For the first time in three weeks, I'm having a day on which I'm awake and functional in a more or less normal fashion - and not working (don't let me jinx that) - so here, let me join the meme brigade. It feels a bit fraudulent, considering I haven't finished or posted any new fic in two years, but I can't help it. I love discussions that swirl around the whole subject of craft. I just wish there were some way to have a roundtable of fandom writers sitting around and talking about it, but this will have to do.

1. Of the fic you’ve written, of which are you most proud?
2. Favourite tense
3. Favourite POV
4. What are some themes you love writing about?
5. What inspires you to write?
6. Thoughts on critique
7. Create a character on the spot... NOW!
8. Is there a character you love writing for the most? The least? Why?
9. A passage from a WIP
10. What are your strengths in writing?
11. What are your weaknesses in writing?
12. Anything else that you want to know... (otherwise known as Fill in the Blank)
I love writing. I love working my way deeply into a story, following its internal compulsions and clusters of imagery, which I'm aware are theoretically under my control but which feel more like a trail of clues guiding me to discover what the true story is. Perhaps best of all, I love persuading readers to follow me in my love for the characters.

Or at any rate, I used to love writing. I don't know what my problem is these days, but I don't trust my own judgment anymore. I can no longer tell if I've written a shapely sentence or a moving scene or simply a collection of flaccid words that imitate my memory of how storytelling works. Right now I'm depending on [ profile] wrisomifu to prod me word by word through the month of November, and let me tell you, it's a knock-down drag-out fight with my lack of motivation every damn day.

In the process of pep-talking myself, I reviewed what I think my stories do well. Of course, no one can read their own work entirely objectively, or get an outsider's view of their virtues and defects. We can figure out our selling points but we can't experience their impact in the same way a reader can.

So the thing that surprised me? My endings are excellent. Even the open endings. Maybe especially the open endings. It wouldn't have occurred to me if I hadn't lined up the fics in my head, but I realized that, with the exception of "In Infinite Remorse of Soul," which suffers from too abrupt a conceptual leap when it hits the finish line, I'm happy with every single ending I've written. I've earned them; or rather, the fic has. And I can still scarcely believe that I pulled them off.

What about you, oh writers and artists on my friends list? What are you good at? Have you surprised yourself with something you've accomplished? Is there a gift that runs consistently through your work that you can point to with pride? Go ahead, boast. I'd really love to hear what the rest of you think about your own abilities. Fandom firmly discourages any frank declarations that we consider ourselves talented in some respect, presumably because inflated egos are a pain to have around, but also because the idea that a hobby/silly idfic/derivative porn could ever be "good" invites claims of pretension. However, most of us are already self-doubting enough that we talk about craft in general terms and don't discuss our personal successes; we don't actually need policing.

So tell me what your favorite things are. In your own work, not someone else's. Give me examples. Name names. Point to particular instances. Provide links. I'm really curious to hear what you have to say. *chinhands*

1. If you feel a sudden overwhelming urge to balance what you're good at with a mention of what you're not, stuff the dormouse urge upside-down in a teapot until it falls asleep.

2. I know Sunday is a Day of Chat for many flisties, so please feel welcome to chime in several days later. As you all must have figured out by now, I myself am beyond fashionably late.
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( Nov. 18th, 2012 06:37 pm)
So, I feel a bit embarrassed about this, as I've been more or less forced by circumstance to step out of the river of fandom and stand on the bank watching everyone go by. It's been a turbulent year, and I've managed very little in the way of posting or commenting. That's why I'm writing a form of handwringing here, because it feels like coming cap in hand to ask whether anyone is available to do a favor for me.

I need a beta.

For this year's [ profile] snapecase fest, I wrote The Lost World, which just barely squeezed in under the word count limit at about 11K. It wasn't quite the story I wanted to tell, because I had to leave out a lot, and my imagination fell under the fairy tale influence and didn't want to let go. I've been working on an extended version ever since. Unfortunately (as it turned out), I signed up for the severus_harry big bang, took 10,000 words of another languishing fic, turned it into 65K, and ended up with a horrible mess on my hands that I detested so much I haven't been able to contemplate salvaging the damn thing. So I defaulted on the fest (sorry, Accio and Torino!). Then life sat on me for a while and effectively squashed any aspirations I had to write or even think.

In short, my fic-writing quota for the year has been miserable.

