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!