I think short writing prompts are fun to write and read, so I am creating my own:
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You have been hired to retrieve the Stone of Vul-Kar, a purple gem located in an ancient temple on Woban Island's highest point. But this mysterious and recently discovered speck of land in the South Pacific is inhabited by a fierce tribe of three-eyed natives who are determined to kill any and all intruders. And as forbidding as that sounds, the Wobans are just some of the obstacles that stand in your way to glory and avarice: greedy collectors, ruthless murderers, and scorned colleagues all await you on the adventure that lies ahead.
Will you be able to retrieve the jewel and bring it back to your employer safely? Or will you be just the latest victim of this deadly island?
That looks really good! Wait until after I read the secret of the grass planet to release it, but I look forward to it! I should have thought about how this might affect my reading list...
I am planning to come back to that next. The problem was that I was trying to write the story without charting it out first, and so all I was doing was churning out wads and wads of exposition. There was that one good page that I shared in the forums, plus one other good page, and then close to a dozen other pages that I set aside as "notes." I was getting frustrated with it, and found myself finding excuses not to write. The writing process should be fun, so when a project is causing too much trouble, it's time to move on.
I like the premise of Saints of Kaitoo too much to abandon the project, but when I resume working on it I'll go back to drafting the story in Excel first, as that seems to work.
I switched to Woban Island because it was something I first wrote when I was 13, after playing the board game Fireball Island. Therefore I had an existing draft to work with, allowing me to go straight into the writing process. Basically, I'm treating it like a collaboration with my younger self: taking a preposterous idea for a story and populating it with interesting characters.
Presenting... the Jewel of the Eastern Seaboard…
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Sold! I am calling the number. Seems hilarious.
Good and evil. Yin and Yang.
Balance exists to preserve order in the world. Opposing forces keep each other in check, and since the beginning of time light and dark have been two of those forces. Shades, demons, and all manners of evil beings are known as the forces of darkness; Humanity fears the dark, choosing to live in the comfort and warmth of the light. This is how things have always been.
Anytime darkness rises against humanity, paladins and other forces of light rise to challenge it. No creature of the night, no matter how powerful, can overwhelm them. Light is the saving grace of humankind. But what happens when ancient forces of light rise against humanity?
Will darkness rise to defend the world? Or will the unbalance of light and darkness plunge the world in chaos?
Todd, a master of dark magic in a world that forbids it, only recently learned of his magical potential. He dreamed of being powerful, and now he is. He will either become the dark lord they fear or the savior they didn’t expect. Will Todd become a hero, or is he destined to be the villain?
The name Todd makes me laugh.
Yeah, names aren't my strong point (lol). I love the drawing!
But he isn't supposed to sound like he fits the mold. The idea is he isn't what you would expect for a "dark lord". Of course, he can turn into one, but it is supposed to be a game where you decide between good and evil.
Todd sounds like Luke Skywalker, actually. There is a dark and light side to the force, and Luke could swing either way. (Ultimately he just quits to go live on an island.)
I'll take a comparison to starwars! That is sort of that I'm going for with a non-island, more knights and magic, type of story.
SECRET OF THE GRASS PLANET
The critics are raving!
"It’s almost as if the extensive planet described in the story has been completely transferred over into the story, allowing the reader themselves to also dive into the exploration aspect of the storygame." @ghost11
"Overall this is just another great story, and I’m already hyped for part 3!" @ShoujoAddict
"The Iib Ch’iib are really cool and total CHADS." @Cricket
"Perhaps the best aspect of SotGP is the sheer amount of content involved. Over 100K is certainly a lot of content to explore. Reading through is an exploration in itself." @ninjapitka
"Really great immersive stories — loved the many branches!" @Nrutas
"Grass Planet already basically has the Best of 2019 contest in the bag." @mizal