Yay, so many questions already!
Hi teh! I'm so excited you got one of these and that I get to christen it (unless someone posts here first )
1. How long does it take you to write a chapter or one-shot?
2. How do you come up with such beautiful descriptions?
3. Which of your stories are you proudest of?
4. Which was the easiest to write? Which was the hardest?
5. How did it feel to win a Dobby?
6. Is there a character you'd like to write about but haven't yet?
7. Who are your favourite authors in fanfiction and in original fiction?
8. And finally, if you could spend a day in the magical world, what would you do?
That's all for now (I should probably stop before I take all the questions). I look forward to your answers!
Sian! ♥♥ Thank you muchly for this christening!
1. Depends! Any time from a week to two months. Or more. Eep. I'm not the speediest of writers, and I don't have a lot of free time, and quite a lot of planning goes into my oneshots (waay more planning than individual chapters of a WIP, as I realised...).
2. Aww, I'm glad you like my descriptions! I enjoy reading fic with a bit of description to them - not too much, though; my favourite kind of descriptive prose is the type which is vivid in terms of imagery, but which also uses simple, everyday words in new, striking ways. That's what I try to do with my descriptive writing: use words that are vivid, avoid too many abstract metaphors and instead focus on the literal, and arrange words in ways they're not often arranged in. Hopefully, I don't sound too pretentious! It's all about rearrangement, sometimes.
3. I'm not sure! It changes from time to time, and right now I'm quite fond of my House Cup oneshot, All the tombs of Egypt are empty. It's a vastly silly fic, and it's definitely not my best-written piece but I had a lot of fun writing it, and I did finish this in little more than a week, all 5000 words of it.
4. Easiest? you can write the book, I hardly planned that one out; the story just happened - probably one of my favourite things I've written. As for the hardest fic, ugghh, so many of them were quite difficult to write. I had a lot of trouble with Growth, and a fair bit of trouble with The Network, which I haven't posted up yet. And A Lightness was quite tricky as well, because it just wouldn't end. It seems that I generally find writing to be a very difficult thing to do. Which it is.
5. ALSKJDJWYWYCBZVLKZZ ← this word, accompanied with plenty of tears, neatly sums up my feelings. I wish I knew how to pronounce it. I'm more than a little overwhelmed. I honestly didn't think I was going to win anything because I only write oneshots, and I dunno, I've always thought that oneshots aren't as memorable as longer stories. GAH, I'm just so grateful and surprised and humbled and I can't thank everyyone enough!
6. Oh, I have a lot of plunnies for characters I wish to write! I can't decide which to write next. Probably Sanguini, the vampire, for a challenge. I've never written vampire stuff before. I also seem to have a Rose/Scorpius oneshot plunny which won't go away. And I have a plunny for Merlin. And I also want to write an AU fic about the Dumbledore family. Too many!
7. I don't actually read a lot. *hides* I'm just so busy! And whatever free time I have, I use it to write. On HPFF, I pretty much love everything written by Toujours Padfoot. Her plots are gripping, her characters are so detailed and her descriptive prose is gorgeous. And her crackfics are choking hazards. And there are so many other HPFF authors whose works I really want to read, but can't seem to find the time. With OF, one of my favourite contemporary authors is Helen Oyeyemi; I love her book White is for Witching. Her writing is amazing. And intimidating. Every time I read something by her I have an existential crisis and I seldom recover.
8. I suppose I'd explore as many places as possible. Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, the Ministry etc. And take photographs of all the weird, magical plants and animals. And borrow someone's wand and see if I can do magic. Possibly purchase as many things as possible as souvenirs. Or something! I'm not sure!
teh! You're one of my favorite people to admire from afar (generally because my up-close admiration gets a bit creepy).
- When and why did you start writing?
- What's your process like?
- What are your fic guilty pleasures and pet peeves?
- Do you have any original fiction you're writing or want to write?
- Other favorite fandoms outside of Harry Potter?
I was also going to ask you about your penname, because I always saw it as an intentional misspelling of 'the', plus something else, and then I decided to google it first before embarrassing myself, and I realized you were milk tea
Gina!! ♥♥ I promise you that my teeth do not bite - not really - so please don't keep your distance! And gah, thank yoouuu!! Yes, yes, milk tea; you've found me.
