I found a writer's meme on DeviantArt! It can be found <here.
:D I couldn't pass it up, so here we gooo~
1. How about a brief introduction yourself?
Hello world! I am Cristen, fanfiction writer, procrastinator, high school senior, emoticon abuser. I go by many titles, but Cristen will do just fine. :)
2. Fabulous! And what got you into writing fanfiction to begin with?
Lesee, lesee... I think I was about fifteen. Yeah, fifteen 'cause I had just gotten my first laptop for my birthday. I was going through this crazy Naruto phase. For DAYS I spent my time watching all the episodes from beginning to whenever it was currently at. It took me months, I'm pretty sure. I even watched all the filler episodes and movies. I was nuts, what can I say? Well, after that it didn't seem to be enough, so to hold over my time I came across (the arguably infamous) Quizilla! This was before Quizilla became... less than what it is now, we'll say. To cut a long story short Quizilla is what got me into fanfiction. At the time I had no idea what it even was, but I was soon also introduced to fanfiction.net, and the rest is history. I've moved sites now (for the better, TRUST me. Nothing can be Luna.) and I'm writing more than I ever did before. ... Though that isn't saying much. :P
3. I see, so what kind of fanfiction do you like to write?
My niche is definitely Death Note. It's kinda funny because when I first got into fanfiction and anime and manga in general I HATED Death Note. The first thing I ever saw was RYUK of all people; that and when I watched the first episode I was so disgusted that someone thought that they were worthy enough to choose who could live or die kinda turned me off. I picked it up again a few years later, finally understanding it for what it was, and I've been hooked ever since. ♥
4. Do you tend to write the same pairings/characters? Or are you a fandom whore?
Hmm. I think I tend to write a lot of B stuff, as well as quite a bit of Mello, too. I try to spread the love, but as of late those two are my main focus. I'm trying to get into writing Bride of the Water God fanfiction as well. :D
5. What is your most popular fanfic and why do you think people like it so?
If we're going review-wise, I'm going to have to say All That and Strawberry Jam is by far my most popular. I don't think it's because it has anything special in it, it's just the fact that I'm pretty sure it was the first Beyond Birthday fic Luna ever had, therefore anyone and everyone who knew about Death Note/Another Note was intrigued. It was new, and I just so happened to post it at the right time. Nothin' too special.
6. Forget other people, what is the fanfic you've written you're most proud of?
Hrm. I honestly think that thus far out of all my fanfiction I'm most proud of Love or Something Like It. It's really strange, and I doubt a lot of people understand it, especially to the point that I do (but that's to be expected seeing as I'm the writer...), but I loved the fact that in at least one of my pieces it was something that came from my heart. It holds something that I think is really important to me, even if it is categorized as fanfiction. It didn't start off a fanfic, but a rambling that came straight from my heart. It has style -- creepy, strange style -- but it's ME
, and that's what I wanted all along.
7. Do you find writing easy? Hard? What are the most difficult aspects of writing you struggle with?
Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's not. Lately it's been a bit easier for me because I think I've finally found a style that I like, one that I can call my own. I struggle most with writing longer fics. I REALLY wish I could be one of those people that can churn out ten, twenty, thirty thousand word fics -- be it chaptered or no. I love reading them, but when it comes down to it I can never manage much past a thousand, two thousand words if I'm lucky. :(
8. Write a few sentences of your favorite pairing or character.
(I feel like I'm about to write myself a soliloquy. :D )
Mello. My blond-mafia-genius-chocolate-eating jerkface. I love you. You try so hard, your perseverance borders dangerously towards the line of scary obsession, but it is all of your traits, your mookishness that makes me love you all the more. ... And cry harder every time I re-watch episode 35. ... And mentally smash Takada's face into the concrete a couple hundred times. -cue innocent smile-
9. Are there any fanfiction trends/cliches you can't stand or are just sick of?
YES. OMGoodness. First thing I can't stand, when people put authors notes in the summary spot. I don't care if it's your first fanfic, I don't care if you're frustrated from lack of reviews. Tell me what your mookin' fic is about or I won't read it.
Next, I dislike the repetitious way authors seem to portray certain emotions or feelings. The constant 'heartbeat' trait as I like to call it drives me up the wall. Countless times I've read the same cliche phrases over again of authors describing how their characters heart races in their chest and blah blah blah. Please! I implore you, at least mix up the word choice if you're going to use it. Meh.
