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Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by Briannakin , Jun 18, 2017.

  1. Sith-I-5

    Sith-I-5 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    I completely get that. It can be fun and rewarding creating background data, and it can take on a life of its own.
     
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  2. mavjade

    mavjade It's so FLUFFY! Fanfic Manager star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    I totally use pen and paper still, probably about half the time. I have notebook after notebook with ideas, half-completed stories, and full stories. I find my creativity flows better when I write by hand sometimes, even though I can type faster than I can write. I also find it makes it easier for me to flesh things out when I transcribe from paper to computer.

    It's really fun when I open a notebook I haven't used in awhile and find ideas I'd jotted down. I don't get the same... glee? from finding such things on my hard drive, though that is nice too.
     
  3. Master_Lok

    Master_Lok Force Ghost star 5

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    Looking forward to reading that!

    So much terrific information in this thread. Thank you everyone.
     
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  4. FireKeeper

    FireKeeper Jedi Youngling star 1

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    Did you ever have faceclaims that were ironic/ awkward in one way or another, and you had to drop them because of that? I once saw a photo of a woman I thought would fit as a younger Ari Nyros( the only difference is that she had blue eyes instead of brown). Then I found out she was the VA/ face of Juno Eclipse in SWTFU, and I had to drop the idea. Considering that I might mention Starkiller in some capacity in my fanfic, faceclaiming her as Nyros would have been just awkward.
     
  5. Master_Lok

    Master_Lok Force Ghost star 5

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    I have a lot of researching to do, but first I want to solidify the design of my Lost Twenty Jedi (One sketch which I like, but I want to tweak as a name change is in order.) The fan fic references thread is terrific.
     
  6. Pandora

    Pandora Jedi Master star 3

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    Last night--or rather, this morning at around 2 am--I made the mistake of looking up a short novel-length fic I posted some years ago. Short story shorter: I hated the prose, I found numerous missing word gaps, a stunning amount for something I thought I had edited pretty well; and then I opened the file and started to revise the.entire.thing. I'm still only on page 6.

    I realize that a wiser person would have shrugged, moved on, and gone to bed. But as I think I've made plain, I'm not that person. I'm a warning.
     
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  7. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 5

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    I'm INES level 7, so what's your point? :D
     
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  8. Pandora

    Pandora Jedi Master star 3

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    (Writes this just as I finish up revising one of the stupidest bits of prose I have ever committed to a word processing screen and shared in public and left there since 2006.)

    Leave the old stories alone, and focus on new ones. Don't do what I'm doing.
     
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  9. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 5

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    I don't have any fanfics written between 2004 and 2014, so I'm safe. ;) The old - sadly - RPF stuff is good laughing material.

    Rosie looked deeply into Fernando's eyes. He had something charismatic in his look. She felt blush all over her face. She was sitting between the two most good looking guys that she's ever seen! What can she do now?

    Fernando was smiling. He was a typical boy next-door. Rosie looked at his eyes again and she felt some kind of heat. Was she falling in love? Impossible. She will have to make a choice...this Fernando guy is available, but Carlo is so nice and emotional!
     
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  10. Pandora

    Pandora Jedi Master star 3

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    She was sitting between the two most good looking guys that she's ever seen! What can she do now?

    I totally have this same problem all the time.

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    I'm on page 9 of the unfortunate revision now, and I'm trying to convince myself that it won't be so bad if I just do a few pages a day. (You know--instead of working non-stop and all the way to 6 am., which means making even more errors to replace the ones I am trying to fix.) Right now, I'm on the first scene with the Imperial bad guy, and--this may be because I have read about too many perfect teenaged Naboo queens who are "wise beyond her years"--he is this close to rolling his eyes and telling the wise 16 year old queen in question the equivalent of: "Not now, sweetie. Grownups are talking."
     
  11. gaarastar58

    gaarastar58 Jedi Master star 3

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    Apologies in advance, this may be a bit of a squiggly line of thought:

    I have had an idea rattling around in my head for a while now, set not long after the KOTOR era. The story would revolve around the siege of the city of Iziz by the beast riders on Onderon. The story focuses on the struggles facing the beleaguered defenders of the city, including a cowardly general, his arrogant but much more capable subordinate and a newly knighted but out of her depth Jedi and her padawan.

    The problem I'm having is with the main character. When I first conceived the idea it would have been a sequel of sorts to "A Cold Day on the Pike" featuring Tok as the cities only hope of survival, despite him having committed terrible crimes as a Sith Lord in the past. I liked the idea of the hero being the villain who is only really interested in saving themselves, although if you've read "Pike" you know that Tok has a conscience and isn't your run-of-the-mill psychopath.

    However the more I think about it the more I would like to make this story part of a longer series of interconnected tales which I have been working on for a while focusing on the Grey Jedi. The main character would instead be Fionn Katarm, who was the protagonist of a story I wrote years ago (the story focussed on his first mission as a Jedi padawan whereas in this story he would be an old man). Fionn is an anti-hero of sorts. He is a Mandalorian by birth and eventually left the Order, becoming an exile who often treads close to the dark side and (for various reasons) is regarded by many as a traitor to the Republic and the Jedi.

    I'm not really looking for a specific answer, but would like to hear some opinions on which protagonist would be more palatable to guide the reader through a story. I love the idea of a villain having to be the savior of the city, but I'm not sure people would like to read about someone who is completely self-centred. On the other hand, while I don't think a Grey Jedi has the same impact I think that might be nicer for people to read. What kinds of character do you think might work in this story (or even just in fanfic in general!)

    A pretty good bad guy or a pretty bad good guy?
     
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  12. Sith-I-5

    Sith-I-5 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    @gaarastar58 - Based on A Cold Day on a Pike, I am leaning towards Tok, but making his motivation dog-oriented in some way, given how close he was to his companion in the last story.

    I'm finding inspiration in the John Wick sequel where he comes out of retirement to avenge his slain dog; or the old Sith is running or cares about a dog shelter in the city, and the best way to secure it , is to protect the whole city. The city could pay for his services with a puppy, just as the Clone Army creation in the Prequels paid Jango with an unaltered clone kid.
     
  13. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 5

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    Tok, please. We LOVED him!
     
  14. Sith-I-5

    Sith-I-5 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Oh man, even though I am happy to limit myself to an update minimum of 200 words, I'm still torn between four different projects
     
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  15. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 5

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    I'm a bad influence. [face_dancing]
     
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  16. pronker

    pronker Jedi Master star 4

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    The pretty bad good guy gets my vote - and the aforementioned dog (or other pet) being a weak spot to bring empathy to the character always holds true for me.[face_pig][face_monkey][face_cow][face_chicken]
     
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  17. pronker

    pronker Jedi Master star 4

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    That's amazing! You must have tremendous ability to compartmentalize.^:)^

    EAD: Aw dang, double post. Just caught up in the enthusiasm ...
     
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  18. Cowgirl Jedi 1701

    Cowgirl Jedi 1701 Jedi Master star 4

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    It happens. But as long as one does not make a habit of double posting, "Oops" is usually sufficient contrition to avoid a scolding. :)
     
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