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Kazaera
post May 4 2019, 11:51 AM
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I agree with SubRosa and trey, especially this part:

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The second is to just not concentrate much on that aspect of her.


The point where powerful characters become problematic is if the story only requires those traits where they can curb-stomp almost everyone. Having a supremely powerful fighter is not actually a problem for the story, the problem comes if the story then only consists of the literary equivalent of loving camera close-ups of action sequences where they destroy everyone without breaking a sweat.

A really great way of avoiding this is to move the plot into a realm where they aren't over-powerful. Maybe that's politics. Maybe that's stealth - the extremely powerful fighter finds they have to break in somewhere and navigate past traps to steal something without alerting anyone. Or they have to go undercover somewhere to gain information. Basically, throw problems at them that hit their weak spots.

You can even see if you can turn their power into a weak spot in its own right. Does your character ever underestimate the danger others pose to her? Discount someone because they're not powerful in the way she's used to? Act recklessly, knowing she can always blast her way out? Jump to combat or magic as a solution when a more diplomatic solution would have been possible? Having her make a mistake along these lines, and then be hit in the face with the consequences, is a great way of levelling this sort of power.

Also... OK, take this with a grain of salt because I think we write very different stories wink.gif but one of the ways I deal with supremely powerful characters is to skip over scenes that obviously showcase their power. (Ex: Methal Seran, in my story, is a ridiculously powerful mage. If he runs into a group of bandits, I am not writing that fight out; I scene break to the point where his summons is sweeping up small piles of ash.) This actually serves as a reinforcement to how powerful they are, because you as the author communicate that the conclusion to this fight is so foregone you don't even have to write out the combat scene, but at the same time eliminates OTT action scenes that can make your character come off as too perfect.

(On the flip side, I'd actually tread carefully around things like training montages, flashbacks and other sorts of "justification" for how powerful they are, because that still means story time focused on the things your character is fantastic at.)

Re: 2 - do you have to infodump at all? If this is a fanfic, readers can be expected to know roughly what a powerful TES mage would be capable of. Communicating "she's a powerful mage, and also a necromancer" should be fairly doable, and at that point her throwing a lightning bolt, conjuring a scamp or charming someone shouldn't come out of left field.

Other than that, other great ways of showing this kind of thing can be to show the character using their powers for mundane things. Maybe she summons a scamp to carry her shopping, charms an innkeeper into renting her his best room, uses a powered-down lightning bolt to shock an unwanted suitor or scare off a wild animal. This is great for making your character's powers seem real, and means that when she does end up using them in an important situation it's not out of left field.


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post May 5 2019, 03:22 AM
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QUOTE(SubRosa @ May 4 2019, 01:51 AM) *

I can think of two ways to avoid her seeming like an Uber Mary Sue. The first is to immediately having her face off against opponents who are just as powerful, if not more powerful than her. The second is to just not concentrate much on that aspect of her. You mentioned politics. Spending more time on machinations and manipulations would make her physical or magical oomph less important, and stress her social and planning skills instead.

Having a well-established character to start with can be tricky in the abilities, because it might seem like deus ex machina when they use their powers at an opportune moment. One way to mitigate this is to try to present such a power you know is going to be pivotal later as a Chekov's Gun. For example we see her practicing her teleportation early, then she uses it at a critical junction later. A way to mitigate it seeming uber is to perhaps have her practice session not work exactly how she wanted it. Maybe she teleports to the wrong place. Then when she does whip it out later it seems like a real achievement when it works correctly.

My other thought is to try to simply keep her abilities all wrapped up together in a logical package. For example I recently created a superhero character who can project beams of hard light. He also uses the same hard light projected from his feet to fly. He can also use it to create force fields. They all fit together, so when he pulls out a new ability, you go "of course he can do that'.


That makes sense. The story will have two main characters, one is more out-in-the-field while she gravitates toward scholarly inclinations(though isn't above being involved in conflict), so there's plenty of focus on political savvy and the like rather than other areas. Situations where she'll be less inclined to use her own arcane knowledge and more her intellect. Thanks Subrose, this helped for sure! I just need to blast past a writer's block I'm having at the moment.

Interesting piece on Chekov's Gun. I bookmarked that page for future reference.

QUOTE(treydog @ May 4 2019, 01:58 AM) *

And another way to keep it from being too over-powered is to build in a "cost." For example, (unlike in the game mechanics) a healing potion drawing energy (fatigue) from the user.

So... although she has the powers, she has to use them judiciously and sparingly because each one (perhaps?) causes a vulnerability or etc. of some sort. And that would provide character-building as we watch her make choices.
Much like our regular RPG's, I see. Indeed both clever way for character-building and lessening the use of force. Thanks Trey!


