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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-06-27 01:05:08


At 6/26/13 10:56 AM, Kylpault wrote:
My only advice would be to look over a post above about Physics/Magic, just so you aren't just enough generic girl-with-psychic-powers story. There needs to be a believable reason on why she developed psychic powers, maybe it doesn't need to be fully explained but if there is an entire government organization dedicated to killing her then the "condition" has got to be at least researched to some extent?

Just a little pet peeve of mine when modern/fantasy hybrids don't explain anything, or give a crappy explanation.

I see what you mean. Well there's not going to be real reason how/why she got her powers but the setting of the story is in 2040, so the world is a bit trashed up with pollution, the government is messed up a bit, so mutations with human babies happen sometimes, but rarely. And I guess that's what happened to her. She caught a mutation/infection while she was in the womb and developed her powers at age 4, I don't really know actually.
There's definitely a good reason why the government want to kill her and know about her in the first place. But I can't say why/how because it's an important part of the book.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-06-27 08:38:09


Hi, I'm Sebastian, and I do not consider myself to be a literary writer. I consider myself to be one of those strange nitches of writers that can only write cinematically. I have pictures in my head, but the idea that they can exist solely as word is the same to me as saying WE can exist solely as words.

That isn't to say that I don't read, not at all. I still prefer the written media over plenty of what I have seen. but that isn't solely because i like what I read. A lot of the time, i like the stuff because literature is a lot better at inspiring my own cinematic writing, which is in itself a strange comparison.

But since I have the floor, i'm going to throw some of my ideas and stories and see what you guys think.

One of my most recent (2 minutes ago) ideas is to make an Animated Musical that sympathises with the toils of Benedict Arnold. Why? Because i have never heard anything but disrespect for the man, when in truth, he has been dishonored by so many people, and that was before the war was even over, which only served to further dishonor him as time went on. And I feel that by representing him in his own animated film would be perfect.

Why animated? Because since I was young I have read comics and watched cartoons, even into my teen years. And when I see anyone discuss an animated show or film, they always give it praise for entertaining older audiences. Like it is miraculous that an animated media can be entertaining for anyone over the age of 13. I may not be an animator or an artist, but I sure as heck can write a good story for to make animated films more adult friendly.

Another story I am working on is the plot to a long and complex series of DC animated tv shows that continue to present themselves as a way to tell my own spin on the classic adventures of Batman, the Flash, etc. I really do enjoy writing tv shows as opposed to movies since movie plots are typically one note. Even if you manage to score the right to selling sequels or writing a trilogy, there will always be a clear date for when the movie will end. But when you make a tv series? the shows can be told for however long with however as many plot shifts and the story will potentially never end if given the right room to grow.

Is it odd that I am talking about writing cinematics in a forum typically filled with individuals who write poems and novels?

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-06-29 18:27:08


At 6/27/13 08:38 AM, deathbymanga wrote: Hi, I'm Sebastian, and I do not consider myself to be a literary writer. I consider myself to be one of those strange nitches of writers that can only write cinematically. I have pictures in my head, but the idea that they can exist solely as word is the same to me as saying WE can exist solely as words.

I like the sound of that - sort of being descriptive, with stage direction, as opposed to dialogue and he said, she said narration.

This is something that can work really well, especially with writing scripts for movies. Perhaps you'd be better off in collaboration, with someone who is better at writing dialogue and blending your two styles together can create spellbinding action sequences and decent plot to go along with it, tying everything together.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-06-30 05:45:12


At 6/29/13 06:27 PM, Coop wrote:
At 6/27/13 08:38 AM, deathbymanga wrote: Hi, I'm Sebastian, and I do not consider myself to be a literary writer. I consider myself to be one of those strange nitches of writers that can only write cinematically. I have pictures in my head, but the idea that they can exist solely as word is the same to me as saying WE can exist solely as words.
I like the sound of that - sort of being descriptive, with stage direction, as opposed to dialogue and he said, she said narration.

