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(Meme) Writers' Block

28th July 2009 (15:41)
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It's been ten days since I posted anything here. Also, by coincidence, I just counted and I've now got rather more than ten unfinished fragments and works-in-(not-much)-progress in my fic folder. Now there was a recent meme where people posted scraps from their unfinished fics... I was dubious about participating because, well, the last thing I want is people saying "That sounds good, you should finish writing that one!" when the whole point is, I can't finish it because I ran out of inspiration half-way through, and if I could finish it, I would have. :-(

But then I thought, why not turn it around? So, here's scraps from ten unfinished fics... and my challenge to you, O Flist, is to tell me how and where you think the story is going to end up after this scene. Bonus points for silly solutions; this is more for fun rather than a serious request for advice or anything...

 



1)
She moves across the snow-white plain like a drop of blood trailing down a perfect pale neck. A tiny figure, alone and lost in the vastness of infinity, but the eyes of a million million souls watch her as she passes. In that sea of perfection her movements are halting, clumsy and merely human. She is limping slightly, occasionally lifting her left hand to brush dirty brown hair out of her eyes; but in her right hand, her grip on the glittering red and silver weapon never once falters. Her lips are set in a thin line of determination, and the cold fire burning in her eyes would set fear in the hearts of angels.



2)
As he spoke he was pulling off his shirt and removing the heavy iron suit of mail he wore beneath it; the weight and noise would only hinder him as he went to hunt for prey. Stripped down to loincloth and sandles, his naturally pale skin tanned a deep brown by the warm southern sun, he looked like a ghost of the forest in the shadows. Willow looked up, saw his near-nakedness, blushed and ducked her head back down, concentrating on the pile of firewood she was putting together. He sighed.



3)
And without another word she was scrambling off Willow and walking over to the cupboard where she kept her magical supplies. Willow watched her go, thinking rather sulkily "This had better be a really good spell." But Tara kept glancing back at her over her shoulder and grinning mischeviously, looking as if she could barely suppress outright laughter over her girlfriend's expression. Willow wasn't stupid; she knew something was up, and she began to feel interested and even excited despite herself.



4)
Usually she was fast asleep by the time Buffy came back from patrol. It was a hot night tonight, though, and Willow had been tossing and turning unable to drop off. And so she was in that state halfway between sleeping and waking when she heard the door click open and light footsteps entering the room. Her pulse raced for a moment until she recognised the sound of her best friend's breathing, the little mutter of annoyance she made as her hand failed to find her washbag on the shelf next to the door. But then she'd got it, and was gone in the direction of the bathrooms, and Willow rolled over and tried to go back to sleep.



5)
"You know that wasn't a freak punch. Blondie knew what she was doing. She just didn't expect Echo to go down so hard."
"I know."
"And you're not telling this to Boyd because...?"
"We signed a contract with our Actives. Mr Langton does not need to know, therefore he doesn't."
Topher walked over to look at the image of the young woman still on the screen.
"Isn't there only supposed to be one of them at once?"
"It's a puzzle, isn't it? One which merits further investigation."
Her smile was cold as she nodded to Topher in dismissal, and turned back to her desk.



6)
Here there was a brief moment of awkwardness because Kennedy couldn't quite get the door open with both arms full of wriggly redhead, so Willow had to reach down and turn the knob herself. Then they were through the doorway, and Kennedy whirled around and threw her onto the bed - quite literally; Willow bounced at least twice as she hit the duvet. Her lover launched herself straight after, landing on top of Willow and gazing down at her from just inches away, and Willow looked up into her cheeky grin and intense, uncomplicated gaze and let herself surrender to the moment.
"Show-off."
"Mm-hmm."



7)
"We Guardians have protected humanity since the days of the Great Ice, when Teferi almost destroyed the world, and our secrets must not be lost. Assuming you don't manage to get yourself killed in the meantime, someday it will be your turn to pass on the heritage to new Chosen Ones."
"A-and there is some magic anyone can do." That was Misgana, stammering slightly in her nervousness at speaking up. "The farspeech ritual, for example. Y-you just need the right tools, b-blessed by someone with the Power."
"And there's the Great Summoning, of course. We can all do that." Haymanot was as brash as ever, but she earned a reproving stare from Kelile for her interjection.



