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FFC #25 - When your plan is so good it backfires...

Posted March 8th, 2019 at 03:44 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry 25

Now that HiS is completed, my attention has turned to By Any Other Path. I wanted to give you an update on where I am with my final fan fiction.

As I'm sure most of you know by now, I've been trying to create a passive setting, that is, one which is completely disconnected from the story and tells the theme simply through its very existence.

Well, I've done that with BaoP. The problem is, I didn't realize that if the setting is disconnected from the plot/story, then so is the theme, meaning I have no base to build on. Essentially, I need to create another theme to work with in each individual fan fiction (which I knew would happen, but apparently hadn't thought through).

So that's where I am right now: trying to find a theme for the first installment of BaoP. There are no shortage of themes. But between finding one which I'm sufficiently interested in and keeping the big ones for my novels, I'm having trouble tracking one down.

The good news is that once I DO find a theme and write that first installment, I shouldn't have this problem again. Back when I wrote Dilmir, it was originally going to be one book. The two books which followed it were based on themes which naturally sprang from the first book. I expect future entries for BaoP to be the same way.

I think a large part of my problem is that while I've constructed the world for BaoP, I have not yet populated it with stories, for fear of limiting myself or locking future plots into certain events. If I can't find a theme, however, I will have to do just that. A world populated with stories cannot fail to produce themes. And with a world as big and diverse as Valhalla, it's impossible not to find one which is of interest.

I will keep you updated.
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