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The 30 Days on Fanfic Meme
Day 17 – Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?



Um, both?

There are times when I'll come up with a title first and go from there. But most times, I guess, the title comes after. And titles change. Shadows went through a couple of them before I settled on the completely nondescriptive Shadows. I mean, what does that even mean? What does it even have to do with the story? You could probably come up with an explanation for it, but it would be an after-the-fact interpretation and not anything intentional.

And for How Far, I think I'd written four chapters before settling on a title, and even then I considered it a working title before just going with it. I had about six titles scribbled in the margins, waiting for one of them to hit me as perfect, and I just... settled on the least bad one. I still label all of my Word files "Weightless", though, which is one of my favorite songs on my G/N playlist. (Yes, I have a G/N playlist. I think there's a question about that later, so we'll get into that dorkiness then.)

Sometimes a title comes from a line in a fic, like But It's My Birthday. And sometimes a title just pops into my mind and is perfect, like I Know It When I See It.

And sometimes I sit there and can't come up with a good title for nothing, like Late Night (which was originally titled Quiet), and, like with summaries, I hope no one really remembers how lame the title was once they get into the story. I could have just called it "More Guy/Nat Porn" and been done with it. Maybe I'll do that from now on. Just call everything some variation on "In Which Guy and Nat Do It".


I used to title the chapters of my multi-part fics, but I'm not doing that with HF. It just seems kind of unnecessary. I mean, if you read a book, are the chapters titled? Not usually. So why do chapters need titles? I did it because there was a space for a chapter title when posting on ff.net, not because I really thought it was something I needed to do.





Day 1 - How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

Day 2 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

Day 3 - For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?

Day 4 – Do you have a "muse" character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?

Day 5 –If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?

Day 6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

Day 7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

Day 8 – Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

Day 9 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?

Day 10 – Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

Day 11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

Day 12 – Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

Day 13 – Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

Day 14 – Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?

Day 15 – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

Day 16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

Day 17 – Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

Day 18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

Day 19 – When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

Day 20 –Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

Day 21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

Day 22 – Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

Day 23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

Day 24 – Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?

Day 25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?

Day 26 – What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

Day 27 – Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

Day 28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

Day 29 – What is your current project or projects?

Day 30 – Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!

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Comments
roseice From: roseice Date: July 16th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Personally, the last thing I'm thinking about when writing a chapter is "hmmm what shall I call this chapter?" For a published work there's little to no point, as I see it. Unless people look at your table of contents, get intrigued that way. When I'm holding a book in my hands, this never happens to me. *laugh*

On websites like fanfiction.net, though, usually that's the first thing I go to. The drop-down menu with chapters. In a way, you get a better gist of the story, or might have your interest piqued where the summary failed.

It's super boring to click on that menu and see
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
etc.. going on and on, like it does it my lengthy stories.

So, when I post my stories online, I title the chapters. ;) It's just nicer. Polished. Like the cherry on top.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: July 16th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Huh, it never occurred to me that people would see chapter titles as kind of an extension of a summary. I don't look at the dropdown chapter menu, so I just don't think about things like that. I'll just click on to the next chapter without paying any attention to what it might be called.
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