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2019 Writing Wrap-Up


December Word Count Goal: 22,087 / 20,000

Pretty happy with that word count overall, TBH. Almost all of that was in the first half of the month, and though part of me wishes I'd made more words in the second half, realistically, I needed the break to focus on other things!

2019 Writing Wrap-Up

This year ended up being a lot more prolific than I anticipated, especially as the first few months of the year were fairly sparse. But I'm definitely super pleased with my output this year, especially as I worked on a number of projects that I really loved and am proud of.

Total fics posted in 2019: 40

2019 Total Word Count Goal: 221,768 / 150,000

2019 Total Writing Days Goal: 263 / 240
Fests participated in during 2019: [community profile] hp_darkarts Anti-Valentine's Fest, [community profile] hpkinkfest, [community profile] hp_goldenage, [community profile] femmefest, [community profile] hp_crossgenfest, [profile] hd_tropes, [community profile] bbtp_challenge, [community profile] hd_fan_fair, [community profile] hp_nextgen_fest, [community profile] daily_deviant's Kinky Kristmas Comment fest, [community profile] slythindor100 Advent Fic. I also wrote fics for community prompts over at [community profile] daily_deviant and [community profile] hpfemslash_minifest

Favourite work: Palace of Eternity (Draco/Harry, 28k, Explicit)This fic really came out exactly the way I wanted it to, and I feel like it's a truly different take on the vampire!fic trope.

Work you're most proud of: Come Alive (James Sirius/Teddy, 30k, Explicit)
I really wanted to write a fic with Teddy coming to terms with his bisexuality, and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Your most under-appreciated work: Find this Feeling (Alicia/Ginny, 27k, Explicit)
It's a long, rare-pair, femslash fic, so I wasn't expecting loads of comments, and the ones I got were really lovely, but it's definitely a fic I'm proud of.

Your most over-appreciated work: Just a Matter of Time (Draco/Harry, 23k, Explicit)
I honestly just was not expecting people to love this one as much as they did! I really enjoyed writing it, but when I submitted I wasn't entirely happy with it, as I wished I'd had more time to build a few things out. So I was really blown away by the wonderful response!

Favorite title: Just a Matter of Time (Draco/Harry, 23k, Explicit)
This was actually a hard one, as there were a couple of titles I ended up really loving, but I do feel like this title is pretty perfect for the fic.

Least favorite title: A Kind of Magic Spell (Hermione/Susan, 3.4k, Explicit)
Another hard one, just because I was also on the struggle bus with a lot of my titles. I do tend to struggle in particular with my shorter fics, the ones that are PWPs or just the one scene, as I find it generally more difficult to find a title that encapsulates such a short fic for some reason. This really could have been a number of fics, but I do remember struggling in particular with this one, and I still don't think it's a great fit but... *shrugs*

Most unsuitable/funniest working title: Advent!Veela!Case!Fic of Doom for my Advent Fic. :D
I actually am not one for funny working titles. They're generally super boring like: fest name - due date. LOL

Weirdest thing you had to research for a writing project: This is hard because I just have a difficult time remembering the weird stuff I look up. But one of the more recent and random things was when the full moon was in December 2008 for my Advent Fic

Project that was the most difficult to write: Rematch (Cormac/Ron, 3k, Explicit)
This is actually not a pairing that I've ever read or really ship, but I love to challenge myself and this was a gift!fic for a friend. I'm pretty happy with how it came out in the end, but it was definitely a struggle trying to find their voices and dynamics because of my lack of strong feels.

Project that's been a work-in-progress for ages, that you just can't seem to finish: No link here because I basically never post WIPs, but I've taked a number of times about an Ageplay fic I started writing earlier this year and that I keep stalling out on. I'd love to actually finish it at some point, but it's been hard to really get inside the characters heads with this one.

Work you want to write one day, but haven't yet started: I have a really vague idea for a Deaged fic that I'd love to have an excuse to really flesh out and actually write. At the moment, it's really just a concept with no actual plot, but I really like the idea of it.

Work you thought you would never write, but finally did: Palace of Eternity (Draco/Harry, 28k, Explicit)
I've been wanting to write a vampire!fic for years, and when I was assigned the Creature!Fic trope for [profile] hd_tropes I figured it was time!

Genre you thought you would never write, but finally did: to taste your beating heart (James Sirius/Teddy, Explicit, 2.1k)
Horror genre, which I really didn't think I'd ever manage! Written for the [community profile] hp_darkarts My Bloody Valentine's fest!

Longest amount of time passed between starting a project and finally finishing it: Come Alive (James Sirius/Teddy, 30k, Explicit)
I created a google doc for what would eventually become this fic in January 2017 and finished writing the fic in October 2019. So... 22 months? There have been fics that took longer, but this was the longest-running project that I finished in 2019.

What's more difficult, plot or characters? Plot, definitely! My stuff tends to be quite character-driven.

(If you outline) biggest difference between the outline you prepared in advance and the finished work: I do outline, but I generally stick pretty close to them. There are definitely tweaks and changes along the way, but I can't think of anything significant in regards to the fics that posted this year!

Favourite opening line: to taste your beating heart (James Sirius/Teddy, Explicit, 2.1k)
For as long as James could remember, all he'd ever wanted was Teddy's heart.
This was essentially the inspiration for this entire fic and sums it up quite nicely. I liked it so much I ended up using a version of it for the summary as well!
Favourite ending line: Okay, I have two! One is for my favorite one-sentence ending line. The second is technically several sentences, but their short!
Give Us This Day (Draco/Gawain Robards, 3.4k, Explicit)
Draco smiles and rests his head against Gawain's chest, listening to the thud of his heart and watching the snap and crackle of the logs on the fire as they burn down to ash.

Just a Matter of Time (Draco/Harry, 23k, Explicit)
"It's about time," Harry said, still grinning as he stepped aside and gestured Draco inside his home. "I've been waiting."

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2019? (Harry/Firenze, Explicit, 3.7k)I mean, it was only a matter of time before I wrote Centaur porn, so....

Did you take any writing risks this year? What did you learn from them?: I think my biggest ~risk~ was to really just focus on pushing myself and growing as a writer and trying new things without worrying about reception. So I wrote a lot of things that I knew wouldn't necessarily be crazy popular, but that I'm really proud of. A long rare pair femslash fic, some angst open-ending Drarry, a very non-traditional vampire!fic, a Jeddy horror!fic, some centaur porn, etc. I also wrote more femslash this year than I ever have before despite the fact that it really does not get a ton of readership, as creating more femslash content is something I wanted to promote.

Do you mostly write for challenges/fic exchanges/fests etc. or do you mostly write in your own time? Almost exclusively for fests. I often will have my own ideas that I sort of work into fests, just because I find having deadlines really helps me prioritize writing things.

(If you write stories with relationships) Mostly first time or established relationship? or something else? I would say a pretty solid mix, though leaning more towards first time/getting together stories this year. A lot of my shorter works do feature established relationships though.

Is there a type of story you read but would never write? Or maybe one that you've written, but rarely read? There is very little I wouldn't write, to be honest, and there are a lot of themes/tropes/kinks etc. that I don't necessarily enjoy reading but would like to try my hand at writing. I generally don't enjoy reading horror/super dark content, but this year I wrote to taste your beating heart (James Sirius/Teddy, Explicit, 2.1k) which was quite outside my comfort zone and something I ended up bein really proud of!

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