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Dept. of Executive Decisions

Taking the Plunge

I've decided that I'm going to start uploading Hearts & Moons to AO3, something I've avoided to date. I'll upload one chapter every 4-5 days to start (although I may do the prologue and first chapter at the same time), and I'll try to time the uploads so that the story will be finished by the time I reach Chapter 26.

I made the decision because I've now got two completed chapters, 26 and 27, in the hopper, and the chapter I believe to be the penultimate one, Chapter 28, is somewhere between one-third and one-half completed. After that, there's either one final chapter or a very hefty epilogue.

I think there are enough completed chapters that doing a relatively slow but steady stream of chapters to AO3 will keep me going on the writing front.* After all, I'm already in the "I have to take a break from my Real World work to get another couple of paragraphs written or edited on this story" stage of writing. That bite at the base of my brain (or possibly in my gut) won't lift until the chapter is finished, and once 28 is done, I'll be able to see the route to the exit door, as it were.

So, yeah, taking the plunge, with upload work starting tonight. Wish me luck.


*And if you haven't started reading the story because it's a WIP, you can at least consider starting to read it over on AO3, trusting that things will be finished by the time you reach what is currently the end. If that makes sense.)

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eaweek
Jul. 7th, 2017 03:14 pm (UTC)
Go, you! Congratulations for persevering for so long with this story! And yes, putting it out there in a public space is a great way to prod yourself into completing it.
kaffyr
Jul. 7th, 2017 11:55 pm (UTC)
I am so determined to finish this up on its 10 year anniversary, or close to it, that I have to be careful I don't wrap it up with "and then they woke up and it was all a dreamtheend," simply out of desperation. I care about this one and I want to end it well.

I suspect people who start reading it for the first time once I begin uploading to AO3 will easily see the story's evolution. I think it's gotten better, and I look at my early chapters and sigh a bit - they're not bad, but I don't think they're as good as some of the later chapters.

Silly rabbit fic writer, that's what one risks when one is finishing what turns out to be a novel at a glacial pace. Heh.

Edited at 2017-07-07 11:55 pm (UTC)
eaweek
Jul. 13th, 2017 06:43 pm (UTC)
Heh. I never start a fic without a solid idea of how it's going to end. Too many things I've written in the past, I ended up writing myself into a corner, had no idea how it was going to end, and then give up 3/4 of the way through.

I'm constantly tinkering with my stuff. Everything I've posted, I must have edited and replaced chapters about a zillion times. I'm always finding typos and word repetitions. Ugh.

Anyway, good luck getting your story done!
kaffyr
Jul. 18th, 2017 02:57 am (UTC)
You are so amazingly organized, compared to me. I don't think I've ever had more than the foggiest idea of how something was going to end, and even that's the exception rather than the rule. Usually, the end is as much a surprise to me as it is to anyone else, and it usually comes after a great deal of emotional wear and tear, intellectual sturm und drang, etc.

eaweek
Jul. 19th, 2017 06:41 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who can start with one or two character sketches and a general scenario and from there write an entire novel mostly by improvisation (usually he does a ton of research before he begins writing). I could never do that. I used to try to plot out every single detail in advance, but I realized that was resulting in stories that felt very paint-by-numbers, and it was making the writing process tedious as all hell.

I finally developed a writing style I call "planned improvisation." I figure out a handful of major plot milestones and improvise from there. As both a reader and a writer I'm so mystery-oriented that I need to know in advance the major event (the "twist" in mystery parlance) around which the plot hinges. Otherwise I get to that dreaded 2/3 or 3/4 mark and hit a dead end.

In one of my DW fics, I had an idea of a mother using a purloined test tube of the Doctor's blood to try to cure her terminally ill child. I'd been wanting to write an Eleven-River romantic fic, but I needed a plot, and when the idea of the sick kid came to me, the story practically wrote itself. There was some research, a general outline, and it was pure inspiration from that point on. But all the time I was writing, I knew the action was building up to the revelation of what the mother had done, so I knew what clues and plot details needed to be included for the Big Reveal to make sense.

Without knowing that one big thing, my stories basically go nowhere. So I really admire your fearless willingness to sail off into the storytelling fog without knowing quite where you're going. : )
flowsoffire
Jul. 7th, 2017 06:54 pm (UTC)
*cheers you on*
kaffyr
Jul. 7th, 2017 11:56 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for the folks that cheer me on, like you - that, and my own mulish obstinacy, are what keep me plugging away!
flowsoffire
Jul. 8th, 2017 01:31 pm (UTC)
It's our pleasure :)

elisi
Jul. 7th, 2017 10:04 pm (UTC)
I'm in the process of uploading one of my older fics, and I found that posting a chapter a week worked well. So every weekend (usually Saturday) I sit down & edit and then post. And I've picked up a fair few readers.

So go you!!!
kaffyr
Jul. 8th, 2017 12:13 am (UTC)
Thanks - I told eaweek that I need to avoid the urge to dash off a sub-par ending simply because I'm tired/desperate/bored/etc. I think I can say I'm not bored, but the tired and desperate bit is something I do have to pay careful attention to.
elisi
Jul. 8th, 2017 06:14 am (UTC)
Well.

I'm partly posting my fic because it has a sequel. And that sequel is stalled 1/3 - 1/2 way through, even though I actually have a plot and an ending (VERY unusual), but I have yet to WRITE it all.

So I am attempting to kick myself into finishing it.

Which will be interesting.
kaffyr
Jul. 8th, 2017 03:57 pm (UTC)
And oh, the many ways we writers have of kicking ourselves. Good luck in your writing endeavors!
elisi
Jul. 8th, 2017 04:00 pm (UTC)
Well so far I have written a single sentence.

(in other words: Doctor Who happened.)
kaffyr
Jul. 8th, 2017 04:36 pm (UTC)
Oh my, I understand that. I have wanted to binge-watch all of Twelve before doing any writing on this season - I was hit by such a sense of tragedy (and tragedy of both the original meaning as I understand it, and tragedy as we modern readers have come to use it) at the end of the finale that it left me feeling hollow.

Not hollow in the sense of being unfulfilled, or having watched or read a piece of fiction that didn't do the job for me; on the contrary, the far worse hollowness of having had something scrape out your heart and your gut, largely without your noticing, until that something announces to you that it has finished its operation. You look at it, you look at yourself, down at the place where you thought your inner being was, and it's gone, replaced by a yearning for ... and you realize you've been bled so dry that you can't even name that which has been stolen from you.

So, yeah, I ... uh ... oh, Twelve! Oh, Bill! Oh you fucker, Moffat! You probably thought you were giving everyone a happy ending. You might have given them the correct ending. You might even have given them a good ending. But happiness? No. Justice? Go ask the universe for justice, don't ask Moffat. And joy?

Well ... maybe. But joy no human can survive.

Ack! elisi, I'd promised myself I wasn't going to think about it, and then you made me think about it, and typing happened! Aaaauugh!
elisi
Jul. 8th, 2017 05:24 pm (UTC)
More later, but for now:

Over the Rainbow

(Presuming you haven't seen it.)

Because Bill's face. <3

ETA: Right, it's not that I don't understand where you are coming from, because it's the END of Moffat Who and I am quietly contemplating the dark pit of nothingness in front of us, and yet... It was poetry. Like, just so beautiful and perfect I'm not quite sure what to do with myself.

Edited at 2017-07-08 06:25 pm (UTC)
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