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Title: What are you currently writing?
Post by: Raptori on October 20, 2015, 03:06:48 PM
I'm surprised this thread doesn't exist yet, especially considering how many writers there are around here. (http://liberalforum.net/images/smilies/blink.gif)

So, what stories are you currently writing? Share as much or as little about your WIPs as you'd like - synopses, elevator pitches, titles, genres, inspiration, anything at all.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: ArhiX on October 20, 2015, 03:48:05 PM
Propably most of us are now writing (dum tu du dum) — outlines. For NaNo of course. Just like me now :p
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: Mr.J on October 20, 2015, 03:50:37 PM
It is strange why this sort of thing is absent, perhaps because it requires you to bare your precious works a bit, those types of writing that are personally yours and hidden in your word document, suddenly baring it all can feel a bit exposing?

Anyway currently writing a fictional (obviously) autobiography of a gay man who lived a life in the pursuit of looking for something better, his desire to be a poet and write his experiences of the world he traveled through, we discover the fantasy world he lives in through his eyes (I haven't really detailed many elements of it yet, but I want it to be an actual 'world' with different continents and cultures that he travels to).

Begins with him waking up one morning in his first year at university after having slept with the nephew of the King, realising he's made a terrible mistake and needs to get expelled. My idea was to have a fantasy story but from the viewpoint of a writer/poet (Important note: there will be NO torturous Tolkien-esque long poems, trust me) rather than the usual POV character's we get in fantasy. I may also switch gender I haven't decided yet.

Would anyone actually read this? :P I'm curious.


Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: ClintACK on October 20, 2015, 05:37:14 PM
Two current WIPs, both in revisions... and of course a bunch of brainstorming on a bunch of different possible NaNoWriMo projects...

Novella: Adventuring Party (20k words)
Blurb: A history student at the University embeds with a band of heroes (classic RPG adventuring party) to get the real story.  Along the way he'll discover that experiencing violence is nothing like reading about it, gods and wizards and magic really are incomprehensible, and moral lines are harder to draw in the trenches than in a library cubicle.


Novel: Bad Blood (64k words and growing)

This one was inspired by @Yora (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=35236)'s "We are not using the Z-word" thread (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/writers-corner/we-are-not-using-the-z-word/ (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/writers-corner/we-are-not-using-the-z-word/)).  That marinated around in my head for a bit until it became "I hate the word Vampire" -- because someone who has to drink blood, but otherwise isn't really at all like a vampire, would hate the word even more than a writer does.  I wrote about 800 words of "talking straight into the camera" character discovery and came to a line about how she was trying to find other people like her, put a personal ad in the paper, and met a whole series of goths, freaks, role-players and Twilight fans.  And then I had my story (starting with the first *real* response to her ad).  (And, although I didn't realize it, a theme -- about growing up feeling different and alienated with very negative societal stereotypes and no one else like you to serve as a counterexample.)

I think I don't want to say more about it yet, because I might subject Writing Group people to my first chapter, and I'll want a clean take on what promises I'm making.


NaNoWriMo: Alas, @Yora (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=35236) has done it again with http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/writers-corner/how-do-you-write-mystery-and-investigation-stories/ (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/writers-corner/how-do-you-write-mystery-and-investigation-stories/) and I find myself struggling to come up with a fantasy mystery to outline for NaNoWriMo.  Even though I've never written a mystery, and frequently discovery-write myself into corners.

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Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: night_wrtr on October 20, 2015, 09:26:57 PM
My WIP is centered on a non-human character that wants to make his people proud and be the best non-human around, but eventually ends up causing a revolution that virtually destroys the entire empire.  :o
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: Elfy on October 20, 2015, 09:46:38 PM
I'm happy to share a few words about my WiP. It's set in an alternate 1945, just after the end of WW2. The main twist in this world is that magical races like elves and dwarves are real and part of society. My hero is an elven fighter pilot suffering from PTSD, who steals a plane and winds up hunting for a dragon's treasure in the Caucasus, all the while being tracked by a determined, elf hating military policeman who wants to recover his nation's plane and court martial my hero.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: Mr.J on October 20, 2015, 10:10:07 PM
All of these sound great! Just shows how much interesting and diverse stuff there is here. Hope you guys got a mix of characters too!  ;D

Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: Francis Knight on October 20, 2015, 10:49:46 PM
I have a bit load of beginnings (each of which I could expand happily)

But I'm currently -- and slowly -- working on a work where Merlin is the bad dude and Morgan Le Fey is the good

Too soon to tell if it'll p[an out
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: Nora on October 21, 2015, 12:13:37 AM
Interesting all around.

