PDA

View Full Version : How do you write it?


Matt11
June 21st, 2008, 02:51 PM
How do you write your fanfic?
Do you write it on paper and then put it on your computer, or do you write it straight on your PC?

And tell me why you picked it this way?

BREAKINGBEN
June 21st, 2008, 03:01 PM
I just use Word or some other processor to write my stories. I HATE writing things on paper, then having to go back and forth from the computer screen and that sheet just to type it. I find it very annoying. Plus, my hand cramps up faster while using pen-and-paper, so I can write more in less time :).

This hatred comes from countless school reports... >(!

txteclipse
June 21st, 2008, 03:05 PM
I usually type my work up on my computer, but I have been known to write it out if I don't have access to said computer. Such as when I am in bed and supposed to be sleeping. Unfortunately, pen-scratching is not covert, so I usually have to keep this to a minimum.

Avey
June 21st, 2008, 03:06 PM
I write my long fan fics on paper (believe it or not, I actually finished Operation Main Frame in February) and I write my one-shots on Microsoft Word, which I sadly cannot do currently because the Microsoft Word on my laptop refuses to work, and I had an absolutely beautiful one-shot in mind too; Encounters of the Blurred Kind.

Jak
June 21st, 2008, 03:09 PM
I write on paper first. But that's only because I'm very paranoid that someone I don't want reading my stuff will get on Word and say 'oh, what's this? ...OMG!!' and they'll send me to counseling. (I write about...topics that would make you worry about your children...>>)

But anyway, like I said, paper first. Then I sit here and type it on Word. I type and I type and...there it is. I fix any errors that Word didn't pick up, and then I copy it and make a thread/go to the thread and post. :3

Simple as that, hun!

Matt11
June 21st, 2008, 03:25 PM
Cool, I wanna write a fic but Im not sure if I should first write it on paper or on the computer...
I dont have a laptop though so if I write stuff I have to be at my desktop in the living room all the time...

Gummy
June 21st, 2008, 03:41 PM
I write on my computer for two reasons. One, because my computer is in my room and I can write in solitude (most of the time). Two, because writing ten pages on paper won't transfer to ten pages on Word (especially with my small font). In truth, all my chapters would each be 20+ pages if written on paper.

Matt11
June 21st, 2008, 04:27 PM
How do u think of new ideas then, like new plot-twists etc?

txteclipse
June 21st, 2008, 05:06 PM
How do u think of new ideas then, like new plot-twists etc?

With...my mind. That's really where your personal imagination comes in. If you take your ideas solely from other places, it ceases to be your work pretty much.

Bay Alexison
June 21st, 2008, 05:15 PM
I write my long fan fics on paper (believe it or not, I actually finished Operation Main Frame in February) and I write my one-shots on Microsoft Word, which I sadly cannot do currently because the Microsoft Word on my laptop refuses to work, and I had an absolutely beautiful one-shot in mind too; Encounters of the Blurred Kind.

Ah, so you actually finished Operation Main Frame? That's awesome. :D However, really sucks that your Microsoft Word isn't working at the moment.

Anyways, I before used to write my stories on paper, but that time I didn't have a computer. After I got my own laptop, however, I began writing my stuff on computer because I think it'll be too much of a hassel transfering the story from paper to computer. That, and I can fix the mistakes faster without using a red pen and make markings everywhere. XD

And as for plot twists, most of the time it would be my mind thinking "What would happen if Character A suddenly does this" and then I would think up of a few ideas. Later I chose which one would be most fun to write about. XD

Matt11
June 21st, 2008, 05:23 PM
With...my mind. That's really where your personal imagination comes in. If you take your ideas solely from other places, it ceases to be your work pretty much.


No i meant, do write straight from ur head or do u make little notes on a piece of paper or have a big plan on ur computer? Stuff like that?

Jak
June 21st, 2008, 06:08 PM
No i meant, do write straight from ur head or do u make little notes on a piece of paper or have a big plan on ur computer? Stuff like that?

