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July 18th, 2006

MOD Post -- rules refresher @ 02:32 pm


Hi everyone!

Sorry about my long absence; I needed to take a bit of time to do some brainstorming and get a clear idea in my head as to where I'd like to see this community head. I'd like to thank those who commented on my last post here -- quivo, in particular, gave me some ideas to mull over.

To start with (and to answer a few questions I've gotten via e-mail), I want to re-post some pertinant information from the community info page.

  1. This is a multi-fandom community. Writers from all fandoms are encouraged to join and post.
  2. No posting or reccing of fic is allowed, unless it's part of a discussion.
    • NOT Allowed: "I just posted chapter 48 of my Harry Potter WiP on ff.net! Please go read and review!
    • Allowed!: "After posting chapter 48 of my Harry Potter WiP on ff.net, I suddenly decided that the villain of the story isn't Percy, but Neville Longbottom! Can all that foreshadowing be saved? Do you think that twist will be believable, given the way I've written Neville?"
    • NOT Allowed: "My friend So-and-So just wrote the greatest Sentinel story ever! Go check it out, guys!"
    • Allowed!: "In response to your question about using all of the senses in order to build up a scene, I think that So-and-So's latest Sentinel story did a great job describing the sense of smell. You might want to read it for ideas."

  3. Feel free to ask for help with your story. You can absolutely post outlines or troublesome scenes if you need to -- just remember to lj-cut! You may wish to friends-lock posts of that nature to community members in order to avoid spoiling anybody, and that's absolutely fine. Please be respectful of friends-locked entries -- this should be a safe space to talk over plot points or engage in brainstorming sessions.
  4. You're also allowed to post helpful writing resources, start discussions about writing, and ask for betas here. Above all else, I'd like this community to be a helpful resource for all of you. If you're not sure a post is appropriate, just ask!

In order to get this community rolling again, I will be posting two regular community activities -- a weekly discussion about some aspect of writing and a weekly update post giving you all a chance to share your progress (and bitch about the lack thereof!). These posts will probably take place on Sunday and Tuesday respectively, simply because those are my days off. But do feel free to post your own discussion topics at any time!

Happy writing, everybody. If you have any suggestions or concerns, please let me know.

June 23rd, 2006

staffing changes @ 07:39 pm

Current Mood: hopeful hopeful

Hi everyone! My name is Piscaria and I'll be taking over as mod with the permission of the wonderful emmagrant01. I really like the idea of this community, and I'm hoping I can spark some life back into it. Writing novel-length fanfiction can be such an overwhelming and isolating effort sometimes. More than anything else, I'd like to see this community turned into an active resource and support network for everyone undertaking that journey.

I thought this might be a good time to check in with you all and see where you'd like this community to go. I'm already planning to bring back the weekly discussion question, but I'd love to hear any other ideas and input you might have.

So please, take a moment to re-introduce yourselves in the comments to this post. I'd love to know:
i. your name
ii. your fandom(s) of choice
iii. about any novel-length fanfiction you've completed or are in the process of writing
iv. any suggestions or ideas you have for this community.

Thank you all, and I'm hoping to be seeing a lot more of you!

April 2nd, 2006

(no subject) @ 07:19 pm

Marriage Law
By teshara
Appropriate for older teens and adults

After an arranged marriage Severus and Hermione grow together while working for the Order.

Russia. Secret Societies. Amazons. The final battle. Mysteries.

January 24th, 2006

(no subject) @ 04:16 pm

Hello, everyone. *waves* I hope this post isn't considered to be off topic!

Seeking advice on posting/finding a betaCollapse )

January 5th, 2006

Off-topic: Rabbit Hole Day @ 03:42 pm

My apologies for cross-posting this all over the place, but I thought you might like to be in on this:

I have created a community called rabbit_hole_day. Last year, there was an idea that I saw on LJ that piqued my curiosity:

January 27th is the birthday of Lewis Carrol, author of ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Alice fell down a rabbit hole into a place where everything had changed and none of the rules could be counted on to apply anymore.

I say, let's do the same: January 27th, 2005 should be the First Annual LiveJournal Rabbit Hole Day. When you post on that Thursday, instead of the normal daily life and work and news and politics, write about the strange new world you have found yourself in for the day, with its strange new life and work and news and politics.

Are your pets talking back at you now? Has your child suddenly grown to full adulthood? Does everyone at work think you're someone else now? Did Bush step down from the White House to become a pro-circuit tap-dancer? Did Zoroastrian missionaries show up on your doorstep with literature in 3-D? Have you been placed under house arrest by bizarre insectoid women wielding clubs made of lunchmeat?

Let's have a day where nobody's life makes sense anymore, where any random LJ you click on will bring you some strange new tale. Let's all fall down the Rabbit Hole for 24 hours and see what's there. It will be beautiful.

This year, I have created a community for this project called rabbit_hole_day. Basically, there are two options for this project:

1) You can do all your entries in one day, or
2) You can do them over the entire three day weekend (Jan 27-29)

For the record, I'll be doing the second option, as I am going to use this for an idea for a project in the febnowrimo community. I expect most of you will just do the first one, though.