I'm definitely not working on a NaNo project, but just revising the novel concept I had when I arrived here. It was a bit dark and very messy, missing characters to flesh the story, and a real adventure for my MC.

Now It's a bit better but I'm still missing an Arc for one of my MC, and the background of my bad guy.

The whole story is set in the world I've expended with my Hades character, in Rogues and Politics : 2 or 3 centuries after the nuclear fall of our own world, the southern hemisphere is the only place still harboring real surviving cities. It's a mix of very old technology and futuristic one, with a population often dying young or born deformed by the high radiations.
The MC, Sybil, lives and works in one of these cities. Hades is the second most important character, and a Uni lecturer and researcher called Malcolm is the third. The bad guy acts out of love, and causes the mystery part in the story.

I would start writing, I could, with what I have, but I'm genuinely stumped by the lack of knowledge on that mystery part, and not sure about the arc of this malcolm guy, who got a lot of his lines stolen or distorted by Hades. So things are a mess and un-messing it is what I'm currently writing.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: Elfy on October 21, 2015, 06:40:08 AM
It is strange why this sort of thing is absent, perhaps because it requires you to bare your precious works a bit, those types of writing that are personally yours and hidden in your word document, suddenly baring it all can feel a bit exposing?

Anyway currently writing a fictional (obviously) autobiography of a gay man who lived a life in the pursuit of looking for something better, his desire to be a poet and write his experiences of the world he traveled through, we discover the fantasy world he lives in through his eyes (I haven't really detailed many elements of it yet, but I want it to be an actual 'world' with different continents and cultures that he travels to).

Begins with him waking up one morning in his first year at university after having slept with the nephew of the King, realising he's made a terrible mistake and needs to get expelled. My idea was to have a fantasy story but from the viewpoint of a writer/poet (Important note: there will be NO torturous Tolkien-esque long poems, trust me) rather than the usual POV character's we get in fantasy. I may also switch gender I haven't decided yet.

Would anyone actually read this? :P I'm curious.
I'd probably give it a go. It has a bit of a Walter Mitty feel about it, and there's also a touch of Replay in there. I quite like fictional biographies, Austin Grossman does them really well.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: Doctor_Chill on October 21, 2015, 07:17:40 AM
Been on and off with a project for about five years. Little Fantasy Noir type thing. Basic heist story, y'know.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: Mr.J on October 21, 2015, 02:05:04 PM
It is strange why this sort of thing is absent, perhaps because it requires you to bare your precious works a bit, those types of writing that are personally yours and hidden in your word document, suddenly baring it all can feel a bit exposing?

Anyway currently writing a fictional (obviously) autobiography of a gay man who lived a life in the pursuit of looking for something better, his desire to be a poet and write his experiences of the world he traveled through, we discover the fantasy world he lives in through his eyes (I haven't really detailed many elements of it yet, but I want it to be an actual 'world' with different continents and cultures that he travels to).

Begins with him waking up one morning in his first year at university after having slept with the nephew of the King, realising he's made a terrible mistake and needs to get expelled. My idea was to have a fantasy story but from the viewpoint of a writer/poet (Important note: there will be NO torturous Tolkien-esque long poems, trust me) rather than the usual POV character's we get in fantasy. I may also switch gender I haven't decided yet.

