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3 Random Things.

1. Dissertation eating me. (Surprise surprise.)

2. Chapter 41 is refusing to flow. I know what I want to happen, but it keeps being draggy, having not quite the right tone. I've let it sit on the shelf for a bit hoping to reboot the muse.

3. Totally random squee: At the end of FFX-2, if you bump into Elma, she's standing with an armored chocobo and says something like, "Can you believe it? They've asked me to reform the Djose Chocobo Knights!" So the Djose Knights return, and Elma succeeds Lucil as their captain. A minor detail, but it pleases me to see that part of my fanon converging with canon.


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Apr. 14th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, sometimes stories just don't go where you want them to go...
Giving it a break is good. Also-when you go back to it-try mixing things up a little. Even something as simple as switching povs can sometimes have marvelous results...

Or maybe telling things in a different tense, like second, or first person.

Just trying something new/different could do the trick...

Apr. 14th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Yeah, sometimes stories just don't go where you want them to go...
Yep! POV is key here. I need to get back into Auron's head, but it's hard to do that while covering the Crimson Squad and other things not so connected to him.

The most important part of these chapters is the campaign against Yu Yevon, of course. That means lots of roller coaster excitement.

Yet I've got 13 characters to wrangle (Auron, Isaaru, Pacce, Elma, Rikku, Nooj, Paine, Baralai, Gippal, Lucil, Cid, Shinra, Lulu). Many character arcs and relationships are coming to a head at the same time as the main plot. It's hard to treat the personal stuff deftly without bogging down the action.

I'll get it. I just have to decide which of those personal threads to highlight, and which to skip.

I've written big chunks of the chapter several different ways. They almost work. They're just fighting me.

Edited at 2010-04-14 06:20 pm (UTC)
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