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Monday Madness: Original Fic

Hey everyone, it's that time of the month again! Yes, it's...

This month, I'd like to talk about longer original stories (chapter fics or novels if you will), and specifically any you are working on/thinking about/have written, especially those in the sci-fi or fantasy genre, since that's the one that interests me the most. In truth though, anything you have recently finished/have started but not finished/are thinking about writing but haven't gotten far with, will do to start us off, sci-fi or not.

'Objects of Desire' is a story I started around 2008 and I had such grand ideas for it! I had this whole world of characters planned and two countries to explore and furnish with places and happenings, and all manner of enthusiastic and grandiose thoughts on how long and involved it would be and how many sequels and explorations of side characters it might spread to! yes, I had my own 'Game of Thrones' epic, you might think! I hadn't heard of that story back then, but I had just finished reading Storm Constantine's 'Wraeththu' series and was so awestruck and amazed at it's beauty and world-building brilliance, that it set me to thinking on how a world with few women would be. Once I imagined a few of the characters I wanted in it, I was away and laughing on the first few chapters...

BUT, as so often happens with me, I ran out of steam. It's not that I don't have a lot of my ideas and plans written down, but I had other fish to fry, and new ideas for other stories (both fanfic and original) bit me and I put this one aside. I did manage to write nine and a half chapters, and I've posted six of them in my fic journal. If anyone is interested in seeing them, the link of part one is here, and the following five chapters are all linked at the end of the previous one. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you do manage to read it, in terms of whether the story has merit, any things that bog it down, and aspects that intrigue or make it interesting.

I do have hopes of getting back to the story - and I do realise it needs work, so don't think of it as anything more than an initial draft that could use some tidying up! - and every so often I think about where I left off and what I can do to finish that particular chapter. One of my main issues is that I find female characters quite hard to write, and as I felt a female perspective from the sister city in the story was necessary to round it out more fully, it grew increasingly difficult for me to get past where I'd stalled on my female protagonist's second chapter. In fact, I moved on from her chapter on to the chapter following it, just so I could continue with one of the male POVs, which I found so much more interesting and easy to write! Then, feeling like I really should get back to her, but unable to get my enthusiasm up, I left it alone until now, when I feel I would really like to pick it up again soon.

So, if you have any thoughts on my story or ways to move on without dropping my female's chapters completely, do comment here!

Alternatively, if you would like to tell us about a story of your own, and/or link us to any that you may have posted anywhere, we would be be very interested in that too!

Over to you, my original writer friends! ;-)


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Apr. 28th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
I have a couple longer fics in progress and one I've been noodling around on, but haven't motivated myself to work on them yet. One is a contemporary het romance and the other is another contemp paranormal het romance. LOL Nothing spectacular, but fun still, I hope.

Ooooh... you are brave. I love, love, love epic fantasies and read a lot of them - R. A. Salvatore, Terry Brooks, Terry Goodkind, Tad Williams, and more. However, I do not have the brainpower to create my own world from the ground up.

I'm bookmarking your WIP here so I can read it when I can concentrate on it. I find fantasies take more concentration for me. However, on the issue of your female POV, I have similar issues and what helps me sometimes is to take the character out of the story and write some short scenes with her in it. The kind of scenes where you might find something out about her. Have her go to the market and haggle over prices or that kind of thing, if it makes any sense. I find that if it's not within the context of the WIP, it tends to come easier. Get to know her a bit and maybe her POV will start to come more easily.
Apr. 30th, 2014 06:49 am (UTC)
I'm sure your longer fics will be fun! Especially the paranormal one. ;-)

Thank you for the words about my fic - it is kind of scary to take on something so 'epic', especially when I only know I want to explore some interesting (to me) situations and not actually have a proper idea of where the story is going!

And thanks too for the ideas on my female character! You may well be right. Someone else suggested basing her around qualities I admire in friends, but I don't have any close female friends so that's kind of hard, although my thoughts from that were to look into female characters in movies and TV that I admire, so between that and your idea, I may well be able to resolve my issues! ;-)
May. 6th, 2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you - I sure hope so! :)

It really is though. But even if you have no real idea of where you're headed, you'll have all these great ficlets that might actually form themselves into a coherent story. It's happened before. ;)

You're very welcome, just glad what I suggested might help. The idea of looking to your friends is a good one, although I'm in the same boat - I have very few female friends (or any for that matter LOL). But I love that you thought to look for good characterization in films and books instead. Wherever you find the inspiration, I hope it brings you many good things!
Apr. 28th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with above comment to just write random scenes/conversations your female character is having to latch onto her better.

I'm in final push to flesh out the last fifty pages of my current novel. It's a paranormal murder mystery. The main characters are a female research librarian, a male local PD detective, and a male State Police detective. I do find my character Andrea the hardest to write emotionally (ain't that weird??? I'm female :-)), but I've made her initial lack of emotional thought a part of her character for reasons revealed as we move through the murders. That gave me time to get the hang of writing her. She's the hero of the story! She gets to save her best friend, the local. They have a long-term, unrequited attraction to one another, but by story's end, they are both involved with guys working for the State Police, lol. I'm just that cruel :-)) This is my first novel I feel is commercial enough to bother trying to sell and I'm already working on outlining another with these characters.

This was a 2010 NaNo that I've been sputtering away on ever since. I'm soooo slow and I let too many other things in my life take priority over my time to write :-/ It's hard to say no to the hubby and kids to sit and write.
Apr. 30th, 2014 06:53 am (UTC)
Thank you! I believe the short scenes thing will help a lot, so I'm going to give it a try! ;-)

Ooh, I like the sound of your story! And it's good to see I'm not the only one with issues around writing females! (I'm female too, so it is weird! Maybe it's just that I've been writing men for too long! It's not that I don't have female characters in stories, but I'm not usually focusing so much on one) And you are very brave to take a woman on as your main character.

I love that you've been 'sputtering away' on it since 2010 too; it gives me hope for mine, which has been around since 2009 at least! And I'm so with you on the other priorities issue - my hubby and kids are not always easy to say no to either! ;-)
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Apr. 30th, 2014 07:01 am (UTC)
Oh, and another person who has some of my issues! I have a couple of other novels I've been stuck on in exactly the same way - one, like yours, that needs a serious rewrite (edit/cut too - it's 175k!!!) and one that I started and made such incredible progress on in a short time, and then lost the plot with (around 25K written).

I can fully appreciate how frustrating the feeling of abandoning something you thought was a great idea at the time! And on 'why not just write a novella?'. I'm so glad that thinking about it now has solidified your resolution about taking it on! I do hope you do, AND that it's different enough in style to make you feel it might work. I have to say that for me, who tends to just 'write' without any idea of planning or plot or finishing most of the time, a couple of the stories that I knew exactly where they were to end were the ones I found came easiest (and I'm talking about PLACE more specifically than any idea of how to wind up the story, oddly enough!) so I hope that works for you too, on the novella!

And, like you, I'm always distracted by those random ideas five times a day for new fics, both orig. and fanfic! (not always but sometimes it feels like a feast or a famine!)

Again, I am nodding vigorously with the Too many ideas, too little time!

Here's hoping we can help each other out here with encouragement and cheer, if not in more tangible ways! Always feel free to put out feelers, too, if you need some help anywhere, be it ideas, beta-reading or just a 'what's the word for...' on something! ;-)

Thanks for popping by! ;-)
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