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Sibylle ([personal profile] sibyllevance) wrote in [community profile] relevant_productivity2010-05-01 12:06 am

[intro, to do] Pen to paper

Name: Sibylle
The Situation: I've never written anything fictional.
Goal: Write my first piece of fiction.

I posted something about my writing issues somewhere one day in a community dedicated to finding support for writing endeavours but I still feel the need to type this somewhere else especially since it didn't change much. I've read a lot of fanfictions since August 2009 and it's really something I enjoy. I adore reading published books as well. At this point, I just want to write something. I've never written anything fictional, it scares me, nothing feels right. I'm an English major, which somehow seems to puzzle people even more (not sure why, I analyze books, my work is exclusively non-fictional). I have several reasons for that: I want to get the ideas out of my head, I think they're actually worthy of being written, I want to be part of my fandoms more fully. I was told I should write and never edit just so I have something on the page. I did that, with positive results, so I want to continue doing that. My goals are the following:

- Finish my first fanfiction (the idea I developed focuses on Hermione from the Harry Potter fandom) by the end of the year, even if it's not to post it anywhere, I just want the idea out of my head already.
- Know precisely where I want to go for my piece of original fiction (not sure if it's going to be long or not, a short story, a novella, a novel, a series, who knows) by the end of the year. Unfortunately for me, it's historical fiction set in the 1920s, which means research and right now what I need is to write as I feel. We'll see. A rough outline at least isn't fictional, I can deal with that better.

I find talking about it to people I already know is actually very hard because it always comes with expectations, even if they have the best of intentions so here's hoping this community is the key :)
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[personal profile] birgitriddle 2010-04-30 11:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, what I did (and am still in the process of) for my historical fantasy novel that needs a ton of research is first write it on the fly using bits of what I know and could gleam from the internet to at least get the plot together. I did this for NaNoWriMo. Now, this summer, I plan on taking the results of that and sitting down and doing the research and starting to slowly do the re-write of the story.
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[personal profile] birgitriddle 2010-04-30 11:59 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm a research person too and yeah, it can be easy to get trapped in those "it has to be perfect" thing. I mean, I'm a history major who has issues with inaccurate history (I hate you history channel) and I have...a lot of topics to read up on and take notes on. Like Catholicism during the period and how Soviet prisoners of war were treated by the Nazis (very badly is about as much as I know - I need more than a general description) and various other things.
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[personal profile] shanaqui 2010-05-01 12:01 am (UTC)(link)
Welcome to the comm! I hope it helps you.
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[personal profile] shanaqui 2010-05-01 12:29 am (UTC)(link)
I love to do lists. I always have one or more on the go. *laughs*
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[personal profile] majoline 2010-05-01 02:20 am (UTC)(link)
Welcome! If you need a cheerleader, don't feel shy :)

[personal profile] amethystfirefly 2010-05-01 02:39 am (UTC)(link)
If you want to just get the juices flowing, you can try 750 words. I've found that I've really been able to get over my "can't get things started" problem since I joined that site. And I never actually use it to write fic in. -lol- It tends to just be me focusing on writing, without any expectations on what the content needs to be. It's really freeing, for some reason, and has carried over into my fic writing.
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[personal profile] amethystfirefly 2010-05-01 08:23 am (UTC)(link)
Good luck. :)