*snrk*

Nov. 5th, 2011 10:25 pm
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Day Four of NaNoWriMo:  I decide that I am going to participate, and that I am going to write an original story.

Day Five of NaNoWriMo: I decide that I still have not had enough life experience to write an original story, and I go back to my Sherlockification of VALL [working title - "Fear in Happy Valley." I  assume that will make most people puzzled, and a very few in a specific geographical region snerk and/or groan.  Like I said, just a working title at the moment.]

And I am totally counting the 2,000ish words I've written already in my word count.

Don't worry, though, NaNoWriMo purists.  There's no way I'm going to finish anyway.

*snrk*

Nov. 5th, 2011 10:25 pm
goldvermilion87: (Default)
Day Four of NaNoWriMo:  I decide that I am going to participate, and that I am going to write an original story.

Day Five of NaNoWriMo: I decide that I still have not had enough life experience to write an original story, and I go back to my Sherlockification of VALL [working title - "Fear in Happy Valley." I  assume that will make most people puzzled, and a very few in a specific geographical region snerk and/or groan.  Like I said, just a working title at the moment.]

And I am totally counting the 2,000ish words I've written already in my word count.

Don't worry, though, NaNoWriMo purists.  There's no way I'm going to finish anyway.
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I am officially 882 words ahead of schedule in my NaNoWriMo!  YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

Of course, this means I'll just get behind tomorrow, but it feels good for the moment. 

Naturally, this is hardly a work of art.  In fact the words are mostly terrible.  So very terrible, that I've decided to call them my "dinologoi."  It would probably be more correct to call them "kakologoi" but I like to imply that my writing is not just bad, but FEARSOME!  And face it, saying "I apologize for these dinologoi, I will improve them on my second draft" sounds a lot better than, "this is garbage, but it will be better the second time around."

:-)
goldvermilion87: (Default)
I am officially 882 words ahead of schedule in my NaNoWriMo!  YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

Of course, this means I'll just get behind tomorrow, but it feels good for the moment. 

Naturally, this is hardly a work of art.  In fact the words are mostly terrible.  So very terrible, that I've decided to call them my "dinologoi."  It would probably be more correct to call them "kakologoi" but I like to imply that my writing is not just bad, but FEARSOME!  And face it, saying "I apologize for these dinologoi, I will improve them on my second draft" sounds a lot better than, "this is garbage, but it will be better the second time around."

:-)

NaNoWriMo

Nov. 6th, 2010 07:26 pm
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If I write 2,000 words today I will be caught up.

The question is...can I get my homework done AND do that...

Only time will tell.

NaNoWriMo

Nov. 6th, 2010 07:26 pm
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If I write 2,000 words today I will be caught up.

The question is...can I get my homework done AND do that...

Only time will tell.

YES!!!!!

Nov. 5th, 2010 12:42 am
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This was an email that got sent out to all NaNoWriMo-ers today.  I KNEW WRITING FANFICTION WAS A GOOD IDEA.

(And Marion Zimmer Bradley, who's mentioned near the end wrote my favorite work of LotR criticism ever!)



Dear Writer,

I can't think of anything more intimidating than a blank page. Especially the first blank page of a new project. Now, after twenty-mumble years of writing, I have a lot of things to get me past that, one of which is to use the screenplay writing technique of the late Blake Snyder---you can find all of that in his book, Save the Cat! And on the website dedicated to his techniques.  

And these things work really, really well if you already have the basic plot idea and the characters and world in your head.

But what if you don't? What if all you have is a plot?

This is where I am going to deviate from practically anyone you have ever heard from, and tell you this: try writing fanfiction.

For those of you who don't know what fanfiction is, it's pretty simple, and I would bet that you have vaguely thought about doing something like it without ever realizing it. It goes like this: you see a movie or read a book or even play a game, something you really love, but when you're done the first thing that pops into your head is "But what if they had done---" or "And then what happened?" or "Gee if there had been a character like this---"

Fanfiction is taking an existing world, and possibly even some of the characters, and writing your own stories in it. And it is a lot less intimidating than making everything else up for yourself (especially when you're talking about fantasy, science fiction, or horror). Now I am not advocating that you do this with the idea of selling the thing, (though more on that later), because that's called plagiarism and it's illegal. And there are writers and publishing companies that don't allow fanfiction to be published in any form, even on the web, so you have to be very careful about that.

But for purposes of practice? It's fun, it's going to give you a giant kick-start, and you would be surprised at how many professionals started out that way (and still do it!). Well just as an example, go have a look at all the Star Trek, Star Wars, and game-based books there are out there. If you reduce things to principles, most of those are fanfiction---fanfiction commissioned by and given the blessing of the publisher, and produced by professionals, yes, but still fanfiction.

And there are those of us professionals that still write fanfiction for fun (although I doubt there are very few who will be as up-front about it as I am).  Sometimes it's because someone else's creation got us by the throat and our storytelling demon won't let us go until we get our version down on paper or in pixels. Sometimes it's because it's not the genre we make our bread and butter at. Me, for instance; I got involved with a small group of folks in the City of Heroes superhero MMORPG (www.cityofheroes.com) and we were all driven to write fiction about the characters we played. I did that for a couple of years until an even smaller group of us decided to take those characters, create a new setting for them, and see if we could write some real books around them. That became The Secret World Chronicle, which is in podcast form at the website above, and will be a series of books coming from Baen starting in March. So you can see that what sta rts out as fanfiction can, once you get your practice in, turn into a real, marketable project!

