Be a Supporter!

Writing Forum Lounge

  • 132,380 Views
  • 2,409 Replies
New Topic Respond to this Topic
John234pwns
John234pwns
  • Member since: May. 2, 2007
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 04
Blank Slate
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-06 04:42:51 Reply

I'm not exactly new to NG, but I've been gone for about a year, and I rarely scour the BBS. I'm John, normally go by "John_234." I admin on a zombie survival site, do some work on DeviantArt and FF.net. Not a spectacularly good writer, but I'm always looking to improve. Nice to see an active writer's community.


"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." Albert Einstein

EKublai
EKublai
  • Member since: Dec. 13, 2003
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Supporter
Level 18
Animator
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-06 12:38:06 Reply

At 2 days ago, Anabioo wrote: I want to ask a few questions:
If someone is thinking about writing a book, what is the first thing they should do?
How should they go about getting their book distributed?
If they are readying the book for print by their self, what applications are recommended?

If you guessed that the "someone" was me, you guessed right. I was thinking about using MS Office Publisher, but I do not own it, and Word can't figure out "Oh, he wants to fold the page in half, so I should put page one here, page two on this other sheet...." Of course, if I simply let someone else (i.e. a publisher) do final designs for me, I'd not have to worry about it, but I do not want to do that. I was thinking about distributing it myself, mostly online on places like Amazon and physically to people I know, but I don't know how to copyright protect my work.
Thanks!

I'm planning on writing a sort of tutorial for this, based on my experience with publishing The Newgrounds Writing Anthology. And Word can actually do it for you, but you need to know some subtle trickery to pull it off. When I find the time, I'll be sure to post in this forum.

Anabioo
Anabioo
  • Member since: Feb. 9, 2012
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 06
Blank Slate
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-06 17:46:16 Reply

At 5 hours ago, EKublai wrote: I'm planning on writing a sort of tutorial for this...

I found Coop's link to lulu very helpful, they walk you through the process quite well.


I do all my own stunts.
~Anabioo~
My super-interesting blog

BBS Signature
EKublai
EKublai
  • Member since: Dec. 13, 2003
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Supporter
Level 18
Animator
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-07 19:36:54 Reply

At 1 day ago, Anabioo wrote:
At 5 hours ago, EKublai wrote: I'm planning on writing a sort of tutorial for this...
I found Coop's link to lulu very helpful, they walk you through the process quite well.

I think a tutorial on how to make a good looking book would be in order. Such as not using their cover designer for text or formatting your text without having to pay for Lulu's professional help. It requires a bit more work than Lulu is prepared to give. Also, they would probably prefer people pay them to do the job than show them how to do it themselves. More arenas for business.

Anabioo
Anabioo
  • Member since: Feb. 9, 2012
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 06
Blank Slate
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-12 00:02:38 Reply

At 4 days ago, EKublai wrote:
At 1 day ago, Anabioo wrote:
At 5 hours ago, EKublai wrote: I'm planning on writing a sort of tutorial for this...
I found Coop's link to lulu very helpful, they walk you through the process quite well.
I think a tutorial on how to make a good looking book would be in order. Such as not using their cover designer for text or formatting your text without having to pay for Lulu's professional help. It requires a bit more work than Lulu is prepared to give. Also, they would probably prefer people pay them to do the job than show them how to do it themselves. More arenas for business.

Look what I found! Amazon has a program for help in self-publishing, here.


I do all my own stunts.
~Anabioo~
My super-interesting blog

BBS Signature
Anabioo
Anabioo
  • Member since: Feb. 9, 2012
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 06
Blank Slate
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-12 00:13:03 Reply

At 9 minutes ago, Anabioo wrote: Look what I found! Amazon has a program for help in self-publishing, here.

Actually, I would rather not use Amazon's Create Space; I do not like the terms of the "member agreement."


I do all my own stunts.
~Anabioo~
My super-interesting blog

BBS Signature
pvt-blasto
pvt-blasto
  • Member since: Oct. 19, 2004
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 12
Blank Slate
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-12 11:40:38 Reply

At 8 days ago, MattyT wrote:
At 1 day ago, pvt-blasto wrote:
my comic:
http://www.daveswurld.com/
Out of curiosity, Who made that website?

At 3 hours ago, Anabioo wrote: I want to ask a few questions:
If someone is thinking about writing a book, what is the first thing they should do?
Perhaps a whole book is jumping the gun a little. Have you written any short stories? These are a good place to start.

