mizzmarvel: (medusa - art by ryuloulou @ deviantart)
With any luck, by the end of the night I'll have written my last hair magazine story EVER. \o/ And I say 'with any luck' because I think I might actually be a little sick, due to major tummy problems, and I pretty much just want to go to sleep right now. This might not sound any different than usual, but I assure you, it is.

Moving on. I stole this from [livejournal.com profile] traincat:

1.) Give me a pairing.
2.) Give me an AU setting.
3.) I will write you a three-sentence fic.
mizzmarvel: (story - becs1024)
Today I read a YA book where three or four really tragic, traumatic things happen to the heroine. It was well written and all, but I think authors really need to be careful that their angst doesn't cross the line into ludicrous.

I mean, in this book, any one of the traumas was more than enough to carry the plot of a whole book. Instead, they were all shoved in there together, to the point that at least one of the plots was left with a million dangling loose ends; I kind of wonder if this means that the author's planning a sequel. In any case, I won't be reading it, because I'm not interested in finding out how many more horrible things will happen to this twelve-year-old. The result is overwhelming, and while the book is supposed to be about the triumph of hope or something, I don't really see it. If I were this kid, I'd have thrown myself off a cliff by the end.

I've read before that writers torture the characters they love most, and I've certainly been guilty of the "and here's one more overwrought melodramatic thing in the backstory" too. But when it comes to writing, I also think that it's sometimes a good idea to consider Chanel's fashion advice -- "When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on."

unwritten

Apr. 18th, 2011 10:42 pm
mizzmarvel: (namora is golden age gorgeous)
I'm interested enough in an idea I have for a YA novel that I'm actually going to do research for it. This is the furthest I've ever gone in the process of writing an original novel; I wish I'd come up with it closer to NaNoWriMo, for convenience's sake.

The problem with me isn't the quality of my writing -- it's not perfect, but it's usually pretty strong. It's that I'm a lazy writer. And when you're lazy, the strength of your writing is a moot point.
mizzmarvel: (christmas ducks - iconzicons)
Tonight is a Yuletide-writing night. I'm completely done writing more than half of it; one part will need some extensive editing, I think, but the jist is down, and I need to write one more section. But still! Progress, she is being made.

One part was incredibly hard to get how I wanted it, but once I managed to get on the right track, it came out perfectly. It felt exactly as if I had just gone through a breech birth and was now exhaustedly looking down at my healthy newborn. Because clearly I have gone through that and know what it's like. Yep.

In short, writing is hard and I fully expect a parade when this is done.

Speaking of writing, [livejournal.com profile] poisonivory and I kind of bantered with this dude at the comic book store today, and after a few minutes of trying to place where I recognized him from, realized that he was a Marvel writer and I'd met him at a signing once. And after a fact, I deeply regretted not being like, "TELL YOUR BOSS TO GIVE ONE JOB TO ME AND A HUNDRED EXTRAS TO GIVE OUT TO ALL MY FRIENDS. This isn't being pushy, right?"
mizzmarvel: (namora is golden age gorgeous)
As seen all over my flist:

I think it would be fun to talk about stories, but the usual memes are like, "What happens next?" "Tell me about Character A?" Which isn't so much talking about stories as it is writing more of a story. But you know how sometimes you read something and you're like, "I got ___ out of this story, I wonder if that right?" or "What on earth was ____ supposed to be?" and it's too awkward to ask the author? Now you could totally ask!

I've heard people say that writing is hard because you have to make decisions, but we never really talk about the decisions we make with stories or why we make them. We talk about plot bunnies, but not about how we actually turn them into a story.

And it seems like a lot more fun to do that than to do working.

So, if you wanted, ask me questions! Or ask your flist to ask you questions.

What were you trying to do [here]? Why did you decide to ____? This is what I thought about xyz, is that what you were going for? What made you write ____? And so on.
mizzmarvel: (sign in need of copy-editing)
My grandpa's obituary. There's a typo in it -- it describes my uncle as a "bother-in-law."

