Mar. 5th, 2009

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Despite my happy return to writing, I'm still running into roadblocks with some of my fics. They're the same issues I was fighting with before my month-long break, issues that I hoped had gone away. The biggest problem seems to be changing things I've already written. Even something as simple as adding in a reference to a person's hair or eye color freezes me up. And you don't want to know what happens when whole sections need changing.

Now [livejournal.com profile] sinecure, being the most excellent beta that she is, has been trying to get me through these issues. And, after much yelling, screaming, begging, pleading, and lots and lots of tough love, she's resorted to actual writing exercises. Not only are they intriguing, but I think they might be helping a bit. The basic idea is to change one or more of the following ingredients in a story: tone, storyline, dialogue, thoughts, feelings, etc. Supposedly we're starting off easy (easy?) and slowly making our way up to more and more difficult exercises until I can make changes without freezing up anymore.

I had no plans on posting any of the new fics because, frankly, I don't know where they're going to end up heading or if they'll be any good. The point, however, isn't so much to write a polished work of fanfiction, but to flip it on its head, get comfortable with the dreaded change (cue ominous music). The more I've been thinking about these exercises, the more I've been wondering if maybe other authors would benefit somewhat from the basic concepts here (and readers may find the process interesting as well). The idea is a solid one, and no matter how nervous I might be about posting some of these fics, if they'll help another author get past their own editing issues, then I think it's worth putting them out there.

So my question is, is anyone actually interested in reading the fics produced from these exercises?

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