02 August 2013 @ 10:22 pm
this was posted on tumblr so feel free to skip over it:

Have you ever edited a story that was 250,000 words long? For the first time? Oh my God. I’m the worst at editing in the world. It’s a good thing Kender’s around to keep me in check because I keep forgetting to go back and edit my parts.

Below is crap about RPing fanfic out through email. Oh and Kender and I wrote a 76,000 word story in eight days. BOOYAH.

(For those out of the loop, Kender and I have co-authored like a million things and by a million I mean nine, but it’s over 700,000 words of fanfic between us. Nothing’s posted yet. We’re uhm…editing.)

The fact that we semi-regularly (all year) have been writing stories 40,000-70,000 words long is hysterical. The advantage to this “RP"/coauthoring thing is that it keeps us both writing. I could argue that we would be writing separately if not together, but that’s not true.

Our process is something like this:

1. We “take turns" picking a plot/beginning scene/whatever, write it up in the POV of our main character, send it to the other person.

2. Other person responds with the second character.

3. This goes back and forth until the story is done, with us picking up other characters who appear. Sometimes we switch, so for some RPs I did Farina, and for others Kender did Farina. In the one we did where almost the entire cast of FE7 was present, we had to pick characters in advance and points of view for scenes, and plot it all out.

Anyway, it’s fun. I could respond to RP/fic emails in between classes, or even during class if I was super sneaky. She can even reply on her phone. It’s been really nice.

Sometimes we have long scenes. I know I’ve written some that were 1,600-2,500 words long, so basically a one-shot all on their own, but it’s seriously a lot of fun to do this with someone else. It keeps the story fresh and interesting (because in RP you can’t always predict how another character will react to what yours does) and it requires a little teamwork and snatches of free time.

I know when I sit down to write actual fanfiction, on my own, I need a block of about six hours (even if I know it’ll only take me two to write what I need to; I have to know I have TONS of time) and perfect peace and quiet. For RP-email ‘ficcing? I don’t quite need that.

So with our first RP, we slapped it up onto Google Docs in ten parts and started editing scenes. (Part 10/10 editing begins now; this has taken forever. The best part? We still don’t have a title. Dang we’re good.) Because our first RP was written in sloppy both-points-of-view with overlapping parts, we had to cut back and make each scene from just one character’s point of view (instead of letting it be completely omniscient) so it’s been a ton of work. But man it was fun to write.

The RP/fic that we just finished today? 76,000 words. We started it on July 25th. It was a ‘fic I intended to write for the final conclusion to my novelization—which WE ALL KNOW WILL NEVER GET WRITTEN ANYWAY. 8-9 days to write 76,000 words.


I mean, I know it sounds silly, but it’s just so much more fun than sitting alone to write for hours. Sometimes. Regarding certain things. RPing out fanfic for some ideas is way easier than forcing yourself to get excited about it alone. When you don’t know how other characters are going to react exactly to what someone says, it leaves this element of suspense to the story that makes it so it might turn out differently than you had planned, but the advantage is that you don’t ever feel like you’re forcing characters into roles or situations that they probably wouldn’t get themselves into.

And the amazing amount of miscommunication is perfect. It feels real when Hector says X, and in a fanfic Farina would know he meant Y by saying X, because you’ve probably planned that and you’re one person thinking with our own mind, but in an RP she might actually think he meant Z by saying X. The person playing her might read what you say and decide immediately that it doesn’t sound like what you meant it to sound like when you wrote it. (Kind of like…real life.)

Basically: I fucking love this. It’s awesome. It’s so much fun. It gives me something to look forward to most days.

And Kender is probably getting sick of it BUT TOO BAD. /noogies her and flees.

The unfortunate thing is that to turn these into fanfics, there is some serious editing that has to be done. I still feel it’s worth it. ;)

Too bad I suck at editing.

When these are done they’ll be posted here.


Here are the stories we’ve written in order:

#1: Hector/Farina* (started out with no plot, ended up super long and involved; farina and hector basically make a lot of bets with one another)
#2: Hector/Farina (friends-with-benefits)
#3: Hector/Farina (farina shows up out of nowhere and starts flirting madly for “no reason")
#4: AU Hector/Farina* (hector meets farina by running into her at all three of her jobs; deals with endometriosis)
#5: Hector/Farina (trust issues/scared of sex/getting married just so that hector won’t have to marry a stranger)
#6: Kent/Lyn, Hector/Farina, Sain/Fiora, Eliwood/Ninian, Erk/Priscilla, Serra/Oswin, others (pretty much a massive blanket scenario type fanfic but not as weird as it sounds)
#7: Kent/Lyndis (lyn decides she’s going to do what it takes to get kent to notice her. pretty much as bad as it sounds but not written as bad as it probably sounds)
#8: Hector/Farina, Oswin/Serra (farina comes to hector looking for work that is safe, but she kind of can’t do it)
#9: Kent/Lyn, Sain/Fiora, Hector/Farina, Wil+Florina (Lyn goes back to rule Caelin after Negal’s defeat, does a terrible job, and is Hausen’d (aka poisoned))
* = our best efforts

WHAT WILL NUMBER TEN BE?????????? who knows. It’s my turn to pick, and I’m in love with Kender’s Kent—she’s so good at writing him it makes me jealous. I’m considering an AU.

But uhm…I need to edit… Yeah. >_> TO GOOGLE DOCS!!!!!
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samuraiter[personal profile] samuraiter on August 3rd, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
Have you ever edited a story that was 250,000 words long? For the first time?

Editing such a thing is time-consuming, but not too bad. Reformatting it, on the other hand, is a bitch.
Ammie[personal profile] amielleon on August 5th, 2013 03:14 am (UTC)
I find it hilarious those roles are not reversed. Reformatting is basically find-replace plus some tedious down-down-down-backspace-enter-down-down-down.... While editing requires thought.
samuraiter[personal profile] samuraiter on August 5th, 2013 09:21 am (UTC)
That might be why I like editing. Reformatting tends to involve me spending hours finding the empty spaces where things – like dashes, scene breaks, any accented letter, etc. – used to be and putting them back, rather than doing a find-replace. The first time is not so bad. ... After half a dozen times, it makes me want to draw and quarter the archive.
Manna[personal profile] lyndis on August 5th, 2013 03:53 am (UTC)
Hahah, when I say "edit" I mean editing AND reformatting. All part of the editing process IMO.
samuraiter[personal profile] samuraiter on August 5th, 2013 09:22 am (UTC)
It might be that I've separated the term 'reformatting' out because it's generally the fault of where things are archived, rather than a real part of the creative process. ("Site update? Well, there go all the dashes again.")