What's the hardest thing about writing, and why are titles the Worst™?
Oh lord. The hardest part of writing for me is the absolutely glacial pace at which I do it. I took 11 years to finish one fic, FFS. It took me about two years to finish my first fic. And right now, I’m working on a fic that was promised to someone in the last Fandom Stocking, which was, like, two or three years ago.
I know why I take so long to write anything other than very short fics (and I always run the chance of fics I thought would be short turning into ... not short); I don’t have any idea, when I put that first sentence down, where the story is going. Well, sometimes I do, but very, very rarely.
On some very lucky occasions, I may go into the writing process knowing that I want some sort of outcome. Again, that’s not a common occurrence.
At this point in my life, I doubt that I’ll change. Even the original story I’m writing on — one where I knew where I wanted to start, took some time to figure out where I want it to end — is caught in that temporal bind. And I’m still not completely sure how to get there.
No matter what I write, the process generally involves repeatedly rewriting a sentence over a period of days or weeks, then lying in bed and going “Oh, so that’s what happens!” and getting a little further. Lather, rinse, repeat.
On the other hand, titles are almost always easy for me; they just pop out of my cortex, or possibly my medulla oblongata. If there’s wordplay involved, so much the better./In closing, kids, don’t write like me. Thank you for listening to my Ted Talk.
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