If you want to try for a book straight up, I guess the first thing you should do is think of a fucking awesome idea.

Self Publishing is probably the easier way to go. you can write whatever you want that way.

friend of mine started it, and I've personally been building it up and maintaining it since. I would say half of it is his and half of it is mine.


BBS Signature
StoningWorker
StoningWorker
  • Member since: Mar. 12, 2012
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 01
Blank Slate
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-12 22:55:22 Reply

At last made an account on Newgrounds and the first thing i come running to is the writting forum.
Hello, Everyone! I just like to read books and write from time to time, sooo... i hope we can get along :D

Coop
Coop
  • Member since: Apr. 28, 2004
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Moderator
Level 60
Writer
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-13 10:52:17 Reply

At 1 day ago, Gambit wrote: Soooooooooooooo, anyone agrees it's about time we get a new MWC? :)

If you';ve got ideas and feedback on what should be done, feel free to PM Deathcon7. He's pretty much in control of that at the moment, because my time is taken up with cricket for the foreseeable future.

At 11 hours ago, StoningWorker wrote: At last made an account on Newgrounds and the first thing i come running to is the writting forum.
Hello, Everyone! I just like to read books and write from time to time, sooo... i hope we can get along :D

So, what genres or authors do you favour? Welcome to our world.


Will it ever end. Yes, all human endeavour is pointless ~ Bill Bailey
News
#StoryShift Author

BBS Signature
JohnEndel959
JohnEndel959
  • Member since: Feb. 16, 2010
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 16
Writer
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-13 16:47:00 Reply

At 7 days ago, John234pwns wrote: I'm John

Oh no! Another John! People will totally get us mixed up all the time and stuff. Whatever, it's like the most common first name in the world anyway, so it's hardly surprising that another one pops up.

Anywho, I'm actually out of the country right now, posting because of my hotel's generous unlimited free wifi. Since this type of vacation is usually when I come up with my greatest ideas (having absolutely nothing else to worry about probably helps), I've started working on laying the groundwork for another story. I'm planning on continuing my trend of writing a bit of a moral tale in a supernatural world. I think I'll go with a super hero this time. We'll see what I can come up with. Maybe I'll think of something that's a bit more interesting somewhere along the way.

I just kind of wanted to pop my head in and update. I'm trying to write more than I've done recently, and I think holding myself accountable through this forum is a pretty good way to go about doing it. Thanks!


Sig by Byteslinger.
Writing by John Endel.
Zombie Story! <= read it! Nuclear Apocalypse Story! <= read this too!

BBS Signature
StoningWorker
StoningWorker
  • Member since: Mar. 12, 2012
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 01
Blank Slate
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-13 18:43:27 Reply

At 11 hours ago, StoningWorker wrote: At last made an account on Newgrounds and the first thing i come running to is the writting forum.
Hello, Everyone! I just like to read books and write from time to time, sooo... i hope we can get along :D
So, what genres or authors do you favour? Welcome to our world.

Thanks for the welcome!
And about genres and authors, i love horror (Lovecraft, King, etc...), sci-fi (Asimov, Herbert, Bradbury), Mistery, South-American classic authors aaaaand anything that has a good story and that leaves something in you when you finish.

Coop
Coop
  • Member since: Apr. 28, 2004
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Moderator
Level 60
Writer
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-14 10:08:27 Reply

At 15 hours ago, StoningWorker wrote: Thanks for the welcome!

No problem.

And about genres and authors, i love horror (Lovecraft, King, etc...),

I've never been all that into my horro genres, but I do enjoy playing Werewolf and Vampire games from White Wolf. They bill them as horror, but I don't see it, personally. Maybe I've been desensitised.

sci-fi (Asimov, Herbert, Bradbury),

Have you ever read the Pegasus series by Anne McCaffrey, or Douglas Adams' work?

Mistery,

I'd heartily recommend Agatha Christie - both Poirot and Miss Marple are fantastic from the mystery genre. More modern stuff that first well is John Grisham.

South-American classic authors

I've not tried any myself. Possibly because they are foreign and therefore I'm incapable of reading them.

aaaaand anything that has a good story and that leaves something in you when you finish.

