Writer Workshop July 6th, 2016

(Posted by chris the cynic)

Those of you who also frequent Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings will find this somewhat familiar.  Here, as there, it was requested that there be a regular post to talk about writing projects (and other artwork-creation). Thus this post exists.

Pencil by Elisa Xyz

What are you working on? How are you feeling about it? What thoughts and/or snippets would you like to share? How does your activism work into your art? What tropes are you hoping to employ and/or avoid? Are there any questions you’d like to ask or frustrations you’d like to vent?  Writing workshop below!

3 thoughts on “Writer Workshop July 6th, 2016

  1. alexseanchai July 6, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Forward motion on my Spoon Knife Anthology 2 planned submission and, separately, a Harry Potter AU I’ve been pondering for months! Woot woot!

  2. depizan July 6, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I’ve written a couple of ficlets, instead of the longer (horrible) fic that I’m meant to be working on. But writing is better than not writing!

    One of the ficlets got me thinking about how hard it is to portray competence when a character is doing stuff outside of their best training/skillset/however you want to put that. Also that competence and violence are really linked in action/adventure stories. (Or maybe that’s just me.) A character opting to run rather than fight “feels” less competent than one who fights, even if there’s actually no in-story reason for them to opt to fight. (Or even good in-story reasons for them to opt for running.)

    I’d noticed in writing a previous fic that having characters plausibly talk their way out of a situation seemed harder than having them fight their way out. Again, I can’t tell if it’s just me, but it’s like it’s easier to believe violence. Of course the action hero can slip out of their bonds and take out a room full of enemies. Or take them out while still tied up. But talking? The audience is going to need more convincing for that to fly.

    As far as the horrible fic goes, I’m struggling with a scene where I want the audience to possibly notice that a character is acting just a little off while still having it be plausible that the other character in the scene doesn’t realize something’s wrong. I just need to work in somehow that she always gets a little extra weird around their employers (they work for the evil empire – him directly, her as a mercenary), which is why he fails to pick up on it. But trying to convey that without just flat out saying it is…not going so well. (Granted, as this is fanfic and her getting extra weird in Imperial space seems to be canon, I may not need to worry about it.)

    And I’m still waffling about where to stage the heroic rescue. I mean, this is a franchise where canon plausibility levels are not super high, but still… It doesn’t help that the choices are: capital planet of the evil empire (most likely the HQ of their intelligence agency – who are decidedly competent), desert planet that’s home to the academy for powerful evil people (who might – or might not – notice rescuers skulking about), or some place I completely make up. *sigh*

    The head rescuer is terrified of the powerful evil people, which makes that planet very appealing (because writers are evil), but I don’t know if I can make it plausible. Then again, this is a universe of innumerable poorly thought out superweapons that tend to be defeated by plucky bands of misfits. IDK.

  3. depizan July 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm


    Yay, forward motion! *\o/*

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