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Okay, I'm already signed up for [community profile] hp_timetravel and [personal profile] hp_drizzle and [profile] sterek_big_bang... meep! And all three are due in August, which is the busiest month at work all year... although I'm trying to save space for an SGA fest that might come along... if nothing else, I'll keep an eye on [community profile] mcsheplets and write what I can...

The HP stories only (!) look for 1,000 words and I signed up for the 'mini' side of the Sterek big bang, so that's 10,000 words...

August *seems* forever away, being only May, but, well, I know me... so I thought maybe, just to see how it goes, to actually (gasp!) plot out the stories first... I'm kind of a 'pantser' but I usually have a high level outline in my head... so I mostly know where I'm going but not always sure how I'm going to get there.

Somehow, the two HP stories seems to have fallen together (there were prompts involved, so I wasn't working from scratch)... the time travel fic threatens to be be 10K by the time I'm done, but I've cranked that out when I knew where I was going. The drizzle fic is shorter, and sweeter, but, again, under some control.

The Sterek is the problem. I have some ideas I'd like to try (I want to see what might have happened if Laura never left BH, but that threatens to be epic and it needs to be Sterek in the end!), but I really don't know if I want to do the 20k fic that some of those ideas might need... I think I need to keep working on that outline, since it's not coming together at this point...

Okay... off to some more poking at plot and maybe at this week's [community profile] mcsheplets... 'hands'...

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Good luck!
Thanks! I think I'm going to need it!
You've totally got this. If you just do a little at a time....of course, that's what I tell myself, and look how rarely I finish a fic XD

I know how it is when you get fic ideas that call for something epic and you need something shorter, lol. Hmmm...random prompt generator, maybe? For a different idea? Or you could try to figure out a way to cut down on an idea. Like Laura never leaving Beacon Hills - just cover only some of the stuff you originally planned? I know you might not want to do that, but if necessary...
I did play with a random prompt generator for the TW fic and got something that I might be able to play with.. there was a really great generator somewhere that I didn't bookmark, so I can't find it again... Worse case is that I can do a 'harlequin' story... those are always fun and Stiles and Derek lend themselves well to that trope...

And, yes, the Laura think may be backstory that doesn't even make it to the main story... but Laura staying in BH means Stiles and Derek meet when very young... Derek was 16 (that's canon) and Stiles would be about 7-ish... it's not bad, just have to think about how that works.

Thanks!
Good luck with your Sterek - I'm glad you've got a workable prompt. A harlequin Sterek story could be amazing, too. I love historic AU's :D
What's your daily wordcount? (Or, if you don't usually time yourself that way, what's the minimum you'd have to write every day, in order to have 1.5 weeks free for revision and editing before each deadline). Plotting it out on a calendar will help dispel that sense of having time!
Addendeum, it looks like hp_timetravel is dead/purged? So maybe you don't have to do that one after all?
I ran out of energy looking for the comm last night, but found it now, and it's actually hptimetravel without the underscore...

But that word count pacing is a good idea.... there are times I know I'll be away and will do less writing and times that I'll have more time for writing... so those pacing targets are a good idea...

And now to August is always less time that one thinks...

Good ideas! Thanks for sharing those!
You can do it!

::grin::

I'll be whining here when I've left something too long!

Thanks!