scribblemyname: (616 hawkeye)

Original Fiction Sprawl



I finished loading in my two big original fiction projects to Scrivener last night and doing the first pass of canon review, which amounted to a light skim and no further, not enough I could even write a drabble yet, but girl, was it revelatory.

I think I figured out how these epic fantasy series sprawl so badly because there's 150K words that don't get where they need to go; they barely get anywhere at all.

During the course of a story, there's movement from point A to point B. Writers have two ways of adding motion: the characters do something or something happens. Doing something generally moves the plot/story arc in the right direction toward resolution. Something happening generally derails or provides an obstacle to the path toward resolution, thus is rather convenient when you need to open things up.

The first third of the book is usually all about opening things up and lots of things "happen." The second third is usually all about moving things forward, so whatever "happens" is usually either a direct reaction to the characters or directly shoving them into the action the author needs to get the story to point B. The final third is usually all about closing things down and things stop "happening" and it's all that direct causal chain with the characters.

When a writer feels the story pace start to lag and it's time for an event, they'll either make something happen, which drags the characters away from their goal, or they'll make the characters do/learn something, which drags the characters toward their goal.

Ladies, in this 150K, there's a whole lot of stuff happening and I can see why I kept trying to grind to a halt and plot so they would do things instead. I'm a writer that generally allows very little to "happen," which is probably why I also have very few stories longer than 3.5K.

Lessons learned. Let's see what I can do with this baby.

Learning from Writing to Order



Most people in the original fiction world learn these things from writing to guidelines and submitting, but I couldn't do it because rarely did the guidelines fit anything I wanted to write. I'm learning from writing in gift exchanges and bangs and challenges, and I've been focusing on writing fics longer than 5K heading toward 10K because I have a whole slew of original fics I want in that general territory.

In doing this, I've learned several things, some of which build upon stuff I already knew about my writing.

I've known for a while now that I write best when I have two prompts/ideas/sources of inspiration mingling into a single story. For example: Kingdoms and Thorn didn't happen until I combined the idea of mind-wiped, specially gifted, military operatives getting their freedom as young adults with the idea of a bunch of nations in a single city. Just one or the other wasn't enough to actually do it for me. For a fanfic example, let's go with "Monsters and Daisychains," an Agents of SHIELD fic that grew out of my reactions to the winter finale. It couldn't happen until I mixed the idea of what happened to Mack to what happened to Skye and how their point of similarity in that is her father. So yeah. I need two ideas generally.

How does that apply to what I've been learning lately? I hit Hawkeye comics and I blame a combination of Yuletide and [livejournal.com profile] geckoholic. It certainly wasn't because I wanted to go there. I deliberately put off reading or dealing with Fraction until I was sure my concept of MCU Clint Barton/Hawkeye was solid and not going to get character bleed. Interestingly enough, it too required two concepts to come together. I'll hit a theme and a storyline or a premise and a concept, such as the Hawkeyes sharing minds and then Hawkeye itself being an AI ship in a space AU. To write a sequel or a new fic, I have to go beyond the original premise and add something else to it. In this case, I've got two sequels bumping around in my head, competing for space. They'll probably both get written. In the case of my soulmates AU for Clint/Natasha, I have no second idea to add to the sharing lifeforce concept that I've got left from the first three fics. Sequel will probably not get written.

So there's that.

Also, did you know I write out of order? I did but I didn't. To write more than 5K, I can't write in order very well. I just can't. If I story develop and don't write it as I go, I don't get the rest of the story. If I do get the rest of the story, I lose the ability to write the first part right because I waited too long. What works best for me is to write the things I know and bridge between them. Thematically, I'll know this scene happens and that needs to happen and this is what starts them on that path. How did they get to that starting point? How do they get from this point to that one?

I have finally renounced my linear writing ways I had before. They don't work for me. And I think that's going to be key to getting these big original fics done.

So I'm off to go write Purim Gifts fics and maybe get a start on [livejournal.com profile] trovia's fic again while those Hawkeye fics percolate in the back of my brain. Have fun, y'all!
scribblemyname: (cassidy freeman)
Something new...

Whispers: Chapter 16. Exchange
Remy sits at the front of a room full of preteens, wondering briefly to himself how in the world he ended up here of all places, teaching of all things. "Can anyone tell me where Tunisia is?" he asks aloud.
Fandom: X-Men Movieverse | Pairing: Remy/Rogue

Token: Chapter 5. Still
Rogue could hear them all from in her bedroom while trying to study, and she was still feeling restless from the lack of word. That swamp rat did his level best to keep her in the dark about just how much could and did go on with his adopted family, but she hadn't been part of the Brotherhood, raised by Mystique for crying out loud, for nothing. She knew perfectly well that Gambit might be in over his head and in very real danger.
Fandom: X-Men Evolution | Pairing: Remy/Rogue


Something finally crossposted...

