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

  1. Lady_Misty

    Lady_Misty Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    You end up rewriting a sequence TWICE because you realize that the first scenario didn’t fit with a potential obstacle (ship possibly being beyond repair even for a mechanical genius) and the passengers not being seriously injured so you rewrite it to them using an escape pod only to wonder if the ship in question has escape pods and if it does what the dimensions are so you delete what you wrote and start writing a mid air rescue to avoid figuring out whether or not a Star Commuter 2000 has escape pods.

    You can dock with one though; if memory serves me right.


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  2. pronker

    pronker Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    YKYAFFWW you're playing on Dreamwidth's Snowflake Challenge this month of January and the discussion turns to comments and you realize the comment you've most often offered when reading fic over so long a time: "Poor Obi-Wan!"
     
  3. gizkaspice

    gizkaspice Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    ..you watch a new SW thing and think, "I love this. It's so awesome. What a great opportunity to write a story about it.....with cats." :p
     
  4. Nehru_Amidala

    Nehru_Amidala Force Ghost star 7

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    You work your butt off constantly to make sure what you write is good, but your mostly ignored and it makes you so depressed you go to bed crying because the majority of writers you want to be friends with don’t give a kriff about you and what you write. You give and give, but barely get anything back.
     
  5. Raissa Baiard

    Raissa Baiard Chosen One star 4

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    That was a “like” of sympathy; please don’t give up. I know I’ve struggled with similar feelings of being ignored at times. I think most of us have at some point—not that it makes it easier to deal with. So I really appreciated that you took a moment to comment on my Kessel Run story today. Thank you [:D] I can’t speak for anyone else, but for the last year, it’s been really hard for me to keep up with reading and commenting on fanfic. I’m really trying to get back into the swing, but my lovely post-Covid brain fog is making it tough. Again, please hang in there; don’t give up on something you love [:D]
     
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  6. amidalachick

    amidalachick Kessel Run Champion star 5 VIP - Game Winner

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    Part of you wants to try writing for some of the Valentine's challenges floating around the internet but part of you knows it will make you too depressed and upset when you can't actually write anything so you don't even bother to try.

    Then you hear some spoilers for The Book of Boba Fett* and you're like "why do I care so much about whether my crap is 'good' or not when major franchises don't give a **** about even the most basic things making sense". [face_laugh]

    *Side note: The spoilers actually sound awesome, just kind of...head-scratching as to why they are doing things the way they are. :p
     
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  7. Anedon

    Anedon Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    ....you write a joke story putting your characters in a wild west settings just because you woke up with that silly idea.
     
  8. brodiew

    brodiew Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Excellent! [face_party]I wake up with that silly idea almost every day.:p
     
  9. gizkaspice

    gizkaspice Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    First of all, I want to acknowledge that your stuff is absolutely not "crap" and although I didn't get a chance to comment on some of your work, I have absolutely read it and it's good! This is the @gizkaspice seal of approval and, therefore, I encourage you to write that Valentine challenge thing floating around the internet!

    Second, I also agree with the "the major franchises don't give a ****" thing about basic things making sense which should come as a relief to fanfics that their works don't need to be perfect or everything has to make sense--at least it helped me! :D
     
  10. Lady_Misty

    Lady_Misty Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    You decide to change a pet’s name with the find and replace feature and discover after you start making grammatical fixes that EVERY. SINGLE. WORD. containing the pet’s previous name is now misspelled!!

    And are absolutely fuming as it's too far back to just keep hitting the ‘undo’ button and you don't trust the find and replace feature to not butcher whatever words you have that contain ‘ami’ by telling it to replace all ‘Ami’ with ‘ani’

    I changed the pet’s name from ‘Ani’ to ‘Ami’ and now I have ‘mechanics’ misspelled as ‘mechAmics’ and because it's set in a repair shop ‘mechanic, mechanics, mechanical’, etc. come up a lot and I'm only 11,000 or so words in.


    I have sent a complaint to Google Docs


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  11. earlybird-obi-wan

    earlybird-obi-wan Chosen One star 6

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    You write just for the fun of writing and expanding the universe of your OC's in the EU and ignoring the Disney-verse. No Mara Jade or Corran Horn or Kyp Durron in that at all
     
  12. Starith

    Starith Jedi Master star 3

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    When you can't come up with a title and you scour various dictionaries and theauruses online to come up with one.
     
  13. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

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    Story of my fanfic life.
     
  14. gizkaspice

    gizkaspice Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    ....you also can't come up with a title so you make the title literally the thing the story is about.
     
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  15. Anedon

    Anedon Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    ...you reach a level of love for some of your OCs that you understand George Lucas´s veto on killing any of the big 3 in the old EU.
     
  16. Bel505

    Bel505 Jedi Master star 2

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    When you finish writing your second 200,000 word fic in two years and ... have already written 2,000 words of the next one, somehow.
     
  17. gizkaspice

    gizkaspice Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Completely agree here. It takes guts to kill off your favourite OCs and you develop a kind of attachment. I know I tried in the past and it just didn't feel right at all|!
     
  18. darkspine10

    darkspine10 Chosen One star 8

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    When someone makes a comment on your fic about an idea they'd like to see that you had no intention of considering or adding... but it worms your way into your mind so much that you plan to include it in a new otherwise unrelated chapter just to satisfy the curiosity of whether it's interesting as a story beat.
     
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  19. amidalachick

    amidalachick Kessel Run Champion star 5 VIP - Game Winner

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    You're watching a bunch of Canada geese and one of them starts chasing another one, honking very loudly and flapping its wings. The other one moves away at first, then stops, turns to the first one and starts flapping its wings. You laugh because they remind you of your OTP. :p
     
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  20. gizkaspice

    gizkaspice Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    You're watching a bunch of Canada geese and wonder, "Huh..I should write a fanfic about Canadian geese chasing Kylo Ren and then one of them pecks his butt and Mando-Mango is also there for some reason but the geese respect him."

    ...You want to write the above but you're too lazy :p
     
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  21. pronker

    pronker Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    YKYAFFWW you settle into two new fandoms complete with researching unfamiliar characters, poke around for stories, find some but none with the pairing you envision ... and have no plot bunnies to write anything. Zip, zero, nada.[face_skull]
     
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  22. brodiew

    brodiew Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    When you make a post on another site suggesting you are open to requests, actually asking for for requests, and get 6 likes but no prompts.:rolleyes: [face_thinking] [face_waiting]
     
  23. Lady_Misty

    Lady_Misty Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    You can’t decide when exactly to set an AU and can’t help but wonder that because it’s set in an alternate universe with a small/big change does it change whether or not a character is blinded?


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  24. amidalachick

    amidalachick Kessel Run Champion star 5 VIP - Game Winner

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    You read a fic and next thing you know you're thinking about songs you know with lyrics involving cats and now you have a thing you want to write to go along with all the other things you want to write but don't have enough time/energy/will to live to actually write. [face_mischief][face_laugh]
     
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  25. gizkaspice

    gizkaspice Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Dew it! :D
     
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