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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:17 pm    Post subject: The Amateur Writers' Thread Reply with quote

Recently I've been having doubts about my chosen career path in theoretical mathematics, and have been finding myself drawn more and more to the idea of writing, possibly in the hopes of writing to support myself.

I'd always found it an intriguing idea, but I'd always figured that since it was such an unreliable means of supporting oneself, that I should cover my bases with something totally different.

Anyway, I've found myself writing bits and pieces of things here and there, so I'd like to start an official thread for amateur writers to step forward, and maybe show some stuff for peer criticism, bounce ideas off each other, that sort of thing.

So, are there any others here who've ever had at some point aspirations of writing commercially?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup. Add that to the fifty-million other things which I have considered briefly. I would be happy give you some constructive criticism, so long as your writing doesn't suck ass. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For my writing, go visit the RPG.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I once wrote this, when I was really, really bored... so keep in mind, I was really, really bored...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:23 am    Post subject: Re: The Amateur Writers' Thread Reply with quote

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I'd always found it an intriguing idea, but I'd always figured that since it was such an unreliable means of supporting oneself, that I should cover my bases with something totally different.



is talent included anywhere in your considerations?
you're saying this like it was shoemaking or something. it's art. there are more criteria involved.
hmmm, i know, today i'll write a bestseller, and next week maybe i'll compose an opera or two? right after i finish with this sculpture.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here in Singapore it's hard to break into the market. And our local talent is pretty small, that's another thing too. But I know of a few writers who do make it to success eventually.

Given someone points me to the right direction, I'll definitely be interested in this. No harm in trying, no?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. I have thought of writing commercially. Either in online journalism or in the more "cultural" flavour of novels and non-fiction. I have had good reviews on any writing I do...my only problem is finding the time to do it. Once I start a project, I have to finish it, even if it means procrastinating on more important things in life.

EDIT: And yes, I am wanting to write a Predator or AVP novel. Who knows...maybe I can complete one and FOX is willing to license the rights for me to publish it. Time will tell ;P
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...even if it means procrastinating on more important things in life.



oh yes, webcomics, avp pr0n, drinking and things like that, i get it... Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or do you just mean a copywriter? I wrote texts about urban regeneration on this site of the municipality of Amsterdam, www.parkstadamsterdam.nl. That entire site is basically my work, as far as texts are concerned. It was very well-payed, but part of my job as a consultant for that organization.

Also, my girlfriend is a professional text-writer and translator from Arabic to Dutch. She mainly writes guidebooks (like, the Dutch Lonely Planet).

It's not something that will make you rich, but it is one of the best ways to earn your money, if you ask me. The most difficult parti is getting customers. You have to be willing to start with a low price. As soon as you can add a few customers to your portfolio, you'll see you start to attract more and more.

But you definitively need the talent, as well as the stamina.

Oh, and I just earned quite some money writing poetry for a congres. That's actually nice: you earn money for something you get to keep afterwards...
I also write pieces about current affairs such as the Danish cartoon riot. I get payed for giving guest-lectures on those kind of topisc as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Salvatore wrote:
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...even if it means procrastinating on more important things in life.



oh yes, webcomics, avp pr0n, drinking and things like that, i get it... Wink


Remove drinking and replace that with sleeping. ;P

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It's not something that will make you rich, but it is one of the best ways to earn your money, if you ask me. The most difficult parti is getting customers. You have to be willing to start with a low price. As soon as you can add a few customers to your portfolio, you'll see you start to attract more and more.


Yes, one of the most important things to do is to build a portfolio of some kind. Even if it means saving and keeping note of everything that you wrote that gets published. This includes editorials for newspapers and magazines to submitting short stories and poems for monthly writing publications.

By the time you decide to write an actual book, you will have some official public writing under your belt to show the agent (if you so choose to pick an agent instead of trying you luck by going to a publisher directly).
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did nobody read my story? Sad

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Did nobody read my story? Sad

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I did. Confused If you didn't copied that from some ordinary wereowlves movie filmscript, you could write a bestseller in the horror-perverse literature.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Did nobody read my story? :(

[/selfplug] :P


I read it, and I have to say, It made me feel very warm and happy inside.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Aramor the First wrote:
Did nobody read my story? Sad

[/selfplug] Razz


I read it, and I have to say, It made me feel very warm and happy inside.


Hey, omfgpie, is this your post or the one of the chestburster inside you?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aramor: I read your thing. It's a short piece, so it's hard to jump to a conclusion very quickly. My own take was that you glossed over the whole blackout and reasoning up to what happened, when that should have been described and fleshed out in more detail.

On a side note, werewolves are a favorite topic of mine, so they always get brownie points.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Little bit of both. ARG CROTCHFIRE WHYD YOU DO THAT
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I could, I'd send a link to my story. I don't have it anywhere; except on my own pc...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crotchfire wrote:
Aramor: I read your thing. It's a short piece, so it's hard to jump to a conclusion very quickly. My own take was that you glossed over the whole blackout and reasoning up to what happened, when that should have been described and fleshed out in more detail.


Yeah well, I was very bored and depressed at the time, and I was planning to write more later. But I'm not really depressed, so I don't have any inspiration...

Don't tell anyone, but the main character is based upon someone really close to me...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HEY EVERYONE ARAMOR MAKES FRIENDS WITH VICIOUS NECROPHILIACS.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OHMIGOD!!! Did you just call me a necrophiliac?!?

Which ain't true, what if the main person raped her before he killed her?
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OHMIGOD!!! Did you just call me a necrophiliac?!?

Which ain't true, what if the main person raped her before he killed her?


Oh that would be cool then. Just not the other way around.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i keep telling myself i'll write something, but something else always comes up and then i never get around to it. -_-

the only writing i do (other than class notes).. its all on my xanga.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was nine or so, I made stories about me and my friends who can morph to animals... yeah, greatly inspired by Animorphs. And we threw in a lot of funny stuff too, like Starcraft, the Zerg, Jim Raynor our buddie (Exclamation) and some other more.. and the writing is crap. Like totally. You'ld hate my writing, haha. Hey, I was nine! I think.

Funny thing is, near a decade since that series, me and my friend are thnking of continuing the series Razz

Well, I've already made scans of the old scripts, so I'll probably chip in later if I've already uploaded them..
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angelus_raptor wrote:
When I was nine or so, I made stories about me and my friends who can morph to animals... yeah, greatly inspired by Animorphs. And we threw in a lot of funny stuff too, like Starcraft, the Zerg, Jim Raynor our buddie (Exclamation) and some other more.. and the writing is crap. Like totally. You'ld hate my writing, haha. Hey, I was nine! I think.

Funny thing is, near a decade since that series, me and my friend are thnking of continuing the series Razz

Well, I've already made scans of the old scripts, so I'll probably chip in later if I've already uploaded them..


oh snap, i did the same. Shocked except i would rewrite the original story and put myself in it.. and change it around a bit.

i love those series, i still read/collect them. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"his hand slowly reached down to his crotch where he began to unzip his pants"

wait, is this sort of writing welcome here?

Laughing
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