My job is sucking out my soul.
In other news, a somewhat brief writing memo to appease my need to rebel against my workplace for a few minutes.
Another Writing Survey that I stole from musesfool1. What's the favorite story (i.e.: 1) you've ever written and why?
I know it’s probably not appropriate, but I have deep love for almost every one of my stories for different reasons. But I guess my favorite would be Reinventions
because I somehow managed to write an old-fashioned romance – who knew I had it in me?2. What're questions you're most frequently asked?
“Are you friends with Justin Timberlake?” and “When are you going to update?”3. What're your thoughts on betas?
I think it’s imperative to have a few people that you can trust to read your stuff and basically just help you to reshape it into something marvellous. No matter how many times you edit on your own (which, as a compulsive edit Nazi, I have a tendency to do), you’ll still miss things that someone who doesn’t live in your head might not. 4. How important is canon?
You have to know canon before you can write a decent fanfiction. All fanfiction (A/U and crossovers included) is based off the canon. The way the characters would react to things, their interactions with other people, the activities they would find themselves caught up in. If you don’t know canon, I don’t know how your story is anything more than original work with the canon character’s names.5. What're your fanfic pet peeves?
This is a can of worms I doubt anyone wants opened, but I guess my main ones are based on my above answer. I don’t like it when a character acts completely different without a very good reason. I hate people messing up characters I love without any cause for it. I have no problems with A/U or original characters in a piece as long as you maintain the characters that I love. Also, if you don’t know the basics of writing, please don’t force it upon others without someone beta’ing it. I won’t read things IN ONE BIG PARAGRAPH.6. What's your favorite (ie: 1) story you've ever read and why?
This is an evil question! Can I just say anything that Lady Lit ever wrote was always brilliant! I was so in love with her stuff and talent. Alas, her site is no more, but her stuff was what great writing was all about.
As for a story that still exists: I love My Little Mary
by Steph iamtheenemy
because it was back in the day when people only wrote Chris Kirkpatrick as being “the funny one” and Steph actually gives his character some dimension…and it’s just an adorable little romance.7. What quote applies most to you and why?“I don’t feel the need to explain my art to you, Warren.” 8. Do you outline/brainstorm?
I mull things over in my head for awhile before putting them to paper, but usually my brainstorming/outlines is my first draft. I just write and edit and write…and then by the time the first draft is done, I have a basic idea of what I’m trying to accomplish. For my WIPs, well, I just have an idea in my head of what I want to happen and where I want my characters to go – sometimes the characters end up changing that on me…which is why I tend not to use outlines. I can’t seem to function with outlines.9. Computer or pen and paper?
Both. I prefer to do my very first drafts in a notebook and then type them into the computer, changing it as I go, but sometimes it’s simpler to type it right into the computer.10. What's your muse's name and favorite temptation to be creative?
His name is the evil, angsty Chris Perry! Okay, it actually depends on what I’m writing. I don’t know that my muse has a name besides what I refer to it as “goddamn pain in my ass!”
I’m not sure what “favorite temptation” means unless it’s what really makes you tick as far as writing goes. And I don’t know – I vary. I love it all really. I love writing tons of different scenarios for tons of different characters.