I desperately want to finish The Lost World before the year ends. It's approaching 45,000 words, and I'm probably 2,000 words from completing a second-to-last draft. I could use a push, the encouragement to concentrate. Mostly, though, I need someone who's willing to read 45K words of rather odd Snarry and tell me whether it works or whether my impulse to turn this modest fic into a longer, weirder fairy tale has damaged an idea too fragile to support its bloated size.

Don't get me wrong. I like this fic. I'm just too close to it to judge things like balance and proportion and metaphorical coherence.

I know people are incredibly busy, but would anyone be available to give that sort of feedback? I'll finish the fic regardless. I've just got it in my head right now that I want to post it -- post something -- before the end of December, and to do that I need a kick in the butt.

ETA: SORTED! Thank you! :D
So, this is a radical idea for me. I've been toying for a while with the possibility of posting a work-in-progress, and I think I'm finally desperate enough to resort to trying it.

Lo, these many years ago, I pulled out of the last Snarry Games because I suck the idea for my fic exploded in size and ambition, and I finally had to admit I wouldn't be able to do it justice in the allotted time. Then, because I apparently can't finish my own work without someone standing over me with a whip, or at least a deadline, my forward momentum lapsed and the fic languished.

Fast-forward two years, and it's seized my imagination again. )

This fic is the most romantic thing I've ever written. It's also the angstiest. This worries me a bit, whenever I stop to ponder world-peace-level questions of "woobiefication" and "out of character-ness," but I'm too heavily invested in the imaginative world of the fic to care. ;)

As a kind of semi-entry in the [ profile] snape_potter Fix It Fest, I hope to start posting the first section after the 15th, uploading chapters over several days until I reach the point at which I left off and have to forge onward again one word at a time. There's no question I'll finish this, by the way; the ending's already written, as is most of the final section leading up to it. But there's a vast deal of middle to pull together, and I need an incentive and a commitment to push forward.

This is a lot of verbiage to say, "I'm posting a WiP, yay!" or "OMG!" but I'm a bit dithery about it, as I'm sure you've noticed. *g* Plenty of people won't consider reading such unreliable things until the last sentence has posted, but for those of you who might decide to follow along I should make it clear this isn't the final version. Knowing me, I'll overhaul and revise in light of the finished product, and I wouldn't mind constructive comments along the way. If anyone has criticism to offer, I'll welcome it. If I freak out, it won't be at you, I promise.

So I have one chapter to change and bring narratively in line, and I'll be ready some time within the fest's posting period. Also *headdesk* I need a title, damn it. As usual. Stupid titles.
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( Jul. 3rd, 2011 09:05 pm)
[personal profile] delphi posted five questions given her by a friend, addressing the process of writing and how it -- and how she -- relates to her own work. She in turn gave me five different questions. This is probably only of interest to other writers, because, well, it's not a story and it's not fandom-related meta, so it is, as Delphi points out, a way of talking about writing rather than doing it.

Navel-gazing under the cut )

If any writer -- or reader, for that matter -- wants five questions along similar lines, I'll do my best to steal them from others come up with a few.
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( May. 24th, 2010 04:49 pm)
Yes, this is squirmingly narcissistic. I don't usually do memes that point to my writing because I don't feel that my flist should have to serenade my dreadfully unprolific muse. ;)

However. *cough* That aside, I'm fascinated by the whole id-outlet aspect of fan works. How do you tell what's perfectly conscious and artfully constructed on the writer's part, and what accidentally lets slip the secret life of the id? And how do you separate that from the story itself? Ever since [ profile] schemingreader posted a link this morning, I've been pondering how we even talk about this stuff. The language is halting and unsure, at least to my mind. I do notice an inclination in myself to be flippant about it. I'm all for being teasing and affectionate, but it might also have something to do with the embarrassment of naming names.

Anyway, I posted to the LJ version of the meme. I'll understand if no one knows what the heck to say. I'm having that trouble myself.

Id Meme
Post a single sentence from each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations. No more than one sentence!

Is this narcissism? I suppose it must be. Only two HP fics are represented here; all the rest are unfinished (perhaps unfinishable) original fics.

Yep, these all sound like me. )

How curious to see these all lined up without context. I can imagine these sentences going off in entirely different directions from the stories they belong to.
Post a single sentence from each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations. No more than one sentence!

Is this narcissism? I suppose it must be. Only two HP fics are represented here; all the rest are unfinished (perhaps unfinishable) original fics.

Yep, these all sound like me. )

How curious to see these all lined up without context. I can imagine these sentences going off in entirely different directions from the stories they belong to.


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