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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.
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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.
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