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QUOTE(Kazaera @ May 4 2019, 11:51 AM) *

I agree with SubRosa and trey, especially this part:


A really great way of avoiding this is to move the plot into a realm where they aren't over-powerful. Maybe that's politics. Maybe that's stealth - the extremely powerful fighter finds they have to break in somewhere and navigate past traps to steal something without alerting anyone. Or they have to go undercover somewhere to gain information. Basically, throw problems at them that hit their weak spots.

You can even see if you can turn their power into a weak spot in its own right. Does your character ever underestimate the danger others pose to her? Discount someone because they're not powerful in the way she's used to? Act recklessly, knowing she can always blast her way out? Jump to combat or magic as a solution when a more diplomatic solution would have been possible? Having her make a mistake along these lines, and then be hit in the face with the consequences, is a great way of levelling this sort of power.

Also... OK, take this with a grain of salt because I think we write very different stories wink.gif but one of the ways I deal with supremely powerful characters is to skip over scenes that obviously showcase their power. (Ex: Methal Seran, in my story, is a ridiculously powerful mage. If he runs into a group of bandits, I am not writing that fight out; I scene break to the point where his summons is sweeping up small piles of ash.) This actually serves as a reinforcement to how powerful they are, because you as the author communicate that the conclusion to this fight is so foregone you don't even have to write out the combat scene, but at the same time eliminates OTT action scenes that can make your character come off as too perfect.

(On the flip side, I'd actually tread carefully around things like training montages, flashbacks and other sorts of "justification" for how powerful they are, because that still means story time focused on the things your character is fantastic at.)

Re: 2 - do you have to infodump at all? If this is a fanfic, readers can be expected to know roughly what a powerful TES mage would be capable of. Communicating "she's a powerful mage, and also a necromancer" should be fairly doable, and at that point her throwing a lightning bolt, conjuring a scamp or charming someone shouldn't come out of left field.

Other than that, other great ways of showing this kind of thing can be to show the character using their powers for mundane things. Maybe she summons a scamp to carry her shopping, charms an innkeeper into renting her his best room, uses a powered-down lightning bolt to shock an unwanted suitor or scare off a wild animal. This is great for making your character's powers seem real, and means that when she does end up using them in an important situation it's not out of left field.
I understand. This also makes sense. Focus on other areas rather than specifically combat ones. It also makes perfect sense from a story standpoint. She's forever trapped in the guise of a young lady, and is very limited in terms of displaying any combat prowess or magical abilities mainly because she's always expected to behave as a lady of the courts, nobility, etc.

I've been analyzing my rough drafts and revising the major scenes here. Though she's strong she's very young and inexperienced when it comes to human interactions, and learns some hard truths after underestimating once-trusted rivals. For the sake of blending in mortal society, she'll have to make certain decisions. For sure this is a great way of leveling it.

This does come in handy!

You mentioned using magical abilities for mundane things. Funny you said that since I have a few scenes where she uses a familiar to fetch her bottles and personal zombies to find specific books in her library. I've noticed plenty of great characters here in the forums using such skills, such as Buffy using her abilities while making camp and bedrolls. Sometimes we have a habit of forgetting such things can be used in the day to day basis for the simplest of things. I for sure haven't used this yet in any stories I've posted.

Thanks Kaz!


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post May 5 2019, 03:48 PM
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My writing process is.... I suck at writing and finishing stories. I can picture everything I WANT to write I just don't know how to put it into words that are good writing, not like the talented people here on this forum anyways! So I end up with writer's block and never get around to finishing my stories.


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post May 5 2019, 04:26 PM
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QUOTE(BretonBlood @ May 5 2019, 10:48 AM) *

My writing process is.... I suck at writing and finishing stories. I can picture everything I WANT to write I just don't know how to put it into words that are good writing, not like the talented people here on this forum anyways! So I end up with writer's block and never get around to finishing my stories.

(Raises paw). I "think" we are getting close to finishing the fits and starts of our story, but I hear what you are saying.

So- to your specific- "knowing what you WANT to happen, but how do you make it good?"

Write the things you KNOW need to be there. Sentence fragments- phrases that have meaning to you- anything to get words on paper (or screen). And just keep doing that until you decide- that's all the stuff I can think of for now. And then- step away from it. Let it "cook". In a few days, come back to it and start thinking about what needs to go where, and how to connect the pieces. If you have the ending- write the ending, then figure out how you got there. Make it up. It's YOUR story, so no one else can tell you it's "wrong."

My 1/2 Septim anyway....


