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Top 10 Ways to tell you’re reading an Arianna story:

1. If it’s one of the earlier stories, Blair will end up near death and in the hospital. (Yeah, I know it’s cliché, but it’s still the easiest way to make Jim crack and reveal his feelings).
2. Far too many ellipses, dashes and run-on sentences (even after StarWatcher has sternly cleaned up the majority of these personal writing quirks – so just imagine how many there are in the first draft, lol! What? You don’t want to imagine – uh huh, I know, it’s painful and tosses you right out of the story, but how else does one write ‘babbling’ or hesitant uncertainty?)
3. There’s a good chance it’s yet another resolution to TSbyBS, or at least an attempt to explain the last season, if not the whole series.
4. It’s probably gen, but not necessarily, lol, because I like to focus on their unique friendship.
5. The characters swallow, clench their jaws (Jim, anyway) and nod or shake their heads far too much, except when raking fingers through hair (Blair) or massaging the back of his neck (Jim).
6. It’s probably dripping with angst. (Er … did I hear someone mutter ‘melodrama’?) And if not outright weeping, there’s a lot of burning and stinging and tear-glazed eyes happening … and even more swallowing of lumps in throats.
7. It’s long. Often very long!
8. There’s a probability that it will be either a case story or a missing scene/epilogue story as I attempt to link most of my stories to canon, unless it’s an AU, lol, and even then the odds are the story started from a canon base (uh, based upon my interpretation of canon, ie Blair is Jim’s Guide, they are meant to be together, nothing happens randomly in the Universe).
9. If it’s one of the later stories, either or both Jim and Blair might well end up in the hospital. (What can I say? I like to hurt them … but I always make them better again. ::grin::)
10. I think all but one story has a happy ending (Gone Fishing), and it’s always a completed story when posted except for one cliffhanger (Trick or Treat).


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Jan. 21st, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)

7. It’s long. Often very long!

You say that like it is a bad thing:D

I love long stories and I love your writing so for me it is a perfect combination.

I do not pretend to have a clue about the presentation re the ellipses, dashes, etc all I know is that the sum of all of these parts make for good stories and despite the likes of yourself, Alyjude, Jess and Bev - to name just a few - dissecting/analysing/critiqueing yourselves with these posts I, for one, would not have my fiction served any other way by any of you.
Jan. 21st, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
Ah, thanks, sweetie. I'm glad you enjoy the stories so much.

I suppose I think there are a lot of people who just don't have the time to read long stories; it also takes real skill to tell a good short story and I'm trying to get better at that. And a fair number of people are quite critical of a writing style that has too many dots and dashes and long, windy sentences -- or incomplete sentences, which I think we all use for impact from time to time. It's sometimes a bit amazing to me what will throw people out of a story because I, personally, tend to be forgiving about these sorts of things, even about poor spelling, if I'm caught up with the plot or the characterizations. I know some feel there's too much description in my stories, others that the medical stuff is too graphic, or that some of the stories are too intense and even painful to read. We all have different tastes, just as there are widely divergent interpretations of canon. I like to be aware of these things, to think about them as a writer, particularly if I really want to capture and hold attention, and to entertain -- and it's good to try different interpretations or styles from time to time, to stretch a bit and to bring in different perspectives.

I'm not sure why our self-analyses may tend more to the negative than the positive, or at least contain several self-critical assessments, other than I and the others you mentioned are all trying to improve as writers, to get better as we go along, as well as have a great deal of fun writing these stories.

But, aside from all that, I really, really appreciate your positive endorsement of the stories we've written! I love Aly's, Bev's and Jess's writing, too. Thanks for your warm and generous comments!
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