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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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My personal theory on long fanfiction is along the same as sangueuk's. Try to get it all done, or at least mostly done before posting. It makes all the difference (esp. for someone like me...who is a little flaky). But my personal thing with writing stories, especially in finding certain voices (which may seem really weird) is that I talk out loud to myself. I do certain dialogue and certain paragraphs aloud to make sure they flow properly. I don't know why it helps, but it just gets me excited about the story. Probably stupid, and I'm probably the only one who does it...but give it a try.

I also map out, but if I find that I'm looking forward to writing a certain scene I'll write my favorite line from that scene so that I have encouragement to get forward and actually write, if you know what I mean.

And don't be afraid to share with a few people. The more people who know I'm writing a story, and who can encourage me, and pretty much tell me that what I'm writing is actually a good idea, the more incentive I have to continue writing.

I hope that helped, and good luck. Can't wait to read what you're writing.

I also map out, but if I find that I'm looking forward to writing a certain scene I'll write my favorite line from that scene so that I have encouragement to get forward and actually write, if you know what I mean.

Oh God, do I know what you mean. I'm the absolute worst when it comes to marrying myself to a certain scene and writing everything out of continuity. I may give this method a shot and see if it helps. :)

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