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Post by Harmony Ltd. on Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:33 pm

So, I've been wanting to exercise my writing for a while, but the problem is that I always end up having ideas for huge stories and epic adventures and things like that ; and these ideas are so huge that I don't even know where to start, get discouraged, and finally do nothing. So I think it's time to take the problem from a different angle.

Most of you have probably heard of that "30 minutes challenge" thing on Tumblr, where artists have to draw in only 30 minutes something based on just a picture, or a phrase, or a basic concept. The idea I have here is something similar.

I'll be trying to write at least twice a week, depending on my availability, short blurbs of text to exert my writing muscles, at least one Word / Libre Office page long (standard font and character size), and up to 2000 words long.


So, why do I talk to you about this ? Well, two things :

First, I need inspiration. By suggesting ideas, submitting pictures, or things like that, you're going to help me with that.

Second, by reading and criticizing what I'll have written, you'll help me improve, and motivate me to continue with this idea.


If anyone else want to also participate in this writing thing by posting their own written blurbs, feel free to do so. Maybe we could turn this into something, I don't know.


Anyway, here we are. If you have any idea you want to propose, well, what are you waiting for ? Submit ! Sweetie Belle 


Oh, one thing : this is general writing, so don't feel constrained to ponies. EVERYTHING is fair game (well, in the limit of this site's rules, of course).
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Post by Frost on Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:36 pm

I can feed you prompts, and maybe post a few blurbs of my own mediocre writing whenever.

Would you like vague, specific, or very specific prompts?
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Post by CamoBadger on Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:38 pm

I might join in on this just to see if it helps me be motivated to write more than once a month...

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Post by Harmony Ltd. on Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:41 pm

Mister Frost wrote:Would you like vague, specific, or very specific prompts?
I want whatever. Part of the "game" is either to make something of a very vague idea, or turn a very specific idea over the head, or anything.

Simply, I'd say the "idea" shouldn't be more than two / three phrases long. If your idea is a solid paragraph, it's already too long / specific.
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Post by Frost on Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:42 pm

Well, I'll get on brainstorming some up, then.
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Post by Harmony Ltd. on Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:43 pm

Thanks.

@ Camo : Yay !
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Post by Guest on Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:48 pm

So picture prompts are okay?

how about this?:

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Post by Harmony Ltd. on Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:55 pm

It's okay in spirit, yes.

Ideally though it'd be cool to tune the pony-stuf down. Not to non-existent level, of course, some people here might be interested to write pony-related blurbs. But it shouldn't be the majority of the ideas here.
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Post by Guest on Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:57 pm

Alright, I'll keep an eye out for any non pony pictures that look promising then.

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Post by Harmony Ltd. on Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:58 pm

Gracias.
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Post by Frost on Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:58 pm

Is anyone interested in utilizing those Horsemen pictures I posted on the chat thread as inspiration?
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Post by Harmony Ltd. on Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:00 pm

Well, re-link them here anyway, and maybe someone will get some inspiration out of them.
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Post by Frost on Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:04 pm

The fab four:


Conquest



War



Famine



Death



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Post by Harmony Ltd. on Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:49 pm

For example, this may count as an inspiration : http://madmothmiko.tumblr.com/post/57646803195/adrian-dadich-on-tumblr
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Post by Guest on Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:59 pm

Interesting. So character designs are what you find inspiring?

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Post by Harmony Ltd. on Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:04 pm

I find this statement pretty restricting.

No, it can be pretty much anything.

I don't really know until I see it. Derpy Hooves 
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Post by Guest on Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:05 pm

what about something like this?:

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Post by Harmony Ltd. on Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:06 pm

It is valid.

Yeah, that's the kind of stuff I like.
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Post by Harmony Ltd. on Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:34 pm

Given some other people may also want to use this place as inspiration, here's some ideas, which may also serve as examples :

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Rolling thunder ; white plains.

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No matter how shitty my life was, at least I knew there was one thing that would never let me down : _______

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"It's as easy as one, two, three."

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Post by Harmony Ltd. on Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:43 pm

And this one, too :

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Post by CamoBadger on Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:45 pm

Harmony Ltd. wrote:5/
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Last wrote:
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 These, both of these.

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Post by Frost on Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:47 pm

As soon as I get my difficulties with registering Word resolved, I'll get to writing
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Post by Harmony Ltd. on Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:00 pm

Who needs Word when you have Libre Office ?
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Post by Frost on Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:24 pm

Thqnkya, sir. I migh have to download that
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Post by CamoBadger on Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:32 pm

Alright, got one done using those two pictures I quoted from you guys. Pretty poor, but I just went with what I was doing and tried not to take it too seriously.
Exercise 1

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Post by Guest on Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:15 pm

That was nice. I can see hints of where the world would go if it was a full story. Kinda gives me a bioshock infinite vibe crossed with metro.

Though at the end I was a little confused with what happened, this could be a personal thing but when I see "Zipped" I think someone moved fast intentionally which... Kinda hard to explain what I mean. This is what I'm used to "X zipped behind cover." not "X zipped over the railing and fell to his death." I hope that makes some sense.

Other then that it was neat.

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Post by Frost on Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:47 pm

Finally managed to get to a place where I could read it. Pretty good, as usual from you. My main problem with it is that now I want a full-length story, and that probably won't happen.


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Post by Frost on Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:06 pm

Harmony Ltd. wrote:3/
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"It's as easy as one, two, three."
And this one, too :

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 This is pretty dry and mediocre, but here we go: Bad Story
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Post by CamoBadger on Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:18 pm

Mister Frost wrote:Finally managed to get to a place where I could read it. Pretty good, as usual from you. My main problem with it is that now I want a full-length story, and that probably won't happen.
 NOPE! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

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Post by CamoBadger on Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:22 pm

Mister Frost wrote: This is pretty dry and mediocre, but here we go: Bad Story
 I like it. It has good tension for how short it is, and has the bare bones of a universe (which I instantly headcanoned as the Mech Warrior universe because of the 'Core Worlds' thing, but I'm also insane).

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