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Hello!  I was wondering if I could get some ideas from you guys.  My current story is pretty dark, but that's ok, I got big plans for that story.  I want to try my hand at a happy (shocking!) one-shot.  But I'm out of ideas.  Do you guys have any ideas that you'd like to see in a one-shot (happy stories) I'll do my best!

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You could do a story with a plot to get Amy in as Sheldon's roommate.  Leonard and Penny could help.  Maybe Sheldon interviewing candidates and Lenny get Amy slipped in as last.

That sounds like a really great idea.  I started my other story, but if ok, I'll file this idea away for the future!  Thanks!

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I have a question.

I am in the middle of writing The Discussion Resurgence and will post Chapter 7 in a few days.   Work has been extremely busy and other activities have gotten in the way of my time to write.

In the meantime, as each new taping is released, I see that my story is taking a slightly different direction than the show.     It's made me nervous about releasing updates, but I also need to finish the story.  I have so many following me.

Is going away from canon really a problem for readers?   Obviously, my story has turned out to be a stand along rather than a fill in.   

I've heard the term AU, but I really don't understand what that is.  Perhaps someone could explain it to me.

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I have a question.

I am in the middle of writing The Discussion Resurgence and will post Chapter 7 in a few days.   Work has been extremely busy and other activities have gotten in the way of my time to write.

In the meantime, as each new taping is released, I see that my story is taking a slightly different direction than the show.     It's made me nervous about releasing updates, but I also need to finish the story.  I have so many following me.

Is going away from canon really a problem for readers?   Obviously, my story has turned out to be a stand along rather than a fill in.   

I've heard the term AU, but I really don't understand what that is.  Perhaps someone could explain it to me.

AU means alternative universe and is basically any fanfic that strays from canon events, often in a "what if...?" scenario. Your fanfic has been in AU territory for a bit already. If your readers liked your story until this point I don't think they'll jump ship now.

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AU means alternative universe and is basically any fanfic that strays from canon events, often in a "what if...?" scenario. Your fanfic has been in AU territory for a bit already. If your readers liked your story until this point I don't think they'll jump ship now.

Thank you, April.   This explanation helps a lot.   Considering some forum members specifically requested I write AU after my first one-shot story, I'm glad to see that I'm doing the right thing.  I wasn't sure if non-canon and AU were synonymous terms.

It seems AU is extremely popular.

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Thank you, April.   This explanation helps a lot.   Considering some forum members specifically requested I write AU after my first one-shot story, I'm glad to see that I'm doing the right thing.  I wasn't sure if non-canon and AU were synonymous terms.

It seems AU is extremely popular.

I have a slightly different definition of AU.  I think if there is something about the characters or situation that is wildly different from canon then it's AU.  Like Hazelra's stories: one was what if it had been Amy that moved in next to the guys and not Penny, or what if Sheldon and Amy met at 21 in Harvard how would their lives go.  That to me is AU.  It's totally different than canon.

i think everyone's stories are going to explore what if's and follow a trajectory.  But as long as the characters and general situation are true to canon I don't consider it AU.

i don't consider your story AU even though it may not follow exactly what is happening right now.  I also don't consider my Kripke story to be AU either.    But that's just how I see it!  Or everyone's story would be AU cause it's all slightly diff from canon.

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Well, of course everyone can have their preferences about what word to use and there's surely a good case to be made about reserving "AU" for rather big changes. But the term does cover a big spectrum of fanfiction categories. Often fanfiction written in between seasons automatically end up as AU even though they weren't written with that intent in the first place (Wiki calls this "predictive fiction" if you wanna look up their AU page). From what I can tell Jenafan's fanfic would fall into that category: starting out on a canon point but then falling out of canon once the actual episodes catch up and contradict with the story line.

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Thank all of you so very much.   I'm finding that my imagination runs beyond what is written on the show and that confining myself to canon creates a bit of a writer's block.   It seems the only way I can stay in canon is via a one-shot rather than a multiple chapter arc.

It is a relief to know that I can do my own thing and readers will still be interested in the story.    My main goal is to try to stay IC or at least provide justification for why an action that would normally be OOC becomes IC to me.

I appreciate all of you and your writings.   I'm slow about it, but I am reading others FF a little bit at a time.

 

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It is a relief to know that I can do my own thing and readers will still be interested in the story.

Of course people will read stories that are AU of non-cannon.

If we didn't, the Shamy would still be virgins.

Indeed, if AU and non-cannon stories weren't acceptable, I wouldn't have got over 380 reviews (the vast majority positive) for my stories.

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You are correct, Stephen.   The first one of your stories you sent me to read sent me into a whirlwind of shock because you exposed a side of Sheldon I never thought possible or could imagine.   Except now with his right-hand FWF moment, it's getting easier.

It rocked my innocent Sheldon-world a bit, but it was good.   I appreciate how you feel so free to write controversial material in such detail.  I just want to make sure I'm in a room alone while reading your works so my husband can't see the red blush on my face.:blush:

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Thank all of you so very much.   I'm finding that my imagination runs beyond what is written on the show and that confining myself to canon creates a bit of a writer's block.   It seems the only way I can stay in canon is via a one-shot rather than a multiple chapter arc.

It is a relief to know that I can do my own thing and readers will still be interested in the story.    My main goal is to try to stay IC or at least provide justification for why an action that would normally be OOC becomes IC to me.

I appreciate all of you and your writings.   I'm slow about it, but I am reading others FF a little bit at a time.

 

I think writing the characters "In character" as much as possible, and having an interesting plotline that progresses at a decent pace is the key to having a good fanfic.  I think as long as you have those elements, your readers will be happy.  Let your imagination run wild!  You are a great writer, I'm really enjoying your stories very much.

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