Ask the Author: riyku

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Title: Ask the Author: riyku
Interviewee: riyku
Date(s): June 14, 2012
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Supernatural
External Links: interview and comments are here; reference link
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riyku was interviewed for Supernatural Roundtable.

Some Excerpts

Here goes: Fannishly, I started out on the fringes of whendonverse, read a little and wrote a little, most of which is thankfully lost to the dark and dusty corners of the internet. Trust me. You don’t wanna see it. About the time Angel was ending, the WB started showing promos for a show called Supernatural, featuring two brothers who fight evil and ride around in the sexiest car television has ever seen. I watched it the night it premiered and I haven’t looked back since. Those boys and the guys that play them are pretty much it for me. As for the fandom, well. You guys are pretty much it for me too. So I began writing again. And posting what I’d written. J2 non-AU to start, AU a while later, with a little Sam/Dean thrown in for good measure. (side note: as I was updating this thing, I realized that last year I wrote more words for fandom than I did for my dissertation. Clearly my priorities are in order).
Years. It takes me years. Oddly enough, though, some of the stuff I like best has been written for those 24-hour tag challenges and quick commentfics, since it forces us to not over think the thing, you know?

Tricks...once a story gets hard to write--or feels hard?--put it away for a while. I think you know this. If you're stuck, change location, either where you're sitting or where your characters are in the story. Go to a bar, or a library, or your favorite park bench and write down what you see. Look at a picture of Jensen Ackles and find a new way to describe his mouth. These are all things that I've done to get out of a rut.

Also, wine is crucial. Or rum. Sometimes it's rum. Usually I'll write on my mac, but sometimes it's pencils (Ticonderoga No. 2's of course), and occasionally I'll jot down bits of scenes in my field notes at work. Those notebooks can get really interesting... As for music, not so much, except when I'm writing sex scenes, and then of late it's been the White Stripes, all the time. Jack's guitar just screams sex to me. Recently the best place for me to write is on my back porch in the early hours of the morning, 1 am or later after the house has gone to sleep. Fairly par for the course in the summertime, however there have been other phases in my life where I was very site specific. We're such creatures of habit!