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Oh, I'm spammy, aren't I? [May. 10th, 2007|01:10 am]
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Alright, fellow group members, I am in dire need of some encouragement/advice.

*prepares to tell life story*

So, basically, I'm a plot-driven writer, yes? I typically have an end goal in mind, a process to get there, what chapter is going to contain what pivotal plot-point and the relationship just gets weaved in between. Sometimes I use the plot as the relationship instigator, sometimes they're separate.

However, my muses are demanding a character (relationship) driven story. And I'm just fine with that. I've got the steps and thoughts and development of J/R all laid out in my head the same way I typically do plot.

Only problem is...I can't see to create a plot. No action. No...anything, besides emotions and a few scenes. And I'm especially having problems seeing Sheppard in a noncommand position like my prompt is. I realize I can create a situation where, despite not being in the close working relationship of CMO and CSO, J&R get together...but nothing's coming to me. There's just no movement forward. And I really don't want lengthy exposition for 40,000 words and neither does anyone else.

I've got a week and a half of (fairly) uninterrupted time and I need to punch out like 20,000 words or so, but I'm completely at a loss.


[User Picture]From: justbreathe80
2007-05-10 02:01 pm (UTC)
I'm mostly a character-driven writer, and it's kind of funny - this fic for me has been SO plot-driven. Well, plotty for me, anyway. *g*

Do you want help trying to think of a way to get them into a situation where they could form a relationship?
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[User Picture]From: mf_luder_xf
2007-05-10 07:05 pm (UTC)
I guess. Or, since you're used to writing character-driven...what do you look for to move the story along? Do you try think of situations that deliberately create the relationship, or if not, how do think plot around your relationship dialouge?

*is annoyed with self*
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[User Picture]From: justbreathe80
2007-05-10 09:13 pm (UTC)
I try to craft plot that makes the emotional and character things I want to have happen happen, you know? So in my fic, I needed something to get Rodney back to the corporeal plane, so I set up an impending Wraith attack that everyone scrambled to deal with until Rodney fixed it. You know what I mean? It was a moment where John was happy because YAY dead Wraith, but angry at Rodney for breaking the rules.

I think I try to figure out what I want from my characters. What do I want them to accomplish? In this one, I want John to face up to how he feels, in some senses, and by yanking Rodney away, I can accomplish that. A good friend and writer said that you have to figure out what happens and what it's about. So, in mine, What Happens Is Rodney ascends, fucks up, descends, and figures out who he is without remembering. The FIC is about how getting everything you ever wanted isn't all it's cracked up to be, and whether or not someone can still be THEM, fundamentally, if they lose their experiences, and what makes a hero.

Um, was that helpful at all? In my view, character and plot first, and try to figure out what plot makes sense to get them there. In mine, I needed them to have a crisis with the city and the power, as opposed to some external enemy, because I needed Rodney to come back and tinker with things.

Let me know! I can help more if needed!
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