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Fanfic Question Meme - Questions 18-20

I'm planning to do another rewatch tomorrow, but in the meantime, here's some more of these questions...

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

There are three four things that inspire me to write fic:

1. Gaps in canon or quetions that canon can't answer - Stuff like my story Of Bracelets is just answering the question of "why does Dean wear bracelets?" Other things are "What made Dean think of talking to Death in order to get Sam's soul back?" ... or "How would Arthur react to being resurrected in a world he's not a prince and everyone is cool with same-sex marriage?" What were those scenes like that we never saw where Sam and Dean carried their brother's dead body back to the car? Or it can be a line in canon, like when Dean threatens to "dream-scape [Sam's] noggin" if he doesn't wake up from his coma soon...well, what would it have been like if Dean HAD?

2. Images - I'll get images stuck in my head and I'll want to write them... I'll want to figure out a story to get me there. Dean with glowing eyes and wings, as Sam accidentally turns him into a patronus when faced with dementors. Tony Stark meeting 1943's Bucky Barnes over a campfire. (I still want to do a longer version of that fic where we see it from Tony's pov - but I'm too intimidated to write Tony pov.) Sherlock in the recurring dream I used to have until my mid-twenties. George Weasley walking down a suburban American street wearing a bowler hat.

3. Sentences/Jokes - With "Sam Is..." I just got the phrase "Sam was catatonic" stuck in my head. "Lies were kept simple" is called that because that sentence was demanding me to write a fic based around it. It just happens sometimes. I'll get a line stuck in my head and my mind won't stop repeating it until I write it down, and only then will my brain be like "okay, now that those words are out, these are the ones that come next..."  Othertimes, it will be a joke that I want to make. Vile Violent Vacations is mainly me taking scenes and scenes to set up jokes - I basically wrote 100k words because I wanted to have a punchline somewhere towards the end. I can't even remember what it was now, but I'm fairly positive that that entire fic exists solely for the jokes. I'm actually doing the same currently with the original high-fantasy novel that I'm currently working on. It took me 30k to set up and make my first joke. Now I'm working on setting up the next one. (In fairness though, the fantasy novel is also bunnied by images, not just jokes... also I really love the main character that I've created and I want to introduce them to people.)

4. Prompts - Occasionally, VERY occassionally, I'll be bunnied by someone else's plot bunny in the form of a prompt. This is where Men of Legend came from. Something about someone's idea will trigger a series of images in my head, or make me want to answer a question, or any of the above three things that I listed and I'll need to write that fic.

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

Neither? I let things rattle around in my brain. I rarely write things down unless I'm actively outlining something that I'm about to write. If I forget an idea... well, if the idea is forgetable then it's probably not very good? Fics rattle around in my brain for days, weeks, months, years... I build on them when I have a moment to stare off into space, or when I'm going to sleep at night.

Now, there are exceptions to this - if I'm bunnied by a sentence that my brain won't stop repeating, that gets annoying FAST and I know I'll get relief if I write it down, so those fics tend to get written sooner rather than later - usually within a day or two of the arrival of the sentence. If I'm bunnied by an image, I tend to sit on those the longest - I like holding images in my brain where they are perfect and in full technocolour glory - and not ruined by my feeble attempts at describing them using my rudimentary knowledge of the english language.

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

Jaein? I get bunnied by other people's stories, but not necessarily in a good way... some of my stories are actually in response to me not liking other people's stories. If you want something done right, do it yourself! So, yeah. It's a really arrogant thing, which is why I'm loath to admit to it.

I don't tend to get bunnied by art at all. It's more like the oppposite - if I weren't so out of practice with art, I'd probably get art-bunnied by stories. Like I said, images are where a lot of my fic ideas come from, and that's me trying to do "art", trying to show you the image that I have in my brain...so, if I could actually do art, then I would draw it. But, yeah, I haven't really picked up pencil/ink/paint, since I was a teen, so I'm HORRIBLY out of practice... words are all I have. I guess that's the difference - I write to convey images, so when I see art, well, it's art - it doesn't need words, it's conveying an image all on it's own.

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supernutjapan
Nov. 29th, 2015 11:26 am (UTC)
I get bunnied by other people's stories, but not necessarily in a good way
Isn't that the only way? If it was in a good way, you'd be just continuing their idea - fanfic of a fanfic or something LOL I can totally understand wanting to write your own version of something that just didn't seem right to you.

I don't tend to get bunnied by art at all.
That's really interesting. Because you do seem to use other people's ideas - like the stories, or prompts, so the reason isn't because it's someone else's work... And you also write from images in your head, so the reason isn't because it's an image. What makes an art work different from a written prompt, or from an image in your head?

I put stories to everything LOL Not that I write them down usually, but it makes viewing an artwork or listening to music that much more enjoyable if I can create a story from it. The story is completely original. I'm pretty sure the artist or composer doesn't have such a story in their head when they create their work. And I think it would be the same if anyone else tried to write a story from the work as well. Not one imagination is the same.
hells_half_acre
Nov. 29th, 2015 04:33 pm (UTC)
Well, I was thinking a more positive way to be bunnied by other people's stories would be if they mention an interesting idea in passing, and you're like "ooo interesting! I would like to expand on that marvelous idea!"

What makes an art work different from a written prompt, or from an image in your head?

I sort of explain that above - the art already exists as an image that other people can see. Basically, when I'm writing, it's to communicate what an image looks like in my head without drawing it... if someone has already drawn it, then the work is done!

I put stories to everything LOL Not that I write them down usually, but it makes viewing an artwork or listening to music that much more enjoyable if I can create a story from it.

I tend to do that with music, but I don't really put a story to it so much as I think about how the music applies to what's already been written. Basically, I make fanvids in my head a lot when listening to music. Though, I will say there are times when I DO think of fanfic, mostly when the song lends itself to shipping rather than canon - but yeah, those tend to just make me enjoy the song as I'm listening to it, and they don't tend to lead to fic.
supernutjapan
Nov. 29th, 2015 11:30 pm (UTC)
To me, one art piece is so not finished - it's just one scene of a bigger story, which the artist has often not even thought of - so it's hard to understand that concept.

Thanks for your explanation though :) To each their own <3

You really should take up your pencils again and show us some art too :D

hells_half_acre
Nov. 29th, 2015 11:41 pm (UTC)
I keep meaning to, but I'm so out of practice that anything I produce at this stage would be pretty discouraging.

To me, one art piece is so not finished - it's just one scene of a bigger story, which the artist has often not even thought of - so it's hard to understand that concept.

Yeah, it's just... different ways to view art.
borgmama1of5
Nov. 29th, 2015 02:40 pm (UTC)
Okay, now I want to read why Dean wears bracelets, and how he came up with the idea to talk to Death, and why Sam is catatonic! How do I find these (and your other) SPN fics?!
hells_half_acre
Nov. 29th, 2015 04:13 pm (UTC)
:) Judging from my inbox, you already found the answer to this question!

Some of them, such as "how Dean thought to talk to Death" I used as prompts for my epic hp/spn crossover though, so if you're having trouble finding that one, that's why.
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