Nico (vilakins) wrote,

30 Days Of Fan Fiction: Day 1

A couple of other people are doing this meme, and it's the first of those 30-day ones that has appealed.

Note: If you don't want to see these entries, just edit my tags and filter this one out.

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?

I've been writing for most of my life, having at age five written a series of stories, devoid of any moral, called The Adventures of Naughty Amelia. As I could read already and was bored, they used to send me to other classes to read chapters when the teacher was called away. At 12 or so I wrote two novels in exercise books, one a boarding school story (very much based on the school I was at), and the other (unfinished) about three children trapped in France when the Germans invaded.

Fanfic though? A lot of my unwritten stories, run in my head like films, were very derivative, the Gormenghast novel series and Star Wars being major influences, and I often mentally rewrote the endings of stories or TV series when I didn't lie them. Why yes, Blake's 7 was one of those. When I watched it again in 2001 when it was rerun here, I'd made up so many alternative endings as a teenager, I wasn't sure what the real one was when I got to it, just that I knew I didn't like it.

So yes, my first written-down fanfic was Blake's 7, to no-one's surprise, and it was Vila and how it all ended for him that pulled me in. It wasn't a Gauda Prime fix-it though, not as such though it included one. It was Vila Restal's E-mails, running through the whole series. I thought if maybe six people read them, I'd have won. Then I found the B7 mailing lists and an audience there which was very encouraging, and some of them got me to join LJ.

Rest of the questions

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, whether your "muse" or not, try to push their way into a fic, 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 – 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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