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20,000 Parsecs Across The Galaxy
Fanfic writing meme 
8th-Mar-2008 10:36 am
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1. How about a brief introduction?

Hi, I'm Jody. I'm forty-five, so yeah, that means I remember standing in line for Star Wars in high school, and camping out with my college buddies for the premiere of The Empire Strikes Back. In real life I'm a registered veterinary technician.

2. What got you into fan fiction (and/or adopting muses)?

After AOTC I wrote an outline for a story telling the OT from Vader's POV. I set it aside, but after ROTS I picked it up again, and it became The Vader Chronicles.

3. What kind of fan fiction do you write?

Star Wars. Mostly gen, mostly character driven stuff. My age makes me interested in peoples' journeys, and so I'm most drawn to the very human side of Star Wars. I view the OT as Vader's mid-life crisis.

4. Do you write for the same pairings/characters?

I write almost exclusively Vader fiction, although I have written Anakin/Padme', Vader/Beru (!), and Anakin/Palpatine.

5. What is your most popular fic/muse and why do you think people like it so?
I think it would be "Come With Me" It's more lightly written, with a mix of action, humor, and family dynamics.

6. Forget other people, what is the fanfic/post/prompt you've written that you're most proud of?

I really like "Next of Kin" and "The Nature of the Enemy" without saying I'm most proud of them. Being my first piece, The Vader Chronicles is not my best work from a prose standpoint, but I'm still quite satisfied with how I arced the character's life.

7. Do you find writing easy? Hard? What aspects do you struggle with?

Writing is work, definitely, no matter how enjoyable. In the almost three years I've been writing, I've refined my process so it's more effective. I now realize when I'm stuck that it's because either I haven't visualized a scene well enough, or the direction I'm trying to take it is not really what it's about. When I get to that point I no longer spend fruitless time trying to pound out the story, but rather go back to the imagining phase until I can see it clearly. When I have the scene in mind, it often comes out of my head faster than I can write it. I'm by no means a fast writer, however.

8. Write a few sentences of your favorite pairing or character.

Sometimes Darth Vader fell asleep in his meditation chamber. When he awoke, it would be silent within the pod, without the eternal rhythm of his ventilator. For a few moments he would keep his eyes closed, and wonder if it had all been a bad dream. But when he opened his eyes, it never was.

9. Are there any fan fiction trends/clichés you hate?

I really don't like Anakin/Dorme'. And it's not because I don't think he would go on in life. Actually while writing the Vader Chronicles, I found that at about ten or twelve years out, Padme' was a pretty worn memory for him. Really all the vivid memories I put in my stories of her twenty years later are a bit of dramatic license. Being the same age as him, I know firsthand that intense episodes of your life have faded after twenty years. Some memories, however, are just as visceral as the day they happened.

Anyway, I do think Anakin/Dorme' is way too soon for him and very unrealistic.

10. Are you guilty of any of the trends you hate?

I don't think so.

11. What was the first fandom you wrote for? Do you still write for it?

I have only written for Star Wars, and probably wouldn't write for any other fandom.

12. Name your OTPs and explain what it is about them you love to write

I became fascinated with Vader after ROTS. Having seen the OT as a teen, I always imagined Vader having made his choice to go to the dark side as an older (30+) person as a deliberate choice. To see that it had been an emotion driven choice of a very young person really changed the character for me. Anakin having to live with the consequences of his decision imprisoned in the suit is incredibly tragic. I'm enamored of the duality in Vader, his outward persona and his inner life.

13. What would you call your writing style?

Umm, maybe you should tell me? I guess it would be very tight third person POV. I really try to get in the character's head and protray what it feels like to be them.

14. Do you read other people's writing? If so, what do you find yourself reading the most?

Oh, definitely. I'll at least look at anything with Vader, Luke, Han, Leia, or Palpatine. I'm selective about pairing based stories, but have read stories I've really enjoyed in Ani/Obi, Obi/Qui, Anakin/Padme', and Han/Leia. Pairing stuff has got to be more than romance for me.

I like pretty much all of vikkir's, MJ Mink's and indiefic's stuff, and much of imadrablue's.

15. Name one thing you'd love to write but have been too afraid or too shy to do.

I've had a Palpatine/OFC story in mind that's very dark and disturbing. I think it captures Palpatine's inner life well, but it's not very pretty. Actually I like Palpatine for his intelligence and patience, and might write a Palpatine POV story some day. He couldn't have been born a sociopath.

16. Do you feel uncomfortable taking criticism? Or worse, do you have the dreaded bloated ego?

Oh it never feels good when some piece of your writing that you love strikes other people as "meh", but feedback is the only way to grow as a writer.

17. When you write, is there anything that helps?

I take writing seriously, and I write every day. Finding the creative, right brain groove is sometimes challenging after a long left brain day at work, but I find driving and walking good ways to get to that imagining phase to visualize a scene.

18. What inspires you?

The human struggle.

19. Lastly, how would you sum up your fan fiction/RP experiences and you as a writer?

I've been very happy as a fanfic writer. Like many others, I also aspire to writing original fiction, but have enjoyed fanfic so much I've stayed with it. I follow the emerging original SF fiction crowd through jaylake, and I'm constantly struck by how isolated it is for original fic writers. For those who haven't been published ( and their name is legion), their only feedback has often been a pile of rejection slips. In fanfic you get feedback on your own stories as well as seeing how people respond to other writers' stories. It's a valuable learning experience.
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8th-Mar-2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
Wonderful answers and nice to have some insight into your process.

I really need to get to your other fics soon. But I will tell you for now that I'm absolutely loving The Protege.

~Michele.

(BTW, yeah, I think you called it on your writing style, at least what I've seen of it.)
8th-Mar-2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
I'm constantly struck by how isolated it is for original fic writers. For those who haven't been published ( and their name is legion), their only feedback has often been a pile of rejection slips. In fanfic you get feedback on your own stories as well as seeing how people respond to other writers' stories. It's a valuable learning experience.

emavalexis and I were talking about this exact same thing last night. I've only ever written fanfic with all the perks and pitfalls of its built in audience. I'm fascinated by how writers who strictly write original works can stay energized on projects.

And I'm so glad you did this meme! I am blown away by your writing and my respect for you is immense and I love this glimpse inside your processes and history.
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