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post May 5 2019, 07:58 PM
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QUOTE(BretonBlood @ May 5 2019, 03:48 PM) *

My writing process is.... I suck at writing and finishing stories. I can picture everything I WANT to write I just don't know how to put it into words that are good writing, not like the talented people here on this forum anyways! So I end up with writer's block and never get around to finishing my stories.

I wouldn’t say your writing sucks at all, and writing stories and finishing them can be challenging but luckily there are plenty of ways of getting over them. One thing I do is just sit down and think of my characters, setting and plot. I think about their aspirations and wants and what’s keeping them from obtaining that, the antagonists, etc.

George R.R Martin said there are two different types of writers:

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I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they're going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there's going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don't know how many branches it's going to have, they find out as it grows. And I'm much more a gardener than an architect.




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post May 9 2019, 02:54 PM
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QUOTE(BretonBlood @ May 5 2019, 02:48 PM) *

My writing process is.... I suck at writing and finishing stories. I can picture everything I WANT to write I just don't know how to put it into words that are good writing, not like the talented people here on this forum anyways! So I end up with writer's block and never get around to finishing my stories.


I hear you a lot on this one. Writer's block used to be a semi-permanent feature in my head.

Honestly, the thing that's helped me the most here? Forcing myself.

Absent other commitments, I currently have a routine that requires me to write 300 words every day. I picked 300 because it's small enough that even if I'm not feeling the writing (which is basically always) it doesn't feel insurmountable, but it's large enough that if I stick to it I write more than 100k words per year. I have a whole routine for this: an alarm that goes off at which point I will go make myself a cup of tea, light some candles, sit in the one particular armchair with my laptop and write.

Thoughts on this:
- the #1 thing that will help you learn how to get what you picture into words is practice. (Also very high up here is reading, but that's easier to manage.)
- real, imperfect, flawed writing that exists for other people to use is far better than a perfect story that only exists in your head.
- even if you can tell which sections you bashed out just to hit the word count... your readers won't.

(That last point is really striking. Under my new regimen I've written stuff that around word 306 trailed off into "ugh this all SUCKS it's not GOING ANYWHERE delete later". Generally, when I come back to that section a few weeks later my reaction is "what was past me on about? this is fine!")


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post May 9 2019, 03:51 PM
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QUOTE(Darkness Eternal @ May 5 2019, 01:58 PM) *

George R.R Martin said there are two different types of writers:

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I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they're going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there's going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don't know how many branches it's going to have, they find out as it grows. And I'm much more a gardener than an architect.


He forgot to mention the type of writer who starts an epic series and then sells it halfway through to hack tv people and then goes on tour to ride the coattails of the show’s popularity when he should be writing.

FINISH THE DAMN BOOKS GEORGE!!


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QUOTE(treydog @ May 5 2019, 11:26 AM) *

QUOTE(BretonBlood @ May 5 2019, 10:48 AM) *

My writing process is.... I suck at writing and finishing stories. I can picture everything I WANT to write I just don't know how to put it into words that are good writing, not like the talented people here on this forum anyways! So I end up with writer's block and never get around to finishing my stories.

(Raises paw). I "think" we are getting close to finishing the fits and starts of our story, but I hear what you are saying.

So- to your specific- "knowing what you WANT to happen, but how do you make it good?"

Write the things you KNOW need to be there. Sentence fragments- phrases that have meaning to you- anything to get words on paper (or screen). And just keep doing that until you decide- that's all the stuff I can think of for now. And then- step away from it. Let it "cook". In a few days, come back to it and start thinking about what needs to go where, and how to connect the pieces. If you have the ending- write the ending, then figure out how you got there. Make it up. It's YOUR story, so no one else can tell you it's "wrong."

My 1/2 Septim anyway....



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QUOTE(BretonBlood @ May 5 2019, 03:48 PM) *

My writing process is.... I suck at writing and finishing stories. I can picture everything I WANT to write I just don't know how to put it into words that are good writing, not like the talented people here on this forum anyways! So I end up with writer's block and never get around to finishing my stories.

I wouldn’t say your writing sucks at all, and writing stories and finishing them can be challenging but luckily there are plenty of ways of getting over them. One thing I do is just sit down and think of my characters, setting and plot. I think about their aspirations and wants and what’s keeping them from obtaining that, the antagonists, etc.

George R.R Martin said there are two different types of writers:

QUOTE
I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they're going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there's going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don't know how many branches it's going to have, they find out as it grows. And I'm much more a gardener than an architect.