And now I just went to look at a copy of my dad's obit (which I wrote) for an example of a flawless, pristine obit, and I realized there was a typo in that one too! Not only am I embarrassed in retrospect, I'm stunned that apparently people aren't proofing obituaries before they run. Do newspapers think this is the time when survivors are going to be in their right minds and ultra-vigilent about spelling things correctly?

Seriously, newspapers and online legacy websites. You can pay me to do this job -- I actually like reading obituaries. I promise I'm more vigilant when it's not my family member getting written up.
mizzmarvel: (tortoise wins and don't you forget it)
I hate the pressure to write quickly. I don't think I produce my best work in that sort of environment. I just want to let the words come to me naturally as I stare off into space, as I fiddle with the ends of my hair, as I doze in and out of semi-dreams.

Bill Finger was a notoriously slow writer, but he still co-created Batman. (Uncredited, of course.)
mizzmarvel: (tortoise wins and don't you forget it)
Writing goals for March:

1. Chapter of Blue
2. Ongoing fic of a duckish nature with [livejournal.com profile] poisonivory
3. DVD commentary for one of my older fics

Of course, this just means I'm in a writer-y mood right now. Immediately before bedtime. Because these moments of optimistic inspiration always come at really inopportune times. Tomorrow, who knows how I'll feel?

whuh?

Nov. 13th, 2009 12:00 am
mizzmarvel: (namora is golden age gorgeous)
I may have accidentally signed up for Yuletide. I, for one, am shocked.

Letter to my writer coming tomorrow.
mizzmarvel: (tim has identity issues - lyssiebaby)
Here's something I hate -- semi-autobiographical novels. Like, they totally gross me out, but only when I figure it out on my own, or when the fact that it's based on real life is dropped part of the way through or in the author's note or something. If I know it's based on the author's life going in, I'm totally cool with that.

Because, usually? I feel like it's done pretty poorly. Not always, of course, but I feel like if some of the real-life facts are wedged in there so carelessly that I can pick them out, the author has made a major stumble; just weave it into the story a little better, dude/dudette. And it takes me out of the reality of the book, of the story at hand. For a while, maybe no more than a moment, I'm reminded that what I'm experiencing as a reader is not real, and it can be jarring and depressing.

Moreover, there are some things I just don't want to know about the author. I remember reading Anne Rice's Violin and being really grossed out by some of the stuff characters clearly based on herself, her husband and other family members were doing. Though it was fictional, from then on I always wondered whether I should hate these real life people. It kind of slowly killed my adolescent love for her books.

In short: no sir, I don't like it.

This post is pretty much brought to you by the YA book I just read where all the interesting plots were totally dropped, leaving the story without a climax or even a clear point. And at the end, the narrator is like, "So I'm writing this book called [TITLE OF THAT SAME BOOK]," which of course may indicate autobiographical elements or just be something the author misguidedly thought was clever. Even still, I was all, "AUGH HOW COULD I HATE THIS ANY MORE." The answer: it would be very hard for me to hate this any more. And I actually kind of liked it until the end.
mizzmarvel: (freddy doesn't have much head)
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A malevolent elephant.

Also, stolen from various flisters:

1.) Comment with any character you know I've written.
2.) Receive three bits of trivia about their sexuality: practices, preferences, experiences, fantasies, kinks, etc.
3.) Profit!


Also also, to do this weekend:
Cut for probably boring )
mizzmarvel: (namora is golden age gorgeous)
Hm, I seem to be getting a lot of fanfiction.net reviews lately, which is weird considering I only post chapters of Blue there now (and we all know how often that is). A lot of them are for my old X-Men: Evolution fics, most of which were written in high school, which means I'm no longer capable of reading them. Augh. Still, I have a soft spot for them, since they were the first real fics I ever wrote.

(Seriously, I was a Pietro/Rogue shipper. What. Though my huge chapter fic I never finished was going to be Piotr/Rogue...with Pietro/Rogue undertones. Ah, my Rogue-centric youth.)