10. Are you guilty of any fanfiction trends/cliches you now hate? Or any other ones?
More than likely. Most of the time I know when I'm using a cliche, though I try and at least bring something more to the table. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I know when I was first starting out at fanfiction I often tried to imitate what seemed to be popular, or what the other authors were using. Within the last year or so, however, I've tried to draw myself away from what everyone else is doing. It's less popular, but the writing quality makes me happier.
11. What was the first fandom you wrote for? Do you still like/participate in it?
I remember the very first fanfiction I ever wrote. It was a straight up Sakura/Itachi ficlet thing, followed by another one, and then by a Sakura/Sasuke one, all written somewhere between two and five o'clock in the morning. I was in my Naruto phase, so what can I say? I don't even read the Naruto manga anymore, but if I manage to find a good fanfic about it I'm not against reading it. I don't write for the fandom anymore though. :)
12. Name your OTPs or most frequently written pairings/characters and explain what it is about them you love to write.
My first OTP ever was Sasuke/Sakura. I'm sure I'm in the minority, but I loved the fact that a girl who, at first glance, was annoying and "useless", still managed to overcome her obstacles to become a better person. And I thought that it would be really great to pair Sasuke with someone who would balance him.
In other fandoms I LOVE Kyo/Tohru, and I'm guilty of reading Kagome/Sesshomaru. My absoulte OTP?
Snape/Giant Squid :DDD HAHAHA.
13. What would you call your writing "style"?
To sum it all up in one word: atypical
14. Do you read other people's fanfic? If so, what do you find yourself reading the most?
Of COURSE I read other people's fanfic. :D Most of the time I like to read either a good Kingdom Hearts, FF7, or Death Note fic. I read just about anything, though, even if I'm not extremely familiar with the fandom. :)
15. Name one thing you'd LOVE to write, but have been too afraid or shy to do.
It would make my world to write a really good, really in-depth Final Fantasy VII or Devil May Cry fic. Like, one with a deep plot and and. -drools- That would make my life. I don't feel like I'm well enough versed in either fandom, sadly. For now I'll just stick to reading them, I s'pose.
16. Do you have trouble taking criticism? Or worse yet, do you have the dreaded bloated
No bloated ego here, that's for sure. :/ I'm pretty open to criticism, though. Criticism is meant to help you, not tear apart your work. Plus, as I see it, if someone is trying to help you, you can always take or leave their advice. In the end it's your own choice on how you receive it. If I think it'll make my work better, I'll take it, if not, oh well.
17. When you write, is there anything that helps? Music? Quiet room?
It all depends on what I'm writing. When I'm trying to go into more symbolism, more of my stranger stuff, I like it relatively quiet. I do usually use music as an inspiration, though. I prefer a quiet room, but if I really have a good idea going I can write anywhere. I just get overly paranoid if people around me trying to look over my shoulder as I write...
18. What inspires you?
Everything. Honest to goodness, I could be laying in bed, and I'll just take in what I'm feeling, what I'm feeling
, things I'm seeing and smelling and tasting and hearing. If I hear a phrase that I like that I can morph into something more, it inspires me. If I see a person, a sign, a color, a food, it can all inspire something different in me. Anything and everything can be made into something useful, you've just got to take what you feel and put it to paper.
19. Lastly, how would you sum up your fanfiction experiences and yourself as a writer?
I've grown as a writer, for sure. You can see it in my work, in my life. I've morphed into a style that is all my own, and I love it a million times more than I did when I first started out. My stuff isn't like the other things out there, and I know it isn't for everyone, or maybe it isn't even for anyone, but I love what I'm doing and that's the whole reason I write to begin with. Not all my work has been good; some of it has been downright terrible no matter what anyone else says, but I've learned from it. I know what works now for me, and I can take these lessons from writing fanfiction with me and put it into my own original writing.
I've been told time and again by people in my life that think writing is only my hobby that the only way you can become a writer is to write what's popular. I agree, and while I'm sure that's true, I know that through writing fanfiction, through developing my style and my voice, I can write what I WANT and be happy, no matter what anyone else says.
So to all my fellow authors out there, I say take what you can get from writing. Whatever you write, make it tasteful, make it something you love, and don't let a lack of reviews or response stop you from doing what you enjoy.
Peace out, yo.