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12th-Aug-2013 02:29 pm - Writing survey
(Fan) OTPs
1. Do you outline?
Not usually. This is probably why I rarely finish anything. I don’t know why I have such a difficulty with this.

2. Do you write straight through, or do you sometimes tackle the scenes out of order?
Usually I write straight through, however, I have been known to tackle scenes out of order (namely when I don’t have my story in front of me and I want to work on it). It is difficult to work in scenes written out of order though.

3. Do you prefer writing with a pen or using a computer?
Computer. When I write by hand (I used to do this all the time), my handwriting ends up not looking nice, and I have scribbles and additions and it’s near impossible even for me to read. That being said, usually when I’m writing out of order scenes, those are written on paper.

4. Do you prefer writing in first person or third?
I don’t have a preference between the two; I feel like the type of story lends itself only to one or the other. My fanfiction is almost exclusively third person, whereas the story I’m working on right now is about someone discovering herself and needed to be written in 1st person; the story wouldn’t have made sense in 3rd person.

5. Do you listen to music while you write?
I keep meaning to create a playlist just for a specific story to keep my mind focused on it, but that doesn’t ever wind up happening. I actually did have a playlist created for one story, but I never remembered to have it on when I was writing. The story I’m working on now technically has a playlist (the story and playlist have their inspirations in the same source), but I’ve never tried writing the story with it on, partially because the playlist is music that I do not normally listen to. I don’t find music to affect my concentration; when I’m really into writing, I tune out everything around me.

6. How do you come up with the perfect names for your characters?
Meh, I don’t. I usually just pick names I like. If I’m writing a period piece, I will research applicable names and pick what I like from there. My current story, I wasn’t even sold on the names, I just used them as placeholders and had intended to change them later when inspiration struck. However, I had shown the story to a friend and he started referring to the characters by name and they just stuck at that point.

7. When you’re writing, do you ever imagine your story as a television show or movie?
I do. When I read, I know it’s successful writing when I’m picturing it as a television show/movie, rather than words on a page. Therefore it’s important to me for my story to visual. Of course there are certain things that you can do with a visual medium that you simply can’t do on paper.

8. Have you ever had a character insist on doing something you really didn’t want him/her to do?
Yes. Every time I try writing an emo-esque Anne of Green Gables fic, Gilbert always finds a way to try and get with Anne, and I’m like, noooooooo, not in this fic. I don’t have such a problem with my original characters, mostly because I let them control the story.

9. Do you know how a story is going to end when you start it?
Rarely. Maybe my fan fiction more so, because they’re relatively short. But never with original work. I was writing one and suddenly new the ending, so I jotted it down so I’d remember it. My current story, not so much.

10. Where do you write?
Usually in the living room. I need to try cleaning off my desk and seeing if writing in my bedroom works any better. If we’re slow, I’ll write at work.

11. What do you do when you get writer’s block?
Get frustrated and walk away.

12. What size increments do you write in (either in terms of wordcount, or as a percentage of the fic as a whole)?
Until I have to stop either due to hitting a mental roadblock, or real life interferes.

13. How many different drafts did you write for your last project?
Uhhh. . . technically two. I started writing, then I had someone beta the progress, then I re-wrote most of what I had so far. It’s still a WIP.

14. Have you ever changed a character’s name midway through a draft?
I mean to often, but then don’t because I just get used to that name being that character. Although I feel like one time I had two characters in the same piece with the same name; obviously that would need to be changed.

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?
Depends. I usually don’t have betas. My last piece I was sending to someone because he was sending me his mid-draft. My current one I’m sending chapter-by-chapter because I want to make sure everything is working smoothly before I get too far in as it is a topic I’ve never dealt with before.

16. What do you do to celebrate when you finish a draft?
I really don’t celebrate it.

17. One project at a time, or multiple projects at once?
Multiple. If I get an idea, I want to go with it. I don’t want to make something (or someone) wait just because I’m stuck on something else. That being said, I’m only active with one at a time.

18. Do your stories grow or shrink in revision?
Grow, because usually what revising does is fill in those “insert skipped time here” breaks.

19. Do you have any writing or critique partners?
Not really. I have a couple of people who have done it in the past. My current piece, the only reason that friend is critiquing it for me is because the story was completely his idea. (One of those jokes, “You know what you should write?” “Challenge accepted.”)

20. Do you prefer drafting or revising?
Drafting. Usually when I get to the revision portion I’m sick of the story and don’t care. That’s why I’m revising my current story as I go along.
15th-Apr-2012 07:41 pm - Dawn Comes in the Morning Time
M*A*S*H
Title: Dawn Comes in the Morning Time
Fandom: M*A*S*H (TV series)
Characters/Pairing: General series
Theme: “For every dark night, there's a brighter day” -- Tupac Shakur
Word Count: 219
Rating: G
Disclaimers: I do not own M*A*S*H or any of its characters, etc.
Warnings: n/a
Notes: n/a
Summary: Kellye is kind of depressed due to how everyone looks her over. A new doctor means a promising new adventure.