Would anyone actually read this? :P I'm curious.
I'd probably give it a go. It has a bit of a Walter Mitty feel about it, and there's also a touch of Replay in there. I quite like fictional biographies, Austin Grossman does them really well.
Hmm bit different from Walter Mitty in tone I think, it's basically a viewpoint from a writer/poet wondering middle earth, rather than imagining his fantasy world. Also trying to quite hard to make sure he's not seen as an unreliable narrator, he's quite honest with his faults. Although people like unreliable narrators so idk.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: m3mnoch on October 21, 2015, 04:28:15 PM

my current wip is a character-driven fantasy series set in the chaotic city/duchy of rainn.  it's on the border of a nation at war during the early tipping point of clockwork technology.

oh, there's also magic.  http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/writers-corner/explain-your-magic-systems/msg114787/#msg114787

it's roughly going to look like the old thieves' world stuff.  lots of battling factions.  lots of heavy, gray personalities.  a bunch of novellas and short stories, all tightly coupled along an ongoing storyline.  in my head, it works like a television series, with each novel being a 'season' filled with 100k words or so from a dozen different povs and intersecting stories wrapped around a main plot thread.  almost like an anthology circling the same story.

my favorite titles so far are "Tales of Rainn" for the series and "The Patter of Rainn" for the first book.  they may or may not change.

the intro story looks like it's going to be 60k words or so based on the 8k word outline.  i'm about 23k words in so far.  (thanks writing group for critiquing 17k words so far!)  it's basically an escalate-then-crash-explode setup for everything.  it's got one of those mind-bending, the sixth sense type twists at the end.  (that i have a very, very hard time not telling people about -- and no, it's not a silly 'everything's a dream!' endings either)  i'm also planning on packing in a fistful of short stories fleshing out some of the background events and people.

i'm happy to let anyone who wants to read the first draft as i go, tho, i'd probably recommend waiting until i have that first 60k word intro story done.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: Yora on October 21, 2015, 09:41:30 PM
As I usually am, I am currently throwing some ideas around in my head about monster fighting warriors and shamans in a bronze age fantasy world with elves and dragons. But as always, I don't really have much ideas for a plot.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: JRTroughton on October 21, 2015, 10:11:53 PM
I haven't written anything for a while. I'm tinkering every so often on a short story where a girl travels to the underworld to bring back her deceased grandfather, but I haven't been finding time nor rhythm of late.

This makes me sad.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: ChooChooChoo on October 24, 2015, 02:55:49 PM
It is strange why this sort of thing is absent, perhaps because it requires you to bare your precious works a bit, those types of writing that are personally yours and hidden in your word document, suddenly baring it all can feel a bit exposing?

Anyway currently writing a fictional (obviously) autobiography of a gay man who lived a life in the pursuit of looking for something better, his desire to be a poet and write his experiences of the world he traveled through, we discover the fantasy world he lives in through his eyes (I haven't really detailed many elements of it yet, but I want it to be an actual 'world' with different continents and cultures that he travels to).

Begins with him waking up one morning in his first year at university after having slept with the nephew of the King, realising he's made a terrible mistake and needs to get expelled. My idea was to have a fantasy story but from the viewpoint of a writer/poet (Important note: there will be NO torturous Tolkien-esque long poems, trust me) rather than the usual POV character's we get in fantasy. I may also switch gender I haven't decided yet.

Would anyone actually read this? :P I'm curious.
I'd probably give it a go. It has a bit of a Walter Mitty feel about it, and there's also a touch of Replay in there. I quite like fictional biographies, Austin Grossman does them really well.
Hmm bit different from Walter Mitty in tone I think, it's basically a viewpoint from a writer/poet wondering middle earth, rather than imagining his fantasy world. Also trying to quite hard to make sure he's not seen as an unreliable narrator, he's quite honest with his faults. Although people like unreliable narrators so idk.

Don't switch genders. Your story would have more impact if it was a gay man rather then A woman I feel. There seems to be more of a stigma around homosexuality within men in today's society and I feel the setting would realistically offer more opportunities if the character was a man rather then a woman.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: Yora on October 26, 2015, 05:43:00 PM
After suffering through a few days of inspirational amnesia, the creative spark has returned today.

Having been fed up with bad and cliched fantasy a while back, I think I did what we Germans call "throwing the child out with the bath water". I do hate stereotypical fantasy adventuring parties with elves, dwarves, and wizards fighting orcs, and dragons, and demons, and undead. But what I really hate is a crappy execution. But the general principle is great. And it's something I very rarely see these days, outside of licensed novels for RPGs and videogames. I think my struggle with finding what I really want to write was that I tried to throw out the good archetypes together with all the cliches and kitsch. And as a result the story elements I still had left were completely lacking in spirit and style.

