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from the madhouse 
7th-Aug-2007 05:08 pm

With reference to "from the madhouse" which is my mind and which I must be out of...

As I was doing some admin stuff with the posts and the various writing files on my computer, it became very clear to me that I must be mad...the create date of the file containing my first b7 story is May 2nd, of this year...

Where does the madness come in?
...this means that I've had this obsession to write b7 stories for just three months, and I've managed to complete almost 2 novella-sized stories, am close to finishing two other ones, and am at least half-way on the fifth...and did I say I've already started on bits of the sixth story (uhh I didn't say that...that was some crazy person)...

It's doubly crazy since I was only writing for myself and never intended for anyone to read them.

Send the men in the white coats...and make sure they come with lots of alcohol...

Will this obsession ever end? I must know...does this normally happen when you first discover b7 or writing fanfic?

Being able to share these thoughts on LJ have helped me not go crazy too quickly...it's good to know that I'm not alone out there...

Twin Souls
Comments 
7th-Aug-2007 09:53 am (UTC)
It slows down.
7th-Aug-2007 12:05 pm (UTC)
Actually, this is not uncommon when someone finds fanfic. I've written probably 4 to 5 thousand pages of fanfic over the last 10 years. Shoot, one story another woman and I were working on was over 2,000 pages when we finally abandon it. Mostly because we had a falling out, not because we were out of story. Though do to her issues, our stories were getting stale.

Most fanfic writers come from a need to "fix" things in a show or a love of the characters and wanting to see more of them. A basic need to "tell a story". That story is different for each person. Right now, my obsession with writing is filling in the gaps in episodes. ;-) I did one pre-Horizon story. I'm working on a post-Rumors of Death story and have a mission scene to Hostage that driving me nuts. ;-)

As for length. That's different for each writer. For me, my zine stories tend to be between 20 to 60 pages in length. I have co-written one novel sized story that we self published for a con and various "drabbles", "snips", and "short stories".

Don't fret. This is normal and if you're having fun, enjoy it!

Shoot! I run 4 email lists for fanfic!! One of which is for B7. :-D
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