The Adventures of John Watson: The Red Window
Rating: uhhh PG-13? There’s language, violence and gore. It seems tame to me.
Genre: Case-fic, Bromance
Word Count: 19,454 (oh my god)
Written for this prompt: When Sherlock deems a case that a prospective client contacts him about beneath him, John (figuring that he’s seen Sherlock investigate enough cases to be able to do some amateur deducing himself) offers to take it on in his stead, hoping that it’ll help make him feel like he’s making a difference again. The client agrees. John investigates the case, and solves it.
So I wrote this whole thing in the past week and I don’t know how. I’m not a very talented writer, and my prose is weird, but I had lots of fun and finishing it makes me happy, even if I don’t have time to polish or revise it much. I would really love it if people read this and told me what they thought, just so I know that all my sweat and tears weren’t for nothing.
So guess who’s finally actually reblogging this piece of beauty and wonder.
asdfhskdajsdaf no seriously it’s amazing everyone should read it, have you read it, are you reading it, why aren’t you reading it, go read it. NOW. It’s an awesome case and it’s actually decently-written and in-character and amazing and John is the BAMFiest of BAMFs ever to have BAMFed and also there is mention of fem!Gregson, do you understand the place that woman holds in my heart. (Seriously though, you don’t understand. It has all of the canon references. All. Of. Them. Except not really that’d be impossible BUT STILL.)
SIG ALSO MAKES BITCHIN ART AND IS ALL-ROUND FABULOUS SO THERE. NOW GO READ THE FIC AND MAKE EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD RIGHT AGAIN.
… “decently-written”? Just “decently”?
Okay, true, that’s a lie, it’s a bit more than ‘decently’ written - I’d probably go so far as to call it well-written. I’ve seen far, far worse (oh god have I seen worse), but to be perfectly honest, it’s no feat of literary and linguistic genius, and that’s really more than fine. Your writing style - at least in The Red Window - is quite simple and realistic, lacking, perhaps, in the poetic excesses that can both make or break a piece of writing in terms of linguistic quality. But I have to say, that the ‘decently’- or ‘well’-written style of The Red Window absolutely suits its subject matter, what with the majority of it dealing with the seemingly-ordinary John Watson. The piece is lightly freckled with John’s insecurities about his intelligence and his ability to solve the case he took up so rashly, and I feel like a refined, poetic, linguistically-challenging flow of prose would have probably been something of an uncomfortable juxtaposition to that narrative.
You said that you’re “not a very talented writer” and that your prose is “weird”, but I disagree. You may not have mastered some fancy techniques of language, but you tell a damn good story in a manner that is engaging and understandable and suits the matter of a case!fic. (I find that fics that focus on more introspective themes and consist of more emotion than plot tend to rely more on poetic or linguistic techniques, but a case!fic requires a more down-to-earth style, and I think that sometimes that distinction is undervalued. If I’m reading a case!fic, I don’t want to be mired in reams of linguistic experimentation and quirks of language. For one thing, fanfiction is often primarily a place for experimentation, and these things can go so horribly wrong. (I should know, I’ve done it myself.) For another, your piece was almost twenty thousand words long - that’s far too long to be showing off your literary prowess with embellishments. (Professional novelists aside, you understand.))
So no, The Red Window is not a linguistic masterpiece - but it is still well-written, more so when taken in concert with the matter of the story.
(Oh my god, can you tell I’ve been doing secondary readings for my English essay this morning? *facepalm*)
Also, you may well be “a hopeless dork with a pronounced stammer and no social skills”, but I don’t see how that affects your fabulosity (fabulousness? Fabulosity). You’re also an absolutely superb artist and a very good writer, and you seem like a wonderful person to boot. So - there. Harrumph.