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29 January 2014 @ 10:14 am
Writing Meme  
Yoinked from frozen_delight, because hey, it's not like I should be doing work today or anything. ;)

Put a number in the comments and I’ll answer accordingly.

The mission for those of us who answer the questions, should we accept it, is to stay positive about our writing and ourselves, but to also be fair about our shortcomings.

1. Of the fic you’ve written, of which are you most proud?
2. Favourite tense
3. Favourite POV
4. What are some themes you love writing about?
5. What inspires you to write?
6. Thoughts on critique
7. Create a character on the spot... NOW!
8. Is there a character you love writing for the most? The least? Why?
9. A passage from a WIP
10. What are your strengths in writing?
11. What are your weaknesses in writing?
12. Anything else that you want to know... (otherwise known as Fill in the Blank)
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Alexis Jane: a- J2 So Cute!alexisjane on January 29th, 2014 10:21 am (UTC)
8 : ) x
tiamaria: 35minsanactoria on January 29th, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC)
Hmm, favourite character to write. Of all time? Adrian Veidt, Watchmen (the film version; he does just as many terrible things as his comic book counterpart -- more, actually -- but he's way less smug about it.) There are so many issues to dig into there, and his voice isn't too far off my default writing style, so it feels pretty natural to me.

At the moment? Well, I suspect you can probably guess that. ;) Oh, Dean, you're such a glorious trainwreck; I just want to roll around in your angst forever, basically.

I don't know if I really have a least favourite. I tend not to try to write characters I really don't get/can't stand, because while I may be able to see their point of view, I'd find it hard to get into their headspace, and I'd probably come off as being judgy of them. And it really pisses me off when I feel like an author is going, "Look! Look! Look how awful this person is! Yeah, I bet they probably kick puppies!" instead of letting me make up my own mind, so I try not to go there. ;)
Fireez: Misc - sanity via plotbunnyfireez on January 29th, 2014 11:04 am (UTC)
I am stealing this.

#5 please!
tiamaria: ursulaanactoria on January 29th, 2014 07:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, a ton of different things. Sometimes it's that moment when your brain makes a connection between my current fannish obsession and something else, and it makes me see the whole thing in a new light, and I just need to write about it. (I think that's why I love AUs and crossovers so much.) Just that 'zing' moment, you know? Or sometimes it's the challenge of having a really cracky idea, seeing an out-there prompt or a pairing that doesn't seem like a natural fit, and just wanting to see if you can make it work.

But also, it's the way that inhabiting a fictional character lets you be someone else and try to understand the world as they see it for a while. Identifying bits of myself with fictional characters, and talking to myself through them, is something that's really important to my mental health, I think.
bivouack on January 29th, 2014 11:10 am (UTC)
hmm... 4. :)
tiamaria: giggleanactoria on January 29th, 2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
Well, there are a few different motifs that crop up a lot in my stuff -- fairies, alternate worlds, Lovecraftian shit -- and they probably feed into Major Obsession #1, which is 'the human.' We use it so unproblematically but it's such a fraught concept, so changeable and in some ways exclusionary. What actually makes somebody human? How do they accept themselves as such?

Major Obsession #2 is... ugh, self-acceptance sounds like such psychobabble, but I'm struggling to find another term for it, really. Self-forgiveness isn't exactly it, because it might be about someone realising they've done something unforgiveable, but they have to to move past it and live, anyway. It's one of the reasons I'm drawn to villain redemption and also to characters who aren't necessarily villainous, but do morally compromising things. The process of someone realising their flaws/limitations/the worst things they've ever done aren't the only things that define them, I guess.
frozen_delight: this is lovefrozen_delight on January 29th, 2014 11:22 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm glad you're doing this too. :)
1, please.
tiamaria: sherlockanactoria on January 29th, 2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, that is difficult. (Mostly because I can never decide what I think of my stuff after I post it; I veer wildly between "argh this sucks" and "hmm, surprisingly okay," usually within about ten minutes...) But I'm gonna say Your Visible Ghost, because it's something I was incredibly nervous about posting, and given the subject matter, it could have turned out excruciatingly offensive. So when people commented that they found it emotionally real... yeah, that was a huge relief.
frozen_delight: beautifulfrozen_delight on January 29th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
This is really interesting because I'd been thinking that if I were you, I'd probably pick Your Visible Ghost. And you did too. You're totally right to be proud of it. I've never seen anybody handle that subject better than you.
tiamaria: sherlockanactoria on January 29th, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
Well, that's a hell of a compliment. Thank you. ♥
Jinosprey_archer on January 29th, 2014 02:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, let's see... 6!
tiamaria: ireneanactoria on January 29th, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
Haha, I kind feel as though I should be way more hard-nosed about it than I am, since I do a lot of writing IRL as well. But when I get beta/editor comments back, I still have to step away from the computer and wail and gnash my teeth for a bit before I can look at them with a clear head. I do think tone is really important when giving critique, because I know how easy it is to have someone say, "this bit isn't really working" and read it as "GIVE UP WRITING FOREVER, YOU SUCK." That said, there are some fics that have been made way stronger by betas pointing out things that weren't working, and I've had some really interesting conversations with people come out of it. So, no pain no gain, I guess. ;)

I don't give critique very often. I absolutely would, if asked, but I'd never want to offer someone unsolicited crit, because I don't know what their motivation behind fic-writing is -- maybe it's a way of relaxing and they don't want to overthink it? maybe they slaved over it for ages and unsolicited criticism would knock their confidence for six? -- and in any case, so much is subjective.
Jinosprey_archer on January 30th, 2014 02:40 pm (UTC)
I have the same reaction to critiques (particularly critiques of stories that still need a lot of work.) I know they're good for me, but...so are brussels sprouts.