8)
Buffy smiled and nodded, but puzzlement lingered in her eyes. "But does that mean you didn't love Oz? You seemed so heartbroken when he left."
"Of course I loved him. Why would you think I didn't? He was sweet and kind and considerate, and we could talk all night--" Buffy looked incredulous at that, and Willow choked off a giggle. "Okay, I could talk all night and he would listen really intently and occasionally say something profound. But we could talk about anything, from, y'know, computer science to the meaning of life, and Oz always had an intelligent opinion about everything. We just matched, and I once thought we'd be together until we grew old, sitting on our porch together discussing, uh, whatever people in the future would talk about. How to build a better jetpack or hover car."



9)
“Buffy? Buffy, what’s wrong? Oh God, has something broken in to… oh.” As Buffy swung the bedroom door open her sister’s panicky expression settled back into her more usual disgusted-at-the-world look. “Huh. From the noise I thought something was trying to eat you.”
“And you came rushing over to help? In your pyjamas, without any weapons or anything? That’s sweet, Dawn.”
“Yeah, well, I didn’t say I was going to help you. I was totally going to help the demon.” As Buffy’s bedraggled state sank in, though, a note of concern crept back into her voice. “Are you OK? Another bad dream, huh?”



10)
"Speaking of stakes, have you ever..." Willow's voice went low and conspiratorial, and her eyes danced wickedly, "...used one? Like that?"
"Willow! I'm shocked! That's kinky and disgusting, a stake's the Slayer's weapon, you use it to kill things, you can't, you know..."
"So you have, huh?"



 

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Posted by: candleanfeather (candleanfeather)
Posted at: 28th July 2009 16:31 (UTC)

Well, 10 could easily turn into a very very porny and silly fic involving some magic...

And now I really need bleach for my own brain .... :D


On another topic, I've seen your interventions at Buffyforums on the threads dealing with torture and I've appreciated them: torture is a hot button for me (as well as something that bothers me in Btvs and Ats) and it was a relief to see somebody saying things like they are. I'll try to make a post about this subject.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th July 2009 17:10 (UTC)

Actually, it's 3, 4 and 6 that were the PWPs. 10 was going to be a fairly serious discussion. :-)


As for that Buffyforums debate; I was pretty shocked to see people being so blatant about their support for torture... not even in a begrudging "well, it's immoral and often counterproductive, but maybe sometimes in extreme situations the end justifies the means" sense, but actually mocking people who didn't support torturing your enemies as being bleeding-heart liberal and pacifist. Yeesh.

Honestly, I blame George Bush, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove.

Thanks for the support. :-)




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Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th July 2009 17:47 (UTC)
buffy-willow

:-)
Great minds think alike... Maybe I should have given the next part of that scene too:



"Will..."
"Hey, it's good. Kink is fun. And I mean, it's logical for you, isn't it?"
"Yeah, but it just seems so, well, clichéd. The Chosen One and her trusty stake. Think of all the jokes about thrusting and penetrating. Eww."
"Plus splinters must be a problem."
"Not if you use turned wood, like a piece of broomhandle..." Buffy caught herself as she noticed Willow's upturned eyebrow and wry grin. "Damn."
"Hey, I've given you my gory details. It's your turn, I believe, Ms Summers."

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 28th July 2009 17:59 (UTC)

Dare I hope that #1 is a "Hell's Heart" sequel? :-)

I'm guessing #4 is s4 Willow dealing with newly confusing sexual identity issues.

And if #6 is wedding night fic, you may be required to write something seriously non-fluffy to compensate. :-) Like #7, for instance.

And I love Willow's speculation on what people will discuss in the future. Because future events such as those will influence you and me in the future.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th July 2009 18:12 (UTC)

Well, 'hope' is the wrong word here. There is no hope. THERE'S ONLY ME... sorry, wrong universe...

But yes, that was Faith on her way through Heaven to confront God. Unfortunately, coming up with the actual conversation she'd have was kind of beyond me...

#4 was going to get fairly smutty, although sexual confusion would have been an element.

#6 was actually a "ten minutes later" sequel to 'In Sure And Certain Hope', but I ran out of plot...

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 28th July 2009 18:26 (UTC)

Unfortunately, coming up with the actual conversation she'd have was kind of beyond me...

Well, she and Jesus could bond on the subject of absent fathers... ;-)

GOD: Hey! Sitting right here!

But yeah, I can see how that might be difficult to pull off. Especially since the "facing down God" has been done a few times already and it's probably hard to make it about Faith rather than the Big Cheese Himself.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: 5th August 2009 07:32 (UTC)
Hell's Heart sequel

> Unfortunately, coming up with the actual conversation she'd have was kind of beyond me...