QUOTE(Kazaera @ May 9 2019, 09:54 AM) *

QUOTE(BretonBlood @ May 5 2019, 02:48 PM) *

My writing process is.... I suck at writing and finishing stories. I can picture everything I WANT to write I just don't know how to put it into words that are good writing, not like the talented people here on this forum anyways! So I end up with writer's block and never get around to finishing my stories.


I hear you a lot on this one. Writer's block used to be a semi-permanent feature in my head.

Honestly, the thing that's helped me the most here? Forcing myself.

Absent other commitments, I currently have a routine that requires me to write 300 words every day. I picked 300 because it's small enough that even if I'm not feeling the writing (which is basically always) it doesn't feel insurmountable, but it's large enough that if I stick to it I write more than 100k words per year. I have a whole routine for this: an alarm that goes off at which point I will go make myself a cup of tea, light some candles, sit in the one particular armchair with my laptop and write.

Thoughts on this:
- the #1 thing that will help you learn how to get what you picture into words is practice. (Also very high up here is reading, but that's easier to manage.)
- real, imperfect, flawed writing that exists for other people to use is far better than a perfect story that only exists in your head.
- even if you can tell which sections you bashed out just to hit the word count... your readers won't.

(That last point is really striking. Under my new regimen I've written stuff that around word 306 trailed off into "ugh this all SUCKS it's not GOING ANYWHERE delete later". Generally, when I come back to that section a few weeks later my reaction is "what was past me on about? this is fine!")


Thank you guys! These were all really great advice, I am going to try and learn from them and put them into practice in hopes that I can finish some stories. Really appreciate it.


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Just don't try to use my writing method, which is to implement the story as a mod first. biggrin.gif

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I know this is a long shot, but does anyone know much about Boston in the Colonial era? Namely right before and after the Revolutionary War? I found some maps online and few sketchy details, but I would like more background info on things like neighborhoods at the time, leading citizens, and the like.

I ask because I decided to change January's family history. I am throwing out the idea of using The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and making her a descendant of the titular character. It was just getting too messy thinking about Lovecraft, and deciding how to portray him in story. Since they were real, how did he know about what happened? Was he involved somehow? Was he a mythos prophet? Just a hack who got it all wrong? In the end it is a lot easier to just scrap it all.

I am keeping the general inspiration of the story however, in that January's ancestor - Nátthrafn - was an ancient undying necromancer. I am glad I decided to go this route, as in the last few days I have worked out a much more interesting background on him. He was a Viking born in the year 999, was outlawed from Denmark, journeyed to Constantinople, served in the Varangian Guard, was sent to campaign in Italy and Sicily. There he came across an ancient evil book (The Scripta Mortis), and became a necromancer.

He was thrown out of the Guard for his use of foul sorcery and knocked around Italy. He met Cnut the Great of Denmark (who was in Rome for the Holy Roman Emperor's coronation) and joined his entourage as a 'spiritual advisor'. He left with Cnut for England, where he became an Eorl, running a shire on the Channel coast.

He had to run for it when William invaded, and headed steadily north. But the 1400s he was in Iceland. There he became Gottskalk Nikulausson the Cruel, Bishop of Holar. He is a RL person who wrote the book Rauðskinna (or Red Skin), which in my fic details how to resurrect him. Turns out this was just in time, because his days were numbered.

The Pope sent a fixer out to investigate him - The Hexenhammer - Heinrich Kramer (another real person, who wrote the Malleus Maleficarum, the Hexenhammer title I came up with). Kramer was technically dead by this time. But a little thing like death never keeps a good evil witch hunter down. He faced down Nátthrafn with a mob of locals backing him, and killed Nátthrafn.

Two centuries later one of Nátthrafn's descendants found the Rauðskinna and resurrected him (the descendant died in the process of course). Nátthrafn traveled to the New World, settling in Boston in 1760 under the name Corbin. There he married, and created a shipping business in the triangle trade. He and his wife Saoirse had a daughter - Branwen (who would become Blood Raven). But again he murdered the wrong people, and dark rumors of necromancy surfaced. In 1775 John Hancock, Sam Adams, and a mob of Sons of Liberty attacked him in his catacombs (filled with undead of course). For good measure they brought along Jemima Wilkinson (a RL spiritualist who would later be known as the Public Universal Friend), who shielded them from Nátthrafn's magic with her own powers.

Saoirse and Branwen were not harmed by the mob of course. They were only women after all. In fact they were not even in the house when it all happened. So they lived on to have their own adventures, and horrors, in which Branwen became a vampire.

All this background will come into play eventually, as Branwen/Blood Raven will play a big role in January's future. Likewise Nátthrafn will return, as will Hexenhammer.

