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After spending the last six months tearing my old novel to pieces and rebuilding it, and the last few weeks outlining a new novel, and reading endless discussions about the craft and business of fiction, I seem to have forgotten how to write. No matter how many times I remind myself of Elizabeth Bear's dictum that "Writing is not a performance art," I can barely get a sentence onto the page without telling myself it's no good and erasing it. I think I am just trying too hard to get this book right the first time, and somehow I have to shake that mindset. So now I'm looking to you to help me out with some stretching exercises:

Tell me what you want me to write.

The caveats are that it has to be a scenario or a fandom I'm familiar with -- so no use asking me for Stargate fic, okay? But if there's a scene or an incident you'd like to see, a particular pairing or tag-team of characters, romance or action or suspense or what-have-you, tell me and I'll write... something. It might be a sentence, a drabble, or a vignette, depending on how much your idea inspires me and how well the writing's going. In a pinch I'll just set the timer for 15 minutes and you'll get whatever I can hammer out in that space of time.

Ready? Go.
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Date: 2007-01-29 09:09 pm (UTC)
ext_6531: (DW: Smile)
From: [identity profile] lizbee.livejournal.com
*ponders*

Ah, the thrilling power of having you at my mercy. How about a scene between Romana and Jackie? *big blue pleading eyes*

Date: 2007-01-30 05:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
"So off she goes, not even a word, missing a whole year before she comes back with him in tow, bold as you please -- I could have killed her if I wasn't that close to a heart attack myself..."

The woman across the table from Jackie smiles, but her eyes are distant, and the curve of her mouth unbends just a fraction of a second too quickly to hide that her thoughts are elsewhere. "And where is your daughter now?" she asks.

Jackie stabs another forkful, but her hand never lifts from the plate; her mouth is already full of indignation and words. "I haven't the slightest, that's the worst of it. Gone off again just like that, who knows where he'll drag her off to next, or whether she'll--" She stops, sniffs, and looks around the cafe as though only just recalling where she is. "Well, never mind that. Nothing to be done about it, anyway, is there?"

"I'm afraid not," says the strange woman, her gaze perfectly balanced between coolness and compassion. A plate of chips sits cooling in front of her; she has not eaten a single one. "But I'm glad to hear that she's alive, at least. When I heard she had gone missing, I... wondered."

***

Okay, that was a completely unsatisfactory use of 15 minutes. Sorry. :P

Date: 2007-01-30 09:18 pm (UTC)
kerravonsen: Romana in fancy hat: "Time Traveller" (time-traveller)
From: [personal profile] kerravonsen
Jackie stabs another forkful, but her hand never lifts from the plate; her mouth is already full of indignation and words.

Oooh, very nice.

Date: 2007-01-29 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penwiper26.livejournal.com
Write me House alone with his piano.

Or, if it is not too wrong to write Narnia fic, write me a conversation between Peter and Edmund at school, post- any one of the first three books.

Date: 2007-01-29 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] etlhoy.livejournal.com
I desperately want a scene from Maud's perspective of her interacting with the children, and maybe something with them at school, and maybe a scene with just one child left at home and the rest off at school. Sorry, I'm being greedy, and you have no idea who I am, but I will say that I love your writing and when you find a publisher for Knife I am going to buy a copy.
Elizabeth

Date: 2007-01-29 09:37 pm (UTC)
ext_7845: (armchair)
From: [identity profile] yunitsa.livejournal.com
The Doctor, Jack and Rose. I miss the non-angsty, pre-Torchwood Captain Jack.

Date: 2007-01-29 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] claritylit.livejournal.com
I also want the Doctor, Jack, and Rose. After the dancing at the end of "The Doctor Dances," how does the party break up?

Date: 2007-01-29 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mcamy.livejournal.com
A typical evening at the Holmes/Russell household. :) But only if it tickles your fancy.

Date: 2007-01-29 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yahtzee63.livejournal.com
Jack and Weiss, discussing Sydney.

Date: 2007-01-29 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heatherbird.livejournal.com
ooh! that sounds good.

i'd love either a sark/lauren or sark/evilfrancie scene with the lovin' and the spyin'.

