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12 October 2009 @ 02:39 pm
It's all Misha's fault  
Well, everything is all Misha's fault. Really it is.

So on Saturday I sent a text to hopeless_cynic telling her I was about to post a chapter of a fic to LJ. Here's what I said: "Of course in an hour when the library opens and I get to post it, people will probably hate it. Or ignore it completely. Heh!"

Well, no one ever accused me of an over-abundance of self-confidence did they?

It's been so long since I posted any of Crimson Regret that I honestly thought people would have given up on it. I am kinda flabbergasted at the response. *hugs flist*

I am now completely committed to finishing this story by the end of this year at the latest, and since it's moved into the end game, I'm thinking it'll be a lot sooner than that. I love this universe (which in my 'fic' directory on my computer I have called 'Fallen' - in my defence I did start it before using Evanescence songs became cliched...) and even when CR is done I don't think I'll be able to let it alone.

Which brings me to a question for y'all. I'm going to attempt NaNo again this year, although given that it's an odd-numbered year I don't think I'll finish it (going by my previous record that is!) and my inclination is to finish/re-write Final Straw. Or at least play in that universe for 50,000 words. My question is this - FS is another F/X based story but with a very different starting point. It's also post-Chosen and there is a kind of isolationary theme going on (what can I say - I write what I know (is being totally self-mocking)).

So... the question, finally, is it a valid idea to be writing two completely different stories at the same time using the same characters? Will the writing on CR suffer? (The quality of the NaNo one is not the biggest priority.)

*is perplexed*

re: the icon... hopeless_cynic, you had to know it was coming, right? Heh!
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Current Music: Fio - Another Way
Nemo Gravis: Misc//The wonders of readingnaol on October 12th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
As a writer, I think you do run the risk of getting bored with the chars sooner rather than later with the 2-at-once thing. Even if the stories themselves are vastly different, the voices stay the same, so it can be frustrating.

As a reader though I don't care about your silly little writer's woes, I just want to read lots of fic, so go for it *bounces impatiently*
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: btvs//faith & buffy - mewhiskyinmind on October 13th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)

I'm actually starting to think that there's a good chance CR'll be finished by the time November hits, which'll mean I don't have the problem.

But yes - having Faith being all pro-active and integrating into the group in CR is so diametrically opposed to where she is in FS that it could well be fristrating.

My other option is to fic Don't Come Home but again... Faith. Hmm. I may have a slight obsession with Faith at the moment!
velvetwhipvelvetwhip on October 12th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
I don't think that it's wrong to write two stories featuring the same characters at once. Heck, I've done it before. Go for it!

tessarintessarin on October 12th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
I think it depends on how good your notes and fic bible are and how tonally different the two stories are so that you can avoid cross contamination. This would be especially true of character. It's tricky and part of me says avoid, the reader part like Nemo is on my shoulder telling me to ignore all that and go for it.:-)

I guess you have to be detached and look at the above. Funnily enough I was just listening to David Weber talk about this very thing on Dragon page cover to cover.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: writing/inspiration - mewhiskyinmind on October 13th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
What's this 'fic bible' thing you speak of? You're implying I actually have structured plans for these stories?


The time frame of both stories is more or less identical, as are the two lead characters. The motivations however, are completely opposite so it could work - or it could get even more confusing than it already is.

laurahopeless_cynic on October 12th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
I told you to wait and see on the fic posting thing! I'm not one to talk about self confidence, but I was right!

Anyway, I think you should write the two stories at once, and just see what happens!

p.s. LOVE the icon! And it's not too dark. *g*
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: text//it's all misha's fault - mewhiskyinmind on October 13th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)

And seriously - stop reading the fic you're reading, it's not going to win and it's time out of your life you'll never get back.
laurahopeless_cynic on October 13th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I've stopped reading it now :) I'm eating an apple now, which is much more entertaining!
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: text//it's all misha's fault - mewhiskyinmind on October 13th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
And healthier.

Wolfram D. Scottwaddis on October 15th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
I don't pay good attention to my friends list.

I think it's sharp to write multiple fics at once, as long as the premises aren't the same. I'm writing three series right now, for instance.

Two of which are Xander-centric.

And, as it happens, the formatting and storytelling are relatively similar in those two series. My third, a Willow-centric deal, is much more introspective and... I don't know, softer? It's darker, for one thing.

But the two Xander stories are completely unrelated and explore completely different facets of his character. I think that if you're two different stories are two different stories, then there's nothing to worry about. I'd suggest prioritizing Crimson Regret if you're committed to finishing it by November, though.
Wolfram D. Scottwaddis on October 15th, 2009 05:01 am (UTC)
And don't pay attention to the fact that I used "you're" when I should have used "your".