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01 June 2013 @ 10:55 pm
Those Pesky WIPs  
I wrote something a few days about caging plot bunnies because I still had WIPs that desperately needed to be finished. I always hem and haw over the fact that I have no time to write these days, which is partially true. But the other big chunk is that I'm constantly blocked for writing due to what I'm going to guess is just grad school stress. I tend to write random chunks that never see the light of day because they add up to an actual story. It's terribly frustrating.

Do No Harm - I'm literally one chapter away from finishing this one. It was supposed to be a quick story about John running into Murray and Sherlock being a bastard about it. I've written the first part of the last chapter and I think I'm mainly stuck on how to end it. I feel like the "right" way to conclude would be with a scene between John and Sherlock. But the latter is being extremely difficult. Which brings me to...

Human Nature - This fic is really more than halfway done at this point. Aziraphale and Crowley have discovered what's happening is somehow linked to Lower Tadfield. There is no more set up. I just need to execute the very quick reveal and resolution which should take about 4 chapters. The real issue with this crossover right now is Sherlock. If I could write a meta-fic about this fic, it would be Aziraphale, Crowley, and ghost!John all sitting around a table waiting for Sherlock to arrive and complaining loudly about his tardiness. I think he's off somewhere either sulking in his robe while shooting things or he's found a really great mystery to solve. Either way, he's not being terribly helpful with this one. You'd think he'd get his priorities straight since solving this case would mean John would no longer be a ghost. Err...or rather that's what I'm aiming for. Aziraphale and Crowley will have to take care of the logistics of how that would work.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tay: BB: Oh No!awanderingbard on June 2nd, 2013 03:50 am (UTC)
If it makes you feel better, I've frequently lost characters, and they all came back eventually. I usually find if they aren't behaving themselves, it's because the way they want to behave is the 'right way'. Like, I have a story where John signed himself out of the hospital without my permission, and the more I tried to convince him to stay, the more determined he became until I went 'fine, leave, I don't care!'. And it ended up working to the story's advantage.

The only thing I can recommend is revisiting source material. I also read around today for tips on how to end a story, and one of the suggestions was to cut off the last paragraph and see where you're at. Sometimes you don't need that last scene/sentence/bit because you've already ended the story. The other suggestion was to go back and bit and have the characters do something different and see what happens.

And I also suffered from a year's long writer's block. It sucks, but it happens. Hang in there! I believe in you!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 2nd, 2013 03:57 am (UTC)
I usually find if they aren't behaving themselves, it's because the way they want to behave is the 'right way'.

I have this image of myself staring at Sherlock in a Mrs. Hudson sort of way and saying, "Alright, dear. Have a sulk in the backseat of the Bentley if you must. John and these nice young men will sort it all out."
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 2nd, 2013 04:00 am (UTC)
Oh man, do we have a scene with Aziraphale and Mrs H? Because I can't help but think they would be adorable together.

My Poirot/Sherlock crossover fic died when Sherlock and Poirot had hissyfits about having to work together, while John and Hastings nattered away happily. Which is entirely in character, while being completely unhelpful.

Edited for WTF Autocorrect?

Edited at 2013-06-02 04:01 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 2nd, 2013 04:03 am (UTC)
Oh man, do we have a scene with Aziraphale and Mrs H? Because I can't help but think they would be adorable together.

...No. But now that you mention it, writing a scene with them might be a nice exercise in having the characters do something that isn't directly related to the plot right now. It'll be a nice match for the random scene I had in my head between Crowley and Lestrade.

Which is entirely in character, while being completely unhelpful.

I hate it when they do that. Stop being in character! I mean...yeah, stay in character but...can you...just...be helpful to the story in an active way??
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 2nd, 2013 04:10 am (UTC)
For the record, Crowley and Lestrade would be badass together. Just sayin'.

I mean...yeah, stay in character but...can you...just...be helpful to the story in an active way??

I had John and Sherlock swap roles on me the other day, and while it worked for the scene, I kept going 'why the hell is John being logically and factually supportive while Sherlock physically takes care of the other character?'. I sometimes think I'm really not in charge at all.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 2nd, 2013 04:13 am (UTC)
For the record, Crowley and Lestrade would be badass together. Just sayin'.

I have my own personal canon that Ligur was in the midst of making Lestrade's life hell 20 years ago so he'd become a corrupt cop. But Crowley liquifying him during the events of "Good Omens" sidestepped that fate for Lestrade. Knowing this, Crowley feels like Lestrade owes him whether he knows it or not.

I sometimes think I'm really not in charge at all.

Yeah, I often see my characters just running off and doing whatever and me just going, "...I'll wait here then?"
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 2nd, 2013 04:21 am (UTC)
Knowing this, Crowley feels like Lestrade owes him whether he knows it or not.

That seems reasonable, but I would point out to Crowley that any man who can successfully work with Sherlock and not end up insane is pretty strong-willed. I don't how successful Ligur would have been.

Yeah, I often see my characters just running off and doing whatever and me just going, "...I'll wait here then?

I love it as much as I hate it when characters do something completely unexpected. Most of the time I go in without a plot, and see what happens. It's only in those moments when I need something to happen and it won't that it gets annoying. Sometimes I just let them go to it and delete what I don't need afterwards. Three chapters of a fic once, but I found the end. Eventually.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 2nd, 2013 04:27 am (UTC)
Sometimes I just let them go to it and delete what I don't need afterwards.

Yes, it makes for good DVD extras later on.

I would point out to Crowley that any man who can successfully work with Sherlock and not end up insane is pretty strong-willed.

Lestrade: So what you're telling me is that having to work with Sherlock is because Satan DIDN'T get my soul? That's what you're saying? This is the non-hell version of my life? That's what you're saying??
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 2nd, 2013 04:29 am (UTC)
Lestrade: So what you're telling me is that having to work with Sherlock is because Satan DIDN'T get my soul? That's what you're saying? This is the non-hell version of my life? That's what you're saying??

Hahaha!

Er, welcome to the Side of the Angels, I guess?
aelfgyfu_mead: Sherlock and Johnaelfgyfu_mead on June 2nd, 2013 11:47 am (UTC)
But Sherlock always comes back eventually. He can't stay away from John forever.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 2nd, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
This is true. I'm counting on this to finish this freaking crossover.