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Hey guys, before we get started sharing our writing or working on writer's block strategies, let's talk a little bit about what we're working on. Just give us a brief description of your current writing project, and your progress thus far. If you haven't started a project yet and don't have one in mind, what are the kinds of things that you want to write?

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applespicy
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
I'm working on a horror/action concept that I've been developing over the last couple of years. It's kind of a dystopian vampire story, with a futuristic world that suffers from a widespread outbreak of vampirism. At the center of it all is a crew of people who travel around the wasteland between the new cities (which are built with high walls to keep the vampire problem out), hunting the vampires and guarding the large nomadic human population that lives there. The main story is a spin-off of the "stranger comes to town" idea, and the main character is a young man who has found himself outside of the city and is picked up by the crew. On their travels, they realize that the "vampires" (I don't really want to call them vampires, but I'm having a hard time coming up with another name for them) seem to be planning a large-scale attack on something or someone, and attempt to stop it.

Pretty brief summation, I think? It's kinda scary to write it all out for other people, because I always think they'll find it utterly ridiculous instead of HOMG AWESOME, which is how I see it in my silly ol' brain.

I've started writing the story several times, only to flounder after writing several pages. I just started writing on it again last night, with a real attempt to stay true to my sense of humor and my writing style, and got through about 2,000 words. It's not much, but it's a start!
bakerlooline
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
That sounds so interesting! In a good way, not like "I don't like that idea so I'll just say it's interesting". I would love to read that story. And I agree with you, it could also be a good movie idea. But start with a book, b/c then it can always be optioned. ;)
applespicy
Jun. 4th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) And yeah, I think starting out with a full-text version is the best course of action.
wenelda
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
I'm not much on vampires, but that actually sounds like a book I'd really love to read and/or a movie I'd totally watch. For some reason, as much as apocalyptic stories frighten me, I keep getting drawn to them, and this seems kind of similar to that sort of genre.
applespicy
Jun. 4th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
What's funny is that I'm not a huge vampire person either, it just seemed to fit! I am wild about dystopian stuff, and that's kind of where the whole thing sprang from. :) Thanks!
lilycobalt
Jun. 4th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
This sounds like it's got some potential--I'd like to see it develop. :)
bodha
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
Ohh, is that a story where you end up floored by the revelations? Because it sounds like it, and I love those. (Though I'd possibly be scared to read the book, I mean, it sounds pretty scary.)
wenelda
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
I've got three projects in various states of work or nothing more than an idea at this point. One of the things I'm working on is just an HP fanfic (I know it should be "a" but "an" sounds better :p) that takes place during OotP. It's going to end up being my first Snape/Harry, and my problem is that I have to 1. do a lot of research for it from OotP and DH, and 2. I got the final three scenes in my head and whenever I do that it's nigh on impossible to get anything else written. I should probably go ahead and write out those scenes so that I can have them out of my head, then see how the rest of the fic works up to that, though...

And that's why this community is an excellent idea. I didn't even think of that until I started writing this comment out.

Hmmmm.
applespicy
Jun. 4th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
Hurrah, it's already working!

Research is one of those things that totally scares me off projects all the time. I know that's lazy and whatnot, but still. It's just so much work! I hope you can get it done, though. If you need any help, hopefully the community will be able to give you a hand! There are loads of HP people here.
bodha
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
At least you have the research limited to two books? Or you could ditch that and make it an AU. XD
wenelda
Jun. 5th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Well, it would pretty much be AU anyway since I don't think they got together in the books, lol. But that's true... And AU does open up more doors, doesn't it? The only reason I was doing/need to do research is that I'd like to make sure my timeline is correct in when Harry saw 'Snape's worst memory' and make sure some events are after that but before Sirius' ah... vacation.

But that's an excellent idea!
bakerlooline
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
I've got two ideas, and they're both quite girly. lol

The first is a play centred on a family of women. Four women, spanning three generations. It starts with the granddaughter character coming home from university (or traveling), and I want it to say something about the nature of female relationships and the bonds of family. It's still a very simple idea as you can tell, and I'm afraid I have more of an idea of the larger ideas I want to convey than the concrete plot points. That seems to be where I draw blanks.

The second idea is for a novel, taken a bit from my own life experience. It will centre on three women in their early/mid-twenties as they adjust to life on the other side of their undergrad. They are former roommates scattered across the world and to stay close to one another they decide to share a journal that they mail between them. So it's similar to Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, but addressing different issues. And of course the characters are very different from the four from those novels. I want to use it as a way of addressing the thought of a quarter-life crisis, and the struggles young people go through while trying to build lives for themselves independent from family/roomates/classmates/professors/etc.

