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I tried to write a bit of a fanfic story tonight for b2mem. I ended up with three sentences of Aule whinging about how useless Lorien is, written at least seven different ways. And this isn't even the story I wanted to be telling! (Hint: it involves angsty teen-ish Feanor and more than a bit of budding science.)

This just in: writing fanfic is hard. Really very hard - think Douglas Adams intoning about how space is big. I'm sure writing generally is hard, too, but when you're out of practice? Yeah, draining and difficult and not a good match for a long work day. If this is the best I can do I'm not sure I deserve the title of fanfic writer, because actually being able to pull this off is a really noteworthy thing.

Here's hoping good intentions count a bit. Maybe when I'm less worn out I'll come back to it. For now, sleep.

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just_ann_now
Mar. 3rd, 2016 12:45 pm (UTC)
*makes quietly sympathetic noises*

Edited at 2016-03-03 01:03 pm (UTC)
marta_bee
Mar. 3rd, 2016 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I have to believe I'm not the only one who's run up against this!

Unrelated: I saw a photo-set over on Tumblr with birds with their heads inside bells, and thought immediately of you. I don't know why I thought of you, but I did. Maybe it's a bit of a complement that my brain associates you with simple, gleeful cuteness?
just_ann_now
Mar. 3rd, 2016 01:34 pm (UTC)
Heee. There's probably a ridiculously disproportionate amount of bird stuff on my tumbler, since my daughter little-cinnamon-tiel is in to birds! But thank you for the thoughts of simple, gleeful cuteness!
cairistiona7
Mar. 3rd, 2016 12:53 pm (UTC)
I hear you. And I'll amend it to "writing Tolkien fanfic", because it's just so demanding. You have to keep canon details straight even if you're going AU, and then you have to worry about tone and word choice and...

Yeah. I sympathize. But hang in there and keep at it... the rust will shake off!
marta_bee
Mar. 3rd, 2016 01:31 pm (UTC)
Indeed! The fact that my muse jumped off the deep end entirely and opted for Valar instead of, say, hobbits isn't exactly helping here.

But even just trying to write is fun. I don't mean to give up. :-)
shirebound
Mar. 3rd, 2016 04:00 pm (UTC)
Writing fanfic is hard indeed. At least 75% of it, for me, is planning, researching, and thinking, which all take time.
karri_kln1671
Mar. 3rd, 2016 07:43 pm (UTC)
It is, indeed! It also has a tendency to cooperate when there is no time and not cooperate when there is time. Best of luck with your tale.
hhimring
Mar. 3rd, 2016 09:25 pm (UTC)
I hope Feanor co-operates (and Aule) when you've had more rest!
lindahoyland
Mar. 4th, 2016 12:20 am (UTC)
It is hard! Good luck!
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