I'm also getting a lot of Blue reviews. The new chapter is in progress, but unfinished. I know many writers do outlines and plan their stories in a detailed, organized fashion; I wish I worked that way, because it seems like it'd get the ball rolling a lot faster. When I write, I more often than not just let my mind wander for a while and see what happens. I tend to start the story off with a few lines I like and then build the entire plot from there. Sometimes this is successful, sometimes not.

With Blue, I start each chapter with several goals in mind and work through it with the mindset of connecting the dots. I work from Goal One to Goal Two to Goal Three. In the in-progress chapter, I'm on the road to Goal One. Who knows how the scene's going to turn out, but my goals are set in stone, and they're what'll carry me through to the next chapter.

It's not very organized, and in the past I've really written myself into corners by working this way. But I try very hard to always be conscious of characterization, things I want to foreshadow, and so forth. I don't like to give a lot of plans away (though I pretty much spilled all to [livejournal.com profile] poisonivory this weekend -- if I die tragically young without finishing the story, she can give you the scoop), but since I get a lot of reviews that chide me for my harsh characterization of Richard (Jeff's stepdad), I'll say this: Jeff's not always the most reliable narrator.
mizzmarvel: (tortoise wins and don't you forget it)
What I did this weekend:

1. Laundry
2. Exercised
3. Watched Netflix movie (The Breakfast Club)
4. Read a lot
5. Slept a lot

What I did not do:

1. Write fic

I need to amend this habit.
mizzmarvel: (namora is golden age gorgeous)
When I was in high school, I actually used to write quite a bit, which is interesting considering that I currently spend more time staring blankly into space than writing fiction of any sort. But back in the day, I was actually capable of writing, like, novellas, which is sadly unimpressive.

But unlike a lot of teenage girls, I think, I didn't write Mary Sues...mostly. My heroines were definitely self-inserts, and had a definite sense of wish fulfillment, but...hmmm. Well, they had a definite theme? Here are some samples:

1. Luna is an average teenage girl with a prettier, better-liked older sister. She meets this hot older man at her aunt's mental home funeral; he seems very interested in her for no particular reason. It turns out he is a VAMPIRE who has been stalking her family for years for some reason? And he makes her a vampire too because he loves her (why -- no idea)? And everything is great and they have lots of sex until her brother-in-law kills her. The end. (P.S. Her sister's name is Phoebe. I WAS A GENIUS.)

2. Spider is an average teenage girl (BEST NAME EVER, Y/Y?) with a prettier, better-liked older sister (I think she was named Sunshine). She meets a hot teenage boy who is only somewhat older(-looking) than her. For some reason he has dinner at her house and Sunshine and their parents are all, "Clearly he is here to court Sunshine!" but he ends up telling them all off and making Spider look at him with heart eyes. In private, he then tells her that he loves her (for no apparent reason) and he makes her into a VAMPIRE (surprise!) and they run away together.

..but that's not all! Nine months later, Spider has a baby and apparently this is mega-awesome special because how can two dead people have a living child? So they NAME THE CHILD 'LIFE' --yes-- and then leave him on the doorstep of her parents' house and that's how it ends. The end.

3. Arella is a princess of undetermined age who has a sister -- younger this time, and named Atara -- who is prettier, wittier, and much more beloved than her, so Arella is locked in her tower most of the time. (Did I mention this was a fantasy?) One day a dragon -- that's right -- comes by and is all, "Fuck y'all, you killed my peeps! King, give me your daughter and maybe I won't kill everyone." So the court is all, "O NOES NOT OUR BELOVED ATARA," until it dawns on the king that he has two daughter, and one is uglier. Yay!

So he hands over Arella, and she flies on the dragon's back all the way to the mountains, where it turns out that he's not just a dragon, he's a dragon-shifter, and oh, while you're at it, why don't you call him King Dragon-Shifter? And he's really hot and wants to repopulate the dragon race, so why don't they have lots of sex? Oh, and he loves her for no apparent reason. The end.

