Well, I, personally, have been stimulated by your words to write a story this morning.
Well, the prologue anyway. So, thanks, everyone in the thread. But we won't talk about this
story here. Anyone interested or with advice or critique, just PM me.
So, that feeling of obligation
. In the trope Writers Suck
, it's descibed how everyone feels like they can
write a story, and "plan" t do so but "don't have the time". A common criticism against tropers is that often "want to have written
a story" rather than "wanting to write it", and that this focus on an end result, a finished product, to the detriment of the process of product-in-making, acts against us and makes any story we try to craft hollow and crumbly. Especially
when writing in collaboration: anyone remember TV Tropes The TV Show
Also, many of us are GM or Fanfic writers, but the rules used for that
type of writing are fairly different from those used to create original fiction. Darths & Droids
would have been a terrific
game, but the Star Wars
prequels are universally reviled as very poor work. Fanfics examine stories and dessicate them, deepening in neglected or badly-lit corners, or rebuilding and reassembling into something entirely new. But that's more akin to playing with legos than with sculpting a new toy out of a wooden log, if you get my drift. You can do amazing
stuff with legos. But, being from standardized built for you beforehand... well, the method has its limits, and doesn't seem to prepare you well for the other sort of from-scratch designing, building and executing. It can also uncomfortably raise the awareness of possible flaws and Unfortunate Implications
. The very cracks in the edifice that you, as a Fanfic writer, have latched on and grown upon and stretched wide, like ivy growing around a tree, hugging it tight to the point of asphyxiation, borrowing its strength and size and making it yours, those cracks, those faults now become your enemies as an original writer, and you see them everywhere, and do not dare
to put one word before the other, do not dare
to walk with pen steps into your story and lose yourself in it: you're afraid of every shadow, especially
Goddamit, remind me never to post in a thread after
having written a story, this is just baroque
. Now I
don't dare read whatever the hell I just wrote.