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Nu!Clark
Happy Thursday! I'm stalled out on two different stories right now because their endings both depend on what happens in the next installment of canon, alas! Which means I'm starting other stories instead while I wait, which means I now have...five WiPs, which is unprecedented for me, I think. How many WiPs do you have going right now, and is that standard or not for you? How are they going?
  • Three WIPs I'm counting

    (I have two more that are basically abandoned and unlikely to ever be continued.)

    I guess that's only atypical in that until a couple of months ago, it was four, but I finished "When the Rest of the World Walks Out".

    They're doing okay. I sent a chapter of Under the Radar to the betas after posting the most recent installment of Hero In My Life. Now working on Unrehearsable.

    I don't think I've ever been in a position of waiting for canon to guide me. Trying to post a chapter of what I think should come next and wanting to get it up before canon Josses me, yes. But not waiting for it to inform the next chapter. I can see how it could be frustrating...
    • Re: Three WIPs I'm counting

      I don't think I've ever been in a position of waiting for canon to guide me.

      I finally gave up and posted it as a multi-part, because the necessary betrayal WILL NOT HAPPEN and it's driving me crazy. I'm just hoping the wait doesn't drain the energy from the story for me...

      Hope the beta process goes smoothly!

  • Okay, I thought this was going to be much, much worse.

    According to AO3, out of 168 posted, 156 are completed, leaving 12 WiPs. Still too many but I had visions of the number being a good deal higher.

    I'm trying not to get myself in a state about that anymore. That was one of the reasons writing anything got to be such a struggle. A new idea would come along and call my name and I would start to work on it, but then guilt would kick in about those WiPs, and everything would grind to a halt. So, as much as I make resolutions, one for this year has been to pursue whatever appeals to me at the moment, and hope that from time to time that will include updating those WiPs. So far, so good. I certainly feel in a better spot about writing than I have in a couple of years now.

    • WiP Guilt Syndrome is to be avoided as much as possible! 12 isn't that bad at all, and at least they're all out there in some form! I have some WiPs that will never get finished enough to even see the light of day in any form. I think getting writing out into the wild, even if uncompleted, is a good goal in general!
  • Hum, it depends what you call WIP, since I write mainly one-shots. I have chaptered fics I have abandoned, NaNos I should edit, and series of one shots that could get sequels but I'm not sure.

    But right now, I'll just be sharing my frustration about one-shots who should be writing themselves, and don't. Often, it's because I jumped in while only knowing the main idea, beginning and ending, and thinking I would make the small details as I go. Usually it works! But not always.

    I have this wereplatypus story where I still don't know the motivations of the forces of evil? it's quite embarrassing.

    I have this story where I'm still searching for the right mystical technobabble to explain how the bodyswap thing can happen. Also, someone pointed to me that the characters didn't evolve enough between the beginning and the ending.

    I have this story where I just resolved one of the problems - one of the characters is a vampire who can turn into mist - but I still have to decide whether the main character getting his heart back will be consensual or not.
    • But right now, I'll just be sharing my frustration about one-shots who should be writing themselves, and don't. Often, it's because I jumped in while only knowing the main idea, beginning and ending, and thinking I would make the small details as I go. Usually it works! But not always.

      I never seem to know the beginning, middle and ending! Sometimes I just know the middle and that's almost worse...

      I have this story where I just resolved one of the problems - one of the characters is a vampire who can turn into mist - but I still have to decide whether the main character getting his heart back will be consensual or not.

      AS in he isn't sure he wants it back but gets it back anyway? Or as in the person they're getting it from either is unwilling or willing? Either way, that (and the ability to turn a character to mist) sounds awesome...
      • Thank you!

        As if, I don't know whether the main character can argue well enough to convince him that it would be a good thing, even if he's in his weird no-heart state. (Anyway he will be happy after getting it back ^^)
        But it got better now! I have a first draft!
        • Ah, okay, that makes sense! It sounds like you figured out a draft, though? That's great! I am finally getting to the climax of my Big Bang--here's hoping I can write a battle scene that's about a thousand words long, and then another thousand of denouement... *crosses fingers*
  • Five WIPs is a very good thing! Shows your creativity is at a peak.

    My WIPs? Including profic, I've got 5 going on right now, while one of them is finished but needs editing. I do have some old WIPs that simply stalled out, and some may remain that way permanently, but I did include one in my current WIPs because after a year I finally got an idea to break the logjam that had stalled it.

    I've also got a Public Enemies story that I wrote ages ago but due to circumstances (lost the notebook it was in during moving but found it!) and other stuff, never got around to editing. I guess you could say I've got 6 WIPs then, since I don't count the very old ones that may be just permanent fizzles.
    • I've also got a Public Enemies story that I wrote ages ago but due to circumstances (lost the notebook it was in during moving but found it!) and other stuff, never got around to editing.

      Oh, that is FRUSTRATING. I hate when I've done work and then can't find it for some reason, because what I come up with after never feels as good. I have a couple that have stalled out, largely due to canon moving on without me, which is a sad feeling! Glad to hear one of them has un-stalled for you, though!
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