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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-05-29 17:34:13


Yo! I've been writing for a long time and I love to create mysterious, apocalyptic plots. I feel that writing has become less of a hobby and more of an integral part of me -- there's some sort of peace within it that I cannot find quite the same way elsewhere.

Anyway, I've decided to post some of my stories here. It's been a while since I did something like that, but I'd like to challenge myself with some public exposure.

Also, when an author has all of their stories in the same universe, that is too awesome. It's a bit more difficult to weave it together, but I like it best that way. All of my (soon to come into being) animations/games will tie into what I write in some way, so I might include a link if it's necessary.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-05-30 02:32:28


To Richie and memoryexplosion,

Nice meeting you guys. There is competition at the Writing Forum that is about to end. It's a great way to test your writing mettle, as well as maybe earn some prizes. You can find out about it here. There's about 48 hours left. I have to freaking finish my story as well; I've been so lazy, ha ha. I'm only a few paragraphs in >.>

Peace!


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-01 00:02:59


07734 everyone! ;)
This is my first post here. I never had much creativity (at least in writing), but not to long ago I started getting more and more inspiration. I've written a poem I'm very proud of, and I'll likely be posting it. I even wrote a story -- the poem was the "short version" I guess.

I recently began my own blog as well, but it's more quotes and other intriguing facts than creative writing. Salmagundi 2

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-12 17:42:44


At 6/11/12 09:30 PM, Gambit wrote: Police: Times New Roman 12
Single lined
130 pages

12-point times, single-spaced, and it comes out to 130 pages?
Wow, that's a hell of a book.

Fiction? Non-Fiction? Genre? Title?


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-12 19:28:16


At 6/12/12 05:42 PM, egg82 wrote:
At 6/11/12 09:30 PM, Gambit wrote: Police: Times New Roman 12
Single lined
130 pages
12-point times, single-spaced, and it comes out to 130 pages?
Wow, that's a hell of a book.

Fiction? Non-Fiction? Genre? Title?

Not to pick nits, but book-length should be measured by word count. At nearly 70k words, it's mid-field length-wise. If the story is Sci-Fi or Fantasy, you'll want to add at least another 30k words. Anything else, and you're probably okay, if not a bit over length. Editing should sort those kinds of issues out.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-12 20:27:07


At 6/12/12 07:28 PM, Deathcon7 wrote:
At 6/12/12 05:42 PM, egg82 wrote:
At 6/11/12 09:30 PM, Gambit wrote: Police: Times New Roman 12
Single lined
130 pages
12-point times, single-spaced, and it comes out to 130 pages?
Wow, that's a hell of a book.

Fiction? Non-Fiction? Genre? Title?
Not to pick nits, but book-length should be measured by word count. At nearly 70k words, it's mid-field length-wise. If the story is Sci-Fi or Fantasy, you'll want to add at least another 30k words. Anything else, and you're probably okay, if not a bit over length. Editing should sort those kinds of issues out.

I can hardly imagine writing a novel. My girlfriend did at about 115k words and I just shook my head. I'm sure I'll think of a novel-length idea someday, but for right now I like the word-intimate nature of the short story.

In other news, has anyone here read The Ask by Sam Lipsyte. Take it from me, it's the funniest and darkest modern take on the great American novel.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-16 10:30:44


Hey, so I've been active mainly in the Wi/Ht forum thus far, but I actually have some pretty exciting news on the writing front. A little over a week ago, I finished the first draft of a horror novel called Unseen. The basic premise is that the power in the city is out, and if at any time there's light on you, you will be exploded from the inside by some malevolent force. And the sun's coming up in 5 hours.

I originally wrote it a few pages at a time and posted it in my journal on RoosterTeeth.com, and I got lots of positive feedback on it there. The first part is here, and the entire first draft is up there, so you can read it in its entirety. It's about 280 pages, in 77,000 words. If you'd rather just read the first chapter in PDF format, you can get that from here.

Unfortunately, because of how I wrote it, there are going to be some issues with turning it into a proper manuscript; it was structured for the medium I was using, which forced it to have beats every 3 pages or so, which may make it rather awkward to switch over. I figure editing it properly is going to take about 2 months going at it full-time, which is 2 months I'm not making money working.

