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My first Buffy story [12 Aug 2003|11:58pm]

I'm new. I was directed here because I was making people mad in buffyphilosophy because I was talking about fanfiction. I am looking for people who will read what I write and now just tell me "I love it!" or "It's really good!" because although that's pretty nice for my ego, it doesn't help me become a better writer.

Some of my faults:
Dialogue. I am a practiced poetry/prose writer. I know how to describe what's going on in someone's head, I can write the feeling, and describe things in the most original ways, but when it comes to the talking, I totally suck at it. Well, I think I'm getting better. It's even harder to write Buffy dialogue, the characters all talk funny. I don't always know if I'm getting it right.

I tend to go on and on with my descriptions. I may even leave a lot of necessary things out, just to describe something else.

I can't write Spike. So far I haven't written anything with him in it. I wanted him in my last story but once I'd finished it I notice that he was conveniently missing. I think it was a subconscious thing.

Something that might be considered a fault, but I like it:
I'm a suicide writer. If there's one writer of BTVS that fits the mood of my work, it would be Marti Noxon (think season 6). I write depression really well.

I probably have other faults but I can't think of them right now.

I just finished my first Buffy story yesterday. Just so you know, this is the first ever finished piece of fiction I have ever written. I would appreciate constructive criticism, because I still feel my dialogue is shaky. I can always edit and rewrite it. If there are any spelling errors or punctuation problems, you are welcome to mention that but right now that isn't important. I will edit it again later.

This story has season 7 spoilers. It also has some ATS spoilers, from the episodes "I Will Remember You" and "To Shanshu in L.A."

This is a Buffy/Angel story, rated PG, no sexual content.

I hope you like it. I am looking for constructive criticism or praise. If you like it, tell me why, if you don't tell me why also. It's nice when people say they like it, but I want to know why it's good or not. I want to know my weaknesses and strengths so I can challenge myself as a writer, and get better.

Read my story
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"Release" Challenge posed by brandil [05 Aug 2003|08:18pm]

[ mood | nervous ]

Title: "Release"
Author: Heidi Robinson
E-mail: heidi.robinson@telus.net
Feedback: Always nice...
Spoilers: Ats Season One, "Five by Five" and "Sanctuary", Season Four "Salvage" and "Release"
Categories: Challenge posed by brandil
Requirements: Set immediately post-Salvage, NC-17. Elements include Angelus and Angel, voyeurism, the first scene from Release, and mention of the five torture groups. Faith's goodbye to Wes and Angel worked in as well.
Pairings: Faith/Wesley
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: I do not own any of the characters relating to BTVS. They
belong to Joss, WB and any of their associates.
Summary: Just read and see.

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Anyone? [02 Aug 2003|12:06pm]

[ mood | discontent ]

Hm... here's my current season 7 AU fic... Faith/Xander as my pairing. Anyone who wants please pick apart, analyze, comment, and critisize... Would be appreciated. (It's a WIP)

Shamelessly Promotes...
http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?keyword=Morphine&user=duckytears&sortby=user <--- Go here! Please! *makes puppy eyes*

Thanks in advance,

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*cries* [01 Aug 2003|10:56pm]

[ mood | awake ]

Ahh... writer's block... Someone wanna help me through this.

*wants to rip out hair*

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Resources for Writers [01 Aug 2003|12:43am]

"All About Spike" has a brilliant section with resources for writers.

Really, go check it out HERE

Snoopy out.
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[24 Jul 2003|05:04pm]
Many suffer from the incurable disease of writing and it becomes chronic in their sick minds.
--Juvenal (AD 60-130)

So I sit down this afternoon and was going to dash out the third part of a story I'm working on. I know what is going to happen, the sequence of events. Even a few complete sentences in my head. This will be a snap.

I wrestle out three short sentences and then stop.

It's like making muffins. You've made muffins before, you know what muffin batter is suppose to look like, but yours is all runny and wrong. But you bake them anyway and you get strange, misshapen objects with fruit inside.

So I can sit here and stare at my misshapen muffins or I can toss them away and start on another batch. Or ditch it all together and cruise my friends page.

Spam: beta_search It's a journal where you can post your stuff to be beta'd.
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Help for Spike/Wes story [16 Jul 2003|01:28am]

[ mood | curious ]


I wanted to enter this for the Spike/Wes h/c challenge. But somehow it doesn't seem to flow. And there's that dialog thingy again. So I wanted to ask your opinions.

