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Hey, Authors! How's it going? We're not quite halfway through the official writing period, between the end of sign-ups and the due date for rough drafts, so [personal profile] renay and I thought this would be a good time to check in with everyone. Comment to this post with a sentence (or so) from your story, and then let us know how it's going. And if the answer is: not very well, hey, that's okay. You still have plenty of time, and probably plenty of people to commiserate with you.

Bahamut says: go!

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Date: 2010-08-13 07:25 am (UTC)
imadra_blue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] imadra_blue
Oh, yes, endings are murder to write. They're the hardest part to fit in right, and I wish you luck smoothing that out. I once had to go back and significant amounts to smooth over gaps, so it can be done. I find that once you have the skeleton written, fleshing it out becomes more natural. Good luck with it!

Also, very interesting to focus on Al-Cid. I'm already liking the relationship with his father.

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Date: 2010-08-12 06:58 am (UTC)
chaosraven: Chopper (Default)
From: [personal profile] chaosraven
SOB. Things would be going better if I could decide which of my ten (TEN!) in progress final fantasy fics to focus on. Does anyone want to brainstorm with me? (Volunteers? Anyone?) I SURE COULD USE THE HELP. ;_; I really don't want to default on the writing but I'm afraid that's where I'm heading so far. AT ANY RATE, have some text from the one I was planning to write:

"Our guest is in poor condition," Ktjn said as Vaan stepped across the threshold. "His wound has a fester that will only be worsened by the heat."

Vaan frowned and dumped his burdens near the door. "Basch didn't bother to tell me he was injured. He's going to owe me double after this."

Ktjn ran a fond hand through Vaan's hair and tugged the long end of his fringe -- perpetually overdue for the knife. "I would wager your hume friend unaware. It smells of an old rot. He is laid down on the cot. I was unsure what action best to take."

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Date: 2010-08-13 07:23 am (UTC)
imadra_blue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] imadra_blue
Ahahaha, that is quite the wide variety of fics to choose from to write. I don't really write or even meta much in any of your fandoms, except for, in a limited fashion, FF7, but I will try to avoid selfishly encouraging you to write FF7 fics just for my benefit. XD Good luck with whatever you decide.

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Date: 2010-08-12 12:36 pm (UTC)
lassarina: I'm not coming out until the stupid people have gone away.  ....I can wait all day. (Default)
From: [personal profile] lassarina
That...would imply I had written sentences. Um. Oops.

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Date: 2010-08-12 04:42 pm (UTC)
rosehiptea: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rosehiptea
Same here.

I do have a paragraph summary? Eeek.

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Date: 2010-08-13 07:20 am (UTC)
imadra_blue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] imadra_blue
*pets* They will come! We have until October!

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Date: 2010-08-12 01:34 pm (UTC)
traxits: A close up of Reno, from FF7: Advent Children Complete. (Default)
From: [personal profile] traxits
Well, my original idea (the Irvine/Zell one I mentioned in my mixer post), has somehow managed to balloon out into this 90k+ word fic, and I decided that it might not be the best choice for this sort of thing, where people are expecting something a lot closer to 20k. ^^;

Instead, I'm trying to focus my attention onto a Seifer/Ellone piece that has been floating around half-formed for a few weeks now. Don't have a whole lot on it so far, but I'm pretty confident that I can make the deadline. ^^

Sample:
    The strangest thing was the idea that it was all over. Honestly, she didn't know what to do with herself, suddenly adrift, her anchor raised. Laguna had wheedled and pleaded until she agreed to stay in Esthar with him, but really, what choice did she have? Where could she go? No marketable skills, no work experience. She was certain that there wasn't a spot on the job applications: Spent most of life escaping the clutches of an evil Sorceress from the future. Can send one's consciousness back in time to experience the past.

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Date: 2010-08-13 07:20 am (UTC)
imadra_blue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] imadra_blue
I know what you mean about plot ideas not working out. We have until October, so there's plenty of time to work it out. Seifer/Ellone sounds very interesting. I love the humor in your snippet. :D

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Date: 2010-08-12 01:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kirana
I messed up a location's description, so I'm starting to type it up without finishing (because I am strange and still like to write by hand. Also, I have an awesome pen! ^^) to try to figure out how I'm going to save the scene. And the only time I seem to get anything done is during my lunch break at work (minimal distractions, maybe?).

