lanalucy: (33)
Today's topic in a writing comm was:
Over the years we have all produced fic. Some of it has been rewarded with kudos and comments. There's not always a clear reason why some fics 'make it' into the readers acclaim or why. When public acclaim is taken into account: what are your best fics? Don't hesitate to post links.

I answered based only on top fics according to AO3 stats. I don't really pay much attention to ff.net. I post things there, then forget about them.

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lanalucy: (curvy)
Do you have a favorite among the fics you've written? What makes it your favorite? Give us a link!

Hmm. I probably had the most fun writing Make Me a Match.

I really love some of my shorter works, including Like a Warm Sweater on a Cold Day or Combat Ribbons or Me on My Way to You.

But I like rereading most of my fic. When it's been a while, I get to read it from a distance, and it reminds me why I write - the feeling I get when I read good words.
lanalucy: (special)
What is your current project or projects?

Ha. Way too many to count - dozens of fics in some version of progress. I'd like to finish the second half of Some Assembly Required, though. That one's languished since I posted the first half.
lanalucy: (underwear model)
Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

Yes. I have collaborated on an as yet unfinished BSG fic with [livejournal.com profile] newnumbertwo, and I've done Round Robins with several BSG fic-writers for [livejournal.com profile] bsg_epics.

When it's at full strength, my beta village is a pretty collaborative place. We are in and out of each other's docs and we make comments and suggestions, which sometimes make it into that fic, and sometimes turn into prompts for something else. I've gotten some really fantastic prompts from random comments on a fic in progress.

For my Het Big Bang fic, Without a Net, I got art from [livejournal.com profile] lotrspnfangirl, and it was beautiful! I love the little section dividers, and the icons, and the header art of Kara and Lee. I understand now why writers love to get art for fics.
lanalucy: (wonder)
Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

I generally try to be comfortable to write. I have a very expensive office chair, which I purchased way back in the days of jobs and money, and it has held up well. I've gotten my money's worth out of this baby.

I have a card table set up in the living/dining area, and for now, that's where I write. Eventually, I'll get back in my room, but I'm currently reorganizing.

Mostly, I write on my laptop. My typing speed can almost keep up with my muse when I'm really in the zone. However, when I need some extra energy, I will go and sit in a restaurant and eat or have a snack, and write in a composition book, of which I have easily half a dozen, because I use them for many, many things, not just for longhand writing of fiction.
lanalucy: (Ryan and Tiger)
What is the oddest (or funniest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

I don't remember research anything truly odd. I've had to spend a great deal of time on battlestarwiki, but nothing really outrageous. Most of my fics involve something I've actually done or felt or see or heard, so personal experience is my main research tool. Except for smut. Though I've been somewhat adventurous, I've never been as adventurous as Kara, so I have a special sexpert for when I need to write something I've never experienced.
lanalucy: (once in a lifetime)
Music: Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?

No. No. No. Yes. :D

I cannot write while listening to anything with words or lyrics. It drowns out the voices in my head, and makes writing way too much work.
lanalucy: (Helo)
Betaing: How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?

I have a village of betas, including [livejournal.com profile] newnumbertwo and [livejournal.com profile] laura_mayfair as my long-time betas, and [livejournal.com profile] singerdiva01_sk and [livejournal.com profile] fragrantwoods as welcome extras, and [livejournal.com profile] red_b_rackham as out-of-fandom beta. I am very fond of my beta village.

I have a couple of horror stories about betas I DID, but not betas anyone's done for me.
lanalucy: (Helo)
When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

I post everything to AO3, no matter where I get the prompt and whether or not it's BSG. Most of my BSG fic also gets posted to my fic journal, unless it's too long. I hate the formatting part of posting as regards to LJ, so if I have to break a post up into parts, it feels like way too much work.

I post very rarely to ff, and only G or PG things. I much prefer the tagging capabilities on AO3, so anything above PG gets thoroughly tagged when I post it.

I post commentfic to [livejournal.com profile] bsg_kink and [livejournal.com profile] bsg_epics and to other comms when I'm responding to a challenge.
lanalucy: (K L happy)
Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

I've participated in many challenges. My first Big Bang was this year. I had fun, though it was also stressful. I got art for the first time ever, and I love the story I started.

This is my second year in [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout, and that is a great experience all the way around.
lanalucy: (Ryan and Tiger)
Sequels: Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

I love sequels!

I have written sequels, both intentional and unintentional. Sometimes I write a fic, and don't realize until I'm done that it actually fits into a particular verse. And sometimes, I go into a story knowing it is in the same timeline as something else I've written.

I love reading sequels, too.
lanalucy: (33)
Do you ever get plotbunnies from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

Yes. One of the first stories I wrote, Careless Whispers, was a followup to [livejournal.com profile] olaf47's I Am Related to My Enemy, which frankly, I think is much better than my story.

I've written other things that follow on or happen in someone else's verse, but I can't remember any of them right now.
lanalucy: (Ryan and Tiger)
When you have ideas, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for later use?

It depends. Sometimes, I get a prompt, and I know it's going to become a story, but I don't get anything at first other than the idea. Those I set aside in a prompts doc.

Sometimes, the characters start talking, and when they're done for the day, they go away, or a different fic's version of those characters replaces them.

Basically, I write what's in my head - it's all about the voices in my head - and I rarely write the same way twice.
lanalucy: (Helo)
Where do you get the most inspiration (aka "plot bunnies") for your fics from?

I don't get my inspiration from any one place or person. I've gotten prompts from random things friends have said to one-word prompts on comms to bingo cards to passages in books to who knows what. Many times, the characters just start talking, and I start writing, without any idea where it's going.
lanalucy: (batman ryan)
Titles: Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

Titles are my least favorite part of writing. I can come up with awesome titles, as long as I'm helping someone else, but when it comes to my own work, titles are hard. And no, unless there's a reason each chapter needs its own title, I don't title them. Numbers work just fine for me, in both reading and writing.
lanalucy: (blue frog)
Summaries: Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

Ugh. I love summaries when I'm deciding what to read, but I hate writing them. I like for them to be as simple as possible, and I try to stick to one sentence, if at all possible.

To distill something down to its basics, I have to determine what, besides getting my pilots laid, the story is about. That's not always as easy as it sounds without giving something away, so writing a summary is second only to titling for my ick list.
lanalucy: (Ryan and Tiger)
Warnings: What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

I might have a tendency to overtag or warn for too many things rather than too few.

Getting hit by a trigger when reading a fic is not a fun experience, and I'd feel more than a bit like leaving someone after a scene with no aftercare, and that's just not right.

The person reading has the best idea what triggers he or she has, and I warn for them. If I'm not sure, I post a link to AO3 and tag the frak out of it there, and let the reader decide.

As far as the strangest thing? I don't know. I don't freewrite tags, so if it's something weird, I'd probably put it in the summary or opening notes.
lanalucy: (WaN Kara)
Ratings: how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?

lol

I am all about the smut, and every single time I write a G-rated story, I'm surprised. :D
lanalucy: (WaN Kara)
Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

I have my pet headcanons, and some fanon has probably sunk into my fic-writing-psyche.

I use the source material as a way to gauge my voices, make sure I'm giving an authentic Kara or Lee or Karl or whoever, as far as possible.
lanalucy: (K L happy)
Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

Nope. Though I love to read fusions when someone else writes a good one, writing one isn't of any interest to me.

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