And I agree about unsolicited crit. Every once in a while fandom does another go-round about whether its acceptable to leave unsolicited constructive criticism on fics, but you know, I feel like this is an area where I'm pretty comfortable with fandom norms as they are. If someone wants to improve, they'll ask for a beta, and if they don't ask then they probably won't take anything constructive from the critique anyway because they'll be too busy tearing their hair out.
tiamariaanactoria on January 30th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
I know they're good for me, but...so are brussels sprouts.

Yes! I don't think it's an uncommon way to feel, really -- it's just a matter of stepping away while still in the initial 'argh!' stage and recognising that the editor isn't actually out to get me. ;)

And yeah, Concrit Wars seem to be one of those issues that never really go away. I agree with you. I mean, unless someone has specifically asked me for crit, or is someone I have a relationship with where we talk about writing, I'd just be a random internet stranger spewing my opinion all over their comments. And... yeah, no.
♔beenghosting on January 29th, 2014 03:53 pm (UTC)
9!
tiamaria: the foganactoria on January 29th, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
Bobby manoeuvres his chair up to the bench, fixing Dean with one of his patented cut the bullshit looks. “You’re angry. I get that. Hell, I’m angry—at your old man, much as anybody else.” He pauses then, and there’s this flicker of distance in his eyes, and shit. Dean knows what he’s gonna say next before it comes out: “You got every right to be angry. But you don’t get up there and say your goodbyes while you have the chance, and you will never stop regretting it.”

Because Dean has never really thought about it before, never tried to piece the timeline together. Because he only has the vaguest childhood memories of Bobby out of his chair, and the idea of Bobby ever going anywhere but the down deeps doesn’t quite compute. But he could’ve done, once.

Bobby had his accident the year
after Karen was sent to cleaning. He could’ve gone to the up top, could’ve watched her walk out through that door into the toxic air, could’ve memorised the place where she fell. And he didn’t.

The dead weight of it is there in his voice, in the slump of his shoulders, and it’s what tells Dean that he’s beaten.

“Get out of here,” Bobby tells him. “I may not be your caster anymore, but I will still kick your ass right up to the mids if I find you back here before tomorrow, legs or no legs.”

His voice is gentle, though.

Dean lets out a sigh. “Yeah,” he says. “Yeah, alright, I’m gone.”


(Probably makes no sense out of context, but it's based on the Silo Saga by Hugh Howey.)
♔beenghosting on January 29th, 2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
Ooooo, colour me intrigued! <3
tiamaria: queen charlieanactoria on January 29th, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
Intrigued is good! It's a post-apocalyptic dystoptian 'verse, and those are my favourite kind of AUs. ;) I've been thinking I might enter deancasbigbang if I have time, and this would probably be my entry if so. Because finishing WIPs in a timely fashion unprompted is a thing at which I clearly suck.
♔beenghosting on January 30th, 2014 12:32 am (UTC)
Ooooh, awesome! You should definitely do it, if you can!
tiamaria: d&canactoria on January 30th, 2014 08:02 pm (UTC)
I really want to! :) It just depends on schedule, really.
cold_claritycold_clarity on January 30th, 2014 04:33 am (UTC)
10 and 11! :D

(snagging this)
tiamariaanactoria on January 30th, 2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
Argh, difficult!

10. Argh, I don't know! Uh, I'm technically competent enough that I think my stuff usually flows pretty well, and I feel fairly confident breaking rules and trying out different character voices. And I think I have a fairly sensible approach to planning, since I usually start with a clear idea of where a story is going, but I don't stick rigidly to it if it ends up working better another way.

11. I probably have a tendency to 'tell,' and while 'show don't tell,' like all Rules For Writing, should be taken with a pinch of salt, it's more to do with the fact that if a scene is necessary to the mechanics of the plot but doesn't have an emotional hook for me, I just... can't be arsed. I'm also increasingly incapable of writing short things, because every look, gesture, or word has to have some sort of significance, and maybe I make characters overthink things they don't need to because I'm trying to get absolutely everything in there.

Also, semicolons. Semicolons and em-dashes. EVERYWHERE.
brightly_litbrightly_lit on January 31st, 2014 02:20 am (UTC)
Almost everything else is gone, so ... 7. :-)
tiamariaanactoria on February 1st, 2014 11:00 am (UTC)
Oh God, I was terrified of being asked this one! ;) Here goes, try not to cringe.

'Chelle knows she's not exactly a role model. She gets drunk and goes home with unsuitable people way too often. The last collective she was a part of fell to pieces because of some daft argument she couldn't let go of about whether electric guitars were too phallic. (Her two pence worth: of course not, you stupid cow, just because you haven't got a penis does that mean you've never wanted to fight someone or fuck them? That's what rock and roll's about. Needless to say, the 'stupid cow' part didn't go down too well.) She falls out with friends over the littlest things, and when they won't answer the phone to her she's been known to cry on the fire escape with a bottle of wine until it gets light. She hasn't paid her rent on time in two years, and her wardrobe makes old ladies side-eye her in the street. Oh yeah, and apparently she spent her entire youth failing to notice that her mum was some kind of secret government fuck-knows-what.

But, she thinks, as Tanith rolls out of the pub with a bloody nose and a grin on her face, what did she ever do to deserve a sister like this?
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