mizal, The Master Scrivener

Member Since

5/5/2011

Last Activity

8/20/2019 11:08 PM

EXP Points

3,704

Post Count

11066

Storygame Count

10

Duel Stats

1 win / 6 losses

Order

Lauded Sage

Commendations

283

Sagely advice for the children: Here and here and all over this wonderful internet only a single Google search away, you may find explanations of correct grammar and punctuation usage in English. That and proper spelling (most writing programs and even the editor on the site itself helpfully include a spell checker!) are the bare minimum expected of anyone posting a story on the site. If you're not willing to do that much, you're not remotely serious about writing. And if you don't care about what you write, then we don't care to read it. So don't bother.
Rating and reviewing other people's stories is still an excellent use of your time however and a way to accumulate points and respect on the site even if you don't write. It may also teach you a thing or two about writing and especially writing and structuring CYOAs, which are a bit of a different beast than a standard story. Reading books, and thinking about them on the meta level in the sense of the the things the author chose to include and how they were introduced and why is also a good exercise in sharpening your skills. Reading bad books and being able to identify why they're bad, even better! Read books above your designated 'age level' or whatever as often as possible. That whole system was created by people who think you're stupid and want to keep you that way. You'll never get better at anything unless you push and challenge yourself.



Sagely advice for newb authors: Read the articles. Especially the ones on the advanced editor and scripting. A basic knowledge of variables and scripting will save you untold headaches in the future and streamline the whole process. Learn what $DEST is for and how to toggle a variable within link if nothing else.

A regular story is challenging enough if you're serious about doing it properly. Meanwhile a CYOA is an exponentially expanding story on steroids and crack. You MUST make plans ahead of time about what you're doing and where it's going or it will get away from you completely.

Always back up your work. If nothing else, make a copy of anything you write just before hitting the button to save it. Glitches have been known to happen and a page can time out if it sits too long.

Many of the veteran authors here do all their writing in a separate program that can be more easily backed up and paste it over to the site when they're finished. Your words often flow easier when you tackle one path at a time and then go back to add in branches, treating each major path like its own complete story with variations within it.

Although, there are many ways to structure a CYOA and you may found a different system than the one described above works best for you, one thing that's important for any story to be satisfying is that it's structured like a story.

Behold the sacred precepts of S T R U C T U R E in all their simple, straightforward glory:







Spelling it out (for the blindies and others) in order for a story to BE a story you need to start off by establishing your setting, important characters, and the conflict they'll be up against. Smaller obstacles leading up to the major one will need to be overcome, and the protagonist will usually try and fail to deal with whatever the main source of conflict is, or it will be revealed to be more powerful or dangerous than believed. (Remember, an easily won victory is a boring one.) This leads into the climax, the point of greatest suspense where the stakes are highest and the characters have everything to lose. Once THAT'S overcome, the story enters a period of falling action where the tension winds back down and the fallout of resolving the conflict plays out. Finally, the resolution or epilogue where the themes or larger lessons meant to be learned might be reflected back on, and everything is wrapped up leaving a sense of closure for the readers and/or characters.


Finally, a quote, since that is apparently a thing we do:

"Your reviews for both the published storygames and the works in both the creative corner and writing workshop have undeniably helped countless users. Your site presence is a boon for the site by acting like a fiery furnace. You'll roast the worthless rabble and refine what's left.
If you never would've discovered this odd yet charming corner of the web, then CYS would be missing a beneficial and integral part of its very identity." --WouldntItBeNice

"I love bird vore." --Cricket

Given by Mizal on 01/15/2018 - Finally the M is capitalized. Gifted by Zake, so the other won't be so lonely and retarded.

