Discussion You Know You're a Fan Fiction Writer When...

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by Dev_Binks, Jul 29, 2004.

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  1. Sith-I-5 Jedi Grand Master

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    If, in order to allegorise the inevitability of windy conditions at location, you retcon a character's breakfast to include a bowl of Weetabix.
  2. Anedon Jedi Master

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    ...when you are sometimes still haunted by the characters you killed.
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  3. Anedon Jedi Master

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    ...when you sometimes make a doublepost.
    Sorry
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  4. Cowgirl Jedi 1701 Jedi Knight

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    .....When a corner of your brainspace turns into a bar or something where you chat (and sometimes - okay, frequently - argue) with the characters from your fics like they are actual real people.
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  5. MartyAvidianus Jedi Padawan

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    when you kill an OC, there was a body. There were pictures and witnesses. Yet you try to find ways to bring her back.
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  6. Gamiel Force Ghost

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    When you have at least seven pages of world building ideas you want to use
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  7. Gamiel Force Ghost

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    Just want to ad that if anybody needs any ideas I am willing to share (most of my ideas are regarding planets)
  8. Sith-I-5 Jedi Grand Master

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    Your Ibrix has been renting a floor in my headspace for months; I have plans for that place.
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  9. Sith-I-5 Jedi Grand Master

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    Double post because the first one, rather comprehensively, not only "didn't work", but "disappeared"!
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  10. Darth Osnil Jedi Knight

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    Been there, done that. :( I killed off a character in one of mine once and I didn't have the heart to keep going.
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  11. Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus

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    But it's a WAR!!!! SOMEONE has to die once in a while... (doesn't make it any easier, but as an author, sometimes you have to bite the bullet. There is a great SW web comic, Blue Milk, which loved their version of Biggs so much that they brought him back from the dead as a very solid ghost.)

    YKYAFFW... you ponder about E.L. James converting her Twilight fanfic to something original, and start wondering how your own stories would read if you tried that...and deciding that they make more sense as fanfic!
  12. whiskers Jedi Master

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    Oh, I can agree with you there. It's hard as hell for me to kill my OCs. I've just grown so attached to them throughout the entire writing process. Hell, even when said OC was the villain of the entire work I felt really bad for him when I wrote his death.
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  13. Chyntuck Force Ghost

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    I wrote a veeeery loooong fic where I killed off virtually every single one of my OCs. I feel very evil now [face_devil]
  14. Raissa Baiard Jedi Grand Master

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    Yup, it just hit me today that the family I'm so lovingly creating are all going to die :_| and there's no way for me to plausibly save all of them from their fate and stay with canon unless I bring in some big honking deus ex machina.

    ETA: ...when you have a story that just needs the last chapter finished, but the giant purple plot bunny that requires developing fanon and a whole cast of OCs is suddenly so much more fun!
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  15. Jedi_Lover Jedi Grand Master

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    I like the idea of off-screen deaths. Then I can imagine they are still out there somewhere. I don't want to kill off my OCs because I started writing Fanfiction because I found the Profics way too depressing with too many deaths. It sort of defeats the point of writing my own stories if I follow down that same path. I have killed off the Grandparents of my OCs. I mean, people can't live forever and dying of old age is expected.
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  16. DaenaBenjen42 Jedi Master

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    ...when your characters first appearance ended with you wondering if you'd killed your fictional feline. (I hadn't...)
  17. brodiew Jedi Master

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    ...when your OC turns out to be someone other than you thought they were.
  18. Sith-I-5 Jedi Grand Master

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    As co-GM of the Galaxy At War IV:Schism of the Sith (GAW) role-playing game, I used established OCs and capital ships, and their crews, that had been with me for years, to populate plots, and it was a killing field. I lost about eighty characters before I actively started to consider my choices: You would be perfect for that storyline, as a foil for the players. But, no way am I putting you in there.

    There is a bit of a shift in thinking between writing fanfic, where you control everything, to writing your own part in a roleplay, with no way to anticipate what other players are going to do; but it is quite another when you realise that the first character of yours that you were invested in, however much, and that you brought in, happily thinking you would be benefitting the story whilst adding more material to his/her history, timeline, and background, is actually going to buy the farm in your next post.
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  19. Darth Osnil Jedi Knight

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    One of my OCs died in an explosion during an assassination attempt on a government official and he hadn't been that important, but I cried four or five times while I was writing his demise.
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  20. Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus

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    I moved the OC Death discussion over to the OC thread. Because it is something to discuss & it's hard to do. Even J.K. Rowling second-guessed herself. But if she hadn't, the story wouldn't have been so powerful.
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  21. Sith-I-5 Jedi Grand Master

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    YKYAAFFW when you research something on your phone, and that webpage stays there and accessible ad infinitum, even if you are not doing anything with it, until some time in the future when you eventually no longer need it.
  22. Raissa Baiard Jedi Grand Master

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    ....when someone (*cough* @Findswoman *cough*) suggests you create your OC family in Legos...and you do it.
    The Blayne family
    [IMG] Raissa: Doran Blayne, get that goofy smile off your face before you ruin another family holo!
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  23. Ewok Poet Jedi Grand Master

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    Annina in the front is adorbs, as expected. Raissa is just the way I would imagine her to be and Mara is so.sporty!
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  24. Anedon Jedi Master

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    ...when your OCs are for you as much a part of SW as the main characters from the movies.
  25. DARTH_MU Jedi Master

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    when you spend about 4 hours going through wayback machine to get your untruncated fics back for repost.
    And only successfully find one.
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  26. ChieRynn Jedi Youngling

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    YES
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  27. FireKeeper Jedi Youngling

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    When you kill off the canon characters you hate while giving better fates to the character you love, all while fully realising that what you're doing is a bad plot device overused by haters, but still doing it.

    Also, when you forget about canon, see only your way of things, and then rage more and more the further these two drift away.
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  28. Sith-I-5 Jedi Grand Master

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    I wondered why people were re-writing Episode One!
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