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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: verasteine
2010-09-18 12:01 pm (UTC)

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Back when I used to write ::sigh::, it was an image. Either the image to start it with (the first scene, so to say, freeze-frame) or an image I wanted to achieve. I once wrote an entire fic because I wanted a hug in the shower between my protagonists, where one was naked and the other clothed. Sometimes it's a line of dialogue or a premise, but usually an image.

Often this will eventually warp into an emotional imprint/landscape (I like that phrase!) but that happens without real conscious direction from me. It'll often be things I already believe about the characters, but I don't consciously feed it in there. Does that make sense?
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-09-18 12:13 pm (UTC)

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The still image, yes, a tableau that you know is indispensable - I will get that on rare occasions. Most often the words come first for me instead, that iconic dialogue exchange of two or three lines that I just know will be the clincher. How cool to hear that for you it's the visual :)

Yes, it makes sense.
[User Picture]From: verasteine
2010-09-18 12:30 pm (UTC)

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Dialogue is my weak point, and so not something that will often be the first thing. It can be an opening line, too, but images are the strongest for me. Don't know why, but these differences are always fascinating :).