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 18526 chihuahua 0, Thu, 21st Feb '13 7:03:07 AM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
Writer's Welcome Wagon
I didn't mean new medium for writing; new medium for expressing your anxiety about your writing, like a journal.
The last short story I wrote for my roleplaying group involved pregnancy.

The next two? Also involving pregnancy, albeit with different people.

I'm on a kick. A pregnancy kick.

 18528 Yomegami, Thu, 21st Feb '13 12:03:09 PM from out of nowhere Relationship Status: In denial
Sanely Insane
I was originally planning on having my Snow White adaptation take place during the High Middle Ages, but after running the protagonist and antagonist through the current CDT and realizing that I buggered up on a few things, I think I'll shunt it forwards a few hundred years and have it take place in the Renaissance instead. That period sounds more like what I'm aiming for.

edited 21st Feb '13 12:03:28 PM by Yomegami

"Hell if I know": My life philosophy.
 18529 JHM, Thu, 21st Feb '13 12:11:41 PM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
Thunder, Perfect Mind
[up][up][up] I thought that was what you meant...

As for the issue of short stories: They're really nothing like novels in any way, shape or form, so writing them is very different. Approaching them in the way that you would a novel is not a great idea.

edited 21st Feb '13 12:11:59 PM by JHM

 18530 Oh So Into Cats, Thu, 21st Feb '13 12:45:23 PM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Well, the thing is that I don't like short stories. Like at all. I don't like writing them and I don't like reading them. The two things that I like in writing, character and milieu, have to be seriously glossed over in them, and I find that short stories have an overreliance on gimmicks and such. Short form poetry for the most part, as well. I guess that leaves epic poetry for me to try but the thought of me writing epic poetry is just... well, unintentionally hilarious.
"Beware of the wolves. They were raised by wolves."

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 18531 Morwen Edhelwen, Thu, 21st Feb '13 1:08:22 PM from Sydney, Australia
Tolkien freak
Talking about adaptations, mine is basically Sigurd The Dragon Slayer meets The Hobbit. And the other one is ''The Lord of the Rings" as Urban Fantasy in the future.

edited 21st Feb '13 1:59:22 PM by MorwenEdhelwen

The road goes ever on. -Tolkien
 18532 JHM, Thu, 21st Feb '13 2:16:27 PM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
Thunder, Perfect Mind
[up][up] I would disagree strongly with that assertion. A short story can establish character and milieu very well; whether or not it does depends more on the writer than the form. The same thing goes for the gimmicky nature of some shorts: The form itself is not to blame so much as the writer that assumes that a story can rest purely on its conceit. A good short story writer creates a fully immersive microcosm within the space of their work.

Now, is it theoretically harder to get away with poor character writing and tone in a novel? Yes. But it is also easier to get away with mediocre character writing and tone.

[up] We know. You have said this multiple times.

edited 21st Feb '13 2:17:37 PM by JHM

I'm doing a 30 days writing meme over on tumblr.

Today I had to talk about my first stories and characters.

-shameeeeeeeeee-

edited 21st Feb '13 2:21:11 PM by Hermiethefrog

 18534 Masterofchaos, Thu, 21st Feb '13 2:27:00 PM Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
Best idol
Can you give me a link to the meme you're doing? I was planning to do one of them myself.
 18535 Wheezy, Thu, 21st Feb '13 3:09:06 PM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
Random observation: All three of my solo efforts have had female protagonists. Granted, that's because two of them were for contests that specifically said the main characters had to be female, but still.

edited 21st Feb '13 3:09:26 PM by Wheezy

http://30daymemes.tumblr.com/post/3054969201/30-day-writing-meme

And on another note, why do people keep trying to submit albino characters to my roleplaying group? Is it because we limit it to real world hair and eye colors and that's the only way people can think of to get some exotic coloring in??

 18537 Masterofchaos, Thu, 21st Feb '13 3:50:02 PM Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
Best idol
[up][up]

Female Protagonists aren't bad you know.

[up]

Thanks!

Um, what's your Rp about?
[up] Link your answers when you fill them out, I'm curious how other people answer the questions.

The roleplay is a haunted high school. The universe itself is basically a Planet Eris, except it operates under a masquerade.

