I found this on a bunch of people's LJs, so...yes? I want to talk about ~things.
(Also hello! Also I got a part in a one-act!)
One of the most helpful words of advice my first creative writing teacher gave me was this: “Sometimes, people don’t want to see how the sausage was made.”
Naturally, what he was really talking about was art. Good writing does not make itself evident; rather, a well-composed work hides its bones. The pains (and joys) of composition cannot be seen in a finished work. However, sometimes people *do* want a tour of the sausage factory, particularly in communities with a lot of creative activity - like fandom.
So, send me the title of one of my fics and I’ll peel back the sausage casing by answering the following questions:
What part was most difficult?
What are you most proud of?
What’s a reference you made no one has picked up on yet?
What’s a bit that sums up your take on a character?
Favorite line(s) of dialogue?
Favorite lines(s) of prose?
Were there any points where you were trying to do something specific with sound, vocabulary, or rhythm?
How many drafts did the work go through?
Were you listening to anything while writing the fic? If so, what?
Imagery that is important to the fic, either while composing or in the fic itself?
What were you most worried about during the composition?
How do you want readers to react to this fic?
What did you want them to take away from it?
What inspired this fic?
If you used a beta, what did you agree or disagree on?
Did anything surprise you during the writing?
Were any parts written under the influence?