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Since I posted last (yeah, that was 3 days ago O.o) I've written 3 fics in the Becoming Eliot Spencer 'verse (in which Xander Harris from Buffy the Vampire Slayer remakes himself as Eliot Spencer from Leverage) and posted them on AO3: archiveofourown.org/series/3825.  Still no Obvious Colclusion To The Series fic, though.  Muse doesn't want to write it, and I can only hope she has a plan.

Leverage has pretty much completely taken over my writing.  Fortunately it's easy to write for, but I can only hope this is a passing obsession for my Muse because she already has me writing kid!fic.  The Leverage crew raising a kid is kind of horrifying.  Oh yeah, and there's also the fact that I was in the middle of writing the Saucy Reboot (again).  And I need to revise Greatest Glory (and get a better title, but I always need to do that).
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This month...I have actually written!  I know, shocking, isn't it?  I started doing Inkygirl's 1,000 word a day challenge on May 27 because I was tired of not writing anything at all.  Judging from my experiences with NaNoWriMo, I should have guessed that it would go very, very well.  I mean, I'm not hitting every day, but 27/35 days is pretty good, especially considering I had travel and work lost when my computer unexpectedly restarted in there.

I find that the more experience I have writing, the more I tend to rewrite, especially when I'm working on longer things.  "Saucy Reboot" is currently on schedule to use 3,743 words out of the 17,893 I've written because I keep rewriting it to deal with plot and characterization issues.  I still don't have much of a plot on this one.

Fics I have worked on:

  • Everything, at least a little.  Sometimes I can't decide what to work on.
  • Greatest Glory, almost pure Buffy, Saucy, 11,908 words (complete).  This is technically the prologue/prequel to all of the Saucyverse fics.  After Marcie Ross unexpectedly appeared in it, it grew to 12k words and I actually finished it.  I think this is the first time I've had dialogue that's really worked and felt easy to write.  Now I need to rewrite, and find a beta reader.  Which, by the way, I have no idea how to do.
  • "Saucy Reboot", Buffy, Saucy, 3743/17893 words (WIP).  Lots and lots of rewriting with this one, still no real plot even if the premise is strong and I have a few ideas for what I want to happen and my very first subplot.
  • Miscellaneous Saucy side-fics, Saucy, (WIP).  This verse keeps surprising me, and the more I write in it the more I want to write about Saucy itself, even though it's very peripheral to the main stories.  It's very odd.
  • Vocation, Mulan, Dinosaur, 249 words (complete).  A oneshot leading into Mulan's role in the Dinosaur'verse.  Meaning, of course, that it's before her First Death, so it's only part of the verse because I say it is.  Once it's been a few days I'll see if it needs editing.  Of course, I'm not putting any of this 'verse up anywhere other than my Blogger until I have more of the main stories in it, which is kind of aggravating me.
  • Becoming Eliot Spencer, Buffy/Leverage, [untitled verse], 581 words (complete).  Xander becomes Eliot Spencer.  There will (hopefully) be another fic in this verse, of when Leverage canon starts.  And maybe a third, when his past comes to the fore, but that's more doubtful.  I have no idea where this came from.
So...success!  How's your writing going?
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Due to a surprise birthday gift of a laptop (his name's Edmund), I've been making an effort to write more by participating in Inkygirl's 1000 words a day challenge. It's been working well, except for that part where my muse doesn't like to write before it hits midnight. Oh well, at least it's summer.

But the more I write, the more I notice the fact that my muse knows stuff I don't. I mean, I'm just writing, and bam! in slips something that tells me more about the character/world than I figure out in thousands of words, otherwise. I'm not talking about parts I plan, but just the phrasing of some parts implies so much that I didn't know. Like, Xander treated Buffy more cautiously than he had to in the scene I just wrote, and suddenly I knew he had reason to, because something happened where she shot first and asked questions of the corpse.

How does that happen?  I mean, I might be currently working on this fic, but I don't really think about it, and I don't get the feeling that my muse is working on its plot in the back of my head, either.  But this just springs out of nowhere, out of thin air as far as I can tell.  It's very weird any time it happens.  Weird but good.

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So, in the past few years, thanks to doing NaNoWriMo, I've realized that, while I may be able to write 50,000 words in a month on a yearly basis and as a bonus even have it be halfway coherent despite the random explosions I write in on the 5th of November, I kind of lack certain novel-writing skills.  Like, how do you divide it into chapters?  How do you write a good ending (i.e., one that doesn't just stop suddenly)?  And the thing is, it's next to impossible to find how to write guides for those of us who have mastered the basics (NaNoWriMo-related evidence to the contrary).  It's very aggravating; about the only resource I've found that I like is Show Some Character!

