Writer's Block Daily:

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19001 MorwenEdhelwen31st Mar 2013 08:14:26 PM from Sydney, Australia
Aussie Tolkien freak
Well, no. I mean the thing is that ideas are cheap, so using someone else's ideas is not really that big a deal. It depends on the writing. If the writing is good enough that the work is good on its own, then it's "heavily inspired." If the writer just seems to be using things from someone else because they like them, or the ideas were popular at the time, and there's none of that je ne sais quoi to it that makes it good, then it's a "rip off".

I just had an idea for an Alternate History novel set in Cuba, where Batista managed to still be president due to Bread and Circuses and skill in politics, which made the Cuban Revolution fail. Also, therapeutic cloning was invented and perfected sometime in the 1980s, and the Cuban government took advantage of people's need for organs to create a medical tourism industry. Batista wants to be president for as long as possible, so he clones himself again and again and harvests the clones' organs when he needs them. The teenage protagonist, Ruben, is about the seventh Batista clone to be made. He grows up in isolation on a plantation near Banes, the president's hometown, working in the owner's stables. He's very unusual in that he can pass for a human. But then one day the national police show up on the plantation and then our hero finds out that he was created to be a presidential organ donor.

It's kind of like The House Of The Scorpion. So, basically, if I were going to write that any time soon, I'd have to write it really well.

edited 31st Mar '13 8:31:49 PM by MorwenEdhelwen

The road goes ever on. -Tolkien
19002 chihuahua031st Mar 2013 08:30:23 PM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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I'm writing regularly again (541 words in my session so far, I'm just going to finish a particular moment that I want to write down). I just need to start writing in the mornings more to further improve my habits and routine.

edited 31st Mar '13 8:30:43 PM by chihuahua0

19003 ohsointocats1st Apr 2013 02:06:28 AM from The Sand Wastes , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
How do you know whether to do self-publishing or try for traditional?
19004 chihuahua01st Apr 2013 07:41:48 PM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
i am new person

wat does new person do

Are we talking about Mary Sues still?

edited 2nd Apr '13 7:06:50 AM by Plyrx

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19007 chihuahua02nd Apr 2013 02:40:29 PM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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It's just a feeling from what I see, but the changes in the publishing industry has been causing a wider breach between the traditional publishing crowd and the self-publishing crowd.

While I also a few articles on hybrid authors, who dabble in both fields, there's still the issue about what the Big Ones * are doing and how they will be in the upcoming years.

And by the way, should I bother necroing this thread, or is Writer's Block Daily good enough for industry-related discussions?

19008 ohsointocats2nd Apr 2013 02:42:26 PM from The Sand Wastes , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
I'm contemplating a (marginally) good ending or a bad ending. I'm still not sure how bad I want to make this ending.
19009 JHM2nd Apr 2013 02:43:54 PM from Neither Here Nor There , Relationship Status: I know
19010 chihuahua02nd Apr 2013 02:45:31 PM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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[up][up] LET EVERYONE LIVE.

19012 Night2nd Apr 2013 02:56:08 PM from PSNS Intrepid , Relationship Status: Drift compatible
The future of warfare in UC.
Abstract apotheosis.
The last thing many a boy from Side 3 will ever see; a Federation beam weapon in action.
So as a compromise, everyone is kidnapped by aliens who forcibly convert them into abstract concepts that let them both be alive in a sense and dead in many others.
You will not go to space today.
19014 Night2nd Apr 2013 03:30:32 PM from PSNS Intrepid , Relationship Status: Drift compatible
The future of warfare in UC.
Hell, I'd read that.
The last thing many a boy from Side 3 will ever see; a Federation beam weapon in action.
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My friend got her first rejection letter today and she is like way too happy right now.
Let's not go there. *flails noodle arms*
19016 ohsointocats2nd Apr 2013 04:13:54 PM from The Sand Wastes , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The only thing worse than killing everyone is letting them live with the knowledge of what they've done.
19017 MajorTom2nd Apr 2013 07:45:51 PM , Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Eye'm the cutest!
So as a compromise, everyone is kidnapped by aliens who forcibly convert them into abstract concepts that let them both be alive in a sense and dead in many others.

And then they turn into zombies....FOREVER!
"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
19018 chihuahua02nd Apr 2013 08:39:51 PM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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That moment when you create a new character in the spur of the moment and make her African-American partly because it feels like, but partly to reflect the setting's demographics and give even more racial balance to the group (the leader's a Bald Black Leader Guy, another member's Asian, and one more's Hispanic and bisexual).

Just a late night thought.

19019 nrjxll2nd Apr 2013 11:05:38 PM , Relationship Status: Not war
...?
Quick question: is it worth me making a new blog specifically for the web serial I have planned, or should I just post it in the blog I already have?
19021 chihuahua03rd Apr 2013 01:17:34 PM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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[up] Depends. If you want your web serial to stay separate from your blog, make a new one. If you want to leverage your current audience more, use your current blog.


I'm now a member of a group blog! There aren't a lot of YA fans here, but...

19022 LastHussar3rd Apr 2013 02:36:04 PM from the place is here.
The time is now,
So into Cat- Same problem. Happily ever after or bittersweet.
Do the job in front of you.
19023 ohsointocats3rd Apr 2013 02:39:14 PM from The Sand Wastes , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
That's not the question here. The question is Bittersweet Ending or Downer Ending. Or perhaps Gainax Ending.
19024 JHM3rd Apr 2013 03:04:05 PM from Neither Here Nor There , Relationship Status: I know
Thunder, Perfect Mind
How about something between both poles: Bleak yet bittersweet, with a touch of the enigmatic.
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