Writers on Writing Interview with zero

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Title: Writers on Writing Interview with zero
Interviewer: uncredited
Interviewee: zero
Date(s): November 22, 2001
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Buffy the Vampire Slayer
External Links: interview is here; reference link
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A 2001 interview with zero is at Writers on Writing.

The subject is the author's Buffy fanfic: Nudas Veritas.

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Some Excerpts

Usually, I'll get a single idea in my head and build on it as I write. I write a lot of one-shots, little single-scene pieces, and those are just snippets that come to mind. In this particular case, as I recall, the inspiration was a little different. I read a lot of Spike fiction in addition to writing it, and I just got sick of a lot of what I was seeing. I was pretty sure that I'd be ill if I read another piece of fiction in which Spike was portrayed as a flawless, masterful, faultless lover. So I just sort of countered that by writing something in which he's a little more humanized.
With this particular story, I believe I posted it to Fanfiction.net, as well as the lovesbitch mailing list on egroups, and another egroup for "Buffy" fic writers that I was subscribed to at the time. I don't really make a big effort to get my stories out to everyone in the known universe; I put them out there and figure people can find them. Which I've decided is a little anti-climactic, so I'm saying yes more to people who ask to archive things, but they never seem to ask for the stories I really think are good. ;-D They always want the smut! It's all about the smut with these kids today.
When I put a story out there I can't say I have much in the way of expectations. I love feedback, and my ego eats it up, but I don't sit around going, "Oh, I'm sure I'll get at least twenty emails of glowing praise for this one!" I write basically because there's something I feel the need to say, and once the story's out, I feel I've said it. I do admit to being a little disappointed by the amount of feedback I typically receive, not just on "Nuda Veritas" but on all my stories, but that's part of the game, I guess. I'm a hypocrite, really; I crave feedback for my own work but am terrible about sending it to the authors I read.