Trophies Earned

Earning 100 Points Earning 500 Points Earning 1,000 Points Earning 2,000 Points Thorough and consistent writing workshop contributions / excellent commenting. Having 2 Storygame(s) Featured Posting 11066 Forum Posts Given by BerkaZerka on 11/10/2017 - Forum and Site Contributions Not Unnoticed Given by EndMaster on 11/30/2017 - It's everything you've always wanted! Given by JJJ-thebanisher on 08/14/2019 - For excellent writing, keeping the site together and generally being an excellent presence Given by Killa_Robot on 08/15/2019 - For being a net positive to the site, even while helping idiots Given by mizal on 08/15/2019 - MUHAHAHAHAHA! *strokes fluffy white cat* I always knew this day would come. Given by Will11 on 01/14/2018 - For Inseperable and your other great stories

Storygames

A Stack of Cats
You are a man on a mission. The cats, they must be stacked.

A puzzling math and logic game I made just to put some of the scripting practice I've been doing to use. Have fun and please let me know if you encounter any bugs.

Should be solvable by middle schoolers, or those with same basic level of intelligence as a middle schooler.

Featured Story Agent of Order
Orbiting a barren planetoid in a system full of nothing just past the edge of the frontier, The Last Outpost is just another refueling station. Strategically important, true, but on a routine stop you never expected to spend longer than a couple hours there, let alone a couple of days fighting for your life...

There are five epilogues, but some may be difficult to discover. Note that actions have consequences, but not always immediate ones. (And if you just need an End Game link, go play around with the probe.)

Another Damn Wolf Story
I have no idea why I wrote this. All I can say in my defense is that it seemed like a good idea at the ti--wait no that's a lie, I said, repeatedly that this was stupid and shameful every time I mentioned working on it.

The truth is I needed to publish something before the end of the year and there is CLEARLY a burning need for wolf stories in the psyche of children using the internet. But then they write them badly, or make their wolves behave like clans of cats. So here is a simple straightfoward story of a young wolf leaving his pack in search of a better life. Maybe no one will ever feel the need to write another one now, or if nothing else maybe this will give them ideas for how to do it in slightly more minimum-standards-meeting ways.

Final conclusion however is that writing about some dumb animal with no agency is not something I'd recommend.

Don't Get Date Raped!
A short, educational piece. Please remain sensitive and respectful in the comment section. (I'd hate to have to report you to an admin for bullying me.)

(DO NOT READ if you're at all easily offended or lacking in a sense of humor. There's nothing graphic at all in here, but seriously, I still cannot stress it enough, this story is not for you.)

WOWSERS! Triggers ahead!


Dedicated to the good people of COG.

Facts About the Planet and the Solar System
A compilation of some little known facts about the solar system, as well as the debunking of a few myths.

In addition to the scientific explanations, there's a small story dramatizing it all.

Hopefully young readers will find this fun as well as educational. :)

(Might not be the greatest story ever written, but consider this: it got me 200 points.)

Featured Story Inseparable
It doesn't matter what they say...

Love is for the Birds
...and the squirrels. Sort of.



Written in six hours, for no other reason than to avoid consignment to the SHAME pit after my other Romance contest entry didn't want to cooperate.

Now You Gotta Deal With This S***

A tale told in verse. A text from your sister requesting a pick up from a party leads to a night of strangeness.

Inspired by Bucky's ballad contest. Though...I wouldn't call this a ballad. I'm not sure what I'd call it, actually, other than exceedingly stupid, and fun to write.

(Don't pay any attention to the scores, they're just for me to track which endings reviewers get.)


Read My Stories or Die!
HATE.

THE PURITY AND INTENSITY OF MY HATE IS LIKE A THOUSAND MERCILESS, UNQUENCHABLE SUNS.

AND YET, I ONLY NEED ONE...








Silver Horn, Silver Hooves
When the weather is fine, you've been coming to this grove to drink from the pool for centuries now. Today, you meet a stranger and hear a story that changes all that...



A fairy tale adventure.




