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A Question About WIPs

I have a question about people's writing habits, and works in progress.

When you are writing fanfiction, do you tend to ... :

work on just one single story at a time
work on one major story at a time but break it up with smaller bits, like drabbles and flashfic
work on multiple pieces of various lengths, all at once, flitting from one to the other
work on one piece for a while, then switch for a while to something else, then back again
some other option wot I will explain in comments

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Jan. 26th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
I rotate between options 1, 3, and 4. When I get rolling on a story, have a deadline, or am feeling particularly determined, I work on just that story (generally speaking -- I might write a drabble or two for 100_roadtrips in the middle of it, but they hardly count -- I rarely spend more than a half an hour on them), but often I flit around or alternate. It can get boring working on just one story at a time.

Of course, this means that I have a lot of unfinished stories on my hard drive, exacerbated by the fact that I'm now writing in three different fandoms -- Gravitation, Saiyuki, and Sherlock. Four, if you want to be technical -- I have an unfinished UraBoku fic on my hard drive as well. Head, meet desk.
Jan. 27th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)

Mostly when I stop writing, I stop writing for good. I think I need to get past that somehow.

Jan. 26th, 2011 09:59 am (UTC)
I tend to have two pieces on the go - one that I handwrite at bedtime in a notebook, and another I'm working on on the computer by day. I try not to write more than two at once, or my brain goes 'splodey. :D
Jan. 27th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)

By hand! I can barely do that at all - my writing has deteriorated hugely in the 20 years or so that I've been using computers both at home and in the office. The only fic I have ever written by hand was this near-drabble, which I wrote in the laundry room on our hotel in Stockholm, on a tiny piece of paper in the back of my calendar book.

Jan. 27th, 2011 09:59 am (UTC)
My handwriting had deteriorated horribly too, which made me sad because I used to really like my handwriting. I realised in the end a lot of it was because I was rushing, trying to get things down as quickly as I can type, and of course I can't. So I slowed it down, focused on forming the letters and the pleasure of the pen moving over the page, and interesting things happened - my handwriting improved again and the whole writing experience felt different; I wouldn't say it's changed my writing as such, but I do find myself thinking more consciously about what I'm doing - while my brain's waiting for my hand to finish the sentence it's writing, it goes off and ponders plots, or word choices and things.

The only problem is typing it all up. Argh.
Jan. 29th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
Hmmm, you've been thinking of taking up some sort of classes -- a calligraphy course might be just the thing there if you want to break some bad writing-ergonomic habits and get back in touch with the pleasure of putting pen to paper... :)
Jan. 26th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
Anything over two chapters tends to uh sort of die on me? So, really, I hardly ever work on anything for a prolonged amount of time - unless you count stuff like Yuletide, where it's three weeks thinking about and trying to and working up a draft, maybe and then two days of actually writing the thing. ^^;
Jan. 27th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)

Mostly, I don't write in chapters. I can think of only 4 things (out of 79 posted on AO3) I've written that have them. But my story lengths have ranged from 100 words to nearly 33,000 (my Saiyuki epic "Down from the Red Hills").

Length doesn't seem to matter. "Red Hills" took 2 months, but it mostly just came pouring out.

But I get stuck a lot, and I need to figure out how to work past it, I think.

Jan. 27th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
Once in a while a plot bunny (or deadline) will hit hard and I'll pound something out in a day or so, but that's rare.
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