Apocalypse
Apocalypse, the lifting of the veil. Michael Britten is not the only one who can understand.
Fandom: Awake | Characters: Michael, Hannah, Bird

The Ones Who Choose
Who is family? Natasha Romanova surprised herself by moving in to the Stark Tower and making her suite her own. Tony Stark surprises her by commenting on it.
Fandom: Avengers Movieverse | Characters: Black Widow, Tony Stark

Girls that Go Bump in the Mind
No one realized just how deep the animosity between telepaths went until sweet, self-sacrificing, foolish Scott Summers offered to help Emma Frost with her homework—and she brought her study partner, Jean Grey, along for the ride.
Fandom: X-Men Evolution | Characters: Jean, Scott, Emma
scribblemyname: (rant: burn)

Title: First Fig

Fandom: X-Men Movieverse

Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] arliddian, the improbability of forever.

Credits: "First Fig" was written by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Summary: Jews did not believe in the immortality of the soul, or at least not that the dead could love. Kitty did not believe in the immortality of fire.


"I mean, you can't love somebody forever," Jubilee was nattering on about Bobby's amorous (and ill-received) declaration to Rogue. "You can love them 'til the end, sure, but..."

Kitty frowned and shifted moodily, thoughts darkening and slithering away from her friend's words toward her own murky history. Could you love somebody for forever? She thought to herself bitterly, he couldn't even love her for two months.

Six weeks of headiness, hands touching her, tracing her hips, her shoulder, her lips. Dark corners on dark nights. They'd gone from a shared book of poetry in the library (hands meeting on the same book, glares, then reticent compromise) to reading all manner of literature to each other in their rooms. Kitty would never have guessed John had a serious streak and a creative genius to go with it. She never would have guessed she would find herself phasing soundlessly and unnoticed into his room just for the opportunity to hear his voice as he read, see his dark eyes smolder as he listened, then hear his soft, dark laugh, taste the bittersweet flavor of him when it became more than just words and fire between them.

Six weeks and his eyes darkened, his face closed, lighter crackling with tension. He was drawing away and the sweet faded into bitter.

"John," she would whisper when he was within her, stroke his hair, try to hold on. "Please." Soft murmurs against the darkness inside him.

He leaned down, gripped her harder, fingers stroking her hips, and kissed her. She was undone. Soft cries, arching uncontrollably. In, out, that breathless rhythm.

In the aftermath, she watched helplessly as flames danced within his palm, light flickering across his face, him lost in a world she could not see.

Kitty was no masochist. She knew when she had lost him and did not seek him out again after Alkali Lake. She cried in his room on his bed, remembering—first fig, first fig—then sobered up and moved on.

"Who cares?" Kitty suddenly demanded testily of Jubilee. "Who f—ing cares?" The words tasted dark but satisfying, like bitter chocolate, drunk with the lost sugar of six achingly beautiful weeks and the spicy aftertaste of pain.

Jubilee stared at her.

Kitty ignored her, stared fiercely at the well-worn book of poetry in her hand, scribbled-in, ink-spattered, and stained with ash. John's book.

Jews did not believe in the immortality of the soul, or at least not that the dead could love. Kitty did not believe in the immortality of fire. Ever-shifting, ever-changing.

But ah, my foes and oh, my friends—

It gives a lovely light.

scribblemyname: (awake)
Reaction Shots: Red

Fandom: Awake
Author's Note: for [livejournal.com profile] lithiumlaughter
Title: The Bridge
Summary: Hannah didn't want to know. She was completely cut off from it, and it hurt too terribly much.

Hannah didn't really know what to believe. Maybe Michael really did somehow magically cross that barrier from one world into another where their son still lived.

But.

She didn't want to know. She couldn't stand to know, because she was completely cut off from it, and it hurt too terribly much.

She wondered sometimes why Michael was so much stronger, but he was the one who got to hold Rex and tell him he loved him one last time. "You're the last part of Rex I have," she'd told him. If she was ever brave enough to use that bridge again.

Tell him I love him.

I will.






Title: Orphan
Summary: Emma didn't even have the benefit of the normal warning signs.

Emma didn't even have the benefit of the normal warning signs. She figured it out after she went more than two months without a period.

Oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man, oh—

Outwardly, she was calm. That's how she was taught to be, and she saw no reason to change that now. She just had to tell her parents and think this through and write a letter of complaint to the manufacturer of her favored birth control.

