Sins of the Writer.

The place to talk about the craft of writing.

Moderator: Bmat

User avatar
Magus
Writer Extraordinaire
Writer Extraordinaire
Posts: 10536
Joined: Tue Apr 05, 2005 5:34 pm
Location: Illinois
Contact:

Post by Magus »

Good example, nonetheless.

User avatar
Ariel
Resident Author
Resident Author
Posts: 9530
Joined: Sat Apr 09, 2005 5:05 pm
Location: Rhode Island,U.S.A

Post by Ariel »

Gracefully thanking the gentlemen, she smiled and walked away. :wink:

User avatar
Forever Zero
New User
New User
Posts: 93
Joined: Sat Apr 09, 2005 1:18 pm
Location: Hayat Crater

Post by Forever Zero »

My greatest strength would undoubtedly be my imagination. I can always stray from cliches and overused ideas and pump out something otherworldly, usually at the drop of a hat. I don't want to brag but I tend to think of the coolest characters and concepts I've ever seen in enetertainment...

My weakness, though, is writing itself. Now, I'm a descriptive writer, and I personally like my style of writing. Theres nothing I really can think of to improve upon. My weakness is the fact that I am unable to put my imagination into words anymore. There's certain things that go through my head, fight scenes, changes of camera angle, music to go along with a scene, that cannot be expressed in the written word. Because of this I've actually stopped writing entirely.
So it shall be written, and so it shall be done.

User avatar
Magus
Writer Extraordinaire
Writer Extraordinaire
Posts: 10536
Joined: Tue Apr 05, 2005 5:34 pm
Location: Illinois
Contact:

Post by Magus »

Have you ever tried giving the impressions of camera-angles through your descriptions? I know it would never be the same, but have you ever considered for, say, a close-up simply amping up your description of the face or, say, for a sweep in angle, describing the action shift along the imagined change of angle? Granted, it would never be quite the same as, say, a movie, but it can come into certain degrees of similarity.

User avatar
Havoc
Site Regular
Site Regular
Posts: 274
Joined: Thu May 19, 2005 11:17 am
Location: Netherlands
Contact:

Post by Havoc »

Forever Zero wrote: My weakness is the fact that I am unable to put my imagination into words anymore. There's certain things that go through my head, fight scenes, changes of camera angle, music to go along with a scene, that cannot be expressed in the written word. Because of this I've actually stopped writing entirely.


Sounds familiar. You see and hear everything that's going on in the scene but there's no way to put it into words without becoming clinical or mechanised in nature. Gone will be the pacing and everything!

PACING!!! AAHHHHH!!!!! :lol:
It's the pacing mate.... PACING!!!

User avatar
aldan
Artisan Wordsmith
Artisan Wordsmith
Posts: 3886
Joined: Sat Apr 09, 2005 11:46 am
Location: Ohio, right now...
Contact:

Post by aldan »

Hey, Hav or have not, you really should pace yourself in the use of that word!
"It is better to keep your mouth shut and to appear stupid than
to open it and remove all doubt."
---Mark Twain

User avatar
eleika
Casual Poster
Casual Poster
Posts: 142
Joined: Sun May 08, 2005 10:26 pm
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Contact:

Post by eleika »

Spiderkeg wrote:Chances are at some point I shall endeavor to have my epic turned into a graphic novel.


Spiderkeg - ever considered webcomicking?
Eleika's Stuff: www.eleika.com
Rants and Reviews: http://delirium.nightgig.com

User avatar
thegreentick
Forum Addict
Forum Addict
Posts: 636
Joined: Sat May 07, 2005 4:23 pm
Location: Mission, BC, Canada

Post by thegreentick »

strong points:

-plotting. I know how to make an overall story entertaining
-characters. I can make characters that people relate to, whether they love them or hate them.
-character interaction. Always have interesting sub-plots going between many characters. Amusing, sad, romantic, conflicting, etc.

weak points:

-work ethic. I don't write nearly as much as I should
-perfectionist. I can't write a rough copy. Every couple sentences, I have to stop and edit.
-pacing. I too often skip any needed description or atmosphere to get to the dialogue and action. Leaves it feeling rushed.

Those are the main ones.

User avatar
Spiderkeg
Site Regular
Site Regular
Posts: 320
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:37 am
Location: Southern Maryland, United States
Contact:

Post by Spiderkeg »

eleika wrote:
Spiderkeg wrote:Chances are at some point I shall endeavor to have my epic turned into a graphic novel.


Spiderkeg - ever considered webcomicking?


I wish I was the artistic type. I would assume that to even have a remotely decent or successful webcomic I would need to have some artistic talent. I have more on paper, forget using a Wacom board or straight Photoshop. Anyone care to help me with this? :)

I have considered starting a blog about my story, developments and direction, but probably not a safe move.

User avatar
thegreentick
Forum Addict
Forum Addict
Posts: 636
Joined: Sat May 07, 2005 4:23 pm
Location: Mission, BC, Canada

Post by thegreentick »

Safe? Why are you worried about safe? Very few good things are safe! Start up this blog thingy. What's the worst that could happen?
"God is looking for spiritual fruits, not religious nuts."

User avatar
Grand Evander
True Visionary
True Visionary
Posts: 1221
Joined: Wed Jun 28, 2006 5:52 pm
Location: New York, New York
Contact:

Post by Grand Evander »

I think Spiderkeg's concerned about posting his ideas into public domain. I would caution against this if one plans to actually write the story, partially because having a well-developed story posted is just too good a chance to pass up for aspiring writers. Also, people learn by inspiration. They may incorporate some of the ideas they read into their own writing, detracting from the originality of the original.

If it's a blog between friends, I would assume it'd be alright. It's public access I would be more concerned about...

User avatar
thegreentick
Forum Addict
Forum Addict
Posts: 636
Joined: Sat May 07, 2005 4:23 pm
Location: Mission, BC, Canada

Post by thegreentick »

Oh, I see. That makes things much clearer.

*slaps self for stupidity*
"God is looking for spiritual fruits, not religious nuts."

Post Reply