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Offline Yora

Who is writing?
« on: December 24, 2019, 08:54:20 AM »
I noticed there has been very little activity here since summer. Are few people currently writing or do they take their questions somewhere else? (I did.)

Who is currently writing, and what are you working on?

I recently started a book about a group of mercenaries who go on an expedition into the unexplored wilderness to search for a friend who was taken by fey years before, after finally getting some information where she was taken to. Chances that she's still there seem slim, and they are not sure what to do if they run into the fey.
Also magic is mostly mystic telepathy and they ride on dinosaurs.  8)
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Offline Matthew

Re: Who is writing?
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2019, 11:36:28 AM »
I've half given up on writing recently. I keep trying to jump back into half finished projects, but usually manage half a paragraph before getting distracted.

I've got three 'main' ones on the go at the moment;
A 50k word 3rd person low fantasy which got pretty far without any magic popping up. There was meant to be some later on once they hit the main story thread, but the MCs were never meant to get access to any of it.

A 25k word 1st person one based on one of the writing contests. Intended as a novella. Stuck on the final scene (literally the climax - or anticlimax). Did get some great help here with editing the first chapter but the rest is still pretty rough. I do like the world though, sort of a western view (since that's where I am) of ancient far east with fantastical elements of magic and landscape.

A 15k+ 1st person PRESENT tense urban fantasy which I quite like but keep wanting to change to past tense like a normal person. Started it, like most things, as writing practice.

Occasionally write a short 1-2k story and some of those I think have great ideas, but making them into something more is more work than I can really put in.

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I'd love if this forum would have more writer based help and critique but it's really just too small a community for it I guess. I don't use any other site to get that though, so just proves how lazy I really am :)

Offline NedMarcus

Re: Who is writing?
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2019, 01:13:17 PM »
I'm writing most days, but I don't usually have writing questions. I just try to work things out as I go. Book marketing questions are a different thing, and I ask lots of questions on specialist FB groups focussed on this.

Offline Iramesoj

Re: Who is writing?
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2019, 06:10:53 PM »
I noticed there has been very little activity here since summer. Are few people currently writing or do they take their questions somewhere else? (I did.)

I’m writting but I have no writting questions right now. When I have them, I’ll ask here or in Mythic Scribes.

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Who is currently writing, and what are you working on?

I’m currently writting a fantasy novel whose main character is an ugly girl if 23 years old who is nicknamed Alligator in her village due to the look of her horrible teeth.

She is a slim and short girl, but she is strong to be so small because her father, a retired commander and old war hero, tried to train her like he trained his soldiers. As a consequence, she gained strenght and some habilities (her father notices she can’t be as strong as his male soldiers, but decided to train her as a stealthy spy to make up for it), but despite of that, she lived an ordinary life...until 2 retired soldiers arrived to her village with a magical object. That will be the trigger of the main character adventures.

It’s a fantasy story with a youth style. Not a deep story and has some classical tropes (pseudo-medieval world, magic objects, etc), but at least I’m trying to create an original protagonist.

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recently started a book about a group of mercenaries who go on an expedition into the unexplored wilderness to search for a friend who was taken by fey years before, after finally getting some information where she was taken to. Chances that she's still there seem slim, and they are not sure what to do if they run into the fey.
Also magic is mostly mystic telepathy and they ride on dinosaurs.

Good luck with this project. Fairies and dinosaurs in the same story seems original. And telepathy isn’t one of the most exploited forms of magic in fantasy fiction, so you could write an interesting and attractive story.

Offline Skip

Re: Who is writing?
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2019, 06:21:48 PM »
I'm pretty much always writing. Current project is The Falconer, which is an Altearth take on a couple of years in the life of Emperor Frederick II.

I also have a short story drafted but I'm not entirely happy with it. I'm letting that one sit for a while, over there in the corner. Every once in a while I walk by and glare at it. I think it's pouting.

Like others have said I don't tend to have many writing questions any more. I have three novels behind me, two novelettes, and three short stories. Every new project is a blind stumble, but I've come to accept that this is the Way of Things for me. It's not like I can find answers and somehow all will come clear.
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Offline Yora

Re: Who is writing?
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2019, 10:02:05 PM »
Good luck with this project. Fairies and dinosaurs in the same story seems original. And telepathy isn’t one of the most exploited forms of magic in fantasy fiction, so you could write an interesting and attractive story.
It's less fairies and more ancient forest demons. I got the idea for the magic from the old Star Wars movies which are mostly telepathy with very limited telekinesis. I thought about dropping the later entirely and work entirely with telepathy, supernatural perception, and communicating with spirits. There is a lot of sneaky underhanded stuff you can do it, but very little use for superheroic combat.
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Offline Iramesoj

Re: Who is writing?
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2019, 10:44:00 PM »
In any case it looks interesting. The demons of the forest remind me the 47 ronin film. Again, good luck!! ;)

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Re: Who is writing?
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2019, 08:58:58 PM »
On slight hiatus - doing lots of planning but very little writing.
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Offline cupiscent

Re: Who is writing?
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2019, 02:20:23 AM »
Finished a draft of the rewrite of my novel just before Christmas break started (great timing!) and if I manage to find any writing time over January I'll be plotting a novella to keep me amused until term commences and I can get to work on revising my draft.

