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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.
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.
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