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In your own space, talk about your creative process(es) — anything from the initial inspiration to how you feel after something’s done. Do you struggle with motivation or is it a smooth process? Do you have any tricks up your sleeve to pull out when a fanwork isn’t cooperating? What is your level of planning to pantsing/winging it?

I like this one, too. Let's see, now.

I'm very driven by "do I need the thing that would fit in this space?". If canon already managed to put something there, more often than not I don't write for that canon. Unless, you know, the thing there is so egregiously wrong that it's actually worse than an empty space. That's when space + spite come together in a perfect storm of "the hell you say", and the next thing you know it's anywhere from 60 to 150K words later.

But mostly, I just really, deeply, vitally need the thing that would fit in this space, and the space is often relational. Maybe canon dangles absolutely dynamite chemistry in front of us, but never has realization. Maybe canon actually has significant realization, but I wanted sexytimes too, and also now the characters are stranded in different universes and I can't be having with that. Maybe it's just one perfect moment that canon neglected to actually show us. Those are the things that get me writing.

And, as every fanwriter knows, if you want something done right, you usually gotta do it yourself.
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