Seventh Sanctum Shorts

Fan Fiction 2.0

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So I’m… Ankle deep in writing my fan fiction piece and I’m running into some problems.

I don’t know if any of the (admittedly few) people who read this blog write fan fiction, or would admit it if they do, but I’m fairly certain my issues may be common. Certainly so for beginner fan fic writers.

(For those of you who haven’t played the Mass Effect games, whether you play a female or male Shepard, the character is highly customizable, and a various number of actions and personalities can be developed throughout the games.)

Shepard is easy to write. She’s mine. (Though admittedly, I’m not sure what direction other than Paragon to take with her.) Thane, however, is being a bit of a problem.

He’s an established character and I’m nearly paralyzed with the fear of doing something that breaks the Canon so much that any actual fan of the games would be turned off by it.

I had a similar issue with the Seventh Sanctum Shorts characters because I had used the active Seventh Sanctum Forums at that time to get the characters who inhabit the forums. So they were, in effect, other people’s persona’s. I was so afraid of doing something wrong that I set the whole project aside. Now, though, that I don’t even know how to get into contact with any of the people (except for one and I’m not sure he’d remember me or the project), I’m more at ease taking the characters and making them my own

This is not an option, though, because these characters Thane, and any other established characters I pull from the games, will not fade from memory. At least not any time soon.

I keep writing, because I have deadlines to meet, but I was wondering, has anyone else had this problem?

How did you over come it?


My Writing Process

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Yay for being tagged!

So this is being put up late, but it’s still the same day!

K.R. Green over at tagged me with this to talk about my… you guessed it, Writing Process. So here goes, yeah?

1. What am I working on at the moment?

Well…. I’m both working on writing a series of short stories (and posting them at seventhsanctumshorts) that are a practice in insanity. If I had to describe them, I’d say Doctor Who, but less cohesive.

Also, I am currently working on finishing/rewriting my 2011 NaNoWriMo project which was then titled… well I don’t remember what, it’s changed titles so often. It used to be called Shadows and Lies, then it was Shadow’s Fall, now I think it’s called Chasing Shadows. I’m bad at titles.

Chasing Shadows is part post-apocalyptic, though at first glance you wouldn’t tell. Part dystopic. The idea came from reading Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy and wondering, “What if they hadn’t killed the Lord Ruler?” Upon first write it seemed too much like the Mistborn trilogy, so I changed my magic system. Changed the backstory of the world. And changed so much that if I didn’t tell you that’s where my inspiration was, you might never know.


2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well, for one, when I first get an idea and am writing, I don’t think in terms of genre. It’s mostly fantasy, but it has, like I said, bits of Post-Apocalypse and Dystopia sprinkled in. As well as some Science-Fiction from a pair of siblings who drop in from another dimension and are just trying to get home.

So it depends on which genre you choose. If you’re asking how it differs from Fantasy… well, it’s not your normal sword-and-sorcery. It’s practically set in modern day, but with magic. Though it’s not Urban Fantasy, either. The City (as it is called in the novel) is completely isolated, kept so by the Dark Skins that they fight constantly. It’s a mix of genre’s.


3. Why do I write what I do?

You’d be better off asking me why I breathe. Or why I feel.

I do it because I must. In each of the books/stories that I write. There is something about them that I entirely believe. Whether it be a theme (Not everything is as it seems, in Chasing Shadows). A character (sometimes a character comes to me, and I just have to tell his/her story). A plot (these are less frequent. If I don’t love the characters involved, there is no way I’ll write it, no matter how awesome the plot is.)

I love something about every book that I write. And they’re pounding on my head to be let out. I have to oblige, otherwise I might very well go insane.


4. How does my writing process work?

You tell me.

Seriously, though. I’m still trying to figure that out. I have been in a bit of a slump recently, feeling bad about not writing, but still not writing. Honestly, it’s kind of pathetic. So I’ll be giving you updates as I get it figured out. I’ll be posting (hopefully) weekly updates on the blog again, as well as updating the Seventh Sanctum Shorts tumblr as I continue writing those.

Working overnights it’s difficult to stay up late or wake up early but, I will be writing after work each day (from 7am to noon) and see if I can’t make that a habit.


Sadly, I don’t have anyone to tag. Especially as how I was late to get this up on my blog. If you would like to participate, you can answer the questions in the form of a comment or do so on your own tumblr/blog and post a link in the comments and I’ll be sure to check it out!