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NaNo - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
The original story I'm trying to think of is unraveling in my head as fast as I think of it. I know where it starts--with a girl on a bus--and I know where it ends, but I think I need more than the few weeks before NaNo to really get it going.

And anyway, NaNo is just for having fun writing, right? Cut loose and screw the quality level. So I was thinking that, in the process of weaning myself off fanfic to write some original stuff, I'd follow the Maze theory of "the only way out is in"--I'll write fanfic from fanfic. Yes, either a Fifi LaFolle or a Jim Wolf (James and Teddy) goofy, brainless, over-the-top nonsense, with no canon characters, but not really extricable yet from the main line.

Either that, or I could just get serious about this whole "writing professionally" thing, and write my original story, despite it not being ready.

So... what should I do?

Stop dawdling and do your original piece, already.
Do a Jim Wolf and post it here
Do a Fifi LaFolle and post it here
Do a Fifi or Jim and don't post it, hoping that it will take on a life of its own
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milaya36 From: milaya36 Date: October 13th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the "the only way out is in" theory; although I'm not a writer, fanfic or otherwise, I feel like it would make the approach to original works less daunting, perhaps?

Also, through pure selfishness, I really want to see your take on a "traditional" romance novel!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I might try one, one way or the other, just as a "genre test."
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: October 13th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm voting for the Fifi/Jim unposted option, because I think you can do it and if you're already doubting the original fic, go with the free-flying, seat of your pants novel.

I'd love to see a FiFi or Jim novel. I'll be glad to beta read it for you.
izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: October 14th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm with kizmet, here. Fluff with potential, yes! :-)
hungrytiger11 From: hungrytiger11 Date: October 14th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I really am intrugied by the girl on the bus, personally. I mean, I know we won't get to see it. But I think it sounds cute. But if you do go the Fifi or Jim Wolf route, I think we'd all be interested in seeing it.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm intrigued by her, too. I know her name, I know what she looks like, and I know she's coming west. Alas, that's all.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: October 14th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
What about doing something similar to Fifi's version of Remus and Dora's story--except not quite as romance-novel-ish, while retaining the ending we all want? You could create a new plot and change the names, as Fifi would most likely do anyway. Your Ted and Andi from Shifts aren't quite like JKR's Ted and 'dromeda, either (I always prefered Andi). Or what about Elizabeth, who got un-cannon-ed?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
The problem with even doing the canon-balled stories is that they're tied into the magical setting of the Potterverse, in specifics as much as generalities. An Elizabeth who wasn't a Ravenclaw and didn't deal with the Ministry of Magic isn't Elizabeth, so she doesn't have any mental advantage of knowing the story over a non fanfic character. Kinda sucks. ;p
miss_polyhymnia From: miss_polyhymnia Date: October 14th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Good for you if you can get your original fic going--but the selfish part of me would [i]love[/i] to see your take of Fifi LaFolle. I don't know what I would do if you quit writing fic entirely...I need a semi-regular dose of your writing!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
And I've gotten hooked on the insta-feedback, so... ;p

A part of me would love to try a Fifi novel. I've written enough plot outlines of them, I feel like I've read them!
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 14th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I want to be able to say, "write the original story," and I'm sure I would love it. But... Fifi LaFolle? There is just no way I can turn down the chance to read one of her novels.

Sorry I can't vote in the real poll (someday I'll get off my butt and join LJ, just not yet).

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
If I write as Fifi, I'll have to get a crazy pink feathered hat or something to write in...
gypsy_thief From: gypsy_thief Date: October 14th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I voted: "Stop dawdling and do your original piece, already."


"Do a Fifi or Jim and don't post it, hoping that it will take on a life of its own" comes in a close second.

A Fifi novel could be different enough that it wouldn't infringe on copyrights, though I would prefer a James Potter novel, which most likely would.

That said, take your talent, dive in, do it. Write that original. It's what Rowling did.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
That's what I keep telling myself. Then freaking myself out with the concept of the thing. My brain starts conjuring sure beliefs that I'm just stealing from everyone in sight, and when I finish, I'll be revealed to the world as a hack without an original thought in her head.