I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere :P

Mind you, I do enjoy a good Discworld novel, which leaves me thinking about what the characters will be doing after the book, as well as the historical novels, such as David Gemmell and Conn Iggulden.


Will it ever end. Yes, all human endeavour is pointless ~ Bill Bailey
News
#StoryShift Author

BBS Signature
StoningWorker
StoningWorker
  • Member since: Mar. 12, 2012
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 01
Blank Slate
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-14 18:44:47 Reply

I've never been all that into my horro genres, but I do enjoy playing Werewolf and Vampire games from White Wolf. They bill them as horror, but I don't see it, personally. Maybe I've been desensitised.

I like Vampire games too, i love the way they show a much better image of a vampire than the one a lot of people has


Have you ever read the Pegasus series by Anne McCaffrey, or Douglas Adams' work?

i have been trying to find a book of Adams, but it's nearly impossible to find one, at least in my country. Oh, and never heard of the Pegasus series, what is it about?

I'd heartily recommend Agatha Christie - both Poirot and Miss Marple are fantastic from the mystery genre. More modern stuff that first well is John Grisham.

Agatha Christie is one of my favorite mystery writters, with Capote and Arthur Conan Doyle.

I've not tried any myself. Possibly because they are foreign and therefore I'm incapable of reading them.

I found an used english version of the complete works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez last year and the stories, characters and style of writting is amazing.


I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere :P

Noone knows :D

Mind you, I do enjoy a good Discworld novel, which leaves me thinking about what the characters will be doing after the book, as well as the historical novels, such as David Gemmell and Conn Iggulden.

Terry Pratcher and the Discworld books are really good too and it happens to me too, you end up really connected with the characters. And historical novels... i can't say i dislike them, but i haven't been able to read many books of that style in my life.

John234pwns
John234pwns
  • Member since: May. 2, 2007
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 04
Blank Slate
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-16 02:44:36 Reply

At 2 days ago, JohnEndel959 wrote:
Oh no! Another John! People will totally get us mixed up all the time and stuff. Whatever, it's like the most common first name in the world anyway, so it's hardly surprising that another one pops up.

Anywho, I'm actually out of the country right now, (Snip)

Inspiration is like that. Strikes at odd times. You should get as much stuff on paper as you can. And thanks for the welcome.


"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." Albert Einstein

MattyT
MattyT
  • Member since: Jul. 19, 2007
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 13
Audiophile
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-16 08:48:36 Reply

At 1/26/10 04:31 PM, Gagsy wrote: Speaking of reasons for a Writing Forum Lounge, I don't see why this has to be limited to Writing. Seems like a good place to tell people who are intended in writing what good books you've been reading/have read and such. Doesn't have to be a place strict on just writing does it?

No fucking way. We get so little writing on the writing forum and you'd rather start a book club? Thanks for the suggestion Gags, but this is a creative forum. I can't go and talk about Radiohead on the Audio forum, can I? They've got those kind of boards on 4chan ya know.

And yes I realise the irony in a heated response from someone who doesn't post here all that much, but dammit I lurk it nearly every day. I enjoy reading the decent stuff that comes through here. But I'm too put off by all the bad stuff that's badly formatted and lacking any real chance of being turned into something good to actually post advice to people. And isn't that what this board is really about? Being given a chance to improve and showcase our writing through communal evaluation.

So maybe its my fault that we don't get much new quality stuff through here! Maybe I should start a thread where I teach how to write a decent script. Maybe someone else could teach fiction writing or how to compile a novel or something... It's up to the big kids to pick up the little kids.

Ok... so I'll just do that then.

fuck book threads.

I write. I voice act. Drop me a PM. Sig by Ejit

BBS Signature
MattyT
MattyT
  • Member since: Jul. 19, 2007
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 13
Audiophile
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-16 08:53:10 Reply

At 1 minute ago, MattyT wrote: A tirade of misguided agression

Holy shit I though that post was from the current page not the fuckin' first one. Oh well. I'd like to think my points are still valid. And i'm still going to make that thread.

Writing for Flash class coming soon.

fuck book threads.

I write. I voice act. Drop me a PM. Sig by Ejit

BBS Signature
RedCoin
RedCoin
  • Member since: Sep. 4, 2003
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 25
Blank Slate
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-16 14:42:25 Reply

At 5 hours ago, MattyT wrote: No fucking way. We get so little writing on the writing forum and you'd rather start a book club?