Any tips for a better title would be much appreciated too.

Different kinds of painCollapse )


~ FerretGirl ~

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Help needed [13 Jul 2003|06:59pm]

[ mood | confused ]

Can someone, anyone help me understand 'passive voice'? I'm told that I'm guilty of it and I'm having a heck of a time getting what it is straight in my head.

Explanations and examples will be met with many hugs and kisses.

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[13 Jul 2003|06:00pm]

So like, my slashfic thing was really hard, right. But! I got through it, and, and I did this thing. And it was coooool.

I wrote like, all in little kid speech for awhile. Like

Jonathan walked towards the forest. He could hear Andrew talking. He saw Spike advancing on Andrew. He wanted to help, but couldn't.

And on and on. Until I got past the parts that I was stuck on. Basically like, Cliffsnotes or something, LOL. And dudes, it worked! Once I was all done I went back and fleshed everything out, and it was cool. :)
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...Help? [07 Jul 2003|01:02am]

[ mood | nervous ]

::Steps on stage and taps the mic::


So, I've been trying this writing thing and came up with the beginning of a Wesley/Faith story. Kinda AUish.

But..uhm..my beta's are kinda disagreeing. One say's I should linger more, the other says I should make it shorter and not linger so much...

::Scrapes floor with foot::

So..uh, I would like more opinions. I've shredded the story 5 times now and I'm' not sure what to do anymore.

Would some of you take a look HERE please?


::Quickly hops off the stage and runs back into the shadows::

~ FerretGirl ~

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A few ideas... [06 Jul 2003|07:24am]

[ mood | sleepy ]

Hey all.

Sorry if this post sounds a bit wonky. I didn't sleep last night. I did, however, get a few ideas of things that might help.

See, I've been working on this fic for a challenge and it's been kicking my ass. Nothing flows right, the plot is weak, etc, etc, etc.

So, while just replying to a wonderful read-through that zyre did for me, I remembered a few things I learned in a creative writing class I took, suggestions to help get away from writer's block.

A lot of my problems come from over-thinking what I'm writing. The best way to work through this is to learn how to write without thinking. Sounds strange, yes?

A technique to help with this skill is called free writing. Get out a timer and set it for five minutes (or, if you're like me and couldn't find your silly timer to save your life, just use a clock). Then, start writing. Just do a stream of consciousness thing. It doesn't have to be a story or about anything in particular. Just write, write, write without stopping until your hand aches. I think the first free writing exercise I did involved me bitching about my credit rating.

Oddly enough, when the five minutes was up, my mind felt a bit clearer. It's like I got all that clutter out of the way and could focus more on my story. I try to do free writing twice a week or so, but doing it every day doesn't hurt.

Aside from clearing out your head, free writing also gets you used to writing in longer time periods. My creative writing teacher encouraged us to write as much as we could for as long as we could whenever we were working on a story. It doesn't matter if your spelling is bad or your grammar atrocious - all that can be fixed later. The important thing is to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and get what's already written in your head in a format that non-telepaths can understand.

Something else that might help is to introduce a little change in how you write. I often write my stories out on paper before I type them up - I find the creative juices drying up when I'm forced to stare at a computer screen. Changing your medium and even your location (going outside to write under a tree, for example) can help formalize a story a bit more.

So, my suggestion, if you're feeling bogged down in a story, is to try some of these techniques - free writing, change of scenery, change of medium. It's amazing what a little change can do for your creativity.

My fic is kicking my ass no more and I'm glad of it. ^_^

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[02 Jul 2003|01:55pm]

[ mood | creative ]

So like. Does anyone ever have this problem?

I have this scene in my head. And it's like, clear as day. I can see it from all the angles, and I can hear every sound these people are making. Every. Single. Thing. But I can't write it! It's like, I sit down, and the words for everything I'm seeing just won't come out.

This isn't really a plotty problem, but it's a general writing one. Blah. lol

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assignment #2 [26 Jun 2003|08:46pm]
Okay, I did the conflict assignment. I think it still needs help despite snoopygirll's and theferretgirl's efforts. The whole tense thing is throwing me for a loop and I end up staring at each word wondering if it's right. (and snoopygirll I didn't use some of your suggestions, but I did agonize over them.) So here it is for your reading and criticizing pleasure. And remember, I have tough skin so don't be afraid to be harsh.