Of course, this rant comes about for a reason; I've been slowly working on The Epic, trying some new things trying to make it good, and it's made me realize how much more I have to learn.  But I think that's how it is for everybody.  If you don't think your writing needs to improve, chances are you're wrong.
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"Write what you know" is the most basic advice given to amateur writers for a reason.  When you write what you know, you have to do less research and are less likely to get things wrong, not to mention that it's far easier for those who are just getting their toes wet writing.  It's easier to come up with a plot when you're working with what you deal with in your everyday life because you know what's possible, and what's interesting to other people who are interested in the same things you are.

Writers writing what they know can lead to greater depth and quality.  For instance, when I read about people who are disabled, it's easy to see which writers know about being disabled from personal experience, and which ones merely think it makes a good plot point.  I can tell which writers have been/are in the military, when they're writing about the military.  It's not just trivia that makes the writers who know what they're talking about on an intimate level stand out.  You can throw trivia at me all day, and I'll know the difference between that and somebody who has experience, even if I myself have no experience with what you're writing about.  If you're an insurance adjuster writing about an insurance adjuster who has whacky adventures, you're going to have a more accurate perspective on that than somebody who googled it.  This doesn't mean you can't stretch yourself- if you were in a major earthquake in California, you can likely write convincingly about a major earthquake in the fictional world you've created.

When you write about subjects that you don't know, you run the risk of getting them wrong.  We've all watched movies that lay in our area of interest and got everything completely wrong- you think Hackers was anything near accurate in regards to computers or hacking?  When you write about subjects you do know, you get them right unless you deliberately decide to get them wrong.
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Writing is a weird process.  What works on one writing project will fail horribly on another.  Some pieces have to be plotted out scene by scene, or even paragraph by paragraph, and others only need for you to have a vague idea of the plotline.  Sure, individual writers tend more towards one end of the spectrum than the other, but even then there's variation by piece.  So writers- or at least writers who want to improve their writing and finish their works- have to continually expand their toolbox of ways to work with a story from the first idea to the last revision.  Sometimes pieces beg to be worked out with a mindmap, or on index cards, or via pictograms on a dry-erase board, whether the writer has worked with that method before or not.

...Which is actually completely off-topic from what I was planning to say in this post, although it's something I do want to say..  Take 2.

Writing is a weird process.  To a certain extent you always have to think about backstory- whether that's a completely original backstory or one which is partially created already (unless you're writing Truman Show fanfiction, and you live in the world where the Truman show is actually real, there will always be gaps...now I want some Truman Show fanfiction from that world).  But thinking about backstory can go two ways (or probably more, but two main ways).  The first being it's predictable backstory, at least to you the writer.  You start thinking about the past of the characters and you don't have any times where you're surprised or shocked at it.  The other way it can go is, you're thinking about their backgrounds and some of the details make you stop and wonder how in the world that got to be canon for the verse you're writing in.  It feels right, but it's unexpected.

NaNoWriMo

Nov. 1st, 2009 06:49 pm
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So, for the fourth year running, I'm doing NaNoWriMo.  Quite frankly, NaNo baffles me.  My muse keeps tossing plots at me to write for NaNo that are out of my zone of comfortable writing (which I suppose is a good thing, but still), and somehow I keep winning.  2006 posed some interesting writing issues because the main character (this was original fiction) just didn't think in a way that made it easy to write- he was raised in zero-g, in a space station where there were no adults; he had no true conception of adulthood or up and down.  2007 I wrote Farscape/Highlander/SG-1, with Crichton as the main character.  I can't write Crichton at all, except when I'm feeling a sugar rush, and added to that I think those were all new-for-writing fandoms for me.  In 2008 I wrote BtVS/Harry Potter- both new-for-writing fandoms to me- with reincarnation, and Xander-reincarnated-as-Harry as the main character, and I ended up copping out on some of the plot because I just couldn't figure out how to work it if he remembered his past life from the beginning.  This year I'm writing what is primarily Highlander fanfiction, with multiple crosses that aren't all that important to the plotline.  With Richie as the main character.  I don't dislike Richie, but he's not my favorite either.

Why do I keep being forced into writing extrovert characters for NaNoWriMo?  I'm not an extrovert.  I don't understand extroverts.  I'm fairly sure I do a horrible job of writing extroverts.  And yeah, extroversion isn't the only problem I have with writing them well, but it's certainly a huge factor.  It doesn't really help to stretch my writing muscles in a new direction if I do it so badly that I cringe at even the thought of it.  Seriously, I want to go back to writing the Batclan.  I understand them (some more than others, granted, but it's that way with any group of characters).  But nooooo, my Muse has stopped letting me write Tim and Bruce, and moved onto all sorts of random premises that don't always have an entire plot attached.

And yeah, fun time for NaNo to start.  I have a Latin test on Tuesday and a Philosophy test on Wednesday, and let's just say I'm a bit behind in both of those classes.

Current word count: 2,761

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