This is something that can work really well, especially with writing scripts for movies. Perhaps you'd be better off in collaboration, with someone who is better at writing dialogue and blending your two styles together can create spellbinding action sequences and decent plot to go along with it, tying everything together.

I'm hoping to one day do that. Especially since I'm kind of anti-social, I don't have a strong grasp of dialogue writing.

If anyone is interested in doing pretty much exactly what this guy just said, I really would NOT mind it

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-07-09 09:35:58


Working on a short story.

It's about a grizzled, hard-nosed detective who lives in a steam-punk style alternate history where Hitler won, discovers that the drug he takes daily to suppress the effects of an old zombie bite is actually a mind altering substance manufactured to bring people under the control of a capitalistic worshiping mega church that has been buying up corporations with the end goal to open a portal to a dimension of immortal tentacled star-beasts, so they can open Starbucks and other franchises there.

It's going to be horrible. Get ready.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-07-10 17:27:12


At 6/30/13 05:45 AM, deathbymanga wrote: I'm hoping to one day do that. Especially since I'm kind of anti-social, I don't have a strong grasp of dialogue writing.

Anti-social is not as big a problem as it once was. Now you can still exist pretty happily behind a computer screen and still have a social life of some sorts, without leaving your desk.

If anyone is interested in doing pretty much exactly what this guy just said, I really would NOT mind it

I would, but I've had so much going on of late, that I'm swimming against the tide.

I finished something very personal to me yesterday and delivered a part of the Eulogy for my grandad at his funeral. A very emotional day, yet for some reason, I did not feel any fear, when I stepped up to the lectern, to deliver it. Not even a fear of allowing my emotions to get the better of me. I delivered it to the congregation, walked over to his coffin and rested my hand on the lid for a few seconds, before returning to my seat.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-07-10 18:43:05


At 7/10/13 05:27 PM, Coop wrote: I finished something very personal to me yesterday and delivered a part of the Eulogy for my grandad at his funeral. A very emotional day, yet for some reason, I did not feel any fear, when I stepped up to the lectern, to deliver it. Not even a fear of allowing my emotions to get the better of me. I delivered it to the congregation, walked over to his coffin and rested my hand on the lid for a few seconds, before returning to my seat.

Hope you found some peace for that. The passing of any family member can be tough.

Also been doing some writing essays for material I want to develop. We're talking background information like geography, countries, social material and society, etc to make the writing more realistic in nature, so the reader can feel more authenticity for what they're reading. Its a bit slower than expected, though.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-07-25 08:28:08


At 7/10/13 06:43 PM, Blue-SilverDragon wrote:
At 7/10/13 05:27 PM, Coop wrote: I finished something very personal to me yesterday and delivered a part of the Eulogy for my grandad at his funeral. A very emotional day, yet for some reason, I did not feel any fear, when I stepped up to the lectern, to deliver it. Not even a fear of allowing my emotions to get the better of me. I delivered it to the congregation, walked over to his coffin and rested my hand on the lid for a few seconds, before returning to my seat.
Hope you found some peace for that. The passing of any family member can be tough.

It just seemed right. I do not know why.

Also been doing some writing essays for material I want to develop. We're talking background information like geography, countries, social material and society, etc to make the writing more realistic in nature, so the reader can feel more authenticity for what they're reading. Its a bit slower than expected, though.

Ah, backstory and so forth? That really does help in the world of what has happened to the characters in the past, so that you can take their current story forward.

I'm back on my werewolf kick at the moment and I've just got to decide if now is the best time to put in an earth shattering revelation, or keep that and the fallout for the next chapter. I might throw a cliff hanger in and have Gareth's recovery start chapter 5 off instead.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-07-25 22:01:34


At 7/25/13 08:28 AM, Coop wrote: Ah, backstory and so forth? That really does help in the world of what has happened to the characters in the past, so that you can take their current story forward.

