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Untitled [10 Apr 2004|09:59am]

[ mood | artistic ]

Alright. Original little thing, but not totally original. Idea belongs to ladyspoon, not I. Tell me what you think.

( cross-posted to foolish_fool. )

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Help when facing the Great White Abyss [08 Apr 2004|03:51pm]

[ mood | productive ]

(x-posted to writer_girls in response to cleolinda's question)

Something struck me the other day about how I write.

I hate staring into the Great White Abyss that is Microsoft Word. Actually, it doesn't matter what color it is. I remember it used to be blue when I used WordPerfect, and before that it was black and orange when I used LEWP. Before THAT, it was the white paper in my Smith-Corona typewriter.

The point is this: everyone faces the Abyss. It's intimidating to start on a blank page. I have problems with it even when I'm in the middle of a story. It's like I have a mental block about sullying the pristine surface with my horrid prose.

To combat this, I've done a few things. If I'm writing straight through from beginning to end, or I'm continuing a scene, I will cut and paste the last few paragraphs of the last thing I wrote. Not only does it help by getting me back into the scene, it also puts SOMETHING on the page to make it less scary and untouched.

If I'm bouncing around and writing scenes in no particular order, I'll keep windows open with any relevant or surrounding scenes. They're there for reference and inspiration.

If I'm starting fresh, I'll even put a list of things I want to accomplish in the scene or story at the top of the page. Again, it gets me thinking, and then it will break up the empty page. I will also make several 'false starts' that are just freewriting or snippets of dialogue, or just an image that I have in my head to start the scene. It all gets deleted or cut out later for reference.


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Editing Help [27 Mar 2004|11:11am]

[ mood | accomplished ]

I've just finished writing a script for a scholarship contest hosted by Drexel (one of the colleges I'm applying to next year). I'd really appreciate it if you guys could look it over and comment on anything; this is only my second script, and it's such a different format. o.O

Anyway, I need to send it out before this Thursday, but any help is greatly appreciated.

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Believability in sex [16 Feb 2004|10:25am]

[ mood | curious ]

I posted something very similar to another community, but I got the idea to perhaps ask the folks here, as well, to get a different sort of viewpoint. Consider the following story:

( "Maerchentic Infatuation" - M/M, mind control, magic, mild N/C - NC-17 )

I'll warn folks right off the bat that this is a 'Furry' story (i.e., involving sentient humanoid animal-like characters), so if that offends you, you may wish to not read it.

My question is this: all other things being equal, is this story believable? The story itself, essentially, is about sex, but I like to think that it's not a 'PWP'-type story by any stretch of the imagination. It hinges on magic as the Plot Point (note capitals), and I wanted to make sure that it didn't seem like a trite old Plot Device.

I realize that this is a story that's probably not everybody's cup of tea, but any and all feedback that I could get would be wonderful.

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Moi dix Mois [07 Feb 2004|11:50pm]

Alright, I'm looking for all the critique I can get on this. It's up on Fanfiction.net, which I've gone into retirement from, and CG's read it. What do I want, then?


Try to tell me what's on my mind, 'cause I sure as hell don't know. Tell me what to change, keep, remove, add, etc. I want someone to tear this thing to pieces and tell me how to rebuild it.

Have fun. ^^

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A fanfic idea [04 Feb 2004|09:38pm]

[ mood | blah ]

Feedback hoped for, desired, accepted happily in all its forms, but not expected. :)

I recently decided to take a break from my normal fanfic stuff so I could work on Created, and as a result, I've started thinking about other fandoms and other fanfic ideas. Here's the first 3 pages of an Isaaru (Final Fantasy X and X-2) fic. It's het, it's Isaaru/OC, and it's completely unedited. I haven't done anything to this since I sketched it out. I think it moves a little too fast, and I think the OC is a little to broadly drawn at the moment, but what do you think? There are no spoilers/surprises in this part beyond a few extremely vague references, and the main cast of FFX and FFX-2 really don't even make appearances. It is the result of a nagging idea and a touch of insomnia.

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Gah. I think it needs work, but I'll wait to see if any of you have suggestions.


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squee. [02 Feb 2004|08:11pm]

[ mood | giddy ]

Okay, so a lot of you know that I've been working on a novel with drakonlily for, oh, over a year now. We originally wrote it as a fanfic and decided (with some constant prodding from our loved ones and many online friends; thank you thank you) to take it down and completely rework it into an original. What started out as a silly, derivative, and fun way to pass the time has turned into something we could actually call entirely our own. The characters, who were pretty much OOC to begin with, have been developed and given real personalities, depth, and realistic flaws. The worlds have all received the same overhaul. All the concepts we wanted to put in before but never really worked with the fanfic world finally got the airtime they deserved. It was SO liberating to cut out all the unnecessary things we HAD put in that were only there to keep it within the realm of fanfiction. The sap has been cleared away in favor of a richer romance, which in turn has become a subplot instead of the main focus. I love our story. There are even parts that make us cry, and we're the ones who wrote them in the first place.

