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Re: Writer Discussion Table
« Reply #495 on: June 17, 2013, 08:06:25 PM »
Yeah, if you want longevity, you want a story that can do lots and lots of little arcs. If you want to tell a powerful and direct but ultimately shorter story, do long form.

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« Reply #496 on: June 17, 2013, 08:13:04 PM »
To me, it doesn't matter quite yet how long the story is. As long as I like the idea enough to push through the tough parts.

On another note, any action writing tips? I find I just really don't like writing it.

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« Reply #497 on: June 17, 2013, 08:26:31 PM »
Well, first you actually have to be accurately describe the action taking place. Be blunt and descriptive. All that matters is that it's understandable. Once you have the down, then you can make it flowery and interesting to read.

Cause if it reads pretty but doesn't make sense, it's not worth reading.

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« Reply #498 on: June 17, 2013, 09:00:12 PM »
Well, first you actually have to be accurately describe the action taking place. Be blunt and descriptive. All that matters is that it's understandable. Once you have the down, then you can make it flowery and interesting to read.

Cause if it reads pretty but doesn't make sense, it's not worth reading.

I'm gonna go ahead and disagree...

A well-choreographed fight scene can take an awful lot of time to write out and it bogs down the action. A straight poetic scene can grab the reader's attention while describing the feel of a fight. Bear in mind that actual fights between two genuinly angry parties are over INCREDIBLY fast.

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« Reply #499 on: June 18, 2013, 02:07:39 AM »
On that note of a long description of a fight scene Tom Clancy pulls it off pretty well. Huge fat paragraphs of people taking shots at eachother, and it seems technical and dull, but it's pretty exciting stuff to read especially considering the situations he describes. I think the main thing that worked was that everything made sense.

However having read Vampire Hunter D i've seen the author's habit of adding that 'flowery' language to describe whats happening. It works pretty well. He mostly uses metaphors that may seem over the top some times but i've grown used to it. The core of it all though is that I at least know whether it's a flowery description of an attack or a form of defense within the story.

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« Reply #500 on: June 18, 2013, 12:40:36 PM »
Well I think it's possible that both sides of this argument are correct. Authors have different styles for a reason after all, and of course different readers are also looking for different things.

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« Reply #501 on: June 25, 2013, 10:56:35 PM »
http://mentalfloss.com/article/51362/4-changes-english-so-subtle-we-hardly-notice-theyre-happening

I usually notice the "get-passive" and avoid it in poetry, but the others have passed with stealth under my language-sensitive nasal cavities.

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« Reply #502 on: June 26, 2013, 05:22:55 AM »
Interesting, though i totally don't recall my speech patterns. In any case, I like the old school English better, so i'll be getting all this memorized as soon as i can

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« Reply #503 on: June 27, 2013, 04:18:10 PM »
http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/

A science-fiction encyclopedia.

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« Reply #504 on: June 27, 2013, 04:32:42 PM »
Tha'z pretty kool!  :ninja:

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« Reply #505 on: July 01, 2013, 01:58:09 PM »
I'm kind of in a writer's identity crisis. I keep realizing how much I take from other stories, and how I use those elements less competently.

It's one of the bigger buzzkills I've experienced.

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« Reply #506 on: July 01, 2013, 07:29:52 PM »
well there is one way to solve your problem, and that's by making it worse.

Get on tvtropes for a few hours and take in as much as you can. And then remember that everybody is already using all the same stuff. The rest is just experience/

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Re: Writer Discussion Table
« Reply #507 on: July 01, 2013, 07:53:01 PM »
Caution: Do not start reading TV Tropes if you actually have things to do today this week this month ever.

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« Reply #508 on: July 01, 2013, 09:58:31 PM »
Thanks. I'll take a look at it. I've looked at some stuff on TV tropes, but I've never really browsed the site before.

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« Reply #509 on: July 02, 2013, 03:59:19 AM »
Same thing happened to me and i think it may again. I do visit tvtroupes a lot though. But be warned it will suck the time out of your day haha