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2nd-Jun-2009 09:30 am
I'm currently in a state of depression in terms of writing. That's why I haven't posted much lately. It isn't from lack of ideas or inspiration. I already have the plot of my current story and I know the scenes that need to be written. My fingers are still busy typing out words but I'm not satisfied with anything that I've written. Everything seems flat.

How did I get to this point? I spent time researching the craft of writing, trying to get some pointers and ideas in order to grow and improve. But the only thing that seems to have done is cause me to see all the flaws in my writing and makes me wonder why anyone would read it =P

If I go back to writing the way I do normally, its fine and the words come easily again. But try to focus on different ideas, such as trying to 'show' more than 'tell' and everything grinds out to a boring halt. Grrr. I'm sure that this will eventually get sorted out but at the moment, I'm in a funk.
2nd-Jun-2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
make me wonder why anyone would read it =P

Because it is a good read. Some of the worlds best selling authors can't write properly Catherine Cookson, Jeffrey Archer and Barbera Cartland to name but three. And don't get me started on J K Rowlin. What all those authors have in common with you is that, if if you are into the genre they write, they tell a rattling good story. Stop worrying about technique just write.
2nd-Jun-2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement. I'll have to get my mind back into writing that is fun and stop thinking about the details. Though I still do want to improve in some areas...sigh. I will have to find a way to work it in that won't take all the fun away.
2nd-Jun-2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
The important thing about 'writing rules' is to break them deliberately, with a fine, gleeful wave of your hand and enjoy the process of writing. If it becomes work instead of fun, you really can't fanfic.
2nd-Jun-2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks. That's what I'm finding. Thinking about rules stops making it fun.
2nd-Jun-2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Go for the FUN! No one's paying you to follow rules.
2nd-Jun-2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
True. That's why I started writing in the first place, because it was fun. It would be nice if I could do some things better though. *sigh*
2nd-Jun-2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Maybe you could try something outside of your current 'universe' for a change of pace? It might be easier to try new ways of doing things with a fresh start, and if you didn't like the effect, you wouldn't have mucked with your established universe.
2nd-Jun-2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea.

I have been trying to do a 'senses' exercise. Using a scene, I try adding different layers of details using the five senses.

I can do POV stuff fine but when it comes to sense-details, it's not even like pulling teeth, its just not there =P

Being able to crawl into the skin of a character in order to do POV seems, at least to me, very different than being able to understand the minute details of daily living.
2nd-Jun-2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
The thing is, fanfic is entirely different from conventional fiction- you're working in a shared universe where you expect the readers to not only know what the character look/sound/act like, but what their environment is like. So you say 'they're in the med unit' and leave it like that. But in a conventional SF, the reader has no idea what you could be talking about, so you have to describe it.

This makes it difficult for fanficcers to get into the habit of description, even when you're doing a scene of a type never shown in the shared universe.
2nd-Jun-2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Good point. Fanfic allows us certain allowances because of a common pool of information that we don't have to think about in detail. It encourages 'lazier' writing techniques that aren't considered good for normal fiction writing.

I should have remembered that when researching writing techniques. Some of it isn't meant for fanfic.
2nd-Jun-2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
It doesn't hurt to add some scenic detail, but in fanfic that's seldom the most important part.
2nd-Jun-2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
Yup. It's why I'm trying to work on it.
3rd-Jun-2009 12:01 am (UTC)
It's always better to go with the flow.
Writing comes from the heart and soul. Don't let technical details bog you down.
3rd-Jun-2009 12:08 am (UTC)
I suppose I shouldn't let it weigh me down. The problem is that now that I've done this research, I keep seeing things I can improve on. And of course, that means I have to work on it. It turns out better technically but I've lost my writing momentum and the spirit of the scene. Sigh.
3rd-Jun-2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Write the scene first, edit later. Don't lose momentum. It's the way I work.
It's like drawing, a sketch at first to catch the essence of the piece and then you add finer details later to flesh out the picture.
3rd-Jun-2009 01:41 am (UTC)
I did used to do all the dialogue for a scene first with only minimal details. I've moved away from doing that but it might help me get back my rhythm if I go back to it.
3rd-Jun-2009 02:42 am (UTC)
Well, you could always just write it and do an edited version later. As I've said before, your plots make more sense (to me at least) than the original writers from the TV series. I think it's a hard series to write PGPs for, because of all the inconsistencies in canon and characterization, but you've come up with clever ways to use those inconsistencies (like your Orbit plot). I think the difference between you and one of the series writers is that you give a damn, your not just doing it for a paycheck.
I also think you've got something better going on than Boucher. He was script editor and either didn't remember or care to keep track of details. You do.
Meanwhile your B7 AU, The Way Forward is very good IMO. It's an AU, you can start your own canon for that AU, might be easier to write for. Maybe switch back and forth between fics if you are at a dead end with one of them.
And hey, nothing you could ever write could be as bad as Avon A Terrible Aspect...so cheer up.
3rd-Jun-2009 11:57 am (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement and the suggestions. There are areas I am good at but many that I'm not. It's those areas I'm trying to work on but it seems to have derailed me a bit. I'll have to keep plugging away and hopefully it will get sorted out soon.
3rd-Jun-2009 02:22 pm (UTC) - Don't give up!!
Please don't stop writing - opening your journal to find out the next installment in the Avon/Cally saga is the bright spot of my day
3rd-Jun-2009 11:29 pm (UTC) - Don't stop ! please !!!
As I am of a generation that finds computers are not a natural way of expressing thoughts openly - I am waiting for a young friend to show me how to use this medium to converse with you ! - but in the meantime forget the 'professional' way of writing and go from your heart as you have been doing - until I find a way of telling you of the untold hours of pleasure your stories have given me - I will be bereft if you don't start again.
(I am using the same method I used to suggest a change of tense - and that seemed to reach you-so here's hoping.
3rd-Jun-2009 11:35 pm (UTC) - Re: Don't stop ! please !!!
Hello Ann

Don't worry, I won't stop. I've just hit a bit of a snag at the moment because I'm trying to improve some areas that I know I'm weak at.

I'm glad that you've enjoyed these stories.

If you want to converse, feel free to email me.


If you have a gmail address, we can 'chat' as well.


Edited at 2009-06-03 11:46 pm (UTC)
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