Essentially, it's a brand-new book that used the fic as a skeleton on which to build. Even if nothing ever happens with it, I am very proud of the story.

And now the entire point of this post:

The manuscript for "Created" is now officially on its way to our first submission attempt. First time--for either of us--submitting anything to a real publisher. First time I've ever been involved in anything worth submitting. If it appears that I'm saying this very calmly, it's only because I'm trying to appear unruffled, unexcited, and absolutely blase about the whole thing.

Oh, who am I trying to kid?

< squee>


< /squee>

Ok...better now. X-posted to plain_english, writer_girls and chocobogoddess

**EDIT: LJ is having issues, so apologies if something weird happens in the middle of the entry. I have tried to fix it; I'll check back later to make sure it stays fixed.**


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<3 my stories [24 Jan 2004|04:59pm]

[ mood | annoyed ]

Ever fall in love with your stories, your characters, and your worlds? I think most of us do; we have to love what we're writing or we wouldn't write it. I get all tingly and warm and fuzzy thinking about my characters' romances and start rooting for them when they get into tough spots.

But...ever try to tell someone about your story, and suddenly think, 'oh, god, this sounds awful'?

Maybe it's because I usually have this problem when telling a person who doesn't read fantasy about my fantasy story. I just see their eyes glaze over and the pasted smiled shows up...the 'I'm listening, REALLY' smile. You know the one? I'm 28, so it's always interesting to see the reactions I get when people find out I like video games or anime. The same thing happens, though, when I try to explain the plot of the fantasy novel I'm working on.

Is it just me? Or have any of you had that happen? It bugs the hell out of me. It's like they think I'm too old to do stuff like that. Never mind that I don't know many fantasy writers under 30. But I feel like I'm trying to explain a fairy tale or something.

Gah. I'm still rambling. Anyway, comments appreciated.


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[22 Jan 2004|06:57pm]

Now remember, this is Reno Spiegel, so take this advice with a word of caution: THIS IS RENO SPIEGEL. Thank you.

Get inside your character's head. Fanfiction-wise, study what they acted like during [game/book/show, etc.] and maybe try to be them for a day. Preferably a day you get to stay home, but whatever floats your boat. It truly does help to know what they would say to something as compared to what you would say.

And don't feel bad for neglecting characters; some people are just not suited to write super-hyper Yuffie alongside cocky-smartass Reno. ( WriDen group understands. )

More tips to come.

Reno out. [salute]
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[22 Jan 2004|02:56pm]

[ mood | artistic ]

Well, I think that a big part of stories are the action sequences. I happen to have about 4 years martial arts experience, and about 6 years of illegal off-roading experience. *coughcoughdrive it like you stole it Coughcough* So this is the fight scene thread.

Tip one: Don't be afraid to walk the scene out physically. I do it all the time, yes I look like a dork and yes Cloud laughs at me. But I don't care ^^

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Fanfics into Original Fics [21 Jan 2004|06:54pm]

Here's a question. Is it really cheap of me to take some of my really AU fanfics and turn them into original pieces? It's happening with Created--which was almost a complete original to begin with--and now it's started happening with No Wish to be Alone.

I had ORIGINALLY started reworking NWtbA as a fanfic with the idea that I would fix some of the things I didn't like about the first version. I got about four chapters in and thought, 'wow, wouldn't it be cool if I could have them do this...but it's not within their characters...nor is it in the setup'. My next thought was, 'well, if it's my fic, why not just make the changes I WANT to make and make it an original fic? Change the character names, take out the things that are only there to keep it in the world of Final Fantasy VII, put in the concepts and ideas I DID want...why shouldn't I?

Sometimes, I look at it and think I'm doing a good job, sometimes I'm not so sure. Has anyone ever run into this before? I have fanfics that are fanfic ONLY in the sense that they deal with characters from a particular fandom. Some of my fics are definitely Fanfics; I wouldn't change Rose of Mideel or Truth of Memory because they deal very closely with the fandom world and the canon story.

So...discuss. Any thoughts?

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Question about policy... [21 Jan 2004|11:42am]

It's not specifically stated anywhere, so I'd just like to make sure:

Is there a "ratings limit" or anything on the types of fiction to be discussed here? I'm not saying that I specifically need to have things one way or the other, but I'd like to clear that before I accidentally end up dropping links to something potentially offensive.
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Inaugural Post [21 Jan 2004|02:18pm]

[ mood | sick ]

Well...since it's just me at the moment...WAIT! NO! :D There's another person! *waves*

OK, so here's the deal. I created this community because I have always wanted a place to talk about my plots, characters, settings, etc. with other fiction writers.

I encourage you to join, ask questions, offer suggestions, and support each other.

...erm, that's all for now. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or anything. :)


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