Yeah. The augmentation of a backstory into a character- how they think/reason, work, etc- is something I'm becoming increasingly interested in, both as a reader and as a writer. Of course, creating a broad backstory requires broad, well developed characters, as well as 'simple' characters, in addtion the other major factors in the story itself.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-07-27 18:14:59


At 7/25/13 10:01 PM, Blue-SilverDragon wrote:
At 7/25/13 08:28 AM, Coop wrote: Ah, backstory and so forth? That really does help in the world of what has happened to the characters in the past, so that you can take their current story forward.
Yeah. The augmentation of a backstory into a character- how they think/reason, work, etc- is something I'm becoming increasingly interested in, both as a reader and as a writer. Of course, creating a broad backstory requires broad, well developed characters, as well as 'simple' characters, in addtion the other major factors in the story itself.

Some characters don't initially need to be known about, but as a writer, it may prove that as your work progresses, you may need to hold fire, write the backstory of one of the characters, who until this point was an "extra" and then continue, as without a few key bits of information about who you're involving, even from the side lines, you may project a blinkered storyline.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-07-27 21:54:45


This entire post is just me talking and asking a million questions.

Does anyone ever feel soul-crushed by the weight of available information at our fingertips at this very moment? I could spend the rest of my life just soaking up the knowledge of the world, through whatever medium (be it books, what have you) and never create a damn thing.

I often lament on my wasted time and in effect end up over-analyzing myself and wasting more time. Is it wrong to view one's available recreational hobby as "precious"?

Does anyone here believe in that pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo involving 10,000 hours of practice makes one proficient? I've always considered it a gross-over estimation in an attempt to be vague and precise, but still can't shake it's validity.

What eats at me most, and stays my hand when I begin to type, is - hmmm

Does anyone slip into droughts of depression, in terms of writing? What I mean is... is it illogical to not want to write if it won't be remembered hundreds of years from now? Of course, at the start of your "career" or -journey of the quill- you still have much to learn to reach such levels, but where do people find the drive... or inspiration to continue? Is it merely the pride through one's accomplishments? The desire to better yourself in literature? Could it be so simple...

When you look through the hall of the "greats" the field of choice doesn't matter, they all share a common trait. They all started at a very young age. It's a sort of mysticism that's begun to surround artists, that at a young age even if they didn't know that was their path, they were compelled my some unknown force to create; beauty chose them to be its creator and they followed wistfully in its wake. Am I and others handicapped by default? It would seem luck and nature are working against me.

Then there's the matter of life experience to grow ideas, by which I have very little in comparison to some. Can imagination simulate events or experiences through an authors telling? Are authentic first hand and second hand even comparable? How can you sit down to write when you've never stood up to live? That may have come off as superfluous, but is always a lingering thought of mine. Do you have to live events that are analogous to the subject of your material, in turn tying your work in with reality? ... I suppose history contradicts my statement.

This is ignoring Fiction of course.

Another topic I'd like to touch on is how we're ever evolving. Let me explain, you see we're (by we're I mean college students) introduced to material that was cutting edge not that many years ago. Over time, with each passing decade and soon to be century we as (knowledge sponges essentially) have more and more catching up to do, before we can apply what we know to advance ourselves in some way or form as a species. Be it Mathematics, Philosophy, so on.

Will we hit a snag? A point in which the time span to teach a person all of humanities repertoire in a given subject will overcome the usefulness of their input?

Practice leads to mastery, genetics give a person a head-start. Will only prodigies have a place in society in the distant future? My imposed questions float about meaningless if we continue down the destructive path we're on anyway. Mark my words, we will be our own undoing, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. I ramble...

Anyways, i know and understand that making millions off book sales and becoming internationally famous/beloved doesn't equate to being successful. Being published just seems like such a distant goal that it's difficult to get out of bed in the morning. Can anyone relate this sentiment? People also have a nasty habit of luring you into a false sense of security, mostly by lying to you and complimenting where it has no place. No doubt making them feel warm and cozy inside and boosting your self-esteem, but it's not REAL. This is one area this place (by that I mean this forum) has no troubles, the advice and critiques found here may or may not be accurate, but atleast it's honest. Having reality slap you in the face is not a fun time. People seem to love hyperbole when dishing out non critical compliments these days and it's because no one gives a horse's ass about hard work; only natural talent.

