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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
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: faith//black&white - mewhiskyinmind on January 25th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)
That's a good point, treating each story as a vignette of a much larger 'verse than trying to cram the entire 'verse into a story would keep the punchiness and the impact factor high.

I just finished reading a truly awful TV tie-in novel and one of the things I said to a friend about it was that it was obvious the writer had done a lot of research on his topic but by putting in every single piece of information he'd found it became dull. "Dude, it's not an exam, you don't need to show your working!" may have been the words that left my mouth... *g*

Then I think about stories like Crimson Regret, which was born from a single scene that I could not get out of my head (which hasn't appeared yet) but by writing the character development to get to that scene, I've ended up with a far richer 'verse than I thought I would. (Same with Final Straw as well.)


I should just write and stop worrying about it really, shouldn't I?

Thank you!
tessarintessarin on January 25th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
No problem and glad to be of help. :-)

And yes sometimes just knuckling down and doing it breaks the block. Of course other times it just seems to get you stuck.