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13 July 2011 @ 06:25 pm
Writing Meme - catch up! - Days 3-5  
Questions can be found here

I've fallen a bit behind, so here's questions 3,4 & 5 (plus they're relatively short answers):

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

I’m just going to cherry pick from some of the lesser fandoms and my main ones or we’ll be here all night!

Highlander – Amanda, Methos, Darius, Richie, Liam Riley (Highlander the Raven), Fitzcairn
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Giles, Spike, Illyria
Dresden Files – Bob, Harry
Doctor Who – 10
Torchwood – Ianto, Gwen, John Hart
NCIS – Abby, Tony, Ducky
The Sentinel – Blair, Simon Banks
Discworld – Death, Granny Weatherwax, Sam Vimes, Fred Colon
Firefly – Mal, River, Jayne (I’d say Wash but I’ve only written fic set post-Serenity, so I’ve not actually tried to write him yet, but I think I’d enjoy it)

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?

It was Richie Ryan, but a few others have snuck in lately, most notably Amanda Darieux. Blair Sandburg and Jim Ellison have moved in recently and refused to let me be even when I should have been writing other things, so they are my most belligerent muses. And I seem to be developing a Harry Dresden muse, which is really nice. Although a couple of weeks ago a Danny from Hawaii 5-0 (new one) barged into my head and demanded attention! Methos was resident, but I think he packed his bags and headed for Bora Bora due to overuse. Either that or he was sulking when Nick Wolfe and Amanda moved in.

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?

No, I don’t think I have. I have had characters that stubbornly refused to be in a fic no matter how much I wanted them to. Thanks to a belligerent Susan Sto-Helit dragging her heels my Methos on Discworld story has completely stalled!

I’ve also had the characters demand the plot change a few times and the ending has been nothing like I imagined when I started writing! The most notable example would be Browncoats and Scabbards – when I started writing it, Duncan was going to come back from the Dark Side Alliance and help rescue River, who got carted off in chains. But Duncan said he’s not that one-dimensional and that he’s capable of being bitter and quite nasty if the right buttons are pushed and Methos pointed out that he and Mal are so devious that between them they’d definitely come up with a decent escape plan so everything changed!