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Writers on Smogon

Discussion in 'Congregation of the Masses' started by EV, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. EV

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    Thank you for your extensive post, Kikuichimonji ! Like Walrein, I enjoyed the analogy.

    Can you explain a little more about visual novels? I'm not familiar with that medium. I watched the trailer and I have a good idea of how they work, but I'd like to hear it from someone who writes them.
  2. Reeksquad

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    • What do you like to write?: Choose Your Own Adventure story formats (Or Interactive Fiction)! I've played video games/storygames that allow the player to choose from a set of choices, then branch out the story in multiple paths, adding a unique sense of interaction from the reader. I want to provide this same feeling of amazement and replay-ability when I write my stories. Genres would be modern fiction and dark fantasy.

    • Are you working on a current project?: If by project you mean something of significant value that can be sold for real money, then no, writing is mainly a hobby for me. If you mean anything I'm currently working on, then yeah, I have a storygame in the works that will likely be in the 5,000 word range and another short story that will likely be in the 1,000 word range.

    • What got you interested in writing?: In school, I had to write stories for my English class, and I found it rather enjoyable. So I took as a hobby, simple as that. What got me into CYOAs were videogames that have a strong emphasis on player interaction and Interaction Fiction that I read/played before.

    • Are you branching out?: Not sure if I would consider this a residency, but it's definitely helped me refine my writing skill by virtue of it's contests, as well as being a great platform for creating and sharing CYOAs. The community is also wonderful as well, extremely helpful and tight-knit: http://chooseyourstory.com

    • Do you have a method?: Not really, what I get done literature-wise is usually done in random bursts of productivity, don't really have a structured way of writing.

    • Favorites: Deltora Quest and Blade would be my favorite series. Deltora Quest for it's overarching story-line, strong fantasy elements, characters, and great world building. Blade for it's descriptions, characters, and exciting and dynamic plot.

    • Misc: I am currently not reading anything, since I want to focus more on my writing. However, I am intending to finish the Blade series and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
  3. Ardy

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    Hi guys, I was reading some old (like 5+ years old) OU Warstories because I couldnt sleep, and I just wanted to ask why dont we do those anymore? Did they just fall out of fashion or what? Cause it seems like they would be really fun to read and write if we could get those started up again
  4. Martin

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    Seems relevant to post here.

    I've written two articles for RODAN's blog, which as a really fun experience; the first one could probably be a fair amount better than it is, but I'm really happy with the way that the second one turned out, and it seems to have gone down well with the reddit crowd (it was first page on r/anime, which is just mind-blowing for me and is honestly insanely satisfying). That said, article output is kinda slow, so I'm sure RODAN would be happy to get more writers on-board. I guess this also acts as a bit of a plug for that hahaha
  5. Kikuichimonji

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    I started writing a big-ol' reply to answer this question, but at a certain point I started adding pictures and going beyond the scope of the question you asked, so I decided to turn it into a blog post instead (here), since I've encountered similar questions on a number of occasions and I've been meaning to take the time to articulate a more detailed answer to them. Hopefully that post answers your question (and a few other questions you didn't ask).
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  6. Ullar

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    Hi, just wanted to revive this thread! I'm sure there are more than a few creative minds like me out there, and maybe even a few who get paid to do it (also like me)! I've certainly been busy as a freelancer in the Pathfinder third-party publisher industry, and wanted to share what I've done with y'all while I was banned from this place.

    Pathways (#59, #61)
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    Pathways is a free ezine that has a bunch of cool material that is compatible with Pathfinder! I wrote an article on deep ones and deep one hybrids for 59, and a detail of some uncommon races' views on occult magic for 61. Overall, I've had a great time working with Rite, and owe them a lot for my current project (more on that at the end)!

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    This was a colossal (hah!) collaboration between myself and several other authors to produce the biggest book full of creatures of the game's biggest size that the field had seen. And boy, were there a lot! I threw two ginormous creatures in the pile, myself; the mindbending Braghummor and Hokkamus, Patriarch of Waterfowl.

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    While this is the very first 3pp creation I've been paid to create, its publication has been delayed for some reason. At any rate, I hope it comes out soon; it contains several custom options for gillmen, the once-human then-slaves of the aboleth!

    In the Company of Doppelgangers
    [COVER IN DEVELOPMENT]
    This is my current project, and I'm hyped as hell for it. The projected wordcount is 25,000 words! That, without a doubt, is my biggest work yet! I'm still developing it, and it's been soft slated for a June release. I'm still on a high that I have this assignment, to be honest!

    Things are looking up for me, yes sir! I hope life's treated my fellow Smogonite writers well too!
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  7. EV

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    Smogon bans: the cure for writer's block.

