Thursday, May 3, 2012

F stands for Fanfiction

Posted by JM Darhower Thursday, May 03, 2012, under | 3 comments

AKA the real dirty 'F' word

It's only fitting that when I reached the F in the alphabet I blog about fanfiction. It's a controversial topic, a dirty word, something used mockingly by people who just don't "get it".  It's used in such a manner so often that most people who partake in fic, either writing or reading, are too ashamed to admit it for fear of how they'll be judged. I get it... I really do... but I won't hide my feelings. I love fanfiction--always have and always will.

I got introduced to fic at around 14-years-old, back in the late '90s, when boy bands were popular. I wrote a short story titled 'Crypt Keeper' that was a crossover between Tales from the Crypt and the band Nsync (I know, I know, 'real-person fic'... even more controversial. But I was 14, so cut me some slack). It was a horror story mixed with a little humor that won a fic contest (pretty sure I got a t-shirt and a CD out of the deal). After that, there was no turning back for me... I found somewhere where I could interact with people who enjoyed the same things I did while doing the thing I loved most: writing. What's better than that? And the talent in the fic communities is truly amazing. Some of my favorite "authors" have never published a book (and many never will).

I won't get into any of the controversy surrounding fic, because it's been analyzed by many people on many blogs and it never gets anyone anywhere... we all walk away feeling the same as before... but I will say I understand both sides. Pouring blood, sweat, and tears into words, spending countless hours working on stories, makes people protective. I'd never begrudge anti-fic'ers... we're all entitled to our own opinions... but I personally fall on the side that loves fanfiction--writing and reading.

I'll stop babbling now, but I just wanted to share some of my favorites:

 Dusty by YellowBella (Twilight)
She loves him. He loves her crazy. She's a hopeless romantic. He's just hopeless. She's afraid to let go. He won't let her. A story about a silly girl in love with a foolish boy. Here, forever is a lie. TeamBella23 - the realist and YellowGlue - the poet

 These Violent Delights by Magnolia822 (Twilight/Harry Potter)
Draco Malfoy appears in the midst of Edward Cullen's self-imposed exile and turns his world upside down. Both of them have dangerous secrets and everything to lose. HP/Twi Crossover, M for mature content, SLASH

Highway to Hell by BellasExecutinor (Twilight/Supernatural)
Lesson one: Family is everything. Lesson two: Never leave your gun in the car. Lesson three: Sometimes lesson two is the more important one to remember.

Collab relay-fic by DiamondHeart78 and primarycolors. Bella sees him every day but has a hard time gathering up the nerve to make a move. Every delivery is a special delivery. UPSward/Gamerward! E/B AH Rated M for Bella checkin' out Edward's package.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

E stands for Editing

Posted by JM Darhower Wednesday, May 02, 2012, under | 10 comments

AKA I couldn't think of another 'E' word

Editing. Revising. Rewriting... these, my friends, are the dirtiest of dirty words.

I used to love 'editing'. I think some of my best lines and banter came about during the editing process. I'd be reading through a chapter and something would just hit me, and I'd end up adding an entire extra scene. And that's part of the problem... during editing, I'd somehow gain words instead of losing them.

We all know I'm wordy. There's no doubt about it. I can easily crank out hundreds of thousands of words, but taking those words and condensing and narrowing them down to be clear and concise is a struggle for me. I grow attached to every single syllable. And that's why, until recently, I guess I never seriously 'edited'.

Enter: Sempre. Taking a million words worth of material and completely rewriting the plot into a small fraction of that was a big feat for me, but I learned a lot during the process. I learned that adverbs are usually evil. I learned that dialogue tags are usually unnecessary. I learned that a lot of adjectives are useless. And I learned that I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever write another first person story with alternating point of views (holy repetition, batman!)

I'm writing a sequel to Sempre right now, which means a lot more editing in my future... real editing, where I have to make srs bsns decisions about what to cut and where to condense and if a scene is REALLY necessary (*struggles to accept it's not ALL necessary*).

Editing. Revising. Rewriting... I hate those fucking words.