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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 03:47 PM Reply

At 1/27/10 03:14 PM, WritersBlock wrote: I haven't completed anything significant in a while. I've been trying to write a decent short story for a good part of this month and I've just been fizzling out a few hundred words in. Today (technically yesterday) was quite a shit day for me and I don't really know why, but it was the first time this month I've had something to motivate me.

Motivation comes in just the worst places for a lot of us I think. It's not that we're a group of sad sad people, but that, in my opinion, most of us are young and still experiencing different feelings for the first times. As far as the creative mind is concerned, we seem to love adjusting the world when we feel something's wrong, even if we don't really know what that might be. I don't know, I've been reading a lot of this sort of thing in my spare time.

I'm glad you've got a work in progress though. That's better than me right now. I-I-

Relevant video. NSFW? I forget, talking about sex.

Should I create a thread specifically for that story, should I create a general "writersblock's fiction" thread and post it and any further stories there, or should I blog it and link to it in this here lounge? Or any other options? It seems at the moment everyone's doing everything willy nilly, I'm interested to see how some of you guys think the threads here should be constructed (or woven, per se).

You know, I'm going to be honest. When I noticed the new forums, I was delighted, but you know what? The next thought I had was, God, please please say they came up with some rules and guidelines beforehand. I admit it, really! It has had its positive effects though - it's a community for the users, by the users after all.

I've posted my thoughts in gum's thread - I personally think users should have one thread for all of their material, or possibly one thread for stories and another for poetry, etc. It can all still be workshopped regardless of whether its linked to an upload or posted directly in the thread, I think. The forum could potentially be very messy otherwise, but I don't know. I'm sure we could link stuff here in the lounge either way though.

I'm interested in seeing everyone else's thoughts too.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 03:58 PM Reply

At 1/27/10 03:14 PM, WritersBlock wrote: Should I create a thread specifically for that story, should I create a general "writersblock's fiction" thread and post it and any further stories there, or should I blog it and link to it in this here lounge? Or any other options? It seems at the moment everyone's doing everything willy nilly, I'm interested to see how some of you guys think the threads here should be constructed (or woven, per se).

I'm probably going to create a thread tomorrow, either to post all my work in (a bit like the Art Forums) or just to make a sequel to the New Ground's story, involving of course NG Regulars that will volounteer.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 04:05 PM Reply

I'm blazer133 and Just took up writing mid last year when i had to write a small shot stroy for a teacher, he told me that my story was fucking awesome, the detail and description I put into it made it so clear, he said it was like he was right there watching it all happen right before his eyes.

I'm currently trying to finish a series of books for this story i've had sealed away in my since grade 3.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 05:01 PM Reply

Hey guys started a short story today and I'm probaly going to post it in a thread soon. Just thought I would let you know.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 05:10 PM Reply

Howdy, my names Jonny :D. As you can tell by name my favorite writer is George Orwell ^.^. I mostly write satire and depressing stuff :P.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 06:25 PM Reply

At 1/27/10 02:58 PM, puddinN64 wrote: Hi, I'm PuddinN64. I've been writing for a few years now and I really hope to become a major regular on this board. I hope to become a humorist as my job when I'm out of school.

And I absolutely love your stories. Some of the best humor around on the site as well. I'll be waiting for something great from you.

A cool thing about this forum is that I can read stuff while I'm bored on my cell phone when I wouldn't have access to a computer. The other forums didn't quite have the topics that I could sit there and read when I didn't have anything to do.

I also got my first 20 word story done for the competition. I feel that it's actually rather strong and could really help develop the second story by far more than the second story would be without it. I shared this with my writing class here at college and now when the judging is done I'm suppose to share my story/results with the class. :3


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 06:27 PM Reply

my real name is Nick, i mostly write fantasy and fiction stuff. i posted the first chapter of a story of mine. i wish someone could comment on it. i've always been a writer. even when i was a little kid, i drew comic books. so i think my style has always been inspired just by life


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 06:48 PM Reply

I think we shouldn't really be bothering too much with coming up with strict rules and guidelines. I think if we keep loose general rules, we can easily let the forum expand out to what it will become without having the forum structure collapse entirely.

Gee, I feel like we're writing a constitution for this forum...


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 07:20 PM Reply

At 1/27/10 06:48 PM, Josh-B wrote: I think we shouldn't really be bothering too much with coming up with strict rules and guidelines. I think if we keep loose general rules, we can easily let the forum expand out to what it will become without having the forum structure collapse entirely.

Gee, I feel like we're writing a constitution for this forum...

