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09 August 2016 @ 11:22 pm
prompts chatter  
I'm still taking questions for the get to know your author meme if there's anything you want to ask me. I plan to write up a post with the answers at the weekend. In the meantime I am mulling them over!

And since the summer Prompathon at be_compromised is still taking prompts until the end of Sunday (nudge nudge, hint hint) I thought I'd ask you all about prompting, and things like promptathon vs leaving prompts in exchanges.

When I leave prompts in open things like promptathon, where there's no expectation of prompts being filled and there's no exchange, I don't see...fills as a gift. I like getting rid of ideas that I don't have the time to play with myself, generating new ideas, seeing what ideas everyone else comes up with, and if I manage to enable someone into getting creative that makes me all kind of happy. Then there's exchanges, where I like to give an idea of my likes and dislikes, and then sit back and forget that I'm going to get a gift until it arrives and then I'm super excited, look at what someone made for me. But as a writer I also know that it can be awkward writing for someone else in an exchange, so more recently I also think it's nice to leave some prompts as well as an but I'll love whatever you come up with. Sometimes I'll also use exchanges to hopefully try and get a particular type of story that I might fancy at the time.

How do people feel about prompts, and is that different as a reader to as a writer? Are there particular kinds of prompts that you particularly like leaving? Do you ever feel that your prompts need to fit in with the kind of prompts people are already leaving in an event, or that you can buck the trend and prompt whatever you like? Do you leave different kinds of prompts in open events than in exchanges? And basically any thinky thoughts around prompts and prompting :)

And of course if this inspires anyone to drop a few more prompts over at promptathon, well then excellent *grins*.

(Because it's fun chatting with internet friends, I'm trying to be better about posting on LJ, and there are so many writing/creating conversations we could be having!)
cassiekiss_me_cassie on August 10th, 2016 12:07 am (UTC)
I suck at leaving prompts. SUCK. I just can't come up with more than a few vague words or feelings and then they're so vague that no one gets inspired or takes a gander at writing it.

For exchanges, I'm much better at listing explicitly the kind of things I like and want and whatnot.

As a reader:
I squee equally if some fills my prompt (omg, that was such a cool idea you came up with based on my teeny tiny suggestion!) or exchanges (omg you wrote this JUST FOR ME.) Although I don't really consider a fill to my prompt as writing FOR ME, but I still get the thrill that I was able to tickle someone's muse not matter what.

As a writer:
I like prompts because I don't have to do anything. If something interests me, I'll do it. If my muse gets piqued by an idea, I'll write. But if I don't get that prick of interest, there's no need to move forward and I can just sit back and be a reader of all the lovely ideas that come from other writers. (So, I can be lazy if I want.)
For exchanges, it's nail biting. Will my muse find something from the request to latch on to? Can I manage to shape it the way I want within the allotted time? OMG OMG THERE'S A DEADLINE. And then there's the pressure of will my recipient LIKE what I come up with? Which doesn't make me not want to write exchanges, it just makes it a little more fraught.
inkvoicesinkvoices on August 14th, 2016 05:33 pm (UTC)
Vague can be good for inspiration though. Sometimes ones that are really specific don't do anything for me *shrugs*.

Yes, that, I don't see fills as gifts either but they give that thrill of 'yay, I inspired that' :) And I find writing prompt fills less stressful than exchanges too. But then I don't feel as driven to finish things, and I'm grafeful for some of the exchanges I've been in for the finished things I produced, so there's that *shrugs*.
alphaflyer on August 10th, 2016 06:34 pm (UTC)
I love promptathons. I just wish I had more time ... *shakes self*

As for the prompts, I like leaving little snippets of dialogue for people to do something with -- usually they're little snippets of dialogue that I wish I had the time to turn into a story but don't, so I'm hoping someone else will. (This rather ego-centric approach also means I've ended up filling my own prompts once or twice, 'coz, you know, the inspiration was obviously already there... ) *blushes*

I like little one-line situational prompts, preferably if there's a wit to them. One of my favourite prompts was left by Frea_O, "Other SHIELD agents try to help Natasha and Clint's relationship along. They really shouldn't." Long, philosophical quotes, whole verses from some song or from a deep, meaningful poem don't do anything for me whatsoever (sorry, folks ...), mostly because they're just too ... I don't know. full? Limiting? Too little room left for my own imagination to hop, skip and jump.

And on that note, Imma gonna look at them prompts again ...

Edited at 2016-08-10 06:35 pm (UTC)
inkvoicesinkvoices on August 14th, 2016 05:37 pm (UTC)
I just wish I had more time... Always.

I don't see a problem with filling my own prompts. It's like I let those plot bunnies go, off into the wild for someone else to claim, but then maybe through putting one into words or chatting about it with someone I just end up picking it back up again. Why do you think it's ego-centric? *is curious*

Oh, yes, prompts that have a twist/turn at the end, I love those and reading what people come with for them. I think because they read like a blurb for an already written fic? Or just it's that hook.