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30 Days Of Fan Fiction: Day 8

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.

I enjoy writing OCs, and I don't write Mary Sues. It's not actually that hard.

My OCs are either minor characters or they're the only characters as I explore some other part of the universe, and they're fun to write. I think the Mary Sue accusation comes up when an original female character is romantically linked to a canon character, or even is just in the spotlight whether or not she's improbably beautiful and talented.

I was going to introduce a major OFC back when I started writing fanfic (a rebel very much lacking in stunning looks) but when I saw Mary Sue accusations about various fics flying about on a mailing list, I replaced her with a canon character. It actually worked out well because she took the story in an interesting new direction.

All the same, the whole Mary Sue thing annoys me greatly. I've read a fair few real ones, but not all OFCs are MSs by any means even though I've actually seen exactly that accusation made. Recently I heard that someone who wrote an original story about an older woman who was a survivor of a bad marriage got her work on AO3 tagged with "Mary Sue". [Edit] I've been told there may have been a little justification for that one.

Enough already.

Rest of the questions

9 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favourite pairings to write?

10 – 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 – 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 – 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 or ideas for your fics?

19 – When you have plot ideas, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

20 – Do you ever get ideas from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

21 – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why? If not, how do you feel about sequels?

22 – Have you ever participated in a fest, ficathon, 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 – 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 – 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 most fun) 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!

Also posted on Dreamwidth, with comments.

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