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Jan. 18th, 2017

I am fighting so very hard against the idea of writing a S3/4 AU where Mary is a sort of twisting of the Moran character, but still comes to play the basic role Moran does in “The Empty House.” It could be rather glorious. The basic concept sounds cliched even to my ears. Mary is a contract assassin who occasionally works for Jim, and who kills him after he fakes his suicide in TRF, and that secret (first keeping it, then the consequences from other Moriarty associates when she's found out and a desire to protect herself and possibly Rosie) put her at odds with John and Sherlock and Mycroft, and this is the confrontation the three of them have to work to overcome.

Which as I said sounds cliched in the abstract, but what I'm thinking of is a Mary who is cold-blooded and practical but not actually evil, yet through circumstance lands in the role of antagonist anyway. Also something that actually does the whole Final Problem/Empty Hearse story arc properly.

The problem is it would be a WIP. I don't do WIPs - hardly read them, haven't written them in a decade+. I'm not even sure I know how to do them properly, and the scope strikes me as... ambitious, to say the least. Also my creativity seems back but my execution not so much, and I do have at least two other fannish projects I want to polish off.

Still: I have so many delicious ideas here.

Someone talk me out of it, or into it?

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indybaggins
Jan. 18th, 2017 12:47 pm (UTC)
I think it sounds like a marvellous idea! But A LOT of work though. Maybe ask yourself whether you have the time for it in the next six months-year?
marta_bee
Jan. 18th, 2017 06:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's the big issue. When I write --which isn't nearly enough at the moment to begin with-- it's almost always one-shots that simmer in the back of my head for months until I finally get them on paper. And my job is not a great one for creativity at the moment. Too many long hours and stress to want to do much beyond consume other peoples' fic at the moment. I have a completely written story in another fandom that just requires working through beta comments and posting,, and I haven't managed even that much.

If I approached it as one long fic it would take years if it ever got done at all; more likely it would end up as Ch. 3/?, never to be picked up again. And the idea deserves better than that. Perhaps a series of one-offs in a series might work, but I really am imagining something much more unified than that allows. Which is a shame, because I really would like to see a story like this in the world.
indybaggins
Jan. 19th, 2017 12:05 pm (UTC)
Perhaps a series of one-offs in a series might work You could also go with fragments, and build a story out of that? Just write the highlights, and let people fill in the rest themselves. I've seen that style used very effectively, and since it wouldn't require you to spell everything out it would be much faster?
fractalwolf
Jan. 18th, 2017 10:35 pm (UTC)
I lean towards saying you should do it, as long as not working "enough" or not finishing it won't be a source of stress.

I've recently started writing again. I tried for years to Write Properly and I never got anywhere, and felt very uncreative. Now I'm just writing scenes as they occur to me, and if they get revised or deleted later due to changes earlier in the story, that's fine - they'll probably get cannibalized for something else, and regardless I'm having fun just writing.
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