As for the sentence, have two:

Squall sighed and leaned back. Garden had, indeed, become as quiet and still as if it were a regular garden, quietly growing herbs and flowers and carnivorous plants.
Edited (edited because icon decided to morph into the wrong one. or I chose the wrong one, but I prefer the morphing thing) Date: 2010-08-12 01:45 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2010-08-13 07:18 am (UTC)
imadra_blue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] imadra_blue
Ahahaha, I like that your write longhand. I used to at one point myself, and there is something very satisfying about it. Good luck!

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Date: 2010-08-31 10:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] spindizzy
Long hand, yay! I like to write longhand and type up later too, it helps me edit (and write in all the descriptions I missed. Um.)

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Date: 2010-08-12 03:29 pm (UTC)
stealth_noodle: Esper!Terra cuddles a piece of magicite. (esper!terra)
From: [personal profile] stealth_noodle
Most of my sentences are in my notes and outlining, because I'm still trying to decide exactly how I want to handle POV, whether I want to show what's happening in the world before Terra shows up in it or give information to the reader as Terra comes across it, at exactly what moment I want to begin things, etc. Maybe someday I'll write a long fic that doesn't require an elaborate timeline. That would be a good day.

So, um, have what may or may not end up as the opening line: It would be a betrayal of everything she had sworn herself to, but they had betrayed her first.

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Date: 2010-08-13 07:16 am (UTC)
imadra_blue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] imadra_blue
Good luck with sorting out your timeline. Sometimes, deciding where to begin really is the tough part.

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Date: 2010-08-12 05:58 pm (UTC)
shaded_mazoku: (Generic - Imagination)
From: [personal profile] shaded_mazoku
I've been busy with work all summer, (and with a new fandom sneaking up on me out of nowhere) and generally write better with a more looming deadline, but I've got some 5000 + words of general weirdness.

The vase hit the floor and shattered, the sound too loud and too harsh in a house as quiet as a mausoleum, and he froze, rooted to the ground as his mind was taken back to times long past, times that haunted him much more than the ghostly qualities of the manor. The professionals called them flashbacks, but it wasn't a case of reliving his past. It was being forced to watch it all play out in front of him like an elusive echo he could never change, forcing him to see it all over and over again, until the past and the present became impossible to separate.

And then it faded, as quickly as it had started, and he was left with pottery shards and memories of red-stained sand as far as the eye could see, the sound of gunfire echoing through the empty hallways.

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Date: 2010-08-13 07:16 am (UTC)
imadra_blue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] imadra_blue
Very nice description so far. Good luck with it!

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Date: 2010-08-12 10:59 pm (UTC)
zidane: (i am 14 yrs old and what is this)
From: [personal profile] zidane
Sob. I wrote 1,000 words three weeks ago, went to a wedding, and have been "outlining" ever since. Anyway, "progress":

When he was sure that no footsteps approached his position, he wriggled out the window and began rappelling toward Dagger's Garnet's Dagger Sarah ffffffffffffffffffff SKELETOR'S window. He had sneaked in this way enough times that it was in danger of becoming a habit. Baku taught him that habits make you sloppy, and sloppy bandits are dead bandits (a point he reinforced with his fists).

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Date: 2010-08-13 01:12 am (UTC)
emory: (Default)
From: [personal profile] emory
This last month has been uglier than expected -- I may end up dropping out if it doesn't get better in the next two weeks xP -- so I too am rather somewhat kind of a bit emptyhanded... but, have some mush (undercooked and lukewarm):

Promise you'll be careful, Rikku had whispered fiercely at her as she passed, if some fiend gets you now, I swear I'll-- she'd choked on this, exhaustion taking over. I'll steal the pyreflies that were you right out of the sky and make you stay.


I am considering treating this more like nano than anything deliberate and letting the clichebunnies drive, just so it'll get done. Or else trashing the idea and writing really silly super cliched Tifa/Rude. I guess at least it wouldn't be Harlequin level of cliched, with flowery-bad porn, but.

