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ADMIN POST: Welcome to original_fandom!

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Hi, and welcome to original_fandom. I'm not sure exactly what I'm doing right now, but that's what you're for. I'm thinking we can post snippets and finished work, exchange tips and tricks, maybe do some challenges.

What I would really love, though, is for you to tell me what you want and what you think would make the community good. Email me any ideas, or just leave them in the comments. OK? OK.
  • I think I have a few suggestions. Brainstorming in this comment, mostly. Though I would like to say, thank you so much for creating this comm.

    A big problem for me is characters. I've never been one of those authors who have their characters come alive and insist on one path or another in the storyline. I can mostly rationalize characters' actions based on their back story and previous histories and current situations. But I would like to know them, to know their reactions on a more visceral level. So, maybe some character challenges? ...I have no idea what those might entail, but it's just something that's always frustrated me.

    Um, another problem for me is the push through the middle. With me, I'll start a story with a plot in mind, and the characters at least peripherally there. I can start the plot going, get a little way into it, and then I putter out. I'll occasionally write snippets from somewhere in the middle, but I really prefer to write in a linear fashion (and that might be something I need to get over as well...). I have so many stories started, and I often know the ending, but getting from point A to point C is difficult. And what's worse is that point B isn't boring, or anything to prevent me from writing it. I just ...can't.

    Now, those two problems mostly extend to the stories I write that I'd let my mother (a professional editor) look over. I have another life as a porn (or erotica, whatever...) writer. And I've gotten a few reviews on stuff on Literotica, but I'd like to know if it sucks. I need a porn beta. Especially since I seem to have some sort of erotic romance novel on my hands. Much more fragmented, and I'm getting to know the characters pretty well. It's odd that I take to writing porn so much more smoothly (process-wise) than anything else...

    Anyway, I think that's all the ideas I have. May not be helpful to anyone but me...
    • Um, another problem for me is the push through the middle.

      Me, too! I write great beginnings and endings, but then there's all that stuff I have to put in the middle...

      And I write a lot of erotic fiction, too, so between me and everybody else in this comm, I don't think you'll have a problem getting feedback on your porny stuff.
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