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07 October 2009 @ 07:03 pm
Longfic writing  
So, I'm in that stage in my BSG Big Bang fic where I have all the balls in the air, I know where they fall (I've written most of it already), and yet ... man, so many threads to keep track of. I wrote a whole page of notes today just trying to make sure I know exactly when everyone knows certain important facts and I don't screw it up.

I can also tell you that planting clues without making them anvils is not as easy as it looks! I want the eventual reaction to the resolution to be "of course! that's awesome!" not "ZOMGWTF?", so I need to lay the groundwork, and yet, of course, I don't want to give it all away.

IZ HARD. *sniff*

Anyway, it's a different process to writing Road to Tartarus, because that one was complete in itself, whereas Ariadne is ... the middle. There'll be another part covering "Season 4"-ish with the resolution, so I can't really resolve anything. It's making my inner structuralist very twitchy.

I suppose I should write, rather than bitching about it.

(and also I have claimed a prompt for sg_rarepairings. Because I don't have enough to do this fall!)

ETA: okay, why did I not know until just now that anberlin covered "True Faith"? It's kind of weirding me out, yet I keep replaying it.
The Proverbial Bull in a China Shop...: Captain Agathonsabaceanbabe on October 8th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)

I'm so looking forward to reading this. Fics that need maps to make sure you stay on course when you're writing them are FUN. Mostly. Sort of. *sigh*
lizardbethlizardbeth_j on October 8th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
yeah, sort of. Maps. Timelines. Indexes. probably a pie chart.

It's fun until the panic sets in that you dropped something somewhere!
The Proverbial Bull in a China Shop...: are you shitting Sam Winchester?sabaceanbabe on October 8th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
And that is why the gods invented betas.
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lizardbeth: Trucco - mine!lizardbeth_j on October 8th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
aw, thanks.

*licks your icon*
That OMG!PRETTY right there? explains why I do what I do!
Merry F: quill penivanolix on October 8th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
planting clues without making them anvils is not as easy as it looks!

No kidding! I know exactly what that feels like...and I feel for you.

And I feel vaguely kindred-spirit-ish with the whole mapping of plots thing. That's almost my favorite part of writing longfics. :-)

I also have claimed prompts for sg_rarepairings. I think that makes seven writing contests I've signed up for this fall/winter?
lizardbeth: Kara-Anders  Resistancelizardbeth_j on October 8th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
HA, you are more ambitious than I am. After Big Bang, I will do Rarepair (oh I saw your claim, dude - awesome!) and then Yuletide Madness starts, and that usually provides enough panic! (though I still have that stupid kink_bingo claim hovering out there that I should do something with or get banninated.)

I do love the plotting part. I love having all these cards and setting them out one by one. But I write out of order, which adds
a whole new level of fun to everything. I usually get stuck on "Oh for crying out loud, I have to go back and do THAT vital yet dull scene, even though I've moved on to the really fun and exciting part? oh, look, icanhazcheezburger...." That would be the real reason it takes me forever to write anything....