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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-09-05 14:25:39 Reply

I've been toying with the idea of purchasing a signed first edition of Sir Terry Pratchett's latest Discworld Novel, Snuff.

It's got some of my favourite characters in it and as a result, owning one of these signed first editions would really give my collection a nice shot in the arm.

Anyone else got a signed book?


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-09-05 20:10:22 Reply

Signed books. I think I've got a couple from some Australian children's authors. Lately I've been getting my hands on signed books from small press authors in the bizarro genre/movement/scene. Got a couple of books from Andersen Prunty, Chris Bowsman's first book, as well as five others from when I won a competition, and I've got two more on their way. And I think I may be getting two more signed books from Jordan Krall shortly, maybe... They're not big name authors, and most of them have only put out their first books either this year or last year, but it's cool to just have that piece of history tied to the beginning of those authors' careers. If everything goes to plan, I'll be joining their ranks a little over a year from now. I pitched a novella to Eraserhead Press, who agreed to work on it with me for next year.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-09-16 17:59:06 Reply

Is there a thread somewhere that just has short stories that were written specifically to be made into flash movies? (Not talking about sonic or mario fan stuff, but legit, original works.)

I was bored and thought to myself "hey self, you should make a random, short, quick movie" ...like something that would only take a day or two (think movie jam) ...then I thought, "hey, I wonder if there are any short stories in the writing forum for an occasion such as this."

So... is there a thread? If not, should there be?

THANKS!


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-09-16 19:33:02 Reply

At 9/16/11 05:59 PM, Nae wrote: Is there a thread somewhere that just has short stories that were written specifically to be made into flash movies? (Not talking about sonic or mario fan stuff, but legit, original works.)

I think there is, and there are several threads from authors whoring their scripts for animation. However, we don't really get many animators in search for scripts about anything, so those threads quickly die. You can post a thread explaining your situation (who you are, what you are doing, experience, whether the writer will be paid/unpaid, that jazz). Hopefully, you'll get responses and some solid scripts.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-09-16 20:10:10 Reply

At 9/16/11 07:33 PM, DeftAndEvil wrote: we don't really get many animators in search for scripts about anything, so those threads quickly die.

Yeah, I think part of the problem is people don't [know how to] write things in a way that works for animation/scripts... at least that's been a comment/complaint in past contests/animation jams.

There are communal accounts like art101 and animation101 ...maybe there needs to be a writing101 ...and that account could catalog helpful links & threads for writers... and things like 'stories up for grabs' and a list of writers that are available for projects (games, movies, etc).

Just a thought.

Anyway, thanks for your time... I guess I'll just go rummage through the audio portal and see if something inspires me.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-09-17 11:00:28 Reply

At 9/16/11 08:10 PM, Nae wrote:
At 9/16/11 07:33 PM, DeftAndEvil wrote: we don't really get many animators in search for scripts about anything, so those threads quickly die.
Yeah, I think part of the problem is people don't [know how to] write things in a way that works for animation/scripts... at least that's been a comment/complaint in past contests/animation jams.

Agreed, if the animator knows how to do it, they will usually do something like that themselves, thus cutting out the middle man.

Personally, I'd say that reading script book is a useful way to go, as the proper ones (I have Father Ted and Blackadder) give stage directions, which can be very useful, both for the actors and for the casual reader, knowing what they should be seeing.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-09-17 19:01:55 Reply

Have a Dwarven story opening. Critique is appreciated.
http://stagan.deviantart.com/art/Dwarven -Opening-258892220


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-09-18 17:41:06 Reply

At 9/17/11 07:01 PM, blog-man wrote: Have a Dwarven story opening. Critique is appreciated.
http://stagan.deviantart.com/art/Dwarven -Opening-258892220

I'll give it a read, but the formatting of the page is a bitch. Why not make a thread for it (or a news post) here on Newgrounds?


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-09-20 19:23:07 Reply

I wish I could build a career in writing.

But don't we all?


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-09-20 23:54:02 Reply

At 9/20/11 07:23 PM, ArmouredGRIFFON wrote: I wish I could build a career in writing.

But don't we all?

Why? Writing ain't about the money. Keep a journal and write every day. Work hard in school so you get a good job (and hopefully help other people) and write in your spare time. And, in very, very rare occasions, serenade the ladies with your awesome stories :D


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-09-21 04:57:14 Reply

Sup guys? I haven't been around here in a long-ass time, but I thought I'd start poking around again since I'm taking a fiction writing class and I have lots of new stuff in the works.

