|In answer to Charlotte's post about original writing
||[Jan. 6th, 2007|10:56 pm]
The Queendom Of Awesomeness
Wow - you really get some cool internships. Good luck! And good luck with phoenixsong too.
do you guys write original stuff at all? would you show it to the pople you show your fics to? do you show it to anyone? etc. maybe i should move this to Awesomenessland?!
I have written original stuff, the last time was years ago. A couple of short film scripts - they didn't get made but they were OK. I wouldn't want to re-read them though. I used to write poems a looooong time ago. They were like a diary, kind of. A few of my friends did the same thing though, and I thought all theirs were much better, which made me think I probably sucked as a writer for a long time when really, poetry just wasn't my thing.
If I wrote any now, would I show it to anyone? I don't know. I think maybe I wouldn't, until it was finished. I wouldn't publish it on the internet, I'm pretty sure about that. I"m not sure about writing 'original' stuff anyway. I'm not sure why I'd bother writing something 'original' unless it was in the hope of getting it published. Everyone's a writer these days and the book industry is a pile of crap. So much dreck gets published, and good stuff gets rejected. At least with fanfic, it doesn't matter if the ideas I have are the same as a billion other people, it's still fun writing it.
A week ago, I was totally into the idea of writing something original when AfR was finished. Now I have at least one other novel-length post-Hogwarts story in my head and possibly more. I might write those as a series of short stories though, rather than committing myself to another big chaptered fic.
I might keep writing fanfic for the next three or so years, and keep learning and pushing myself to do new things with it. My tutor said, when I was trying to decide whether or not to take the PhD studentship or do the MA in creative writing that I should ask myself to what extent my teachers will have an edge over me as writers. He also said that novelists start at all sorts of ages and many of them much much later than me (!), that a PhD is a disciplined work of book length which couldn't hurt any novelist ambitions I might have and that my novels would probably gain from doing the work.
Which I think is true - I've had the experience of having crap jobs and being unemployed, of being a freelancer, of being a secondary (high) school teacher, and of having a full-time stressful *big* job. I've also had a fairly crazy personal life over the years, so it's not like there are too many experiences I could conceivably have (given my gender, age and social class) that would add to that - except being a mother. Whereas, I think the discipline of having to study a subject intensively (and my subject is learning, creativity, literacy after all which is handily relevant to being a fiction writer) and produce tons of words is just what I need.
I've rambled on for ages, so although I was going to post this as a comment in your LJ, I'm going to move it to awesomnessland.