Sunday? There's no such thing as Sundays!
I wish someone had warned me about the weather here earlier. Yeah, I really love having the contents of the Channel dumped on me via screaming, relentless wind. Thankyou, weather!
23rd December and boosette
Where do you get your ideas
Describe the planning and execution process for your writing - are you an outliner? a seat-of-the-pantser? How many arcs ahead do you plot out/do your people do things like nope out of a planned course of action you'd intended to write?
I nick them. All of them. There's something kind of dishonest about origfic, when you think of it.
Whoo. This is a tricky one.. well, more like really long. It depends a lot on the story and even more on what I feel like at the time. I don't have a single best way of working, but it's a rough split between how I handle NaNo novels, and how I handle an ongoing project such as Manifestations. So...NaNo projects
Actually this is variable, but I'm usually a moderate pantser. My typical strategy is to have an idea that consist of a start, an end, and some things that happen along the way, and to go for it. I think some year I would like to do a completely pantsed novel (i.e. start on November 1st with no idea whatsoever what's happening) but that's never happened before. The only awkward thing about this method is the resulting draft is very messy, and to this date I've never cleaned up a single one, though I have some that are deserving of attention. Especially the MFS Real World AU novel, if only because it's the one people seem to want.
Once or twice I've either outlined or attempted to outline. I did a partial outline for my 2009 novel and while the outline itself never got finished as much as I'd like it to have been, the end result was one of my best attempts (and also my longest, reaching about 72K). I attempted one for this year's, but it never really got very far so it ended up in the mostly pantsed file. Next year's is going to be outlined. I know this because I have a giant pile of outline documents sitting in Scrivener, staring
at me. Staring, I tell you. The fact that there's 11 months to go hasn't stopped a thing. Needless to say when November 2014 rolls around, I will be ready
And I've always been curious about whether or not the results I got in 2009 are consistent. FOR SCIENCE. We like science around here.Manifestations
This is a tricky one because MFS is written in prompt comms, and as such a single prompt can spawn a whole idea. But there is definitely forward planning going on. I have three major mytharcs roughly sketched out in my mind, and I have an idea of how and when the whole thing will end. At the same time, the strategy is similar to how I normally do NaNo. There's no rigid planning. Some arcs I have in my head for months before they get written. Some arcs are made up the night before I start them. It usually depends on how important they are. The pivotal ones like 6 and 11 were in my head for a long time, or at least the big stand-out scenes were. Arc 10 was made up at the last minute to replace an idea that wasn't working out. Arc 2, which ended up being really important because it introduced Vesin? That one started out on a dare to have Jen crossdress, until Vesin walked onto the stage and decided she fancied a bit of Dhaymin.
So it's kind of the same as my usual NaNo process, but a whole lot scarier, because you can't go back. If you cock up, everyone will see, and you look a prat. And that's why I'm kind of in a state of being perpetually terrified by it all.
For "Series 2" I have a few arcs planned out, including Numbers' triumphant and very trollish return, the MFS equivalent of Love and Monsters, and Weird Stuff Happens To Dhaymin, Well Actually Everyone, But Mostly Dhaymin. Not sure how they all fit together, yet. But they will.
And as is probably obvious, the characters take it where they will all the time - see Vesin's example. They're usually more often going "I want to do this!" than NOPE, but the sentiment is still the same. Usually if I scrap an idea that's my own decision, because it's not working. Fun fact: in an early idea, Dhaymin was going to turn out to be tarnished too, until I decided it didn't work - Jen is the tarnished one and Dhaymin has a whole other load of Things which I'm starting to touch on. Having them both be tarnished didn't work out at all.
But they will pounce on things they want all the time, and I can only listen.