Seems like a good idea to me, but there would probably already be a popular thread on the C&C forum if there was enough interest to keep it going.


BBS Signature
Coop
Coop
  • Member since: Apr. 28, 2004
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Moderator
Level 60
Writer
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-20 09:34:18 Reply

At 4 days ago, MattyT wrote:
At 1 minute ago, MattyT wrote: A tirade of misguided agression
Holy shit I though that post was from the current page not the fuckin' first one. Oh well. I'd like to think my points are still valid. And i'm still going to make that thread.

No, they aren't valid at all.

Writing for Flash class coming soon.

fuck book threads.

Look, you don't have to like book threads and I love your idea for the writing for flash class, but don't try ramming the idea of a book club is shit down everyone's throat. Just don't post there.

There's two ways to look at it:

1) The pre-existing Book Club in C&C is fine and dandy, where people suggest books to read and they discuss them with one another.

2) My book reviews thread is a tool for helping aspiring people who wish to work on journalistic skills, by encouraging people to put a subjective view on a title they have read.

At 3 days ago, RedCoin wrote:
At 5 hours ago, MattyT wrote: No fucking way. We get so little writing on the writing forum and you'd rather start a book club?
Seems like a good idea to me, but there would probably already be a popular thread on the C&C forum if there was enough interest to keep it going.

There is - we just need a little more oompf to keep it in the public eye. Mind you, these sort of threads never seem to get the lion's share of attention, unless you're reviewing something like Harry Potter *spits*


Will it ever end. Yes, all human endeavour is pointless ~ Bill Bailey
News
#StoryShift Author

BBS Signature
warror
warror
  • Member since: Oct. 12, 2002
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 07
Artist
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-20 22:19:49 Reply

my pen name is tuni peace and I finished my first chapter of "Chaotic kitten". I like writing and a fan of heros not only x-men. Sometimes i'll even post serious poems but that might be rare. Hope you guys will check out my story.

I also draw but i do not have a scanner, so it willbe rare to see some illustrations but i'll try to get some up at kinkos or stamples or something.

PEACE!


TUNI PEACE
Tapping the fingers for art and laughs.

BBS Signature
yuirick
yuirick
  • Member since: May. 22, 2010
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 05
Blank Slate
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-21 07:53:00 Reply

Ah, it's always saddening to see how little that happens on writing forums. :/

Anyways, whazzup people? :)

TehPoptartKid
TehPoptartKid
  • Member since: Jul. 25, 2007
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 07
Gamer
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-21 14:40:20 Reply

At 6 hours ago, yuirick wrote: Ah, it's always saddening to see how little that happens on writing forums. :/

Anyways, whazzup people? :)

Whasa happening with you, eh?


BBS Signature
X1SephX
X1SephX
  • Member since: Aug. 29, 2008
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Supporter
Level 47
Gamer
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-22 00:17:31 Reply

Although, I'm looking around online I would like to ask you guys, if any, what are some books that introduce you into writing for comics? This has grown interest in me as of recently. I also think I should take some books on screenwriting seeing as how they look like the same format but of course differ, still doesn't hurt to learn it.


If you're a HARDCORE FAN prepare to be always disappointed.

yuirick
yuirick
  • Member since: May. 22, 2010
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 05
Blank Slate
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-23 04:13:47 Reply

@Tehpoptart:
I be feelin' cool brah.

At 1 day ago, X1SephX wrote: Although, I'm looking around online I would like to ask you guys, if any, what are some books that introduce you into writing for comics? This has grown interest in me as of recently. I also think I should take some books on screenwriting seeing as how they look like the same format but of course differ, still doesn't hurt to learn it.

I have no idea. You can always find inspiration from other comics?

DeftAndEvil
DeftAndEvil
  • Member since: Aug. 31, 2010
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 14
Writer
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-23 10:43:50 Reply

At 2 days ago, yuirick wrote: Ah, it's always saddening to see how little that happens on writing forums. :/

There's always plenty of people seeking reviews! If you can, just scroll down and post into a thread with +0 posts.


Giving out writing reviews to anyone who wants them (exception: poems. I'll find you).

BBS Signature
Anabioo
Anabioo
  • Member since: Feb. 9, 2012
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 06
Blank Slate
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-23 16:50:32 Reply

At 1 day ago, X1SephX wrote: Although, I'm looking around online I would like to ask you guys, if any, what are some books that introduce you into writing for comics? This has grown interest in me as of recently. I also think I should take some books on screenwriting seeing as how they look like the same format but of course differ, still doesn't hurt to learn it.

