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From [personal profile] alias_sqbr.

Where do you publish your work?

For fic, typically on AO3, with either a crosspost or a link on DW/LJ, which then crossposts to Tumblr. The exception is Tumblr-native fic, usually flashfic written to prompt memes and such, which goes up on Tumblr first, then gets archived on AO3 later if I decide it's worth keeping.

Nonfiction writing is almost always posted to DW/LJ, either my personal blog or [community profile] ladybusiness, depending, and then crossposted to Tumblr (as a link only for LB posts). I almost never post meta or other nonfiction to Tumblr first anymore.

What medium/application/etc. do you write in or with?

For composition and the first few rounds of editing, I usually use Byword, a Markdown app. I like it for several reasons: the writing pane is free of any clutter, Markdown is handy for first-level formatting, and it's cross-platform, meaning that I can write on my computer, my phone, or my iPad as the mood strikes me. If I'm writing a story that I know is going to be long and/or complex, I use Scrivener for this phase instead. Then, for final editing and posting prep, I move into Microsoft Word. Word has its quirks, but I've been using it for a very long time, so it's my comfort zone.

Short posts and flashfic I will sometimes type directly into the composition box on either DW or Tumblr.

Do you collaborate with others?

I used to. I had a regular collaborator in my late friend kunstarniki, and I've co-written one fic and a few reviews with [personal profile] renay. I'm still happy to do co-reviews (and have a couple planned for [community profile] ladybusiness, which is itself a sort of collective writing endeavor), but I've found that I'm happier writing fic on my own these days.

How much editing do you do before you publish?

Nothing is ever posted completely unedited. In part, this is because I edit as I write -- I almost never just bang out words without making changes as I go. I realize that almost no one recommends this method, and every once in awhile I'll force myself to run a writing sprint without editing, but it feels unnatural to me. If I see an error, or a word choice I want to change, I find it more distracting not to change it. After that, it depends on the piece. Flashfic or a quick journal post will probably get a reread or two, but not heavy editing. Anything more significant will get several editing passes, sometimes dozens. I sometimes feel like I'm more of an editor than a writer -- I write to give myself raw material for editing.

Do you listen to music when you create?

Literally always. I find silence too distracting.

How do you decide what to write about etc?

If I'm not writing to a prompt (which is something I do fairly often, because I enjoy writing for an audience and also appreciate being pushed into ideas I wouldn't consider on my own), then most likely I'm working on a story because that story told me it wanted to be written. I was struck by something in canon that I wanted to explore more, or take in a different direction. This is even more true for nonfiction. Is a book, TV show, movie, blog post, current event, etc., yelling at me to write about it? Then I'll write about it. Also, if I look at my DW and realize that I haven't posted for several days, I'll do my best to come up with a post idea.

When do you create things?

My best writing times in the last few years have been late mornings and afternoons. I used to write more at night, but I find that my brain isn't as sharp then. Also, with my current schedule, nighttime is just busier. I often have free mornings and/or afternoons and it's helpful to take advantage of that.

How often do you create things?

I try to take a little writing time every day. But I also accept that, realistically, I'm not always able to do that, which is why when I set my monthly goals, I almost always target taking one or two days off each week. Right now my biggest challenge isn't writing on a near-daily basis -- I usually hit my targets for that, or at least come close -- but writing in any sustained kind of way. Ten minutes of writing is better than no writing, but I don't get the idea flow I need to make a story really work.

If this is about how often I share what I create, I haven't been as good about that lately. Right now I'm averaging 1-2 stories and 3-4 substantial blog posts per month, plus two or three shared post contributions for [community profile] ladybusiness.

Do you take requests? Why/why not?

I do! I like writing to prompts for two reasons: they give me new ideas and take me in new directions that I most likely would not have thought of on my own, and I know at least one person will read and hopefully enjoy the story. The latter is why I tend to do better with prompts from Tumblr memes, fanwork exchanges, and similar sources than general prompt lists like bingo cards.

Is there any genre or type of work you want to make but are hesitant to?

Nothing comes to mind. Every so often I circle around the idea of attempting original fiction. But I never get very far with it.

Any inspirational quotes, videos, tricks, articles, etc. that help you stay motivated?

Jade's Guide to Not Caring About the Number of Notes You Get. The Claw. The Little Hater. The Skill Perception Spiral.

Go to page 7 of your wip, skip to the 7th line, and share 7 sentences.

Context: this is from Part 2 of Wardens of Ivalice, my Final Fantasy XII/Dragon Age crossover. The Grey Wardens have been given an airship, and Alistair is checking it for the first time. (Izidre is an OC, a Rozarrian pilot who went through the Joining.)

Alistair looked at Ashe, who nodded to him with a small smile. "Maker," he murmured to himself as he walked up the ramp that led to the chair, then took a seat. He leaned forward, craning around to take in the view of the ground: ships scattered across the floor, people the size of figurines scurrying between them. "I can see the whole aerodrome from up here."

Vaan grinned at him. "Just you wait." He faced forward again, then leaned over Izidre's console, pointing out particular buttons and dials.


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