How many of you write with a partner or have written with a partner? What was the process like for you, both good and bad, and would you do it again?
I saw this over on theinsidefic and thought it interesting. I'm wondering how useful this is for you guys in getting to know your characters better.
Here's a question for ya: What do you do when you have a fair bit of writing to do, but just aren't in the mood for it? Do you force yourself to get some words down, hoping it will kick the muse into gear, or do you walk away, and hope the urge comes back soon?And how long do you wait for it to come back before actively trying to capture it again?Hypothetically speaking, of course. :P
Does it seem to you that fanfic reviewers are more apt to write flames now than they were several years ago? I get the feeling that terse, negative reviews – if not, outright flames -- are more common than they were a few years back.I am willing to consider the possibility that it’s just that the quality of my writing has declined, but I’m a long-time fanfic writer, and I have fics from other fandoms that I posted 5-6 years ago. On those older fics, I used to receive unilaterally positive reviews – but lately I’ve received some flames for them. So that kind of shoots down the argument of a decline in quality since these fics are the same as they were when I posted them years ago! I have also received some snippy reviews for my recent stuff.I mean, maybe my stuff just sucks! *smile* I have, though, received far more positive reviews and positive feedback. My suspicion is that people feel more open to being negative and nasty, especially if it’s on a site that allows anonymous feedback.Your thoughts?
How important is description to you within a story? Do you need more than the basics, or do you get lost in pretty pretty prose detailing the setting the characters and story are set?
I've thought a lot about hooks and openings over the weekend. I had to read a story for a writing list that I could not get into. I thought the author made a fatal error with the opening. The characters were bored and then, when conflict presented, she smoothed over it and sent the characters on their way to do mundane things.I'm a firm believer in that things always get worse. At least within fiction. :) If you're not building a level of tension, of expectation, then the story is stalled and going nowhere. However, if a story doesn't begin in the right place, I'm hard pressed to get into it, let alone stick with it.When I think of some of my favorite books and stories, I realize that they all started right in the middle of the action with no apologies for dropping the reader into the fray. I didn't care that I didn't know who these character were or how they got into the mess they were in. I only wanted to know WHY! This kept me reading.What I'd like to know is how long you give a story a chance before you give up on it? How long do you give the writer to hook you, to draw you into the story and make you want to know who these characters are and how they ended up in the mess they're in?
This may cross post -- it was meant for bdwriters, but I think I punched one too many buttons. If you see it twice, ignore the one on my LJ. Need a new brain. :)I'm working on something right now, and I feel like I'm having to excavate every word out of a block of marble. Consequently, it is v e r y s l o w g o i n g.It's not writer's block, exactly. The idea is there, the beginning is there -- I even know how it ends! The words just aren't flowing as freely as they did when I began. I can the story completed -- it's just being stubborn.How long do you spend on the writing until you give up for the moment and move on to something else? Do you limit the time you allow yourself to stare at the blinking cursor? What kind of writing exercises, if any, do you do to get the juices flowing once again?
madders has created a new community called ficinspiration where fic writers can go to get plot bunnies and fic readers can go to offer ideas or prompts.You can read about it, ( HERECollapse )So stop by if you have something to offer or if there is something that you would like to see (targeted mainly toward the JossVerse).
If you haven't taken the poll on unanon's journal, I highly recommend you do. There's also a great discussion going on in the comments section of her journal.The poll made me think about a few things within fandom. I don't read as much fandom as I did in my twenties; mostly it's a time issue and my interests have shifted into other things. I rarely read word for word smut fics. I'll read the character interactions, but I'll skim the sex. I like that the characters are together, or I wouldn't read the fic. I have to see some spark of attraction or possibility in the fic to get behind the sexing, but just the same, I'm not all that interested in the mechanics of how they go about sex together.I've written sex scenes before, and while I thought it was "okay," it wasn't the parts of the story that I enjoyed writing the most. I liked more how they got there than the act itself.This made me wonder why some writers write sex scenes and others don't.