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Long hard road

I finally finished the first of the last two unwritten chapters in the long fic I'm working on. It's been a very long time since I finished anything related to this fic. How long? Well, I was originally working on this fic at the same time as The Actor, working on each on alternate nights (for some reason, I never felt like working on the same one two nights in a row). Then, as The Actor started hitting the home stretch, I concentrated on it, with the other one short of the completion by two chapters. Once The Actor was done, I started posting it on AO3 on March 8. It's now June 20. That's how long it's taken me to write one of the last two remaining chapters in the current fic.

Sometimes I wonder how other authors write their fics - how they attack it, what tricks they use to do what they do. Here's one of my tricks: sometimes, when the dialogue is just pouring out of my character's mouths, I completely ignore everything else and just write that. That's where I am with this chapter - it's almost completely devoid of any description, just lines and lines of dialogue, a lot of it without attribution because I can tell who's saying what. It's funny that I call this chapter "complete" when I still have to go back and add in the scene and description. But hey, it got the chapter down on... well, it's not paper. Silicon, I guess.

One thing I have noticed, though, about this long intermission between writing back in March and writing now in June is that now I've got new ideas about what to do with the fic. It's still in the same general shape that I planned back in December, but I'm looking at it and thinking, "Hey, you know, if you take this chapter and add this in there, and tie it all in to this, it will be far cooler." Or, "I just noticed that in this episode, this character said this. I can bring that in here." I have to keep taking notes so that I remember all these things. Luckily, I use Google docs, which has such a nice easy commenting system. My fics always end up covered in yellow highlights.

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a_phoenixdragon
Jun. 21st, 2014 05:38 am (UTC)
LOL!! I write as I go a lot. With one of my fics I wrote down dialogue first with one section, then filled in the rest later...

*HUGS*
shivver13
Jun. 21st, 2014 09:06 pm (UTC)
Good! I'm not the only one!

Sometimes I write all the easy parts first. Then I go back and smack my head against the keyboard until the hard parts are done. It's amazing how well my forehead can spell. ;)
morganfm
Jun. 21st, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
That's how I write too! some people say that dialogue is the hardest part, but IMO it's faster and easier to just let the characters talk it out then fill in all the description later.
shivver13
Jun. 22nd, 2014 04:44 am (UTC)
Yes, exactly! The characters seems to just do all the talking and I'm just the one writing what they say down.
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