The novel is about a street-brat swordsman and part-time alchemist who turns out to be the only one who can save the Prefect's son, and possibly the world, with the help of his bitchy guardian angel, his murderous guardian demon, and his newfound boyfriend who just wants to transcend existence.

The novella is about a prophecy that's more like a curse: it's bending the world into its own shape, so there are now hundreds of Chosen Ones, and a chance to fulfill the prophecy has just opened up...

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Re: Who is writing?
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2019, 11:01:05 AM »
Is any of your writing in the public domain  @cupiscent , I think I might have a 72% of liking your work.  ;D
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Offline Iramesoj

Re: Who is writing?
« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2019, 11:29:46 AM »
Finished a draft of the rewrite of my novel just before Christmas break started (great timing!) and if I manage to find any writing time over January I'll be plotting a novella to keep me amused until term commences and I can get to work on revising my draft.

The novel is about a street-brat swordsman and part-time alchemist who turns out to be the only one who can save the Prefect's son, and possibly the world, with the help of his bitchy guardian angel, his murderous guardian demon, and his newfound boyfriend who just wants to transcend existence.

The novella is about a prophecy that's more like a curse: it's bending the world into its own shape, so there are now hundreds of Chosen Ones, and a chance to fulfill the prophecy has just opened up...

If the guardian angel is bitchy and the demon guardian is evil too. what is the difference between angels and demons in your novel?

The idea of the profecy more like a curse may be interesting because normally, being a chosen is a privilege in some way, but it seems to be different in your story. Good luck.

Offline Steve Harrison

Re: Who is writing?
« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2019, 11:55:39 AM »
I'm writing the sequel to my recently published YA SF novel, which I hope to finish in the next three months. I'm also trying to get an agent for my recently completed thriller.

Next up I'm going to write the pilot screenplay for the proposed TV mini-series adaptation of my first novel, a time travel adventure. It would make a terrific series, but finding a producer is a long shot.

I only write on weekends, so it's slow going, but I keep chipping away.

Offline bdcharles

Re: Who is writing?
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2019, 09:43:37 AM »
I'm still writing. Just haven't been in the market for feedback.

Current Projects

"Silverfish" - a MG Gothic Fantasy that I NaNo'ed, sort of. Currently about ... 20,000 words-ish ... it details, in a very particular voice, a young girl in a weird and wonderful world who discovers her magic powers and must learn to control them.

"The Direqueen" - a followup to my first epic fantasy, "The Story Of Echo". Currently at about 70K words.

"The Story OF Echo" - my first epic fantasy. Standing proud (if unrepresented) in the query trenches at about 152,000 words. Just going through some beta feedback. This is another young (20-something this time) female MC who witnesses the brutal slaying of her father and brother and must throw every intellectual gift she has into retaliation.

I also do slush reading for a couple of flash sites plus I've got a couple of editorial clients on the go.
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Offline cupiscent

Re: Who is writing?
« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2019, 10:58:50 PM »
Is any of your writing in the public domain  @cupiscent , I think I might have a 72% of liking your work.  ;D

Alas, not yet (but thank you)! Fingers crossed for this MS once I eventually get it finished. :D

If the guardian angel is bitchy and the demon guardian is evil too. what is the difference between angels and demons in your novel?

a) Nomenclature
b) Provenance
c) What they get bitchy/murderous about

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Re: Who is writing?
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2019, 09:24:36 AM »
I have several projects that I hop between. The biggest is a sci-fi novel, likely the first in a series. It's a sort of post-apocalyptic setting on a strange planet, where people were once technologically advanced but civilisation has regressed and tech is now worshipped as divine. I have tens of thousands of words of background material that I'm currently sifting through to boil down, rearrange, and generally bring some order to.

There's also a series of short stories which starts with one that should be published soon (that's been going on for a while, though), so I'm working on the prequels. It's about a gunslinger who hunts demons in a strange, western-like world. Not sure of the category for that one: fantasy existentialist horror, perhaps?  ;D

Then I have umpteen other projects which I mostly try to avoid working on until I've gotten somewhere with the above two. I'm also trying to write up a blog post (or series of them) on storytelling, about which I've learned a lot in the past couple of years.