It looks it, considering the wall of text that seems to accompany posts in this forum lol

I don't know if the same rules that hold for General can apply here (in sort of specific terms). Though I'm no BBS mod, I'd imagine this will run similar to the art forum. I just don't see the practicality in, for instance, some kid making a new thread everytime he's written a new poem. That could get a bit old rather fast. Especially if said kid is a lousy poet :P

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 07:22 PM Reply

Agreed! People should have ONE place to post their work. The only exception should be for a longer story such as a novelle.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 07:28 PM Reply

At 1/27/10 07:20 PM, tigerkitty wrote: I don't know if the same rules that hold for General can apply here (in sort of specific terms). Though I'm no BBS mod, I'd imagine this will run similar to the art forum. I just don't see the practicality in, for instance, some kid making a new thread everytime he's written a new poem. That could get a bit old rather fast. Especially if said kid is a lousy poet :P

Yeh, one-shots seem like a waste to start a new thread for, especially if a person is never going to add anything else besides one or two poems he wants comments on.

Maybe we should encourage a similar rule to the Art forum's personal art threads which is to have each user to only have one person "short-writing" thread, just for them to dump their poems and possibly short stories. Longer stories should be justified enough to merit a whole thread for it, especially if the person is going to keep adding on to it.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 07:34 PM Reply

At 1/27/10 07:20 PM, tigerkitty wrote: I just don't see the practicality in, for instance, some kid making a new thread everytime he's written a new poem. That could get a bit old rather fast. Especially if said kid is a lousy poet :P

It's this and formatting pieces properly so that they can be read with greater ease that I'm (and most others really are) putting more effort into flagging up at the moment - the rest is really, like what's been said, essentially in the rules already. I certainly wouldn't want any rules to be 'strict' with the potential to limit creativity. That's a big no.

The rest are just technicalities: off-site linking and so on. The rest can be dealt if and when it needs to be dealt with.

On a slightly related note, what are you guys' opinions on microstories/flash fiction/whatever? This might just be an opening trend, but yeah, what do you think of them?

None of my attention to setup and hint/link threads are absolutely not related to having no original content suitable at this time :P

I joke, I wouldn't flag it up if I didn't think people couldn't use it.

But yeah ;)

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 07:41 PM Reply

I really enjoy flash fiction, Scarab. I think that the style really lends itself to my way of thinking and writing.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 07:55 PM Reply

At 1/27/10 07:20 PM, tigerkitty wrote:
At 1/27/10 06:48 PM, Josh-B wrote: I think we shouldn't really be bothering too much with coming up with strict rules and guidelines. I think if we keep loose general rules, we can easily let the forum expand out to what it will become without having the forum structure collapse entirely.

Gee, I feel like we're writing a constitution for this forum...
It looks it, considering the wall of text that seems to accompany posts in this forum lol

I don't know if the same rules that hold for General can apply here (in sort of specific terms). Though I'm no BBS mod, I'd imagine this will run similar to the art forum. I just don't see the practicality in, for instance, some kid making a new thread everytime he's written a new poem. That could get a bit old rather fast. Especially if said kid is a lousy poet :P

I completely agree here. ive already posted and started adding to my own thread.
The only thing i fear is people spamming someones personal thread; it could cause some major issues.
Also, i agree to the idea of the rules and guidelines being quite loose. Some of them will have to be quite strict obviously, but anything that limits creativity is going to be a cancer to the forum.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 07:56 PM Reply

We keep the rules of the general but a few rules that should apply here is:

~ Have courtesy towards a users work, if you didn't like it then tell them how to improve so you'll enjoy it better.
~ If you hate somebodies works that bad then don't reply or critique their stories, we don't need that kind of negative feedback.
~ Please no copying and pasting stories unless it is something you wrote from somewhere else.
~ Don't write very short small things that aren't well thought out since that seems to be a waste of people's time to read, if you really want to improve your story then ask some of the writing forum regulars for tips on how to improve.

That's about the only rules I can think of for this forum.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 07:58 PM Reply

I've been planning on doing some crossover fan-fiction and some shark jumping Zelda fan-fiction since I heard about this writing portal. I should probably start writing them in advance!


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 08:02 PM Reply

At 1/27/10 07:55 PM, megakill wrote: The only thing i fear is people spamming someones personal thread; it could cause some major issues.

If it was trolling, excessive comments like 'u suk' or something more abusive, then it probably falls under a number of rules anyway, so I personally think this is already being taken care of. The mods tend to be quick at extinguishing things like that, so as long as we have a couple of mods lurking now and then like we do now, it should be okay.

As with everything else though, I guess we'll see.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 09:30 PM Reply

I'm so glad to have found this new forum.
Anyways, I'm a regular at the Politic's Lounge. But I hope to visit here often.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 09:52 PM Reply

At 1/27/10 05:01 PM, coure wrote: Hey guys started a short story today and I'm probaly going to post it in a thread soon. Just thought I would let you know.

