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There's this problem I've been struggling with for quite some time now. Well, it's not exactly a big problem (don't worry ^_^) but it bothers me and I need to fix it.

[Explanation / further rambling here ;)]As some of you may know, I'm not only writing fanfiction but also original fiction (in German of course :P ). More precisely, I'm writing original stories in the first place and I really, really want to earn money as a writer one day - and fanfiction is only an additional little hobby for me. Which is why I didn't write any fanfiction for many years although I had ideas: I wanted to concentrate all my writing energy on my original stories. Well, the fanfiction drabbles and oneshots I'm writing now are a good compromise: I don't have to concentrate too much on a long fanfiction. :D

Problem is, I noticed that I write much, much more fanfiction these days than original stories. In my current novel "Die Stadt Namenlos" (translation: "The City Nameless"), I'm kind of stuck between chapter 9 and 10. I guess you could call it writer's block, but I don't use that word anymore because it's really just an excuse. Professional writers write regularly no matter what, they don't wait for their so-called muses to give them a kick in the ass.

So was it a bad idea to start writing fanfiction after all because it's distracting me from my work?

I don't think so. To be honest, I don't think I would automatically work more on my novel if I stopped writing drabbles. Besides, writing is never bad - it's always practice, no matter what I'm writing. And just because I need to find a way to start working more on "Die Stadt Namenlos", that does not mean I will stop writing fanfiction any time soon. ^_^ (During the last week or so, even if I didn't make any progress on my novel, at least I wrote a drabble each day - so at least I wrote SOMETHING, and that's better than nothing! :'D )

I tried to figure out exactly why I'm stuck in my novel and why writing fanfiction on the other hand is never a problem. One reason is probably that drabbles are so short and my novel will get pretty long (I'm already at about 200 pages and that's just the beginning! D: ), so I need to think much more about what I'm writing, how the story and the characters are developing and what should happen next. Of course, that's not something I can simply change. Another problem is that I write fanfiction just for fun and don't really care if it's perfect or not, but with my novel, I have pretty high expectations and want to make it as good as possible. I can't change that either.

What I can change though is to set myself goals. With the drabbles, I have the goal to write one every day - and it works! So maybe if I set myself deadlines for my novel, that will work too. I've already tried something like that in the past and it always worked more or less, depending on if I posted my progress online and if anyone was reading it and waiting for the next chapter, or if I set the deadlines just for myself (which, of course, never worked that well).

Now, I'm not planning on posting my unfinished novel anywhere on the internet already because I'm sure I'll change so many things while I'm working on it and I don't want to confuse any possible readers. Besides, I don't know if anyone would even read it - I certainly don't expect anyone to do so, and of course I don't expect any of you to take some German classes just to read my stuff, either! xD

But I've come to the conclusion that there is one thing I can do: Posting weekly writing updates here on LJ! Yes, from now on I set myself the goal to write at least one chapter - about 20 pages or more - every week (God help me). I don't expect you to comment on them or even read them (although of course that would make me very happy :'D ), but I think if I post the updates online, I have more pressure to try to really reach my goal every week. At least I hope so.

So, that's just something I wanted you to know. I'll post my first writing update in exactly one week. You've been warned! :'D

Thanks for your attention! ;)

(Oh, and if you know any motivational tips for writing, please tell me! I already made myself a playlist of motivating songs that I can listen to while writing :'D

By the way, I just published my first book! It's called "Zentaur - Eine magische Freundschaft" which would translate as "Centaur - A Magical Friendship". It's this one: http://www.amazon.de/Zentaur-magische-Freundschaft-Antje-Bremer/dp/3710315484/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398692447&sr=8-1&keywords=antje+bremer+zentaur

So if you ever wanted to buy a german fantasy-horse-book for teenagers... xD)


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Apr. 28th, 2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
I look forward to reading your updates! :) Knowing people are waiting is a great motivator. I'll try my best to hold you accountable and be some sort of support system, for what it's worth. Writing is hard work. I admire your ability to create original works-- I just can't do it. And you're right, writing something everyday is better than nothing, even if it is just fanfic drabbles. :)
Apr. 28th, 2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
I must admit, sometimes I have ideas for fanfiction that I turn into original plotbunnies simply by changing the people and the setting of the story a little bit (because I don't want to write such long fanfictions!) ;D
Thank you so much, I really appreciate your help! Let's hope it will work :)
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