holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
Here’s the thing about writing advice: you don’t have to take any of it. It’s all optional.

If you want to use adverbs like they’re (still) going out of style, use them. If you want to substitute epithets for every proper name or pronoun, do it. If you want to write everything in first person, go for it.

Sometimes your choices will cost you readers. But maybe you weren’t writing for the person who hates first person. Maybe you were writing for the person who loves it because it gives a sense of immediacy and intimacy.

People post writing advice for many reasons, and personal preference is often top of the list.

That’s not to say that if you really want to improve your writing, you should dismiss all the advice. Knowing that epithets throw a lot of people out of a story is useful. You can adjust for the effect that you want. Maybe you use a common phrase without thinking about what it actually means and see a rant about how people are using it incorrectly. Good! Now you get to decide if you agree and if you’re going to adjust in the future.

But don’t beat yourself up. Keep writing. Keep reading. Make the choices you want. If you want to improve, you will. If you don’t care and just want to share fun stories, do that. There’s room for everyone.

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Dec. 13th, 2013 06:32 pm
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
Do you ever look at your journal calendar and think, "Oh, it's been way too long since I posted. I should fix that."

But then, because you feel so GUILTY about the whole thing, you just can't bring yourself to write anything breezy and quick, because you feel like you have to make up for the fact that you haven't posted since October.

Just me?

What about thinking about the last time you exercised and realizing it was several weeks ago and yes, you did sign up for a 5K which is this Sunday?

Just me.

(But I did win NaNo this year! I am pretty sure all my words sucked, but that's okay, because I wrote 50,000 sucky words, which is 50,000 more than I thought I'd manage to write this year.)
holdouttrout: (fangirlz)
I think sometimes, when I start writing in a fandom, I start by writing fic that is almost meta. It's like I'm trying the characters out, seeing how the relationships that I see inside my head comes out on paper.

It's also often wish-fulfillment fic.

Not that this is coming up now for any particular reason or anything.

(As a side note, I sort of wish that it was still that time in my life when I didn't even *think* to look at articles about actors, or see quotes from them, or ridiculously cute set photos. I think that stuff gets in the way of my pure and unadulterated shipping. /grumpy old fan moment)
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You know how you get comfortable somewhere, or with something in your life, and that's when you get the news that you better start preparing yourself for possible change? That's my life right now--both at work, and at home. I don't really have any other details at the moment, so I'm going to be all cryptic here, but my role at work is definitely going to shift a bit (mainly, I think, in good ways), and I may be moving. Maybe. Like, so maybe that I ALMOST don't want to even put it in writing maybe. And if I do, it won't be far.

I decided to try to write at lest 10 minutes every day this year, keeping in mind that sometimes that wouldn't work. So far, I have done it! Over two thousand words on a long, epic Stargate fic that I'm not sure where it's going. I plan to keep poking at it, since that seems to provide opportunities for things to happen.

Also, I mentioned that re-watching Farscape was one of my 2013 goals, and since then I've been plagued by John/Aeryn shippy thoughts as well as the knowledge that trying to watch now would be fatal, as I have no extra time until summer starts. SOON, though. SOON.

P.S. Who else is watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? Hmm? Because we're getting to the Good Parts!

Writing

Mar. 6th, 2012 04:42 pm
holdouttrout: (fangirlz)
I was super bored, so I was flipping through one of my folders and reading snippets of things, and I found an incomplete NaNo novel in which a witch and an old woman go off on an adventure. It's actually pretty intriguing, especially since I TOTALLY FORGOT I WROTE IT, but the best parts are the parts where I obviously didn't know what came next and just made stuff up.

For instance, there's this part:

"Yeah, well, the more you know."

The plant just gave her a quizzical look, which Mina knew was justified since she was definitely not in character at the moment.


and this one:

Suddenly, a zombie appeared from behind a tree! In one horrible shamble, he approached them and then bit them, tearing at their flesh in an effort to get at their brains. Okay, not really.

What really happened is that they walked down into the fog


Oh, NaNo.
holdouttrout: (fangirlz)
For instance, when I come across sequels that sport notes like this:

"OH GOD I HATE WRITING BABIES."

Hee.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Fish)
I lost a song.

I was in a coffee shop--it's my new favorite place ever, because it has a great cozy-yet-slightly-industrial feel, and it's small, and has wonderful cinnamon rolls, and isn't the old coffee shop of which I will not speak. Mind you, no coffee-drinking actually takes place while I'm there, at least not at my table.

Anyway, I was at the coffee shop, and this Song came on. It was so beautiful my friend and I actually stopped talking to listen to the whole thing, and while I meant to write down a portion of the lyrics, various circumstances conspired against me and I can't remember enough to find it.

I seriously considered being the nutty customer who goes up to the counter and asks, "So, there was this song, in a minor key, sung by a woman, really soft and melodic, and it was a couple of weeks ago that I heard it… do you know it?" But I didn't.

