October 23rd, 2019

Anya final stand, S7

daydreaming

A key aspect of my writing process that I feel like I don't see mentioned that often is what I call daydreaming a story. It's kind of like brainstorming except much less... aggressive? active? It's just letting the story play out in my head, without directing it too much. Sometimes characters have whole conversations, or I'll start from some line of possible dialogue and spin out a bunch of possibilities from it.

Sometimes I have to do a lot of it before I start the story at all. Other times I get stuck in the fic in the middle and have to take some time off to let the story unspool in my head before I write any more down. I get most of my daydreaming in during those brainless but physical activities like driving, doing dishes, or of course taking a shower. (I do see a lot of mentions of people figuring story problems out in the shower.) Sometimes the time in bed before I fall asleep is a good time, too.

And sometimes stories require very little daydreaming! Especially if they're short, sometimes the whole story will present itself to me at once, and then I just have to write it.

I've been thinking about this because I'm trying to work out a Trick or Treat fic I want to write, and I have some elements that I think I want to go together, but I don't see how they fit yet. There's a bit too much going on. I'm hoping if I keep kind of gently worrying at it, the elements will settle into an actual plot and character arc, but we're not there yet.

(Random icon of the day: my gorgeous new watercolor Cap icon.)

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