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Fanfic Writing Meme #15

Day 15! Halfway through and I haven't missed a day! That's a pretty big accomplishment! (You might not have noticed yesterday's entry. I talked about something else and included a pic, and the lj-cut under it was almost invisible. I've fixed it now.)

Weird dream I had: I was in a town I used to live in about 18 years ago, in some large mansion on the southeast side, and I was dressed like the Tenth Doctor (brown suit, overcoat, the whole works). I used to live on the west side of that town. I spent the entire dream trying to find my way out of the mansion and then, once I was out, trying to catch successive buses to get home, all the while trying (and failing) to tie my tie. I remember thinking all the way through the dream, "I know how to do a four-in-hand knot, easy - why isn't this working? I can even do a half-Windsor, and bow ties are much harder, and I can do them in a minute. Why is this so hard?"

15. Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

I think it's very important to have the correct rating on a fic, so that children (or adults choosing reading material for children) are not exposed to things they shouldn't be - sexual content, excessive violence. I don't care too much about lower levels of violence for children, because honestly, if violence is an issue, they shouldn't be reading Doctor Who or most other science fiction or fantasy works.

As far as warnings go, it's important to warn for explicit sexual content and graphic violence, because some people don't want to encounter such things. The only thing I've warned for is a character death, and mostly because a friend of mine was going to be reading the fic and the death was her favorite character and I wanted to prepare her for it. (Not that I told her who was going to die before she read it. She took it very well.) In that particular fic, a second major character died, but the warning was really for the first character. Looking back on it, if it hadn't been for her, I wouldn't have warned for it. The death was not graphic, and I would prefer not to spoil readers by letting them know that there's going to be a death in the story.

I have inflated ratings a bit to cover my ass on things that I don't think are objectionable but others might. For example, in "The Man in the Fireplace," it's mentioned that not only that men in 18th century French society take mistresses, but that Reinette herself planned to get married and then become a mistress to a higher-ranking noble. While I don't feel it's a touchy subject, I'm sure that there are parents who wouldn't want their younger children to be exposed to such ideas, so I rated that story at T.

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Jul. 12th, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
That is a rather interesting dream, even if a touch confusing, lol!!

I warn like mad about damned near everything. But then, most people know what they are stepping into with my fiction, so in many ways, it is a courtesy thing.

Jul. 12th, 2014 08:29 pm (UTC)
I'm always worried about warnings giving away too much to the reader, especially for character death. It seems to dull the edge of the event if the reader is thinking along the way, "Oh, I already know someone's gonna die." I probably worry too much, though. :)
Jul. 12th, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
Not at all, bb. Everyone has certain preferences when it comes to Fic Warnings...:D
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