shivver13 (shivver13) wrote,

Fanfic Writing Meme #10

I just wrote a story (for myself; it's not going to get published) and my husband read it and said it was "ok." I could tell that there was more behind that statement, so I asked him if there was any particular part he didn't like. He said yes, I liked this and this, but not this, and it would be a good story if you cut out the part from here to here. The part "from here to here" is the main part of the story, comprising 75% of it, and the whole point of writing it in the first place. Turns out, he didn't like the concept of the story.

I wouldn't have had a problem with it if he'd just said, "I really didn't like it. I didn't like the concept, but the end part was good." I'd have been disappointed, of course, but otherwise, that's what I want to hear. No one is going to like everything I write. But it bugs me that he said it was "ok" and then it turned out that it really wasn't. Is it really so hard to be honest with your opinion?

10. Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

Well, from my last entry, you already know I don't write pairings, so let's modify this question to this:

Have you ever gone outside of your comfort zone and written a character or situation that you didn't like or felt you couldn't write well?

Yes. Any time I write a Doctor that isn't the Tenth Doctor, I'm outside of my comfort zone. I like all of them, but I don't feel like I can write them well. Most of the classic Doctors, I don't know very well, while the Ninth and Eleventh Doctors have such very specific speech patterns and thought processes, I feel like my attempts to copy them fall far short of the mark. The Tenth Doctor is the only one I feel that I can write for adequately: even when I have trouble finding words to put in his mouth, I can call up bits of similar dialogue from the show and mimic them, to give him his voice.

It's a bit funny that my writing is for a science fiction show, because I have a lot of trouble with science fiction settings. First, I come from a history of roleplaying games, and so, if I'm not careful, my descriptions have that very game-master kind of feel to it: "You're in a corridor with gray metal walls. Twenty feet down, there's a door on the right side. Ten feet down from that, you can see that another corridor intersects with this one, but beyond that, it's lost in the darkness." I've had to go back and rewrite paragraphs to get rid of that kind of stuff.

But really, I have a lot of problems with what is reasonable and what isn't, when creating a new world. Doctor Who is very forgiving on that end: pretty much anything goes in that universe, as long as you can attach a bit of technobabble to it. But there's still a certain amount of credibility that you have to maintain, and I can't tell what's going to push someone's suspension of disbelief over the edge. (I'm sure someday I'll write my little treatise on why, to me, the Weeping Angels completely implausible and not scary.) I have a lot of trouble with that, which is probably why I have a tendency to set my stories within or around already-established episodes. Someone else has already done the work and I'm just riding their coattails.

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