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Members Workshops / Re: SKETCH SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!
« on: March 06, 2021, 05:18:00 AM »

Manga Writer workshop / Re: WRITING SURVIVAL!!!
« on: March 06, 2021, 05:17:07 AM »
Day 5

Havold spent the next couple of years training. It's what all smart vigilantes did, didn't they, go through a ridiculous period of dedication to their art and craft. He knew he had the billions, he just didn't want to end up dead on the first day. He practiced with a gusto and dedication that drove all his friends away, and his wife left one month before his planned debut.

He'd call himself Shatter: based on his military battle suit that used sonic blasts to either incapacitate or demolish structures.

And just before his first act... The comet came.

It flew across the sky, purple in its glory and utterly uncharted by any agency on the planet. Everyone who gazed upon it that long 30 hours became super human, and the first Espers popped up across the continent within the next week. Wreaking havoc, saving lives.

Havold stared at his equipment, his empty house, and tasted ash in his mouth. The day of the hero was here, and he'd been utterly unable to start it as he wished.

He roared as he blasted his sonic canons across the mansion, reducing the empty husk to wood, and standing in that wreckage, he smiled to himself.

If he wasn't going to be the first hero, then he might as well be the best villain.

Manga Writer workshop / Re: WRITING SURVIVAL!!!
« on: March 05, 2021, 06:35:44 AM »
Day 4

"The Bookshop."

There's a book shop in Venice where there's barely any elbow-room to browse, and anyone who goes there comes out with some obscure old book - a history or a novel and they're always changed by what they read. Famous artists, authors and musicians. Travellers and scientists, lost kids, depressed widowers come out of the shop with books that send them into epiphanies and journeys, into grand stories of adventure and romance.

I visited it two decades ago and quietly, as quietly as possible asked a soul here or there who actually owned it, if the magic existed. But never more than that. I don't want to disturb the magic of that grand place.

Members Workshops / Re: SKETCH SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!
« on: March 05, 2021, 06:32:41 AM »
Day 4

Manga Writer workshop / Re: WRITING SURVIVAL!!!
« on: March 04, 2021, 04:45:25 PM »
Day 3

"Older Sins"

"I'm not going to kill you." Said the voice. I was tied in my chair, didn't recognize the room. The old-television set in front of me played a tape.

"I'm just going to show you a little art project of mine."

A shot of school. Gumrock High. It was an old-school cartoon style, started showing scenes. It took me a couple of minutes to my horror to realize they were smartly caricatured versions of all my high-school friends, and me. Todd Barrels, jock, badass, popular guy. And asshole apparently.

"It's just a pet project I've been animating over the years. I don't really have a grudge against you anymore or anything. I just thought it'd be a waste to leave all the work unwatched. Don't worry, you're the only one whose seen this, and by the time you finish watching it, I'll be dead. Ah. It's just cancer, nothing sad or anything."

I sat tied to the chair and watched 2 hours and 30 minutes of the story of an asshole jock and the strangest introvert I'd ever gotten to bully and I felt like I was being fed maggots. Even when the cops came and took me away and I landed in my king-sized bed at my mansion at The Bay, I still thought of those older sins, those innocent natural things that I'd perpatrated.

I'd never been much for art but damn did that rank as my favourite, and most terrible film I'd ever seen.

I'd make sure the world would see it.

Members Workshops / Re: SKETCH SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!
« on: March 04, 2021, 04:37:37 PM »
Day 3

Members Workshops / Re: SKETCH SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!
« on: March 03, 2021, 04:23:28 AM »
Day 2

Nervous Stan

Manga Writer workshop / Re: WRITING SURVIVAL!!!
« on: March 03, 2021, 04:16:06 AM »
Day 2 "Time spent plenty"

I have no idea how she couldn't have aged a single bit from the last 20 years. We were both 60, for Christsake, and she almost still looked as she did back in our university days. It's not a face to forget. It just never was.

"Clarissa?" My hand froze at the cigarettes I'd been about to get, and she looked up at me, blinked once, then frowned,

"You still really haven't stopped smoking?"

I scratched the back of my head, "I've toned it down. It's just every couple of two weeks.

She shook her head,  and her eyes, like mine were wet "You never change."

There was something natural about us going over to the cafe. We reeled off all the pertinent details of the last two decades. The kids we'd had, the jobs we'd taken, where we'd been, what were doing right here right now at 2 o-clock in the afternoon in a city we made poems about hating. We'd all ended up right back home eventually, it seemed.

"You look good." She said.

I stared at my wrinkled hands, "Very funny."

"No. I mean it. You seem more... At peace."

I sighed and leaned back, "You know that thing where people tell you that it's all going to be OK and time heals everything and don't sweat the small parts? And you never really can grasp it until you get there and when you do you're not annoyed you just sort of chuckle and sink into understanding it? That's where I'm at right now."

She chuckled and held my hand, "Let's get married, George." Her smile was divine, and my brain tingled at a flush of memories. So many memories.

