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Plot / Hated plots
« on: October 10, 2017, 04:29:56 PM »
This one will be more for ones read, but I'd like to know about plots or sub-plots which you have hated. What didn't work for you, or really rub you the wrong way? Why didn't you like them? If they were a plot of yours, did you ditch it? Rework it? Tell me :D

I think my first 'novel' idea would fall under this, I wrote it as a teen. Looking back it was a mess. A mary-sue, cliches, weird names... Hell it's actually still floating around the internet somewhere... :o

As for one I've read, a book series where one of the antagonists from the previous series (set a few years back) ends up as the protag's love interest. Me and friend both agree that NOPE!
 Big Red X :P wrong wrong just wrong. It felt so out of character and so weird. However in my opinion that series left much desired :/

Plot / Favourite plots
« on: October 10, 2017, 04:24:09 PM »
I'd like to know about your favourite plots, from sub-plots to random plot ideas in the shower. Even ones in books you've read. Tell me all about your favourite plots. Why do you like it? Did it catch you by surprise? If it's one you have thought of, did you go ahead with it? Did it turn your story into something else or send it on a tangent?

The Fantasy Genre / The Prince/Princess Trope
« on: October 02, 2017, 10:01:27 AM »

I have combined both the Prince and the Princess for this trope as they are closely linked. This trope is well known in many stories all throughout myths and legends. They have become so entwined with western culture, probably due to England's history with its castles galore. Princes are brave and gallant, saving the innocent beautiful princess locked away in towers. (Until Shrek comes along :P )

Some sub-tropes to look at are; The Warrior Prince/ss (which can also include rebellious princes and princesses), a person who isn't afraid to join the battlefield and kick ass themselves. Notable examples include (A song of Ice and Fire's) Robb Stark, Stannis Baratheon, Oberyn Martell, Daenerys Targaryen, and to a degree Arya Stark too. (Lord of the Rings) Aragorn, Boromir, Faramir, and Eowyn. And the pretty famous warrior princess Xena :P

Alternatively, you have the trope of Prince Charming, and Princess Classic. The dashing and beautiful. These two have died down in recent years, though as stated, they still litter myths and legends. However these tropes are used in A song of Ice and Fire with Tommen Baratheon and Rhaegar Targaryen, and Sansa aspiring to be a princess with her "one true love" Joffery.

So my questions today are; what do you like or dislike about this trope and sub tropes? Do you think they are relevant in writing today, or should they stay with the myths and legends? Do you have any examples of this in your writing?

Question of the Day / Question of the Day #18: Research and Worldbuilding
« on: September 28, 2017, 11:56:06 AM »
With NaNoWriMo fast approaching (I'm scrabbling to do my pre-planning now because I get stuck a lot), today's question is all about researching and worldbuilding.

Do you do most of your research/world-building before writing, during, or after?

Which one do you do, or do you have a different approach? Why does it work (or doesn't it) for you?

Personally I do a chunk before, use that to mostly pants my way until I need a bit more research, or I go back and add more details in my edits. I find I need to get down my story and find that most important, I can go back and work deeper on the worldbuilding later.

Publishing & Marketing / Author pages and websites
« on: September 28, 2017, 11:44:02 AM »
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Publishing & Marketing / [open for submissions] Books and Quills Magazine
« on: September 12, 2017, 03:59:05 PM »

This online magazine has opened their submissions, for those who have short stories they'd like to enter. Off the top of my head I think the max was 8k. I have submitted my first ever thing so we'll see how it goes :D

Today's question is all about characters :) I would like to know how you create and develop them. Do you find character generators useful, or images, or even music? And how do you add the many layers of a character? :)

As always please share with your friends, as this is a guest friendly section :)

Do you have a favourite scene in any of the works you have written? It doesn't have to be well written, could be blocked out or in need of editing. Why is it your favourite? Would you like to share it with us?

Mine is a tie between an MC dying, and when her body is found later by a person who loves her. He hasn't told her or even admitted it to himself, but the whole energy of the two scenes and raw emotion is what I love to write about. 

Remember to share with your friends :) guests can reply in this threads too!

Hall of Fame / Soft Like Snow
« on: September 10, 2017, 04:44:31 AM »
This thread will be used to chronicle Soft Like Snow's current and future Writing Challenge victories.

Find them on the Forums

Winning Entry: Growing Trouble
Prompt: 500 Word Flash / Specific Words
Challenge Link: August Challenge

The Fantasy Genre / The Conscience Trope Discussion
« on: September 07, 2017, 10:34:22 AM »

This trope is for the characters who keep others (mostly The Hero/Heroine )  in check making sure they are doing the right thing and stopping characters from falling to the side of evil... sometimes paired with The Mentor, like Jiminy Cricket. Other well known characters can include Daniel Jackson from Stargate SG1 (and there is in fact a brilliant episode which shares this called The Other Side), and from A song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones (tv series) Ser Davos Seaworth, and to an extent Maester Luwin.

Do you have any characters who act as a conscience? Are there any you don't like? And is there anything you do or don't like about this trope?

Resources & Research / Grammarly
« on: August 30, 2017, 06:34:35 AM »

Grammarly checks through your writing for mistakes (especially grammar, funnily enough :P ) and comes as a free version or a paid for more in depth editing.

I finally reached a stage where I needed to use it! And it's actually pretty good. It's not perfect, but then you can't expect it to be. I have used it to have a look through my short story and it has helped with some minor grammar choices, and those which don't I can ignore easily.

It also comes as a firefox app so I have that too, and it's looking through this post :P all green so far :D

Anyone else used it?

The Fantasy Genre / The Orphan Trope
« on: August 21, 2017, 10:51:27 AM »

The ever so prominent trope within fantasy, some of the most famous protagonists are orphans. Whether it's a minor or major part of the plotline, or whether the parents just don't seem to show up, the orphan trope is everywhere.

Who are your favourite orphaned characters? What are your loves or hates on this trope?

Hall of Fame / Silver
« on: August 21, 2017, 10:35:21 AM »
This thread will be used to chronicle Silver's current and future Writing Challenge victories.

Find them on the Forums

Winning Entry: Betrayal
Prompt: Betrayal
Challenge Link: July Challenge

What's the cruellest thing you've ever done to a character?

Please remember this forum is open to guest responses, so feel free to share and get your friends involved :)

Cruellest thing I've done? Killed a love interest before the other person realises he loves her, and it takes someone else basically whacking him over the head to get him to realise... and then grieve over the fact of what he just lost. :P

Writing Games / Write a happy story in three words
« on: August 10, 2017, 04:45:31 AM »
This game is simple enough :) in only 3 words try and write a happy story!

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