Ask the Author: mimblexwimble

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Title: Ask the Author: mimblexwimble
Interviewee: mimblexwimble
Date(s): October 13, 2009
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Supernatural
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mimblexwimble was interviewed for Supernatural Roundtable.

Some Excerpts

My first fandom was Harry Potter, before which I had neither heard of fanfiction nor had any inclination to write anything, aside from whatever essays my English classes required. I stayed in that fandom for about four years, sticking mostly to gen with a teeny bit of het and writing badly but having fun.

I got into Supernatural only because it had been on my sister's radar for a while, and one of the channels here miraculously aired the first season. Phantom Traveler was the first episode I watched beginning to end and I pretty much sold my soul upon realizing Dean was afraid of flying. I couldn't tell you why that moment reeled me in if I tried.

I joined the fandom soon after Season 3 finished airing in the US and gorged on as much fic as I could. I spent a lot of time reading before writing anything, mostly because I was intimidated by the shocking wealth of talent this fandom produces. My first fic was a drabble which I'd rather never think about again, let alone put up for display (it can be found on my journal though; trust me, it's better left alone) and since then I've written a decent number of longer stories too.
For me, the beginning and end of a story usually comes with the idea. The middle is a little harder - I have a vague notion of what I want to happen, without many details. If I start working on the fic as soon as I get the idea, I let the middle come as it may. I can always change things that aren't working later on, or as I go. If I'm already working on another project, then I let the idea sit and jot down details as they come to me. By the time I've written a good-half of the story, I know most of the scenes that are coming up, and these I do outline, just so I won't forget them (though it usually depends on the fic length - I don't do much outlining with shorter things). Even then, I end up changing a few things when it gets to the actual writing. I think the bleakness comes naturally. It's what I like, it's what I find easier. It's the light-heartedness and the humor that's tough and I have to work to stop those fics from veering into angsty territory.