I clapsed her hand with my other.

"I was thinking the same thing actually. We splent plenty time waiting, I think."

You should read Goblin Slayer haha. Nobody has names there and everyone (including said protagonist) is referred to by their occupation.

Personally it's not my style to go with things but placeholders are definitely a way to develop plot and stories, and definitely a heck of a lot more structured. At some point I installed an app for storywriting that had all sorts of awesome drop-down menus and features for keeping track of all intricacies so yeah it works.

I'll just say 5 things

1 - Placeholders are super super OK. I've changed the name of my protagonists 3 times in the middle of conception, and then retconned it after the fact. It's actually simpler to have placeholder names because you at least know what function they're supposted to be doing e.g #Sibling 1 or #Fighter 2.

2 - Relatives are only as relevant as the plot. A protagonist can have 12 brothers and 15 sisters or be an only child, the only thing that is interesting is if he likes them or not or if their siblings even take part in the story.

3 - Story names are 100% allowed to be numbered and filed according to date, the name of the song you're listening to or the name of your protagonist. At the very least you should mark if it's a WIP, a short story or a longer story (at least by organizing it in the right folder)

4- Make sure to allow for generalizations: Even if you want to have nameless guards who act or stuff, at some point you've got to bite the bullet and accept crowds as a whole and just let entire groups act rather than individually name characters (although, I do love the way Stephen King totally writes singular characters who don't matter to the plot and give them names and thoughts before they dissapear and/or die from the story as a whole haha)

5 - If you must go with placeholders, let yourself write up a list of at least 10 Expected Placeholders. What do you expect in your story for placeholders?  Guards? Dragons? Citizens? Soldiers? Brothers? Cats? If you feel like using placeholders you should at least have a vague idea of what category is worthy of singular naming.

It mixes and matches. The best way to approach this problem is: How would you describe your house to a stranger to make it interesting?

There is

1- The emotional obvious aspect of you living in the house that requires spontaneous sentences and specific, personal  not-necessarily-rational demarcations of describing your home and

2 - The amount of stuff you know technically about your house ranging from how old it is to how many generations of families lived in it and if the walls were made with a specific kind of brick or clay.

The creative side of writing is mostly what tugs at heart strings and interests people in reading stories, but the grounding comes from knowing the exact details. All in all I'd say you should focus on how YOU would tell something in general, rather than question HOW MUCH is required in the telling.

I love how much mangaka research stuff and this is funny enough a question I've been asking myself with Dr. Stone (A manga I love but strangely enough can't read sequentially. It doesn't quite engage me as much as it could) and I'd infact recommend that manga along with

- Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction

and  One Punch Man (A super simplistic anti-thesis to whether research is needed or not to make a manga that people enjoy)

Concretely, I'd say stick with your style of developing concepts: Have the initial idea and then take a dive into wikipedia to further the concept. If self-research is too boring take the opportunity to ask chat or any friends/fam (or even make topics in the forum) about what you think about certain points.

Research is NOT reading a page from A to B. It's exploration in order to enhance ideas that are already there.

Not sure if that helps but that's my two cents haha.

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Yuritho's Art Gallery
« on: March 02, 2021, 06:27:57 AM »
Wizard gal is kawaii as heck, and crusader gal looks like she's ready to crack some skulls while looking angelic haha. Nice work!

Welcome Center / Re: amateur artist here
« on: March 02, 2021, 06:27:16 AM »
Super super belated welcome to the forum yuritho.

I need to catch up with RWBY. Still on Season 1

Video / PC Games / Re: What video games are you playing at the moment?
« on: March 02, 2021, 06:26:43 AM »
I'm seeing a lot of Genshin Impact memes. Better look closer into it. The art is... Very interesting hehe.

I've got League too, but I've fallen down the rabbit hole of Fortnite lately. Getting my butt kicked but its nice simple fun

Manga Writer workshop / Re: WRITING SURVIVAL!!!
« on: March 02, 2021, 06:10:40 AM »
Day 1 "Infinite Water"

Troy looked out at the ocean. It reflected the winter sun, and as he shivered there on his hill top, he almost thought it were beautiful.

The drowned looked like driftwood if he didn't think too much about it. They were wearing colourful hoodies, some were still in the process of drowning, and he was still in the process of trying to find a word for what he'd done. Sorry wasn't enough, when you accidentally drowned the planet while messing with an old book of spells.

He looked at the book now, and it still felt warm in his hands, it vibrated with magic. Whoever had stuck the old dusty tome in his little library had been a devil, perhaps, or a trickster.

He stood up and flipped through the pages of the book, looking for something to reverse the catastrophe that'd taken the better part of 20 minutes.

Apologies were pointless at this point, but he'd be damned if he didn't try to make things right for the rest of his life.

Members Workshops / Re: SKETCH SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!
« on: March 02, 2021, 06:01:42 AM »
The false-start syndrome is real, but I shalt preservere haha

Day 1

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