But anyway, if anyone could give me some pointers on Boston of this era I would be much obliged. I have some ideas for where things like the houses were. An original one in the North End next to a cemetery, where the catacombs were (and where Nátthrafn did his necromancy). Plus a mansion on Marlbrough street, near the Governor's Mansion where he and the women actually lived. But if I could nail down these locations better that would be great. Also, afterward Saoirse and Branwen moved out to Saoirse's father's house. He was a shiprwright, so I pictured him living near the docks. For now I figured his house was in the North End, on North Street.


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This resource might help.

I chased a link from the collections page.


In particular, this 1786 version is close to the correct period and has some decent detail.

And this 1770's version has some nice detail.


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Thanks! I found this page yesterday, that when zoomed in gives both a map and some details, like where the Governor's mansion was, and the schools. Sadly though, it is from 1722, and I can imagine a lot may have changed in the 50 years between it was made the events of my fiction.

The basic street layout has not changed though, and the names on these new maps are much easier to read. By comparing the newer maps, I can see where new streets have been added.

But I was hoping that besides maps, I could get some background info on society. Where did the poor people live, where did the rich ones live, etc... What were the neighborhood names. I know Beacon Hill and the North End, but can find very little else. For example what I have found on Beacon Hill is that it was next to the common, and seemed to be a low class district with hooligans and brothels. Then in another place I read of wealthy people building mansions there? The North End seems the same. I know it is the oldest part of the city, and it is ringed with wharves and shipyards. One thing I read was that again the wealthy built mansions there among the laborers and sailors. So again, wtf?

I know where the Governor's mansion is thanks to the site I linked to. I imagine that was a high class neighborhood. The next street over was even paved! *gasp* But I have no idea what the name of that neighborhood was. Or how much of the rest of the city was paved by the time of the 1770s. That is really the kind of stuff I am looking for. Where did the rich people live? Where did the poor people live? Where where the ethnic enclaves (if any).

I know that Saiorse's family was Irish, and that at this time period Boston had not become a great Scots-Irish stronghold yet. That would not happen until the 1800s. The Irish would have still been rare, and I know they were discriminated against by the Puritans. I read accounts of some them being driven out of other communities in New England, and being forced to settle on the frontiers, around Worcester.

What I have been working on for this story was that Saiorse's father was a shipwright, and due to this valuable skill his Puritan neighbors could overlook his Irish descent to some extent. But he would never have been able to live in high class town, or been part of high society. Natthrafn showed up pretending to be English gentry. He married into the family for money (as he had none), and in exchange he brought Saiorse's family into higher social circles, as befitted an Englishman of good blood. Natthrafn took that original stake and struck it rich owning ships and running sugar, slaves, and rum in the triangle trade.

So his second house, bought after he was rich, would have been in a high class neighborhood. I picked the same street as the Governor's mansion since it just seemed like it would be snob alley. But I could be wrong. I picked the North End for his original house before he got rich, and the same part of town for Saiorse's father, since it is nearest to the docks and shipbuilding industry. But again, I could be wrong here too.

I suppose it does not really matter, as who is going to really know if I am screwing up or not? I guess I am just a perfectionist. Still, I am hesitant because I just read The Ballad of Black Tom. It was a great character-driven piece. Far better in quality than the original Lovecraft story it was based on. But the author made several little technical errors. For example, he described the police as having M1911 Browning Hi Power pistols. The 1911 was a Colt of course, although it was designed by John Browning. But the Browning Hi Power was a completely different gun. He got the two of them mixed up into a single gun. He likewise gave them machine guns which had not gone into production yet. I would like to avoid making niggling little mistakes like that.


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I just realized that since April I have written 111,000 words and change. All of them for the Stormcrow fic. I have not been this hot as a writer in a long time.


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post Sep 11 2019, 10:14 PM
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SubRosa, I've found that inspiration sometimes comes from unexpected sources. So glad you've been motivated to grace us with the wonderful Stromcrow story! smile.gif


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post Sep 11 2019, 10:19 PM
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New ways to be motivated...


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post Sep 12 2019, 10:27 PM
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QUOTE(TheCheshireKhajiit @ May 9 2019, 10:51 AM) *

QUOTE(Darkness Eternal @ May 5 2019, 01:58 PM) *

George R.R Martin said there are two different types of writers:

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I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they're going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there's going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don't know how many branches it's going to have, they find out as it grows. And I'm much more a gardener than an architect.


He forgot to mention the type of writer who starts an epic series and then sells it halfway through to hack tv people and then goes on tour to ride the coattails of the show’s popularity when he should be writing.

FINISH THE DAMN BOOKS GEORGE!!



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