--How long have you been writing?
I wrote small things while in school, but never really believed I could actually write for any kind of audience until I was much older. I wrote my first publicly-shared fanfic in 1999! I didn't start writing in earnest until around 2006, but at this point that's still a pretty long time, haha...
--How do you feel about the advice “Write the story you want to read”?
Oh, especially if writing fanfiction that seems like good advice! Obviously I'm all for maximizing personal enjoyment for fanfiction. It probably works well for professional work as well, though I suppose if you're aiming for a very specific audience (which you don't match up with) it wouldn't work. But if you write to an audience you don't connect with at some level I feel like eventually that will take a toll on you!
--How do you handle writers’ block?
If I hit a point where I can't seem to move forward I often find it helpful to switch the POV character, or to deliberately lop off the opening paragraphs of a scene (because I usually end up discovering I don't need them anyway). But sometimes I don't even realize I've got writer's block because it hides itself under never quite having enough time to write, and that's a different kind of challenge!
I hope nothing is blocking you this week!
--How do you handle criticism? Have you ever worked with beta readers or editors? A writing group?
I handle criticism... extremely poorly, which is probably the biggest reason I never tried to become a professional writer (the other reason is how lazy I am about self-promotion!) I had to work out an explicit system with my husband when he beta-ed my work that he had to give me a compliment here and there for every few criticisms, otherwise I'd just crumple. I've gotten better about it!
(Sadly, classes are about to re-start here so I'll have even less time to write than before. Paradise Island worldbuilding will have to stay mostly mental, but I'm still poking at it! How about you?)
--Do you like word sprints, or sites like Write or Die? Do you write well under pressure?
I don't, actually! I actually work well under pressure on the whole, but deadlines get me going more than things like word sprints. Though right now I could use the prod! I've gotten wound up in worldbuilding for Paradise Island--I've always enjoyed worldbuilding for Krypton, and Paradise Island is quite similar in that it has a lot of different versions out there and it's vague about which one is canon at any given time. Like, do I want there to be riding kangas? Or the version where they rape passing soldiers and then abandon the male babies (spoiler: possibly yes to the former, and definitely no to the latter). It's fun! How goes the writing for you and do you need a prod to get going, or are you making good progress?
--What parts of the writing process are you most comfortable with? Least?
Oh, I love writing dialogue! My least is probably, well, editing. I mull stuff over a lot but once it's written out that's probably the way it's going to stay unless I have an actual editor who pushes me (the nonfiction I've gotten published got edited and it was honestly a real pleasure to have someone tighten up my writing! But I could never do it on my own).
I hope you get to write more of what you're comfortable with this week! (I'm in "overly detailed worldbuilding" mode right now trying to figure out what my image of Paradise Island is...)
--How is your style different in this WiP compared to previous ones? has it more shifted for the story or just developed in general?
I've started a fic based on an idea someone gifted to me long ago, where Clark's rocket landed on Themyscira instead of in Kansas and he's grown up on Paradise Island among the Amazons. I don't feel like my style is particularly different in this one! I've been toying with trying a more omniscient, legendary point of view, but a few false starts in I don't think that's going to end up working for me. How do you feel like your style has changed over time?
Who has your favorite character arc in your current WiP?
Oh, I just started poking at writing a small ficlet with Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Star Wars is such a daunting canon!) Because it's very short there isn't much character arc, but it does jump forward in time to show Omega's reactions to her brothers as babies and as adult men (they're all clones and they age faster than she does, so although she's their big sister she seems a lot younger than them). Who's going through some changes in your current WiP?
--Give us a huge spoiler for your current WiP!
Well, that's definitely an optional question, in case you don't feel like giving away any secrets! The only "spoiler" I've got for my current WiP is that it's going to end with the two main characters winning tag team gold together, but... that's just a hope, because the WiP follows the canon events. I feel like they're going to do it soon, but I've been thinking that for the two years I've been working on this story (part of the reason why it keeps stalling out!)
If you feel like it, whisper a spoiler here!
Are you planning on publishing your most recent WiP? if so, how?
I finished and posted the Mad Max crossover and am back to picking gingerly at a WiP I was horrified to discover I hadn't touched for over a year! It's a heavily-smutty piece based on the characters played by people I've actually met and interacted with so HAHAHAHAHAHAHA NO that is never getting published, to put it mildly. It would be difficult to even file off the serial numbers--I could do it, but it would be a struggle. So fic it remains.
Have you ever filed off the serial numbers and turned a fanfic into something publishable? Obviously in some cases it doesn't even need to be deftly done, as 50 Shades of Gray's former life as a Twilight fanfic proved. Would your current WiP work that way or not?