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I was given the prompt "writing", and since I appear to have actually written Naruto fic, somewhat to my surprise, this seems like a good time to talk about it.

Writing is something that my brain seems to do almost on its own. Alarmingly so sometimes, especially when I'm dreaming! My dreaming mind seems to have zero care for whether something is scary or horrifying, just so long as it makes a good story of its genre. Every now and then I'm aware enough to actually observe that logic in action; my dreaming brain is really very particular about abiding by genre and narrative conventions. I could write some terrifying slasher films if I could do that while awake.

I'm distracted by other things during daily life, of course, which means most of my bunnies scuffle among themselves and pick a bloody winner when I'm falling asleep and waking up. The story puts itself together, piece by piece like dominoes or a jigsaw puzzle, and if, by the time I reach coffee, I still remember it, well there's what I'm writing that day. And I have to strike while the iron is hot, or the bunny may just bugger off into the underbrush never to be seen again. Or, as in this case, to leap upon me unawares two years later.

Not infrequently it's frustration that drives the strongest bunnies, and thus the Naruto fic. I just couldn't take it, any more, that the second half went in such annoying and implausible directions. Sasuke's sudden psychotic break, Itachi's sudden apotheosis, the disappearance of Inner Sakura, none of them ever made sense to me. And I've long wondered how hard it really would have been to change all that. Maybe if Kakashi, who's a war veteran and an ANBU veteran both for pity's sake, had just recognized where Sasuke's head was instead of approaching him like a normal teenager... And wouldn't it be fun to mix up the three "types" among students and tutors... I bet Sakura could totally handle an infiltration mission on Orochimaru... zzzzzz....

And, well, then I was waking up with the story kicking down the door.

Date: 2011-05-04 12:17 am (UTC)
the_future_modernes: (Default)
From: [personal profile] the_future_modernes
Ohhh I like the way your brain works!!! I look forward to reading your Naruto fic.

Date: 2011-05-04 12:21 am (UTC)
theodosia21: sunflower against a blue sky (Default)
From: [personal profile] theodosia21
I look forward to reading it! ^_^

Date: 2011-05-04 12:34 am (UTC)
theodosia21: sunflower against a blue sky (Default)
From: [personal profile] theodosia21
*smiles* Thank you!

Date: 2011-05-04 09:58 am (UTC)
anehan: Elizabeth Bennet with the text "sparkling". (Default)
From: [personal profile] anehan
Wow! Your brain is amazing! I wish I could write in my dreams. But no, I just keep having vaguely symbolic dreams about my parents rejecting me. They don't make a good story.

Date: 2011-05-05 02:26 am (UTC)
krait: a sea snake (krait) swimming (Default)
From: [personal profile] krait
I'm deeply envious; I wish that happened to me!

I very rarely have fannish dreams. (I can only remember three, in fact.) Nor do they make sense, plotwise, after I've woken and dreamlogic no longer applies. Death Eaters guarding stockpiles of chocolate? A squad of SOLDIERs fighting monsters, at a point on the canon timeline where their entire organisation has disappeared and 99% of them have died? Ooooops. Dear brain -- please find a beta!

You're so lucky. :P (Actually, most of the dreams -- as in the majority! -- that I remember after waking? Horrible, terrifying stuff that I would much rather not remember. Dear brain: How About No?)

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