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Memes

Please, flist, distract me. My brain is having a hard time leaving the school day behind, for various reasons that I cannot post in a public LJ entry. The hardest thing about teaching is how consuming it is. Sometimes I just don't know how to leave my work day at school.

1) Meme the first, stolen from seren_ccd
Comment and I will tell you one of the following based on my current WIP
FIRST — the first two sentences of my current project
LAST — the most recently written two sentences of my current project
NEXT — the next line. meaning i will finish the sentence I’m on and write a new one, which you’ll get.
[insert prompt here] — you post a prompt, and i’ll write three sentences based on that prompt, set in the same time/setting as my current project
THE END — i’ll make up an ending, or post the ending if i’ve written it
BEFORE THE BEGINNING — three sentences (or more) about something that happened before the plot of my current project
POV — something that’s already happened, retold from another character’s perspective

2) And that other meme that everyone else is doing...

Eh, sure, why not?

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
B. Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
M. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?
N. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
X. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
Y. What do you look for in a beta?
Z. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
E: I think I'm good at characterization. It's what I pay attention to most when I'm reading, and I hope it's rubbed off on my writing.

F: I have trouble with getting hooked on a particular action over and over again. I like to describe my characters' body langauge, but when I re-read my last fic, I caught the main character "flinging himself" onto couches and chairs an awful lot.
I only have #1 so far...

The music is too loud, the house is too crowded, and Carrie's getting high in the bathroom. Logan needs a breath of fresh air, but the balcony is full of drunk people performing lewd and lascivious acts he doesn't want to see, so he goes upstairs instead. It's a measure of how fucked up his life is that he doesn't bat an eye at the green girl stacking Legos on the landing. Instead he watches her build a spaceship with childlike wonder in her eyes, and he feels just a tiny bit better about the world.

Sorry I couldn't get K'Ehyler in there. My current WIP is a VMars fic, and she just didn't seem to belong.
C: Is impreg a trope? Because I would definitely never write it. It feels like one more way of erasing women from canon.

O: I would love for The Proper Treatment of Sexorexia to be filmed. I think it's just the right mix of humor and pathos, and it would be fun to watch.

Q: A little of both? I usually write the key scenes in order, but with lots of gaps. Then I go back and fill them in. I used to write totally out of order, but that only worked when I had plenty of time to work on one story from start to finish. Now it's much more common for me to start something, leave for a few weeks, work on it awhile, leave it awhile...you get the idea. It's really hard to connect the dots when you haven't been able to concentrate on a story.
Here's one for the second meme. I'll come back for the first one in a bit!

Dick stares blankly at the candy aisle of the grocery store. He knows what to do if you piss off a girl: you buy her chocolate, or flowers, or -- if you really, really want to fuck her again -- a designer handbag. He has no idea what the hell you're supposed to do if your best friend is screaming at you because he's overloaded with existential man-pain. (Most people think he doesn't know what existential means, but he does. Sort of anyway. He'd always paid attention in English class. Chicks dug it.) Finally he abandons the candy aisle and walks past the flowers. He doesn't want Logan to think he's into him, after all.

Back-to-school season is over, and the display at the back of the store is mostly barren shelves now, but Dick finds a package of pencils for ninety-seven cents and scoops it up. He hopes Logan gets the message: if you want to be the kind of douche who only cares about homework, I don't get it, but I'll support you.

Hope you've seen Veronica Mars, otherwise this makes no sense :)
Hee, I haven't actually, but that's what Fanlore and Google are for! I shall just spin my own fantasies for who these people are and what the context in your fic might be. . .
It's hard to say out of all my fics, but one of the easiest stories I've written recently was Life Goes On, a follow-up fic on the Veronica Mars movie. I knew immediately that I wanted to write something to show that Veronica didn't stay in Neptune only for Logan, and I felt so inspired by the movie that the story came out almost fully formed.

