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Monthly Madness: Original Fic

Hey, guess what?  It’s that time of month again.  No, not Pumpkin Spice Latte time – original fic time, less tasty but just as spicy.  How has the original work been coming this week?  Still flying along or have we gotten derailed somewhere during the month?  I’ll be honest – I’ve been having a bit of both this month.  In one ‘fandom’, I’m writing like crazy, but in the other?  I’m stuck.  I know where I want to go (I think) but I have no idea how I’m going to get there.

Which brings me to today’s topic.  What do you do when you’re stuck and/or blocked with your original fiction?  The reason I’m asking this is because, when you’re writing fanfic, you can go back and re-watch (or read, for book fandoms) the source material.  See how the characters acted, reacted, and did what they did best.  But when you’re writing original work, you don’t have that backlog of source material to fall back on.  So, what do you do?

Some of the things I’ve found that help me are:

- re-reading some of my older fics, especially those from the very beginning.  It often gives me insight into how far the characters have come since I first began toying writing with them.

- building a playlist of songs that remind me of either the characters or the plot I’m working on.

- reading something else.  This sounds counter-productive (especially when you read like I do), but sometimes when I’m fighting with a case-centered fic, a good James Patterson novel can help kick out the kinks by showing me how a real mystery writer does things.

So, what about you guys?  What little tricks do you have that seem to always help you out?  Also, if there’s something else that’s burning a hole in your brain, speak up.  We’d love to hear whatever you’re succeeding/struggling with.  

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guineamania
Sep. 26th, 2016 10:41 am (UTC)
I tend to try writing the characters in a different situation or write a scene for later in the fic. It helps me get back into the swing of the characters and the world they live in :) My orginal fic has also taken a swan drive as I try to complete some deadlines *sigh*
asphaltcowgrrl
Sep. 26th, 2016 03:36 pm (UTC)
I d that, too, sometimes. Especially if they're new characters and I don't *know* them very well yet. It's definitely very effective!

Aw, I'm sorry to hear that. But sometimes you have to take care of the important stuff before you can dive into the fun stuff. :)
agdhani
Sep. 26th, 2016 11:02 am (UTC)
Usually I let the project sit for a bit (maybe a few hours, maybe longer) and work on something else...or else I push myself to write through the stuck spot (no matter how bad that bit sounds) until the words start to flow again. Then I either jump back and 'fix' that part, or wait to take care of it during the editing phase...by which time it may or may not sound as bad as I originally thought it it.
Getting stuck for me often seems a matter of perspective (or else I've gotten hung up on a plot point that requires research before I can proceed.) Research is also usually a good tool for me as I'll find some exciting tidbit I can use, which reinvigorates the writing.

and btw, I finished my book edits for the month...original fic...so I'd say that's a win.

Edited at 2016-09-26 11:02 am (UTC)
asphaltcowgrrl
Sep. 26th, 2016 03:42 pm (UTC)
Research is a huge distraction for me. I tend to get um, sidetracked rather easily. I like that you realize that sometimes you get stuck because of your own expectations. I find that happens to me, too, but I don't generally understand it at the time.

Awesome, that is a huge win!
agdhani
Sep. 26th, 2016 06:18 pm (UTC)
Research can definitely be a distraction...but sometimes that distraction is just what I need.
asphaltcowgrrl
Sep. 26th, 2016 07:04 pm (UTC)
Yes and YES! :D
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