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Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Derby, England
Re: The Official BTB Discussion Thread
So far in my thread, I've written all shows in a recap/spoiler style, until my most recent show which is in full. Now the reason I wrote the first handful of shows in recap was so that I could reach a stage where I felt I made the thread and the time period my own, and I invested enough time and effort in to the project so that I would stick to it. After a couple of weeks (in BTB time) I, and a few others, felt that I had achieved that so I moved on to writing a full show.
It was by far the longest show I've ever written, and everything except one match was written in full. But for a lack of better terms, it has drained the shit out of me. I want to continue with my project and I want to progress with it at a steady rate and continuing to write the shows in full like my most recent show will drain me, it won't progress quickly at all and because of that I may, after a while, have doubts about continuing due to the amount of effort I put myself through to churn out the full shows.
You're probably saying "do recaps then derp" and that is a very good idea. Except whenever I write recaps, I cannot get the characters and the atmosphere across as easily and as enjoyably as I do full shows, and me being a huge fan of characters and gimmicks, that is a problem I think. So what would you recommend I do? Simply do shorter shows? Longer, extended recaps? And I'm looking towards the veterans, but obviously maybe the newer guys that have browsed a lot, can you provide a link for a thread that have used the format that you're recommending. I'm more than happy to stick to my project and I am very excited with the plans that I have and the characters I hope to build, I just cannot find a format that suits my style of description and depth but not producing 16,000 word shows every time, and being able to progress at a steady, comfortable rate without feeling drained.
tl;dr - Full shows are too much, recapped is too little. I need to find a format that allows me to get enough description in there, but not so that a show drains me out for two weeks afterwards. Advice, recommendations and examples would be grand. Thankyou.