Hi!! Just stopping by to ask you some questions.
1. Your handle is luvinpadfoot yet you're in Slytherin and have Snape as your icon picture. How does that work?
2. When you write, how do you work past a difficult scene or a character you're unsure of how to write?
3. What aspect of writing FF is the more enjoyable?
4. I find that ideas beget ideas - how do you deal with the avalanche of plot bunnies when they keep coming up?
More questions! This is all very exciting.
1. Snape and Sirius are my two favorite characters. Sirius was my favorite instantly, right from PoA. Snape came a bit later (after I made my username) because I'm a huge Alan Rickman fan, then DH made him even better. He's a really strong character, especially when you go through and read the books a second time knowing what you learn in DH. It kind of puts all his actions in perspective. I like having my username and avatar kind of honor my two favorite characters. They're a bit similar, both darker characters still living in the past with tragic back stories. They're both estranged from their families. I honestly don't think I could choose between them if I had to. And Slytherin is just where I fit in. Don't have to share a House with characters for them to be my favorite!
2. Hmm difficult scenes and characters. Well I start with a healthy dose of procrastination. And then once I'm through with that I turn to spastically flailing at the computer screen. Those are both very important steps. Then I start the actual writing. When I'm having a tough time with a scene or a character, I'll do it slowly. Much slower than usual. There's a lot of staring at the screen and occasional sentences followed by backspacing, but generally I get a fair amount done and after a while I get into a rhythm and it starts coming easier.
More specifically and probably helpfully, when it's a character I'm having trouble with, often it helps to figure out why I'm having trouble with them. Usually it's because there are gaps in their history or I'm overlooking the reason for their behavior. I have trouble writing anyone without them having a reason, even if it's not mentioned in the story. Say, for example, a character is being bullied and I'm having difficulty writing the bully. It might be because I don't know why that character is being a bully. There are always reasons, no matter how small. Maybe they're spoiled or insecure or have a tough home life or are jealous. It matters even if it's never mentioned in the story and that character is only in one scene. It gives them purpose, a specificity to their words.
When it's a scene, I do a little more research. Figure what specifically is giving me trouble. I look up details and figure out tiny things that may help, no matter how seemingly pointless. I also try to think about the big things, where that scene is going and what led up to it. Often when things are difficult it helps to do a little more planning and figure out what is going on or being said before you actually start writing. That was probably all a little long winded, but you asked and this is what college does. You learn to talk on and on forever.
3. I think having a set world and a timeline and characters that already have some personality attributed to them, but are also open for more interpretation. It's like some of the planning is already there for you and world is just so fascinating and there's so much you can do with it! You can even change things you didn't like in the books or give characters that met depressing ends a happier life. Or even sadder if you're a horrible, terrible person like me.
4. I generally try to stick with one or two main ones, but when I'm getting more it always helps to write them down. Sometimes just the idea, but sometimes I do a bit of writing on it. A few pages, a thousand words or so, something along those lines. It gets the initial burst of creativity out of my head and I can usually tell when I'm writing that I'm not ready to stick with it and can better keep with the stories I'm working on then.
Thank you for the questions! They're so much fun to answer.