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Rose Fox ([personal profile] rosefox) wrote2017-01-04 01:44 am

"And wash your hands afterwards"

I've been hanging out in the #yuletide IRC channel even though Yuletide is over, because it's a nice community of writers and that encourages me to keep thinking about writing.

Tonight it encouraged me well enough that I signed up for the Chocolate Box fanfic exchange (I'm on the hook to write 300 entire words over the course of a month, which is something like 20 minutes of writing for me on a slow day, so I didn't feel I was overcommitting myself) and then did a few rounds of "word wars", 20 minutes of writing as many words as you can. So I have 1100 words of Persuaded that I didn't have before, and 350 of them are pretty good.

The others, though... talk about your shitty first drafts. Maybe 400 words are okay and then the last 350 are awful. I could hear the dialogue going clunk clunk clunk as I typed it, and dialogue is where I'm usually strongest. The characters have no characterization. It's very sad. I said on Twitter that I was going to try to consider the shitty first draft a canon that I then get to write much better fanfic of, but characters are what make a canon worth ficcing, and Austen's characters are why I want to write this book, and if I don't have the characters at least somewhat clear in my head then I need to fix that before I tackle this.

I think I need to go give Persuasion a good close reread (thanks to Project Gutenberg, I just downloaded it to my phone) and maybe rewatch the 1995 film for good measure, and then replace the clunky bit with something worth reading.

In my defense, I'm fighting off the sort of head cold that has few physical symptoms (I had a sore throat for less than 12 hours) but leaves one utterly exhausted and oatmeal-brained. So it's pretty impressive that I wrote 350 words I'm happy with, and that I wrote 1100 words at all.

I need a better writing userpic. (This is not my writing userpic. I'm just aware that I need a better one.)

Now I'm going to go sleep a whole lot. A whooooooole lot.
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[personal profile] tommx 2017-01-04 01:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow, I didn't know anyone still used IRC anymore. May I ask which network you use?

[identity profile] 2017-01-04 01:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Stop before the end, if you watch the film! Bleg,

[identity profile] 2017-01-04 09:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Have you ever read the second Bridget Jones installment, The Edge of Reason? It's basically a retelling or Persuasion similar to how the first book is a reboot of Pride and Prejudice. It's not even subtle-- one of the characters is names Giles Benwick, and there's a chapter called "Persuasion."

[identity profile] 2017-01-05 12:32 am (UTC)(link)
Nice writing goals going on. This reminds me that I need to start writing again myself.

I hope you start feeling better!

P.S. - My sister LOVES Persuasion.