A recent story that was really hard to write was Dating Older Men and Other Adventures in Growing Up. I worked on it for over a year. I'm not one of those writers who has an easy time suspending disbelief about a pairing, and the more I wrote, the more I realized I didn't really believe in Bruce and Darcy as a couple -- but the more I wrote, the more story I had, and it was hard to abandon five or six or seven thousand words. Then it got completely jossed by Cap 2, but I finished it anyway, even though there was really nothing fun about writing the story.
Oh man, I hate that place, where you've lost the inspiration that started the fic but you've invested too much time and energy to just forget it. Thankfully there're times like that first one too, to make the process feel worth it, yeah?
The best writing advice I've ever received is write what you know. My stories have a few recurrent themes: finding people puzzling but needing to make friends with them anyway, feeling like an outsider but learning how to get along, dealing with difficult family relationships, holding together a relationship with someone who's very different from you. Those experiences have been at the core of my life, and they form the core of my stories too. Ninety percent of what I write is actually about me. Even when I'm writing about an emotional experience that's very different from mine, they always start with empathy -- I always look for what I have in common with a character and start from there.

The worst writing advice I have ever received is write what you know. Some people view this advice as exclusionary: write ONLY what you know. Then they try to tell you that there are certain stories you don't write because you can't know -- which misses the entire point of empathy and compassion. The worst thing we could possibly do to ourselves is take this advice too literally, and write only about the exact world we live in.
L: Tough question! I have actually never been seriously involved with a fandom that has actual TV episodes. But, if we're interpreting episodes more figuratively, probably the last two books of the HP series. I am endlessly fascinated by how young people and adults cope with war, and how they put their lives back together afterward.

W: If I were to revise a story, it would probably be my Star Trek Big Bang. It started as part of a challenge to re-write a movie (in my case, the Breakfast Club) in the Star Trek universe. I hate, hate, hate that I made it a high school AU and tried to follow the movie plot exactly. If I could do it all over again, I would put Kirk and Gaila and Chekov and Spock and Pike together or a recruiting shuttle, or had them all disciplined together at Starfleet Academy. No AU needed! I missed out on the more resonant and engaging story.
Z: I do beta my own work, and I should probably stop because I'm terrible at spotting typos. I started to beta read my own work when I came to a point as a writer where I knew what I wanted my stories to say, and I felt confident that my judgments were correct. So I guess I'm a beta who knows what she wants? I would love to have a beta who would just to SPAG things for me, but my experience is that most people want to make comments on the story itself.

M, recycled from upthread: The best writing advice I've ever received is write what you know. My stories have a few recurrent themes: finding people puzzling but needing to make friends with them anyway, feeling like an outsider but learning how to get along, dealing with difficult family relationships, holding together a relationship with someone who's very different from you. Those experiences have been at the core of my life, and they form the core of my stories too. Ninety percent of what I write is actually about me. Even when I'm writing about an emotional experience that's very different from mine, they always start with empathy -- I always look for what I have in common with a character and start from there.

Edited at 2014-09-04 12:21 am (UTC)
Before the beginning of my current WIP...

Veronica and Logan have UST. Veronica and Logan get together, and break up again, and get together, and break up again. Then they both move away.

I am currently nurturing only one fic idea, and it's my current WIP. Normally, I'm more promiscuous with my writing, but I really like this story and I don't want it to disappear into my docs folder for a year, as my stories are sometimes wont to do. It's my epic Logan Echolls tale, spanning all the time from the end of the series to the end of the new movie. 10,000 words and counting...

My perfect writing conditions are to be completely alone with my iPad. I don't even care where. I just need my (mostly wonderful) husband not to come in to say hi or sit on the couch with me or want to snuggle right when I am in the middle of a scene. Alas, he seems to have given up his weekly night out with the guys, so my preferred writing conditions are getting difficult to come by.
Ohh, epic Logan Echolls tale sounds GREAT, good luck!!

And ahah, I can imagine that he'd be a bit of a distraction. XD