    Welcome back!
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    Ah, that was the thread I was looking for.
    • What do you like to write?: Usually fanfictions, and mostly Pokémon-related ones. I reecntly decided to change how I'd write since I've given up on all of the long stories I've tried to write. I'll mostly write short texts from now on, with focus on action/romance. Also poems.
    • Are you working on a current project?: Yup, having finished Undertale not too long ago, I challenged myself to write shorts expanding on the story, such as alternative battle dialogues and different timelines. It'll also include a crapton of crossovers with other works since crossovers are the best. And in English, no less.
    • What got you interested in writing?: I wanted to write Pokémon fanfics because... I read plenty of Pokémon fanfics. Some of them left such an impact on me that I still remember to this day. And so, I told myself "I'm pretty good with words, I could do that too!" and began writing.
    • Are you branching out?: Eh, I guess not.
    • Do you have a method?: Nah, I write whenever I feel like it and not playing Poké/other stuff/watching videos/reading/listening to music/chatting with friends/doing my job as the French Translations Co-Leader. Needless to say, I can be kept a long time away from my essays... I also can not touch a fic for one entire year, then be enlightened and write the entire chapter in a month.
    • Favorites: I like good stories that play with classical tropes as much as the next guy. I'm a sucker for love stories (most notably in Pokéfics), but good action is up my alley too. And finally, I really like it when works break the fourth wall, but it is sadly scarce in books.
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  9. Blazade

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    Hey all. Last year I got back into reading more regularly and now I'm looking to get started with creative writing. I've been inspired recently by works like The World of Tiers series by Philip Jose Farmer and Roger Zelazny's Amber so I want to write sci fi on a grand scale.

    I'm a mathematician by trade and the most I've ever done is try to think and speak critically about fiction, and a bunch of technical writing. So I'm starting by writing a fanfiction on one of my favorite shows of all time (Geneshaft), aiming for a conservative 20-30 page short story, and seeing if I can get a page done every night.

    Probably the biggest obstacles I think I'm going to face (aside from general inexperience) are having confidence in my ideas and their execution and writing characters that people can relate to. I mostly want to build a world and force the question on interesting issues with the situations the characters are placed in, but that's kind of ambitious if I want to do it right so I'm going to take my time with it.

    If anyone has anything to add I'm curious to hear it, but I mostly just popped in to share. Great to see all the cool stuff you guys are doing!
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  10. Tazonite

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    • What do you like to write?: I write short fics. As in, chapters are usually out of the question. Some of us call them one-shots. In order for me to write, I need to have the motivation to do it. The want to do it. Once I have that I will start typing, but if I get bored with it, I scrap it. Between that and other hobbies, I don't have much writing to show off. Sometimes I do fanfics, but I have to really like the characters and feel comfortable writing them.
    • You working on a current project?: Yes. OC backstories. But they're not fan characters, they're actual OCs. While writing I realize I don't really think too big and my work on telling over showing is improvable. Still, I like writing my simple stories.
    • What got you interested in writing?: There is a short answer to this question. Then there's the even shorter answer- I got interested by reading other people's stories and decided I'd try it out. I sucked at it initially and I still kinda suck at it but I have been told I'm not half bad.
    • Are you branching out?: Meh
    • Do you have a method?: The only method I have is trying to think up of a basic outline for the plot and keep it in mind as I go along. I just let it write itself. Sometimes I may change things up from the outline.
    • Favorites: Realistic fiction. I like writing it, and I like reading it. Otherwise, I'll take a gander at some fics featuring any favorite characters. I've read a few Pokemon fics, but not that many. A LOT are just of the anime but you can really get creative by basing them off the game. I've had an idea of the player building a house on Exeggutor Island and being visited by another trial-goer. Then they speak of some cool metaphoric wise stuff about the Exeggutor that live there which serve as guidance for said trial-goer. Maybe say, "The Exeggutor are tall, just like the Pokemon League, and even higher than that are where your hopes and dreams should be." Something silly like that. I scrapped it but at this point I'm getting aside myself as it is.
  11. Martin

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    My old one one of these is outdated, so I'm updating it

    What do you like to write?: Articles and scripts; I've done a little for RODAN's blog (and by that I mean two articles of drastically different quality) and an article for TFP, but I've also scripted some YT vids for friends when they gave me the info they wanted to cover (I'm a proponent of the "planning with bullets" method 'cause it cuts down on fluff when you write to them). I also enjoy writing analyses, with me having around 9 completed since the start of gen 7 as well as 3 in the works atm. Off of Smogon I mostly just like writing about anime, with me mostly focusing on the deconstruction of imagery and direction choices in scenes, OPs, and EDs (kinda like Mother's Basement) as well as some of the ideas that shows like to put across (as I did in the second article I wrote for RODAN's blog (which you can read here #shamelessplug).

