Date: 2016-09-03 07:14 am (UTC)
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Yeah, getting bored is evidence of a pacing problem-- and interestingly enough, it's not usually a pacing problem that is happening where you are when you get bored, but one that is way back in the earlier bits of the story somewhere.

I find fanfic really interesting on a technical level because the writer can assume the audience has a certain amount of knowledge going in, but exactly how much it can be assumed they know has to be based on what the writer is doing to the source material. The more AU, the more the writer has to spell out, up to a point. (After that point, they might as well be writing original fic and should go ahead and file off those serial numbers.)

So I spend a lot of time reading fic for canons where I'm not familiar with the source material, and seeing what everybody thinks needs saying, and what everybody just never mentions. From my experience there, I think less is generally more, in terms of how much it's ideal for the writer to tell the reader outright. Not always, but generally.
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