I’m very glad to have Ellen Grace from the blog Now My Wings Fit on today’s guest post. Please take a few moments to read what her blog is about, her views on fantasy and fanfiction, what advice she has for other writers, and more!
How would you describe your blog for those who haven’t visited it yet?
One person’s experience with entertainment, both through the production of prose and the analysing and theorising about those things which inspire her.
I really love the title of your blog “Now My Wings Fit.” How did you decide on that title?
I wanted my title to be significant, and I spent about a day trying to come up with something to call my blog. In the end, I settled on this title for two reasons. First, it’s a reference to a moment in one of my Doctor Who fanfictions, Bright and Colourless. Bright and Colourless is the thirteenth story in a Doctor Series that I’ve been working on and have been posting on my Fanfiction.net profile, which is a fantasy AU (alternate universe) where the Doctor has wings. This particular story is set shortly after the Doctor changes the ‘desktop’ on the TARDIS, and he mentions that he has widened the corridors of the ship so that his wings can fit in the corridors without him having to retract them.
Second, and the slightly more corny reason, is that it’s a reflection of the freedom that I feel writing gives me.
What made you want to start a blog?
I’ve had a few blogs before, but none of them were very successful in terms of my motivation to keep them going. I think their demise was due to the fact that I wasn’t entirely sure why I had them, or what I was using them to say. Even with my failures, though, I still wanted a blog – if I could find something to talk about. When I went to university and joined the Creative Writing Society, we had a session on ‘getting the work out there.’ The president of the Creative Writing Society – who was leading the session – waxed lyrical about the benefits of blogging about your writing, and the pieces in my head started to click together. It’s nice to have somewhere where I can talk about my writing, and all of my opinions and about the writing of others as well.
I was really impressed with your post “10 things in Harry Potter you don’t notice the first time around.” You find details that I think even hardcore Harry Potter fans wouldn’t pick up on. How long did that post take to research and write?
I can’t tell you exactly, but it’s probably the post which I have spent more time on than any of my others (with my “4 Disney Princesses who aren’t actually princesses” coming a close second). I spent a few weeks coming up with the examples I wanted to include, and putting them in a draft post. Once I had my ten examples, I then hit the books, finding quotes to use to illustrate my points. All in all, I was probably working on this post for about an hour and a half, spread over a month.
Reading your work, it seems like you are really drawn to fanfiction and fantasy. What excites you about those genres?
Fanfiction often gets a bad press, and a lot of writers say that it should only be used as practice, but I don’t agree with that. Fanfiction has a lot of intrinsic value, and there are fanfictions out there that are good enough to be published. It’s also a great way to share theories and fill in the gaps that are inevitably left by the original authors, which can then be debated about by other fans – and because of that, there’s a real sense of community amongst fanfiction writers.
As for fantasy, I find it a lot more interesting to write than realist fiction. That isn’t to say that I don’t write realist fiction, but there seems to be a lot more freedom in fantasy, and it allows an author to explore the social injustices and peculiarities of our world without directly pointing fingers.
What are your future goals for your blog?
I have a lot of plans for my blog. I want to continue what I’m doing right now, with my writing exercises and my pieces of theory and analysis interspersed with anecdotes about my own writing. I have a lot of these kinds of posts planned. In the future, I would like to do some 30/31-day challenges, but eventually I’d like to start a writing competition, and possibly offer feedback on other writers’ work.
What are you currently working on?
Currently, I’m working on my trilogy, the Eternal War Trilogy, an epic love story set against the backdrop of a civil war that has been raging for centuries in a fantasy world. It’s something I’ve been playing around with for a while, and I’m excited to get it going.
I have not, however, abandoned fanfiction, and I’m still working on a novel-length piece based on BBC Sherlock (though I have no idea when it’ll be finished). Aside from that, I’m nearly halfway through a series which I have been posting on Fanfiction.net, an Avengers/Doctor Who crossover called Loki and the Doctor, and I have just planned a 10-15,000 word Wolfstar (Remus Lupin/Sirius Black) fanfiction which I hope to be writing over the next few weeks.
Finally, as a writer yourself, what advice do you have for fellow writers?
Write. If you have that idea in your head and you want to get it down on paper, just do it. Don’t let anything get in your way, and don’t wait around to try and get it perfect. Just write it, and if it doesn’t turn out the way you want it to the first time around, then keep working on it until you’re happy with it.
Second, get feedback. It can be daunting to show your work to other people, but having a second opinion is so valuable. However, you should always make it clear that you want constructive feedback; don’t just let people tell you what they liked about it, but get them to tear it apart and tell you what’s wrong with it so that you can make improvements. It’s gonna hurt, but it’s worth it.
A big thanks once again to Ellen Grace for taking the time to answer these questions. To see more of her work, you can check out her website here.