October 25th, 2006
|11:16 am - A question for fellow writers|
Hopefully, this won't sound too morbid. ;-)
Over on fanthropology several weeks back, there was a discussion about how people handle their fannish identities--stories about how people have put plans in place in the event of their death, for fellow fen to delete slash fic off of their computers or whatever.
This isn't what I'm asking about, but the discussion made me revisit an old line of thinking that I hadn't pondered in several years:
What do I want done with my stories (fic and original) in the event of my death?
Some authors want their journals, etc., burned. I'm not sure about that, but I'm also not sure I would want to risk just anyone reading them. What about fic? I'd love it if my stories lived on, in their archives, after I'm gone--but I'd need someone to keep an eye on said archives and be my proxy person, wouldn't I?
What about half-written ideas?
Part of me says, you know, it'd be easier to just say I want the hard drive wiped and all my papers burned. Words to dust just as my body returns to dust.
Another part of me thinks I should at least specify someone to look at the stuff and see if there's anything worth salvaging.
I'd love to hear the thoughts of other writers on this topic.
Current Mood: contemplative
I haven't really thought about my fannish legacy. Since I maintain my own webserver, it's likely to go off the air as soon as the bills stop being paid. Then folks would only be able to find it on the Wayback Machine -- unless somebody mirrored it before it vanished.
As for my half-finished ideas, I don't see the point. A couple of years ago I tried to give away plot-bunnies, and nobody, not one person, took them up. I doubt the reaction would be any different after I'm dead. (pouts)
As for my half-finished ideas, I don't see the point.
That's pretty much my thought. I have observed that most people who write a lot have their heads full of their own ideas, their own ways of seeing the world. At the most, all an unfinished idea of mine could do is make someone laugh (or groan, or be shocked), and maybe stir some thought. Anything written "based on" a half-finished story and notes is only going to be like something written using a line from a book as a story prompt, imho.
Although, thinking about this, I've started to believe that I should assign one of my writing buddies to go through my writing stuff after I die, not to finish anything, but because they'll be most interested, and it is their brain that a stray phrase or thought might strike chords in, for later development.
The stories won't be mine, but my own inspiration might lead another creative brain towards thoughts it didn't know before.