Welcome to Generation Narcissus. Everyone dies alone.

I'm almost finished and I applaud you if you made it this far. Can one attain wisdom without reading? Are the two synonymous? Do you need to gain perspective on other's to become educated to the point that you can make rational decisions and create something worth offering to the world?

Mood and your emotions transcribe themselves to every facet that you touch. Do sad people with conflict in their lives lead to superior content, as opposed to happy people? Hardships are relative and a hypothetical ordinary life is difficult to describe, but I hope you understand the gist of my question.

Perception intercedes between reality and ourselves. When we interpret events before us, the imagination is engaged. Can we ever have access to objective knowledge of reality? Does one's mundane day to day upkeep influence our perception? This isn't a very radical stance (albeit perhaps nonsensical, but I'll say it anyway) but perception -as defined by the organization of sensory information- and imagination are closely related when it comes times to spill ideas. They're like a married couple. A person's "world-view" is the catalyst by which they create and articulate their message, what scale do other's have to grade someone on the worth of their writing?

I ask as many questions as a five year old to a parent I'm sure.

If our works we wish to relay to the world lack the grandiose magnitude of say ... Harry Potter or The Shining or something along those lines, does it have literary merit in this ever strong competition to be heard? We're always striving to attain our Magnum Opus, but I can't help but wonder if it'll all be for vain. I find it difficult to analyze/criticize others in any amount of depth... like, I can say I liked (This) book or short story more than (This) but when it comes time to explain WHY, I grow silent. No doubt this is my fault and something I need to improve on, organize my thoughts better, etc

Just felt like blogging I guess. Feel free to pick apart any random segment and address it with your thoughts, just trying to spark conversation really. No burning bridges here.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-07-27 22:34:58


At 7/27/13 06:14 PM, Coop wrote: Some characters don't initially need to be known about, but as a writer, it may prove that as your work progresses, you may need to hold fire, write the backstory of one of the characters, who until this point was an "extra" and then continue, as without a few key bits of information about who you're involving, even from the side lines, you may project a blinkered storyline.

This is something I'm going to have to think about. Adding the background to a secondary character leading to a spin-off is quite a way to write- I've seen this in David Weber's Honor Harrington novels. He's gotten two sub-story series going along that have forked off of the main series, and Weber describes events going on in other areas besides the 'core' areas (the 'core' areas also being, even indirectly, referenced) , how they relate to the main story line and how all three interact.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-07-28 10:17:32


At 7/27/13 09:54 PM, Elixur wrote: This entire post is just me talking and asking a million questions.

This entire post is just me telling you to shut up and write.

At some point we get lost in our own expectations, our own fantasies and desires. We become debilitated by our fears and insecurities and perfectionism.

We forget that when we're writing we're creating art. Look up the word "art" and you'll find that there is no concrete, exclusive definition. "Art" is a broad spectrum label for self expression. When you start to set expectations for what your art is or what it should do (survive the centuries, as was one example) you're missing the point. Art is not meant to last forever for everyone, only for yourself. At the end, when you're steps from death, you won't be thinking about what Mozart did, or Picasso, or Stephen King, you'll be thinking about what you didn't do.

Write like every word is poison; just get it out of your body.

When you hold onto your words because you're afraid they're not good enough, or you're not doing it right, or your thoughts and ideas aren't new, or original, or fresh, you build a wall that'll only make it harder to get them out.

Break that negative feedback loop. Then shut up and write.

