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Character profiles, personal history, dialogue, and speech patterns. How to make fake people more real to yourself and to your reader. Building a three dimensional person on a page is one of the fundamental skills of a fiction writer. Ignoring the character process does the story and your craft a huge disservice.
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However, I'm human. And things happen, right? I have two betas who work on this story with me so if they aren't available to beta then I have to wait (patiently) until they are. Please don't volunteer to beta for me. Seriously. I'm very happy with my current beta relationships. Thank you.
Originally, this series was around 200k and just 20 parts. During the beta process, it swelled to roughly 300k in 25 parts. That means that during beta (and after my own major rewrite before it ever went into beta) that I wrote an additional 100k on this story since July of last year.
Of course, since I added so much to the story and changed things here and there by the time I got to part 22, I realized I needed to change a few things here and there for consistency, timeline, character development, and the plot lines. In the original version of this story -- Hermione had a different animagus form, Narcissa was killed, and Lucius Malfoy didn't get killed at Gryffindor Circle -- in the end the biggest problem turned out to be Hermione's animagus form which I changed so she could understand parseltongue BUT it crossed my mind a week after posting that it totally FUCKED part 25.
THIS IS WHY I CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS. Also, this is why I normally don't post something until I'm completely fucking done with it. *pouts*
So, it's coming. Chill out.
And in other news -- I'm going to write part 2 of the War Mages trilogy for my April Rough Trade project.
The results of my activity will vary but I know:
1. Some of you will be disappointed that it's not Harry/Draco.
2. Some of you will be disappointed that it's Het instead of Slash.
My response: I'm not sorry.
You're going to keep your displeasure to yourself or at least confined to your own space. If you comment on my site, LJ, twitter, or facebook about your unhappiness I'm going to publicly rip you a new asshole. I don't want emails or comment forms from my site either.
I don't want to fucking hear a single word about how unhappy I've made you because of my work.
Yes, you're entitled to your opinion. But here's something that a lot of people in fandom have a difficult time grasping -- in no way am I required to appreciate, understand, respect, or even tolerate being told your opinion.
The Sing Off is back this fall!
I'm approaching 2 million words of posted fan fic. My current total is: 1,682,530
Let's say I write between 800 to 1000 words an hour. Middle ground -- say, 900 words an hour. At that rate, I've dedicated to 1869 hours to just writing fan fic since basically 2007. That doesn't count editing, beta, plotting, or haphazard research. I looked at a few documents and this is what I got on a few of my projects writing/editing/beta only:
Old Black Magic - 133k - 455 hours
Serpent King - 105k - 496 hours
No Enemy Within - 55k - 130 hours -- this is not including the first two drafts of this fic.
Ties That Bind - 353,049k - 734 hours -- this number isn't accurate because I can't find the first file where I wrote what was basically the first 150k of this series as one story.
I might have a few... issues.
1. "I was recommended your work by a friend. Your fic is decent. I wish you were a little more serious about it though. You're lazy about updates and beta."
Response: I didn't actually respond to this person's email mostly because I am, in fact, lazy about it since this is a HOBBY.
2. "I'm sixteen. I'm telling you that up front so you won't respond to my email and get in trouble or whatever. I wanted you to know that I think you're great and I like how you write Harry and Draco. Sometimes, I get really frustrated with fan fic writers that basically turn one half of a pairing into a girl and not even a strong, kick ass girl. I hope you get what I mean. I'll write you again when I'm old enough to get a response."
Response: You're adorable. I totally get what you mean. Also, as to the rest of your email and the question you asked me -- I think that coming out is a brave but ultimately a very personal choice. It can also be dangerous in some situations so please be extra careful and take care of yourself.
3. "... if you post this 180K fic anytime soon I think I'll have to reconsider my status as a minion (and I'm what? A 5-6yr running one at this point?), because between full time work, full time uni and a ridiculous amount of hours a week spent volunteering as a medic, if I try and read that I'll probably self combust. I will blame you entirely."
Response: (insert laughter) Put on a helmet.
4. A single sentence email from an account that turned out to be closed when I tried to respond: "You're overrated."
Response: Fuck you.
Putting a rough draft out for the world to see is very difficult for some people and for others it's no big deal. I think I'm in between because you put out these words and you aren't sure if they're the words you want to keep and maybe you'll change character names mid-stride and you fiddle with a character's back story constantly in the rough draft and if you're posting as you write then people see this shit. They see you using the wrong words because you've written it so fast that you're brain and hands are working faster than your common sense. Even with a spell check you're going to misuse words that you won't find until an edit. You research on the fly and three months from now you'll spend six hours trying to fix what you wrote when you read an inaccurate wikipedia entry.
The project I'm writing which is currently called "No Other Man" will be 30k roughly in rough draft but I'd like it to be at least 60 when I finish the final draft. RIght now, I'm focusing on writing 10 chapters at 3k each. The details are short, it's mostly dialogue, and as always my rough draft is always more about getting the bones of a story down before fleshing it out. This is my writing process and it always has been. I plot, I write the bones, then I go back in and work in the details. I think it makes my work tighter and sharper. I had an editor tell me once that my voice as a writer was like a knife and she was never surprised when I drew blood.
Anyways, I posted a new part tonight and I'll keep posting after July is over until I finish the rough draft. After that, I'll take it down and start my second draft. It won't be seen again until that process is finished at which time I figure I'll put it on Amazon to see if it can't pay the bills for my website ;-).
A few weeks (months?) back CP did an epic rescue of a box of discs I had of old stuff I wrote and I found some Harry/Hermione fan fiction that I wrote in college. I've been playing with it, shaping it up and what not. None of it is finished and one of them as 180k (so far). I found a Wesley Crusher fic (Star Trek) that will never ever in a million years see the light of a day AND a Sam/Jack (SG1) that is even worse. I have discovered, however, that following Wil Wheaton on Twitter has ruined my adolescent fantasies about him because he's really rather a dork. A funny dork but a dork nonetheless. His bromance with John Barrowman (which he ships, I do not) is pretty funny.( Read more... )
You know, just remember-- I'm just a girl. Standing (sort of) in front of a reader. Not giving a shit if you like me or not.
The thing is when I tried to write it that I realized I have some unresolved consent issues with the trope that I don't see myself resolving any time soon.
As such the project is permanently tabled as it is currently plotted. I honestly don't make a habit of abandoning ideas like this but I'm not going to force myself to write something that will probably trigger me.
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