The most basic idea behind my plans is that most high fantasy worlds have a lost past that is much more magical and fantastical, and whose great wonders have been lost to the current age. Lord of the Rings did it, because that was the theme of the book, and everyone copied it, but without questioning the reason for it. I almost always find the old days of the past much more interesting and often would rather hear the stories that are mentioned of ancient heroes than that of the protagonist of the story. So the central idea is a world in which dragons and minor gods walk the earth, the world is almost all wilderness, and heroes are exploring strange places never seen before by mortals and encountering spirits and great monsters.
The world is entirely forests and oceans, with the people being ruled by tribal leaders and minor kings, and worshiping the spirits of nature that sometimes can be seen on holy mountains or near sacred springs. There are trolls and wild men living in the hills, giant monsters in the sea, and great castles of fey lords in the forests. Witches, shamans, oracles, shapechangers, dryads, talking animals. The whole program.

What I want to do differently is to get away from the idea of mixed adventuring parties that travel from town to town doing mercenary work for excitement and fame. And no dark lords with their armies of evil trying to cover the world in darkness. I want to concentrate on local affairs like a monster that appears near a village and forces the warriors to hunt it, or searching for someone who is cursing other people in the village with dark magic. Stuff like The Thirteenth Warrior instead of Lord of the Rings.
This material is better suited to several stories instead of a big novel, and that also allows for visiting very different places and cultures without going on huge adventures. But I have an idea for one protagonist that I want to use a lot and already have a couple of general story ideas for. A young warrior who doesn't really fit well into the group of older warriors of her village, and as such does a lot of scouting and exploration that take her away sometimes for weeks. She is on the lookout for trouble that might come to her village and one of the handful of people who regular bring news from other neighboring settlements in the region. The central character trait I want to go for is that she is not particularly powerful, but has a tendency to poke ahead a bit further than would be sensible. She knows when things get too big or dangerous for her, but has a compulsion to get one more peek before leaving things alone, leading to trouble. But at that point it's no longer about foolish heroics but saving herself and a few others if possible, even if it takes the most cowardly and undignified methods possible. Her heroism does not come from incredible deeds, but from always risking a bit more than anyone would reasonably expect of her. And to add an autobiographical element, she comments on things half a second before considering if it's appropriate to say something. I don't like comedy outside of obvious satires and hate charming rogues and comic relief characters. But with this character I want to do someone who always has a happy attitude and is slightly rash and impulsive. Not a funny character, but a character that is fun.
Like, if Han Solo was a 21 yea old woman. Or a dialed down version of Toph from Avatar. Or Deunan from Appleseed.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: ClintACK on October 26, 2015, 07:47:11 PM
...what we Germans call "throwing the child out with the bath water"."

In English, we say "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water." -- for the alliteration.

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So the central idea is a world in which dragons and minor gods walk the earth, the world is almost all wilderness, and heroes are exploring strange places never seen before by mortals and encountering spirits and great monsters.

The world is entirely forests and oceans, with the people being ruled by tribal leaders and minor kings, and worshiping the spirits of nature that sometimes can be seen on holy mountains or near sacred springs. There are trolls and wild men living in the hills, giant monsters in the sea, and great castles of fey lords in the forests. Witches, shamans, oracles, shapechangers, dryads, talking animals. The whole program.

What I want to do differently is to get away from the idea of mixed adventuring parties that travel from town to town doing mercenary work for excitement and fame. And no dark lords with their armies of evil trying to cover the world in darkness. I want to concentrate on local affairs like a monster that appears near a village and forces the warriors to hunt it, or searching for someone who is cursing other people in the village with dark magic. Stuff like The Thirteenth Warrior instead of Lord of the Rings.

This material is better suited to several stories instead of a big novel, and that also allows for visiting very different places and cultures without going on huge adventures. But I have an idea for one protagonist that I want to use a lot and already have a couple of general story ideas for. A young warrior who doesn't really fit well into the group of older warriors of her village, and as such does a lot of scouting and exploration that take her away sometimes for weeks. She is on the lookout for trouble that might come to her village and one of the handful of people who regular bring news from other neighboring settlements in the region.