Fear of the blank screen. Always a good excuse not to start, right?
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marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: October 14th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I voted Fifi, but I'd be okay with Jim. Although really, I am a huge advocate of anything you want to write, and if it ends up being publishable that would be hugely awesome. Just... if you don't think your original fic is quite ready to dive in yet, then trying to start it too early could be discouraging. I don't know. What I do know is, I will be happy to read whatever you end up posting, whether it's a full silly fic or tantalizing tidbits and angsty progress reports. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I may have to convince myself that I'm really writing a Jim Wolf novel, but not one of the Marauder novels. Something entirely different they've cooked up. Jedi mind trick, baby. ;p
satakieli From: satakieli Date: October 14th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Such a personal decision; I don't feel qualified to vote, even given your license to completely ignore the results.
Good luck with the question-wrestling.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. And yes, I'm likely to ignore the results if I happen to get a brilliant idea on any of them that I just can't resist writing.
i_autumnheart From: i_autumnheart Date: October 14th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd love to see the Jim or Fifi works, but you definitely drop them in favour of the original piece if you find that plot starting to work itself out.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
That's probably how it will go. If I get a handle on the bus-girl story, I'll run with it. But if I don't have an epiphany before November 1, I'll do whichever of Fifi and Jim seems more fun.
kagehikario From: kagehikario Date: October 14th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I voted for the last one, but I want to add a qualifier:
I don't think you should post it, in the way you post teddy, because you deserve, as an author, to keep ownership of your so very original work until you feel it is ready to share. I think it would be great if you let it mull around in your own mind as you wrote it, and you kept the freedom to manipulate, edit, and rework at your leisure until completion. I adore your serial Teddy fics, it's a wonderful format, but I recognize that you surrender some artistic control by locking yourself in at each instalment.

That said, I would LOVE to see your nano when it is done. But, I think, to develop as an author, it might be healthier to keep it offline during production to maximize your freedoms.

(And I would really really really adore a Jim Wolf XD)

Oh, and your original; do it, please, do it! But don't rush it. Anything so wonderful as to be given root in your mind deserves a proper treatment, and that means all the time it needs.

Adore your work ^_^
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm definitely not going to post original stuff. I only do that after I've decided that it's beyond redemption!

You're right about the "locking in." There are plenty of things that I'll get to and think, "Sheesh, I shouldn't have brought that up! Now I have to do something about it!"
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: October 14th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I am personally of the opinion that Nanoing a deep story isn't a good idea. The point of Nano is to spew out as many words as you can possible. Its not for fine, insightful writing. Something you want to get published WOULD be for that intent and purpose. So... ya, I really don't think its a good idea to Nano a story you've wanted to work on for awhile.

And that said, I would uberly LOVE to read a Fifi LaFolle by you :D. But that's just me.... tee hee :).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a good point. And a part of me would like to do something silly like a Fifi novel just to make writing fun.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: October 14th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
People who progress to original stuff have to make a clean, complete break from fanfic.

Therefore, I vote for anything that involves James.
lilacsigil From: lilacsigil Date: October 14th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I voted for "original piece", not because you should "stop dawdling", but because I had so much fun writing an original story last year.
amamama From: amamama Date: October 14th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC) (Link)
What's to say a Fifi LaFolle or Jim Wolf story won't be an original? And what's wrong with having fun? When you're having fun, when you find great joy in what you're doing, that's when you're in alignment with who you are, isn't it? Your take on Potterverse is fairly original already, you're extrapolating so much on stuff that Rowling only mentions, I don't think it would be hard for you to take a small step away from anything WB could say is an infringement. Magic has been a part of stories and fairytales since time immemorial. It's not something JKR thought up. And all literature draws on previous thoughts entered into the big pool called our collective unconscious. Even though it might be possible to tell you've been inspired by other authors, that's not to say your work isn't original! Is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory less of a story, even though the factory is eerily reminiscent of the place that Moomin came to with his mum in the very first Moomin story, that Tove Jansson wrote in '39? Dahl's story was written in '64. And Jansson says she's been visibly inspired by other authors (but I don't remember who), so probably there were other books with a sugar land like Willy Wonka's before. What I mean to say is that it's all right to be inspired by others - everybody are. And taking that small step needed to make your work stand on its own two feet really shouldn't be that hard. you ARE good enough.
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