ladyjanelly: (Default)
 The antithesis of getting writing done:

Comment_fic at LJ has a theme for today: Texts from Last Night.  

The only good thing about wasting my afternoon reading them is that it's giving me tons of time-stamp ideas for that Losers fic with too many time-stamp ideas and for new mini-fics. 

Seriously, I'm saving the link to my "Writing Resources" folder as writer's block antidote. 
ladyjanelly: (Default)
 Arg, writing. 

I'm getting better at this whole plotting thing (by better I mean making there be enough plot to have a story that can be finished). But. I'm having problems with limited POVs and people getting the Phone Call of Doom. Seriously. I just wrote the third one in a row. It's not good. It feels predictable and formulaic and I'm annoying myself with it. 

Maybe it's because I'm writing in a fandom with intensely competent characters (The Losers and Leverage) and I can't imagine the events happening when both of the boys are there so the action that forces a change keeps being off-screen? 

I swear when this one is done, I'm writing phoneless!AUs until I figure out a new plot.

HC Meme

Jun. 15th, 2012 12:03 am
ladyjanelly: (Jensen happy)
 So, Embroiderama had a shopping list of all the injuries she's done to a myriad of characters over the years, and it sounded like fun, so I made a list. And then I was looking at it, and some of the things I've done are pretty unique to only one or two characters, so I was wondering if you guys would recognize who the victim was, if I listed all the hurts I'd done. So here goes. After it's been guessed, I'll fill the name in, or if nobody guesses, I'll just fill them in on Friday. (this does not include the latest Losers fic, which may start going up before then too)
Each number is one character, but probably more than one fic with that character.
The Owies )
I reeeeallly need to update my masterlist of fics. Also, when the next WIP Amnesty day comes around, I am soooo there.
ladyjanelly: (Jensen happy)
 So with one 25,000 fic done and posted, and another 35000 word fic with only 500 words of falling  action left to write, I feel like I'm starting to understand plot and conflict a lot better, though I still need to work with foreshadowing and variety. I feel like I can plot out a story and have an idea of what has to happen to keep things moving better than I used to. I wrote two fics back to back and didn't run into any roadblocks that I couldn't get around. 60,000 words done in 2 months, not counting the little Leverage fic. It feels amazing

I've been kind of using Dan Wells' 7 point plot structure (here's someone else's interpretation of it, since it seems silly to type all this up when she's done such a great job:  ). In a multi-POV story, I kind of need one of those chains for each character; sometimes they share pinches to their story lines, but the other parts are fairly unique to each person in the plot.  

Even if I don't have all 7 points at the beginning, I can see the void, I know I'll need to fill it and when. I'm hoping to have less abandoned WIPs in the future (and I'm sort of resolving to only show fic to one or two cheerleaders and/or beta-readers before they're done, to keep me honest).

And then onto that I weave my Janelly formula for romance, which is that each character has to have a reason to get with the other, and a reason not to, and a reason to respect the other, and it'll all work out in the end.. :)

Anybody else have a system that really works? Tricks to managing conflict and resolution? 

Also, still loving Scrivener, and the way it lets me sketch out a plot with the chapter titles and note-cards.

ladyjanelly: (Jensen happy)
 Okay, I'll play.  

Ask me about a pairing (or character) I have written (or haven't and you think I should write) and I will give you five facts about them or a ficlet or a song that is CLEARLY THEIR SONG or what they order from the Chinese place down the street, etc, etc.

(Oh, and if you want a version of a character/pairing from a specific story or verse, by all means specify!)
ladyjanelly: (Jensen happy)
 I just got the beta of Scrivener for windows. It's a very cool writing tool. 

Playing around with it now. Anybody else use it?  Seems like it might actually help me like--have a richer character base and stronger plot and some sort of foreshadowed external conflict.

I'm throwing an idea I've been kicking around for a while in it and it's shaping up with surprising ease.  I like being able to sketch out chapters.  I've never really written out of order before, but I might try now.   I like the way cards/chapters/scenes can be moved around and re-stacked.  I like the flexibility of being able to organize my thoughts so visually.

On the other hand, I dunno if I have the momentum to actually write a whole story without feedback from my f-list on a chapter-by-chapter basis.   So if I get a good chunk done and slow down, I may have to find a cheerleader.  If I even get that far.

BTW, it's here, and free:
ladyjanelly: (Jensen happy)
I had a random fic-bunny but I"m wondering if somebody else has done this already? Kinda-sorta based on a movie that I saw when I was in my teens, from the 50's or 60's.

So Jensen and Jared are each the last person on earth, as far as each one of them knows. (maybe this is recent, maybe it was years ago. Maybe it was zombies or a plague or maybe they just each woke up one morning all alone). And then they meet and it's really weird not being the last person on earth. So eventually they fall in love (maybe one of them wasn't gay before?) and then they meet a third "last person on earth." (maybe a woman?) to test their relationship.

Has anybody read a fic like this? I know there was a Sam/Dean fic but they never found anyone else.
ladyjanelly: (ben good soldier)
 Dear self:
You can write that Star Trek fic without researching the rain patterns in Iowa.  Really, I'm sure that it's possible for there to have been one summer's day with hard steady rain for Kirk to think back on.
ladyjanelly: (ben good soldier)
Y'all know how I'm either really bad at or scared of ending fics, right?