Xander centric ficCollapse )
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[25 Jun 2003|12:38am]

[ mood | determined ]

Hi guys! I've just taken the plunge and decided to join your happy band. Reading over recent entries I realised that this is exactly the sort of thing I need to help me develop my writing further than I can on my own. I think I need the discipline of a piece of set work to get my thoughts organised and make me sit down to produce something. Also, I value constructive criticism of anything I write because I know it's aimed at making the product better. We help each other, right?

I've been reading fanfic for a couple of years now, but only started writing it myself about 6 months ago. I have a long Angel/Wes story languishing unfinished that I'd really love to get polished and done with. I've written lots of drabbles for sunday100 and a few other ficlets, mainly slash I have to say. I find it easiest doing exposition and character driven material. I know that I need help with dialogue and developing plot. I tend to sit down and just let the story flow out by some process that I don't quite understand. I think maybe that I should learn to plan and outline a story first, but I find that really hard. So I guess I'm looking for help there.

Having said all that, I'm about to disappear off on holiday for 3 weeks, so I won't be around for a while. Looking forward to getting my head down when I come back. Thanks for reading this, and looking forward to working with you all. ;)

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Intro [23 Jun 2003|04:30pm]

Well the new assignment has made it very apparent why I need this group :) Found my conflict, started writing, finished writing, looked at the word count...


And it's still sitting there, mocking me.

Anyway, I'm trying to work on combining dialog and descriptive passages so they flow together nicely. And figure out the whole POV thing.
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Your mission, should you choose to accept it… [20 Jun 2003|06:27pm]


We all have them. Some of us live for them. Others fight tooth and nail to avoid them. No matter your stance, conflict is the force that drives a story.

With that in mind, here’s this week’s challenge.

Self-contained internal conflict. At least 1250 words of it. What I mean by this is probably self-explanatory, but sometimes I just like to hear myself talk so I’ll lay out the details.

Self-contained: Must introduce, develop, and resolve the conflict within the framework of the piece.

Internal: Meaning not external. No fights, no yelling matches, no tangible physical skirmishes. Just…you know, internal. I always go with the “making a hard decision” example. Okay, that part was really obvious already.

Go forth and scribble!

Good luck!
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Newbie Intro [19 Jun 2003|10:53pm]

[ mood | hyper ]

Hey, my name's CJ. Joining cause of phaelstya's most excellent pimpage. She tells me I can get much help over here when needed. Would like to thank you all for that. Extremely nervous about a fic in beta now, in fact, although I have many many many more in progress that I'm constantly finding myself stuck on. I noticed in the description of the community that you encourage people to share their goals. I think my main goal is to learn how to work on just one fic at a time until it's finished, then move on to another. Sorry if this all sounds incredibly not sense making. It's rather late here and very tired but kinda anxious at the same time.


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Challenge thingy... [19 Jun 2003|10:59pm]

It's slightly over the 1000 words (1043 to be precise), and it's a totally new thing for me, Giles-centric and non-shippy. I'm thinking it might be the start of a longer fic about the time up to Giles and Buffy meeting, possibly even a whole series of stories about the times when Giles is not in Sunnydale.

Bits of it feel a little slow to me, and I'm worried that I've made Giles seem too old and stuffy, although I do think that is kind of how he was in the very beginning! Feedback on characterisation and flow would be gratefully appreciated.

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Please, kick my ficletting little ass into gear! [18 Jun 2003|09:31pm]

There are a couple of just-over-100-worders here. They want to be real fics, they really do. I just don't know how to force them.

Any comments, reactions, and/or help (and I can take criticism, don't worry) would be greatly appreciated ... even if you just want to tell me how much you love me. ;)
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[18 Jun 2003|02:47pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Okay, here's my challenge. It's 14 words shy of 1000, because I stink. lol Any and all help would be super-appreciated; I'm really not too great at this stuff. I feel like this moves way too fast, but I'm not sure how to slow it down. So, yeah. Lol

Set right after Chosen, so there are spoilers through that. And I guess a couple for the end of Angel, though not too much. So don't read if you haven't seen those.

We don't need no stinkin' plotCollapse )

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