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More from the 30 Days of Fanfiction meme, while I have a free moment...

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 don't warn for much, especially in longer fics, mostly because a) I don't write much that's super explicit or objectionable and b) spoilers! It does somewhat depend on the fandom, too.

I don't know if it's the strangest, but I do get a kick out of the warnings for Iteration (even though the fic isn't actually posted yet):

Warnings: Oh, warnings for pretty much every last damned thing -- major character death(s), language, violence, het, slash, threesomes, abuse of chaos theory by a non-mathematician, and probably a few other things I've forgotten.

16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

Summaries are kind of like the one-line pitch for your story idea. Do it well and people are more likely to buy it.

Sometimes they come in a flash of inspiration and really are boiled down to the essence of the story, sometimes I'm forced to just pick the most compelling quote from piece, and other times I will literally just explain what the story is and why I wrote it (e.g. “The obligatory MacGuffin fic”) and leave it at that.

17 – Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

This entirely depends. As far as multi-part fics go, I often do chapter titles. I've gotten better over the years at making sure there's some sort of structure, theme or internal order if I do decide to use them.

18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

Stuff just occurs to me? And if it's interesting enough, I write it down. Once I have a general idea of what I want to do, music is a great way to keep the inspiration going. It keeps my brain in the zone for a particular mood or setting.
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