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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 6th, 2011 @ 11:38 PM Reply

At 5/6/11 11:31 PM, Deathcon7 wrote:
essentially you save a different version of the file, close the program, and Dropbox will upload only the changed blocks. There's a folder, a "drop box," where your files are stored. It works, it's awesome.

Cool! I'll give a try one of these days


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 7th, 2011 @ 01:17 AM Reply

hi I'm not really new here per se but I'm new to the forums, and I'm looking to make my self known as a writer here. i guess i came to the right place. any suggestions on how to make myself known? should i put up works i have written?


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 7th, 2011 @ 01:43 AM Reply

At 5/7/11 01:17 AM, PillGeneral wrote: hi I'm not really new here per se but I'm new to the forums, and I'm looking to make my self known as a writer here. i guess i came to the right place. any suggestions on how to make myself known? should i put up works i have written?

The Writing Forum is really slow, so as long as you stay with it, you'll be a "regular" among the ranks.

Here are some tips:
1. Comment on as many pieces/threads as you can.
2. Make sure your comments are useful/constructive.
3. Post your works but make sure you don't flood the forum with them, or else we will begin ignoring them.
4. When you receive criticism/comments, it is okay to disagree, but don't be an a-hole and thank whoever comments, without being sycophantic, of course.
5. Mind your audience. The Writing forum is different from other NG forums so you might want to watch your grammar and spelling and especially formatting since the BBS is screwy when copy-pasting.

If anything, I'll read your works and comment on them. Nice to meet you.

Peace.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 7th, 2011 @ 06:03 AM Reply

it's nice to meet you as well, I look forward to you critiquing my work (I actually enjoy people caring enough to give me input negative or positive) and I really appreciate the tips I will definitely keep them in mind. If you have any work I would love to check it out give some feedback etc. If you are interested, I did recently write a script and I am interested in feedback.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 7th, 2011 @ 05:29 PM Reply

At 5/7/11 06:03 AM, PillGeneral wrote: it's nice to meet you as well, I look forward to you critiquing my work (I actually enjoy people caring enough to give me input negative or positive) and I really appreciate the tips I will definitely keep them in mind. If you have any work I would love to check it out give some feedback etc. If you are interested, I did recently write a script and I am interested in feedback.

thanks

One other piece of advice: mind your expectations. I know you want to be "known," and I'm sure you're looking forward to having people pour over your work, but that is definitely not going to be the case. Over time you must prove your value as a writer, but displaying humility, quality work, and intelligence; skill within the craft perhaps the most important of all.

I doubt you'll ever be "known," but if you would like to at the very least be considered a regular, you should participate in the Weekly Writing exercises (to resume shortly), the Monthly Writing Contest (as participant and judge), spend the time to critique as much work as possible, and create your own work's thread and link it in your signature. Optionally, updating the lounge with interesting articles, tools, etc., will ensure you garner a coveted position as a "regular" to the forum. If you're just looking for renown based solely on the magnificent quality of your work, one of two things will happen: 1) you'll find your work really isn't that great at all, 2) even if you post arguably the best piece of literature the world has seen, nobody will care. 98% of the users in this forum are just posting for attention. You can join them, or you can join the regulars and actually work to build a great writing community.

Joseph Campbell -- The Power of Myth

I've been watching the six-part series based on Joseph Campbell's work on the monomyth, and story telling in general, and it's awesome! I highly recommend it if you're the type to get into the minutiae of this craft. Campbell is such an interesting person, and his interpretation of life and story telling are equally compelling.

If you're not familiar with Joseph Campbell, you can check out the wikipedia page on him. His book, A Hero with a Thousand Faces, as well as his consultation, was used to great effect by George Lucas in the creation of Star Wars. Many writers rely on his principles of the monomyth to build plots for their stories. If ever there were a formula for writing, I think Campbell's ideas would be the only thing that comes close to it.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 7th, 2011 @ 07:55 PM Reply

hey thanks! I guess I came off as a person who just wanted appraisal, its probably because i want to improve my work as a writer and the way that has worked for me in the past is by other people's thoughts. Also, you do make a lot of sense, I mean I don't want to be known as the greatest user here, just someone who if familiar with the other regulars. also thanks for the tips, It's refreshing to see people actually letting me know what they think instead of "good luck" or "cool story"


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 10th, 2011 @ 08:48 PM Reply

So a while ago I made a post thanking you guys for the criticism I received on a story I wrote. I told you that I had submitted it to my school's literary magazine, and that it was on the docket to be in it. I also promised to keep you informed about it. Now, no one replied to my post, so you might not care, but I'll update you anyway. I have now been informed that my story did make it into the magazine, but not only that, I was the only Freshman to be admitted! I was also inducted into the "Quill and Scroll Society" for my work on the story itself, and the help I gave to editing the magazine. Needless to say, I am very happy. I am now officially a 'published' author! Of course, I'm only published in my school's literary magazine, but I think it's a step. I just wanted to share of my success!