*sighs*

I will have more Stargate rewatch soon, but 'Politics' severely slowed me down. Clips shows are remarkably boring when you're watching faster than once a week.

Meanwhile, here are some awesome internet things:

[livejournal.com profile] gravity linked this wonderful time-waster.

I laughed… because it's true(ish).

The Periodic Table of Storytelling.

Beautiful, sad Fringe Vid.
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Okay, so this is the BEST COMBINATION EVER: Archive of our Own's "download" button, and an e-Reader. OH MY GOSH TOTAL LOVE. I've just spent not very much time at all downloading a TON of fic to read WHENEVER I FEEL LIKE IT.

Of course, this begs the question* means I have to ask: how many of y'all have fic archived over there? I've found a few of you already, but I find that the site is not actually designed for me finding people. Please, please, please tell me how to find you.

I also hereby repent of my own spotty uploading and do resolve to upload ALL my fic this year. After LONDON.

*As was pointed out by a lovely person, this was terribly bad grammar. Please see this page for more information. :-D
holdouttrout: (fangirlz)
No, that subject heading is not misleading. This post is about WRITING. Namely my own! That is to say, I WROTE STUFF TODAY. Well, I wrote stuff last week, too, but it was awful maudlin Sam/Jack. I mean, really terrible. You don't believe me, do you?

Okay, fine. I'll prove it to you:

It's so maudlin even Jack knows )

You see why I can't post that, right? Right?

I'm putting it out there because it's WORDS and because maybe it will help me get over my fear of failure in writing.

Anyway, I not only wrote that bit up there, but today I wrote over 1,000 words that I didn't immediately want to delete! That's not saying that they'll ever see the light of the internet, but still! Words!

I also wrote a drabble for the Hand-Kissing Promptathon, which I think is a fabulous idea but I had no idea where to even start. Apparently my brain decided to go with Daniel/Vala. IDEK. You're allowed to think and/or tell me the drabble is terrible. I'm really not so sure about it myself.

Anyway... WORDS!
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (brains_xlormp)
[personal profile] pepper posted her to-do list, so I figured I'd accept her implied challenge and post my own. *throws down gauntlet*


  1. Buy Leverage Season One DVDs

  2. Buy shampoo

  3. Go grocery shopping

  4. Make dinner

  5. Vacuum

  6. Clean kitchen

  7. Clean bathroom

  8. Get upcoming birthdays sorted

  9. Write Fic, preferably finishing at LEAST one. Please. Oh, muse, please.



Today, I have already had a very long theological discussion with a very nice coworker in which we disagreed cordially about a lot and agreed with several central premises, which is more than I can say about my brother and I when we talk about politics.
holdouttrout: (fangirlz)
At the beginning of the year, when I was still trying to write 200,000 words (At July 1, with just over 100,000, I decided not to risk my sanity and stopped worrying about wordcount*), I wasn't really paying much attention to what I wrote, or worrying about finishing things as much as just writing them. I also was writing a lot in Google Docs, and not tagging things like I should have.

Then, of course, I was busy trying to finish the [livejournal.com profile] sjficathon fic (And Then I Dreamt of Yes), and so I was working in one (maybe two) files and not paying attention to the rest.

Yesterday I went through my Google Docs and tagged things. Tons of things. And I think I found a few that I could potentially work on and/or declare amnesty on. (Yay!)

I also found FOURTEEN separate files with various bits and pieces of the various ideas I had for the [livejournal.com profile] sjficathon fic. FOURTEEN. Many of them have variations on the theme I finally used, but there are tons of scenes that just didn't work, and some hilarious sketches of ideas I thought I was going to write. And that doesn't count any that were on my hard drive.

Here's the shortest file and some more thoughts about writing )

So that's what I did this weekend, at least if you're not counting normal, boring, everyday life sort of things. Like laundry.



*Don't ask me why I'm planning on doing NaNo if I was stressed out by GYWO, but I am. I'm fairly sure it's Annerb's fault.
holdouttrout: (fangirlz)
Today I was discussing a rather funny post with [personal profile] ultranos. I was bemoaning a certain insanity in a particular group, and Ultranos mentioned that I myself had spent some time among these particular people and must have some idea of what they talked about. I agreed, and began to tell her of some most curious adventures related to me by a fellow anthropologist.

She thought they were perhaps enlightening, and it just so happens that I have a number of excerpts from her journals, typed up and ready to share with all of you. I have redacted the one or two names that appear in the originals, but as the anthropologist was concerned mainly with the group and not the individual, there should be no cause for alarm. I have refrained also from mentioning which specific group is studied here, although I fear that, at least, is rather obvious to anyone with a connection to said group.

(Disclaimer: I mean absolutely no harm from this and hope it comes across as a gentle sort of parody of shipping culture in general.)

a most fascinating adventure )

GUYS

Jun. 4th, 2009 09:57 pm
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (OT3traditional)
I totally forgot to mention this earlier, but in case you don't watch [livejournal.com profile] sg1_five_things, they have an extra-special all-woman themed set this time around. The responses will be unscreened on Monday!