1. When I was nine or ten or something, out of the blue I just felt like writing a poem about the sky. Er, so I did! There was no reason at all; I just felt like writing. Anyway, the poem was a bit random and really childish, but I was kinda proud of it and showed my parents and they thought it pretty cute and all. After that, I only wrote sporadically. I started some things but never finished. Wrote a whole lot of rubbish poetry in my teenage years. Wrote fanfic for some anime but lost interest quickly and stayed away from all fandoms for years. Only when I went to university and took a short course in creative writing as part of my English degree, where I was forced to write seriously (in order to pass and graduate ) did I start to find writing exciting. And then last year, I discovered HPFF after 10 years of having nothing to do with fanfic or any fandom, and I'm more than a little hooked.
2. Nothing very out of the ordinary, I'm afraid. I get a plunny, and I make notes until I get satisfied or sick of it. And if it doesn't go away, then I start writing. If it's a oneshot, I usually plan the whole thing out first, figure out a style or structure or type of voice, plot the chronology of events, and then I start. Sometimes I write scenes out of order, and at the end I just switch things around, restructure and reorganise information etc. If I'm writing a chapter of a WIP, I just make a few brief notes and start writing; I don't plan as much for chaptered fics. I devote a lot more energy to oneshots (because they're complete things
and you only have one shot at them sorry for the bad pun hahaha) than I do to single chapters!
3. Aha. Time travel. I kinda like them...sometimes. I don't care if it's Hermione going back in time to get together with Sirius or to kill Tom Riddle only to end up falling in love with him..etc. Just generally time travel. I'd love to read some time travel crackfic as well. In fact, I'm looking for a fic where the wizarding world is utterly ruined because every household possesses a timeturner and so everyone has been messing around with time and everything has become one giant mindtwist. Another guilty pleasure of mine would be crackship fics.
I don't know about pet peeves. I'm quite a tolerant person, actually. That being said, couples who shout in CAPSLOCK ALL THE TIME are rather irritating.
4. Before joining HPFF, I only wrote OF. All short stories, though. All my OF stories are rather unmagical, and are mostly grounded in real life. I haven't had any ideas for a longer multi-chaptered OF, but if I do get one, I'll be sure to try it out!
5. I've read some Sherlock fanfic, and I'm a fan of the show. I also love Merlin, which is quite probably my current favourite series even though it's over. I'm sorely tempted to write Merlin fanfic, or possibly some crossover with HP...gah, I really don't have the time, though! I don't follow any other fandoms.
teh! I wanted to join in on the fun
1. What's your favourite paring - canon and non canon?
2. Do you have an era you enjoy reading?
3. How do you find time to write?
4. Why did you decide to begin writing HPFF?
5. And finally, if you could meet one person from the cast and one character, who would it be?
Have fun answering
Hiya, Nadia! ♥♥ Yay, questions!!
1. I have no favourite pairing!! I love a wide range of pairings, including the more obscure ones. I like Harry/Luna, Harry/Hermione, Ron/Hermione, Cho/Harry, George/Angelina, Remus/Tonks, Albus/Gellert, Tom/Minerva, Sirius/Lily, Luna/anybody, er...and so on. I even read a really good Fleur/Tonks story once, and that had me shipping them.
2. Founders, Post-Hogwarts and Hogwarts era fic are some of my favourites. I also quite like Other Era.
3. Ugh, ugh, time! Sometimes, I don't find time at all. I set myself really, really tiny goals. As long as I write something every day, even if it's just 200 words, I'm happy. Sometimes when I'm at work and my brain is on the verge of exploding from all the boring stuff, I kind of sneak in a bit of writing there. But in the end, all those bits and pieces of writing will add up to a complete story! It does take time, but I'm usually too busy that I don't have much choice.
4. I actually joined HPFF because I was actively searching for a place to put up my story. And I started writing HP fanfic because I was just browsing about on tumblr and came across some lovely HP fanart (some of them were quite sad, though!), and I felt like writing again. Hmm, I dunno, these writing urges come out of nowhere, I swear.
5. It would be nice to meet Harry. Boring choice, I know. I'm not sure which cast member I'd like to meet; I prefer to admire them from afar!
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR ALL YOUR LOVELY QUESTIONS! ♥♥♥