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FFC #65 - An Update

Posted January 5th, 2021 at 03:09 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #65

In my last FFC, I explained how I needed to change my thinking from always focusing on 'the next fan fiction'. I realized that I needed to switch my focus to where my interest lay - and my interest isn't always on writing.

So I've done that. I've told myself that if I get an idea for a story, and the idea sticks around, I'll look into writing it. But if I don't, then I won't try to force things. As a result, I've been paying attention to where my interest currently is: developing games (don't expect anything to come of this; it's merely a creative outlet so far).

Now, while my interest is not on writing, my thoughts do turn there every now and then. And recently, I've been taking a look at my writing as a whole, and what I need to work on.

In my last FFC, I said I was going to finish up Valkyrie and post it. Now, I'd say there's a 90% chance that will NOT happen.

Valkyrie...
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FFC #64 - Actions versus words

Posted December 24th, 2020 at 03:03 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #64

This is another of those entries I don't really want to write. I'm having serious second thoughts even now. But I think it needs to be said.

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I've found that I can say I believe one thing, and then act as though I believe the opposite. I doubt I'm alone in this - just look at politics.

Jokes aside, for the past ten years I've believed that writing was 'my thing'. Eventually, I would write a bestseller and be 'made'. For five years, that belief has been true. Writing is what I was meant to be doing.

But around the end of those five years, something changed. I finished writing The River that was Red, a story I still consider to be my best work. Upon completion, I cast about within my mind for the next story.

You see, up until that point, there had always been a 'next story'. I didn't even have to come up with them. The concepts were just sitting...
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FFC #63 - Concerning an overabundance of lumber

Posted December 19th, 2020 at 02:25 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
Updated December 19th, 2020 at 09:26 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry # 63

I've had to temporarily pause the writing of Valkyrie. Don't worry; nothing major has happened, and I don't need to do any major reworks of the plot or anything. The story was missing a component which I should be able to add in with only minimal tweaks to the outline. It will, however, take me a few days to add in said component.

So what's the component? Emotion. Reaction. Feeling. Basically, the bit of the story I've written appears to center on lifeless pieces of wood.

Here's why: I've detailed elsewhere how I learned writing backwards, starting with what already-published authors get wrong, and only now arriving at the basics. Well, it appears that that has applied to all aspects of writing, not just character arcs and plot.

One thing it seems I don't know how to do (yet) is go beyond the backstories and collection of traits which usually make up my characters, and somehow discover...
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FFC #62 - It Begins

Posted December 5th, 2020 at 08:32 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #62

This is a quick update.

I'M BACK!

Been waiting to say that for five months.

I am indeed back. My current fan fiction has today gotten all the way through the development, the rough outline is complete, all plot holes are filled in. All that remains is to write a final, smoother outline which I can refer to when writing, and to organize a few scenes which aren't quite nailed down. Then I begin writing.

I will probably save the more detailed recounting of how I got here for the author's note of the fan fiction. But I will say that after all I've learned in these five months, I feel like I have ascended to a new level of writing. Everything I've written before now (except possibly Red) feels incomplete, compared to this new story. Even the massive HiS feels like it's only half there.

This is, as I have detailed before, because I have discovered the plot...
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FFC #61 - Finally, something positive

Posted November 20th, 2020 at 03:46 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #61

Since being forced some five-odd months ago to pause my writing and take a much needed long look at certain things, I've gone what feels like lightyears forwards in my understanding of writing. I've outlined much of what I've learned already, so I won't go back over it here.

In my last FFC, I was coming to realize that despite everything I had learned (and perhaps partially because of it), my writing was suffering. As far back as Ragnak, my inability to craft the middle of a story had surfaced, and it has stuck with me ever since, surfacing in basically everything I've written.

That's always been a problem. It's been THE problem in fact, the single largest problem, the biggest cause of failed drafts and scrapped stories. Nothing has destroyed as many stories as that problem has.

So you can imagine my elation when I finally figured out what's causing it, and better yet, how I can start...
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