NaNoWriMo: I’ll Take this Plot Two Falls out of Three….

Okay, I’m at least getting a general shape of what the Bad Guys are up to in Nothing Good Happens After Midnight. I still need to get more points on the plot graph of what they’re doing and how they intersect with the main characters, but I have an idea.

I also have a lament: This plot is not fluffy.

Mind, there was absolutely no way on earth this was going to be fluffy. The characters start out in a deathgame, there is emotional trauma on top of that, and then later on there are real world monsters? Not fluffy. No.

I just wish I could write fluffy, sometimes. I love well-done fluff. Humor, yes, definitely – but warm and fuzzy fluff is awesome. The world needs more of it.

…And I can’t write it to save my life. I’ve tried. The fluffiest thing I’ve ever managed to write for a novel is Count Taka, and – well – vampires. They weren’t fluffy. Feathery, some of them, but… ahem. Right.

I’ve done some fluffy fanfic pieces, but they were always short. Drat.

Anyone else have things they really wish they could write, but the way your writing tends, it just doesn’t work?

NaNo Wordcount as of last night: 32.6 K.

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22 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: I’ll Take this Plot Two Falls out of Three….

  1. I loved reading Count Taka!

    But I also love everything else you write. Sorry fluff doesn’t cooperate well with your writing-brain.

    You may not think of your stories as fluffy, but they definitely feel furry to me – warm and comforting, with a solid layer of muscle under the fur and a sharp set of teeth when needed.

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    1. Agreed. The overall plot of your longer fics may not be fluffy, but definitely one of the reasons I like your fics is because of all the fluffy parts in them. I was just re-reading What Comes Around (which I would not call short), and enjoying all the little fluffy scenes (that scene near the end where Alan gives Morgan the metal to make her new Vessels…).

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      1. Yes!
        Of course, I’ve volunteered at a big cat rescue/sanctuary, and there’s a remarkable similarity in some ways between people-raised cougars, tigers and house cats. Pity we couldn’t ever risk petting them while they’re conscious. Nothing quite as tempting as a cougar purring at you as she rubs along an enclosure fence like a cat at a shelter looking for ear scritches.

        I swear my cat outweighed the cougars whenever he stood on me to get my attention. And he was firmly convinced he should be allowed to eat the yappy dog next door.

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      2. *amused* Our boys are about 25 pounds each– not fat, although we seriously wonder if there’s bobcat in them– and we had to save the neighbor’s diabetes service dog from them.

        Said dog was a long haired chihuahua, who was bound and determined to GET those cats.

        …would’ve been about the same as when the “kitten” (who is a normal sized cat) tries to assault the long haired cat. He either ignores her, or lays on her.

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  2. Heaven probably knows how to write fluff for novel lengths. We, however, live in the vale of tears. Fluff doesn’t come naturally to the narratives that resonate with us.

    Bujold had a spymaster note that at the level he operated on, people were motivated by power, assets, sex, and personal passions. So, are these bad guys invading Earth for the power they’d get, or the assets they’re hoping to seize? (They’d hardly need to invade for sex: Just show up looking hawt and they’d have no end of groupies.)

    -Albert

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  3. Your long stories are basically always character driven plots. These are really good at being stories, at having character development, at getting plot milestones achieved, and so on, but they use fluff as short breaks in the action, as breathers, as moments to hope that the characters can win and live a long and fluffy life after the story rather than as the purpose of the story.

    If you want a long, fluff driven story, don’t have a plot. Have a bunch of almost unrelated scenes of characters being fluffy together. Have an omake collection for Embers with outtakes about Zuko grooming Asahi, about Iroh making tea for Sokka, about all the little things. Forget about organizing them according to where they happen in the plot while writing them. Allow them to be anachronistic. Then, once you finish writing a scene, post it. Then do another a week later. Keep it up for a year, and you will have a massive pile of fluff, with none of that hard skeleton of plot holding it up. It won’t be a cohesive story in the way that Embers is, but it will be fluffy and held together by the characters being who they are.

    It may well be that your writing brain doesn’t like doing this. That’s okay. Your current work is still leagues better than what I can do. This is only a way of unlearning the habits that you use to produce your current stories, and honestly I like the stories that you write now more than most of the fluff I read. If you want to try to learn to write fluff, this might work. If you don’t want to unlearn how to write traditionally good stories, that’s fine too. There’s probably a middle ground, but I don’t know how to give you advice to get there.

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  4. I don’t have a lot of creative writing projects that I really want to do that are at an appropriate level of skill for me. Also, the bunnies guess that WIP will need a paranoid frantic mood, and I don’t need that intensely in my life now.

    And this ambitious non-fiction writing project, at the next level of skill for me, has me so scared that I haven’t been working on it. I need to work on it.

    My sleep level is that I’m not sane enough for any sort of complex communication.

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  5. So the trick to writing fluffy stories is that you still need a plot, which means some kind of conflict, but not too conflict-y.

    The way you do this is simple.
    Come up with a plot, then consider all the terrifying and disturbing implications, then set them aside and pretend bad things can’t exist.
    Honestly, it’s always the fluffiest settings that have the weirdest nightmare fuel.

    Your problem is that you think about things.
    Stop that.
    Just make fluffy and act surprised when people bring up all the horrifying plot holes.

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  6. I loved Count Taka. Fluuuffffyyy!!! I mean, sure, vampires, so most of them aren’t very good at being fluffy, but they *try*.

    I would read the heck out of a series of short-fluff, with or without plot skeleton.

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  7. I am with you on the fluff. I participated in the Just Write! discord server’s 2019 Fluff Bingo and I ended up with two counts of bad self-care, a mob, and a zombie apocalypse. I did have a short for Teen Wolf that was not angsty at all, but it also wasn’t one of the interesting ones.

    Also, I beta’d someone’s 30k blackout fluff fic and oh my godz there was only the vaguest of vague plots to tie it together so one of the previous commenters was right about that.

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