Some of us use a thing called memory, dear! :D

But for those who don't have a good one, we tend to jot it down on paper and keep it with our story(if we're writing it on paper, of course).

Dr. Mack Foxx
June 21st, 2008, 06:49 PM
I always use my PC.

First off, writing my 120+ page stories by hand would take a long time, plus then having to type it out after that would require considerably more time.

Second, gotta love having an effective spellchecker on hand through Microsoft Word or OpenOffice Writer, especially if you're not quite sure how to spell a given word. It's a lot easier to fix errors on a PC than a notebook, at least for me.

Finally, being able to type 50+ words per minute with an average accuracy of about 95% is certainly more efficient, at least in my case compared to trying to write out an epic by hand.

JX Valentine
June 21st, 2008, 07:52 PM
Both whenever possible. While I don't recommend writing in a notebook and then typing straight onto the forums, I do recommend (highly, actually) writing in a notebook, typing your story into a word processor (like Microsoft Word), and then copying and pasting your fic when you're done with the proofreading process onto the forums. If you do this, you're actually going through two proofreading cycles: one as you're reading what you wrote while typing it into a word processor and the second after you let your fic cool for a day and then go back and reread it and spell check it. That way, you're more likely to catch your mistakes.

But people have brought up the point that it's a bit of a hassle to do all the time, but it's a good idea if you can do it. I do it with a number of my stories myself.

As for ideas, I like to make notes here and there, usually on a separate Word document to get my thoughts in order. I don't necessarily organize my entire story before I write it, but it's good to have an idea of what you want to put in.

Ageless Irony
June 21st, 2008, 08:20 PM
Straight from the PC...
Well.
Mac.
Anyway, my hand...hurts if I write too much at once, and if I'm just doing it on the computer, I can just do a whole lot in one swoop...
Er...Typing...Session....Thingy...Majig..er...

Gummy
June 21st, 2008, 08:40 PM
When it comes to ideas, I allow them to come naturally. I don't sit in my chair all day thinking how I can make my fic different from the rest. I just go about normal life and sooner or later, get some kind of inspiration.

Astinus
June 21st, 2008, 08:45 PM
Well, first I plan things out on a roll of paper. Either plot points, little notes I might need, or some random scribble for some shonen-ai fluff I want to write. Then I lay all the sheets of paper that I use (roll of paper looks like toilet paper) on my floor near my bed until needed.

Then I write a rough draft on a roll of paper of what I want to write. I write maybe four paragraphs and then stop. This falls onto the floor until the next time.

Next, I rewrite said four paragraphs into a better draft that isn't all scribbled. That also falls onto the floor.

What comes next is writing the four paragraphs into my notebook, which is on the floor near my bed.

And then what happens once I have a chapter written is I edit it on the paper, type it onto the computer, have it stew for a few days, proof-read it again, and then finally post it on my writing journal. There, it will stew again for a few days before I finally bring it over here. (And this last step has not happened for any of my chapters yet.)

Yes, it's a long process, but it works for me. I actually have some writing that I'm not afraid to show to the world. As for why everything is on the floor around my bed, it's because I have no where else to write at 6:30 in the morning, okay?

My one-shots, however, only get typed onto the computer, proof-read once, and then posted.

Shrike Flamestar
June 21st, 2008, 11:22 PM
ph33r my long explanation of my writing process, mwahahahaha!

Well, most of my story planning goes on in my head at every stage I write, but before I start a story I make a file and type up some notes on the basic details of the setting, plot, and characters. After I’ve written up the initial story notes, I usually begin the thought process of planning the chapter itself which is frequently the same for all chapters. I’ll spend a few weeks thinking over where I want to go with the chapter and, perhaps the hardest for me, how to start it. Sometimes I’ll have some great revelation and plan out almost the entire chapter in my head in just one sitting (which has happened in the shower on more than one occasion), in which case I usually type up a small chapter notes file so that I don’t forget any details; usually I just keep my thoughts on the chapter in my head, however. I also try not to do too much planning before I start writing, with a lot of the specific details only coming out while I write (and, in fact, some plot elements develop entirely while I write, as is the case with TRINITY chap 1 where two whole new character and a side plot that I had never planned on just popped up out of nowhere.)

