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FFC #32 - Let Go (Installment One) - Development Finished

Posted August 8th, 2019 at 02:59 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #32

Greetings, my hopefully avid (and currently invisible) readers. I have finished the development for the first installment of my infinite series. The title for this first fiction will be Let Go, and I really hope it works out, because it's the hardest title I've ever had to come up with. Not sure why.

As the entry fiction into the world of my infinite series, this first installment will be a single story arc. Any sequels, while using the same characters, will be on different story arcs. I'm projecting Let Go to be quite short, possibly even Ragnak size. I do not yet have a way to really determine how large or small a fiction will be until it is almost entirely developed. It just depends on how long the plot takes to run its course.

Meanwhile, the infinite series is probably going to be renamed from By Any Other Path. I'm still thinking on what that name should be, but I'll have it by the time I release the...
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FFC #31 - Dilmir, themes, and developing rabbit holes

Posted July 23rd, 2019 at 05:29 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
Updated July 24th, 2019 at 04:55 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #31

It is curious how you can seem to be getting nowhere, and yet at the same time actually be unconsciously figuring out exactly what you think you can't solve.

Take BaoP. For a long time, I was banging my head against it, trying to find a theme to base the first installment on. 'I have to find a theme!' I kept telling myself. 'A theme! I need a theme! Everything starts with the theme!' Indeed, I've been telling myself (and anyone who would listen) this ever since I started writing.

As it turns out, I was wrong. Not completely wrong - you DO need a theme to lend your writing impression-leaving weight. But you do not, as I almost religiously believed, need to start with it. And as I suggested above, I discovered this quite by accident.

I had been trying to work with a vampire-centered tale for an iteration or two, but I had been failing to find a good theme. I would think I had one, but...
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FFC #30 - Taking a break

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 06:12 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #30

Now that I have gotten more or less moved in and my computer is set up, I've been able to get back into my writing, test the waters, and find out where we stand.

The final fan fiction series is coming. This is a given. It is having difficulties getting off the ground though. There are a few factors contributing to this:
  • I want the installments to show - even if they don't focus on - the war. I've created a history of how the war began, where it stands, and how it will proceed once the series begins. I want to show that. I'm having trouble finding stories which are connected enough to the war.
  • Nothing feels particularly strong. I still don't have any sense of what the next story should be. It is still incredibly easy for me to pause and look at the development, and feel like it's going nowhere or that it is destined to not work out.
  • I keep running into complex problems on unimportant details. Few things
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FFC #29 - Trying to make a forest with no trees

Posted June 21st, 2019 at 07:34 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #29

It's been awhile since I've given you a true update on what's happening with my fan fiction. The reason for that is because nothing has really been happening with my fan fiction. I think it's time I tell you why, and what I'm doing about it.

On my computer I have a fan fiction folder, with sub-folders for the individual fan fictions I've written, as well as those which I've started but never finished (you've heard of most of them). Looking through that list of titles, I can remember how I always had a general idea of where I was headed next. Whether while I wrote the fan fiction, or shortly afterwards, I always knew what I was going to do. I always had a general idea where I was going.

Well, for the past few months (ever since I finished writing Dan's Tale and even before), I haven't had that. I've had a vague idea of where I would like to go, but it consisted of little more than disconnected story fragments...
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FFC #28 - A new land

Posted June 4th, 2019 at 06:42 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
As some of you may know, I have moved. I've gone from Oregon to Idaho, and the two states couldn't be more different. Idaho will demand some lifestyle changes, but they are changes for the best, and I'm looking forward to them. But for now, the time has come to update you all on where my fan fiction stands.

During the move I anticipated getting a lot of worldbuilding done and working on developing a sequel to Dan's tale. As is usually the case with my plans however, things turned out differently.

Dan's tale fell through. It's still technically possible that it will happen, but at this point I would consider it highly unlikely. There were problems with themes, character motivations, plot holes, logic holes, and just the whole thing in general.

Meanwhile, interest in BaoP was... well it was still there, but there were other things happening. I did get some worldbuilding done, but due to the unfortunate tendency of my fictions to run through iterations...
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