Awesome; can't wait to read it!


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 10:15 PM Reply

So I thought a speed writing thread would be a good idea where there would always be a new topic or idea flowing through. What do you guys think of it?

http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1141 105


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 10:25 PM Reply

Hmm, we certainly seem to be throwing a lot at this forum before we aren't even sure what it is really like yet...


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 10:26 PM Reply

Well, I just got my Story Thread up and running AND I snagged a great name for it! :D

If you guys want to read my stuff, I would be much obliged. You don't have to critique it or anything (you can if you want, I suppose) - just the thought of others gaining some enjoyment from my stories is awesome enough for me

Happy writing, everyone.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 10:42 PM Reply

At 1/27/10 10:26 PM, RapeMuffin wrote: Well, I just got my Story Thread up and running AND I snagged a great name for it! :D

If you guys want to read my stuff, I would be much obliged. You don't have to critique it or anything (you can if you want, I suppose) - just the thought of others gaining some enjoyment from my stories is awesome enough for me

Happy writing, everyone.

Yep, beats the name I gave my thread.

(*wink wink nudge nudge*)

Yes, it is totally awesome when someone actually reads my stories of their own motivation. It's all about the subtle art of whoring...


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 10:59 PM Reply

At 1/27/10 10:42 PM, WritersBlock wrote:
At 1/27/10 10:26 PM, RapeMuffin wrote:
Happy writing, everyone.
Yep, beats the name I gave my thread.
(*wink wink nudge nudge*)

Hey - all the cool kids name their story threads after superhero hideouts... :D

Yes, it is totally awesome when someone actually reads my stories of their own motivation. It's all about the subtle art of whoring...

And not so subtle...

PLEASE PLEASE PLEAAAAAAASE READ MY STORIESSSS


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 11:34 PM Reply

I'm starting to like a lot of these threads that are showing up here. I am spending more time in here than in General or Clubs & Crews.
Mainly because reading stories takes up a lot of my time here but that's beside the point this place is almost better than General.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 11:50 PM Reply

This place is running very well.

Also shameless plug. Go to my poetry topic in my sig.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 11:51 PM Reply

I'd like to suggest that anybody who wants to offer ideas about the forum you really should do it in gums thread. Not that anything being offered here is bad, heavens no, it's because some of the stuff I'm seeing here is actually quite GOOD and I'm afraid people will miss it if they aren't reading both threads and that would be a terrible shame. So I'd recommend any ideas suggested here that haven't migrated over be migrated over and then simply discussed there for the sake of organization and what not.

Plus lounges are supposed to be the "hang out" spots, where the "business" of the forum is set aside and people can just hang out and get to know each other :). Also something mentioned in the other thread that's probably worth bringing up here:

Would people be interested in having book discussion in this thread? Since it seems I've caused something of a mini controversy as we ruled it's not really appropriate to have a whole thread for that in this forum, but I can see where discussion might interest people. Again considering lounges tend to be general discussion among like minded people in a forum would that be something the like minded folks of this forum would be interested in seeing in this lounge?


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 11:56 PM Reply

At 1/27/10 11:51 PM, aviewaskewed wrote: Would people be interested in having book discussion in this thread? Since it seems I've caused something of a mini controversy as we ruled it's not really appropriate to have a whole thread for that in this forum, but I can see where discussion might interest people. Again considering lounges tend to be general discussion among like minded people in a forum would that be something the like minded folks of this forum would be interested in seeing in this lounge?

I was just thinking that myself, sounds like a good idea to me. I think anything elaborate or specific, such as unpacking and analysing a specific author/text/technique deserves its own thread, but the discussion of "what are you reading now/what's your favourite book/etc" is perfect for this lounge environment.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 11:56 PM Reply

At 1/27/10 11:51 PM, aviewaskewed wrote:

[other stuff]

Would people be interested in having book discussion in this thread? Since it seems I've caused something of a mini controversy as we ruled it's not really appropriate to have a whole thread for that in this forum, but I can see where discussion might interest people. Again considering lounges tend to be general discussion among like minded people in a forum would that be something the like minded folks of this forum would be interested in seeing in this lounge?

I saw a thread about books that you were reading, and it was locked. I would think that even though this is Writing, why not discuss other people's writing here as well? I'm sure that many of us have all read similar books and would love discussing them as much as we love discussing video games we have played, or movies we have watched.
Basically as long as users can keep an insightful look on the topic at hand, there shouldn't be any problems with threads like that. And also make sure their post is meaningful. Not just something like "lol that part was funny! XD"


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 28th, 2010 @ 12:25 AM Reply

If you love confusing, badly written short stories, read mine now.

If not, read it anyway.


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