After I’m done with planning the chapter I’ll get into the writing. I always write directly in Word, on my computer, in my room. I plan to try writing on the top floor lounge of my dorm next semester to make use of the portability of my laptop, though; it has a nice view up there (the building’s 25 stories high or so). Anyways, depending on my mood and such, how much I can get done in one sitting and how long it’ll take me to finish the entire chapter varies. In one session I can write anywhere from just two pages to over ten, and to get the whole chapter done it can take me from two days to several months (if it takes me that long, though, it’s usually because in the middle there I simply stopped writing. The upside is that after a long break without writing, my writing sessions immediately afterwards tend to be quite long).

After I’ve gotten the chapter finished, I’ll let it sit anywhere from a day to a week before going back and proofreading it. Depending on the length of the chapter I may split up proofreading into two sessions, but generally I can proofread about 15 pages in one session with maybe a few hour long breaks without wearing myself out (the longer the time from when I finished the chapter, the more I can proofread). Proofreading for me involves not just standard typo and error correction, but I’ll also try to add in details and flesh out parts of the story that weren’t clear or which I skimmed over on the rough draft. Those additions I make are the most frequent source of typos I miss correcting, since I only look over them quickly right after I write them... Oh, and lately I’ve actually begun to read my chapters out loud while I proofread. A little weird and I hope no one ever overhears me, but I find it helps me to find typos better since I’m not as likely to gloss over sentences. It also helps me to make sure that the “speed” of the action and its tone match what I was aiming for.

So after I finish proofreading that’s about it, just have to post it, and then repeat the cycle again for the next chapter which will no doubt take longer than the last. X_x

Ninja Caterpie
June 21st, 2008, 11:28 PM
Wow....
I have ideas in daydreams...and when I'm shower...and walking...and in solitude.
And...uh..sometimes I say them quietly out to myself and imagine them in my head and I sound like a crazy person...X_X

Matt11
June 22nd, 2008, 04:46 AM
Wow, some people really take long to make chapters.
I wanna try make a fanfic before the end of the summer holidays in september so I cant wait that long for each chapter...

Enperuto
June 23rd, 2008, 08:31 PM
How do you write your fanfic?
Do you write it on paper and then put it on your computer, or do you write it straight on your PC?

And tell me why you picked it this way?

I usually write on computer. One because 60 WPM > 10 WPM and two because it's just easier for me - no hand cramps. Plus no one in my family really uses the computer much and I can always take the laptop into my room. However, when I don't have access to a computer, I will write on paper. This writing is very fragmented and poor.

iLike2EatPiez
June 27th, 2008, 04:21 PM
Wow, some people really take long to make chapters.
I wanna try make a fanfic before the end of the summer holidays in september so I cant wait that long for each chapter...

I used to make chapters very quickly. Like, one a day at the fastest. I would go on obsessive writing sprees when I got hooked and they would last for days if not weeks. However, now I'm a little more calm about my writing. My chapters remain about the same length, but I just don't work as fast as I used to. Now I need more inspiration to get me started on my chapters again; sometimes I just have cases of terrible writer's block, and on most occasions I simply don't feel like writing at all.

But I wouldn't worry too much about rushing yourself. My philosphy is: if you feel like writing, write. If not, do something else for a while and maybe you will. At least, if I were to rush my writing (and it has happened before, which led to the abandonment of my fic, "Bonds"), the fic would quickly grow just as rushed as I am, and the plot would simply deteriorate. So, I tend to take my time.

do write straight from ur head or do u make little notes on a piece of paper or have a big plan on ur computer? Stuff like that?

