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I haven't posted anything here in a while.  Don't worry, I'll be getting back to that soon.  I was just taking some time off after a hugely successful [livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang.  But, until then, here's the meme.  Comment with a question number, and I'll answer!

I am apparently Meme girl this week ;)


Originally posted by bratfarrar at Meme: Get to know your author

Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] milly_gal
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

Date: 2016-09-23 03:52 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] twisted-slinky.livejournal.com
Okay, as your bestie I feel I could somewhat guess the answers to most of these, but I'd love to know your reply to #1. :)

Date: 2016-09-24 02:42 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] patriciatepes.livejournal.com
LOL, yeah, you know the answer to most of these, I suppose. But:

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

Honestly, there's probably a list. And they're all probably for one reason or another (speaking both ff and OF wise here). There's a whole mess of ff sequels I keep putting off "How to Save a Dhampire," "Duckpocalypse Now," "Leave My Body," and probably several others. All for different reasons. Either, I've not been immersed in that fandom enough recently, or the prospect of doing the story is daunting in and of itself. That latter reason applies to most my OF stuff, to be honestly, lol.

Date: 2016-09-23 09:28 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] milly-gal.livejournal.com
15, 23 and 24 please :)

Date: 2016-09-24 02:54 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] patriciatepes.livejournal.com
15) why did you start writing?

Honestly, I think I've always been writing stories in my head, fanfiction and the like, ever since I was a kid. And then, one day, it just sort of occurred to me that, if I wrote them down, maybe others would like them too. I've always been an avid reader, so being a writer like those I read suddenly sounded very appealing to me, and I love the creative energy that goes into making this stuff. As stressful as writing can be, I still love it.

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

I don't know about obscure... I ask "what if" a lot, and that sort of helps get me going. And I've been through a few things (losing my house, losing my mom, having kids) that I feel has really helped me tap in to the motivational part of designing a character and putting them into a certain situation. But I can't think of anything I'd label as obscure...

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

Through writing various fanfics and original fics, I have learned about the following, which I previously had no knowledge of: symptoms of a specific type of cancer, different types of firetrucks, the names for the parts of a key (like, for a door), names for the parts of a whip, several different furniture styles, how a drug ring works, various laws concerning various crimes, Julius Caesar, how a lobotomy actually works, several tidbits about Victorian England--lifestyle-wise, bottle trees and general Southern ghost lore, and... I think that's all I can think of now. Yeah. My browser history is begging to have me put on an FBI watchlist.

Edited Date: 2016-09-24 02:55 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-09-24 10:48 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] milly-gal.livejournal.com
Honestly, I think I've always been writing stories in my head, fanfiction and the like, ever since I was a kid. And then, one day, it just sort of occurred to me that, if I wrote them down, maybe others would like them too. I think that's true for a lot of us, how we originally came to write these stories and be brave enough to share them with others :)

I'll be honest, my browser history is chock full of things that if checked by someone out of context I am *so* going on some kind of list somewhere!

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