At 9/16/11 08:10 PM, Nae wrote: There are communal accounts like art101 and animation101 ...maybe there needs to be a writing101 ...and that account could catalog helpful links & threads for writers... and things like 'stories up for grabs' and a list of writers that are available for projects (games, movies, etc).

Yeah, something like that would be cool. I think it would improve the relationship between animators and writers, which could benefit NG a lot. I'm not really in any position to do it myself, but if someone else wants to go for it I'd be more than happy to help out.

At 9/17/11 11:00 AM, Coop wrote: Personally, I'd say that reading script book is a useful way to go, as the proper ones (I have Father Ted and Blackadder) give stage directions, which can be very useful, both for the actors and for the casual reader, knowing what they should be seeing.

Yep, that's good advice. If anyone wants to learn screenwriting, the best way to do it is to read lots of screenplays. Here's a great resource for that. I'd also recommend getting some kind of script formatting software like Final Draft (what the pros use) or Celtx (what I use, because it's free) to avoid a lot of hassle and make everything neater.

That said, like Nae hinted at, when it comes to animation things can get a little more complicated. A scene that would work perfectly in a live-action film might make no sense when you try to apply it to animation. Cartoons are just totally different in terms of spatial relations and pacing and how action plays out and how dialogue fits in and lots of other things, and it can be hard for someone who isn't an artist to wrap their head around it all works. I guess it ultimately comes down to how well the artist and the writer communicate with each other, and how willing they are to budge on their visions when the other person tells them that something isn't working.

I dunno, I've been thinking about a lot of this shit lately because I'm trying to write a pilot for a cartoon series.

At 9/5/11 02:25 PM, Coop wrote: Anyone else got a signed book?

Junot Diaz signed my copy of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which is pretty cool I guess.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-09-21 05:33:49 Reply

At 9/20/11 11:54 PM, DeftAndEvil wrote:
At 9/20/11 07:23 PM, ArmouredGRIFFON wrote: I wish I could build a career in writing.

But don't we all?
Why? Writing ain't about the money. Keep a journal and write every day. Work hard in school so you get a good job (and hopefully help other people) and write in your spare time. And, in very, very rare occasions, serenade the ladies with your awesome stories :D

See, isn't that brilliant. And I couldn't agree more - writing is not about money or wealth. But if I had the choice, all I would do is write. It's that element of the idea which intrigues me.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-09-21 05:38:56 Reply

At 9/21/11 04:57 AM, Dr-Worm wrote: I dunno, I've been thinking about a lot of this shit lately because I'm trying to write a pilot for a cartoon series.

It seems that artists and writers when they come together, come together in the same way guitar players and vocals do. It is the process of finding the correct pattern to showcase the idiolect of the characters. I imagine a large amount of time and effort goes into doing this. However depending on the genre and your audience, depends on what style of artistry you will be looking for or what style of writing the artistry will be begging for. The overall result is probably governed by the producer, rather than the writing staff.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-09-29 12:22:20 Reply

been a long time since i was here. wonder if any one remembers me. whats what


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-09-30 11:57:45 Reply

Hi All, new to the forum and have stuck a story up here (http://crabcruncher81.newgrounds.com/). All are welcome to have a look and comment...apologies for the grammer as it's not great.

I've wanted to write a for a long time, but to be honest can't finish anything I type so this is one of the first I've managed. Love to read Mervyn Peake and used to read the books where you roll a dice to find out if you live or die (what were they called?!).

Anyway hope all's well.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-10-01 02:38:58 Reply

Ever feel like you're on the constant verge of breaking through your barriers and redeveloping yourself as an artist/writer at the moment of composition; that intangible wave of an ascending climax of absolute Truth of your creative fibre so close to shattering the frontiers of your mind's limits...

and when you're finished it reads like the same piece you wrote last?

That's fucked up.
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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-11-03 12:57:32 Reply

Okay, I'm going to start writing a book. I've been planning and getting ideas for about two years now and I finally think I have enough to create something long enough to become an actual novel. If the planning took that long I can only imagine how long the writing process will take since I work full time. It will literally be me only working about an hour a day on the days that I work and for several hours on my days off.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-11-04 17:04:50 Reply

At 11/3/11 12:57 PM, Fro wrote: Okay, I'm going to start writing a book. I've been planning and getting ideas for about two years now and I finally think I have enough to create something long enough to become an actual novel. If the planning took that long I can only imagine how long the writing process will take since I work full time. It will literally be me only working about an hour a day on the days that I work and for several hours on my days off.