So clearly, the trend is that my plots were SO AWESOME. But seriously, we have a plain, not particularly talented, socially awkward girl with a weird name who is swept off her feet by an out-of-her-league hottie who is totally into her for some inexplicable reason. That sounds eerily familiar somehow. The only thing I can't explain is the more perfect sister -- I don't have a sister, and my brothers certainly don't fit this bill.
mizzmarvel: (blue fic)
I wrote a scene of Blue yesterday, and now things are really starting to percolate for the coming chapter.

And I was just going to post about how I always have two or three goals for a chapter, and that one of my major concerns in writing it is how to plausibly connect the dots between those goals. And how for this chapter, I had no idea how to make my way to the first goal without it being really abrupt and it was freaking me out a little, but then the solution CAME TO ME AS IF IN A VISION (well, literally, considering I envisioned it), so that's no longer a problem.

What is a problem is that now I really want to write, only it's past midnight and I have this thing called "work" to go to in the morning. DDDD: CURSE YOU, LATE NIGHT VISIONS.
mizzmarvel: (tortoise wins and don't you forget it)
I've actually felt like writing fic lately. Why? Because I was super-busy at work the last few days. I only ever feel like I want to write fiction when I have a trillion other things to do, I think.

Maybe I'll give it a shot this weekend, though. Ehhhhh.

It's probably a bad sign that I'm too lazy to go to sleep, though.

block

Jan. 9th, 2009 09:09 pm
mizzmarvel: (namora is golden age gorgeous)
I was going to try to do the 10 words meme, but I took a painful, prolonged trip to Target, Daffy's, DSW, Old Navy, and Marshall's (they're all in the same facility), so I ended up tired and even more lazy than usual when I got back, and blah. Maybe tomorrow.

I really need to get back in the habit of writing regularly. I still have ideas, but no drive, and any speed bump gets me completely off track. Currently, part of the problem is definitely that I write at work most days, so by the time I get home it's the last thing I want to do. But it's been an issue for a while. I just can't make myself write.

Anyway. I should probably mention that I leased an apartment and [livejournal.com profile] khirsah is coming to share it. Uh. Tomorrow. I'm good at sharing news!
mizzmarvel: (bd wong i love you - iconzicons)
[Poll #1264566]

ETA: Asking specifically because there's not an option here (other than the last one) that isn't going to necessitate tons of research, and I just don't have the resources to dive into multiple projects at once! And also writing plus me equals GLACIER-LIKE SLOWNESS.

Also, when did I become so interested in deadball era baseball? I have no idea, but I think you're to blame for this, Wikipedia.

Actually, I know exactly how the ideas for each premise came about:

#1 - Um, seeing all these CA desert ghost towns while driving to Arizona my whole life? And also avidly reading a list of ghost towns on Wikipedia. AND. And also Little Nemo In Slumberland. I don't know! The narrator has been in my head for a long time and has evolved a lot.

#2 - WIKIPEDIA SURFING.

#3 - Dick Tracy + Wikipedia. I DON'T KNOW, OKAY.

block

Jul. 23rd, 2008 11:35 pm
mizzmarvel: (namora is golden age gorgeous)
Unemployment wouldn't be as bad if I didn't have this stupid writer's block. I just sit here and sit here, and I've got nothing. I don't even have many new ideas anymore, and I can't bring myself to pick up anything old.

I have plots for three YA novels. I have old fics on my desktop, waiting to be opened. I could be doing new drabbles, But I just feel like there's nothing in me.
mizzmarvel: (tortoise wins and don't you forget it)
Occasionally I need to look at this doodle that [livejournal.com profile] fate_envies_us drew of me when we were in college:

Read more... )

Because I need to. Really. I'm rereading the whole story right now, and ideas for the next chapter are percolating a little, at least. I'm praying for not-suck in regards to actually writing it.

Also, Apparently I look more like my mom than my dad )

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