Date: 2007-01-29 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kizmet-42.livejournal.com
Moody and Harry, discussing auror tactics. Must include one demonstration where Moody does it right and Harry botches it up badly. Extra points if Ron ends up in his boxers.

Date: 2007-01-29 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] harriet-wimsey.livejournal.com
Hmm. How about Watson and Mrs. Hudson, either discussing Homes &/or Russell or just a look at their own friendship.

Date: 2007-01-29 10:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mary-j-59.livejournal.com
Oh, gosh, you've gotten a lot thrown at you - but I would also like Maud and the kids - especially Malcolm. Maybe 15 minutes of freewriting a scene (any scene) between Maud and Malcolm?

Well, if you really want to write...

Date: 2007-01-29 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Shit. Write complete and total, unadulterated terrible horrible gak-awful shit. Give yourself the freedom to write badly, and I'm guessing you'll remember not only how to write, but also the joy of doing so.
(The other Rebecca, who also recommends you read the bit in Bird by Bird about mice in a mason jar, while you're at it.)

Date: 2007-01-29 10:51 pm (UTC)
kerravonsen: Gandalf and the Ninth Doctor, with lightning: Storm Crows. (StormCrows)
From: [personal profile] kerravonsen
A conversation between Gandalf and the Doctor. 8-)

Date: 2007-01-29 10:55 pm (UTC)
kerravonsen: cover of "The Blue Sword": Fantasy (Fantasy)
From: [personal profile] kerravonsen
Another suggestion: write a description of something you can see (out your window, on a walk, whatever) -- as if it was a view into Faery. Get those numinous words flowing. (grin)

Date: 2007-01-29 11:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rose-in-shadow.livejournal.com
I may be too late, but here are a couple of crossover ideas:\

House/Harry Potter

House/Lost

House/Heroes

Hmm. Lookes like I'm running a theme here. LOL.

Beat me to the punch

Date: 2007-02-01 08:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carbonelle.livejournal.com
What she said. House and Maud and Snape--!

Date: 2007-01-29 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crjace.livejournal.com
I'd love to see a scene between Snape and Dumbledore, or if you're not inspired for it, a scene about anything between Snape and McGonagall.

Date: 2007-01-30 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacockharpy.livejournal.com
Waaaaaay down here at the bottom (and thinking "wheeeeee! fic from RJ!"): a little bit of Snape/Luna? Anything you like, although mention of the Quibbler is good. :)

And if you don't make it this far, that's fine.

*wicked grin*

Date: 2007-01-30 01:40 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Potter/Star Trek crossover. Question: can Occlumency block the Vulcan Mind Meld?

Well, you did leave it wide open, you know. I can just see Snape and Spock squaring off. Though I have this sneaky feeling that some HP and Trek characters would get along superbly. Alastor Moody and Worf, for instance?

Snape anything, Rebecca--you know I'll read it if you've written it!

Mary Anne

Date: 2007-01-30 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snickelish.livejournal.com
I loved the snippet or two I found of your Firefly fic. Maybe a bit of a conversation between River and Zoe, post-"Serenity"?

On the other hand, a House/Lost crossover sounds like great fun, too (but only because there are so many things and people in Lost that I want House to snark on).

Date: 2007-01-30 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
The Firefly fic must have been someone else's; I've never seen the show (though I keep reminding myself to see "Serenity" one of these days).

I'll think on a House/Lost crossover, though. That could be an... interesting challenge.

Date: 2007-01-30 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snickelish.livejournal.com
Huh. I wonder who I was thinking of. Anyway, carry on - it looks like you have plenty of other good ideas. :)

Date: 2007-01-30 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] camillofan.livejournal.com
Holmes and the Third Doctor-- or, if you don't like writing Three, then any of the others between One and Seven (I haven't seen Nine and Ten yet).

Date: 2007-01-30 12:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dichroic.livejournal.com
A conversation between Dumbledore and Merriman Lyon, Oldest of the Old Ones. Bonus points if it touches on the topic of free choice.

Date: 2007-01-30 02:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mistraltoes.livejournal.com
If you wind up getting this far, I'd love to see some House & Wilson. It's so tough to find any gen for them; I don't care what the topic is.

