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26 January 2008 @ 09:31 am
 
Well, for the umpteenth time, I am trying to get back on track healthwise. I've been failing Weight Watchers all month, even though I used to do fabulous on it. I'm just lacking in motivation. But I read this article the other day that has me pumped again, so here I go! You may see posts of me babbling about weight and exercise and food, so you've been warned.

Now for fun. I snagged that writer meme everyone seems to be doing. My answers apply to both fanfic and my original stuff. Apologies if you see a double post - this is going up on my original fic journal as well.



Ideas. Where the hell do they come from?
Everything. I get ideas when I drive and when I'm in the shower. I get ideas listening to music, watching, tv, playing video games. Heck, some of my best ideas come to me when I'm sleeping. i can't tell you how many ideas I've mined from my dreams. Sounds crazy, I know, but it works :)

Wild horse-bunnies. When a story just gets pulled right out of you. Do you get them?
If it's a short fanfic, sure. It's happened. But this is rare. Even my fanfic tends to be longer so it takes some time for it to all come together.

Writer's block. Have you been scourged?
I get it, but it's my fault. I blame my perfectionism and my constant worrying.

Clean up duty. Do you like editing?
I do, actually. Not so much with fanfic, but when it comes to my original stuff, it's exciting to go back and start piecing the story together. I find it amazing that most of the good stuff is already there, but it needs a snip here or a tuck there. When editing is done, the piece really shines and there is no better feeling than what that happens.

The ending. Is it hard for you to find the ending?
I hate endings. Hate hate hate. I love beginnings. I would say endings are my weakness.

The title. Where do you get yours? Do you have yours when you start the story?
I get my titles randomly. I'm of the camp that you really need a working title soon. I don't need one to start my stories, but if I get half way through without a title, then it's not a good sign. I mean, it's not an exact science and I've had stories named after I was done, but titles help shape the story. I need one at some point so I can make sure I'm on track.

Plot. If you plot out your stories first, raise your hand.
Are you kidding me? I am so plot intensive it's crazy LOL I do a lot of plotting in my head and usually work a basic outline. If my outline is too detailed, I've found that my story collapses on itself. If it's too broad, then I wander aimlessly. I'm still working to find a happy medium. I'm the type that needs to have some spontaneity, but I also need direction. Interestingly, I find that I need more room to move with my profic than with my fanfic. Hmm.

POV. How do you choose your POV for a scene? For a story?
Whoever would suit the scene best, gets the 3rd person limited perspective for me. I need to get the most bang for my buck, so to speak. If that requires me to write an entire story through just one pov, so be it. If it requires multiple ones, that's the way to go. Sometimes it takes me a few tries to get it right, though.

Challenge. Do you like them? Do they inspire you?
Sometimes. I like challenges to get my juices flowing. In fanfic, I usually can get a jumpstart by taking a prompt or a challenge, especially if I have gotten stale. Plus, I love to experiment and explore. But I also find this true of my original fic. In fact, one of the story stories that I've sold was for a challenge. And so far, it's one of my best yet. So, you can really accomplish a lot out of challenges.

Sex. Do you like writing sex?
Nope. I'm not a big fan of sex in fiction. I read it sometimes and I think there are many people skilled in writing it, but as a fan of plotty fics, they don't really work in them. Most of the time, I feel it is pointless and detracts from the story, like someone just threw a sex scene in the middle of the story. It breaks the flow. I'm not saying it can't be done, but of the sex I've seen in fanfic and original fic, most of it is terrible. I much prefer the build that goes into the relationship.

So there you have it. That is me :)
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lyorelyore on January 28th, 2008 06:36 am (UTC)

I hate endings. Hate hate hate. I love beginnings. I would say endings are my weakness.

Huh. I'm the other way around - endings I'm fine with, but I struggle with beginnings. Not the scene itself, normally, but the mechanics of writing it - all the words seem stilted and wrong, like it takes a while to warm up. Even after a lot of editing, I can never seem to get them to quite fit with the tone everywhere else.