|Julia:||maybe [scorpius] loses his sight in a fire and the final chapter is bea approaching him and him going 'bea, bea, is that you?' and she's silent and he touches her face and i think that would be plagarising jane eyre|
That’s the plan! It all sort of goes together anyway, like one big ending. There’s a lot of things to end.#questions #and capers ensue
Eee, thank you! :3 I am totally undeserving being so sluggish and wallowy lately.
I answered a similar question on a thread on The Golden Snitches recently, about my character creation process, and generally, my stories ideas have formed around the main characters:
I realized that I don’t really know my characters until I write them for a good amount—which is why I’m really excited for OF, because then I don’t have to write serially! I have an idea of their personality, but not so much how they’ll react to a specific conflict until I actually get to writing it, if that makes sense. But also a lot of the initial inspiration comes from character types that I feel are underrepresented or misrepresented. From ‘Capers’, Bea started as ‘what if I put the token genki girl* (m) in the main role?’ and Anjali was ‘let’s put turn the sometimes-villain-anti-hero that’s usually a hot male who stars in tumblr gif sets into a female’ and Clemence was a product of my frustration over ice queens always having a heel-faced-turn* (m) change of heart/tragic backstory as justificiation.
Those bits about Bea and Clemence’s characterizations are a huge part of how both of those stories got started. Plots tend to be fairly malleable for me.
When I started writing Capers, I wanted to write something ‘like Ocean’s 11 and Inception with rappelling and anti-gravity hallway fights’, but it doesn’t end up having either rappelling or JGL defying physics. I’d seen it as a slick adventure fic with lots of bromance, and it became a derpy adventure fic with friendship and cupcakes, which has its own charms!
When I started writing etc., which wasn’t long after, I wanted to write something that was a guilty pleasure for myself. I write what I want to write at the moment, which can mean some diatribe on teenage social norms, hidden message involving fandom dynamics or, well, gratuitous snogging. So while Capers is the story I’d like to read, etc. is the story I like to write.
I often get comments on how different these two WIPs are—Capers is the homage to friendship and hope, while etc. is a shrine to cynicism—but to me, it’s like looking at the two sides of myself, a cynic and optimist, which I suppose cancel out to become a realist. In a sense, the fics are both about a similar war—hopefuls vs. apathetics—just told on different sides.
(bear with me, I’m terrible with paragraph transitions; anyone who’s graded my papers can tell you) I also owe a huge part of it to subconscious inspiration from the books I loved reading growing up, which I’ve been rereading lately. Mostly fantasy with pragmatic heroines, and I’m making a list but I’ll post it separately since this message is rambly enough.
I doodled one of them and was going to post it with this answer, but I’mma make it colored and shiny so it’ll get its own post. When I write my OF, I think the Tiffany Aching branch of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett are going to be a huge inspiration, because she’s quite like the heroine I want to write, and I’d like to be able to inject humor like Pratchett does, not to mention the world-building for Discworld in general is phenomenal. I suppose that’s why he was knighted for services to literature.
ANYWAY I am going to awkwardly cut off this answer right here, because again, terrible at transitions.
#questions #and capers ensue #etc. etc. (and life goes on) #metawriting