Date: 2007-01-31 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
You're in luck, because I already had this written and sitting on my HD, as the opening to the possible sequel to "Galatea". Which I know is cheating, since this is supposed to help me with writing NEW stuff, but... oh well.

***

"This is a joke, right?" said Wilson. "Ha-ha, that sort of thing. Except... not especially funny, and more along the lines of bizarre and slightly disturbing?"

House eased a hip over the divider between their two balconies, stretching out his bad leg and leaning back against the sun-warmed brick of the wall. Below, the grounds of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital basked in the afternoon sunlight, and a faint smell of tarmac and grass clippings wafted toward them on the breeze. "Nope," he said. "Scout's honor. She's taking me out to dinner Friday night."

"Cameron. Is taking you. To dinner." Wilson's voice was flat with disbelief. "You mean it was her idea?"

"No," said House, "it was my idea, and she fell for it. Clever, huh?"

Wilson shut his eyes and put his fingertips against his forehead, in the manner of a man performing some complicated feat of mental logic. "Let me get this straight," he said. "A couple of days ago you told me you weren't interested in anyone, Cameron very much included. And last I checked, she was still mad at you for spying on her. Now all of a sudden the two of you are dating? What did I miss?"

"It's not dating," House corrected him, "it's a date. Dating implies repeated activity and possibly even some degree of commitment. I'm not signing up for anything, I'm just scoping out the territory."

"Uh-huh," said Wilson. "The last time you scoped out anyone's territory, you ended up living with her for five years, and it took you another six years to get over it."

"Well, aren't you just a little ray of bipolar sunshine. You're telling me not to go out with Cameron? A couple of days ago you were practically drawing up the wedding invitations."

"I'm not telling you anything. I'm just --" Wilson made a vague, helpless gesture. "Confused. That's all."

"Aw, don't worry," said House. "We'll make sure to take things nice and slow so you can catch up."

"You seem awfully... relaxed about this."

"That's just my patented devil-may-care fa├žade. Inside I'm all a-quiver. See?" House held out a theatrically trembling hand. "I mean, you never know what may happen on a date with Allison Cameron. She may launch herself across the table and ravish me right in the middle of Earl's Seafood Shack."

"Maybe a little too relaxed," said Wilson.

House let his hand drop. "Oh, come on. I've known Cameron for four years. The element of surprise is not exactly a factor. And if the evening sucks, so what? Been there, done that, bought the puttanesca."

"True," mused Wilson. "And if she hasn't snapped and beaten you to death with your own cane by now, she probably never will."

"Wow, you're good," said House. "Have you ever thought of going into sales?"

***

Date: 2007-01-31 08:02 pm (UTC)
kerravonsen: Gregory House: "I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist." (House-right-wrong)
From: [personal profile] kerravonsen
Yay! Just right!

Date: 2007-02-01 08:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carbonelle.livejournal.com
Hear! Hear!

Date: 2007-02-01 11:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mistraltoes.livejournal.com
Oh, that's lovely. Your House-voice is marvelous. Though I agree, as the point is to get you writing new things, then you really must write more of it. ;-P

Suggestion

Date: 2007-01-30 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
If you write FanFic, you'll be limited to what has been revealed about these characters in the canonical works, and you'll judge yourself against the canonical writings and other FanFic. Try a short story with new characters and give your mind the freedom to develop the characters and universe where you want it to go.

Regards,
Shawn
sabigail.blogspot.com

Re: Suggestion

Date: 2007-01-30 11:54 pm (UTC)
kerravonsen: Kerr Avon, frowning: Character is PLOT (character-is-plot)
From: [personal profile] kerravonsen
But she already has characters and universes of her own. What she's asking for are quick things as a writing exersize, to free up her painfully cramped writing muscles, and FanFic is very good for that.

Date: 2007-01-31 01:32 am (UTC)
infiniteviking: A stern eagle staring at the camera. (5)
From: [personal profile] infiniteviking
*seconds all those folks who have asked for anything involving Snape*

Everyone's writing muscles get tired now and then. Take a short break, do something else, and come back to it refreshed. And try writing several paragraphs before allowing rewrites.

Date: 2007-01-31 05:33 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Here's one:

How you and your family would react if you received powers ala HEROES.

Greg Gick

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