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Introduction/curiosity [Nov. 4th, 2007|08:08 pm]
Fanficcers Unite! NaNo 2007


I was just introduced to this community, as I'm writing fanfic for NaNoWriMo this year. A little about me and my story, first:

I'm Michelle, often called Crysania (and happily so...either name is good!), 32 years old, spending my life working a boring day job and getting to teach (college level music) part time. And ironically (for those who recognize the name), I am not writing a DragonLance fic. For the past several months I've been voraciously reading every darned Pirates of the Caribbean fic that includes the Jack/Elizabeth pairing (no Will for me, thank you very much!). I've been wanting to write my own POTC fic and couldn't get much further than the first short chapter each time. So I decided for NaNo to force myself into starting and continuing a fic. I've never written anything this long before so I'm quite excited to be embarking upon it. So far I've written 7018 words, which I'm thrilled with.

As to my curiosity. I'm wondering how everyone is going about his. Do you have plot outlines, clear ideas of where your story is going? Or are you just writing and seeing what happens? I'm doing the latter right now and it's been interesting so far. Things have happened that I didn't quite envision when I first set out to do it, but I like how it's turning out so far.

[User Picture]From: jayiin
2007-11-05 02:21 am (UTC)
I did catch the reference! I'm a longtime Dragonlance fan and I remember playing the modules back in the days of 2nd ed AD&D. Crysania was actually one of my favorite characters.

For me, fics always start off with a concept. As in 'this event or meeting occurs because of this situation' and I end up asking myself 'why' and 'how' until I have a good idea where I'm starting from and where I want to go.

Then I start writing. I usually start with the scene closest to the beginning of the story that I can clearly see in my mind. I write that scene and I keep asking myself what comes next. Because I usually have a strong concept in mind, I tend to get some good forward momentum. Meanwhile, I try to outline the general course of the story. Not a scene-by-scene outline, but a general idea of the big events and some idea of the connecting events.

I have a habit of going back and adding and subtracting, re-building and re-creating the story as I go as the plot becomes more clear. I've read and discovered that all good writing involves re-writing and revision - which is good, because I tend to enjoy re-writing and revision, although most people don't.

Good luck on your fic! Though I'm not the most knowledgeable about the PotC fandom, I'd be glad to help you out with any writing questions you might have. Just grab me on AIM 'jayiin mistaya' or via email (jayiin@gmail.com).
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[User Picture]From: fadagaski
2007-11-05 09:24 am (UTC)
I have no actual plot. Just my trusty list of Things Wot I Want To Have In My NaNo. Top of that list are PIRATES!!
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