Story Updates and World Building

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the holidays at home, being nice and cozy.

Chapter eight of A Study In Magic, the Application is up! You can read it on FFNET or get the whole book here. Now some closing thoughts and notes…

What Species of Snake is Nagini?

I recall JKR said in an interview Nagini is the Boa Constrictor Harry set loose in year one. The films used a Ground Boa. Harry in A Study In Magic met and had a conversation with a Burmese Python when Sherlock and John took him to the London Zoo (you can read about it here). (more…)

When Writing a Story is Hard…

There are times when I rue the day I decided to write a sequel to A Study In Magic. If only I stopped where I did. If only I didn’t make any promises. If only, if only, if only…

Writing A Study in Magic: The Application is hard. Over this past year, I tried to figure out why. I had a master list of required scenes and events. I had an ending. The characters knew the drill and told me what needed to happen, not the other way around. A good sign of character development, I knew. I just had to write it all out. So why so difficult? (more…)

Turning Fanfiction to a Book

After I signed up for NaNoWriMo, I ruminated over what kind of novel should I write. One option I considered was turning a fanfic into an original story. That got me thinking: what if I turned a fanfic to an original story and published it?

It’s been done before. Fifty Shades of Grey is probably the most well-known example. I know of two other fanfic writers who rewrote their fanfic and self-published them as original novels. They’re not as well known as the story I’ve mentioned, but both authors have solid reputations as good writers. I’ve purchased You Buy Bones, a Canon!Sherlock Holmes fanfic turned published book, because I loved the fanfic so much. A brief Internet search produced more examples:

Seeing as it’s been done before, I asked myself the question: What would the effort of turning a fanfiction to a book entail? (more…)