The central character trait I want to go for is that she is not particularly powerful, but has a tendency to poke ahead a bit further than would be sensible. She knows when things get too big or dangerous for her, but has a compulsion to get one more peek before leaving things alone, leading to trouble. But at that point it's no longer about foolish heroics but saving herself and a few others if possible, even if it takes the most cowardly and undignified methods possible. Her heroism does not come from incredible deeds, but from always risking a bit more than anyone would reasonably expect of her. And to add an autobiographical element, she comments on things half a second before considering if it's appropriate to say something. I don't like comedy outside of obvious satires and hate charming rogues and comic relief characters. But with this character I want to do someone who always has a happy attitude and is slightly rash and impulsive. Not a funny character, but a character that is fun.
Like, if Han Solo was a 21 yea old woman. Or a dialed down version of Toph from Avatar. Or Deunan from Appleseed.

Sounds awesome.  I would pick up a book based on that blurb.

You should NaNoWriMo her first adventure -- the one that takes place in her home and sets her to wandering.  Or whichever one excites you the most.


Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: m3mnoch on October 26, 2015, 09:59:54 PM
Like, if Han Solo was a 21 yea old woman. Or a dialed down version of Toph from Avatar. Or Deunan from Appleseed.

ooooh...  i'd totally read that.

doooo eeeeet.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: ArhiX on October 26, 2015, 11:02:15 PM
The most basic idea behind my plans is that most high fantasy worlds have a lost past that is much more magical and fantastical, and whose great wonders have been lost to the current age. Lord of the Rings did it, because that was the theme of the book, and everyone copied it, but without questioning the reason for it. I almost always find the old days of the past much more interesting and often would rather hear the stories that are mentioned of ancient heroes than that of the protagonist of the story. So the central idea is a world in which dragons and minor gods walk the earth, the world is almost all wilderness, and heroes are exploring strange places never seen before by mortals and encountering spirits and great monsters.
The world is entirely forests and oceans, with the people being ruled by tribal leaders and minor kings, and worshiping the spirits of nature that sometimes can be seen on holy mountains or near sacred springs. There are trolls and wild men living in the hills, giant monsters in the sea, and great castles of fey lords in the forests. Witches, shamans, oracles, shapechangers, dryads, talking animals. The whole program.

Im telling you: 'magical dinosaurs'. Humans (and all other humanoid races) are boring.
I also always loved when author had mentioned something about the past of his world. Great magicians, powerfull demons, raging dragons. It always seemed so much more interesting than protagonists wandering through human-infested world, searching for 'whatever-that-is-there-that-they-desire'.

Wild world with changing rules.

This is my life's purpose. My only aim and goal for now. To create a story about the world, from it's very beginning, to the very end. It might never be published. It can rot in my drawer. But it will be there.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: ClintACK on October 26, 2015, 11:52:40 PM
This is my life's purpose. My only aim and goal for now. To create a story about the world, from it's very beginning, to the very end. It might never be published. It can rot in my drawer. But it will be there.

One of my trunk ideas that I'll probably never do is to tell the story of a tree.  Not an ent walking around, but an actual tree.  Fighting its neighbors for sunlight.  Rapid growth when a neighboring tree is lost in a storm.  Chemically fighting off insect invasions.  Woodpeckers and squirrels and an insect invasion. 
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: night_wrtr on October 27, 2015, 03:59:53 PM
This is my life's purpose. My only aim and goal for now. To create a story about the world, from it's very beginning, to the very end. It might never be published. It can rot in my drawer. But it will be there.

One of my trunk ideas that I'll probably never do is to tell the story of a tree.  Not an ent walking around, but an actual tree.  Fighting its neighbors for sunlight.  Rapid growth when a neighboring tree is lost in a storm.  Chemically fighting off insect invasions.  Woodpeckers and squirrels and an insect invasion. 