I watched So You Think You Can Dance tonight, and I couldn't tell you if I really have favorites yet or not...it's hard for me before I've really seen a lot of the actual competition, although last year I had a clear favorite going in. I really, really love this show, though. Like a LOT. (Except when the judges are assholes.)
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (weather)
my rather random weekend )

Some fun stuff:

Google Wave looks awesome, in a very web 2.0 sort of way, in which conversations become short and choppy, and yet so very, very interactive. I am kinda in lust right now.

Star Trek Theme Music Over Time, aka "Why the new movie didn't sound like Star Trek." It satisfies a very deep, geeky place in my piano-playing soul.

Star Trek: The Parody made me laugh.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
If you've ever thought, "Well, [personal profile] holdouttrout just posted this fic, and it's okay, except for this one part, but I don't know if I can tell her that, because she might turn into a rampaging beast and beat me over the head with a raw piece of cod," this is your chance to tell me without me ever knowing who you are.

*grins*

Seriously, though, I signed up for the anonymous writing feedback meme. It's fair game, y'all--the good, the bad, the ill-considered. Let me know so I might improve someday in the future.

(Also, I totally accept non-anonymous fic feedback all the time, in case you were wondering.)

THE ANONYMOUS WRITING FEEDBACK MEME
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (ficathon_late)
Progress on the [livejournal.com profile] sjficathon fic has stalled. Mostly because I suck. *hits head against desk* I'm kinda panicking now.

Progress on the [livejournal.com profile] thelittlebang fic is nonexistent. You know how I was asking for betas and a couple of you were amazingly kind to volunteer/accept? You may be off the hook. I'm currently in negotiations with my stress level to see if I should go ahead and officially withdraw. (This doesn't mean the fic won't ever get finished, just...not right now.)

One of the curious things about the [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout and how it has affected my writing is that I find myself able to write 1) commentfics that are approximately 500 words each and 2) long pieces of fic that bore me to tears and eventually end up deleted. The second one is how I end up writing twice as much as makes it into the final fic. This is okay, except that it's boring me to tears. I just want to get to the point already!

I'm trying to figure out how to cope with this.

(Also, there's no motivation to write more than 500 words/day, which is apparently so not how my brain likes to write.)
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (ficathon_late)
First and most importantly, [livejournal.com profile] jacksamfriends has tons of fun, delightful, gen Jack and Sam fanfic for the reading. I'm extremely amused by many of the stories, and have found others to be quite touching, and I haven't finished them all yet but plan to soon, very soon.

my life, which is crazy but less interesting )

Okay, Lost with spoilers )

I also watched the Unusuals--well, half-watched, to be honest--and I liked it, I think. Interesting characters, although as with most first episodes, the pacing felt a bit off to me. I'm kinda only vaguely remembering anything except that Michael from Lost was there and Amber Tamblyn had really bright lips, and there was some mention of a guy named Kawalski. I'm pretty sure, anyway, which means that I can conceivably cross it over with both Lost AND Stargate, although this Kawalski was...well, not the greatest guy in the world. I thought it was funny, though, so I'll probably watch it again next week, as it's convenient to remember that it's on right after Lost.

Oh, and Better off Ted was hilarious. Thank you, Bean.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (ficathon_late)
First and most importantly, [livejournal.com profile] jacksamfriends has tons of fun, delightful, gen Jack and Sam fanfic for the reading. I'm extremely amused by many of the stories, and have found others to be quite touching, and I haven't finished them all yet but plan to soon, very soon.

my life, which is crazy but less interesting )

Okay, Lost with spoilers )

I also watched the Unusuals--well, half-watched, to be honest--and I liked it, I think. Interesting characters, although as with most first episodes, the pacing felt a bit off to me. I'm kinda only vaguely remembering anything except that Michael from Lost was there and Amber Tamblyn had really bright lips, and there was some mention of a guy named Kawalski. I'm pretty sure, anyway, which means that I can conceivably cross it over with both Lost AND Stargate, although this Kawalski was...well, not the greatest guy in the world. I thought it was funny, though, so I'll probably watch it again next week, as it's convenient to remember that it's on right after Lost.

Oh, and Better off Ted was hilarious. Thank you, Bean.
holdouttrout: (fangirlz)
I got my arm twisted, so...

Comment with a story I've written, and I will tell you something about the story that didn't make it onto the page.

I have handy fic tags on my journal, but here is the stargate one, for your convenience.

Okay, okay. KR, here's the Star Wars one. *g*
holdouttrout: (fangirlz)
I got my arm twisted, so...

Comment with a story I've written, and I will tell you something about the story that didn't make it onto the page.

I have handy fic tags on my journal, but here is the stargate one, for your convenience.

Okay, okay. KR, here's the Star Wars one. *g*

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