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February 15th, 2005


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01:36 pm - Another interview meme!
Ask me one question - any one - about my writing, then post this in your LJ so I can satisfy my curiosity about yours...
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 16th, 2005 06:57 am (UTC)
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What environment do you find most conducive to writing? Noise, no noise, music playing, late in day, etc etc.

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 16th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
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Well. Um. I am often not all that picky. Pretty much any situation where I can shut out the rest of the world and go into my creative space will work. At my apt, that means not being talked to by roommates, and usually involves putting music on just loud enough that I can't hear anything more than about 3 feet away. :-) I also write well in coffee shops, because the low-key babble of strangers provides a similar insulating wall (though there is the distraction of random eavesdropping--I have heard the most bizarre things by starting to pay attention about halfway through a coversation).

Also, first drafts are almost invariably by hand in a notebook, so I can jot notes on the side and so I am not tempted to obsessively rewrite as I go. Rewrites are done on the computer.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:February 16th, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC)
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How did you come to first start writing fanfic?
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 16th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
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I discovered fic (and the TS, XF, and BTVS fandoms) through Touched By An Angel. No, really! :-)

But, like many, I did some fic writing before I knew what it was (a novel set in the Trek universe, with original characters). Basically, I just accepted the fact that I had ideas for stories in other authors' universes as part of my normal writerly makeup, like playing 'orcs and hobbits' instead of 'cops and robbers,' or wanting to write "The Lay of Arwen and Aragorn" when I was about 12 (gosh, I'd almost forgotten about that).

Also, I was disatisfied with some of my original ideas (I really don't do fantasy well, which makes me sad). So I just went with the stories I knew I could write, which were fic. And in the craziness of university, I had little time to write, so fic was easier, and that's when I really started doing it.

Now, it's something I just enjoy, and a delightful respite from the struggle to write something cool and yet commercial (in screenplay format, no less, which is kinda constricting).
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From:vertigozooropa
Date:February 21st, 2005 06:27 am (UTC)
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Would you consider pursuing professional fanfic writing, ala Max Allan Collins on CSI, or another original novel in your chosen fandom?
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 21st, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
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You mean tie-in novels? Oh, heck yeah. If I could get paid to write novels about my favorite characters and fandoms, I would do it in a heartbeat. I mean, the whole reason I work on the Invisible Man Virtual Season is because it was the first TV show I really craved to work on. This is a way of pretending that I can.

btw, what made you choose CSI for an example of this? I haven't read any of their tie-ins yet. [Trek was what first came to mind. And then, one of my LJ friends did some professional fic for Quantum Leap...I am so jealous.]
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From:vertigozooropa
Date:February 22nd, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)

coincidence....

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I was in Chapters, and I noticed a CSI tie-in on the shelf. A new one must have just come out.

That reminded me of what you do, and what you said about your attempts at original characters.

I'd be tempted to think you had enough of a portfolio to choose from. If you wanted to write tie-ins, I think you might have a shot, if you started sending stuff around.

Can't hurt, anyways.
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 22nd, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)

Re: coincidence....

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I was in Chapters, and I noticed a CSI tie-in on the shelf. A new one must have just come out.

I am now tempted to go buy CSI tie-in novels. Because I just can't get enough of Grissom. *facepalm*

I'd be tempted to think you had enough of a portfolio to choose from. If you wanted to write tie-ins, I think you might have a shot, if you started sending stuff around.

I don't know how people work that sort of thing. Many tie-in authors have had original works published (*points to EVERYONE who has written for Star Wars*), and the two online fic authors I know were both approached by the publisher, who had somehow discovered their online fic (or so I believe...one Quantum Leap, one Wiseguys).

Maybe I'll finish my original novels and get published...and then eventually wind up writing in other universes as well. Hey, I can dream.
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From:vertigozooropa
Date:February 23rd, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)

Re: coincidence....

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What I mean to say is: You write a story outline, and a sample chapter. And then you send them WITH an SASE, and the worst thing you can get is a rejection letter. Next to that, they could tell you they're not accepting unsolicited manuscripts, but thank you for your efforts. After that, I suppose being ignored sucks.

The best thing you can get is acceptance. The next best thing is interest.

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