But the point is you have to get that practice in first---and NaNoWriMo is one of the best forums for that, just as fanfiction can be one of many platforms for you to launch from. If that's the route you want to go, bravo! Let your fanfic flag fly!  You’ll be following in the footsteps of a lot of greats, like Marion Zimmer Bradley (who wrote Tolkien fanfic)!

Now get out there and conquer that blank page!


Mercedes Lackey

YES!!!!!

Nov. 5th, 2010 12:42 am
goldvermilion87: (Default)
This was an email that got sent out to all NaNoWriMo-ers today.  I KNEW WRITING FANFICTION WAS A GOOD IDEA.

(And Marion Zimmer Bradley, who's mentioned near the end wrote my favorite work of LotR criticism ever!)



Dear Writer,

I can't think of anything more intimidating than a blank page. Especially the first blank page of a new project. Now, after twenty-mumble years of writing, I have a lot of things to get me past that, one of which is to use the screenplay writing technique of the late Blake Snyder---you can find all of that in his book, Save the Cat! And on the website dedicated to his techniques.  

And these things work really, really well if you already have the basic plot idea and the characters and world in your head.

But what if you don't? What if all you have is a plot?

This is where I am going to deviate from practically anyone you have ever heard from, and tell you this: try writing fanfiction.

For those of you who don't know what fanfiction is, it's pretty simple, and I would bet that you have vaguely thought about doing something like it without ever realizing it. It goes like this: you see a movie or read a book or even play a game, something you really love, but when you're done the first thing that pops into your head is "But what if they had done---" or "And then what happened?" or "Gee if there had been a character like this---"

Fanfiction is taking an existing world, and possibly even some of the characters, and writing your own stories in it. And it is a lot less intimidating than making everything else up for yourself (especially when you're talking about fantasy, science fiction, or horror). Now I am not advocating that you do this with the idea of selling the thing, (though more on that later), because that's called plagiarism and it's illegal. And there are writers and publishing companies that don't allow fanfiction to be published in any form, even on the web, so you have to be very careful about that.

But for purposes of practice? It's fun, it's going to give you a giant kick-start, and you would be surprised at how many professionals started out that way (and still do it!). Well just as an example, go have a look at all the Star Trek, Star Wars, and game-based books there are out there. If you reduce things to principles, most of those are fanfiction---fanfiction commissioned by and given the blessing of the publisher, and produced by professionals, yes, but still fanfiction.

And there are those of us professionals that still write fanfiction for fun (although I doubt there are very few who will be as up-front about it as I am).  Sometimes it's because someone else's creation got us by the throat and our storytelling demon won't let us go until we get our version down on paper or in pixels. Sometimes it's because it's not the genre we make our bread and butter at. Me, for instance; I got involved with a small group of folks in the City of Heroes superhero MMORPG (www.cityofheroes.com) and we were all driven to write fiction about the characters we played. I did that for a couple of years until an even smaller group of us decided to take those characters, create a new setting for them, and see if we could write some real books around them. That became The Secret World Chronicle, which is in podcast form at the website above, and will be a series of books coming from Baen starting in March. So you can see that what sta rts out as fanfiction can, once you get your practice in, turn into a real, marketable project!

But the point is you have to get that practice in first---and NaNoWriMo is one of the best forums for that, just as fanfiction can be one of many platforms for you to launch from. If that's the route you want to go, bravo! Let your fanfic flag fly!  You’ll be following in the footsteps of a lot of greats, like Marion Zimmer Bradley (who wrote Tolkien fanfic)!

Now get out there and conquer that blank page!


Mercedes Lackey

DUH!

Nov. 5th, 2010 12:30 am
goldvermilion87: (Default)
I have all these questions about Victorian household management/child rearing, etc. for my NaNoWriMo and suddenly I had a revelation:  MRS. BEETON'S GUIDE TO HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT!

Too bad I didn't think of it BEFORE November...

DUH!

Nov. 5th, 2010 12:30 am
goldvermilion87: (Default)
I have all these questions about Victorian household management/child rearing, etc. for my NaNoWriMo and suddenly I had a revelation:  MRS. BEETON'S GUIDE TO HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT!

Too bad I didn't think of it BEFORE November...

1,321

Nov. 3rd, 2010 04:20 am
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Maybe I'm two days behind, but I've actually started writing my NaNoWriMo novel!  Yay!  :-)

Will have time this afternoon as well.  I'm very excited.


1,321

Nov. 3rd, 2010 04:20 am
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Maybe I'm two days behind, but I've actually started writing my NaNoWriMo novel!  Yay!  :-)

Will have time this afternoon as well.  I'm very excited.


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(Yes, that is a forced-Shakespearian-Allusion way of saying "two unrelated things in one post, and I want to sound AWESOME!  :-P  )

1. Why is everyone on "livejournal" referred to as "the lovely _________"  Accuracy aside (I for one am far from lovely...and very few of us post pictures of ourselves...) it just seems a strange modifier of choice.  :-)

2. I am going to try NaNoWriMo.  I think I will update this with my word count every few days.  I may be insane.  No you aren't.  Are you sure?  I think I am.  Pretty sure.  Well, are you sure or not? because the answer is very important!
goldvermilion87: (Default)
(Yes, that is a forced-Shakespearian-Allusion way of saying "two unrelated things in one post, and I want to sound AWESOME!  :-P  )

1. Why is everyone on "livejournal" referred to as "the lovely _________"  Accuracy aside (I for one am far from lovely...and very few of us post pictures of ourselves...) it just seems a strange modifier of choice.  :-)

2. I am going to try NaNoWriMo.  I think I will update this with my word count every few days.  I may be insane.  No you aren't.  Are you sure?  I think I am.  Pretty sure.  Well, are you sure or not? because the answer is very important!

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