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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: tea_fiend
2010-09-18 11:14 pm (UTC)

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With you on the amorphous imprint thing.

The writing process starts in one of two ways: either agenttrojie and I sit and toss ideas round until something starts rolling; or, more often, she presents me with a haphazard google document filled with sketchy half-scenes and notes and says "Make it work!".

Usually what then happens is I get some grand overarching idea of what's going to happen and what's going to be involved (and where the poignant angst and/or crack will fit).

Then I transpose that knowledge back into Trojie's brain and she writes the thing, often with me peering over her gdoc shoulder and making suggestions. And then I rewrite her draft. And then she rewrites mine. And then I rewrite hers. And then we spend months and months twiddling bits and rewriting bits and generally overhauling the entire thing.

None of this would be possible without copious amounts of tea and nicotine.
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-09-19 10:30 am (UTC)

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None of this would be possible without copious amounts of tea and nicotine.

Great deeds are rarely possible without copious amounts of these things.


Edited at 2010-09-19 10:30 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: tea_fiend
2010-09-20 10:02 pm (UTC)

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Right now the tea is providing breaks in which I can wander away from the computer and let my brain percolate. This is very necessary to the whole writing process. Now all I need is an ashtray attached to my hand in such a way that I can stop gumming up the keyboard with fag ash and I'm sorted.