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Stealing from [livejournal.com profile] jjpor and [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook because I can!

Ask me a question about one of my fics. It can be absolutely anything in any project and I will answer it the best I can -- even on current progress/plans.

If you'd prefer, you can also ask about my writing for a particular fandom, my writing as a whole, etc.


Keep in mind that my writing hasn't happened in a couple of years though :P
(Fics can be found on Teaspoon, AO3, and FF.net

Date: 12/02/2015 20:53 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Here's one: do you think that in fanfiction (given it's for fun and all) it's better to write about your favourite characters/fandoms/situations, or do you think it's better sometimes to challenge yourself by going outside your comfort zone? If the latter, do you have any examples of when you have done this?

Date: 12/02/2015 23:05 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pitry.livejournal.com
I don't know if better is the right word for me, because they're both worthy! At least for myself, if I look at my favourite characters, they tend to be the main characters of the canon, so it's an exercise in taking everything into account, having a good basis for the character voice and motivation etc. Challenging yourself is always good though, keeps you on your toes ;) It's so easy to fall into patterns, isn't it? Like, that's one of the problems when I write my favourite characters - well, I definitely have a type of character that tends to become my favourite, and I'm aware of that, so even if I write about my favourite characters in different canons... there tend to be patterns there.
That's one of the reasons that when I'm inspired enough in a fandom and feel confident enough about it, I love doing exchange fests, because being given someone else's prompt - and knowing that I'm writing it for them and not for myself - really can kick me out of a pattern because hey, what they like isn't necessarily what I would write without the prompt. The best example I can think about that is a Harry Potter fanfic I've written a while back called Saturdays are for Football, where the request was on two characters I've never written before as main protagonists. It definitely ended up having themes I've worked with before (see? so easy to fall into patterns!) but just from my grasp on the characters, it was a challenge, and I'm quite happy with the result so yay \0/ :)

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