cygnaut asked: 6. Undercover in a gay bar!
6. Undercover in a gay bar
I have no original feelings about this trope, but I do remember a conversation some people - I know pearlo was involved, and maybe you? - were having on twitter one time about Erik and Charles going undercover to a gay bar, and Erik is patiently explaining like the lingo and stuff to Charles, and Charles is just nodding along and pretending any of this is news to him, and it ends with him giving Erik a blowjob in the bathroom? And basically I would read the hell out of that, why have none of you written it for me yet?
keire-ke asked: 14, 22, 23, please!
I’ve never written it, can only remember reading it a couple times, and have no current ideas for it or plans to write it? Which is surprising to me b/c theoretically on paper it seems like something I would be super into. In this fandom, I’d say most of my wing feelings would relate to Warren in X3, because that scene at the beginning of the movie gutted me.
22. Apocalypse fic
I LOVE apocalypse fic! I am especially fond of the zombie apocalypse or like captain trips. (I was over the MOON to read the fics for The Stand that were written for Yuletide 2013!) I do have an idea for a zombie apocalypse fic I want to write for pragtastic one of these days, in which Raven and Irene are wandering around during the zombie apocalypse, and they find small!Marie and take her with them, and they accidentally conceive Kurt one day, and like other stuff of some sort happens? (this has clearly never coalesced into anything writeable as of yet XD)
23. Someone has a baby.
theletteraesc asked: 23 please? <3
23. Someone has a baby
I’m not actually sure if this refers to a super specific method of baby acquisition or if it is just about someone, anyone, having a baby at some point, so I am going with the latter.
And basically, I love it! Love. Looooooooooooove. Domestic fics with people raising families are my jam, and babies are so often such a big part of that. Anything with babies in it makes me feel all warm and happy inside. And yep, I have written it a bunch! Supermagnet, FotB, that tiny one with Erik holding David, and okay, those are all mpreg which is also a huge thing with me, but I have more stuff coming up in which there are babies but no mpreg, and basically almost everything I plan to write will eventually involve babies to some extent (or, sometimes, a dude finding out he has kids he didn’t know about when they’re like nine, not the same thing but def falls into the same general domestic families stuff I love to read and write). BABIES. :D :D :D
Fanfic Trope Meme
Put a number in my askbox and I’ll tell you my thoughts on the trope you’ve asked me about and if I’ve written it myself, or if I ever would
- Huddling together for warmth
- Shag or die
- Undercover in a gay bar
- Pretending to be married
- First time together
- Forced to share a bed/fake relationship
- Mind control
- Mistakenly assumed to be gay
- Let’s play truth or dare
- Mary Sue fic
- Curtain fic
- Apocalypse fic
- Someone has a baby
- Telepathic soulbonding
- Circus AU
- Language barrier
- Historical AU
sunday night rambling about smut
Admission: I always find it interesting/odd that “writing porn is so difficult!” is such a dominant opinion, because I honestly don’t especially find writing sexually explicit stuff harder than writing in general.
I mean, don’t get me wrong; writing porn is hard, and writing good porn is even harder. But like… that’s mostly because writing anything is super, super, super hard.
(I also find the “but there’s no sexy words” complaint kind of confusing, but that is because I am a firm believer that the right word is the one the character would be using; there aren’t any inherently sexy words, or even for that matter any inherently neutral words. The emotional heft, including what sexiness might be included in that, comes from being deep enough in the character’s POV. And if that includes Benton Fraser talking about his penis or Jess Day talking about her lady parts, or whatever, then those can still totally be sexy as long as they’re grounded in that context.)
(BONUS ADMISSION: It always kind of bums me out a little when I read people talking about how they just skip the sex scenes in a story. I mean, I totally understand why people do it! But my immediate reaction is always “But I worked really hard on that! There’s so much important characterization stuff! D:”
But, you know, of course I realize that even in that case I’m way more fortunate than authors who don’t write porn at all and thus get skipped over entirely by tons of readers. So.)
This is really good advice that gets at the heart of what is most important in writing sex scenes (or any scene really…)—tying the sex into the characters’ emotional development and relationship growth while also staying true to their character. I really enjoy writing porn myself. It’s fun and I often find them easier to write than, say, an action scene, although there are similar issues of mechanical description and logistics involved.
(I am guilty of sometimes skimming sex scenes scenes in long stories when they don’t seem to be adding a lot to the plot—there’s a kind of by-the-numbers generic style people sometimes write when they are only adding a sex scenes because they feel like it’s obligatory. I feel like if that is the case it’s probably better to cut the sex scene or fade to black, but I understand why people do it out of fear of losing readership. A good scene with thoughtful characterization and emotional significance for the character’s development is always appreciated.)
I find writing sex scenes hard b/c I have not written many of them, and I don’t feel like I’m that good at them yet, and I get pretty embarrassed talking about explicit sexual stuff with people in general anyway? Idk. I do enjoy writing them once I finally sit down and decide to just get it done, but don’t often put myself in that position.
And I agree about skimming sex scenes in longer stories when they don’t seem to add anything - for me, if it seems obligatory to the point of not even feeling like this version of the characters doing it, then I’ll skim until the characters feel like themselves again. There was supposed to be a big sex scene toward the end of one of my longer stories (Supermagnet), but it came out so PWP porn-y, Charles and Erik feeling like cardboard cutouts of themselves, that I ditched it and faded to black instead. So that’s something that applies to both reading and writing, for me.
Hey guys, I’ll be in tales chat this afternoon/evening if anyone wants to come hang out and maybe word war or whatever. As always, everyone is welcome to join in. :D
I have to run some errands but will join when I get back! Everyone should come, it’s great for kicking your butt to write!
If anyone is still around tonight, I need to get the next bit of current writing project done, so I’ll try to stop in. The past couple of days have been stupidly tiring and stressful, but I want to talk to people D:
I am there now!
I have also returned! \o/
Also, here’s a thing about being a fanfic writer. It’s entirely possible, in fact, likely, that you’re not a particularly good writer. Even if you have a BUNCH of comments telling you you’re awesome, you still might suck *cough*50 shades of shit*cough* The number of comments you get is indicative of how chatty the people who read your fic were at the moment they were done reading it. And of how many people saw that you posted it I guess.
Sometimes a really amazing fic will have 100 comments. Other times, a really horrible one will. There’s a fic I re-read every now and then that still just has one comment.
I know it’s silly to say “just write for yourself” because we all want to be a part of this community and be recognized, but if you’re waiting for a certain number of comments or for a specific person (BNF) to recognize you, then you’re saying none of the others matter. 7 people liking your fic is not enough. These 7 people aren’t worthy of your writing. And in that case, you need to adjust your expectations, because you’re probably not writing the next Bible.
Because the thing is, it doesn’t matter if only one person likes your fic or a 100 do. You created something that made someone happy. How is that not enough, in this exchange of ideas in creativity that we call fandom?
Also sometimes all you can is “I masturbated furiously to your fic” and apparently some writers don’t like that. For the record, I don’t mind.
I am really sleepy so this is all totally unconnected. What I’m trying to say is, enjoy being in a fandom without expecting a certain number of people thrilled by you being in it.