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FFC #19 - CHALLENGE: Writing Characters

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 01:00 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry 19

I wanted to give my readers a quick update on Horizon in Sight. The fiction is moving along. I've split part two in half, so there are now four parts in total. This is shaping up to be the longest thing I have ever written, fan fiction or otherwise.

Part three introduces a lot of new side characters, and upon writing them I've realized that they aren't quite as alive as I would like. My writing process is great for assigning character traits and working out what they need for the fiction and how they go together. In short, it deals with the technical side of things.

Unfortunately, the only way to make characters be alive - that is, actually feel like a real person - is to make them real in your mind, to the point where you automatically know how they would act and what they would say. And the only way to do that (at least properly) is just to spend time exploring them, usually through the use of writing...
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FFC #18 - TLFF, Iteration 8

Posted August 3rd, 2018 at 05:35 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
Updated September 11th, 2018 at 09:58 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
I'm currently going through the outline for part two of HiS, looking for weak transitions. Good thing too, because I'm finding a lot. While I've been fixing those however, TLFF (or The Last Fan Fiction) has slowly been resolving itself into a more defined shape in the back of my head.

For those of you who don't know, TLFF is the fan fiction I plan on writing after HiS. It will be my last fan fiction, although I intend to make it so that it contains several installments, and can be added to at will.

When last I mentioned TLFF, I made the grievous error of relating exactly what I thought it would be about. Clearly, I have not learned that my plans change faster than our cat running away from strangers.

For that reason, I am not going to tell you exactly what new form TLFF has taken. It isn't too different, as it still bears the title By Any Other Path, but the setting has been stabilized and the plot opened up wider.

While I won't tell...
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FFC #17 - An Update on HiS (Part 1.2)

Posted July 22nd, 2018 at 09:21 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
Well, the editing of part one took a lot longer than I thought it would. There were a few scenes which needed some heavy revision, and it took awhile to nail down exactly what needed to change and in what way. So that took some time.

I've finished the editing of part one however, and now I'm moving on to part two. As I've said before, Dan does get summoned in this tale, and I'm currently working on the transition period. It was a bit shaky in the outline, and Bigga had some thoughts on how I could improve it, so I'm working those in. If I stick with it, it shouldn't take more than a few days. After that I'll give the outline a once over to see if I need to tighten anything else up in light of Bigga's comments, and then it's on to the writing.

Some of the suggestions on part one yielded visual-dictionary-esque (or VDE) content for HiS, as information was needed on a few things and there was no good place to incorporate it. So there are a few additions to HiS,...
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FFC#16 - FINISHED - The Cover for Horizon in Sight

Posted July 6th, 2018 at 02:17 AM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry 16

After much deliberation and several versions, I have finally settled on a cover for HiS which I like. My experimentation with 3D covers continues. Feel free to let me know your thoughts/speculations. Enjoy!



~TGRF.

Artwork Copyright July 2018 by The Grim Reaper's Friend.
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FFC #15 - An Update on HiS (Part 1)

Posted July 2nd, 2018 at 02:15 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry 15

Bigga has finished reviewing the first part of HiS, and I have just finished going over his thoughts and edits. I wanted to give you an update on where things stand in terms of the release date and format.

It looks like I won't be releasing part one until I'm done with the whole thing. At least not until I'm done with part two. I know with the whole thing in front of him, Bigga will probably have some final thoughts on the fan fiction as a whole, and there might be some things I want to change.

The release date is (as seems to be the norm with my fan fictions) getting pushed back. I currently have it at mid-August, but that is probably a best-case scenario date. Again, it all depends on how disciplined I am with sticking to the writing and proofreading.

For the next few days I'll be tweaking part one to deal with some issues Bigga found. I need to add in some information which was missing....
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