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28 January 2014 @ 08:49 pm
Writerly Meme  
Taken from tumblr.

Comment with a number, and I'll answer:

1.of the fic you’ve written, which are you most proud of?
2.favorite tense (past/present/future)
3.favorite POV (first/second/third/etc)
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 wrt writing?
11.what are your weaknesses wrt writing?
12.what’s your favorite place for writing resources?
13.who are your favorite writers?
14. anything else that you want to know (feel free to make up a question)
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on January 29th, 2014 04:07 am (UTC)

And I'm sorry, I am apparently incapable of coming up with anything for #7 :(
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 29th, 2014 04:16 am (UTC)
No worries at all. Would you like a different number? #2

#1. My favourite thing that I've ever written is 'Acceptably Close to Love', which is a story in the Trio verse that explores how Mrs and Mr Holmes (my versions, created before Series Three) met and fell in love with each other. It essentially gave me a chance to write Sherlock in love and Sherlock as a dad, which I could never do with canon Sherlock (even though, shhh, sometimes I'd like to). I'm also very pleased with how my three-year old Sherlock came out.

The story I'm most proud of, though, is 'Lost for Words', because I think it's the first multi-chapter story I've written where I told myself that I was going to finish it, and just hacked away until I did, even when I was stuck. I lost three chapters, but I got it done, and it's been well-received, and I'm very proud of it.
formerly lifeinsomniac: Books&Lolliesjoonscribble on January 29th, 2014 05:35 am (UTC)
#13 because I'm very curious!
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 29th, 2014 05:45 am (UTC)
My favourite writers are Kate Morton, Agatha Christie, Jim Butcher, Deanna Raybourn, Rex Stout, and Sophie Kinsella, in terms of 'will probably read anything they write/have written'.

I like them all for different reasons, but I think my favourite storyteller is Kate Morton. I am a huge fan of the way she weaves various time periods and generations together, so you never know what's going to happen until the end. She's amazing.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 29th, 2014 06:30 am (UTC)
Ooh, nice list! I very much emjoyed Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden. The Distant Hours is currently on my to read list.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 29th, 2014 02:51 pm (UTC)
The Forgotten Garden was the first one I read of hers, after Mum raved and raved about it. We don't usually enjoy the same books, so I read it reluctantly, and it was awesome. All her books are like that, weaving the past and the present together. I really admire the planning that must go into that, versus my own 'let's start writing and see what happens' approach.
frozen_delight: booksfrozen_delight on January 29th, 2014 08:33 am (UTC)
8, please. :)
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 29th, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
I think I'm comfortable writing most of the Sherlock characters, now, though it took me ages to find Sherlock's voice. I've never tried to write Moriarty, nor do I care to. I don't like dark stories, and I don't want to get in his head.

In terms of least favourite to write...I would have said Sherlock, but I think I've got the hang of him, now. I used to have a hard time not just writing everything he's noticing, and finding the right balance between telling the story but also having his deductions come in. I've sort of settled on showing he's still deducing through dialogue, commenting on something, or narration, noting something, rather than a constant onslaught of facts. Even though I think that's what it must be like in his brain. I'd never want to do 1st person POV with him.

In other fandoms, I also find Bond hard to write, partly for the same reason as Sherlock, and partly because he's a bit darker than I usually narrate for.

As for favourite characters to write, I do love Molly a lot. I find her quite easy to write for. I also enjoy Lestrade and John, though if I'm not careful, they sound like each other. Q is my go to narrator in my Trio verse, because he's the non-deducing brother, so he's free to tell a story without so many facts. I'd say, of everyone, I enjoy writing John the most. I love doctors, and he's narrated the majority of my stories, so I'm very comfortable with him now.

I also enjoy writing Abby, because I love to write kids. And, in other fandoms, Harry Dresden is one of my favourite narrators ever.
shadowfireflame: Sherlock in Molly's labshadowfireflame on January 29th, 2014 10:20 pm (UTC)
Ooh, #4 please! :)
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 29th, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
I think most of my stories have themes of family, love, and friendship, and those are definitely the ones I enjoy writing about the most. I think my favourite theme is 'unconventional families', people who have come together to form a functioning, loving unit, for no other reason than they like each other or need each other. That's always been something I've written about, and something in common with most fandoms I enjoy.

ETA: By the way, pingbot alerted me to a comment you made with a rec for my stories in it. I didn't want to barge into someone else's journal to thank you, so I'll do it here. Thank you! :-D

Edited at 2014-01-29 10:52 pm (UTC)
shadowfireflameshadowfireflame on January 30th, 2014 03:24 am (UTC)
Awww, I love the theme of unconventional families/friendship! (That's probably why I love Sherlock so much.) So fun!