Please do this. I wish to be a beta-reader.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: Matamelcan on October 27, 2015, 04:45:44 PM
2 novels, and numerous short stories.
Ugh, at least I like them.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: ClintACK on October 27, 2015, 05:45:20 PM
This is my life's purpose. My only aim and goal for now. To create a story about the world, from it's very beginning, to the very end. It might never be published. It can rot in my drawer. But it will be there.

One of my trunk ideas that I'll probably never do is to tell the story of a tree.  Not an ent walking around, but an actual tree.  Fighting its neighbors for sunlight.  Rapid growth when a neighboring tree is lost in a storm.  Chemically fighting off insect invasions.  Woodpeckers and squirrels and an insect invasion. 

Please do this. I wish to be a beta-reader.

Heh.  It's in my file of "overly ambitious" story ideas I couldn't possibly pull off with my current skill level.  (Single character, man-vs-world conflict, no dialogue, inhumanly passive PoV char...) But someday.  :)
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: Yora on October 27, 2015, 06:33:46 PM
Sounds like my idea of an alien contact story, in which humans detect a signal that has been traveling from another planet for over a hundred years, and it will take 200 more years until they may or may not get a reply to the answer they send back. There's never any aliens in it and the signal that was detected doesn't really have any useful information other than "Hello, is there someone out there?"
But having people react to that could still be a great story. I just don't have any idea how to do that yet.  :D
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: ClintACK on October 27, 2015, 08:56:09 PM
This thread seems to have sucked the "Awesome ideas..." thread into it. 

I wonder if anyone's ever written a short sci-fi story about the life cycle of an internet thread.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: night_wrtr on October 27, 2015, 09:16:44 PM
This thread seems to have sucked the "Awesome ideas..." thread into it. 

I wonder if anyone's ever written a short sci-fi story about the life cycle of an internet thread.

 ;D

For fantasy I can see the perfect antagonist:

"In the beginning there was a post. An origional post, with life and purpose. Then, without warning...the Trolls came."
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: Yora on October 27, 2015, 09:17:25 PM
A story that I really want to write for real, but want to have a lot more experience before I try it, is about a girl with magic powers and an old warrior who is her bodyguard, who work for a warlord who uses her as his secret weapons to defeat enemy armies. But she never wanted any of that and only did what she was told because she had to, but now that she's older she is trying to escape. The biggest problem is her bodyguard, who was always good to her but is very loyal to the warlord and doesn't want to hear anything about quitting. He would get into a lot of trouble and lose his status, but is also one of the few people in the army who she does not want to see hurt.
And as with all my story ideas, I already know the ending and its emotional content. The big part of the work is in building up the characters and their personal motivations to get the reader to the point where that final scene has the emotional impact I want it to have.

The concept is very much a deconstruction of the whole young adult hero archetype and fantasy warfare, and very much inspired by the old TV show Neon Genesis Evangelion. I think 50,000 words is a good aim. It's by far the most ambitious story concept I have and I hate rewriting old stories later, so it's something I want to get right on the first try. I don't expect to doing it anytime soon.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: jefGoelz on October 28, 2015, 02:29:09 AM
A low fantasy war story centering on a squad of soldiers (really, on two of them). They are (mostly) "normal" people who have magical weapons. Set in alternate reality earth where magic has replaced (much of) the industrial revolution.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: KaiHerbertz on October 28, 2015, 08:03:07 PM
I'm writing (and will continue to do so during NaNoWriMo) the sequel to my novel. The logline of the new book is: "A broken wizard seeks to redeem himself while struggling to prevent an undead dragon from ending mankind."
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: ArhiX on October 31, 2015, 05:47:31 PM
This is my life's purpose. My only aim and goal for now. To create a story about the world, from it's very beginning, to the very end. It might never be published. It can rot in my drawer. But it will be there.

One of my trunk ideas that I'll probably never do is to tell the story of a tree.  Not an ent walking around, but an actual tree.  Fighting its neighbors for sunlight.  Rapid growth when a neighboring tree is lost in a storm.  Chemically fighting off insect invasions.  Woodpeckers and squirrels and an insect invasion.

