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Dira Sudis ([personal profile] dira) wrote2015-03-29 10:27 am

Sunday morning writing thoughts (crossposted from Tumblr)

The thing about writing long stories—at least for me, at the speed I write and the length I write and with my brain’s particular propensity for being a machine that produces enchanting ideas that all want to be 200,000-word stories—the thing about writing long stories is that it requires discipline.

This is just the way the arithmetic of writing long stories works out: on a lot of the days you spend writing a long story, you are plugging away in the middle of something with the excitement of starting long behind you and no hope of ending. On a lot of those days it is not your favorite of the stories bouncing around in your head. On a lot of those days you don’t want to work on it, or you have lost all faith in it, or you darkly suspect no one wants to read it. (I’m not asking for reassurance here: I’m just saying, this is the inevitable way things go in my brain, over time.)

Some days are good, some days you have a clever idea or you are writing an exciting! big! thing! but a lot of days you’re kind of just plugging away—writing something necessary, or something that will turn out to be someone’s favorite bit six months from now, but on any given day when you’re writing a long story it’s just putting one foot in front of the other, laying down more words, sticking with the thing you’re writing in the faith that eventually you will come to the end of it and you will have produced a long story, because there is no other way for me to produce a long story.

...This slightly grim writing thought brought to you by the game of Steve/Bucky 2048 I just played, hoping it would let my brain rock-tumble its way toward some productive thoughts on any of the things I really need to work on today. Instead I had a really! important! insight! into the emotional arc of the A/B/O marriage of convenience fic I’m not writing. Thanks, brain, but I’m still going to have to work on a bunch of other things today instead of that.
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[personal profile] princessofgeeks 2015-03-29 06:43 pm (UTC)(link)
So much this. What is your writing schedule when you are in the middle of a big long thing?

(I am one chapter into a fanfic that has to be a novel, and I'm in the OMG THIS IS SO DAUNTING stage. I mean, I really want to write it and I've written three novel-length pieces already in my life, so theoretically I can do it, but OMG it's daunting.)
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[personal profile] princessofgeeks 2015-03-30 01:32 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you; fascinating.
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[personal profile] lannamichaels 2015-03-29 08:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Ooh, interested to know what your A/B/O marriage of convenience fic-you're-not-doing is about. I love that trope and, erm, well, I'm clearly never going to write the one in my head.
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[personal profile] lannamichaels 2015-03-29 10:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Heh, this sounds awesome. Poor Bucky, making sure he gets his actual wedding if he's going to go along with this sham.
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[personal profile] mmegaera 2015-03-29 09:00 pm (UTC)(link)
THIS. I do not have words emphatic enough here, so you'll just have to imagine them.

I would like to link to this elsewhere. Is that okay?
Edited 2015-03-29 21:00 (UTC)
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[personal profile] mmegaera 2015-03-30 12:31 am (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] watersword 2015-03-29 10:12 pm (UTC)(link)
This is why I kind of hate that my brain is full of novels, and ONLY novels. Everything is a *project*.
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[personal profile] sperrywink 2015-03-30 01:52 pm (UTC)(link)
OMG slogging through the middle of things is so hard, and my middles are generally shorter than yours, so I don't know how you do it. I find it hard enough to motivate me for the 15k middle of a 20k story.

It's like a hike or a long bike ride. You love to say you have done the Appalachian Trail, but really, your feet hurt and your back aches and it feels like a slog most of the time, despite the glorious scenery or how much you love the story.

And, apparently I needed to get that off my chest, hee!