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FFC #86 - Lo, the plot cometh...

Posted February 26th, 2022 at 03:12 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #86

There's a truth about my writing I've been aware of for many years, and haven't really known what to do with. That truth is this: despite gaining lots of knowledge about writing, and learning what does and doesn't work, and everything else I've learned, writing has gotten progressively harder for me, and the quality of my writing has generally gone down from what it used to be.

Like I said, I've known this for several years, but I haven't really known what to do about it. I couldn't say why this was the case, and without knowing that, all I could do was stumble around in the dark, hoping to find the problem by chance.

After a recent conversation with TAF, who has once again lent his invaluable services as a writing critic/breaker down of problems/general sounding board for my crazy ideas, I think I know what's been going on.

Back in the early days of writing, I obviously didn't know...
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FFC #85 - Passive Power

Posted February 16th, 2022 at 08:21 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #85

Way back when I started these FFC's, I was talking about rewriting Dilmir with a passive theme. I've apparently gone full circle, because that's what this entry is about.

If you've been following my writing updates, you know that after some 'serious' thinking, internal monologues, and several debates with myself, I decided that rewriting Dilmir was what I should turn my writing powers to next.

However, I quickly discovered it wasn't that easy. I've said before how the theme for Dilmir was wrong. If I was going to rewrite it, I'd have to redo that theme. I thought that was going to be fairly straightforward, but I was wrong. I won't go into details, because they would be long and boring, but basically the story just wouldn't work.

However, I eventually realized there was one way I could still rewrite Dilmir, with the theme I wanted, with the feel of the original, and still have everything...
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FFC #84 - Dilmir Returns

Posted February 4th, 2022 at 04:49 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
Updated February 8th, 2022 at 02:28 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #84

You know what? I'm back.

I am back.

I'm not writing like I used to, with stories and development filling every waking hour. And when I do write, stories don't flow unending like they used to either. But that's a way of writing I can never return to (barring making a million dollars and retiring to my writing mansion). But I am writing. I've solved the problems and learned the concepts, and the writing is working.

What this means is that I am back to discovering and practicing writing techniques, and back to turning out fan fiction. And this brings me to Dilmir.

In case you missed it, I recently asked my readers what they thought about a Dilmir rewrite. The idea had been floating around in my head for some time, and with my current ideas for a Valhalla-fiction not gelling satisfactorily, I decided to give it a shot. My first attempt at organizing the rewrite fell apart,...
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