At 7/27/13 10:34 PM, Blue-SilverDragon wrote:
At 7/27/13 06:14 PM, Coop wrote: Some characters don't initially need to be known about, but as a writer, it may prove that as your work progresses, you may need to hold fire, write the backstory of one of the characters, who until this point was an "extra" and then continue, as without a few key bits of information about who you're involving, even from the side lines, you may project a blinkered storyline.
This is something I'm going to have to think about. Adding the background to a secondary character leading to a spin-off is quite a way to write- I've seen this in David Weber's Honor Harrington novels. He's gotten two sub-story series going along that have forked off of the main series, and Weber describes events going on in other areas besides the 'core' areas (the 'core' areas also being, even indirectly, referenced) , how they relate to the main story line and how all three interact.

Worldbuilding is not a simple task. It takes a lot of work. If you don't do it, that's fine, but you risk falling into the trap of creating a flat, plot-revolving world. Meaning your conflicts will be dull and forced, your characters will be puppets, not people, and your reader will not understand what you're trying to relate.

It's a lot of work. And in the end you only use about 10%. But it's necessary. And, in fact, one of the fun parts of writing. You're creating. Playing God. Savor this part of the process. Because when the plot is kicking your ass, it'll be your eventual salvation.

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At 7/28/13 10:17 AM, Deathcon7 wrote: Worldbuilding is not a simple task. It takes a lot of work. If you don't do it, that's fine, but you risk falling into the trap of creating a flat, plot-revolving world. Meaning your conflicts will be dull and forced, your characters will be puppets, not people, and your reader will not understand what you're trying to relate.

It's a lot of work. And in the end you only use about 10%. But it's necessary. And, in fact, one of the fun parts of writing. You're creating. Playing God. Savor this part of the process. Because when the plot is kicking your ass, it'll be your eventual salvation.

I have been doing a lot of worldbuilding with one of my main projects, to avoid creating a dull world and forced plots. I actually like creating the framework I want the project to take place in, because I want to create a real world that the characters know and understand. There are times where I'm thinking 'Well, if there's this going on within this one country, where its generally acceptable to do it, what about some areas of this same country where its frowned upon? What would be the reasoning? What debate would there be? In what form would there be conflict over this matter?' I've really found how key research is, so I can strengthen the material supporting the framework.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-08-05 18:27:36


Also been doing some writing essays for material I want to develop. We're talking background information like geography, countries, social material and society, etc to make the writing more realistic in nature, so the reader can feel more authenticity for what they're reading. Its a bit slower than expected, though.

Have you ever read any of Karen Traviss' works? She starts every chapter with a small excerpt, a paragraph or a couple lines, from in-universe culture. She references studies, essays, speeches, significant historical events, all sorts of stuff. It makes it feel like there is more going on in the universe than just her characters.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-08-06 21:57:16


At 8/5/13 06:27 PM, Bullslap wrote: Have you ever read any of Karen Traviss' works? She starts every chapter with a small excerpt, a paragraph or a couple lines, from in-universe culture. She references studies, essays, speeches, significant historical events, all sorts of stuff. It makes it feel like there is more going on in the universe than just her characters.

I'm afraid I haven't. I just browsed her bibliography on Wikipedia; what would you recommend starting with?


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-08-07 02:47:13


At 8/6/13 09:57 PM, Blue-SilverDragon wrote:
At 8/5/13 06:27 PM, Bullslap wrote: Have you ever read any of Karen Traviss' works? She starts every chapter with a small excerpt, a paragraph or a couple lines, from in-universe culture. She references studies, essays, speeches, significant historical events, all sorts of stuff. It makes it feel like there is more going on in the universe than just her characters.
I'm afraid I haven't. I just browsed her bibliography on Wikipedia; what would you recommend starting with?

It's a common narrative technique. It's call an Epigraph. It sounds like you may also benefit from reading The Tough Guide To Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones. It's a book that I'm going to start really pushing because it offers great perspective on Fantasy/Sci-Fi in general.

There are a few purposes for using an epigraph at the start of a chapter or book. They can set the tone or theme, foreshadow, summarize, or even give clues to in-world mysteries. In speculative fiction stories they do tend to be from in-world sources to add depth to the story, but also to add depth to the world.

