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Weird personal writing rituals, let me show you them. [Sep. 18th, 2010|11:43 am]
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Fact: I can't start a story in earnest until I've both mapped out the emotional landscape of the story—and believe me, this doesn't even mean particulars as such, it just means that I have this amorphous actual shape or imprint in my head and under my skin that tells me what the story will feel like as a whole, how it will settle in that space in my chest, okay, dammit, I'm a freak—and, oddly enough, have a title.

What are your tics when it comes to starting/producing fan-work?
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[User Picture]From: woman_of_
2010-09-18 11:12 am (UTC)

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For me it is a spark of inspiration that sets my imagination towards a story. It could be a prompt, a song, a bit of art, anything really. Once that has come it seems to grow organically, and quite quickly. I've tried plotting out stories and having outlines about where I want to go, but they often grow, and I've often been disappointed as I haven't finished them.

The organic method works best for me, with a good splash of inspiration thrown in.
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-09-18 11:18 am (UTC)

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Oh, music, yes. On those occasions when a story continues to drag its feet even after it's mapped out and has a title, using a particular song or combination of songs is an excellent kick-starter. Songs have emotional atmospheres that are the closest thing to...the closest thing to which I can compare those emotional imprints I'm talking about, that's what I want to say.
[User Picture]From: mistressmarilyn
2010-09-19 08:27 pm (UTC)

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I start with that organic spark myself. Often it's a word (which is why I get word-a-day prompts to more than one email address). Then I start research and the story builds. If it's going to be short, it doesn't take much. But if it's going to be epic (hehe), I'll actually do an outline. This is a rare thing, but it happens.

Recently I've become something of an expert on the history of tennis and its scoring (for a Tudor story where canon doesn't require the facts) and I've immersed myself in the year 1918 (did you know the Chicago Cubs lost the World Series on September 11 that year?).