Scott McCloud! He is an excellent introduction to writing for comics. I HIGHLY recommend his books.

Writing Forum Lounge


I do all my own stunts.
~Anabioo~
My super-interesting blog

BBS Signature
yuirick
yuirick
  • Member since: May. 22, 2010
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 05
Blank Slate
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-28 17:30:19 Reply

At 3/23/12 10:43 AM, DeftAndEvil wrote:
At 2 days ago, yuirick wrote: Ah, it's always saddening to see how little that happens on writing forums. :/
There's always plenty of people seeking reviews! If you can, just scroll down and post into a thread with +0 posts.

A thread with 0 or more posts? That's every thread. Unless you can have minus one post. Could be cool.
I was mostly talking about the activity in a writing forum. In most other gatherings of people, the chat-thread (which this thread is) would be overly active, symbolizing the activity of the members. Writing forums/threads are always borderline-inactive.

DeftAndEvil
DeftAndEvil
  • Member since: Aug. 31, 2010
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 14
Writer
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-28 19:30:04 Reply

At 3/28/12 05:30 PM, yuirick wrote:
At 3/23/12 10:43 AM, DeftAndEvil wrote:
At 2 days ago, yuirick wrote: Ah, it's always saddening to see how little that happens on writing forums. :/
There's always plenty of people seeking reviews! If you can, just scroll down and post into a thread with +0 posts.
A thread with 0 or more posts?

Well, it's read "plus zero" posts not "zero plus" posts. That is, there are 0 posts added to the OP. The Writing Forum is really as busy as its members. It's not just about writing; it's about about reading also.


Giving out writing reviews to anyone who wants them (exception: poems. I'll find you).

BBS Signature
Coop
Coop
  • Member since: Apr. 28, 2004
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Moderator
Level 60
Writer
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-29 14:16:38 Reply

At 3/28/12 05:30 PM, yuirick wrote: A thread with 0 or more posts?

It's the number of replies, not posts - every topic starter is a post, but the replies counter works off that.

At 3/28/12 07:30 PM, DeftAndEvil wrote: Well, it's read "plus zero" posts not "zero plus" posts. That is, there are 0 posts added to the OP. The Writing Forum is really as busy as its members. It's not just about writing; it's about about reading also.

Though some members seem to forget the reading part

*is still narked at the "fuck books" comment earlier on*


Will it ever end. Yes, all human endeavour is pointless ~ Bill Bailey
News
#StoryShift Author

BBS Signature
yuirick
yuirick
  • Member since: May. 22, 2010
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 05
Blank Slate
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-30 17:00:07 Reply

At 3/28/12 07:30 PM, DeftAndEvil wrote:
At 3/28/12 05:30 PM, yuirick wrote:
At 3/23/12 10:43 AM, DeftAndEvil wrote:
At 2 days ago, yuirick wrote: Ah, it's always saddening to see how little that happens on writing forums. :/
There's always plenty of people seeking reviews! If you can, just scroll down and post into a thread with +0 posts.
A thread with 0 or more posts?
Well, it's read "plus zero" posts not "zero plus" posts. That is, there are 0 posts added to the OP. The Writing Forum is really as busy as its members. It's not just about writing; it's about about reading also.

+0 = 0, speaking as a mathematician.
I did get it the first time, it just made me curious as to why you wrote the + thingy. Is it a literary rule or a Newgrounds custom?

Sharu
Sharu
  • Member since: Jul. 30, 2008
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 08
Writer
Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-30 23:18:34 Reply

As Coop said, the numbers refer to the number of replies; if a thread has just been posted, then there are no replies and it would say zero. I don't know about the pluses, but I can see it being used elsewhere.

Also, who the hell said "fuck books?" On the writing forum? Seriously? WTF? You'd think that, of all the places on Newgrounds, here would be the one place where people wouldn't be bashing books (not specific books like twilight[and there I use the term 'book' in that instance very loosely{and so begins the twihard flame wars...}]).
My point is that if someone is going to bash the very thing that started the topic of a forum, it would probably be a good idea NOT to do so on that very forum. Seriously.............


"there is no true end to any fairy-tale"~ J.R.R. Tolkien