Only missed one week this time, that’s an improvement, right? It’s crunch time right now, so I count updating at all as an achievement.
Really short update this time, since as I’ve said, it’s crunch time right now. For a change, I’ve gotten some work done on that Star Wars fic again! Granted, it wasn’t very much, but at least I’m back at it. Also got some more plot planning done on that massive Modern AU, up to forty chapters laid out so far! Other than that, a bit of scribbling down of ideas here and there, nothing of real significance at the moment.
It’ll probably be a while before I can update again, and at more detail (told ya this was going to be a short one), there’s a whole bunch of real-life-itis hitting me right now. I’m not even going to bother setting any goals for creative writing for the interim, but I can promise that I’ll be thinking about it, as I always do. See ya next time!
Despite not having done much writing this week, it has been productive on the writing front because I’ve been doing a lot of story planning, laying everything all out so I know what direction I want to take things when I finally start writing. I’m twenty five chapters into the planning of The Great Modern AU, and it’s going mostly alright. The biggest difficulty here is not overloading the story with drama, while keeping the pace going and giving everyone enough “screen time” and development.
Another struggle I find myself with is the problem of original characters. As I’m sure anyone familiar with fanfiction knows, it’s hard to get an OC right. For me, personally, I find it difficult to read OC-centric fics because often, they don’t feel like they fit into the story or with the other characters. I’m not going to have an overload of OCs in this story (though with how little information there is on some of these characters, they might as well be!), but there are at least a couple that are necessary (you really couldn’t have at least given some of those female characters names, Professor?)
What keeps me going through these difficulties is the dream of the story I want to tell. Every time I get stuck on a plot point or lost in the drama, I think of the story I’ve seen in my mind, and how much I want to share it with the world, and that gets me going again. As I’ve mentioned in my last post, there aren’t a lot of stories out there about the particular couple that this story centres around, and I want to change that, I want to contribute the vision building in my mind and show that there’s more to be told here, more to be found than just smut.
Anyways, I’m going to keep at it, try and do it “properly” (insofar as there is such a thing as writing “properly”), and maybe one day you’ll all get a chance to see the dream that makes me smile (or, alternatively, bang my head against my desk). See you all next time!
Hey all, sorry for the absence this past month! Things got really busy and I barely had time to sleep, much less update this blog. But I’m back now, with actual writing stuff to talk about!
I’m trying a “new” approach to writing, or rather, revamping an old device I’ve made use of a couple times. If you dive back into the archives of this series, you’ll find mention of a certain enormous Modern AU project for Tolkien. That’s been an idea that I’ve toyed around with for a number of years now, and now that I’m in a position where I have the experience to write about some of the things in this story, I’m getting to the actual business of writing it down. And instead of just blurting it all out, this time I’m actually planning it.
Previously, I’ve never made much serious use of story planning. I’ve come up with graphs and charts of character data and timeline calculation, and I’ve scribbled out some stuff about points of conflict, but I’ve only once before laid out chapter by chapter what’s going to happen. It’s a new approach for me, but I think it will be necessary with the behemoth that this project looks like it’s going to be.
I’ve already talked a bit about what the story is, but I thought I’d go a little more into it now, in the hopes that by getting some draft ideas out, I can receive feedback and flesh them out more. I’ll keep it free of names, for anyone not familiar with Tolkien’s works, and put it under the cut because this might get long.