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Get to know your author meme

I snagged this one from celeste9 and am clearly procrastinating because I'm supposed to be doing the writers' club magazine editing right now. So, come on guys, help me procrastinate! :-)

Ask me a question (or more than one) if you like!

1) is there a story you’re holding off on writing for some reason?

2) what work of yours, if any, are you the most embarrassed about existing?

3) what order do you write in? front of book to back? chronological? favorite scenes first? something else?

4) favorite character you’ve written

5) character you were most surprised to end up writing

6) something you would go back and change in your writing that it’s too late/complicated to change now

7) when asked, are you embarrassed or enthusiastic to tell people that you write?

8) favorite genre to write

9) what, if anything, do you do for inspiration?

10) write in silence or with background noise? with people or alone?

11) what aspect of your writing do you think has most improved since you started writing?

12) your weaknesses as an author

13) your strengths as an author

14) do you make playlists for your current wips?

15) why did you start writing?

16) are there any characters who haunt you?

17) if you could give your fledgling author self any advice, what would it be?

18) were there any works you read that affected you so much that it influenced your writing style? what were they?

19) when it comes to more complicated narratives, how do you keep track of outlines, characters, development, timeline, ect.?

20) do you write in long sit-down sessions or in little spurts?

21) what do you think when you read over your older work?

22) are there any subjects that make you uncomfortable to write?

23) any obscure life experiences that you feel have helped your writing?

24) have you ever become an expert on something you previously knew nothing about, in order to better a scene or a story?

25) copy/paste a few sentences or a short paragraph that you’re particularly proud of

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celeste9 From: celeste9 Date: August 14th, 2016 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will ask for... 9 and 11, please! :) Actually, I'll be greedy and pick three questions, I want to know 24 as well. *beams*

I am so good at supporting procrastination! \o/ I should have been writing big bangs and instead spent all night writing porn!!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 14th, 2016 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol! Typical! I'd spent about two hours on tumblr, and had literally just started working on the writers' club stuff when I got the e-mail notification of your comment! I really do need to get something done on it, so I'll come back to your comment when I need a break. :-)
celeste9 From: celeste9 Date: August 14th, 2016 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I feel I have let you down in procrastinating, then!! *g* I got distracted trying to fix the porn so I could post it to AO3. It got longer!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 14th, 2016 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol! I saw that you'd posted it, and thought to myself that I didn't think it was that long when I read it on tumblr!

I might have to answer your meme questions tomorrow at this point. I was working on the editing right up until the Andy Murray olympic tennis final started, and now the match is taking ages so I'm a bit distracted!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 15th, 2016 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
9. Oh god, not the inspiration question! I have no idea. Actually, at the moment, it's not so much inspiration and more me actively spending time thinking about what I could do to fill hurt/comfort bingo prompts, so I go with a theme/prompt and start thinking around it until I hit on an idea that I like.

When I'm not doing h/c bingo prompts, I mostly come to stories by way of absently pondering 'I wonder what X character(s) would do in this situation', or 'I wonder what would happen if I did this to X character(s)'? And then if the idea appeals I run with it.

11. I honestly don't know! Maybe my grasp of pov has sorted itself out, because way, way back in the mists of time when I wrote my first fic (Stargate SG1), when I read it back years later I realised the pov was all over the bloody place, jumping from one character to another within scenes and all sorts. Since then I have very much developed the style of only one pov per scene, and sticking to it. This does require a teeny bit more planning of which scenes are best from which character's pov before I start writing them, but I do much prefer fics written with limited pov, rather than head hopping all over the place.

24. Lol, yes! When I was writing Five Days/Three Years, I did tonnes of research on wilderness survival and field first aid (particularly with a leaning towards military survival and first aid techniques) and SAS weaponry, in order to write Connor and Ryan surviving in the Jurassic. And that was on top of the Jurassic environment and wildlife research, although I don't really count that because it was just rather more specific and focussed research in my already quite extensive repertoire of dino knowledge, lol!
celeste9 From: celeste9 Date: August 16th, 2016 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure how I would answer the inspiration question either, lol, except prompts? *g* I get ideas from super random things, like I was reading a Finn/Poe fic a couple of nights ago and there was this line in it, and suddenly I'd written 200 words of Ben/Poe, ha.

I think random POV switching plagues a lot of early writers! I remember in particular a scene I wrote years and years ago where I'd suddenly switched POV at the end and I remember looking back at it and thinking, WHY, SELF? *g* It gets super confusing as a reader if you're constantly trying to figure out whose head you're in now.

I was always very impressed by Five Days/Three years, so the research paid off, lol!
honor_reid From: honor_reid Date: August 15th, 2016 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
12,13, & 25? I hope your editing is going well!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 15th, 2016 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've mostly finished the editing, now it just wants a final proof read \o/

12. Probably one of my main weakness is writing sex scenes! I hate writing sex scenes, and actively try to avoid them unless they're absolutely necessary to the story. I get nervous even writing kissing scenes to be honest, because there's only so many ways to describe it, and I always feel like its just going to end up being exactly the same as all the other sex/kissing/whatever scenes that I've ever written before.

13. I'd like to say plot may be one of my strengths. I do like writing long plotty fics, and though the logistics often cause me headaches when I'm writing, I also think I'm pretty good at action/fight scenes (which often end up appearing in my long plotty fics!).

25. I have so many fics in so many fandoms from about the last ten years, it's really hard to choose. Simply because it's more fresh in my memory, I'm going to go with this from the Atlantis fic Poison and Promise. It was one of those crucial moments in the fic that just *worked*.

“What are you doing, Pythagoras?”

He forced himself to look up and meet Hercules’ look.

“I am saving Jason’s life.”

“Pythagoras, we’re not talking about platonic love here. If that were the case, I could have done it, and saved everyone a lot of trouble.”

Pythagoras gave him a grim smile.

“I am not talking about platonic love, either.”

With that, Pythagoras cut his arm open and started to bleed.

honor_reid From: honor_reid Date: August 15th, 2016 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's great! I am so glad the editing went well.

I totally understand about writing kisses! I've written a few and trying to make them sound different and not just a retread is difficult. I agree with you about plot that is definitely one of your strong points I love your stories they are always so intriguing.
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