A Question

Mar. 8th, 2017 03:04 pm
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*raises hand* I have a question: so, do you think that if you have 10k of a draft for a story, is it possible to get up to 20k!? Like easily up to 20k or will I have to sweat blood and tears and make up words that aren't even in the English dictionary!? I reeeeeally want to do this year's BigBang but I'm afraid that I'm focusing too much on a story that might make it up to 20k, while I could concentrate on a different story that also MIGHT get up to 20k.
*sigh* the worries of a writer ... no one said it was easy, huh?
So any advice, any experiences anyone would like to share?! :) I'll take it all!

Date: 2017-03-08 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] septembers-coda.livejournal.com
Is there a part you could add to the 10k draft, a plot point you didn't explore or a character who needs some more page time? Are there sexytimes? It might feel like a cheap trick, but this could be an opportunity to write sex scenes to your heart's content. :-)

I'm with dont_hate_me, I have a hard time keeping stories short enough... but then again, if the draft feels complete, it might do the story a disservice to write more just to fill a word count. So I would say the integrity of the story comes first, and if you feel you can write 10k more words while honoring that, do it! And if not, write a new story, and if that one doesn't make it to 20k either, at least you have another story. <3 <3

Date: 2017-03-09 09:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] soncnica.livejournal.com
I thought about the 1st question you asked in your comment and then I wrote a scene that's 5k long. *headdesk*
And no, sorry, no sexytimes in this story. It's purely a gen story, with the boys just being friends in a small town. :) and IT IS a cheap trick, using a sex scene to fill in the blanks, and I actually feel strong resistance towards that. Even when in a story (and you can totally tell) the sex is just used for some ''fill the blank spot'' I skip it and continue reading the next scene. It just cheapens the story. I'm sorry, I just have very strong feelings about using a sex scene just so that the empty spaces can be filled. :D :D Ignore me :)

Exactly, agree with you. In some stories you can actually pinpoint the exact scene that was written just because the author didn't know how to make the fic 20k (for BB). And then I'm like: ''really? was that necessary?'' because it totally ruined the flow of the story. I don't know ... *Sigh*

LOL, you're right; even if I don't reach 20k, I will still have a story that I could post on my own without BB being attached to it :)

Thank you for all your input!!! I appreciate it; a lot! :) thanks :)

S.

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