—man. The man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with is dead. He's gone, and I'm—

She could do this. She could be strong and raise a child by herself. Mothers did it all the time, and so many of those kids turned out great. So many widows or divorcees who did just fine.

pregnant.

Emma laid her head on her hands and cried.

scribblemyname: (fiction: coup)
So...

Suitably Arrayed
Shadowcat | Pyro ~ X-Men: Movieverse
for [livejournal.com profile] arliddian
Finding the right attire for a date with Pyro is not as easy as it ought to be.

Awake
Rogue | Bobby ~ X-Men: Movieverse
for [livejournal.com profile] whipsy
Bobby was her husband. Her husband. She should want to see him, hold him in her arms again, hear his quiet laughter, see the love shining in his eyes.

10 Questions You'd Never Guess the Answer To
Olivier LeBeau ~ X-Men: Movieverse
Olivier's answers on a school assignment about his parents, Rogue and Gambit, are just a wee surprising.

"The Boys of Summers Have Gone"
Scott | Alex | Xavier ~ X-Men: Movieverse
for [livejournal.com profile] xenokattz
Can't kill a Summers. "Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win."

In Search of the Perfect Cupcake
Pyro | Shadowcat ~ X-Men: Movieverse
for [livejournal.com profile] arliddian
St. John Allerdyce was certainly no cook, but even he knew the simple, innocent cupcake was a weapon of mass destruction of digestion and appetites in the hands of his petite, enthusiastic lady love.

Safe
Rogue | Gambit ~ X-Men: Evolution
for [livejournal.com profile] whipsy
Logan shook his head. "If you two can't compromise, find some other way to meet in the middle before you tear each other apart."

Tears
Four/Tobias ~ Divergent Trilogy
We are trained to remember. We are trained to forget.

Nightfall
Pyro | Shadowcat ~ X-Men: Movieverse
for [livejournal.com profile] arliddian
Who ever thought we'd come to this? Shadowcat and Pyro find refuge in a post-Cure world.
scribblemyname: (fiction: coup)
From [livejournal.com profile] likeadeuce:

Give me one of my stories, and a timestamp sometime in the future (after the end of the story), or sometime in the past (before the story started), and I'll write you at least a hundred words of what happened then, whether it's five minutes before the story started or ten years in the future.

scribblemyname: (storm: the goddess)
Gacked from Queen Katt "[livejournal.com profile] xenokattz":

So, flist, if you also need a way to pass the day, give me fic/art prompts! Rules are
1) They must have an Avengers X-Men character (or two, or ten).
1.a) But feel free to include any other character from any other fandom you think I may be familiar with.
2) A line, 5 words or more, from any book/magazine/comic/pamphlet/newspaper/etc within reach of your left hand.
3) Food least likely to double as a weapon.
scribblemyname: (rogue/gambit: trust)
So, I've been meming over at [livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue's and [livejournal.com profile] xenokattz's journals and this twosome appeared (and suggest to me that there ought to be more :headdesk: ). Hope you like.

1. True Love's First Kiss
2. Objection

He'd met the girl three months ago in the Thieves Guild's favorite meeting place, a local club that all of New Orleans that knew such things knew belonged to a retired Thief. She'd been looking for a change of pace, she said, getting over the Cure gone wrong, not that she ever told anybody what her mutation was.
scribblemyname: (Erik)
Title: Because of What Used to Be
Fandom: X-Men Movieverse
Author's Notes: for [livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue - Hope you like.
Summary: Erik had tried once before to lay down the path of the sword, but he could not. Because of what used to be.


"Why don't you go for it?" Raven asked Erik curiously.

Read more... )
scribblemyname: (rogue/gambit: stare)

Title: Right Here, Right Now
Fandom: X-Men Movieverse
Author's Notes: for whipsy
Summary: All they had was now.



They didn't talk about his past. Read more... )

scribblemyname: (be something fluffy: sibling!Xaviers)
Title: It was Bound to Happen
Fandom: X-Men Movieverse
Author's Notes: for [livejournal.com profile] whipsy - Not a romance, but fun nevertheless.
Summary: Raven, Charles, and Emma crash the adult-only dinner party downstairs.


Two rich kids ignored utterly by their rich parents with the same sense of entitlement and the same level of skill at the same exact mutation were bound to either love or hate each other almost upon sight. Read more... )
scribblemyname: (rogue/gambit: diable)
Title: Hearts in a Crossroad
Fandom: X-Men Comicverse
Author's Notes: for ruroca57 - Hope this hits that sweet spot!
Summary: Some things are worth going back for. Rogue/Gambit, Rogue/Magneto


A ringing cellphone woke her. Her cellphone. Rogue groaned and wriggled her fingers out from under the covers and her bedmate's arm and reached for the phone, turning her whole body toward it.