Sometimes, for long and important fics, I type up a huge list in bullet-format listing all the major events and things I plan to include. I also often make lists and descriptions of the characters, what happens to them, and petty much make a whole setup for the story and save it to my "Pokemon Fanfiction" folder in my Documents. Of course, I still sometimes add more things I never even thought of when I made my plannings (which is fun), or later based on the outcome of the story so far will scrap past ideas, but a general plan on how to work everything out helps a lot and keeps me from getting any serious writer's block issues.

How do u think of new ideas then, like new plot-twists etc?

Mine are ususally generated randomly, at completely unexpected times. If I like an idea, I mentally build and elaborate on it until I can decide whether it can or can't be applied to the fic. Then I might add it to my "master-plan".

Also, reading other fics helps inspire me to work on my own. I won't steal an idea, but certain concepts and my own perceptions of them can be manipulated to fit my work, and then I proceed with the "mentally build and elaborate" step as I described before. That or just reading well-written fics makes me want to write mine just as well. XP

How do you write your fanfic?
Do you write it on paper and then put it on your computer, or do you write it straight on your PC?

I never write a fic on paper. Ever. It's way too slow and tiring for me compared to a possible 80+ words-per-minute when I'm hooked to my story. Paper is also easilly loosable, wheras a fic posted on a site or two, saved to its own folder on more than one computer, and backed up on a USB-storage device is simply not. Besides, I have better things to do with paper, like draw. :laugh:

Matt11
June 27th, 2008, 04:46 PM
Thanks ppl, your comments really help ;)

Scarlet Weather
June 28th, 2008, 04:47 AM
When writing my chapters I usually make a long, shallow cut along my arm and use the blood as ink to write out the outline of the chapter on a stone tablet. This process occasionally takes days depending on how well I get the blood to show up on the stone. I then copy that outline onto a piece of notebook paper and, using ink drawn from badger saliva and snake venom, write the chapter. I then type it into word processor. Depending on the availability of the supplies, this could take anywhere from an afternoon to months. This explains why it takes me so long to finish a chapter of "Thief in the Night".

....

Really, I just use word processor, and I usually listen to music as I write because the beat sometimes helps me think. (Apparently this doesn't work for some people- Philip Pullman, for one, has said that he can't listen to music when he writes because it messes with the rhythm of the next sentence. Maybe he just isn't listening to The Police?)

iLike2EatPiez
June 28th, 2008, 06:23 AM
Philip Pullman, for one, has said that he can't listen to music when he writes because it messes with the rhythm of the next sentence. Maybe he just isn't listening to The Police?)

Hooray for referencing Phillip Pullman! (I loved the His Dark Materials triology...) I sometimes listen to music as well, I might add, but I can see where it would mess people up. Sometims it distracts me and starts to noticably detract from the quality of my writing. Then, by the time I take out my headphones, I'm too de-motivated to continue. Then usually I come here. :D

Alter Ego
June 28th, 2008, 07:39 AM
When writing my chapters I usually make a long, shallow cut along my arm and use the blood as ink to write out the outline of the chapter on a stone tablet. This process occasionally takes days depending on how well I get the blood to show up on the stone. I then copy that outline onto a piece of notebook paper and, using ink drawn from badger saliva and snake venom, write the chapter. I then type it into word processor.

Really? And here I have been wasting my time with the outmoded method of banging my head against the keyboard and thanking the sweet mother of grammar and her uncle who most never be named for guidance every time I produce something that the spell checker can correct into legible English. Why don't you ever share this stuff with me, man?! I thought we were friends. D=

...

Erm...yeah, like Thesis I just type on the computer, though for personal reasons I use the advanced reply box rather than a word processing program, then copy-paste my work to a text document whenever I need to take a break. The ideas...are mostly in my addled mind, I'm afraid; I just can't find a way of writing them down in any concise manner. XD

Matt11
June 28th, 2008, 07:54 AM
I dont like to write in silence because I feel weird, so I either have music on or the TV on in the background. Any silence creeps me out really xD