hi, can you answer 20 (🙂), 23, and 32 for the writing ask? thanks!
Absolutely! Apologies for taking so long–real life interfered a bit this evening, so I’m just now catching up!
20. Post a snippet of a WIP you’re working on.
So this is from the sword-and-sorcery fic @noeeon and I are hoping to have completed this summer:
Dawn is only just breaking through the darkened sky when the door to my bedroom is thrown open, startling me awake as the thick wood thuds against the stone wall.
“Get up,” Potter snaps at me. A candle flickers in his hand, barely lighting his face much less the space around him.
I pull the blanket up over my shoulders and roll towards the wall, my back to Potter. “Go away.”
For a moment I think Potter’s actually heeded my wish, then the blanket disappears off me, leaving me in nothing but my thin linen nightshirt bunched up around my hips. I sit up, furious. “What is wrong with you?“
Potter just eyes me as he tosses the blanket to the floor, letting his gaze drift up my legs, then cursing when tallow from the candle splatters against his knuckles. Good,I think grimly as I tug my nightshirt down. I can feel my cheeks heat.
"Get up,” Potter says again, moving the candle to his other hand and wiping his knuckles on his tunic. “Put on some clothes. Ones that you won’t mind getting filthy.” He turns towards the door, then glances back over his shoulder at me. “I’ll be waiting at the stables. If you’re not down there I’ll come back with a jug of cold water. Don’t tempt me.”
The door closes behind him just as my pillow connects with the wood. I flop back on the mattress, the straw inside it shifting against my weight. “I hate him,” I say to the dark ceiling, and I rub my hands over my face. It’s too early to deal with Potter, and I consider rolling back into bed and sleeping until the sun is high and bright in the sky. I’m certain, however, that the bastard will keep his promise of watery retribution if I ignore him. Besides I’d rather not have Sirius chide me before the entire castle at table, and I know he would. He’s a Black, after all, and public shaming as a disciplinary method is practically a family tradition.
With a sigh I push myself out of bed and pull on one of my older tunics–cream linen with laces at the throat–and a pair of thickly knit hose before shoving my feet into my boots. This will only go badly, of that I’m sure.
23. Single or multi POV, and why?
Oh, wow, hard choice. I like them both and use them both with wild abandon. I think it depends on the story I want to tell. For something like A Private Reason for This or LIYA, I really love getting into the team dynamics and having a bit of an outsider’s POV of the Harry/Draco relationship. Ensemble fics are my favourite to write, and I think you really need that multi POV for those.
I also like to do multi POV for fics where I want us to see what both main characters are thinking. I’m a big fan of this in romance-centric fics, to be honest, because I think it’s interesting to see how each character’s approaching the relationship and how they’re blocking it as well, and what fears and hopes they both have. There’s a lot of conflict that can be built up from that type of storytelling, and I think when it’s done well, the reader gets emotionally invested in both of the characters. One of the things I’ve had a lot of people tell me in reading LIYA is that as much as they wanted to smack Harry upside the head (and believe me, I wanted to as well at times), they did get why he was acting the way he was because they could see his inner thought process. I think I would have lost that if I’d decided to write LIYA just from Draco’s POV, the way the prequel was. For me, I really wanted to explore the emotions both Harry and Draco are struggling with post-war and how that’s going to influence whatever relationship they’re developing. And for that, multi POV really helps. One of the dangers in it, though, is making sure you’re not just retelling a scene from multiple POVS. I think it works best when you have a single POV devoted to a scene, and then move into another POV in the next scene. Otherwise POVs can get super-messy and confusing.
But I also love single POV for some fics. @noeeon and I chose to use a tight Draco-POV for Boom Clap because we wanted to focus on Draco’s experiences as a Hogwarts Fellow and to complicate the relationship dynamic by having the reader only follow Draco’s (often misguided) interpretation of events. Single POV works really well for when you want the reader to really sympathetic to the primary character and for those times when you want your narrator to be a bit unreliable. You’re only getting one side of the story and I think that can be a really effective strategy.
In other words–let your story dictate whether it wants to be single or multi-POV. Listen to it; it’ll tell you if it needs another character’s insight. Some of the most frustrating writing experiences I’ve had are when I’ve tried to sledgehammer a story into a certain POV. At first I wanted Boom Clap to be alternating Harry and Draco POV, and when we tried writing it that way, both Noe and I realised it just wasn’t working. It wanted to be Draco’s story and only Draco’s. So poor Harry got jettisoned, and I think the story’s much stronger for that change. (Sorry, Harold.)
32. Easiest character to write.
Draco. Oh my God, Draco. I have never identified more with a character in my life. I think I have written more stories from his POV than any other character, even. I love that shithead so much, even in canon. There’s a lot about Draco I understand from my own personal life experiences, and while I would love to say I’m noble and kind and heroic the way fandom likes to see Harry, the fact of the matter is that deep down inside I’m petty and snarky like fanon!Draco. But that connection makes him easy to write.
My tag for Draco on Tumblr is “Draco Malfoy is my happy place” and I mean that. I will fight for that boy, more than any character in the whole HP series, because I love him so much, and I identify with him so deeply, and I treasure him, even with all his faults and fuck-ups, and I have a feeling I’ll be writing from his POV for a very, very long time still.