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Fandom Snowflake Challenge Day 3

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In your own space, talk about your creative process - from what inspires you to what motivates you to how you manage to break through blocks. Does your process change depending on the type of creating you're doing?

I'm mostly a fic writer and crafter, but I occasionally delve into meta and making icons. Tbh I like to try a little of everything, which I hope doesn't make me a jack of all trades but master of none because I want to be good at things!

For fics, I get a lot of inspiration from other people's fics (which I read a LOT of), plot bunnies and such people post, and ideas from my friends. I like to see what other people are doing and what people like, and then put my own spin on it. Crafting is a mix of things I want to see and what's most popular because I do sell my crafts and I have to make money lol I haven't done much meta since leaving the Teen Wolf fandom, but I'm really interested in themes like mythology, religion, race, gender/sex/sexuality. I have a tendency to treat meta a lot like the essays I'd do in college, which means it's not always as... open and interesting as a lot of people's. I really enjoy it though. Icons are pretty much always me wanting a different icon for something or wanting to see more of a particular character and getting a bit carried away.

In general, I'm very motivated by attention. Which I usually feel bad about because that seems self-centered, but I really do love it when people enjoy the things I've made. I tend to take things more personally than I should, so it makes me very sad when people don't like my things. Nothing makes me happier than to see people carrying around my crafts or using my icons or reccing my fics or meta. Guilt works pretty well for me most of the time as a motivator because I tend to forget which projects I should be working on or get distracted by other things, so I like it when people ask for more of something or remind me that I should be working on something.

Most of my creative blocks are related to my depression, I think, which means there's mostly nothing I can do about them except surround myself with things I love and try to move forward. Sometimes it only takes a little while, but bad times can mean weeks without me doing anything creative because I just can't bear to. I guess the best thing that gets me through is listening to music and making lists of things I should be doing to try to guilt myself into working on something. Strangely, crying myself to sleep tends to kind of clear my head a bit and allow me to get a fresh start in the morning. I don't really like crying so I try not to do that, but it's definitely helped with the worst times...

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I think most people who create fanworks are motivated by attention. I've even seen references to the idea that comments & such are sort of a fannish currency, and that's how people get "paid" for their efforts.
Yeah, I think that's true. I think my problem is I've internalized too many of the "you should be writing for you, forget everyone else" and took that to mean writing for attention is bad. But that's much more for original fic as far as I've seen, and fandom is a much different place and it's kind of expected, like you said.
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