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Geez, I need to write but I can't get motivated.

There's my Rin/Miho thing which I love the idea of but the execution isn't working because I feel like all I'm doing is set up, and while I thought D had a good point about her actually witnessing his failure to give her context instead of my initial idea of her just coming across him in mid-brood.... I think if I ever got to them actually talking, there's something interesting there, and how as a result of saying things out loud, they each quit what they're doing because they're both so unhappy, and.... actually, it's probably more than I really want to take on as a one-shot that no one would ever read anyway.

And I need to get moving on the next part of HF. I've got the outline, but something's still got me stymied.

I started that Gou/Nagisa thing as a lark because I wanted to do something fun, but even that can't seem to go how I want it.


Current Mood: exanimate exanimate
Current Music: don't you care--the buckinghams

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cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: July 30th, 2014 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd read Rin/Miho; I'm curious. Why don't you start with a few sentences? As for a catalyst... Rin's teammates dump some magazines on him and he finds shots of Miho inside.

If writing one drawn out scene seems tedious, you can do snapshots, shorter scenes that show their progress. It's a way to fit more into a one-shot; a highlight reel, if you would.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: July 30th, 2014 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
The premise we came up with is that they meet in Australia while she's on a modeling shoot, and it's a brief sort of meeting rather than a grand romance, but I'm having to do so much backstory for her that it's swallowing up the thing. I'd like to cut to the chase, but I feel like then it wouldn't be earned. If there's one thing I hate, it's throwing two people together with no build up. Build your house on a rock, not sand, and all that.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 30th, 2014 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
(Waiting for train)

Well, you wrote the Nagisa/Gou story, and Nagisa has little back story too. There's a way to create empathy for a character within the confines of a short story... Spelled out back stories, or showing how their present personality is influenced by the past; where they come from.

That's a great idea by the way. Young Rin encountering model miho in Australia, then remembering when they meet again in Japan. It's plausible, it creates a connection between the two: a shared moment overseas, however brief. Something to build on.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: July 30th, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's easier though with two characters who have an established canon friendship or at least onscreen interaction, because even if you don't have full backstory, you have enough of how they are with each other. With two characters who never meet or rarely interact, there's much more work that has to be done to make it believable. (That's one problem I had with Shadows and it shows--they never speak and I had to build a friendship from scratch, and it came across as clunky and OOC. I could do better knowing what I know now.)

I'll try to keep with it, because I think it's a good idea in spite of the difficulty, but geez, it's just hard. And if you want to pair Rin with a canon female who isn't his sister, it's not like there are a lot of options.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: July 31st, 2014 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
That's true. On screen interaction, even a little, is a guide. I'm thinking about my Nakuru x Touya fics... maybe it's just Touya. He's so easy.

Well, boy Rin in Australia, in an unfamiliar land, struggling, comes across fellow expat Miho, cheers up... first crush? That's plausible.
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