To help me with that, I've started a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.com so I can afford to dedicate all my time to editing and getting it published. Indiegogo is just like Kickstarter, but it's not restricted to U.S. projects and you can pay with a credit card or PayPal. If you decide to read what I've got, and if you like it, it would really help me out if you'd consider donating to the cause, and spreading the word around. Every little bit helps.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-16 12:48:57


Oh, great, this forum's still going strong.

Hi Deathcon.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-18 14:05:06


Staring at a blank piece of paper or a blank computer screen and I can't get the words out. Already went through my different remedies for writer's block. What are some of yours?

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-18 21:25:04


At 6/18/12 02:05 PM, The-Great-One wrote: Staring at a blank piece of paper or a blank computer screen and I can't get the words out. Already went through my different remedies for writer's block. What are some of yours?

Coffee.

Also, what are you trying to write? Usually doing some level of planning gets me going. It gives me a place to start, and ideas to bridge any pauses.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-19 19:44:55


At 6/18/12 09:25 PM, Deathcon7 wrote:
At 6/18/12 02:05 PM, The-Great-One wrote: Staring at a blank piece of paper or a blank computer screen and I can't get the words out. Already went through my different remedies for writer's block. What are some of yours?
Coffee.

Also, what are you trying to write? Usually doing some level of planning gets me going. It gives me a place to start, and ideas to bridge any pauses.

I've always felt like stimulants (ritalin or methylphenidate in my case) are great for when you know exactly what you want to say and just need the energy to say it and for pure creativity it's better to just be as relaxed as possible while stick having the problem at the front of your mind. I don't know which writer's block falls under.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-19 21:34:06


At 6/19/12 07:44 PM, EKublai wrote: I've always felt like stimulants (ritalin or methylphenidate in my case) are great for when you know exactly what you want to say and just need the energy to say it and for pure creativity it's better to just be as relaxed as possible while stick having the problem at the front of your mind. I don't know which writer's block falls under.

I have to agree with Balzac on this one: I think the stimulation caused by coffee is magical. It makes me feel like I can think clearer, I can focus, and gives me the energy to do. WIthout it, I'm very blase. Such as now.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-19 23:23:26


At 6/16/12 10:30 AM, DiMono wrote: Hey, so I've been active mainly in the Wi/Ht forum thus far, but I actually have some pretty exciting news on the writing front. A little over a week ago, I finished the first draft of a horror novel called Unseen. The basic premise is that the power in the city is out, and if at any time there's light on you, you will be exploded from the inside by some malevolent force. And the sun's coming up in 5 hours.

I originally wrote it a few pages at a time and posted it in my journal on RoosterTeeth.com, and I got lots of positive feedback on it there. The first part is here, and the entire first draft is up there, so you can read it in its entirety. It's about 280 pages, in 77,000 words. If you'd rather just read the first chapter in PDF format, you can get that from here.

Unfortunately, because of how I wrote it, there are going to be some issues with turning it into a proper manuscript; it was structured for the medium I was using, which forced it to have beats every 3 pages or so, which may make it rather awkward to switch over. I figure editing it properly is going to take about 2 months going at it full-time, which is 2 months I'm not making money working.

To help me with that, I've started a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.com so I can afford to dedicate all my time to editing and getting it published. Indiegogo is just like Kickstarter, but it's not restricted to U.S. projects and you can pay with a credit card or PayPal. If you decide to read what I've got, and if you like it, it would really help me out if you'd consider donating to the cause, and spreading the word around. Every little bit helps.

So I decided today that I really want to get going on this, and the faster I get funded the faster I can start dedicating all my time to working on the book. To that end, I've updated the campaign to say that if I reach the full $6,000 by midday on July 4, I will give $1,000 to Child's Play the following weekend at RTX. The update I wrote on the campaign follows:

I know I said yesterday that I'm okay with it taking a little while to get going, but I'm starting to get antsy. To that end, I've adjusted some of the perks to something I think is a little more reasonable, lowering the prices on the signed and personalized books and adding digital and physical copies to some of the higher-end ones.

I've also decided that I'd rather get more contributions early than late, so I'm going to add an overall incentive for people to contribute early: if I reach the full $6,000 by Noon Eastern Time on July 4, which is 15 days minus 11 hours from now as I write this, I will give $1,000 to Child's Play at RTX the following weekend. So you won't just be helping me edit and publish a book any more, you'll actually be helping to put games and toys in the hands of children who need them.

