Mar. 12th, 2011 10:41 am
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Writing slump.

We hates it, Precious.

I've so many wonderful ideas and no will to write any of them.

(Fortunately, shortly before my harddrive decided to go to the Apple depot in the sky, I had the foresight to put all of my documents on Dropbox, so I did not lose any of them. Some live in Google Docs as well. Have I ever mentioned how much I love the "cloud"? Also, Time Machine.)

- John Watson the angel. I've been kicking it around for a while, then [ profile] etothepii wrote demon!Sherlock which is fantastic and totally upped the bar for supernatural Sherlock fic. I'm really excited about my concept but for some reason I can't get started. I'm going to the libraries at Stanford today, in the hopes that reading about ancient British history will be of some help (John-the-angel has been around for a very long time).

- Doctor Who crossover; the Weeping Angels. This started as a prompt for 'High-Octane Nightmare Fuel' ages and ages ago. I have the whole fic plotted out but I can't seem to get it from brain to computer. I think I'd have an easier time of it if I could visit the location where I've set most of the action, but... well... yes. While I'm dreaming, I'd like Robert Downey Jr. in my bed wearing nothing but smile and a pair of stripey socks, please.

- Sherlock and the aliens. Self-service fic drawing on my own fascination/obsession with space (the final frontier). Involves wee!Sherlock, an experiment gone wrong-but-completely-interestingly-so, and influenced by multiple viewings of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and WALL*E. I think this one might actually get written, eventually, for [ profile] shehasathree who donated $20 for [ profile] help_nz.

- Sherlock Holmes, the American AU. This is supposed to be a collaboration betwixt myself and [ profile] irisbleufic who is infinitely patient with me. The concept is that John, being an American vet who's been injured and sent home, has experienced all the love and care that the US healthcare system has to offer, and is homeless. Sherlock is a spoiled little rich boy who has managed to alienate himself from his family, has dropped out of MIT and is pestering Boston's finest for cases and such. The whole thing takes place in Boston, which is a city near and dear to our hearts. I'm having trouble translating it into American, which is terribly funny considering I AM AMERICAN, but I've been in British fandoms for so long that it's very hard to break the habit. Also, writing about how the system has screwed John over just infuriates me (because I am, at the moment, fighting against the same system). I think this could be a really fun fic but fuck me if I can get it started, and it starts with me because we're retelling SiP and that starts with John. Argh.

- Kid!fic. This one was an RP between me and [ profile] bitrot and now [ profile] fishandcustard and I are trying our hand at it. Role-playing sometimes helps me work out how to write stories, though this one began as an RP and now I want it to be a long-form story. Sherlock has a son, unbeknownst to him. Hilarity ensues. Actually, there's not a whole lot of hilarity because he inherits his son in a tragic way, and the poor kid's experienced a major trauma, and John has angst. This one's involved a lot of research into child protection laws in the UK, parental rights, police procedure, and the like. My blessing and curse as a fanfiction writer is that I can't go into ANYTHING without proper research, and I'm even more obnoxious about it now after making a mistake in Monster re: British Sign Language. :P

And then there's some WIPs from ACD!canon that may never see the light of day. I might actually post those, if anyone's interested in seeing them. Some of them have potential and could even be flipped for BBC!verse, but I don't know if I can be arsed. I know a lot of this stems from personal stuff going on right now (I have major depression/ADD and we're trying to find the right combo of medication and therapy, which is making me a little nuts right now) but I can't help but feel that most of it is just my own ridiculous angst about writing. I can't get started, and when I can I hate everything I produce. I just want to crawl in a hole, play WoW and RP. Meh.

What are your methods of navigating the murky waters of writing doldrums?

PS: If you read this whole ridiculous post, ILU. <3

Date: 2011-03-12 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I shall be as patient as you require, because I think this collab will be awesome and should not be rushed. However long it takes you to write your first scene, I will be waiting eagerly to read it and begin writing the second \m/

(Re: navigating doldrums, my recent spell only just broke this week. I asked people to throw as many prompts at me as they could stand to. Only one or two of them perked my interest in the end, but I did get my [ profile] thegameison_sh entry for this month written, plus a slightly longer story started that I owe [ profile] alltoseek for [ profile] helpbrazil2011.)
Edited Date: 2011-03-12 07:14 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-03-13 05:02 am (UTC)
moony: (Default)
From: [personal profile] moony
I AM TRYING. *frets* I would try the prompts trick but that only ends up with me feeling guilty that I haven't filled any prompts. Argh.

If only there were waterproof laptops. I do my best thinking in the shower but when the water turns off, it's all gone. Poo.


Date: 2011-03-13 10:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, my intent in taking prompts was not to fill them all, but just to accrue a barrage of different takes and scenarios in hopes that something would dislodge me from the rut. It's frustrating: I can write Good Omens to my heart's content right now, but even since I wrote a bit of Sherlock this week, it's proved very slow going. Do you find Sherlock harder to approach when head stuff flares up? I'm finding that it is. And I'm also finding it blackly funny that we both got hit with an increase in depression bullshit right around the same time, just like we were ill one on the heels of the other. This is one of those times when irony doesn't begin to cover it.