How about "Bacterial Retribution". A short story about life of E. Coli. It's home was destroyed by a human, and now it lives inside him, trying to avoid white blood cells. It knows that IT is the bad guy here - because he is an invader, but it's human's fault because he should have washed his hands.It meets many different beings. Vicious viruses and bacterial cousins that betrayed the rest of it's kind to live a miserable life as a mere symbiote of #1 enemy. Then, after mitosis, it has another - philosophical - problem. Which one of two new cells is a 'true one', and which one is just a mere clone?
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: SarahW on November 01, 2015, 02:59:32 AM
I'm attempting to write stories that reverse in on themselves without losing forward continuity, for a larger deeper meaning behind the stories events.

At the moment toying around with settings until I find something that sticks.
Title: Re: What are you currently writing?
Post by: Yora on March 01, 2016, 05:50:44 PM
I have recently gotten interested in the Planetary Romance genre. It's an early 20th century style that mixes science-fiction with fantasy and goes back at least to A Princess of Mars from 1912. (What a brilliant title: It tells you everything you need to know and at the same time makes you really curious what the writer did with this incredible sounding concept.) It was quite popular for a while but eventually pretty much disappeared with the notable exception of Star Wars that resurrected the style in the late 70s; it just dropped the plot device of having an Earthman crash on an alien planet and replaced him with a native from a backwater planet who never saw the rest of the galaxy. More recently Avatar did something very similar, but seems to lack the swashbuckling element and replaced it with generic Hollywood action scenes.
I've seen someone say that the genre started with people wanting to write fantasy at a time where only science-fiction sold, so they started their stories with a spaceman crashing on an alien planet and then just continuing as straight fantasy from there. And today's reader are perfectly comfortable with fantastic worlds without following a stranger to that world around and listening in while he gets everything explained. So it would be really easy to ditch the crashing spaceman and create a world of that style as a pure fantasy world without science-fiction elements. I know it has actually been done at least once with the roleplaying game setting Dark Sun, which was quite the rage in the 90s and still has many big fans. There also was the videogame Morrowind, that also has a very strikingly similar look and feel. But that's a dessert setting like Pulp Mars. I want to make it a dense forest world like Pulp Venus.
Fortunately for me, I can keep 95% of my setting I have already been working on for a while, as well as all the planned characters and plot ideas. The big difference, and one of the coolest things about Planetary Romance, is that such world don't have any Earth creatures. I had already decided not to have dogs and horses in that world to make it more exotic, and added various new creatures. So the main thing left is to slightly alter the appearance of bears and tigers and give them a different name. And there also will be no humans, instead there will be a race of neanderthal-like humanoids that take over the culture and territory I had previously set up for humans.

I am very excited about reviving this really old style of fantasy adventures, but using it for stories informed by contemporary sensibilities.
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Post by: CryptofCthulhu on March 01, 2016, 06:10:00 PM
Big epic fantasy series, yadda yadda yadda.  ::)

Right now I'm just working on weeding out any plot-holes and connecting the logical dots. So outlining stuff mainly, as well as character motivations.
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Post by: Henry Dale on March 01, 2016, 06:34:01 PM
1) Henry the Jack stuff
At the moment in our Writing Group development phase. (yay Teasaurus Society!)
It's the first "official" story about Henry the Jack which I'll probably release as a free e-book here on F-F when it's done. It also helps me to develop a more clear writing style + to improve my Engrish which is awesome.  ;)

2) Monthly writing contest
Seriously, you knew that. Still hope I can win some time tho  :P Though practice makes perfect and I hope I can improve enough to deliver a proper winning entry.

3) That big old fantasy epic
Yes I know, everyone has this. So I have one too. Made a huge setting (as in 600+ pages of facts huge), I use it for FATE campaigns. Original wildlife, plantlife, magic, science, politics, medicine,... got all of that down. Now I just need to find the right stories to tell and bring them in a right way. A WIP  8)
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Post by: SugoiMe on March 02, 2016, 02:07:31 AM
Epic fantasy.  I guess that's nothing new.  The story ballooned into a sweeping trilogy not yet completed when I really started to world build and develop my characters five or more years ago.  And the world is still expanding.  Currently, I'm editing/rewriting/hammering out the kinks of the first book.  I explore religious themes, gender roles, societal pressure, and foreign discrimination while the overarching theme is hunter vs. hunted (or man vs. man).  My other main theme is exploration/discovery, or that wow factor that comes with journeying to a new place.
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Post by: Blackthorn on March 02, 2016, 02:57:16 AM
Short easy answer. Depending on mood and the day:

