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Random Musings re Fanfic Writing

This (For God and Country and Heather Lisinski) was the first time I had posted a work-in-progress, and I've found it to be an interesting process. 

On the one hand, posting as I go keeps me motivated to get the story done; on the other hand, now that it <i>is</i> done, I would love to go back and smooth out some of the plot points, add in more details, remove others, and (in this particular story) change the perspective from Heather-only to either both Beck/Heather or an omniscient perspective - because so much good stuff happened "off-screen".

I am going to write Beck's perspective (although no details regarding the storming of Constantino's stronghold -  "guns went off, things went boom, people died" - good enough.   LOL) - and it may end up it's own stand-alone story, or just a series of one-shots, with a reference to when it occurs.

How do others feel when they're posting a work-in-progress?  Or do you guys plot things out in a lot of detail before posting?  I always knew the big points that were going to happen - but the details were worked out as I went along.

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rubberbisquit
Dec. 1st, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
"guns went off, things went boom, people died"

If you want help with that sort of stuff, let me know :)

As for posting, I've never posted an entire fic at once, unless it's a one-shot. There's plenty of times I would have liked to have gone back and change certain aspects of my stories, and when I feel as though it's necessery I do. I have an actual web site devoted to my fanfic, so after I have all the chapters done I usual do a re-read and then re-write.

I enjoy chapter by chapter. The reviews are usually more constructive that way; people are only thinking about what is there instead of everything before and after it. Also, it DOES keep me motivated. Sometimes I'll knock out twenty pages in a few days and make three chapters out of it. THEN I can take some time and keep writing, while still posting.

I think it's more fun as a reader as well when things are posted bit by bit. It's more like watching a TV show as opposed to watching an entire movie. More redeeming value, and it tends to last longer.
shirleyann66
Dec. 2nd, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
If you want help with that sort of stuff, let me know :)

I will keep that in mind! My main problem is that those scenes don't interest me - to write, I mean. I love to watch them, love to read about them - but write about them?? Meh. ;) I'm always so impressed by people who can write those scenes, and do them well.

Hmmmm...thanks for your perspective on the posting works-in-progress. I tend to be a more "instant gratification" kinda gal. On the one hand, there's a lot to be said for anticipation, and the "TV show" approach as opposed to a movie approach. On the other hand, I tend to read the way I write: I binge. Sometimes. :)

If I'm really into a novel, I want to read it until I either fall asleep or I finish the novel. And once my reading gains momentum, it's hard to slow down. LOL I've been known to go through 4-5 novels during a 2-day book binge weekend (start Friday night; end Sunday night). On a long weekend, I can get through around 2-3 more (I read the first 4 Harry Potters in about 1.5 days; don't ask about the Discworld novels...). My own version of the Lost Weekend...[shamed look]. And no, I don't get out much LOL.

Of course, fanfic is much more interactive/immediate than reading a published novel. I'm finding it fascinating on a lot of different levels. :)

I think once I start to write Beck's side of the story, I'm going to want to re-write this fic to integrate the two, and to smooth out some of the rougher edges. But that's in the future. LOL Right now, I'm trying to catch all the little plot bunnies that have been popping up all over the place.
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