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the artist formerly known as oneangrykate ([personal profile] riseupwithfists) wrote2010-11-17 10:50 am
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sleepy wednesday meme

Let's do this, chickadees:

I think it would be fun to talk about stories, but the usual memes are like, "What happens next?" "Tell me about Character A?" Which isn't so much talking about stories as it is writing more of a story. But you know how sometimes you read something and you're like, "I got ___ out of this story, I wonder if I have that right?" or "What on earth was ____ supposed to be?" and it's too awkward to ask the author? Now you could totally ask!

I've heard people say that writing is hard because you have to make decisions, but we never really talk about the decisions we make with stories or why we make them. We talk about plot bunnies, but not about how we actually turn them into a story.

And it seems like a lot more fun to do that than to do working.

So, if you wanted, ask me questions! (Or use this to ask your flist to ask you questions).

What were you trying to do [here]? Why did you decide to ____? This is what I thought about xyz, is that what you were going for? What made you write ____? Why did you decide to do this? And so on.
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[personal profile] gloss 2010-11-17 04:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I want to know everything! Um. But all my questions are slightly more general than the meme suggests, if that's okay? (Also because I want to know about Gothamcore as well as AdvSol and everything else and, and. I am greedy, basically.)

Do you find that your source - if it's fanfic, that is - affects not just the *kind* of story you want to tell but also its form and style? Is there anything specifically about, say, superhero comics that makes your writing for them differ from your writing for, idk, lotrips or LOST or what have you?

Also, you are one of the few writers I know around here who is so sensitive to genre tone and conventions - I'm thinking specifically of rom-coms, but this applies to a lot of others - and I've always wondered how you got so good at that and if you've noticed other (fan-)writers who work with, emulate, and/or subvert tropes at the genre level. And also how you decide to use them? If you say to yourself, Self, today I will write a romantic comedy? Or if you set out playing with a pairing and think that a rom-com would fit them well? And so on.