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The writings of Jocelyn Smith, aspiring author, soon-to-be lawyer, once and future politician, all-around opinionated twentysomething.

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I'm a lawyer in Florida, working on three novels, a screenplay, and half a dozen pieces of fanfiction at any given moment.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Muse Attacks

Until I read Paul Guyot's post about being 70% through a project and then becoming obsessed with another story, I thought that was a habit unique to me and I was just a slacker who couldn't get things finished.

I guess it's just a writer thing.

I call them "muse attacks," where I become absolutely consumed not merely by the prospect of a project, but by the STORY. The character or the setting or something that just goes round and round in my mind like a runaway train and refuses to stop until I start writing.

Sometimes I can keep it at bay (especially when I have daytime obligations like, say, exams!) by jotting down a quick outline. Othertimes--no dice. Nothing will do but to write it. All of it.

The most recent attack I had was started by a dream, in a sci-fi-ish setting that I think is going to give rise to my first straightup sci-fi project. This is very exciting. I love sci-fi and fantasy but could never write one of my own because I couldn't come up with enough background detail. Research is one of my favorite parts of writing, that's why I do well with historical/mythological stuff. But for the first time, I feel like I have enough material out of the blue in my head to write a sci-fi story.

And that's just plain neat.

Now, as with Guyot, I have a dilemma. Do I continue with my historical fiction novel, even though it's still in the early stages of drafting, since I at least have the story in my head put together? Or do I jump straight into my sci-fi tale and see where it takes me? (And there's that Biblical fiction thing that I'm still hashing out the outline, but every time I read an article about Mary Magdalene and/or the Da Vinci Code, I get excited about it again.)

5 Comments:

Blogger Fandom Rebels said...

oooo. Welcome to the world of Grownup Blogs. Except...I'm hurt because your not linking to the Jammers.

I'll get over it.

You're an enigma, Jocelyn. As a Real Life Writer I find your casual stance regarding copyright anathema, however, if all fanfiction writers shared your views regarding kiddie porn, we wouldn't have a bunch of crazed parents with great big degrees in all the wrong fields annoyed about it.

However, IMHO, you interpret the 'kiddie porn' definition to suit yourself because you don't want to get in trouble with any of your compatriots, especially your compatriots over in Wankland.

Why does somebody like you spend your time snarking at people?

and before you ask...yes, the others think I'm certifiable for posting here.
Claire

4:50 PM  
Blogger Fandom Rebels said...

Hi!
Wow! A real blog! This is Amy, not Claire. You like G & S? An old and very ancient and now quite inactive member of the crew over at the jam (she is SOOOO going to shoot me for putting it that way, Ancient and whatnot...) wrote a very very funny G and S parody about Faramir. That's how I met her. We're hoping she'll let us post it because it's...funny. But it's not really jammy, if that's make sense.
Blogspot takes some getting used to, but we've all found it useful for getting the juices rolling and meeting other writers.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Jocelyn Smith said...

Hiya, Claire!

As for the enigma bit...well, I'll take that as a compliment.

However, as I've tried to demonstrate at Lee's blog, my stance regarding Copyright is anything but casual. It's based on law, the law as I have been taught it and as other scholars have interpreted it. It's very complicated, but the law usually is. (That's why lawyers and law students have such a high rate of nervous breakdowns.)

My stance on kiddie porn is also based on law--it's actually a little MORE conservative than the current laws. You couldn't nail a single fanwriter for obscenity or child pornography because virtual porn's not illegal. Go figure, right? I wish it was, believe me. And if JK Rowling and other authors can use their copyright holding to nail the pornwriters, more power to 'em.

And, my friend, snark is a pasttime enjoyed by persons of all walks of life, and I don't see why I should left out. My father calls me a connoisseur of human folly.

I hope you will post again, whatever your compatriots think. I haven't made it over to the Jammers, but I will, now that exams are over.

Best,

Jocelyn

10:28 PM  
Blogger Jocelyn Smith said...

Hi Amy,

Have we met over on the Goldbergs' blogs, or did you hear about me from Claire?

My cohorts in the Gilbert & Sullivan society are writing a big G&S parody. This spring was my first show with them, and I do love it.

10:30 PM  
Blogger Fandom Rebels said...

Nope. I don't post at Goldberg's blog. Just read it and laugh. We get a kick out of the lawyers. No offense intended, some of our best friends are lawyers (yuk yuk).

Yeah, yeah. I know. Yuck.

Can't believe I'm posting stuff on a Saturday night. I need a life. Sorry for barging in. Just nice to see you got a real blog. Amy.

10:55 PM  

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