I know how you feel. I've been planning / editing a story since 2009. I've finally written the first paragraph. I've scrapped about two thirds of the original storyline (plot holes, too many artistic licenses, derivative stuff...).
Just because the planning took a long time doesn't mean writing it will take forever, especially if you write a bit every day like you plan to do. So don't be discouraged, it's the quality of the final product that is important, not how long it takes to complete it. Good luck!


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-11-04 17:33:57 Reply

At 11/3/11 12:57 PM, Fro wrote: Okay, I'm going to start writing a book.

Can I have a small cameo in it?


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-11-05 00:25:22 Reply

Hey would I be considered a regular here in the Writing forum?


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-11-05 12:30:20 Reply

Hello my name is Benjamin. I enjoy to write, make movies, run podcasts, read writings by other people, and work with people who want help and or suggestion on their writing projects. Pm if you want to work with me on your projects and or want to talk about your works on a podcast I run with a few friends. More than happy to get the word out on fellow writers. Great club and I hope you all have a great day. KEEP WRITING!

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At 11/5/11 12:25 AM, J-Rex wrote: Hey would I be considered a regular here in the Writing forum?

I suppose. I've seen you here since about the time I've been here. As long as you continually read and critique others, as well as write and submit pieces, you are a regular in my book.

At 11/3/11 12:57 PM, Fro wrote: Okay, I'm going to start writing a book.

Nanowrimo? I am totally going for it this year.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-11-05 14:30:56 Reply

Cool. So who here submitted a piece in the Halloween contest?

I did.

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At 11/5/11 12:30 PM, BandSreviews wrote: Hello my name is Benjamin...

Hey, nice to meet you. I look forward to seeing you on the forum.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-11-06 10:44:33 Reply

At 11/6/11 01:21 AM, FBIpolux wrote: Years, it'll take years. I've been working on my books for... 3-4 years? I've lost count. And it'll take a bunch more years before I'm done.

The thrill is in the chase!


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-11-19 08:39:48 Reply

hey, I'm somewhat new here, what a year since sign-up. i try to participate in this forum often, I've been involved in a story or two. i don't know if you saw the fantasy story thread a few months ago, i wrote in flint, the human. i also wrote in logic's zombie survival reboot, but came across a problem i run into very often, i lose interest and stop writing, i don't even kill off my character, i'm working on it.
Anyways, i use this forum often, I've put out a poem here and there. but regardless, my favorite thing in this forum is group writing projects where multiple people form there own character in a story, speaking of which, i am organizing one of these, its call the "friction starter" thread. i would appreciate some input, maybe some submissions, I've only really had one person respond, although they are extremely helpful, i posted to this site for variety, to help me not lose interest in the story, but i didn't post here to advertise a thread ( maybe a little) i just try to involve myself in NG's writing community, and this seems like a good way to go about it.

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At 11/21/11 12:03 AM, FBIpolux wrote: So my friend, who's a writer, and who I call my mentor, because he helps me out a lot with my writing, told me today that my writing had improved a good 95% since the last time he read my stuff, last year.

That means a lot to me o_o

Do you think it's more about your actual style improving or being defined or the fact that you're tackling more interesting and/or memorable topics? Judging writing is such a tricky thing because it can be pretty subjective in a lot of cases...


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-11-29 00:37:14 Reply

At 11/21/11 08:57 PM, FBIpolux wrote:
At 11/21/11 01:19 PM, ZJ wrote: Do you think it's more about your actual style improving or being defined or the fact that you're tackling more interesting and/or memorable topics? Judging writing is such a tricky thing because it can be pretty subjective in a lot of cases...
Just my grammar in general.

French is a REALLY hard language. I consider myself really good at it, but I still have a lot to learn, and I'm constantly learning.

Nice, dude. I'm doing my best to master the English language, I'm not even TRYING to really learn any other language. There's Latin, but that's more for SAT prep than anything...

Grammar can be difficult, but I think I've almost mastered it in English, at least. On my last essay I only had two mechanics errors, one of which was a contraction. Shouldn't proofread things late at night...


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2011-11-30 16:31:03 Reply

As an update for those of you who saw that I was writing a book. I've started a kickstarter to help fund the project. Any donations, sharing of the link, or publicity in any manner would be greatly appreciated.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1298 272589/deceptive-harmony


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