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FACT OF THE DAY: it’s apparently not okay to raise 16,200 seagulls from birth, train them every day in the art of aerial warfare, and then unleash them upon a medium sized township
Not a new concept. One of the sagas in the Heimskringla, compiled by…
OK, all of you, we’re going to take it back now. We’re going to go back to high school when we were in our English lit classes and were bored out of our mind as our teacher drew scribbles on the board that looked like a four-year-old’s attempt to play Rollercoaster Tycoon.
But today the lesson is going to be about fanfic, and why some story ideas seem to be doomed from their very conception. You know exactly the stories I mean. The ones on the frontpage off FF.net or Fictionpress that you see maybe three times, you have no desire to read them, and then they sink beneath the waves: forgotten. Or worse, you see them bob up and down again and again and you can’t fathom why it keeps updating and people keep reviewing because there are a million of the story concept and it’s been done to death and nothing even seems to happen in the story, anyway.
That’s right, success doesn’t have to do with this. A story can be more popular than chocolate-slathered swimwear models but still structurally be dead in the water.
In the case of abandoned stories, there are many reasons why they die. Maybe the author had an emotional reason to write the story that isn’t there anymore. Maybe they had an inspiration that’s gone. Maybe they flat ran out of ideas. This post is an explanation as to why some stories run out of ideas. Not all stories. But a very specific subset of stories.
You may know them as High School AUs, as Characters-Get-Turned-Into-Cute-Babies-must-be-cared-for-stories, as So-And-So-is-a-Vampire AUs, and a plethora of other tired cliches. But those cliches are not what makes these stories run out of ideas.
I call them Goal-As-Plot stories. Or GAPs. There is probably a more official word for these, but I don’t know it.
And running out of ideas doesn’t mean that the story no longer gets updated or gets abandoned. There are plenty of GAPs that go shuffling on long past their eat-by date. And I’ll explain why.
This is so accurate.
HAPPY CANADA DAY! For Canada Day, read this short Superhero Girl comic I made last year for the True Patriot anthology! It was based on a true experience I had when someone asked me “what makes Superhero Girl a Canadian superhero?” and I was like uhhhhh?
The League of Villainous Canadian Stereotypes was my boyfriend Tim’s idea. He is a great idea man!
Enjoy my Canadian comic and have a great Canada Day! I am celebrating by working a lot. ;)