July 10th, 2011

Animals: Deer & Rabbit

Thirty Day Fan Fiction Writing Meme. Day #10

Once again snaggled from dinozzoitis

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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.