she's pulling the strings

she's playing with love

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In which I am daunted by the enormity of the task before me:
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 initial instinct was to use your method, I must say. Write things sequentially with an idea of where I'm going. But since two of you wonderful LJers have now pointed out that I can write whatever I want whenever I want, I just write what I'm inspired to write at the time.

It's going SO much better. I don't know why my brain wouldn't allow me to do this before now, why I needed some oddball form of permission from somebody else, but I will save that for later introspection.

For now, just know you have totally helped.

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