So. Thoughts?
applespicy
Jun. 4th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I love both ideas! I love books/stories with a strong feminine theme - we don't get enough of those that aren't total chick-lit. Not that there's anything wrong with chick-lit, but it's good to get some really honest stuff out there. I hope you'll share your progress on these as you go along! I'd love to se where you go with these, because they sound like someone I'd like to read.
bakerlooline
Jun. 4th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
aw thank you!! I grew up in a very estogenized family so a lot of my ideas stem from that. hopefully I can do justice to the strong women I see!
lilycobalt
Jun. 4th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
I think these ideas are shiny, especially the second one. Right now, I guess I'm especially sympathetic to the idea of young people trying to build themselves up, so I think I would totally read that.
bakerlooline
Jun. 5th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm glad you guys don't think it's too much like things that have already been done before.
bodha
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC)
I especially like the second idea because I'm stuck in exactly that situation. Having three characters, you actually have the potential chance to play out the different ways in which the crisis may end for the characters (which would be pretty depressing, probably..).
bakerlooline
Jun. 5th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've definitely got different ideas for each character, they're going on quite different journeys over the course of the story.
erinm_4600
Jun. 4th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
*counts up posted WIPs*

12

unposted/typed/states of disarray probably stands more at 20.

Does anyone know how to shut a muse up? SIRIUSLY.

The majority of my stuff is fandom-related (specifically Tin Man, which started eating my brain in December of 07), but I've got two original projects I'm working on.

The first started out as just an idea, then I was introduced to NaNo... I got a little out, and most of it is written in my head, but I'm finding the actual getting-on-paper difficult.

Odd thing about it is that I've never been a writer. I've plotted stories six ways from Sunday, but I'm actually writing now.

My mom wishes I'd do something original. but she just doesn't understand that fanfic is easier, because the characters are already there.

My biggest problem, after over-plotting, is original characters. I love original characters. Possibly too much.

... o.O
/ramble
applespicy
Jun. 4th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Wow! You're really prolific! I'm jealous... it takes a lot out of me just to get one story written!

I know what you mean about fanfiction being easier. It's a really flexible genre, because you've already got a world and characters to work with, and then you can flex your creative muscles within those and change them to fit your style. Plus, fanfiction can really help in getting a writer to consider the importance of characterization, which is huge. Definitely looks like you've got that down, given your love of OCs!
erinm_4600
Jun. 4th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
Another problem is characteraday

/pimp

Those ones always bite at the wrong time...




and I still don't know how I became a mod sometimes...
lilycobalt
Jun. 4th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
At the moment, I'm trying to reboot an original RP that I was in. I've had other projects, but I keep coming back to these characters, probably because I've known them since I was in high school--I keep thinking about how they live out their lives. Plus, ever since the RP kind of fizzled, I lost my muse, and I think there's a connection.

Anyway, the RP was a Neopets high school, but things like going to class eventually stopped having any significance as things like fighting evil dark faeries, time travel, and the creepy corporation that experiments on magical kids started taking over. It was largely my fault, and I think I may have scared off a bunch of players, but it was awfully hard to rein myself in because everyone seemed to like my world and my characters. Eeep.

The trouble is that out of context, the story makes no sense whatsoever, and that some of the cool characters and plots aren't actually mine. So it's time for a complete reboot. I've tried rebooting it a couple times before with individual plots I thought up, but this time I'm actually going to put more effort into it. I'll have to start from the beginning: Where did they all come from? How did they meet each other? How do they get along? (They probably don't; they don't even get along in the RP.) Then once I really get these characters integrated into their new setting, I can start throwing in the plot elements of a world where magic is routinely kept hidden away--the order of wizards, the shady and more-or-less corrupt government agents, et cetera. And I'm going to have to develop a magic system that makes sense.
skirmish_of_wit
Jun. 4th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
I've got two novel-length WIPs chillin' right now (er... they will be novel-length someday, anyway), plus a couple of short stories.

Novel #1 is about three kids who can use magic (somewhat unusually for their world), who discover a mysterious asshole stranger in the woods. It's my Renaissance fantasy world, so whenever I want to do more creative work with all that knowledge I'm building up via my dissertation, that's what I work on. I'm kind of playing with faerie lore in that one (as in I'm messing around with the conventions, not trying to write a faerie novel). It's definitely the more conventional of the two.