So go for the funny -

Let it be a 'Dogma' crossover - with the dancing, non-speaking,
Alanis Morissette looking deity.

The jokes practically write themselves.

Posted by: The Mezzanine (deird1)
Posted at: 28th July 2009 20:42 (UTC)

Well, I don't know about the others, but 2 is definitely about the Forbidden Love between Willow and a Knight of the Byzantium.


(And you SO need to write 5! And 10. Oh! And 6!)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th July 2009 21:21 (UTC)

2 is actually a Robert E Howard crossover. And the fact that there's no Forbidden Love is pretty much the point of the story, and why I chose Willow as the Buffyverse character. :-)

5 is a crossover too, obviously. At least *I* think it's obvious. :-)

Posted by: The Mezzanine (deird1)
Posted at: 28th July 2009 22:25 (UTC)

Ohhh... no Forbidden Love? *is disappointed*


And yes - obvious crossover is obvious. And must be written immediately!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th July 2009 23:17 (UTC)
echo

There would be a heaving bosom and a ripped bodice, if that's any help?

But only because Willow's running through some woodland and tears her clothes.

Posted by: Lily (lavastar)
Posted at: 28th July 2009 23:39 (UTC)

Oh, I know how to solve your ending problems! Have every single character die of sudden heart attacks after this bit you've got here!

...no? That just how I write things, then? :P

But...but these all look so good...ESPECIALLY 5 OMG.

I might do this, too. Seems like good fun.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th July 2009 00:43 (UTC)

I'm not a fan of character death in fics. :-) Well, apart from that fic where Buffy died... and the one where Willow, Faith and Buffy died... and the ones set after Buffy's and Faith's deaths... and the one where every single person in the world died... But apart from that, I'm not a fan of character death in fics.

#5 actually came from me getting a picture in my head of Adelle and Buffy duelling with fencing foils... I then had to write a story to get to that point. :-) (And work out why Buffy wouldn't win in five seconds flat, seeing as how Adelle doesn't have superpowers...)

Posted by: Lily (lavastar)
Posted at: 29th July 2009 01:12 (UTC)

I'm not a fan of character death in fics. :-) Well, apart from that fic where Buffy died... and the one where Willow, Faith and Buffy died... and the ones set after Buffy's and Faith's deaths... and the one where every single person in the world died... But apart from that, I'm not a fan of character death in fics.

Mmm, but I love it. I'm a whore for teh angst.

#5 actually came from me getting a picture in my head of Adelle and Buffy duelling with fencing foils... I then had to write a story to get to that point. :-) (And work out why Buffy wouldn't win in five seconds flat, seeing as how Adelle doesn't have superpowers...)

Hee! That's so funny!

And now I REALLY want that fic...*fumes*

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th July 2009 01:36 (UTC)

*fumes*

Can't force the muse. :-)

But here's another snippet from what I actually did manage to write:



"I never wanted her dead." Buffy stared at the happy, carefree smile of the woman in the image and swallowed. "Well okay, maybe I wanted her a little bit dead. Or not even really dead, just hurt a lot. Does that make me a bad person?"

"This is Faith we're talking about. I'd say it makes you on the side of the ang- on the side of the good people."

"She looks different. I mean, obviously she's older, and somebody gave her a complete fashion transplant - will you look at those shoes? Faith never used to wear shoes like those."

"Didn't she? I never really noticed."

Buffy smiled sweetly. "Perhaps you should have tried looking away from her chest now and then?"

Posted by: the perfectionless perfectionist (lily_lovely)
Posted at: 29th July 2009 18:00 (UTC)

Can't force the muse. :-)

Ugh, I know. Would that one could. *sigh*

Oh, goody! Snippet!

And now I've got a fair good idea at the plot, and the beast is sated for now. ;)

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 29th July 2009 03:19 (UTC)

It must be nice to have such a thing as "plot bunnies" to work on. Me, I just twiddle my thumbs until a story idea happens to occur to me, and then I write it. Dunno why I have so few ideas. It didn't used to be like that. Where did all my ideas go?

#10... I don't know about Buffy, but if Faith hasn't staked herself halfway to happyland a few times I'd be very surprised.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th July 2009 18:21 (UTC)

Plot bunnies are great if you can actually finish the story. As it is, they just sit there taunting me...

Posted by: mikeda (mikeda)
Posted at: 29th July 2009 22:43 (UTC)

Anya always did say that bunnies were evil...

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Posted at: 3rd August 2009 01:19 (UTC)
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