Edit: O hai the deadline is October for full drafts not Sept like I had in my head somehow, so, gosh wow I suddenly feel like it's possible again. *WIPES BROW*
Edited Date: 2010-08-13 01:18 am (UTC)

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Date: 2010-08-13 07:12 am (UTC)
imadra_blue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] imadra_blue
That October deadline also surprised me, and I was very happy, too. Good luck being able to write more, be it Rikku or Tifa/Rude.

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Date: 2010-08-13 07:11 am (UTC)
imadra_blue: (ff13 hope funny face)
From: [personal profile] imadra_blue
I wish everyone great luck with their projects. ♥

I am 11,000+ words in. Not sure where it's going to end, likely between 20k and 30k. I wound up scrapping my original idea completely, and while I'm still writing FF13, now the story is Cid POV, with Cid/Hope, and Jihl as an important secondary character. Post-game.

Snippet:
Cid tried to stand and immediately regretted it. The room did not just spin--it did the full five-act performance of the Pandemona Tango. Relieved that he appeared to have no dinner to vomit up, he tried to reach a compromise with his bellicose equilibrium by sitting. The room slowly finished its tango as Cid focused on his heartbeat. It seemed his only reliable bodily function at the moment, offering a comfortable and steady rhythm.

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Date: 2010-08-14 11:47 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ryuosen.livejournal.com
11k already?!
Now I'm really envious. To think I haven't even started writing.. oh well.
I look forward to read this. Cid was such an interesting character, too bad that after his revival, he let himself be killed to escape Dysley. He should have had more faith in his fellow L'cie..
Keep writing!

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Date: 2010-08-13 09:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ryuosen.livejournal.com
Hmm, I still have to finish one other BigBang before committing myself to this one, so I've only done outlining.

And decided that my idea about FFVIII will be shelfed for now. I will be writing a FFXIII story which will center on Hope, stemming from the scene where Snow apologizes to his father. He sounded/his gestures like he expected Nora's last words to be different. Pairings are undecided with the exception of Snow/Serah.. *sheesh, devotion and all but after the fifth time it was just plain annoying..*

One of the few sentence already written out....

It was so unlike him to brood, especially over the past. Normally he lived in the moment, but ever since becoming L'cie, he found himself thinking over snippets of the past. By now he had thought about the founding of NORA, of meeting Serah and falling in love with her and surprisingly enough Hope.

The youngest member of their misfit group worried him and he didn't know why, couldn't put his finger on the reason the boy somehow unsettled him. An explanation had eluded him so far. Even talking with Sis hadn't helped, though that might be due to her lack of help or readiness to help.

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Date: 2010-08-14 04:35 am (UTC)
imadra_blue: (ff13 snow kinda sexy)
From: [personal profile] imadra_blue
Eeeee! Hope fic! This is very good news for me. :D

I like the snippet, and especially the hints of Snow/Hope. :D Good luck!

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Date: 2010-08-14 05:49 am (UTC)
chaos_anomaly: (Folklore ♞ Keats; Nosy)
From: [personal profile] chaos_anomaly
...Honestly? I haven't started. Right now, I might be shelving both of the ideas I mentioned here already (or add another story arc to them, which will only make them even longer than planned) and start on an entirely different fic. An AU fic with Dissidia characters, based loosely on Inception the movie but has really solid ties to true Dissidia Canon.

Can't really say much about this fic without spoiling bits from the film, though, this fic is definitely not a literal novelization of Inception, but only with Dissidia characters.

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Date: 2010-08-14 02:10 pm (UTC)
ext_446274: (Default)
From: [identity profile] ryuosen.livejournal.com
*squees*
Now that sounds interesting. I loved the movie and Dissidia.
You officially have me intrigued!
*Will wait patiently for more*

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Date: 2010-08-23 02:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] samuraiter
I am in the same position as several posters in that I am wrestling other Big Bang projects to the ground before I draw both guns on this one. :-) Despite that, have a snippet from early in the story:

No one had thought to question why it was that clouds always gathered around the Focus Tower. No one had thought to question, either, why it was that no one had seen the top. Did it extend upwards forever, disappearing among the stars? Did the Gods sit atop it, dangling fishing lines into the ocean? Was there a giant turtle balanced on the tip, sunning itself for eons at a time? No answers, and no one had bothered to search for any. Perhaps the time to change that had come?

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Date: 2010-08-28 08:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] totchipanda
Summer got away on me.. I haven't started. I'm not even sure I'm registered :(

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