One thing to note about an epigraph, however, is that it's not an indulgence. As with everything else in a novel, it needs a purpose, and if you're putting it in just to make use of in-world content you've created, you're not only wasting an opportunity, but you're misleading the reader.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-08-07 18:19:36


At 8/7/13 02:47 AM, Deathcon7 wrote: It's a common narrative technique. It's call an Epigraph. It sounds like you may also benefit from reading The Tough Guide To Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones. It's a book that I'm going to start really pushing because it offers great perspective on Fantasy/Sci-Fi in general.

Thanks for the recommendation.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-08-17 07:28:32



It's a common narrative technique. It's call an Epigraph. It sounds like you may also benefit from reading The Tough Guide To Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones. It's a book that I'm going to start really pushing because it offers great perspective on Fantasy/Sci-Fi in general.

There are a few purposes for using an epigraph at the start of a chapter or book. They can set the tone or theme, foreshadow, summarize, or even give clues to in-world mysteries. In speculative fiction stories they do tend to be from in-world sources to add depth to the story, but also to add depth to the world.

One thing to note about an epigraph, however, is that it's not an indulgence. As with everything else in a novel, it needs a purpose, and if you're putting it in just to make use of in-world content you've created, you're not only wasting an opportunity, but you're misleading the reader.

I've seen it used a lot now that I think about it, never knew it had a name. As for the Karen Traviss books, she has some original series but mostly she writes for already-established franchises like Star Wars (her Republic Commando series are my favorite) Halo and Gears of Wars. I started with her Star Wars books, but you can jump in anywhere. She isn't the best writer out there, but she has good insight into a soldier's mind if you plan on writing military sci-fi.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-12-29 14:44:55


What can we do to bring some life back to this forum guys? I think we need to get some activity going on here. I see tons of threads with little to no replies. It's kind of saddening as it may discourage a new user or a new writer when they are ignored. Any ideas that may help this place out? @coop @scte3 @elixur @deathcon7 @alltheotherwriters

I'm going to make a personal goal of responding to a couple of threads every day. I think we get a little selfish wanting everyone to see our stories, but we don't want the time to read and express our feelings about everyone else's writing.

Any ideas? Let's brainstorm.

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At 12/29/13 02:44 PM, Fro wrote: What can we do to bring some life back to this forum guys? I think we need to get some activity going on here. I see tons of threads with little to no replies. It's kind of saddening as it may discourage a new user or a new writer when they are ignored. Any ideas that may help this place out? @coop @scte3 @elixur @deathcon7 @alltheotherwriters

I just don't get the time I used to - I'm pulling 50 hour weeks (granted, I've got a 2 week break at present, but that's beside the point.) I finished reading a book just before Xmas and I've not found the time to get onto reviewing it. I've got to before tomorrow, to keep up with my New Year pledge from 2013


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-12-30 08:54:56


At 12/30/13 07:08 AM, Coop wrote:
At 12/29/13 02:44 PM, Fro wrote: What can we do to bring some life back to this forum guys? I think we need to get some activity going on here. I see tons of threads with little to no replies. It's kind of saddening as it may discourage a new user or a new writer when they are ignored. Any ideas that may help this place out? @coop @scte3 @elixur @deathcon7 @alltheotherwriters
I just don't get the time I used to - I'm pulling 50 hour weeks (granted, I've got a 2 week break at present, but that's beside the point.) I finished reading a book just before Xmas and I've not found the time to get onto reviewing it. I've got to before tomorrow, to keep up with my New Year pledge from 2013

I'm not sure myself really! I have only come here from the Animation forum today to post my first chapter of which first story! Which is the thread below at the moment by the way lol. I'll be hanging around for a while as I've already written a longer chapter two as I thought my chapter one was a big short! So I'll be posting that soon!