So now, not only is there incentive for you to pledge, but there's incentive for me to get where I'm trying to go more quickly. Let's see if we can help out charity, shall we?


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-20 08:32:45


At 6/19/12 09:34 PM, Deathcon7 wrote:
At 6/19/12 07:44 PM, EKublai wrote: I've always felt like stimulants (ritalin or methylphenidate in my case) are great for when you know exactly what you want to say and just need the energy to say it and for pure creativity it's better to just be as relaxed as possible while stick having the problem at the front of your mind. I don't know which writer's block falls under.
I have to agree with Balzac on this one: I think the stimulation caused by coffee is magical. It makes me feel like I can think clearer, I can focus, and gives me the energy to do. WIthout it, I'm very blase. Such as now.

I've never liked drugs, to be honest. I don't even take paracetamol, when I've got a headache. If I'm taking that sort of stuff, you know I'm really ill!

A few fast paced games on the PS3 tend to kick me into action, such as Dynasty Warriors or Wipeout. That works well and distracts me from potential writer's block. Then it's away, with a fresh brew and the keyboard lights up.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-20 18:43:39


At 6/20/12 08:32 AM, Coop wrote:

A few fast paced games on the PS3 tend to kick me into action, such as Dynasty Warriors or Wipeout. That works well and distracts me from potential writer's block. Then it's away, with a fresh brew and the keyboard lights up.

Totally opposite, videogames just want me to fall over when I'm done. Maybe I shouldn't play for four hours at a time.

Also, don't get me wrong, I'm no druggie. I've been taking meds for my ADHD since 5th grade and have begun using it less and less. And I definitely can sometimes feel like the concentration I'm achieving through it is a bit forced and artificial, which never feels good. But damnit there just isn't time to wait sometimes.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-21 03:00:22


At 6/20/12 08:32 AM, Coop wrote:
I've never liked drugs, to be honest. I don't even take paracetamol, when I've got a headache. If I'm taking that sort of stuff, you know I'm really ill!

A few fast paced games on the PS3 tend to kick me into action, such as Dynasty Warriors or Wipeout. That works well and distracts me from potential writer's block. Then it's away, with a fresh brew and the keyboard lights up.

Yeah, man. Drugs don't really do anything, but I'm talking about marijuana and alcohol; if you can't write sober, why would you be able to write high/drunk? It won't do anything--trust me. I don't like coffee, but I'll drink a soda. The buzz is nice but won't really help you if you don't have a carefully planned idea.

Anyway, the thing I do is just write anything. I write micro stories that are about 100-200 words. They are usually exercises (read: incomplete and boring), but if I find something that works, I'll weave it into whatever I'm writing for real. I think a good rest is good too. I usually stay up really late writing something, but don't finish. While I am lying in bed, I'm thinking about the story, and when I wake, I feel good and ready to finish.

If you play an instrument, that also helps. Try writing a song. Just be creative and add to the momentum. I think we've all experience how it feels when you have the proverbial ball rolling. Holy crap! It's your best work and a lot of it.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-21 21:28:19


I agree sometimes the best way to get back writers block is to just write and get all the bad ideas out of your system cause then you read it and your like "this isn't what I want but maybe this is." I dunno but that sometimes works for me and also video games especially if I leave frustrated lol.

At 6/21/12 03:00 AM, DeftAndEvil wrote:
At 6/20/12 08:32 AM, Coop wrote:
I've never liked drugs, to be honest. I don't even take paracetamol, when I've got a headache. If I'm taking that sort of stuff, you know I'm really ill!

A few fast paced games on the PS3 tend to kick me into action, such as Dynasty Warriors or Wipeout. That works well and distracts me from potential writer's block. Then it's away, with a fresh brew and the keyboard lights up.
Yeah, man. Drugs don't really do anything, but I'm talking about marijuana and alcohol; if you can't write sober, why would you be able to write high/drunk? It won't do anything--trust me. I don't like coffee, but I'll drink a soda. The buzz is nice but won't really help you if you don't have a carefully planned idea.

Anyway, the thing I do is just write anything. I write micro stories that are about 100-200 words. They are usually exercises (read: incomplete and boring), but if I find something that works, I'll weave it into whatever I'm writing for real. I think a good rest is good too. I usually stay up really late writing something, but don't finish. While I am lying in bed, I'm thinking about the story, and when I wake, I feel good and ready to finish.

