Well, I'm quite pleased with myself after having spent three hours working on the (untitled as of yet) Setzer and Locke story. Things are going much more smoothly since I gutted the middle out of it due to unnecessary explaining. It's pretty PWP, but I did set it post-FF6 events so that the readers were given some kind of timeframe to work with, and I also spent a good amount of time describing the enviroment. I like that it has no explanation, but it isn't floating in some kind of limbo either. I think semi-limbo moments are my thing right now, and I should stick with them for a while.
The dialogue is slow going, as expected, because I want to be very careful with it. I want to differentiate the two as they should be, and also take the time to describe them properly. Dialogue is one thing, but one also has to be able to imagine what's going on as they talk too. As long as I keep that in mind and take my time with it, it should turn out to be something I'm at the very least okay with. It'll be a slow going process though, because I have roughly five billion other things to do at the same time.
It's around 800+ words at the moment, but the bad news is that the dialogue has just barely been reached, which'll most likely make for my largest oneshot story in a while. Hopefully it'll be worth the read.
For future projects, I've been thinking of doing something with Shadow because I never have seen a story for him that I was completely happy with. Ultimately, I think that'll really be goal with writing for now because it's always been my motivation. I do what I think isn't done nearly enough, and hopefully what everyone has been dying to see and read. Truly, it gets boring when one character gets all the attention or clichés are done so many times over you can hardly find anything different. I'll probably write for Saiyuki and some aspects of FF the most, but I'll most likely branch out to other things as I go along too, I think.
I've been told that there isn't enough witty banter, and for my next dialogue challenge I should try to do that, but I'm in the process of maybe melding it into this one I'm working on now. I'm not sure, I generally run on autopilot with these things anymore, so it could turn out totally different by the time I'm finished.
Note to self, work on a title for this work, please? It's a bit sad to keep referring to it as the Setzer and Locke story, and you have a bad habit of doing the title last. Change this for your own sake and sanity.
EDIT: Oh, and I've been thinking about posting my stories up on the con_crit community for feedback. Still considering it, but I'll have to choke down the cold sense of dread that there might be something I've missed with my fine comb. Or that my style is monotonous and boring, or my analogies and metaphors suck, or my tendency to use words over again strikes again, or they didn't understand crucial parts of the story because of how I worded it, or...
Ahhhh, I'm leaning towards doing it anyway for the feedback alone, but stepping outside the comfort zone is a bit intimidating.