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When in doubt, do a meme!

I'm still working on my outline for my Obidala fic, which isn't fun but unfortunately has to take place before I'm comfortable starting on it. All I can say right now is that it will be based somewhat off of naboosenator, though not exactly. It will be multi-chapter, and I'm hoping to post updates to it on obiwan_padme, although I haven't decided whether I'm ready for that sort of self-pimpage. I guess I was partially inspired by One Path, but I highly doubt my fic will develop as much of a following as that one. It'd be nice, but unlikely.

So in the meantime, here's a writing meme. I'm trying to keep this journal mostly meme-free, since this journal is for writing and writing only, but I couldn't resist doing this one. Ganked from jediknightmuse, and crossposted to senatorsfan.

1. Do you outline?
For big projects, I can't live without one. For instance, right now with my multi-chapter fic I pretty much have to, or I forget where I'm going with the whole thing. Besides, I'm just that type of person. I want to have all the ideas organized and thought out before I actually start writing. This doesn't mean I always stick completely to the outline. No, far from it. It just means I have a general idea of where I'm going, so any deviations can be managed.

2. Do you write straight through, or do you sometimes tackle the scenes out of order?
Heh, I could never write out of order. The methodical part of my brain would go nuts. Besides, if I wrote out of order I would really feel like I was boxing myself in, like I wouldn't have any flexibility for the earlier scenes. So no, I write straight through.

3. Do you prefer writing with a pen or using a computer?
Computer. Definitely computer. I'm a lot faster typing than I am handwriting, and I also don't like the hand cramps associated with handwriting. If I have a good idea I'll just pull my laptop over and start jotting stuff down. I used to do outlines by hand, but I don't anymore.

4. Do you prefer writing in first person or third?
I used to like first person better, but since I started writing fanfic I've really gravitated to third. I'm not exactly sure why, it just sort of ... happened. o.O

5. Do you listen to music while you write?
When I outline, yes. If I'm doing an Obidala fic or a hockey fic I'll sometimes set the appropriate playlist to play in iTunes. And when I wrote my songfic I had Out of Bounds on repeat. But otherwise no, it interferes with my concentration.

6. How do you come up with the perfect names for your characters?
With fanfic, they're already provided for me. ^_^ I haven't written original stuff in awhile now, but I generally pick names I like for whatever reason.

7. When you're writing, do you ever imagine your story as a television show or movie?
No. I'm not a television watcher, as a rule, and although imagining it as a movie helps sometimes, I don't do it that often.

8. Have you ever had a character insist on doing something you really didn't want him/her to do?
Oh yes, and it's frelling irritating! They're like children in that sense, you can tell them they need to do something specific or act in a certain way, and then they'll just look at you, wink and proceed to directly defy you. I remember when I was writing the request fic for Steph and I wanted it to be all serious, but the characters wouldn't cooperate. It's disconcerting, but in the end, you can't do a whole hell of a lot about it. You just have to adapt.

9. Do you know how a story is going to end when you start it?
Sometimes. If I have a good outline I often do. But for my Obidala fic, I currently have no clue. o__o

10. Where do you write?
Two most popular places are the Comfy Couch and in bed. While I'm on the Couch I like to curl up under my Senators blanket and just pound away at my keyboard. (That's where I am now.) But I usually take my laptop to bed with me, because I've had good ideas pop up in the middle of the night or come from dreams, and I don't want to be caught short.

11. What do you do when you get writer's block?
Complain about it. XD I might check out a prompt community or two, but often it's just a matter of sitting tight and waiting for it to blow over.

12. What size increments do you write in (either in terms of wordcount, or as a percentage of the fic as a whole)?
The short fics I do try to get done in one or two sittings. I don't have an actual ... wordcount I try to work towards, but a decent day's work on a long fic would be maybe three or four pages.

13. How many different drafts did you write for your last project?
Two, I think. One was the rough draft, then Katie beta'd it for me, then I posted the good copy to my writing journal.

14. Have you ever changed a character's name midway through a draft?
Heh, I did once, but it ended up being a disaster and I changed it back a few weeks later.

15. Do you let anyone read your story while you're working on it, or do you wait until you've completed a draft before letting someone else see it?
I always complete a draft first. I just don't like sending people half-finished stories, it seems weird somehow.

16. What do you do to celebrate when you finish a draft?
Relax. And start thinking about the next idea I'll work on. XD

17. One project at a time, or multiple projects at once?
What can I say, I'm a shameless multitasker. I have three claims at fanfic communities right now, plus I'm trying to somehow link my big fic to that. I can't work on just one project at once, I get bored.

18. Do your stories grow or shrink in revision?
Grow. But occasionally shrink.

19. Do you have any writing or critique partners?
Katie is definitely one of them, even though she doesn't do much writing herself anymore. But she beta's my fanfic, and she's helping me with my current outline.

20. Do you prefer drafting or revising?
Drafting, it's a hell of a lot more fun to just write than revise.

Finally, I'm considering switching from doing jedi_news with senatorsfan, to this journal. I have a lot more Star Wars icons on this journal, and I dunno, I think I would just feel more comfortable using this one. So I'll make a post about that probably tomorrow.
Tags: meme, writing

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