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In which I am daunted by the enormity of the task before me:
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I've been considering for a while now taking a crack at proper fanfiction, complete with a plot and an arc and possibly a moral and actual events. There's this AU plot I've been toying around with forever and it's finally started to pour out of me, the way stories do when I finally find a voice and a rhythm and a direction. (Seems like that's always the most difficult part and the thing that will make or break a story.)

It's a couple thousand words now and I've yet to even introduce Bones, so I'm thinking it's going to be longish. The problem, for me, with writing long stories is that they're so time consuming and without a regular infusion of encouragement I tend to lose my nerve. I'm going to try valiantly not to let that happen this time around, because I believe it could be really good.

The research is a little daunting, and I didn't expect that. 

If someone wants to share any tricks of the trade, for writing a longer fanfiction work, I'm all ears. How do you get through it? What is your process? What are the pitfalls and what are your golden nuggets of truth?
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I wouldn't put myself up as any great expert but I wanted to offer you encouragement. I tend to just start writing but the times that I then stop myself and make a few notes, a grid of what's going to happen stage by stage makes a real difference to the story and how it works. Also, don't rush to post. Have something short on the go too so you can keep the buzz of posting going but don't post a wip too quickly. See, if you wait till you've written the whole thing then go back over the previous parts, it makes such a difference to the quality: you can do foreshadowing and develop themes etc.

Anyway, good luck with it!

Get an excellent beta too - mine kicked my ass over my big_bang fic.

Edited at 2010-01-08 09:24 pm (UTC)

mine kicked my ass over my big_bang fic.

I think you mean startrekbigbang and I didn't think I kicked, more patted and stroked. :-)

You see? What the hell would I do without you? *hugs you hard*

No, I most certainly will not post this as a WIP. (In fact, I'm against it in principle, and Angst o' Doom was really just a fluke and I shan't be making that mistake again.)

Thank you so much for the encouragement, though. I don't have many other short plots rattling around in my skull right now, but maybe I'll work something up so I don't go insane.

Excellent beta. Noted. Thanks so much!

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