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Gondor, calling

SHIT, SHIT, SHIT: I seem to have begun something that's trying to become epic and I have no idea what to do.

Realizing it would be epic ahead of time has worked out PRECISELY ONCE. How do writers do this?

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caffienekitty
Sep. 30th, 2014 05:07 am (UTC)
I think it's supposed to go, "Something, something, outline, something, something, done," but I've never managed to complete anything epic (I just get stuck in researching rabbit holes while the Tenth Doctor won't stop babbling about quantum physics) so I wouldn't set too much store by that.
tigriswolf
Sep. 30th, 2014 01:34 pm (UTC)

Yeah, the problem when I outline is that I then get lost in the worldbuilding, go off somewhere in my head, and never get around to actually writing it down. But I am outlining! I have a timeline, backgrounds for all the players, and some idea of what the villain is doing (not much of an idea, but some idea).

And another problem! Of all the players, I only working knowledge about one of their jobs. So I'm just going to BS and *handwave* my way through this but if I'm going to be doing in-depth research about ANYTHING it'll be my thesis, not what PR people and actors and singers actually do, or the realities of drug addiction. *sigh*

Edited at 2014-09-30 01:34 pm (UTC)
caffienekitty
Oct. 1st, 2014 06:41 am (UTC)
Worldbuilding and research are the sucking tar pits of writing. But such fun sucking tar pits...

As to the job knowledge issue, maybe just have a Wikipedia level view of it? If it's PR, actors, singers there's a lot of room for glossing just from what's considered "common knowledge" about the industry that a Wikipedia or jobs listing level understanding would do. It's also generally accepted that music and acting are hard industries to break into, and that the majority of working performers don't make a living at it.

For addiction, I'd suggest picking up a sampling of pamphlets the next time you visit a health clinic or doctor's office, or looking up the Narcotics Anonymous site, which has a pamphlet PDF with a quick rundown of the signs of addiction, and extrapolating from there shouldn't be too onerous.

A lot also depends on your intended audience for this too. Is it going to be fore people who know the internal workings of such things and will be watching for missed details? Then you'd need piles of research and maybe a primary source or two. Or is it for readers who mostly have little or no direct experience with the subject matter? Wikipedia and imagination.

I find a lot of the time when I get bogged down in research or world-building there's actually something about the rest of the story that isn't sitting well with me and I haven't noticed it yet. This happens a lot. :-/

Edited at 2014-10-01 06:41 am (UTC)
tigriswolf
Oct. 1st, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC)

At the moment, I'm about 3000 or so words in and I'm glossing over the past addictions because everyone is clean/sober and wants to stay that way. *hands* And if I hit a bump, I'll definitely hop over to wikipedia.

It was just supposed to be a comment_fic!
caffienekitty
Oct. 2nd, 2014 05:38 am (UTC)
It was just supposed to be a comment_fic!

It's amazing how many things that applies to. :-D
tigriswolf
Oct. 2nd, 2014 05:42 am (UTC)
About 6500 now. And I've decided to do one chapter for every day in the timeline, which is 23 days. Will that actually come to pass? I don't know yet.

Edited at 2014-10-02 05:43 am (UTC)
caffienekitty
Oct. 2nd, 2014 06:03 am (UTC)
*shakes pompoms*
maldeluxx
Sep. 30th, 2014 02:45 pm (UTC)
The joys of writing... *sigh* ;) *hugs*

Edited at 2014-09-30 02:45 pm (UTC)
tigriswolf
Sep. 30th, 2014 03:25 pm (UTC)

And the suffering. *pouts*

*snuggles*
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