2) Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
I actually really enjoy trying to write my own spin on different tropes! For example, last year I wrote a fic where a character (Hatake Kakashi) gets transformed into a baby. I did this because this was apparently a popular thing to do, but I never liked how it was done…the baby never actually acted like a baby.
Anyway, as for some other idea to fiddle with, let’s see…
I’d sort of like to write bodyswap fic. I like the idea of suddenly waking up in a body that doesn’t feel like yours, and then having to try and handle a life that isn’t yours. How, for example, would someone who isn’t used to chronic pain, and who didn’t know about Sousuke’s shoulder issues but felt like maybe they should have been clued in (like Rin!) deal with suddenly being Sousuke? How would Haru deal with being Rin and having to pursue Olympic goals for Rin until he could get his own body back? What happens to your center of gravity if you were Nitori and now you’re Seijuro? Are your parents going to take you to the hospital for a brain scan if your body is Rei but it’s behaving like Nagisa? There are just a lot of fun possibilities here.
3) Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
Historical AUs that deal with genocide like the Holocaust and slavery. I ‘m not sure that it’s possible to write about these topics in fanfiction without sensationalizing, trivializing, and romanticizing them and generally being gross. These fics are especially awful when the writer turns one half of their OTP into, say, a slave, and the other half into a slavemaster, and tries to make the romance happen anyway. I just can’t imagine myself ever trying to write one.
14) What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
The worst writing advice I ever got was from my creative writing teacher in college. He scanned through a 5-page piece I’d written in about 15 seconds, then told me it didn’t make sense and I’d need to rewrite. He skipped at least two entire pages, and clearly just read random sentences on the other. Maybe the thing didn’t make sense, but how the heck would he know that if he didn’t actually read it? He also didn’t tell me what parts to rewrite or how to begin doing it, just “rewrite so it makes sense.” I guess I’d understand this behavior if he were a busy editor and my work didn’t grab him right away, but I was a 20-year-old college student paying to take his class.
That, and being told that second person isn’t a valid writing style. Which is complete and utter nonsense. :D
29) If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
I can’t remember what the story is called or who it was by, but it was about Taichi from Digimon dying of AIDS. It was written sometime in the late 90’s or early 2000’s, back when the outcome for HIV infection wasn’t nearly as good. It was a heart-wrenching fic that made me cry like a baby back when I was reading it. At the end of the fic, it’s revealed that Yamato got HIV from Taichi in a nonsexual way. If I were to write a sequel, it would be about Yamato living with HIV instead of dying of it.