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I noticed a few items that I wouldn't mind having on the "So You Want To Write [Insert Genre Here]".
Also, whoever wrote "So You Want to Write A Cloudcukoolander" and "So You Want to Write A Urban Fantasy", thanks.
When will the 'write a character archetype'
gonna be written? I certainly can't wait for the'write a goth'advice be upload. Or it will be me (as an editor) to write an article?
Someone has to do the first move, yeah.
But how do I write an advice article?
I'm thinking of dividing the main list into sub-sections because it's getting pretty long. Frex, fantasy, scifi, and romance, each based on the predominating genre in case of a conflict.
I think that this will make it easier to go through the list and find what you're looking for, and especially make it easier to see if anything new has appeared in a genre that you care about (instead of having to skim the whole list).
Does anyone have an objection to this?
Somebody hasn't actually written the "So You Want to Write a Deconstruction"? Doesn't sound like it would take that long. Then again, I'm a little too nervous to write one. :P
Why isn't The Lord Of The Rings on the Groundbreaking Works list? Surely it qualifies more than most of those examples.
Any chance we could, I dunno, freeze the page and prevent more suggestions until some of these suggestions become articles?
I think it's now more of "request"...
But agree that there need some restrict to suggestion.
I'm eventually going to get around to writing a Functional Magic how-to. Sutff I'm going to include:
If anyone has some suggestions, feel free to state them. I'm also having trouble with a system of "reality warping" magic.
I'm planning to make a So You Want To Write a Visual Novel page even though I, uh, haven't actually made any. -_- If someone else is up to the task, go ahead. I'll just read some of the other so you want to stuff before I start so that I'm not redundant.
Hmm, the Dating Sim section will probably have some overlap. While a Romance Visual Novel is technically not a Dating Sim, they tend to have similar plots because they are both Romance genre and they are both text heavy. I'll leave it alone.
I started the page today. I'll finish it and add it on to the index by tomorrow.
Gah, it's taking longer than I thought. I'm on the final stretch though.
EDIT: Done. Well, I get the feeling something is missing, but I'll sleep on it.
I just found this So You Want To Project and I kindof want to write a section about how suspense is created. I didn't find anything about that and didn't read of it anywhere in the existing sections. I kind of doubt that such a thing can be simply forgotten, so why is there no part about tension/excitement/suspense?
Any reason for me not to start writing tips on this? And if I do, where can they be best implemented?
SoYouWantTo/WriteSuspense There you go. Start it there.
This is getting out of hand. We have more suggestions now than we do articles and its rapidly becoming painfully obvious none of them are getting written any time soon. Perhaps someone should write a "So You Want to Write a So You Want To" to make these more accessible, or perhaps put some sort of task force together. Maybe just have rough drafts drawn up to be built off of so people who think they know better can add to and change it. Either way I'd hate to see the page become an endless list of genres with "So You Want to Write" tacked in front of them.
This seems like a job for the special efforts thread in the forums, isn't it?
I made a special efforts thread to advertise the problem and attract new tropers who may be interested in making new pages.
Well, I tried -_-.
"So You Want To Write A 'So You Want To Write A' Page?" ??
This is the best index ever!
Personally, I'm still waiting for pages on "How to Write a Satire/Deconstruction", among others, since I don't know if I can write it myself. Anyone up for it?
Alright, so over the last three hours I have made some significant changes to this page. It's taken ten edits (the last was just for a single typo...) but it's done! Here's an overview of what I did:
- Completely reorganized the Suggestions Section. All suggestions are now in separate categories- the same ones as the existing article, in order of appearance, and all alphabetized- with most (some were existing articles by this time) of the suggestions in the first Discussion post added. It should now seem more streamlined even though there are many new ones from that post. I combined a few like Pick Your Own Adventure and Choose Your Own Adventure, discarded some like Spy Thriller- we already had Spy Fiction- and the like, but I have not actually added any suggestions of my own (well, not since the three I added months ago anyway). I made a Word document that included all works in the suggestions area as well as those in the Discussion post to help me organize and arrange things, and I've made sure to not miss anything. If it seems like I skipped something, it was either an existing page or able to be merged with another suggestion. I did not strike any out of personal taste. There were a few renames as well such as changing "Write An Animated Movie (Disney, Don Bluth, etc.)" to "Write A Children's Animated Movie" as it says what the other does without needing examples.
- To accommodate a decent portion of suggestions I have actually made two new categories for the main article.
All in all from the start right around 6:00 AM to finishing this write-up right at 10:00 AM (I'm in PST, just so you know) it's taken me a good four hours! I did not expect it to take that long or as many edits as it did, but it's now done. I hope you all approve of my changes, and feel free to comment or critique it, even if you think it was unnecessary (personally I think it will be quite helpful in the future but I know not everyone may agree). If there is anything you truly find to just not work, please change it. But please post about it here when you do.
EDIT: Oh, and more more thing. I also gave rather detailed notes in each of my edits. If you want to know some of the more specific things I did, I suggest looking there.
The following entries were zapped for being suggestions on the main page. No objections to that, but I'm listing them here because...well, because the discussion page is where suggestions belong.
For parts of works:
I'm not certain if the last comment still applies since we've got a fine suggestion area on the actual page. Moving them all to the page itself (with cross references to make certain I'm not adding duplicates).
Actually, I think I'm going to revamp the suggestions area as a whole, organizing things into the same categories that already existing pages have. There won't be a description separating them; perhaps just a skipped line. They'll be in the same order as the existing page topics, meaning basic story pages will go first and so on.
I'm going to be changing a few of the suggestions above as well (Animated Show referencing The Simpsons and Family Guy will now just be Write The Next The Simpsons, for example). Hopefully when all is done it will look cleaner, if bulkier because of the added suggestions.
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