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Writers' Corner / Re: We are not using the Z-Word
« on: September 10, 2015, 02:59:41 PM »
I think it was well made in Malazan.
There is a race called "Eleints" - they are sometimes called like that, but usually just... dragons.
They are no ordinary dragons - so they earned unique name.
There are two groups of shapeshifers - and they are also referred to with their distinctive names, because differences between them are huge, but still - in normal talk - many will refer to them only as shapeshifters...

So how about reffering to your 'zombies' as just simple "undead" but also by their very own distinctive name. Let's say - a villager will only see a walking corpse (because that's what he sees), but someone who knows their true origin will call them with other name.

Even now we can call our zombies in many ways.
If they were created by:
Disease - they are "The Infected" - just like in World War Z or any modern zombie film
Bad soul forcefully taking over dead body - "The possesed"
Ripping out ones soul to create mindless servants - "Hollows" or "Ghouls" (Ghouls in Heroes of might and magic were created this way - if I remember correctly).
I think there are enough ways and words to choose from...

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Writers' Corner / Re: We are not using the Z-Word
« on: September 04, 2015, 01:31:38 PM »
There is no reason to not call them differently. It's just another reference to "undead" group. In Dark Souls series almost every enemy can be reffered to as "undead" or "hollow". They have almost all of the specifications of "normal" zombie (sometimes passive, but usually very hostile)- yet we know they are not them. They have different origins etc. They could also be reffered to as "Branded" - thanks to the "Dark Sign".

I'm trying to avoid the M word which is (to no surprise) Magic. In my world everything that has soul is "magical". But souls are not "true" souls, but more like an engines that make (almost)everyone "tick" (so do I have to change it's name? naaaah...).

So when I first started to think about that, I wanted to completely eradicate "Magic" because - if everyone are special, no one is special (if everything is magic, then nothing is magic). But yet again. Can everyone in our world learn how to play an instrument and make music? Well yes. Then if so - why do we even have a term "musician" when everybody can be one?
And to go further - magnetism is a thing. But it's just another face of electromagnetism and so forth...
Yet we need a term "magnetism", even if it is so common. We need a way to call it in other way than just "energy".

And about "good and evil" concept. This one is tricky. Something can be hostile, without being "evil". But if I don;t understand why something is hostile - or even further - this thing has rather bad or no reasons to be hostile towards me - why can't I call it "evil".
If someone is "hostile" to me, for the sake of "hostility" and wants to (let's say) destroy the world, then it is "evil", because there is no better word to use.

To go further - in fantasy world there can be no horses, no dogs, no moths etc. But if there are animals very similiar to them, why do we have to complicate everything and call them "marsusus" "woofjaws" and "powderflies"(that one sounds nice). Similiary in my world I have no "birds". But I have winged  and feathered creatures I refer to as "birds" and creatures that only look like "birds" - so they are "bird-like".

Sometimes we have to forsake our ambitions for the sake of readability if they make very little difference and are not crucial for our worlds.

I know that my post is propably very chaotic - but you get my concept (or at least I hope so):
- Everything within reason.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Sharing Your Writing Process
« on: September 02, 2015, 09:07:49 PM »
My writing process is really chaotic, but not without a plan.

Usually the 1st things to go I am imagining the moments that will be critical for the story. Massive turning points, or "wtf moments". Someone dies, or there's an important fight or a meeting. A mystery being introduced/figured out. Someone is being turned into monster etc. I daydream a lot, and sometimes songs helps me to come by with some great idea or resolution to a "plot wall".
I keep imagining things until I almost die from boredom (btw. every fight I imagine is very "anime-like" with lots of "boom" and "slash").
When I'm having enough of them (numerically and psychologially) I'm starting to search for the way how to tie them together well...

But it's not like I dive into the story and throw random stuff. If my protagonist have to go somewhere, I'm trying to think out what of a bad fate could meet him during his journey and at the destination.

So let's say - I know I want to build a tent. Critical moments will be my "poles". Other serious events are going to be strings that tie them together. When I know what kind of tent I want to build (metaphorical) I'm starting to do "0 draw". It's a story, but a story without a flesh. Like a tent without fabric over it. So it looks like a story already - but If anyone was to read it, he/she would be really confused.
In next draws I'm starting to add more "fabric" and "poles" if needed.

Writing like this takes a lot of time, but it guarantees, that I'm not going to get bored and will discover my story step by step with every little surprise event I come by with, and let's to change everything "in the move" if I notice something is messed up.

I was never really into "snowflake" method. All this planning made me bored of my work half way through.
I like to plan - but not that hard. I also don't feel like pantsing. I prefer to wear my pants. But the thing that they are on my head... That's a different story.

This approach is nothing new or inventive -and propably not very time friendly, but it helps me - and that's the most important I guess.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Violence in fantasy
« on: August 19, 2015, 05:04:30 AM »
This whole off-scene thing is actually... retarded and genious at the same time. I will just call it a neat idea to use in  writing.