    Are you working on a current project?: ATM, nothing. Time's kinda being eaten up by school 'cause I've got my A-level finals coming up, but after I finish I plan to set up a YT channel (for which I will need to write scripts and stuff) and to up my activity on ANN after having a very enjoyable discussion about Shinsekai Yori with Blazade and one of the site's mods the other day. I've also got a novel idea that I plan to write at some point, although whether I write it as a game book, a novel, a text adventure, or something else is still undecided. Also I plan to learn copyediting once my A-levels are over

    What got you interested in writing?: Honestly, mostly Smogon. While in my previous one of these I said school had an impact on it, I think I definitely oversold the effect my teacher had on it. I started posting on Smogon, I started writing for Smogon, and I'm just starting to branch out more into the realms of talking about anime now, which I thoroughly enjoy.

    Are you branching out?: Not really; most of my focus on writing is done just within my own time and without any particular motive, and it's a bit late for me to join any clubs at school (not that the ones there are good anyway lol), and the extent of my "published" writing (for lack of a better word) is mostly limited to Smogon and RODAN's blog, like I said before.

    Do you have a method?: At this time, all my writing is done casually. I do it 'cause I enjoy it more than anything. I'll either plan the key points I want to mention in bullet points or just sit down and write everything that goes through my head before reading over and making adjustments to my work. My only motivation comes from wanting to write something that I'm proud of, and it's a pretty mixed bag in that respect.

    Favorites: This is a hard thing to answer 'cause idk quite how to go about it; probably my favorite piece of written literature is either 'His Dark Materials' or 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time'. My favorite things which have aired on TV at some stage is torn between 'Shinsekai Yori' and 'No Offence' (a British cop show), and I intend to read the former's novel soon. With regards to movies, it goes to 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' without much contest. My favorite article is probably this one which Aladyyn linked in the pedophilia thread before it got purged, and two of my favorite YouTube videos which required scripting are this and this, although in the former one the narrator could've done with speaking a little slower than she did.

    Misc: I live in London, England. IDK what else to put here, but I enjoy making gifs and wish people would PM me asking me to make a good looking one for them hahaha.
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  12. Thursday

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    • What do you like to write?: i write 'semi-autobiographical' fiction occasionally, flash fiction, poems, stuff like that. journals sometimes. i've been thinking of branching out into criticism, but i'm not sure if i'm smart enough to do that lol.
    • Are you working on a current project?: i actually write very little and don't really have any finished work; i just like writing fragments of things, i can never really finish what i start. currently, i have no original prose pieces in the works. the only project that i'm currently working on is a full translation i'm working on of an as-of-now untranslated novel. it's in the preliminary stages (first 20~30 pages), and i'm doing a second rereading of the book now. assuming it will go substantially faster once i'm done with everything school-related. i'm also looking to write a research article on some paul valery poems sometime in the near future. people tell me i should write fiction sometime, but i don't have something that really interests me that doesn't make me come off as a narcissist
    • What got you interested in writing?: i guess above all i'm interested in telling stories. i like storytelling, i like beautiful words and phrases and i want to cultivate a style that sounds beautiful (i have not yet succeeded).
    • Are you branching out?: i'm a member of three or four writing clubs, i edit one of my university's journals and was a former reviewer for one of our philosophy magazines. i'm looking to find a way to workshop the translation i'm working on sometime in the future, but i don't know when i'll have the time to do that. i've been considering getting a degree in translation, but i don't know when or if that's going to happen. i want to go to poetry slams and comedy performances and literary conferences to get more ideas and get some stuff out there, but there's only so much time…
    • Do you have a method?: no daily quota, really. i just try to write whatever comes to me and edit whenever possible. one of the biggest issues i have as a writer is organization; it's very difficult for me to organize what i'm thinking in a palatable way. i think my writing style also leans heavily on redundancy, so i spend a lot of my time revising and streamlining my prose (im a little tipsy right now so this isn't the case for this post).
    • Favorites: this is hard. i like the stoics, i like shakespeare. my favorite authors are james baldwin, vladimir nabokov, franz kafka (his letters are so good), clarice lispector, simone weil, fyodor dostoevsky, sir thomas browne, anne carson, and haruki murakami. wild strawberries, 2001: a space odyssey, and jeanne dielman are my favorite movies. i like listening to 70s pop music, all kinds of jazz, a lot of rap, a lot of ambient music. i used to listen to a lot of punk and indie rock, but not so much now.
    • Misc: currently chicago-based, though i might be moving back to new york for the summer. no agent or anything, obviously, but i'm planning on getting more material out there later this year, so maybe something will happen there. i've also had a couple of small poems published in like campus magazines but i don't really think that counts for much. i speak three languages (english, french, and a little german). i'm getting back into pokemon again after about three years of not playing seriously and it's taking up all of the time i used to use writing hahaha
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    What do you like to write?: I like to write poems and stories that I can never seem to to finish. In terms of PS I enjoy writing questions for Trivia and editing those. I've actually gotten better with grammar and sentence structure through working on revision of questions.

