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Writer's block - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Writer's block
Argh. Brain, meet keyboard. You used to know one another, I think. Just because Tonks relocated to Hogsmeade doesn't mean that you're suddenly strangers. She has to do something all year, and, you know, her job sounds kind of reasonable. So please, re-engage and get moving on a Hogsmeade plot.

Brain, your immediate compliance is strongly requested by management.

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kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: September 18th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now that Arthur is no longer working the Muggle property beat, I think you should have a native Hogmeadian who lurves his muggle play toys, but keeps leaving them around town where the kiddies find them.

I think an alchemist in town would be fun.

Madame Rosmerta will ultimately be required, but it would be good for Tonks to get to know her.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 18th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a good point. It's a chance to explore Hogsmeade beyond what the students would see on a regular outing. And she does know someone who lives there. At the moment, I want to get her on a particular path, but I think I will take some time to explore the village later on.
gabrielladusult From: gabrielladusult Date: September 18th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Brain, your immediate compliance is strongly requested by management.

Let me know if this approach works -- I'll try anything. Good luck.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 18th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's obligingly provided about eight hundred words so far, though they're not the most inspired ones it's ever offered up.
jesspallas From: jesspallas Date: September 18th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I recommend the application of chocolate. It doesn't always stimulate brain compliance with keyboard but it does make the management feel better...;)

In an effort to assist your brain (although my brain is also on a mild strike) - ummm, could she find Narcissa lurking to find out how her son is? Could a series of items (or people) in Hogsmeade mysteriously go missing, creating a mystery for her to solve? Could she start to uncover some of the secrets of her cousin Regulus (although not that secret, obviously)? Or to tie your two plots - could one of Greyback's werewolves follow/attack her because of Remus?

Any help? :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 18th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I actually do have something for her to do. It's an oddball something and I'm a little hesitant about it, but in the end, it will ultimately help with some of what Remus is doing. It's just getting started with it that's making it difficult!!!

Judicious application of chocolate seems like a good idea.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 18th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

from Violet Azure

Chocolate and other forms of bribery are highly recommended, ice-cream being one of them or just chilling out and listening to a CD you haven't heard in a while. Writer's block is never any fun; I think we've been spoiled because you're able to write so quickly and we're a very greedy, demanding audience who wants more of your R/T goodness. If I fail my dissertation defense in November, I'm placing the blame squarely on you because your writing is so addictive and I'd rather read Shades than write my Results section. ;)

As for ideas about Hogsmeade, what about Peter and the werewolves from Shifts coming back? Maybe the werewolves are back with Greyback, but maybe Peter knows that she and Remus worked together. Also, Peter remembers her from when she was a child (The Doll Army), what about building on that? Surely Peter can't be hanging out in Spinner's End all year, maybe Peter does get a dangerous assignment to take her out but he's conflicted because he remembers her as a child. There's no point in him hiding anymore to preserve the illusion that Sirius betrayed James & Lily, Sirius is dead and he's been cleared of all charges, so Peter can "come out" of hiding, so to speak. I really loved how you wrote Peter in "The Doll Army" as well as in "Shifts." You're one of the few authors that does DE Peter any justice.

I write mainly about Hogsmeade and you're welcome to borrow any of the characters or businesses or events I write about. I have a vampire plot in the works as well as a member of the village being a Death Eater who is one of Draco's contacts/sources of information along with an Imperised Rosmerta. The Death Eater character comes up with a *very* nasty way of keeping the other Aurors busy while Harry and Dumbledore head off to investigate the Dark Mark.

Good luck breaking the block and reaquainting Brain with Keyboard!
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