FanFiction – I’ve Written How Much?

Well on my way 400k words of fanfiction which seems rather crazy when I stop to thnk about it. Hmmm…

…and then I go on to the fact that I prefere to write out my stories on paper first before commiting them to the computer. It allows me a chance for a first edit, check the grammer, shift and twiddle things around and that. It also means I’ve got serious quantities of notebooks full of writing, as you can see.

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Thanks to the ring-binding they have an annoying habit of falling apart. I’m trying to switch to a smaller format rather than having to lug something A4 around with me all the time. Not much joy so far since I’m actually using a ring-binder at the moment.

Once it’s in the computer then my brilliant Beta gets stuck in, correcting all the grammer and spelling I missed and making helpful and interesting suggestions, and pointing out those annoying plot holes that snuck by me.

And this is where it all started, the very first page of Inquisitor Carrow and The God-Emperorless Heathens, which made it on to the internet more or less as I wrote it.

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This was in the spring of 2012. I’d dabbled with writing fan-fiction before this, had actually started several stories but been utterly unsatisfied with them, and then Inquisitor Carrow marched on to my mental stage, pretty much fully formed, demanding to be written, and that, as they say, was that…

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Artist’s Block

artists block

Otherwise know as the artist’s ulitmate nightmare, a soul crushing inability to produce a single meaningful image at all…and I’m only just begining to see the other side of it.

This wouldn’t be the first time this happened to me. After I completed my art foundation I found myself utterly unintrested in art of any kind at all, a state which lasted nearly a year. This time had been rather diffrent, I’ve wanted desperately to draw but everything I’ve touched as turned to ash, at times even being unable to put pencil to paper, it’s been that extreme, an increadibly depressing situation to be in. The only approach I have found that works for me in this situation had basically been to go and do something else for a while.

Thank goodness for the fan-fiction, it has been keeping me sane, and creative in the meantime.

Except it’s now been close on two whole years since I’ve actually managed to do any meaningful art, a terrible situation for anyone to be in. Which led me to looking at the coping methods of other fellow afflicted arty types…a quick scurry over to youtube and I was amazed and feeling much more cheerful about the whole situation, given the literally thousands of videos dealing with the topic. There were so many approaches and opinions and…and…
This one particulalarly caught my eye, and made me feel a lot more positive about my situation. I had just never considered Artist’s Block like this before…