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31st-Mar-2012 05:15 pm - Survey
(Fan) OTPs
1. Your genre(s)?
Fan fiction and fiction.

2. How many books have you completed?
I have a few short stories and a novelette finished. Umm, I guess in a form, Hath Not a Jew is completed. It still needs major editing though.

3. How many books are you working on now?
B.J. & Peg's backstory which really needs a title other than Backstory.

4. Are you a linear or chunk writer?
Definitely linear. I've tried chunk writing but I can never seem to find a way to work it into the story, so I'm better off getting a general idea down and then doing the actual writing when I get to that scene. My latest example is that for the scene where Peg let's B.J. in, I originally had it set in her apartment, but while writing I wound up placing it in her hotel room.

5. The POV you're most partial to?
Depends on the story. Heck, there was one story and I originally started it in either 1st or 3rd and switched half way through for no reason other than I forgot. Fan fiction is almost exclusively 3rd person; 1st in fan fic really irks me.

6. The theme that keeps cropping up in your books?
Uhh. . . The reason most of my stuff is incomplete is that there is no theme. However, looking at my scenes and such, I'd say probably how love can make it through all the trials and tribulations we put it through if we want it to.

7. How many days a week do you write?8. What time of day do you get your best writing done?
I haven't figured that out yet.

9. Who are your inspirations?
The characters. And to that extent, the writers of the shows/books/movies I'm writing fan fiction of. In HNAJ, Dan was the biggest inspiration.

10. Who are your favorite authors to read?
S.E. Hinton, Mitch Albom, L.M. Montgomery, Stephen King.
25th-Jan-2012 02:38 pm - That's MAJOR Ferret Face to You!
M*A*S*H
Title: That's MAJOR Ferret Face to You!
Fandom: M*A*S*H (TV series)
Characters/Pairing: General series
Theme: rusticate: to go or send to the country @ 10_inspirations
Word Count: 282
Rating: G
Disclaimers: I do not own M*A*S*H or any of its characters, etc.
Warnings: n/a
Notes: I wanted to have the contrast of how others view Frank juxtaposed with how he views himself.
Summary: Once again getting the short stick/trying to prove his worth, Frank gets a menial task, leaving him time for introspection.

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12th-Jan-2012 06:15 pm - Meme
(Fan) OTPs
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1. What’s your favorite time of day to read?
I don't have one, so maybe that's part of the reason I've fallen out it.

2. Do you read during breakfast? (Assuming you eat breakfast.)
Nope. I've tried, but I don't like sitting at a table and reading, and much less, I don't like sitting in the kitchen chair for reading.

3. What’s your favorite breakfast food? (Noting that breakfast foods can be eaten any time of day.)
Bagels or homemade breads or cinnamon/orange rolls or scrambled eggs/omelets/quiche.

4. How many hours a day would you say you read?
Not nearly enough.

5. Do you read more or less now than you did, say, 10 years ago?
Less; I didn't have a full time job then.

6. Do you consider yourself a speed reader?
No, but I'm not slow either.

7. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Make things work out.

8. Do you carry a book with you everywhere you go?
Sometimes.

9. What KIND of book?
Whatever I'm reading; which my mom thinks is nuts right now b/c I have been taking my "Ordinary Heroes" with me.

10. How old were you when you got your first library card?
Uhh, I want to say 3rd or 4th grade because I'm pretty sure I knew cursive.

11. What’s the oldest book you have in your collection? (Oldest physical copy? Longest in the collection? Oldest copyright?)
In the collection, I want to say. . .maybe a Nancy Drew book? I don't know what books are in the basement, so I really don't know my collection right now. Oldest copyright I'm pretty sure is The Clue of the Rusty Key by Carolyn Keene: copyright 1942. Wouldn't that also be oldest physical? Unless we go off of original copyright, then Anne of Green Gables which was first published in 1908 I believe, though my copy was copyrighted in 1986.

12. Do you read in bed?
I have.

13. Do you write in your books?
Rarely. Ordinary Heroes has highlighting. That's the extent.

14. If you had one piece of advice to a new reader, what would it be?
Don't try to read above your reading level and try different genres, different authors before deciding what you do and don't like. Don't start with a classic.
8th-Jan-2012 09:00 pm - LJ Meme
(Fan) OTPs
My username is spell_divine. It's from Dickens in Camp by Bret Harte which was quoted in Anne of the Island.

