10 February 2008 @ 07:59 pm
OOC-Fanfic/Writing Meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] heythereslugger  
1. How about a brief introduction?

I'm Heather. I write Abby in TM/TBS. I also have some other ER fic on ff.net that's Neela/Dubenko

2. What got you into fan fiction (and/or adopting muses)?

I started reading fic years ago but only started writing it last year. I was bored and didn't like some of what the show writers were doing with characters I love so I wanted to take what they'd given us and take it in a different direction or maybe expand on it a bit.

I started writing Abby because I wanted more of a challenge, to explore what makes her tick.

3. What kind of fan fiction do you write?

I have one multi-chaptered story on ff.net that I write in spurts. It's definitely harder than writing something that's only a scene or two long. I think I like writing the smaller pieces more. Explain a small facet of the character at a time.

4. Do you write for the same pairings/characters?

I pretty much write Abby because she's my favorite current character on the show. She's a complicated, flawed, interesting person and there is so much to her that I can play with.

5. What is your most popular fic and why do you think people like it so?

I have no idea. I've gotten a couple of comments on specific prompts but none really more than the others. I think my favorite one is Abby's answer for the TM prompt "Seduction". It's funny, slightly cross-fandom but in an entirely harmless way that doesn't really affect anything. NBC often promotes it's own shows through other programs (Even on ER, we've had characters admit to watching Heroes and The Apprentice, Fear Factor) this was sort of the same thing.

6. Forgot other people, what is the fanfic you've written that you're most proud of?

I just answered this above. Oops.

7. Do you find writing easy? Hard? What aspects do you struggle with?

Sometimes. Sometimes the "answer" to a prompt just comes and it's easy to write it. The last TM prompt I did about the ring, for example. I knew exactly what I wanted to so it was very easy to write it. Others I'll struggle with forever and still not be really happy with.

8. Write a few sentences of your favorite pairing or character.

Abby scares the crap out of me sometimes. She has been some very dark places and put through the wringer emotionally. She's also very angry a lot of the time. It would be easy to always dwell on those parts of her, but it would be very boring I think.

She has a sense of humor too. It's sometimes dark, often sarcastic, definitely wry, but it's there. I like playing with that part of her.

She's deep and complex. She hides from everyone, even herself. I like trying to find ways to make her open up. To give her reason to want to let someone in.

9. Are there any fan fiction trends/cliches you hate?

Mary Suing your favorite character. This happens to Abby all the time in fan fic. She is not cute/happy/fluffy/altruistic. Yet people like to write her this way. The let's get married, have five children (or adopt 20), do volunteer work in Africa nonsense drives me batty. She stops being Abby and because something...else. With Abby's name. There is growth and change that a character goes through and then there's turning them into a pod person.

Glossing over the canon to 'force' happy endings with certain pairings. If there are problems, major obstacles that characters would need to work through to be together or to be together happily, brushing them aside makes me roll my eyes and stop reading. Best example: Abby and Luka. They have made some huge problems for themselves and each other in the last two seasons. It's not believable for them to just "forget about" the levels of trust each other have broken and run off into the sunset together and I don't understand how people think that that is a satisfying story. It's only half-told when you do that.

People thinking that "it's just fic" means you do not have to follow the rules of grammar/punctuation in whatever language you decide to write in.

10. Are you guilty of any of the trends you hate?

I don't think I am.

11. What was the first fandom you wrote for? Do you still write for it?

ER is pretty much all I write for.

12. Name your OTPs and explain what it is about them you love to write.

Abby and Luka-the first time. They had a rawness about them that was painful but real. It was flawed and fucked up but in a way honest.

Neela/Dubenko-There was a brief moment where the writers seemed to go there with them then did an about face just as quickly. Canon-wise they are very much mentor/student but there is also a friendship there that seems to go beyond the workplace. I think they're more plausible than some of the canon relationships ER has come up with lately. (Sam/Gates I am looking at you)

13. What would you call your writing style?

All over the place.

I like to try different things when I write.

14. Do you read other people's fan fiction? If so, what do you find yourself reading the most?

I read everyone that I have friended here. I also read a lot of Lost and ER fic other places too. I tend to give anything a try once but I stick to writers who have proven that they know canon (even when they choose to move outside of it) and pay attention to characterization/voice. If it sounds like the characters I know, I'm pretty much willing to go on whatever ride you want to take your readers on.

15. Name one thing you'd love to write but have been too afraid or too shy to do.

Abby and Luka calling it quits. It would be entirely unpopular with a large part of the ER fandom but after this last season I do not know why the writers even put them back together. At this point there doesn't even feel like there is anything left to salvage.

The way things have played out on screen, I'd find it more believable if they went their separate ways than anything else. And that's sad.

16. Do you feel uncomfortable taking criticism? Or worse, do you have the dreaded bloated ego?

Nope. I like feed back. I like knowing what people think about what I've written, good or bad. I don't care if it's just to mention I've made grammar mistakes, I'm sure I do, or if it's to point out why something in a piece doesn't work for them.

The only thing I don't like is pointless complaining. Hasn't happened on LJ but on ff.net someone has the habit of commenting to my stories just to point out that there have been no smutty scenes written. Gee, thanks. I hadn't noticed. Try commenting on what I have written.

17. When you write, is there anything that helps?

I listen to music while I write. Sometimes I'll rewatch an episode to refresh my memory or to get a quite right. If I get stuck, I leave it and come back later.

18. What inspires you?

Usually a line of dialog will give me ideas for what I write.

19. Lastly, how would you sum up your fan fiction experiences and you as a writer?

I do it for fun and that's really all. I don't have dreams of some day writing a novel or anything, this is just something to do when I'm not working or hanging out with my friends. It's also fun to do it in a forum like LJ where it becomes something of an interactive experience.

20. Tag some friends, because they'll hate you for it.

I tag... anybody who wants to do it!
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