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FFC #42 - I found the Midpoint

Posted December 28th, 2019 at 05:53 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #42

It's been awhile since there was an update. That's because I've been studying character arcs a lot, and that led to extensive study of the 3-act structure, and specifically the 2nd act. I've never really had a good grasp on the 2nd act, so I thought now was as good a time as ever to see what I could learn. There are some issues, but I think I'm making progress.

Meanwhile, I haven't been writing. I originally wanted to jump right into Eternity, but as I studied character arcs, I decided I needed practice writing them first. So I switched gears to the Valkyrie prequels. But then as I started outlining those, I realized I needed more information on the 3-act structure. And once I started learning that, I decided I needed an even shorter story to test it out on. So I went to my Personal Challenge, where readers challenge me to write a story incorporating an HS character and a single random word. Even those were too long to just focus on the bare-bones of the 3-act structure, except for one: Zombie of Morindan/Buoy. So I have written that short story, and it is posted over on my Personal Challenge thread.

Point is: I've think I've hit bottom (or for you 3-act structure people, the Midpoint). I've finally gotten to a point where I can actually start testing and start building up in terms of length. I have a format which can yield a bare-bones structured story, which will allow me to focus on what I need to, without worrying about plugging in all of the other stuff I'm having trouble with and trying to write it all at the same time. This way I can plug pieces in one at a time as I test them, slowly building up.

Assuming that my plan holds, this is what the future currently looks like:
  1. More Personal Challenge submissions, probably increasing in length from ~1.5k words to ~6k words.
  2. Starting on the Valkyrie Prequels. Short fiction length. ~4-8 chapters.
  3. Beginning Eternity. Standard fiction length.
That is the plan as it looks currently. I'll keep you updated. Remember to drop by the Personal Challenge thread in the Fan Fiction forum and give me a challenge!

~TGRF.
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