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Snowflake Challenge - Day 11

Day 11 - 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? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

As an artist and author within fandom, I don't really have that much of a 'process' in either case.  I suppose I'm a 'winging it' sort of person.  Generally, I'm a 'linear' writer; I'm not one of these people who can have three or four WIPS on the go at the same time.  If I start a story, I have to work through it and finish it before I can start the next one.

When I write a longer story, I weave a loose story plot in my head, which I may or may not put down on paper/screen.  Once the story is finished, however, it has elements of my loose plot, but quite often, it's deviated or expanded to an extent that the initial plot is barely even noticeable!  I sometimes struggle with plot ideas, and my muse isn't always the most co-operative, which is why I enjoy story challenges because the prompts help  me enormously.

I always write in the Summergen challenge over on LiveJournal, and because I love to write humour, spn_bigpretzel is a community that promotes 'the sunnier side of Supernatural' and affords lots of story challenges where humour fits the bill perfectly.

I don't tend to use betas; but I do carry out several read-throughs on a story.  When I've finished writing, I call that my 'rough finish', then as I read through, I pick up typos, poor wording, spelling and punctuation errors, maybe even something big like a plot hole.  Depending on the length of the story, this can go through several stages of polishing, and I tend to keep several hours between each read through, otherwise the repetition blunts my concentration and can blind me to anything I need to see.

I have to have complete silence when I write, I find it very hard to have any other kind of distraction.

Conversely, when I draw or create digital art, I like a bit of background noise; music or TV, I really don't mind.

With digital art, once I have a plan in my mind, the hardest part for me is finding reference pictures to use in my artwork.  The tools I use for digital arting are GIMP and Picmonkey.

With traditional art, the part I find most difficult and least satisfying is drawing out the initial outline.  However, this is the most important part of the picture - like building a house; if your foundations are weak, your house will look crooked, and will probably fall down!

Once the initial outline is drawn out, I trace it through onto the paper for the final picture.  My medium of choice is pastel pencils, and I love working on a dark or black background.  I use a paper with a slight tooth for the pastel work, such as Ingres or Mi-Teintes which are specifically designed for pastel use.

When I can crack on with the shading and contouring of the picture, that's when my real love of what I do takes over, and I can lose myself for hours working on turning that plain pencil line into a real picture with texture, form and - hopefully - character.

If a piece of artwork I'm working on isn't working out, I try to salvage it.  In couple of instances that has worked but generally if my 'gut' is telling me it doesn't look right, I abandon it, walk away for a day or two then start again.

In between times, I like to fill up my time writing drabbles for a couple of weekly challenges I take part in.  Drabbles are such a fantastic little brain trainer, and often my drive to and from work is a good opportunity for thinking up ideas.

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