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30 Day Fanfic Meme - Day 8 
13th-Jul-2011 03:09 am
Nick Ellis About To Fight
30 Days Fanfiction Meme

8 – Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

Ah, OCs. I personally don't write OCs nor am I a really big fan of them, but I know that sometimes they are a necessary evil. Of course some people write them really well, and others... Well, not so much.

If an OC is sort of detrimental to your plot and such, then that's cool. And if they're written well, then hey, they're fine by me. It's when OC's take the spotlight in fanfiction rather than you know, the canonical characters, that kind of bugs me. Especially when people write an OC just for the sake of romancing a canon character for their own self-insert fap fantasies. Ew. :/ When I see fanart of someone's OC and a character from a fandom together, it kind of makes me die inside. It's like, keep that shit to yourself. D:< So yeah, OCs are cool if they're well done and don't take over the entire fic. Otherwise, I will probably run in the other direction from your fic.

1 – How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

2 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?

4 – Do you have a "muse" character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?

5 –If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?

6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

8 – Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

9 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?

10 – Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

12 – Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

13 – 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?

14 – 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?

15 – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

17 – 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?

18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

19 – When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

20 – Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

21 – 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?

22 – 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?

23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

24 – 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?

25 – 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?

26 – What is the oddest (or funniest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

27 – Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

29 – What is your current project or projects?

30 – Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!

13th-Jul-2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Ah, the dreaded OC. Such a double edged sword. I agree with you. If they work and progress the plot and interact well, good on them, mate! If they're annoying as shit and are clearly Mary Sue self insertion devices.... Yuck.
13th-Jul-2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
It really is. You have to do it well, otherwise it just ends up lame. And Mary Sue inserts? Yuck indeed!! D:
13th-Jul-2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
I'm totally guilty of OC stuff in other fandoms. I've deleted those fics from existence I hope.
13th-Jul-2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
Hahaha. But I'm sure that you've learned from your mistakes by now. ;D And I think everyone is guilty of some form of badfic or another, it's a rite of passage.
13th-Jul-2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, in publishing fic I would keep OCs out of the limelight and use sparingly as needed.

My friend and I have been doing an rp that's gotten very OC heavy, but when we publish it we're not putting those parts in because it's gonna be a big "who cares." Just because we like the characters we've made, doesn't mean other people will.
13th-Jul-2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
Well hey, as long as you guys are having fun with it, then who cares! ^_^
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