Thanks,

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-12-30 14:47:11


Hi Guys,

I've just got a laptop from my gf. It sounds like nothing I know but I explained my current situation in my post of my first story in a while where I will be around for at least a few days if not more constantly looking or writing. So if the Mods are ok with it I do not mind at all taking a look at story's and giving reviews/reply's so that people particularly new people don't think they are being ignored.

I've never really reviewed work but im not doing anything for the next at least 48 hours probably more but at least I have a laptop now and am not having to use my iphone to type. Then I could be sidelined for a while depending on the outcome but im more than happy to help if that helps you guys.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-12-31 09:53:08


At 12/30/13 02:47 PM, ZaneKade wrote: I've just got a laptop from my gf. It sounds like nothing I know but I explained my current situation in my post of my first story in a while where I will be around for at least a few days if not more constantly looking or writing. So if the Mods are ok with it I do not mind at all taking a look at story's and giving reviews/reply's so that people particularly new people don't think they are being ignored.

As mods, we have never discouraged people from reviewing other's work. The only way that you can improve yourself as a subjective reviewer, is to undertake more reviews.

As such, I would actively encourage you to review people's work - please keep your reviews to the threads / news posts in which the work is posted, that's the best guideline I can give you.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-12-31 18:11:13


For some reason I get stuck in this mindset that I need to write a book. Even though it really is something I would like to accomplish some day I get much more satisfaction from writing short stories or watching movies and writing a review about the movie.

I use to blog quite a bit. Perhaps if I start the blogger blog back up with movie reviews, short stories, and other odds and ends I'll get motivated to start writing more often. That and the addition of ads on the blog may give me another motive.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2013-12-31 21:24:11


At 12/29/13 02:44 PM, Fro wrote: Any ideas? Let's brainstorm.

I've started a thread on that but - since I saw your post, I think I'll repeat this here: I think essay writing should be encouraged. It's a form that takes less effort (for me at least), as well as a form that can be done by anyone, anywhere.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2014-01-01 00:03:49


Anyone interested in a collab? Working on a Justice League sprite movie and I consider myself more of an idea and to hasn't really wrote a script before. If you are interested in hearing more about or joining the project you can pm me here, email me at Ncotner0910@gmail.com, or preferably contact me on skype at Cotner4190. Thank you for your time.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2014-01-01 13:14:47


Man, I haven't been around awhile. Glad to see the precious heart of the forum is still beating. I like to use my free time on winter break (which, being out of school, shouldn't really exist) to read the forum more closely. I myself am currently applying to Northwestern's MFA for screenwriting. Insanely nervous. Would anyone be willing to read the sample, 10-page screening I'm planning on sending them in the application? I need feedback before the 12th.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2014-01-03 09:26:05


At 12/31/13 09:24 PM, FlyingColours wrote:
At 12/29/13 02:44 PM, Fro wrote: Any ideas? Let's brainstorm.
I've started a thread on that but - since I saw your post, I think I'll repeat this here: I think essay writing should be encouraged. It's a form that takes less effort (for me at least), as well as a form that can be done by anyone, anywhere.

When you say essay writing do you mean specifically the style of writing that I did my entire life in high school and college? After my last essay which included over 100 pages of writing.... I don't think I'll ever write an essay ever again.. ever, ever again. :P

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2014-01-03 10:31:39


At 1/3/14 09:26 AM, Fro wrote: When you say essay writing do you mean specifically the style of writing that I did my entire life in high school and college? After my last essay which included over 100 pages of writing.... I don't think I'll ever write an essay ever again.. ever, ever again. :P

And yet you're talking about writing a book - let's face it, a dissertation, which is just a large essay, with horrendously long appendices can be called a glorified essay - my cousin's is on his mother's coffee table, because she obviously needs people in her house to learn about Particle Physics :P

I need to make my own stories into some sort of anthology at some stage, but then again this year, I need to get my writing shit sorted - more time for creativity, more concise work on the actual tales and finally a picture emerging toward the end of another chapter or two of the "big one" that is currently in the pipeline.


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