My journal name is: n/a

My title is: It's from a conversation between Anne and Gilbert in Anne of the Island (Can you tell what book I was reading when I made the comm?)

My subtitle is: ::see title explanation::

My f-list is called: Kindred Spirits. It's an AoGG thing.

My default icon is: . It's my January icon.
13th-Dec-2011 03:54 pm - Memes
(Fan) OTPs
Ask me my fannish Top Five [Whatevers]. Any top fives. Doesn’t matter what, really! And I will answer them all in a new post. Possibly with pictures.


Post random lines from your WIPs.

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28th-Nov-2011 04:14 pm - Let Them Eat Cake
M*A*S*H
Title: Let Them Eat Cake
Fandom: M*A*S*H (TV series)
Characters/Pairing: General series
Theme: Everybody lies @ 10_inspirations
Word Count: 259
Rating: G
Disclaimers: I do not own M*A*S*H or any of its characters, etc.
Warnings: Discusses/mentions infidelity/extramarital sex.
Notes: For some reason, I had a hard time writing this like a fan fic piece and kept wanting to say "I think. . ." Right now I'm planning on leaving this ficlet as is, but if you have any other questions/ideas that should be mentioned, let me know!
Summary: An introspect at a possible reason why Trapper would get married when he loves being a womanizer.

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19th-Nov-2011 09:28 pm - Meme
Multi-Fandom
Rules: 1: Pick five fandoms. List them in alphabetical order.

2: Visit this site to find your first RANDOM POEM OF POWER. Write down the 5th line (yes, even if it's an E.E. Cummings poem and you wind up with an apostrophe). Repeat five times and - you guessed it - list 'em in alphabetical order! (No cheating, mind! This is a challenge and it's always been about creativity.)

3: I think you can see where this is going. Write a very quick 50-word half-drabble for each fandom (try to do it all in one sitting - make your brain explode!), using the line from the poem as a prompt. You don't have to include it in the half-drabble - it's just inspiration.

4: Bravo! Have a cookie.


1: Pick five fandoms. List them in alphabetical order.
1. Brothers & Sisters
2. Happy Days
3. M*A*S*H
4. Medium
5. Supernatural

2: Visit this site to find your first RANDOM POEM OF POWER. Write down the 5th line (yes, even if it's an E.E. Cummings poem and you wind up with an apostrophe). Repeat five times and - you guessed it - list 'em in alphabetical order! (No cheating, mind! This is a challenge and it's always been about creativity.)
1. And darting down the hedgerow side ("The Cuckoo" by John Clare)
2. standing with rags ("By Their Works" by Bob Hicok)
3. In your strings is hid a music that no hand hath e'er let fall ("The Strange Music" by G.K. Chesteron)
4. When Shrovetide, two years gone ("Brothers" by Gerard Manley Hopkins)
5. Your walls they have witnessed a weariful fight ("Good-Bye, Little Cabin" by Robert Service)

3: I think you can see where this is going. Write a very quick 50-word half-drabble for each fandom (try to do it all in one sitting - make your brain explode!), using the line from the poem as a prompt. You don't have to include it in the half-drabble - it's just inspiration.
(Brothers & Sisters: "And darting down the hedgerow side")
Sarah ran between the houses, using the hedges for cover. She didn’t stop until she reached her own front yard. Now she sat in the dark on the front porch, trying to catch her breath. She had gone to find out; now she knew. Joe was indeed having an affair.

(Happy Days: "standing with rags")
Joanie stood there, the dripping rag in her hand.
“Hey Chach, can you come here?”
Chachi entered the kitchen.
“Do those windows look clean to you?”
“Yeah. Joanie darling, it’s only your parents. Don’t freak out so much.”
“I know, but it’s the first time they’ve come to our place.”

(M*A*S*H: "In your strings is hid a music that no hand hath e'er let fall")
[I know, Winchester is the obvious character for this prompt]

Peg laid on the couch reading a book. She looked up and caught B.J. staring at her.
“What?” she asked.
“You’re beautiful,” he said.
“Um, thanks.”
“As a doctor, I know all that’s inside of you is pink and quite ugly. But it’s hard to believe that’s true for you.”

(Medium: "When Shrovetide, two years gone")
“It’s weird,” Allison said, turning to Joe, “Normally when I have a dream, it’s usually present, or somehow related to the present. But, this time, I feel like it’s all in the past. Like, two years ago. It was this man in a confessional. What can it mean?”
Joe shrugged.

(Supernatural: "Your walls they have witnessed a weariful fight")
“How much can he take?” Dean asked, sipping the whisky.
“How can we possibly know?” Bobby asked. “It’s not exactly like having Beelzebub in your mind is your every day event.”
“Our whole lives are not every day events.”
“And we solve everything else. He’ll deal with it.”
“Yeah right.”
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