ever attempted an 'adaptation' fic of a favourite book or movie but set in a different fandom?
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?
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?
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?
16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?
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?
18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka 'bunnies') from?
19 – When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?
20 – Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?
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?
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?
23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?
24 – Betaing – 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?
25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain 'mood' to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?
26 – What is the oddest (or funniest) thing you've had to research for a fic?
27 – Where is your favourite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?
28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?
29 – What is your current project or projects?
30 – Do you have a favourite fic you've written? What makes it your favourite? And don't forget to give us a link!