Read more... )
scribblemyname: (kitty/pyro: burn)
Title: Snakes and Ladders
Fandom: X-Men Movieverse
Author's Notes: for [livejournal.com profile] arliddian.
Summary: They never could meet in the middle. Kitty/Pyro


She hit him and he hit her and they never managed to come down in the middle.Read more... )
scribblemyname: (Erik)
Title: The More Things Change
Fandom: X-Men Movieverse
Author's Notes: for [livejournal.com profile] trovia - not as well done as I'd like, but here it is.
Summary: Some things never change. Erik + Logan


1


Driving toward the coordinates Hank had pulled from Cerebro, Erik found himself wondering at the position he found himself in.

Read more... )
scribblemyname: (Christmas Tidings)
From [livejournal.com profile] whipsy:

HOLIDAY FIC REQUESTS


Comment with: a day, a fandom, a character/pairing, and a prompt that serves as a title (because we all know that this is the hardest part!) and I will write at least 300 words for you, to be posted on the day you claimed. You may also pick a WIP fic you want me to update. Any fandom/pairing that I am familiar with is fair game, but I do reserve the right to ask you to choose another prompt if you leave something I feel uncomfortable writing, or if it is a fandom I haven't been into in a while.

P.S. You can request more than one. I seriously doubt this thing will fill up. If no fandom stated, I will probably substitute original fiction or an X-'verse.Also, these will probably be more than 300 words. Y'all know how I roll.

Holiday Fic )
scribblemyname: (awake: sleeping tiger)
Fandom: X-Men Movieverse
Title: To Be Wild
Summary: What are sisters for? Ravenfic
Length: ~200
Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] starsparkle333 | Give me an inch / I promise I'll take a mile / Danger is beauty / I'll face it with a smile / / I'm on a mission / With no restrictions / Don't second guess myself / I'm born to be wild

danger is beauty


Read more... )
scribblemyname: (rogue/gambit: diable)
Title: Pretending
Summary: So what if Ah want ta pretend Ah can keep him? So what? Rogue/Gambit angsty one-shot
A/N: Blame this on [livejournal.com profile] whipsy. I wasn't expecting something this ouch. Sequel to Lonely.



Dance first.  Think later.  It's the natural order.
~ Samuel Beckett ~


Shut up, Samuel. Ah nevah asked your opinion.

But, girl, that's exactly what you've been doing.

Rogue tried to shrug it off and laid her head on Remy's shoulder. His hands tightened in response, and it felt so good. Dance first. Think later. They'd been dancing for weeks now, and there was a part of her that was starting to wonder if she ought to be thinking.

Of course, voices in her head aside, that part of her had an external face and grumpy attitude, and his name was Logan.

Darlin', I understand you're hurting and you're lonely, but you're playing with a man as lonely as you are. And when two lonely people forget the reason why they are, bad things usually happen.

Bad things like adultery, divorce, being the very kind of bad girl her mother always warned her not to be.

"Y' doin' okay?" Remy asked her quietly.

She nodded, held on a little tighter.

So what if Ah want ta pretend Ah can keep him? So what?

Bobby had been in a coma for years from the unexpected return of her powers. Belladonna had not even seen Remy for longer. Who really cared if they were both married?

Rogue cared. Somewhere. Somewhere where she wasn't pretending.

"Just keep dancin', sugah," she whispered, like a sigh.

She was grateful that Remy said nothing, just pretended he believed her and held her close.
scribblemyname: (raven/erik: texture)
Cheering myself up. Here goes...


Story: Troika
Story Arc: Twisted
Summary: They wanted the same things. Erik/Raven/Charles drabble
Prompt: heat from [livejournal.com profile] firstclass100:

Read more... )


Story: The World in His Mind
Summary: Found, I didn't know you were lost. Charles + Raven, Charles + Erik
Prompt: lost and found from [livejournal.com profile] 100wordstories

Read more... )


Story Title: Shades in Blue
Chapter Title: 8. Promiscuity
Story Summary: Shades of meaning and moments of significance between Erik and Raven. A series of drabbles.

Read more... )



So much for no angst. :rolls eyes:
scribblemyname: (cassidy freeman)
but I prompted, so here goes:

from [livejournal.com profile] arliddian:

The first five people to comment get to post a prompt that I will use to write a fic. In return, they post this challenge into their journal and write fics for whoever responds, no matter the level of experience or ability.

Feel free to get creative with my fandoms or pairings. Just no slash please.

1. X-Men Movieverse - Rogue/Gambit - dancing | [livejournal.com profile] whipsy
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