    Are you working on a current project?: Not atm but my goal is to get something done in the next month or so. It's been a while since I last wrote a story or poem even and after reviewing some old work from years ago I definitely want to start writing again soon and see how much I've changed as a writer.

    What got you interested in writing?: I started writing stories for after I had to write a script for a 6th grade assignment. I had a lot of fun working on it and then in middle school my English teacher would have us do these writing drills and journals daily. When I'd be bored in class I'd work on a story to look like I was working on whatever the class was working on and not get in trouble or draw attention to myself. It was a nice way to escape reality for a bit and get lost.

    Are you branching out?: Not atm but I do plan to work on articles and journalism areas over the summer and continue once school is back in session.

    Do you have a method?: Not really, I just write whenever I have inspiration/feel like doing so.

    Favourites: I like all kinds of stories. Manga wise I like stuff like One Piece, ReLife, Aphorism, The Gamer, and so on.

    Misc: While I'm not set on what exactly I'd like to do for a career I do like the idea of being a baseball journalist and covering the games. I love the Red Sox and to be able to write about them and get paid would be a decent job.
  14. Ullar

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    mandatory plug of latest work to which i contributed but kinda forgot about b/c longass development

    Villain Codex IV: Monsters for Meddlesome Heroes
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    it was an open call to submit villains and they liked mine: a gourd-headed deranged plant dude named Kin of the Pumps

    he's like a shitty ecoterrorist for low-level heroes to fight; i love the art they got for him
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    holy heck nbd posted in this in so long

    holy HECK the pics i posted are bigger on a comp than a phone, fixed that. anyway

    Metafeats: Embracing the Fourth Wall
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    This has a book full of options the players take (not the characters!) to influence the ingame world based on real-life actions. For instance, if you bring food for everyone and you have the Feed the Beast metafeat, you can temporarily gain a vicious bite attack. It's pretty gnarly.

    Upcoming Projects:
    In the Company of Doppelgangers [Completed] (SLATED FOR OCT 3RD RELEASE)
    The PC in the PC: AIs in Starfinder [In Development] (let you play as a computer program!)
    Redshirts: The Killer Kindness [In Development] (you kill a bunch of teddy bear people. its rly fun)
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    • What do you like to write?: Fanfics, mostly, but I run a Tumblr blog about the Trading Card Game for the Game Boy Color so that's the most technical writing I've been doing since I finished college. I also do drabbles from time to time, as well as assorted one-shots when I have both inspiration and motivation. I also enjoy role-plays/back-and-forth stories with my friends.

    • Are you working on a current project?: My current project involves my favorite Pokemon character heading to Orre. I've been working on it for a couple years now, but I have the general outline finished. I've been enjoying it (despite the rather low turnout it's been getting).

    • What got you interested in writing?: I'm not entirely sure. I was a pretty voracious reader as a student (a little less now, but whatever), so maybe writing came as an afterwards? I think on the whole it's the idea of taking an idea in your head and breathing life into it. Writing can feel like a puzzle for me, too, in the sense of how I can properly transcribe this idea in a way that sounds as awesome/dramatic/emotional/humorous as I think it should be.

    • Are you branching out?: Most of my friends are writers so we go through most of the same issues, though I don't really like discussing problems I run into because I always feel like I'm just whining. But I do appreciate critiques on my work, as rare as they may be... I don't like shoving my stuff into people's faces, partly because I feel like that will prevent people from discovering and enjoying my work based on its own merit (if any).

    • Do you have a method?: Lately I've been attempting to do at least a little bit every so often, so I at least feel like I've accomplished something. With my current project, I've averaged a chapter every few months, though due to real-life issues that kind of off the rails lately... but nowhere to go but back on the horse, I guess. (How's that for a mixture of metaphors?) Music helps a lot, too: it gets me amped up and helps keep my brain in motion.

    • Favorites: Speaking honestly a lot of my writing is influenced by shonen manga, particularly One Piece. The way Oda combines humor, action, and drama is practically, in my opinion, unparalleled, but I aspire to meld things together even half as well as he does. It's certainly a challenge to imagine scenes in your head as manga panels and then attempt to describe them in text, but the challenges are always part of the fun, right?

    • Misc: I have self-confidence issues so I zig-zag between thinking my work is either shit, average, or amazing. This doesn't really help with my motivation issues, but in the end writing is just plain fun for me (when I'm in a groove) and helps steer my mind in a more productive direction. As I've said before, I don't enjoy blatantly putting my work out there because I know that sort of thing can sour people's expectations and/or prevent them from reading it in the first place.
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