See you on January 27th!

December 2nd, 2005

Cecking around @ 11:21 pm

Hello all,

I am new to the community and I have a very specific question. I found out about NaNoWriMo on about November 23. So... a tad late to join and participate.

But, I have heard that there are some fanfic groups that do a variation of NaNoWriMo and I was wondering if anyone here could recommend such a group to me.

If you don't know what NaNoWriMo is, it is the chance to write a novel (50,000 words) in one month with a group of people doing the same thing. It takes place in November.

Anyway, I was just wondering, because I have an idea for a fan novel and was hoping to find a community that might sponser this sort of challenge.

Thanks for any help!

November 14th, 2005

how do your writing tools affect your work? @ 06:38 pm

Hi everyone! My name is Pisces and I'm fairly new to this community. I'm currently working on my first fan novel, a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory piece. This community seems to be a bit dead at the moment, but since I had an issue I've been wanting to discuss with other writers, I thought I'd post, and see whether or not I could spark it back to life.

A few weeks ago, I downloaded Jer's Novel Writer, which has got to be the coolest word processor I've ever seen. Not only does it recognize individual scenes and chapters (and allow you to shuffle them around easily), but the document window includes a drawer that you can open to view your outline, your story notes, or a database of all of the characters/places/interesting things in the story. It is, in short, the only word processor I've seen that caters to the needs of creative writers. The downside, I'm afraid, is that it's only available for Mac OS X. I've yet to see anything like it for Windows.

I'm mentioning it here because using Jer's Novel Writer has actually started to change the way I write. Back in my Word days, I tended to start at the beginning and move on to the end of the story, usually getting lost somewhere in the middle. Now, I'm more likely to write down individual scenes before I forget them, even if they occur far ahead in the story. Because of the outline feature, I'm able to easily keep track of what I've written. It's a new approach for me, but one that seems to be working -- so far, my CatCF fic is much, much longer than any fan story I have ever written, and still going strong.

So I'm wondering . . . do you guys find your writing style changing to match the tools you work with? Do you like simple word processors or fancier ones like Jer's Novel Writer? Does anybody write directly into lj? Or do you prefer to use a typerwiter, or the time-tested pen/paper combo? There's no real reason for this question. I'm just kind of curious.

September 2nd, 2005

Advise please? @ 04:46 pm

Current Mood: hopeful hopeful
Current Music: Depeche Mode - Shake the Desease

I'm new to the community, which means nothing but just that.
Anyway, here's the current situation:
I've written a fic of 31 chapters under X/1999 (and some Hellsing) fandom. The fic became an AU and evolved into an action/adventure/romace fic with many people reading it and enjoying it. It has many original characters of mine on which people made very positive comments.

Currently the fic is nearing it's ending direction and is heading steadily and safely towards a good closure. I have all the chapters mapped out and planned and absolutely no problem of free time or ways of formatting the fic into what it is.

So what's the problem?
I have absolutely no idea how to end the series....The problem lies with the fact that the main original character is boardering the Mary Sue-dom, to which I am willing to kill and not drag myself to. People who read the fic are all up for the main OC to get together with the main fandom character but I'm unwilling to commit such a crime and because of that my fic seems to be stuck during it's planning stages.
The main OC is a very precious character of mine and is curerently in a rather stressful situation because the main fandom character won't yield to his love. I guess I could solve it by giving him a secondary fandom character but that would also boarder the Mary Sue-ness so.....I'm stuck.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you so much!

July 11th, 2005

(no subject) @ 12:34 am

Hi everyone,

I was just wondering if anyone knew of any communities for so-called "Brit picking"? I saw one once that was just awesome, you could pretty much ask anything related to the subject about what kind of word to use for what and everyone would respond straightaway.. if anyone knows, please help me out! Thanks,

April 30th, 2005

Beta @ 06:39 pm

Current Mood: chipper chipper
Current Music: Placebo

I know this is about novel fanfic writing, but I suppose that betas and their many skills and blessings are a part of writing any novel length fanfic. I, along with two friends, under the penname of Pallas, are embarking upon such a novel length fanfiction within the Harry Potter fandom. We are aiming for an historically accurate Founders Fic, full of the political intrigues and racial balances of the post-Conquest British Isles, in a land where the problems of the Muggle World and Wizarding World bleed into each other. We plan to research as much as we can, taking our Uni holidays as fanfic-research time, learning the customs, politics, and knowledge that would be inherent to each of the Founders and their kin.

As such, we are also looking for a number of betas, but right now we are specifically looking for a beta with knowledge of the British Isles (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, and the Norman Conquerors) just after the Conquest of 1066. The beta would have to be willing to work with us on a long haul - this is a well researched novel length that will most likely take at leasat a few years to write (we plan to included a full bibliography). So, if you have a degree in Medevial Studies - or perhaps teach it - and are interested in beta-ing for three research-mad writers, please contact us. Either respond to this post or comment in my journal (chasingtides).

And I really hope this isn't breaking any community rules - I checked and didn't see any that warn against this sort of post.