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25 January 2008 @ 10:37 am
Fic question  
(still working on the layout btw - it's not complete yet)

I have lots of scenarios and ficlets in my head (and in my many fic notebooks as well) but each one of them feels to me like a stand alone which I want to extend into a longer story.

And therein lies my problem. And is an explanation for why I have so many WIPs (which bug me as much as they do anyone who's reading them).

I get a scenario in my head, I write it, then my brain wants me to write more of it and show how the characters and situations developed - for example, I have a Dean/Faith ficlet I'm working on right now, but the scenario as I'm writing it is of an established... well, not 'relationship' in the traditional sense of the word, but they've met and interacted before the thing I'm writing happens.

It's short, it's punchy, it kinda works, but I want to show how they met, I want to show their history, and potentially their future.

Same with another fic I have on the go - a Bela centric short one-piece. (Wench, this is the one you've seen the first few paragraphs of.) Because of its nature it needs to be short and punchy, but when the reveal is made I want to explore it more but that will destroy the impact.

So here, finally, is the question.

Should I trust myself and my readers (you guys) to be able to see the world I've built in my head, or do I expand the stories and show that world?

I have a feeling I know the answer, so a secondary question is this: how do I stop myself from losing the impact?

I'm flaily. I may be getting used to this not getting out of bed until after the time I used to have been at work for an hour...
Current Mood: confusedconfused
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the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: btvs//b/x comic cover - mewhiskyinmind on January 25th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
I love crossovers, but I don't write many of them because I start to think about all the canonical problems between verses. Like... how exactly could one write a BtVS/Firefly crossover? And yet I've seen it not only done, but done incredibly well (both bastardsnow and emeraldswan on my flist are currently writing on-going BtVS/FF crossovers which blow me away with each chapter).

I think basically my problem with this is that I lack the confidence in my own writing to believe that my shorthand is understood by the reader in the way that I, as the writer, meant it.

If I write for myself (which both of the fics I used as an example started off as) then I'm fine, it's when I start to think about other people reading it and what their expectations are that I start to flail and add in things that to me are self-evident.

Yes. Sleep is indeed awesome. *nods*

of course, the fact that I've now had to edit this twice for bad spelling should potentially make me wonder whether I should be writing at all...

Edited at 2008-01-25 12:01 pm (UTC)
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the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: spn//rl j2 hugs - lidiwhiskyinmind on January 25th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
I mentioned the fic that stalled because I rushed a part and my beta called me on it, right?


I may have now eaten and be feeling a little contrary...
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the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: spn//adrianne laugh - mewhiskyinmind on January 25th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
Having food makes me happy enough to voice the contrariness.


You are, despite the icon that I know you'll pull out of the bag now, far too sensible.
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the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: text//darkside icon - monkey_mattwhiskyinmind on January 25th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
...and you're apparently incredibly predictable...

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the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: spn//dean laptop smirk - mewhiskyinmind on January 25th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
skipp_of_arkskipp_of_ark on January 25th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Well, you could always say "screw other people's expectations," 'cause the kind of reader who goes into a story and judges it not according to its own merits but whether you're writing what he or she thinks you should be writing -- is that really the kind of reader you want?
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: writing/inspiration - mewhiskyinmind on January 25th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
That's a really good point actually, again, I think it probably comes down to my confidence (or lack thereof) in my own writing really.