1. Epic Fantasy of course
2. Short stories for submissions
3. Near future SF
4. Werewolf heavy historical fiction set in 16th century europe
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Post by: Phoenix on March 03, 2016, 03:43:32 PM
I'm currently writing a fantasy series set in a world(called Eythiran). It starts on future Earth then journeys to Eythiran(world of the beast men(aka humanoid animals)) then goes on to Gehenna(aka Hell) and then ends on the old world of Primordia(world of elder elementals and Ancients)
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Post by: Very Tired Writer on March 04, 2016, 03:34:00 AM
I'm working on a story about bitter knights trying to make a king out of a thief while a wolf-like dragon is on the loose wreaking havoc with an encroaching age of gunpowder on the horizon. Fantasy stuff ensues.
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Post by: JMack on March 04, 2016, 01:36:07 PM
I'm working on a story about bitter knights trying to make a king out of a thief while a wolf-like dragon is on the loose wreaking havoc with an encroaching age of gunpowder on the horizon. Fantasy stuff ensues.

That actually sounds pretty cool. Bring it!
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Post by: Blackthorn on March 04, 2016, 07:41:44 PM
I'm working on a story about bitter knights trying to make a king out of a thief while a wolf-like dragon is on the loose wreaking havoc with an encroaching age of gunpowder on the horizon. Fantasy stuff ensues.

That actually sounds pretty cool. Bring it!
Agreed lol. Sounds like something id really enjoy reading.

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Post by: Very Tired Writer on March 04, 2016, 10:30:32 PM
I'm glad to here that you guys like it, though I think it still needs plenty of revision before it's something readable.
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Post by: adamcbassett on March 05, 2016, 05:01:03 AM
I just published a small fiction book with some sci-fi/fantasy elements, but I used to do only fantasy. I'm going back to those roots with something I'm calling The Ember Trade.

Basically, magic is used by tearing at aetherial mists that hang all around the world. Depending on the way an ember (a small stone-like organ in a person's chest) interacts with that mist determines your skill. Things like size, shape, the ridges–it sort of looks like a peach pit–impact this. Somebody figured out in the past fifty years that you can take an ember and grind it up to make a dust that enhances one's physical and magical abilities, though temporarily. This has grown into a multicultural black market, and it targets the Gifted–magic users–for their more potent embers.

The story follows a couple powerful Gifted, a couple of ember traders, a rebel commander, and a single dead man's ember links all of them together.

I'm about 40,000 words in, which I think makes up just under half of the novel, though I'm currently editing and sort of redoing sections of the first part. It was shabby and bothered me.
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Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 14, 2016, 04:23:23 AM
I just wrote a little over 2,000 words of what might be called a portal fantasy. I have a prehistoric Native American guy and his two children (a teenage son and a little daughter) taking shelter from the rain in a cave with mysterious drawings, and a grizzly bear chases them through a spacetime warp that drops them in the middle of Africa. Our family wants to get back to their mother's tepee in America, so they head for the palace of a local sorcerer-king whom they believe can whisk them back home. Oh, and while the teenage son develops the hots for a local huntress, the little daughter has a knee-jerk phobic reaction to all these strange people in Africa.
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Post by: DrMclony on March 16, 2016, 04:54:04 AM
I have my editorial team hard at work on book one of my first ever fantasy novel (after 6 SF ones). This is book one of a series, and I really should be getting stuck into the second. But instead, I find myself tinkering with cover ideas. That and the website. Tinker tinker tinker...
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Post by: Captain Blobby on March 16, 2016, 12:53:43 PM
My on again, off again WiP. A ranger is forced to confront his past when a renegade threatens his new life on the frontier. Set in a world with gunpowder weapons and low magic.
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Post by: Doctor_Chill on March 16, 2016, 04:01:45 PM
Thinking about working on a short story compilation over the summer. Do world-building and character-building tales that I'll have trouble showing in my WIP. Probably make it free or super cheap if I do ever finish it.