40, 32, 41 fanfic ask
40. What do you struggle the most with in your writing?
I would say something like, moving from ideas to execution. One of the multi-chapter fics I’m working on at the moment is a freaking mess because I have thought of approximately 10,000 subplots I want to include and I know that is NOT POSSIBLE. Plus I have a couple of ideas for developing friendships and other relationships among characters and don’t want to shortchange anyone, but if those scenes don’t move forward the story…I’m realizing they shouldn’t be in there.
And then there is the whole just writing it thing. As in, these scenes do nobody any good while stuck up in my head, and while I know they’ll never sound quite as good as I envision when I actually get them on paper, they will actually be on paper. But I like the part where I get to reread things I’ve already written better. (Sadly, this does not magically make new sentences appear.)
32. Do you listen to music when you write or does music inspire you? If so, which band or genre of music does it for you?
I can’t listen to music when I’m actually putting words on paper because it distracts my brain too much, but music absolutely inspires me and is an important part of my writing process. Listening to music is the way I come up with or work out scenes I have in mind. It’s like music videos for my daydreams, which become scenes in my actual writing.
I cannot pick a particular band, honestly, but I listen to a lot of ‘80s pop and ‘90s alternative stuff, and a lot of female-fronted bands/artists, so those probably play into it. I also occasionally check out more current stuff via Spotify and often will something that speaks to me.
41. List and link to 5 fanfics you are currently reading:
Okay, these are five of the multi-chapter ones I’m currently reading…there are a lot of single-chapter fics that I’ve recently read that I would also recommend highly as well.
Thanks for the ask!