Interview with Mel

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Title: Interview with Mel
Interviewer: Bethany
Interviewee: Mel
Date(s): March 2011
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Hanson
External Links: March 2011 Author: Mel – Spotlights, Archived version
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In 2011, Mel was interviewed by Bethany for the spotlights section of her website

See others in the series at Interview Series.

Some Excerpts

Why did you start writing hanfic? How long have you been writing?

I started writing hanfic after I read some of it and got more involved in the fandom. After several conversations with Brittney, a hanfic writer, she convinced me that I should try my hand at writing. I’ve been writing since I was sixteen, but I didn’t start with hanfic, I started with General Hospital fanfiction.

You’ve participated in The Spark Inside a few times. What advice can you offer writers for it and other such challenges?

The only thing that I can really say is that you don’t want to push yourself. It’s easy to want to dive right into writing something, anything, since you are under a time line but pushing yourself will only led to writing something that isn’t fully fleshed out with flat characters.

Where do your ideas and inspiration come from?

My ideas come from all kinds of places. Sometimes it’s from a song, or a book I’m reading. Sometimes it comes from day to day life. Lessons of a Laundry Mat Attendant started when Brittney posted a picture on tumblr, sparking the typewriter inside my head, it also helps that I work at a laundry mat, so I know what it’s like. Sometimes ideas just come in dream form. I don’t have a lot dreams that I remember, so when I do they usually end up in a story somehow. Sometimes, they form from just sitting in the middle of a mall and making up stories about the people going passed.