*clings right back*

Date: 2011-03-12 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Eh, depression sucks, esp if writing is involved. I get easily depressed by my disability to write, or by the story itself... I have to start several times from different angles, but then usually something clicks and I can finish and the depressions gone for a while. As for my writing habits, I usually write on Saturday. I wait till it get's dark outside then go to the kitchen, where I have an old notebook - the only stuff on it is WinXp and FocusWriter, and some *writing* music, lol, so nothing to divert my attention. I sit down, grab some energy drink, a soda or coffee and spend an hour or two writing, hushing anyone that dares to come to the kitchen in the meantime lol.

Well, sending over some hugs to make you feel better:-)

Date: 2011-03-13 05:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moony

My ADD would never let me sit down and write on a computer that didn't have the internet. ;-) Seriously, I can't focus on one thing at all. Which isn't surprising, considering my medication's really wonky right now.

I keep thinking that a room full of light, with a comfy bed and my cat, and some waves crashing outside, is all that I need. I feel like I'm a little hole and I can't get out. And I think my muse, whatever, feels the same way.



Date: 2011-03-12 07:45 pm (UTC)
themusecalliope: Vulpes Vulpes (Default)
From: [personal profile] themusecalliope
Well...if you think that being "struck by the muse" might help at some point, let me know. Mind you, you may end up with an epic poem instead of fic, but...

Before my writer's block (for fic...not poems, strangely) hit so hard, films used to help me out occasionally.

In any case, I send you hugs and hope that things get better for you soon.

Date: 2011-03-13 04:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moony

I think I will try watching some movies, actually. That might be a good idea. :-)

Date: 2011-03-12 07:52 pm (UTC)
swtalmnd: baby bunny and a cup of tea (bunny tea)
From: [personal profile] swtalmnd
You don't really know me, but... ¬,¬

I find when I'm like this about writing or art, the first step that helps a stupid amount is just giving myself permission to be right there, to let it be okay to not want to write right now or whatever. Instead of fighting and hating on myself for not doing it, then I meet myself where I am and say yeah, it's okay to need a time to rest and rejuvenate my muse, and then when I'm ready I can get back to it.

It also helps when I do go back to have permission to suck on the first draft. ;)

More seriously, though, even creative people need to stop creating sometimes and just consume or rest, because inspiration needs fuel just like everything else.

Good luck! *hugs*

Date: 2011-03-13 04:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moony

I have a terrible time with allowing myself any leniency when it comes to writing. It has to be good, it has to be RIGHT NOW, why are you not writing right now, everything else I do, I could be writing instead. I've failed before I've even begun. Argh.

What I really want is time away from home. A day away, or a weekend. Something. But I can't get anywhere. :/


Date: 2011-03-12 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There's nothing I want more than that American AU. I read the idea on either yours or [ profile] irisbleufic's journals, and it really took hold in my mind. Though I feel your hesitation -- one of my uncles was a Vietnam vet who was never able to get the mental health care he needed. So it would be an aching, close-to-home read, but I really hope you two go through with it.

When I'm stuck for motivation I either read other work -- though that sometimes frustrates me that I'll never be as good -- or do something little & productive, like crochet or organize my books or clean.

Date: 2011-03-13 04:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moony

I'll do my best to get it started. It's on the burner, just taking a very long time to come to a boil. My dad's a Vietnam vet who is being screwed royally by the system, so I feel intimidated. I want to do it justice. I don't want John to be a caricature but I want him to be real. :/

Date: 2011-03-12 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Depression sucks. The process for finding the balance between medication and therapy is nothing short of experimentation without a research protocol. I am sending sympathetic thoughts to you. Leave the house. Depression demons can live in sunlight but they don't like it. Really, truly, hope things get better sooner than later.

Date: 2011-03-13 04:55 am (UTC)
moony: (Default)
From: [personal profile] moony

I got out today, which was nice, but one of my medications is really fucking with me so BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD. :P

I feel like a dart board and nothing's sticking.


Date: 2011-03-13 06:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ahhh,- teflon syndrome. Puts a nice barrier between me and outside stim, kind of like trying to type with big oven mitts on. Bright side, you still CAN leave the house and communicate with outside world. Well Done You! I always think of it kind of like Halloween. There are times and places when the barrier between worlds thins out and travel is possible.

Date: 2011-03-13 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
These all sound awesome!! :D

Date: 2011-03-18 09:40 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Can't help for writing doldrums, as I'm just *barely* writing again after something approaching a decade of not writing for pleasure. -_-

My offer is still on for tea and a quiet space, though. The freeway below our sunroom sounds sorta like the sea, and we have 3 cats. I know it's completely weird having a stranger offer this, but I can't help but read your posts and want to DO something.

Date: 2011-03-18 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Should I RP with you less to give you more time for fic? >.>


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