We require realistic hair and eye colors because of the fact that it's a boarding school with a school uniform (so no crazy hair dye) and also because of the masquerade. We allow some exceptions to realistic hair and eye colors if the character isn't human, but the examples of albino characters we've been getting have been human.

Albinos are apparently cool or something? It's just funny to me because we've gotten three within the space of a few weeks.

edited 21st Feb '13 3:57:57 PM by Hermiethefrog

 18539 Wheezy, Thu, 21st Feb '13 4:42:06 PM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
[up][up] I never said they were, just that the balance is uneven.
 18540 Oh So Into Cats, Thu, 21st Feb '13 5:47:00 PM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
@JHM: If such stories exist, I have never seen them.

Tomorrow (and by tomorrow I mean today, I guess) I will write some new thing and some old thing.

edited 21st Feb '13 7:13:28 PM by ohsointocats

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Dapper Gentleman
Hermiethefrog: That writing meme is intriguing, and would be a great way for me to kill two birds with one stone: getting more original, non-reblogged content on my Tumblr at last, and getting my novel-writing gears turning for the first time in a while. I'll post links as you requested when I start filling them out (possibly as soon as tomorrow). Danke Schön for bringing it to my attention!
"And every life is a special story of its own." —The Stargazer, Mass Effect 3
 18542 nrjxll, Thu, 21st Feb '13 10:52:50 PM Relationship Status: Not war
I think I'll give that a try as well.

 18543 Morwen Edhelwen, Fri, 22nd Feb '13 12:51:36 AM from Sydney, Australia
Tolkien freak
Does anyone have tips on how not to get stuck on minor details?
The road goes ever on. -Tolkien
 18544 Oh So Into Cats, Fri, 22nd Feb '13 9:35:48 AM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
What sort of minor details?
"Beware of the wolves. They were raised by wolves."

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 18545 JHM, Fri, 22nd Feb '13 10:27:41 AM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
Thunder, Perfect Mind
@JHM: If such stories exist, I have never seen them.
There is a lot of bad short fiction out there.

What have you read, perchance?
 18546 Oh So Into Cats, Fri, 22nd Feb '13 10:43:17 AM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
A lot of stuff for school (before pointing out "but it's for school!!" I've liked a lot of the novels assigned for school, so it doesn't have to do with being of a literary bend) and some other stuff recommended by people who said you have to write short fiction before you start writing long fiction.

I mean, if that's true, then I don't want to be a writer. The guy who does The Write Practice says that's true but Writing Excuses says that of published writers the amount of people who start writing short and start writing long is about fifty-fifty, so.
"Beware of the wolves. They were raised by wolves."

Eidolonomics: ~60.4k/100,000 words
 18547 JHM, Fri, 22nd Feb '13 10:59:39 AM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
Thunder, Perfect Mind
I hate to say this, but the novels that tend to get assigned for school are, on the whole, a lot better than the short stories. I think it has something to do with how schools approach literary canon. And that's a damn shame, because short stories are awesome.

As for the advice that you should write short fiction before you write long fiction... I'd say yes and no. You don't have to, but writing short fiction does help you to flex your novel writing muscles because it forces you to establish setting, character and tone in a small space with the same skill and efficiency as you would in many more words. They also allow you to tell very different stories from the kind that make novels.
 18548 Oh So Into Cats, Fri, 22nd Feb '13 11:01:48 AM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Short stories are far too plot based for me to like them.
"Beware of the wolves. They were raised by wolves."

Eidolonomics: ~60.4k/100,000 words
Seeking for Light
Cats, have you ever read "In the Funhouse" by John Barth (or others by him)? Or any of Hemingway's short stories (I'm thinking especially of one whose name I can't remember, but featured a Captain)? While it's been several years since I've read them, I think you might like them; I'd call them more character-driven than plot-driven.

edited 22nd Feb '13 11:13:21 AM by Nocturna

 18550 Oh So Into Cats, Fri, 22nd Feb '13 11:16:32 AM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
I haven't unfortunately. I may have to check it out.

I do find it laughable that the reason why one should write short stories is because one can "finish them". That's just plain not true. My start/finish ratio for short stories is perhaps worse than the one I have for novels.
"Beware of the wolves. They were raised by wolves."

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