I mean - if one has a BIG scene with a lot of violence - why not to cut it and make some of it happen off-scene?
Like literally - Chapter starts with a someone trying to save his/her friends from the hands of bandits. That person literally slaughters the front guards, and enters the room, where his/her friends are held and where REAL baddies are. And the next thing you know is that in the next chapter our herois sitting in a room.
But what is it? He lost his arm. And where is his best friend? Where are 2 other person? Why is everything so gloomy?

And one can literally SKIP a scene when bad things happened, to let the reader know from the dialogue later on, or just make a little break from action, a moment of relief, just to throw us right into this slaughterhouse of doom and despair again. Now we see how his best friends is a traitor. How females were treated. How one person was tortured to death. How he fights his best friend, loses his arm and kills him. How one of his friends sacrifices, so the rest can escape.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Violence in fantasy
« on: July 20, 2015, 07:38:40 PM »
What I'm trying to create is full fantasy world. And what I'm actually using as inspiration are actual historical records of wars and deeds done during and after them (mostly asian wars) - and believe me that war is something terrible, but mostly for the losing side.

And with "if it disturbes you - you should rethink adding it" - I have a high "boiling point" and I'm not easily disturbed - especially by fiction. Becuase of that it's hard for me to get how "hot" my story actually is. Someone may feel compfortable, someone can be burned by it.

Looks like I might need to rethink my writing. My story isn't purely run on blood, tears and other body fluids, but still many legs of little girls are broken, many throats cut in sleep, and villages pillaged. Someone is being shot by ballista's arrow (it's actually humorous part).

Still many thanks for everyone for every little advice!
 That's why I was wondering what is an actual level of others "boiling points". Also I might need to read actually released but still very violent books. Abercrombie and Martin are my number ones to read now I guess.

And I'm not very lucky with alpha readers - only one person read GoT.

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Writers' Corner / Re: A new way to do an outline
« on: July 20, 2015, 02:15:24 PM »
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So we gotta call in the big guns; mage Chayden Gravelink.
Do you have guns in your story? :D

So about the outline - if it helps you - then nothing else matters. It all come's to one's writing style. I prefer 3rd person POV in a kind of "fairytale" :
Spoiler for Hiden:
His name was Pollux Tulk. Sometimes called "Leaper" because of the way he was limping while walking. All caused by his unproperly healed hip, shattered in some distant and dark past.

He gave his first scream in Bandilaq but when everything started, he was living in Valimark. Still, he had his people in Bandilaq. They weren't the best ones, but they were good. The only question is, why he decided to left them, and live in some overpopulated city, where it was always cold and the light was always there enough to blind, but never to warm anyone?

It works as good as 1st person POV, but it might be harder to show character's emotions this way, so your way might be actually easier for many people (it works for you so it must work in some way).

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Writers' Corner / Re: Violence in fantasy
« on: July 17, 2015, 03:55:24 PM »
I will make sure to read some Abercrombie - it was recommended to me before, but I was still hooked to Malazan and it's spin-offs back then.

I always make sure that everything is plot driven. Or at least I'm trying - my work is big, and I don't want to brag about it here because if a porkchop was to be this unfinished, it would propably still be defrosting. I'm just really curious how people reacts to it, because I'm the kind of person who laughs when sees some bloody scenes in TV shows. For me it's easy - becasue I know "it's not real" it's only on screen/on paper. But I know some people just can't stand it when after the slash there is actually trail of blood following the sword instead of just clear sparks of light.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I want to use it to show how much someone is suffering, physically (Yo reader! Look how he is suffering. He totally got his hand eaten by this giant black creature and now he is bleeding!) and mentally (But wait! You know what he was holding in this hand? HIS LOVED ONE!) and how someone can be crushed (Now he hears how she screams and how this monster munches her bit by bit. Yep - he is totally in despair). Sometimes it can't be showed without some gore (So yeah - something just took away his wife to darkness. He is propably very worried about her - because he totally don't know how to wash the dishes. And who will make him a dinner now? It's propably time to unsheat the sword and go save her.) And... well... I just like to crush (and munch) my characters.

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Writers' Corner / Violence in fantasy
« on: July 17, 2015, 12:39:09 PM »
So recently I finished to outline a story that happens in my world, and the first thing that came into my mind was - "Man. This world is brutal. It's entire story is brutal. Dude. WTF?".
My goal was to create a story when everyone is hurt in some way (physically and mentally) and where painfull but quick death is actually a blessing. And to forestall - I don't use violence just for the sake of using it, but still it's a key component of my world, and i made sure it's justified (most of the times).

What do you think about it? What is the thick red line that separates "grim/dark fantasy" from "butcher's fairytale" (this is how one of my friend reffers to it)? How not to turn a story into a parody? How far can one walk into a Mordor of description?
Do you often use violence in your writing. Or maybe in other way: Do you LIKE to use violence in your writing.
I also want to say is that I never read any of GoT books, and never even watched a second of it's TV series. But as far as I know - it's a hurtfest/killfest/rapefest/tearsofreadersfest/cutthedongfest.

Maybe it's a time to read it? Or do you know other authors that like to "play" with their characters in this way? Or maybe even better?

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