All About Spike Interview with Peasant
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|Title:||All About Spike Interview with Peasant|
|Fandom(s):||Angel and Buffy|
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I read some and saw what amazingly good stuff people could produce. It was the first time I’d read anything by amateurs and I suppose up till that point, like most people, I’d been a literary snob – who assumed that the only standard by which to judge writers was whether or not they’d been published. There was also the appeal of writing some of the things that you don’t get in published fiction, although I’ve always been coy about that and started that side very slowly. Finally there was the less respectable feeling that I could do a hell of a lot better than any of the historical Buffy fics I had read – the standard of which was truly atrocious. Anyway, my eyes had been opened and within a few days a scenario arrived in my head so I tried my first one.
What do you enjoy about writing fanfic? Remarkably little, most of the time. When it’s going well, and especially towards the later stages when I’m polishing a nearly complete story I quite enjoy writing. The rest of the time it’s a nightmare – one of the most excruciatingly painful hobbies imaginable. God knows why I keep at it.
I think I’m quite good at plots and weaving in strands of canon. I think I can also create good original characters and am reasonable at evoking moods. I think my main weakness as a fanfic writer is my pigheaded refusal to accept certain strands of canon as well as the fact I completely lost interest in accurate characterisation a couple of years ago – I now try to be consistent with myself not the show. My main weakness as a writer generally is my hopeless inability to use language in an attractive fashion. I guess I’ve got a bit of William the frustrated poet in me. I also can’t spell.