[AUTHOR'S NOTE: There's a heavily scripted scene that due to time constraints I didn't have the opportunity to thoroughly test. You'll know it when you see it. In addition to a save game link beforehand, I've provided the option to skip it altogether should you encounter problems. A PM describing those problems would also be greatly appreciated as I'll be revisiting this game once the crushing weight of December has passed.]

Aphrodite's Orphan
unpublished , coauthor

A teenage girl living on a Venus out of 1930's Pulp Science Fiction must search the planet with her robot tutor to find the killers of her parents.


Caravan
unpublished

Articles Written

A List of Storygames for People Who Like to Read
A list of storygames with substantial effort put in, all written in the last couple of years and sorely in need of ratings and reviews.

CYS Forum Advice and Etiquette
A modernized guide to the forums. The path to internet popularity and happiness, and a few CYS specific do's and don'ts.

Recent Posts

Posting issues. on 8/20/2019 10:30:25 PM
Turn off the RTE to deal with the can't post at all issue. (Depending on the phone, checking Desktop Site in the browser settings might work, but getting rid of the RTE will fix it for good.) To get around the disappearing button when reviewing, after you write the review (and you may want to copy it first to be safe) hit the back button on your browser, then go forward again. This will resize the window, and your text should still be in it. Remember, that's go forward using the go forward button on your browser. Hitting a button on the ratings page will just reset everything and make it not work.

CYS Dev Thread on 8/20/2019 8:34:20 PM
@BradinDvorak How about making the Storygames tab drop down links to the various category lists too?

Think Tank: Hogwarts Woes on 8/20/2019 6:47:09 PM
Establishing the existence of some kind of magically enforced rule, like some kind of ancient foundation of the world maygyckkks thing even the most powerful characters don't want to fuck with that doesn't allow explosives and modern weapons or technology on the sacred wizard school grounds would have to be Rule #1 for any kind of setting where these questions aren't going to be constantly asked. (If created by a competent author who put any thought in.) That, or they're all just British and scared of guns.

Interesting comments 4 on 8/20/2019 5:57:21 PM
I'd rather see people discussing the stories that are actually good tbh. But this happens every time someone posts hilariously bad garbage I suppose, it can't be avoided. (Well, not accusations of writing admin porn, that's new.) Anyhow I've told Serpent we won't be requiring any more stories from him, he can just stick to reviews until he's 18.

Interesting comments 4 on 8/20/2019 5:02:37 PM
Stop making excuses for the shit quality. You had the same deadline as everyone else.

Interesting comments 4 on 8/20/2019 5:01:33 PM
Well tbf I didn't get that impression when I read it and neither did Endmaster. Black robes are pretty standard edgelord attire. The story might have been actually funny if it had been what you read it as and we could have all had a good laugh after banning him. As it is it's just a lazy pile of shit best forgotten about, and AYT remains the only one who's ever written erotic fiction about site members. (Well, the only one who's posted it in public anyway...)

Think Tank: Hogwarts Woes on 8/20/2019 4:14:19 PM
I bet a wizard would just be floored by a cellphone. Btw I know nothing about the children's series Harry Potter and have little interest.

New Contest Theme: Lone Hero on 8/20/2019 2:45:45 PM
Never forget, never forgive. Just like 9/11.

New Contest Theme: Lone Hero on 8/20/2019 2:32:30 PM
Oh yeah I guess I should have an official thread on this. Since I am having a REALLY BAD WEEK, getting trolled constantly by AT&T and having a ridiculously extroverted family member go 'lol surprise! I'm beginning my visit to you three days earlier than we planned, where's my room???' the contest will now employ a panel of judges. It's to save you all from me and the 1/8s I feel like handing out for no other reason than it will make you feel sad. Judges have already been selected, you don't have to do anything. It's Gower, Turnip, and Bill, and the results will be in when they're in. Also, I made my very first meme:

New Contest Theme: Lone Hero on 8/20/2019 2:11:05 PM
My stance has always been that it's better to just rush out a story than to be SHAMED. Serpent has changed all this. Now I know better.