Also, if any of you want to read it, I'll probably post it again in it's finished form soon. It's called Heroic.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 11th, 2011 @ 01:37 AM Reply

At 5/10/11 08:48 PM, JohnEndel959 wrote: So a while ago I made a post thanking you guys for the criticism I received on a story I wrote.

NG Writing Forum: 1
Other freshmen at your school: 0!

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 11th, 2011 @ 12:11 PM Reply

Congrats JohnEndel

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 11th, 2011 @ 09:19 PM Reply

Congratulations JohnEndel. Remember though, it's a just a first. A lot of writers can be flash in the pans. Continue to work and I hope for your success.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 11th, 2011 @ 09:40 PM Reply

Congrats John! I hope you learned that valuable lesson that comes before learning humility: that getting published isn't all that hard ;)

As for the rest of us, let's continue to plug at it and claim our own victories in the NG Anthology. I'm certain that quality work will spur the project back on track. I'm sure the editors don't intend to, but having read slosh-pile before, it's hard work. Let's give them a reason to read!

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 11th, 2011 @ 11:04 PM Reply

That's really cool, John. Congrats.

I know I've been pretty quiet around here lately - I do still frequent the forum, checking a few times every day - but I will be making a sincere attempt to rectify that over the next little while. I love the atmosphere of this forum, and I love all of you guys who feel exactly the same way - heterosexually, of course. Just wanted you guys to know that I wasn't vanishing or anything. I've just had an enormous university workload, and I've been feeling really drained lately.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 12th, 2011 @ 12:05 AM Reply

Great job, John. I only recently started, and Have already met DeftAndEvil, but I hope that soon i will get to know more of you and to read your works, and to have you read mine. Also, what are some interesting forms of poetry, because i only know the basics and would like to experiment on other forms. Thank you.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 12th, 2011 @ 06:15 PM Reply

At 5/11/11 09:40 PM, Deathcon7 wrote:
As for the rest of us, let's continue to plug at it and claim our own victories in the NG Anthology. I'm certain that quality work will spur the project back on track. I'm sure the editors don't intend to, but having read slosh-pile before, it's hard work. Let's give them a reason to read!

Ugh, I've been stuck on that forever. I wrote a (really) rough draft of a story, tentatively titled "Creed, Conviction, and Dim Lights" but scrapped it because it wasn't good. I wrote a better draft but ultimately scrapped it again because it was exactly like "The Fall of the House of Usher." As of late, I am incapable of writing anything, but mostly because I am swamped by finals.

Seriously though, I want to finish "Dim Lights" and I am throwing myself behind it. When I finish the next draft, I'll pass it around to get some feedback before submitting to the NWA.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 12th, 2011 @ 07:34 PM Reply

We need an increase in character limit.

Right, now.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 12th, 2011 @ 07:44 PM Reply

At 5/12/11 07:34 PM, ArmouredGRIFFON wrote: We need an increase in character limit.

Right, now.

What? Eight thousand not long enough? Can't you find a natural break in your story so you can make multiple posts? I know at times it's somewhat annoying, but there should be some sort of natural break.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 16th, 2011 @ 01:34 AM Reply

Ugh. I have experienced a minor setback for me posting Heroic. My main computer crashed and lost all data a while ago, and it had Heroic on it. This was a while ago, but I thought I still had it because I had originally written it on my laptop and then transferred to my main. Turns out the version on my laptop is completely unedited. When I get a copy of the magazine I'll make all the changes again and post, but right now there's no way I'll remember all the things I did to it. Sorry!


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 17th, 2011 @ 08:02 PM Reply

I doubt you'll ever be "known," but if you would like to at the very least be considered a regular, you should participate in the Weekly Writing exercises (to resume shortly), the Monthly Writing Contest (as participant and judge), spend the time to critique as much work as possible, and create your own work's thread and link it in your signature.

Thanks a lot for this tip man, i'll be sure to do that. Also what you said about being "known" is an unfortunately true, but perhaps even if ONE of us do become "known" then it will raise the popularity of the forum and help the rest of us become "known". Just an idea.
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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 25th, 2011 @ 02:30 AM Reply

For heaven's sake; someone please post something--a new story; a work in progress; an outline--anything! All I see are collaborative efforts (vampires/doomdays/zombies) and very rough ideas (very undeveloped, I must add). The Writing Forum has gone very slow these past few days and I haven't read anything worthwhile since "Beginning of the End" by Neutrality abouta week ago. I don't mean to sound whiny--but I am (whining). I will backtrack and comment on stories that have no comments or I haven't read.

