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20 June 2011 @ 07:20 pm
When fic isn't working...  
Okay, so when a story isn't working--when you're stumped or uninspired or you feel like you're pulling teeth--what do you do? Do you soldier on? Get over the hump? Or do you admit something is hinky and kill your darling?

I'm having SummerGen issues. The tale is getting leggy and rambling and kinda divorced from insight. It feels like I'm writing "And then...and then...and then..." I have an outline, some really good passages, but I want it to be fun and it simply isn't. fhionnuiscetine even gave me great ideas and...bupkis.

So I was grumbling internally about this whilst fixing dinner. My recipient, to my great benefit, gave me plenty of prompts but I wasn't really connecting with any but one. And that one wasn't flying. What was supposed to be at least 1,000 words of summer fun was turning into a potential 10,000 words of a convoluted case!fic. I don't envy SPN's writers; you think you've got this great germ of an idea and then you look at the mythos and suddenly, it has gotten really REALLY confusing. See, that's one of the problems when you're working with divinity and infernals. What CAN'T happen?

I don't really have time for that huge a story, on top of the GenBigBang. I was looking back over the prompts, pushing around a plate of cheese ravioli and BLAMP! Lightning struck. Or at least I hope it was lightning and not just gas. Another prompt whispered a little something in my ear and it was good. It was funny and hopeful and potentially charming. With a hint of sexy. My first go-round is about to become a saber-toothed plot bunny, gently euthanized but taxidermied for future use.

Now, let's hope it works. To borrow from Chuck: writing is hard!
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Current Music: 'Toxic'--Brittney Spears (okay, not really)
monicawoe: cupmonicawoe on June 20th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
You solved your own problem already, or rather-- pasta did! Is there anything ravioli can't solve?

I've definitely scrapped a few stories when they just weren't working. Follow your instincts.

Not Quite by Firelighttahirire on June 20th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
Lol. You sound like me.

I will sit there for HOURS thinking about a single element of the story and weather or not it contradicts ANY element of canon - even if it's an a/u. It's a sickness I have. Seriously.

Looks like you figured it out - that was going to be my advice, actually. Lol, when I am stuck, I just go write something else instead! :D
kaz? bonne?: spn - moosedatenshiblue on June 20th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
A+ for problem solving, and good luck!
Morgan Briarwood: SPN Sam Assbriarwood on June 21st, 2011 04:55 am (UTC)
Writing is indeed hard :)

We do get a few long fics for Summergen, but I totally get not having time to write that much. Don't give up on that fic, though: we have the free-for-all after the Summergen reveal where everyone's prompts are posted for anyone to pick up and write. That lasts until Christmas so if you want to finish that other story you can post it then. (Fewer rules in the free-for-all: there's no length requirement and it's not anon, it just has to be gen.)
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on June 21st, 2011 05:48 am (UTC)
I won't abandon it! There's some good stuff mixed in with the boring. Thanks for clueing me into the free-for-all; I'll see if I can revive it then. Mostly, there are some plot logistics I have to work out, concerning certain quasi-omniscient uber-powerful wingedy beings, so that the reader will buy my premise. No big. *ahem!*