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27 May 2014 @ 10:06 pm
Oh, THAT'S how it is?  
I innocently started out writing a Captain America: The Winter Soldier oneshot fic that began starring the main characters like Steve. But somewhere along the way I ended up writing several pages dedicated to Sam's lost war buddy, Riley. You know, the character who is so minor he doesn't actually appear at all but is merely mentioned by a tertiary character. Of course my OC-loving brain decided to focus in on that. Goddamit.

On the bright side, I've learned a lot about the VA and their counseling services.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 28th, 2014 02:20 am (UTC)
I'm so glad I'm not the only one who does this! Canon characters who don't have any development that I can manipulate for my own purposes are my kryptonite. See: Sarah Sawyer, Anna Murphy, and Harry Watson.

On the bright side, I've learned a lot about the VA and their counseling services.

Researching is my favourite part of story-writing. Sometimes I just want to write stories about the things I learned while writing stories.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 28th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
Canon characters who don't have any development that I can manipulate for my own purposes are my kryptonite.

Half the time I don't even realize I'm doing it. I keep expanding the character thinking, "This is very important to the story. Totally important. Wait..." And then there's like 7 pages of backstory that have no business being shared.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 28th, 2014 02:27 am (UTC)
And then there's like 7 pages of backstory that have no business being shared.

Yes! Would you like to hear the entire story about how Alec's friend Josh met his husband and what their parents are like and how they adopted their son? Because I have that. I have all of that. At least Alec's backstory is semi-relevant, what the hell am I going to do with Josh and Rupert?

And none of them are even canon!

Edited at 2014-05-28 02:27 am (UTC)
Liliaethliliaeth on May 28th, 2014 02:27 am (UTC)
Interesting, personally I wouldn't call Sam a tertiary character. He's a secondary character at least. Though I might be biased, he's my fave char in the movie right after Steve.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 28th, 2014 02:29 am (UTC)
I love Sam and only wished he had more screen time. (maybe that's why I think of him as 3rd since I went by pure screen time). I kind of hope he gets to make some sort of appearance in the new Avengers film.