Just sent off the last chapter of the homeless verse to Embroiderama.  

So nervous.

So bad at this part of fic writing.  I mean no confidence.  Very little experiance.  And this makes it or breaks it.


On Writing

Jan. 10th, 2008 04:32 pm
ladyjanelly: (Default)

I feel like I've recently made a major breakthrough in my writing.

When I first started it was about recording actions and motivations.

Next came the emotions behind the actions and motivations, and showing those without telling.

Now I feel like I've gone through the other side of the mirror, where the way the words fit with the other words is almost as important, where I think about the placement of a comma or the break of a paragraph.  I'm using more "run-on" sentences, and more fragmented sentences.  

I still don't do any sort of major "rewrite" on anything. Period.  But I'll go back through a chapter of the Homeless!verse before I post it and fidget with it and feel that it's measurably better than when I started.


I thank my husband for the change in the way I think, because after so long of him trying to hit that in his own writing, and me reading and critiqueing his work, I feel like we almost hit this point together. It's kinda neat.  I sure wouldn't have done it without him, at this point in my writing.

ladyjanelly: (ben graffiti)
Ah crap.
There's what, 11 days left for reel_spn?

I've got one kinda-sorta stopping spot about 4000 words in.  After that, I can't figure out how to compress it to less than 10,000 words total.  And I don't think I can write 6,000 words in 11 days.  Maybe I can.  Hm.
ladyjanelly: (smeckles)
Oh my god.

My husband is not allowed to say things like this while I'm driving ever again.  Ever.

Sam:  So I heard a rumor that back when James Dean first went to hollywood, he worked as a rent boy and had sex with Brando.

Janelly: *tries to breathe*  *tries to think*

Sam:  Did I just cream you?

Janelly:  Why is there NO FIC?

Sam: *counts his victory points*

Janelly:  I"ll be in my bunk.
ladyjanelly: (Jensen happy)

Snagged from

[profile] fandom_me

When you see this, post a little weensy excerpt from as many random works-in-progress as you can find lying around. Who knows? Maybe inspiration will burst forth and do something, um, inspiration-y.

Okay, this meme is like tattling on myself for all the stuff I write when I should be writing the fics that people already care about, or at least finishing them and posting them.  Although many people should be happy to see the ones come up that already have posted chapters or story arcs.



Oh god.  Did they really mean "As many as you can find?"  Crap.  More folders.

I'm not typing stuff up jut to post it in this meme.

Okay, maybe I am.

Okay.  Holy crap.
I'm done now.  And my brain's full of fic bunnies running around like crazy things.


super reel

Jul. 10th, 2007 07:58 pm
ladyjanelly: (ben young smirk)
Dear self,

Perhaps, when choosing a movie, you should have picked something that's a little easier to watch everytime you need a refill of inspiration.  Perhaps Rollerball was not the best choice, in that regard.  No matter how vicious the bunny was.


The good news? The fic's at almost 4000 words.  With locker-room sex.

Fic envy

Jul. 8th, 2007 11:52 pm
ladyjanelly: (doc kiss)
My husband finished his original fiction novel tonight! WooHoo!

104,000 words in 40 days. Holy crap. That's like 5 times the entirety of the Scar!verse. Craziness. He writes more in a month than I do in 6, and works full-time and does 10 hrs of Kung fu a week.


Jul. 8th, 2007 10:42 pm
ladyjanelly: (how much?)
This is the summary for a new movie that's coming out, called Interview.

"Self-destructive journalist Pierre Peders is no stranger to violence and inhumanity. Having made his name as a war reporter, he has traveled the world seeing some of the most horrifying sights imaginable. So it's no surprise that he's upset when he's demoted to interviewing America's most famous soap star Katya. The two meet and immediately it's a collision of two worlds--Pierre's serious political intentions and Katya's superficial world of celebrity. But as the night progresses and their confessions grow more intimate, Pierre and Katya find a deeper connection, each scarred in their own way. Honest revelations soon give way to punishing decisions and the interview evolves into a passionate verbal chess game spiked with wit, intrigue and sexual tension. "

Does this not sound like the premise of a great J2 fic?


Jun. 29th, 2007 10:40 am
ladyjanelly: (more toast. better toast.)
So I'm sitting in Chick fil A this morning, and I am the only person in that whole half of the restaurant, working on my laptop with all my notebooks spread out around me, looking all busy and stuff.

WHY did the two men with the two toddlers have to come sit right behind me?  

You know how hard it is to write PORN with a kid learning his colors two feet away?

ladyjanelly: (JEFF)
Okay,. If I'm giving in to the Jeff/Dean bunny, one of you punks should be writing  some John/Jensen fic.

mark set go!
ladyjanelly: (how much?)
So I signed up for a challenge thing for the first time in forever.  Hopefully the usual pattern of signing up and my muse dying won't happen this time since I already had something in the works that's perfect for the challenge.

I signed up for [profile] reel_spn!   For the movie Rollerball.  If the mods approve the adding of that movie to the list.

Clearly, I am not right in some way.


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