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Original fiction, part one million

I'm stuck on my editrx original fiction project. I really hoped that what I'd learned from fanfiction would make writing original fiction possible. Alas, it seems that it has not.

I'm where I always am: I have premises, but no plots. The possible plots that occur to me turn my stomach with their lameness.

Part of the problem is that, for any of my longstanding fictional universes, I don't want to write anything that really *changes* the status quo: I want my characters to still be where they started when and if I ever can write the Big Story that I've been hoping to write for so long. (I know -- at least intellectually -- that I can write something that draws on my fictional universes and later declare it non-canon. But part of me is convinced that if I write it, it becomes canon.)

Maybe this is all some variation on perfectionism. I've tried telling myself it doesn't have to be perfect, but I don't want to write something I think is *stupid*.

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kalleah
Oct. 14th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
I wish I had some advice, but I don't ... maybe just sketch something out? You don't have to commit to sharing it with anyone or using it for the project.
np_complete
Oct. 15th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Finally feeling better ... I think lack of sunlight has torpedoed my state of mind this week. I'm using my light box as we speak.

I'm going to keep trying. And I'm going to try to write other things: as the note on my computer stand says, "If you can't make progress on what you want to write next, try writing something else."

Thanks so much for commenting!
glory_jean
Oct. 14th, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
Ah, original fic. Both harder and easier than fanfic - if that makes sense.

Any story is about shaking up the status quo but, if it helps, happy endings are ok. :D Or look at it as something has to happen to produce an even better status quo. So much original fic (at least what I've seen) on LJ is dark and unpleasant. But this is not a requirement for original fic.

A deceptively simple character study (something like you've done in Heritage) can be very effective. You could always try using a little psychological cheat: write about a background character in the fanfic realms or an unseen person in that 'verse. As long as you don't claim to be writing in that 'verse or use details from it, legally and morally, you have written 100% original fic.

If you need some beta help/encouragement let me know. I'm trying to go back to my original fic as we speak.

np_complete
Oct. 15th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you for commenting! I was in a very dark place when I wrote that, bitter and disappointed about all kinds of things I didn't write about, and hating everybody. So getting your comment was like a shaft of sunlight breaking through.

You've reminded me that there are more forms available than the standard plot-driven short story, and I think that may be very helpful. I think the idea that my story would have to be selected by someone to be included intimidated me. It was a little too much like submitting for commercial publication.

Thanks again! And I may take you up on the offer of betaing/encouragement!
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