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Friday 20th April 2018 8:00 pm

All the writing questions.

21. What was the first fanfic you ever wrote?
It was for the Sadler's Wells books. Long before I knew what fanfic was. I don't remember anything about it except for my sister saying condescendingly something along the lines of "You're not going to call the chapter 'My First Day'". I was, but I especially did it to annoy her.

22. Is there anything you regret writing?
No. The only fics not online any more are some old The Phantom Menace fics. I don't remember much about them, except that they were awful. But I don't regret writing them because I met nic because I'd written them and posted them to a mailing list we were both on at the time.

Part of my regrets writing Doctor Who: The Soap Opera and its sequel, because they're so soapy. But I wrote them to get all the soapiness out of my system (it worked), they were my first (and only) experiments with writing a wip. And there were good discussions on the Sarah Jane comm as I was posting it. So I don't regret those aspects of it.

23. Name a fic you’ve written that you’re especially fond of & explain why you like it.
If I was only allowed to pick one it would probably be The Atlantis Sacrifice. It was written for 25k big bang and only came in at 24k, but I really enjoyed writing it. I can read it back and it's not terrible. I've since been convinced that there was some point when Elizabeth left and Ronon hugged her and it turns out it's in this fic. It was Jack/Elizabeth, but my Elizabeth/Ronon shipping couldn't quite keep itself contained.

24. What fic do you desperately need to rewrite or edit?
All of them. Well, maybe not desperately, but there's never going to be one that's perfect. I generally speaking don't tend to edit things (except for typos) after they've posted because then they're done and if I kept editing I would never stop.

Although when desperate for some more The Last Leg fic when I was writing Strictly Romance I re-read mine. There's a paragraph in one where Josh talks while making an Olympic ring pattern with his glass. I skim read that paragraph because the way I've written it makes it hard to read.

25. What’s your most popular fanfic?
Love Me, Love Me Not, which has twice as many kudos as the next kudosed fic. And a reasonable number of comments. And I only wrote it for Yuletide 2017. Turns out Carry On (Simon Snow) is a popular fandom!

26. How do you come up with your fanfic titles?
With blood and tears. Usually I have everything else done, I've put everything else into the form and just have the title to go. And then hope something will come to me. Sometimes I think of a word for the fic's theme, look it up in the thesaurus and use something in there to remind me or a song lyric, quote or saying and then pick part of it. Sometimes I write down some title ideas and pick the one I hate least.

Anything that has some sort of theme is easier. So Chalet School crossovers might be "[someone] at/of the Chalet School" for example, as it was with the books. If it's related to a particular episode then I'll come up with a title that's related.

27. What do you hate more: Coming up with titles or writing summaries?
Titles. At least with summaries you can give some idea of what's happening in the fic or how it starts or what it's about. Titles could be anything.

31. What’s the nicest thing someone has ever said about your writing?
Lots of people have said nice things, which is lovely. The one I always remember was from a long time ago was someone saying complimenting my dialogue. No one is going to compliment my description because I don't write much of it, but the dialogue comes easiest and it's where I start on my first drafts. It's good to feel that at least I'm good at the easy bit of writing.

32. Do you listen to music when you write or does music inspire you? If so, which band or genre of music does it for you?
That's a surprisingly complicated question. I used to go for silence, but then I lived in a flat with loud people above me, so I put music on because I hate the sound of the TV in someone else's house. I can't remember what I listened to, but I remember it was Spotify, but when Spotify let you listen to a lot more without giving them money.

Then I moved and things were quieter, so I went back to writing in silence. I have experimented by writing to music with no words, so they don't distract me. But it was a pain to set up so I've gone back to silence again.

I say silence, but there's generally some background noise. But background noise is fine, it's just TV/radio/music that you can't quite hear that really annoys me.

33. Do you write oneshots, multi-chapter fics or huuuuuge epics?
I think we know the answer to this.

34. What’s the word count on your longest fic?
26,041 (by AO3's reckoning) on Sarah Jane of the Chalet School. Which is actually a bit annoying because I wrote it for a 20k minimum Big Bang. So then I tried a 25k minimum Big Bang and only managed 24,000 words.

35. Do you write drabbles? If so, what do you normally write them about?
I did, back in the day. Once upon a time drabble communities were a big thing and I wrote quite a lot. 150 (not including double drabbles etc). But the last one I wrote was in 2014. The last time I wrote more than one or two in a year was 2012. I miss writing them. The irony of gradually making my easy word count higher is that 100 words seems impossibly short. Which is another reason why I should try writing one.

36. What’s your favorite genre to write?
I like a nice bit of angst. And fluff. And very underplayed romance.

37. First person or third person - what do you write in and why?
Third person and generally tight in on one person's POV for the whole fic. Otherwise I tend to get confused. I'm sure I've written in first person before, but not much and not for a while. I think I've just got into the habit of the way I write and stopped experimenting with POV.

38. Do you use established canon characters or do you create OCs?
Canon characters. I don't remember the last time I wrote an OC.

39. What is you greatest strength as a writer?
Dialogue. It had better be, anyway, as I can't do anything else as well as I can do dialogue!

40. What do you struggle the most with in your writing?
Description. Which is why I have to go back and add it in. I just don't care that much about what anything looks like. I rarely really have pictures in my mind, so there's no need to describe them.

But I do appreciate that there needs to be some description. I read a sample of a book recently that had very little and I enjoyed it for about a page and then I was hopelessly lost about who was in the conversation - new people seemed to appear out of thin air, as far as I could tell.

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