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epiphany of the day

  • 27th Jan, 2010 at 11:41 PM
after my epic weekend trip to amsterdam (during which i experienced a series of firsts, including pole dancing in public, smoking weed, and nearly getting into a fist fight with a couple of assholes in the red light district), i decided my newfound knowledge of legal prostitution would be best put to use in a merlin/arthur hooker!AU featuring window-prostitute!arthur and semi-stoner!merlin.

i chose to embark on this adventure today, as i was feeling sick and antisocial. i was merrily writing away, getting ever closer to the porn (which was really my main motivation for writing the fic), when it struck me that merlin had no reason whatsoever to look twice at arthur. this was a huge problem, since, well, that's what the fic is about.

a slew of other pressing concerns followed my realisation: who is merlin? who is arthur? how do i keep my arthur and merlin IC in such an OOC 'verse? why is merlin attracted to arthur if he's straight? what makes merlin change his mind after he initially turns down the opportunity to fuck arthur? what happens after the porn? how did arthur manage to secure a window in the heterosexual red light district? what's he doing in the red light district, anyway? what is the purpose of this random scene in which merlin confronts arthur in the supermarket, other than to give myself an excuse to write high!merlin?

i wish i could say i resolved these issues, but i didn't. instead, i am now stuck with 8 pages of a fic that will, like many, many others before it, disappear into the dark abyss of my WIP folder, leaving me with nothing to show for my efforts. hooker fic, we hardly knew ye.

moral of the story: character development is, unfortunately, very important. even when writing porn. don't neglect it, or your story will succumb to the same sorry fate as mine.
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riot in the soul
joyasaurus_rex wrote:
28th Jan, 2010 04:46 (UTC)
Um, I actually follow you for fic so we're not mutual friends but umm, I studied abroad in Amsterdam last semester and it's my favorite place in the world. I nearly did my research project on the RLD but I'm sort of glad I didn't. Not that it's unsafe because it's really one of the safest parts of A'dam, but all of the annoying tourists are rather trying. Motherfuckers.
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
28th Jan, 2010 10:50 (UTC)
i'm sorry, i don't understand what you're getting at...
riot in the soul
joyasaurus_rex wrote:
29th Jan, 2010 06:56 (UTC)
I meant that of course in the Red Light Distict (and the Dam, probably) you'd be able to meet someone you'd nearly have a fistfight with, only because there are an unusual amount of people there who are drunk and surly, as opposed to other parts of the city, or even the centre.
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
29th Jan, 2010 22:04 (UTC)
oh, right, yeah, that's true. i mean, i expected it -- i wasn't upset or surprised by it. honestly, i wasn't a huge fan of the people in general, even when i ventured outside of the red light district, but the ones there were especially obnoxious.
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
28th Jan, 2010 10:50 (UTC)
i'm sorry, i don't understand what you're getting at...
riot in the soul
joyasaurus_rex wrote:
29th Jan, 2010 06:56 (UTC)
I meant that of course in the Red Light Distict (and the Dam, probably) you'd be able to meet someone you'd nearly have a fistfight with, only because there are an unusual amount of people there who are drunk and surly, as opposed to other parts of the city, or even the centre.
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
29th Jan, 2010 22:04 (UTC)
oh, right, yeah, that's true. i mean, i expected it -- i wasn't upset or surprised by it. honestly, i wasn't a huge fan of the people in general, even when i ventured outside of the red light district, but the ones there were especially obnoxious.
riot in the soul
joyasaurus_rex wrote:
29th Jan, 2010 06:56 (UTC)
I meant that of course in the Red Light Distict (and the Dam, probably) you'd be able to meet someone you'd nearly have a fistfight with, only because there are an unusual amount of people there who are drunk and surly, as opposed to other parts of the city, or even the centre.
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
29th Jan, 2010 22:04 (UTC)
oh, right, yeah, that's true. i mean, i expected it -- i wasn't upset or surprised by it. honestly, i wasn't a huge fan of the people in general, even when i ventured outside of the red light district, but the ones there were especially obnoxious.
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
29th Jan, 2010 22:04 (UTC)
oh, right, yeah, that's true. i mean, i expected it -- i wasn't upset or surprised by it. honestly, i wasn't a huge fan of the people in general, even when i ventured outside of the red light district, but the ones there were especially obnoxious.
biffes
biffes wrote:
28th Jan, 2010 11:59 (UTC)
Amsterdam is really inspiring. After I was there I wrote a Marauder fic wherein the boys get pretty high, James wants to marry a prostitute and Remus&Sirius fall into a canal only to find that it's full of rusty bicycles. But I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to write an A/M AU even without Arthur being a window-prostitute and Merlin a semi-stoner:) In fact, I don't think I can write Arthur/Merlin at all. And my WIP folder has around 15 (or more) unfinished stories. I'm sure we will get to finish them sometime...;)
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
28th Jan, 2010 12:56 (UTC)
yeah, amsterdam is fantastic. not my favourite city in the world -- almost all the dutch people i met were horribly rude -- but it's a great place to vacation, only because it's so different from the US. i usually don't set anything i write outside of the UK, but i would love to see what the boys do in a city like amsterdam, where pretty much anything goes. plus i find the window prostitute thing so fascinating.
biffes
biffes wrote:
28th Jan, 2010 14:14 (UTC)
Yeah, I can see Arthur making hilarious faces (which were meant to be inviting & sexy) from the window...
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
28th Jan, 2010 12:56 (UTC)
yeah, amsterdam is fantastic. not my favourite city in the world -- almost all the dutch people i met were horribly rude -- but it's a great place to vacation, only because it's so different from the US. i usually don't set anything i write outside of the UK, but i would love to see what the boys do in a city like amsterdam, where pretty much anything goes. plus i find the window prostitute thing so fascinating.
biffes
biffes wrote:
28th Jan, 2010 14:14 (UTC)
Yeah, I can see Arthur making hilarious faces (which were meant to be inviting & sexy) from the window...
biffes
biffes wrote:
28th Jan, 2010 14:14 (UTC)
Yeah, I can see Arthur making hilarious faces (which were meant to be inviting & sexy) from the window...
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