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And it reminded me of another question: how do you manage to write so many fics/drabbles? How can you write 3, 4 or more stories at same time? Just today I started to write (well, not really, but it’s growing up inside my mind!) my oz_magi story and comms like Fanfic 100 and Smut 69 (dustandroses discovered it – same concept but for *only* 69 stories) scare me – how can a person think of 100 (or 69, whatever) plotbunnies to write? Authors out there, please tell me what you do to write too many stories like that, and how you make it seems so easy!! Some time ago mandysbitch wrote an interesting post about writing (it’s on my "to read" folder, obviously, just like this fic writing guide she talked about). I had bookmarked this sex scenes writing guide comm too (sorry people, I don’t remember who pointed me to its direction), and rileyc links to sex scenes writing tips here and here will be very useful someday, I’m sure of that. I suppose it’s all about practice, the more stories you write, the easier it becomes – then I thought of creating a comm for unexperienced writers like me, people would have to write 20-line stories based on LJ moods. Yeah, very short stories, just 3 or 4 paragraphs to practice a little, and the prompts would be amused, annoyed, pissed off, horny, etc. Of course I can’t even think seriously about it right now, but if somebody wants to give it a try (luci_2 and debaser28, I’m talking to you *g*) go ahead!

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debaser28
Nov. 6th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC)
It's interesting you talk about it now because there's something I really wanted to ask about your writing process but I never took the time to do it.
When you write fics do you make a first version in Portuguese or do you go straight to the English version? I'm asking you because I've been trying to write Oz smut in Portuguese but the results are really strange. It's hard for me to think about Keller talking Brazilian slangs. It's hard to write sex scenes with Chris and Toby because somehow those big Portuguese words kind of break the flow, you know? *g* It's hard to explain. Anyway, thank you for the links, I know they'll be useful.
And I totally support your idea about creating a community for new writers, as long as I don't have to write in English.*g*
adrianabr
Nov. 6th, 2005 05:16 am (UTC)
I always write in English, Ana. The only time I didn't do that was about that sonnet - I wrote it in Portuguese and then translated, but it was harder than writing in English. We've been reading English fics for such a long time that it's easier to think and write a story in this language. In Portuguese... I don't know, Portuguese slash is weird, do you know what I mean?
debaser28
Nov. 7th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)
I understand. I don't even know if there are other people out there writing fanfiction in Portuguese. When I write about Beecher and Keller in our idiom is like writing about another character. Or maybe I'm a reeeally bad writer.*g*
adrianabr
Nov. 7th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
Once I found a HP Brazilian forum with Portuguese fics - but the ones I dared to read were poorly written (well, they were written by teens, so it can explain *sigh*). Besides I'm a little shy to write slash in Portuguese, 4-letter words sound better in English, *g*
adrianabr
Nov. 6th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
And I totally support your idea about creating a community for new writers, as long as I don't have to write in English.*g*

Hey, don't be shy, of course you'll write perfectly!!
rileyc
Nov. 6th, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC)
I think that's a great idea about starting a comm for less experienced writers. It is hard just starting out, and to a degree everyone has to cross that bridge all over again if we get into a new fandom. As much writing experience as I had before diving into Oz, for instance, I was really very worried for a long time about ever being able to write fic for this fandom. More specifically, the most frequent concern on my mind was: was Oz the right place for my brand of fic? It was very scary taking that plunge.

As for where the plotbunnies come from... Sometimes it's ideas someone else supplies. Sometimes it's a specific request someone makes that gets me thinking. Maybe a story in the news will catch my attention. About a year ago too, a magazine I get, Writer's Digest, put out a whole year's worth of writing prompts, one a day, and I jotted down a bunch of those that caught my interest. A lot of the time it's just daydreaming too, just letting my imagination roam and maybe something really good will come along.

I think it's just a matter of keeping your brain turned on. LOL You know, while you're watching a television program or movie, reading a book, listening to music, even just sitting in a park and watching the people go by, you're always thinking. "Well, what if this happened? Or wouldn't it be great if they had done this instead? Wow, those song lyrics, they just shout Toby, don't they? Hmm, I wonder what's up with that guy who just walked by, looking all nervous and scared?"

Make up stories all the time, about anything, and the more you do it, it will get to be a little easier. There's always a degree of struggle, wrestling it around in your head to get the right words down, but it is like anything, the more you do it, the more confident you become of at least possessing the mechanics of storytelling.

debaser28
Nov. 7th, 2005 02:58 am (UTC)
Thank you for the tips, Rebecca. I'm mostly writing small stuff, and I don't know if I'll ever show my fics to anyone, but it's fun to play with the boys. :)
adrianabr
Nov. 9th, 2005 12:41 am (UTC)
So you gave up temptation, huh? *g*
debaser28
Nov. 10th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I kind of trying to write some stuff, but nothing good enough to show anyone. Maybe it'll get better, though.*g*
adrianabr
Nov. 7th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
I know there are people out there willing to write at least a drabble, but not confident enough to give it a try. I'll think seriously about this comm asap, it'd be a good writing exercise for many of us, unexperienced writers.
You're full of surprises, girl! How could you think your writing style wouldn't be appreciated at Oz fandom? I think that's one of best things here, there's enough space for everybody, you can find romantic stories, darker ones, angsty fics, crackfics (not too many, but the ones I've read were great!)... and I really appreciate you'd taken your time telling me where your inspiration comes from. Sometimes I have an idea but just don't know how to turn it in a true story, but I'll try to follow what you had said - I really think your suggestions will help me to write better!
luci_2
Nov. 7th, 2005 12:08 am (UTC)
Sweetpea, I can't write to save my life.*g*

adrianabr
Nov. 7th, 2005 01:49 am (UTC)
Oh, but you will write, ol' Vern will make sure of that, lol
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