On a personal note, I really need to get some inspiration so I can finish my current work. I've caught another bout of the reading bug, but 19th century novels do become rather boring, eventually. Reading some good works by my peers on NG does encourage to try to achieve (and surpass--competition, my friend) that level.

>.>


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 25th, 2011 @ 07:03 AM Reply

Hello folks, been a while right? Not sure if you remember me but I've been around this forum before wrote a few stories... most of which were mediocre... one of which I felt was really good but hey, I didn't proof-read and I do not trust myself as a proof-reader and editor. I'm a little more confident in that regard but I am not the greatest either. However, going to university and taking and modestly passing an English Qualifying course has made me better in academic writing... point is moot as creative writing allows things academic doesn't.

Now. I need inspiration.. with everything in my life but it's my goal to be a novelist... and I need to get inspiration back to write. I don't really do outline but if I must I will and I am asking for my peers to support me a bit. If you have any suggestions I will make not... If you have anything please feel free to do so... that is all.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 25th, 2011 @ 02:54 PM Reply

hallo yuz guyz! I'm still new to writing and have a bunch of ideas clogging up in my brain and i thought I should post em up here. But it looks things are getting slow over here, just like everywhere else that has to do with writting stories and stuff. I looks like people would rather be playing video games rather than read lol! I havent been in this section in a long time so i got some catching up to do.

i got an idea for a story about an old school street gang, kinda like the warriors. I'll post a lil prolouge and see if you guys like it or not!

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge May. 25th, 2011 @ 09:54 PM Reply

At 5/25/11 02:54 PM, MyMuslimFriend wrote: I looks like people would rather be playing video games rather than read lol! I havent been in this section in a long time so i got some catching up to do.

People don't want to waste their time. Give them a reason to read, and they well. And you can give them a reason by building recognition. You build recognition by participating. To participate you have to read and critique and discuss other peoples' work first.

You also have to have some skill, otherwise you won't retain readers.

Hint: You can mollify concern over your writing by being observant of what you say and how you say it; most especially in regular posts.
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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jun. 2nd, 2011 @ 04:15 PM Reply

Would any one know the gains and losses from doing a comic with just writing a novel? Being that you can do both write and draw.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jun. 2nd, 2011 @ 10:28 PM Reply

At 6/2/11 04:15 PM, X1SephX wrote: Would any one know the gains and losses from doing a comic with just writing a novel? Being that you can do both write and draw.

Consider that with the written word alone you're only limited by your imagination, where with a Comic you're limited by the layout of the page. You have to be extremely concise with dialog, setting has to fit within the frame, and you really only have a certain number of pages to finish (comics usually being about 24 pages?). You can, of course, more clearly express your vision in a comic format, especially if you arc multiple comics; more so if you use the graphic novel format and arc over a few of those. The reader knows exactly what he's looking at, can quickly detect emotion (visual context: frown, smile, posturing for a fight, etc.), and is basically more quickly immersed into the world.

Ultimately, on the difficulty side of it, when expectations and standards come into play, I think they're at the same level of difficulty. If you can't draw, or don't have an artist, I'd definitely recommend sticking to a novel to tell your story.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jun. 3rd, 2011 @ 08:00 PM Reply

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jun. 24th, 2011 @ 10:15 PM Reply

Great god this thread is at its agony.

I've been working a lot on my novels lately and I like how much progress I've done in 3 years.

My ideas have evolved over time into creating something not only interesting, but also well-constructed and most of all original. I tell you guys, patience is your best tool when writing. That and dedication, and a LOT of time spent thinking.

Soon enough Jadis R. Clark, Andrew Bishop, Catherine Swan and a bunch of other folks will hit the bookshelves and I'll be a happy person.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jun. 25th, 2011 @ 07:23 PM Reply

Hello, everyone. ^_^

If you don't remember me, that's cool. For anyone who does, I've decided to return after around a year. I'm about 10,000 words into a fun new novel, too. I haven't exactly written anything in over a week and a half, but I can fix that, hopefully.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jun. 25th, 2011 @ 09:34 PM Reply

Dang, I wish I was around for this first Golden Age of the Writing Forum. Anyway, RWT, I'm looking forward to seeing an excerpt :)


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jun. 27th, 2011 @ 03:00 AM Reply

I've just received some news, and I thought I should share it with you all, because you've been a great help in terms of aiding me in the development of writing skills and style. For this reason, I feel like I have you all to thank for this email that I got today:

'Congratulations! Your entry for the Imagining The City Writing Competition, Vibrancy, has been successful. As a winner, you will need to attend a couple of meetings & a workshop with QUT creative writing staff in order for it to be published as an e-publication in early November 2011.'

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jun. 27th, 2011 @ 07:51 PM Reply

At 6/27/11 03:00 AM, ZeeAk wrote:

Nice :)


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