If you play an instrument, that also helps. Try writing a song. Just be creative and add to the momentum. I think we've all experience how it feels when you have the proverbial ball rolling. Holy crap! It's your best work and a lot of it.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-22 01:04:20


At 6/21/12 03:00 AM, DeftAndEvil wrote:
At 6/20/12 08:32 AM, Coop wrote:
I've never liked drugs, to be honest. I don't even take paracetamol, when I've got a headache. If I'm taking that sort of stuff, you know I'm really ill!

A few fast paced games on the PS3 tend to kick me into action, such as Dynasty Warriors or Wipeout. That works well and distracts me from potential writer's block. Then it's away, with a fresh brew and the keyboard lights up.
Yeah, man. Drugs don't really do anything, but I'm talking about marijuana and alcohol; if you can't write sober, why would you be able to write high/drunk? It won't do anything--trust me. I don't like coffee, but I'll drink a soda. The buzz is nice but won't really help you if you don't have a carefully planned idea.

Anyway, the thing I do is just write anything. I write micro stories that are about 100-200 words. They are usually exercises (read: incomplete and boring), but if I find something that works, I'll weave it into whatever I'm writing for real. I think a good rest is good too. I usually stay up really late writing something, but don't finish. While I am lying in bed, I'm thinking about the story, and when I wake, I feel good and ready to finish.

If you play an instrument, that also helps. Try writing a song. Just be creative and add to the momentum. I think we've all experience how it feels when you have the proverbial ball rolling. Holy crap! It's your best work and a lot of it.

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"If you need drugs to be a good writer, you're not a good writer"-Rod Serling

I just dropped in here to do a more formal greeting to everyone as I'm new to the writing forum, but I might as well add to the conversation lest I be an oxygen thief.

I personally find caffeine along with some film soundtracks to be the best stimulant. Usually I crack open a red bull (yes, I know it's terrible) and play some American Beauty OST- that usually does the trick.

Personally I'm more into film so I tend to screenwrite a lot whether it be features or shorts but I'd say I've got just around 300 pages under my belt from that alone. Aside from that I try and maintain my blog by posting daily but that's come to a halt ever since I've started my novel. I've also written a bit of prose and poetry so that's all well.

Hopefully I will be able to share much of this within this community and they can help me as I will try to help them.

And I'll leave you with a comedy poem I wrote up one day:

Senora Schock sputtered Spanish

Tom twiddled his thumbs,

thinking of anything but his tarea

Quires comprar cosas que cuestan muchas?

rapidly requestioned Senora

racing the clock before it reached the hora

Drew doodled, documenting the

melancholy manuerisms of la maestra

The bell rang, books slammed

she bid them farewell, with bittersweet relief

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-22 11:01:08


Is this a Newgrounds Anthology post?

Yes

Am I posting it here because I don't have front page privileges?

Possibly

Mainly, I wanted directed more at the writing community than Newgrounds at large. I think that the Writing Anthology represents a greater opportunity than giving a group of writers a chance to get their stuff published (which, granted, is a pretty great opportunity in and of itself).

This is a chance to lend credibility to the Newgrounds writing community.

This is the first major project on this site I can remember that is by writers, for writers, and writers alone. This isn't screenplay credit on a flash, or story credit on a game. It's words, on paper, that don't need any purty pictures to help them. Supporting this project is the best way to show that writing can grow to be a core part of the Newgrounds identity.

Tom Fulp will undoubtedly be canonized as a patron saint of amateur internet artists. I'm sure that, over the years, he has taken risks on new or unproven talent time and time again. However, while Newgrounds can be, at its best, a nurturing place, it isn't a charity. At the end of the day, Tom has to make decisions that will keep this place running.

What keeps this place running?

Money

Flash, games, audio, and art bring viewers; that much is granted. Viewers watch ads and buy stuff. That's why it's good business to support those four media. We can now show that it's good business to support writing. How?

By blowing the goddam lid off that Kickstarter.

We are literally voting for the future of the Newgrounds writing community with our wallets. Every dollar in that fund over $1000 is a vote for official support of the writing community. Every dollar shows Tom that a writing portal isn't a risk, but an investment. Instead of buying more angry birds or whatever, you spent your money on words put in order by people who care.