Novel #2 is a steampunk alt-history novel about Ruby, who helps to calibrate and control the magical uses of symbols. Her superior officer basically orders her to team up with another guy to protect a famous little girl -- whom Ruby has apparently met already, except that the girl she met was 22, not 8. Oh, and they made out (because they really hit it off PLUS a variety of other reasons, not because they think they're Katy Perry). Also, the Prime Minister has been assassinated, and Ruby's best friend is a suspect.

I'm also working on a short story about an evil ice cream truck. And another one where all I have in mind is the setting. And a couple more based on the world of Novel #1...

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sarahgonecrazy
Jun. 5th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
I'm already intrigued to the nth degree by the first project!! Gosh if that was the description on a book cover I would so buy it. Let me know how it's going!
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sarahgonecrazy
Jun. 5th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
I...have ideas. The only problem is me actually putting them onto the page and developing. So here are a few that have been bugging me for a while:

1. This play idea has been in my head since before I can remember, honestly. I just haven't found a right mode or plot to really develop it. Mostly I want to create a play that shows the strength and hardships of a family dealing with a sick child, and most importantly how having a sick child/sibling affects the rest of the family's personal relationships, work, school and life in general. I especially want to use a mental disorder that is not noticeable to the every day person, like a high functioning form of a disorder like Autism (heh totally not based on past experience). This would also examine how hard it is for mentally disabled children who do not appear or act disabled, but truely are, to get the special needs and programs for them to succeed. Also, that appearances are not always what they seem.

2. This is another play idea. It is composed of isolated conversations and interactions that are performed on a black stage with isolated spot lights. The conversations will somehow meld together and eventually turn into the various perspectives of a student who brings a gun and holds a school hostage/has a school shooting. It would include 'police interviews' of fellow students, friends and teachers, plus his mother's point of view, perhaps a few more opinions as well as the shooter when he/she was a child and their hopes/dreams/innocence.

3. This one is actually a novel. I have these two characters in my head who actually were OCs for a HP RPG. It's a boy and a girl who are best friends, and it's hard to explain but their relationship is just so much fun to watch and play with. They go from fighting to crying to awks to being absolutely fine in 3 seconds. I don't know, but I think it may just be for me and the creator of the other OC to give these characters and outlet in the real world where they can explore their life and relationship with others. They are just so unpredictable and entertaining. But again, it may just be more self indulgent than anything.

4. Last one, I promise!! Ok, so this is another play/screenplay. I'm not sure but one of the two. It would follow a divorce battle in court, where the parents are fighting to not get the child. i want to focus on how the parents go to all of these lengths to make themselves seem unfit to have custody of the child, to the point where they commit criminal acts. The audience would be the 'jury' and the stage would be a courtroom where the story wouldn't be clear all the time. The action or the situations that the mother and father would describe would be reenacted by them and the lawyers then control exactly where the focus is put during the testimonies. At the very end the child would take the bench and would sit down and be asked which one she wanted to be with. I'm not sure about the line, but it want it to create the realization that the only one that is being hurt during this circus is the child. And how all the child wants is to be loved. And how unfit these parents are to love her, but there can only be one.

I have all these ideas...but I just can't seem to get them down on paper like I want them to. Gah. Any suggestions of where to start? Or what might be a better suggestion of where to take an idea?
bodha
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:01 am (UTC)
Late to the party as ever...

I have a bunch of ideas for short and longer stories, and I think most of it is rom-com (so no Nobel Prize, sigh) or books for very young children (which is why I usually need someone who would illustrate my ideas, I promise, they're adorable?).

One story I can think of now is - pretty boy pretends to have girlfriend to get girls off his back, and then has to find an actual girl to stand in as his pretend girlfriend (because it's kind of embarrassing to admit that you've just been claiming to have a gf without having one, you can see that my guy here is a bit weak and vain). Girl agrees to play along, but bribes him into writing her math homework, cooking etc. Of course, she has a secret of her own that has to do with her, eh, disliking him profoundly. Throw in a bunch of friends and the usual recipe ingredients like hormones, most of all, and that's my story.

I know it's generic. ^.^; I just really like my characters, which is also my problem, because I think they all sound like me? It's like it's a book full of Mary Sues, because they all make jokes, and so they share my sense of humour, and yeah. So far, it's set in San Francisco; I picked out a school and am checking the city map and public transport so it all works out.

This post is not locked? It makes me paranoid. ^.^;
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