So get out there and invest some money in this place.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-22 21:24:52


At 6/22/12 11:01 AM, RIGg0rMORtis wrote: So get out there and invest some money in this place.

Well said, and well reasoned. I'm sure Ekublai will appreciate it. I agree with you 100%. This stands to be powerful leverage for the Lit portal. Perhaps one project may not be sufficient, but if we can consistently put something out, perhaps that will provide all the evidence we need. I've proven to be a flake, and I'm sure Ekublai would blanch at the thought of having to do all this work over again, but it stands to reason that doing it again (and again) would be a good step forward.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-25 17:11:58


I know this may seem like a stupid question, but did anybody in the writing forum attend Pico Day? If so, what was it like? Did people ask what you did on Newgrounds? Was the answer "I'm a frequent contributor on the writing forum" met with an "Oh..." as they awkwardly moved over to get so-and-so's autograph? I saw a lot of NG users (mostly the "animating elite") talk about how much of a blast they had, so I wanted to know if anyone from here has any stories they'd like to share.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-26 19:15:45


To write you need good writing skills.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-27 19:50:24


Finished the rough outline for book one, working on the synopsis/detailed outline. At the same time, I'm tossing around thoughts for book 2 and 3. Oddly enough, what's working for me is structure. I'm writing/plotting from 8 - 10 Monday through Friday. I just hone in, zone out; not worried about anything else because it's all already planned for. If you're having a tough time focusing, I'd really recommend it!

I'd also recommend Roz Morris' book, Nail Your Novel. It really helps to figure out your process. Some good stuff. I've definitely noticed a marked improvement in my perception of molding a novel.

Especially that pesky second act!

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-06-29 13:56:13


Hello everyone. After some years around NG and a practically nule participation I've decided to move my lazy ass and start doing something creative for real. Starting with writing all the fiction I've been creating for four years: first finishing and translating the story I talked about on the forums, so I can finally post it here.
Now I've finished finals and the summer is ahead I have enough time to do so, and no excuses to leave it for another time, except today, I have a hangover.

You might ask why is this moron writing about it instead of actually doing it?, well the answer is simple, I'm lazy as hell and I won't do anything unless I promise someone to do so, or something like that, I don't know if I'm expressing it right.

Anyway, I pledge to post something by September, and if I don't do so I want you to call Dr. Emmet Brown, travel to the future and hack Skynet so it thinks I'm John Connor.

So see you on September, or crazy robots hunting me :D

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-07-18 22:49:02


Serials...

As an example of quality story telling, entertainment, multimedia fodder, time killers. I think we could do one together, or separately. Either way, a really well planned serial; namely, well plotted, well written, and polished; would be a great tool for the forum. It'll grab attention, it'll serve as a measuring stick, and it'll help get that quality bar set. I was thinking a good idea for an MWC, at some point, would be to write what the next part of the serial would be and whoever comes up with the best would not only win the prize, but have the opportunity to help create and maintain it. I'm sure there's possibility for other tie ins, but that's just the first thing that came to mind.

Procrastinating. Odd how I get the most random ideas when I'm trying to do homework.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-07-18 23:25:56


At 7/18/12 10:49 PM, Deathcon7 wrote: Serials

I eat those for breakfast every morning!

whoops, wrong cereals. But when I finish the box, am I a cereal killer?

In all seriousness though, it sounds like a great idea for collabroative project for the writers of this forum. My concern?The number of people who would be willing to take part. Seems like there's a few regs here enough to generate interest but will it be enough? God knows the last thing we want is writing with no thought behind it.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-07-18 23:41:56


At 7/18/12 10:49 PM, Deathcon7 wrote: Serials...

I think that sounds like an awesome idea! I'd definitely be up for participating.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-07-20 11:45:45


At 7/20/12 10:20 AM, Amaranthus wrote: I've been trying to find some good names for the protagonists but every time I think of one I start doubting.

I hate trying to name things/places/people. It's tough. I try and find something believable, yet not cliched.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-07-20 13:00:21


We did it! $800 over our goal! Excellent!

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-07-20 15:55:58


At 7/20/12 01:00 PM, EKublai wrote: We did it! $800 over our goal! Excellent!

Huzzah! Promotions all around!


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