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one month ago
No more Monday questionnaires and the workshop has started to pick up a lot of dust.

So the contest is around 40% done. How is your progress shaping up?

Share your wordcount here to flex. Make up something vague about all that plotting work you've totally actually done to save face. Make guesses at who's going to fail and who'll turn out an overachiever to win it all. But most importantly, if you want to share anything about those crazy storygame ideas you're having, this is the place.

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one month ago
Discussing unfinished games encourages lies and sloth.

(I know you like sloths but the word can mean different things.)

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one month ago
Only true CYStians can back their lies up in the last weeks, separating the wheat from the chaff.

Sloths are great as well, but not as cool as fucking giants.

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one month ago

Giant sloths are the best of both.

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one month ago

Probably true given that CoG writers do this shit all the damn time and then they got Cogites bitching on their tumblrs/reddits about the latest femboy or cuck simulator not being finished.

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one month ago
Guess I'll start. Just broke 4k wordcount. Plotwise I'd probably be at 10%. Not sure how to fix it. Probably gonna need to do a lot of cutting the choicetree.

Giants are cool though. Having fun worldbuilding with somewhat of a flimsy plot backing it all up.

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one month ago
I have a word count higher than 50.

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one month ago
Congrats!

(It's probably 50k, because you are not human.)

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one month ago

Probably 22k I'm writing 1.000 a day, chugging along. 

Tbf, I had planned to finish it within three months, not two (the story was meant to be around 90k). So I might cut corners again. 

Plot wise, I'm almost done with chapter 2. Still have to do chapter 3 (which will be the longest), then 4 and 5.

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one month ago


Didn't know they were airdropping typewriters.

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one month ago
Brother where do you find all this time

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one month ago
Anyway, I've made it to 5000 words. If I continue writing every weekend I can probably get up to 25000. The only problem is I think it needs to be significantly longer than that. But we'll see. Figuring out a solution for writing during the week would help.

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one month ago

Today I finally decided to stop fucking around and start writing. Enough planning. So I scroll to the last page of the planning doc and find out that I've actually already started writing! I don't remember doing so...

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one month ago

At this point, I have thought about thinking about writing.  Sure, I have probably wasted about 3 good weeks of writing time, which is significant since End is expecting some degree of quality with these entries. I do have a rough plan and schedule for getting my writing done, and hopefully I can follow through on that.

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one month ago

As for predictions:

I think that Mystic will swoop last minute and deliver something that makes me cry again. If she participates, it will be a win. Unless Ninja swoops in at last minute. I'll not be surprised either way.

Mizal will scrap her initial idea after having a block at around 20k words, then rush to finish something in the last week. For some miraculous reason the story is pretty good.

Petros' story will definitely include slurs, 50 percent sure that it will be a spaghetti western and have Tarantino vibes.

Ford will ask chatgpt to write 90 percent of his story.

Either Wizzy's or DBNB's story will have significant pacing issues, mainly because he had a good ambitious idea and too little time to develop it. It's really a chronic issue for both despite them being very competent writers.

Thechef , derPrussen and Spartacus will be Shamed. For Corgi it is a cointoss. 

Suranna will include Petros in her story. Either as a character in a rushed lol random story or as a cameo Easter egg if she tries. I bet the former.

Enter: he'll just be like Mizal. Scrapping his first idea and making something in the last week. 

From the roster (excluding the mystery contestant), the winner will either be Sherbet, Tcat or MHD. Since Endmaster judges them and Tcats hasn't won a contest yet and was very close several times, it will probably Tcat who takes the win. She also writes in a style I think End enjoys.

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one month ago

Tcat did win a contest. Mizal's last year

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one month ago
I've never in my life wrote a slur, you slant-eyed Ching Chong

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one month ago
That's a little bit redundant, and only covers half the material. I'd have gone with "clog-clomping" as the adjective.

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one month ago
You're right. Unfortunately, I'm out of practice at Darius abuse. I'm gonna have to get a lot of practice in

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one month ago

Probably because he was in the discord before and you were competing with everyone else on a regular basis. (Mostly Malk and Dark)

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one month ago

He was also a bit too preoccupied with a teenage girl

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one month ago
You're talking crazy for a guy all worked up for his sister.

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one month ago
Bro still hasn't linked me her @

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one month ago
He should invite her to the site, she can protect him from the rest of you.

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one month ago
@Darius_Cornwright I'll take it from there dw

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one month ago

You brought Enter's obsession in becoming my brother-in-law back from the grave.

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one month ago
Having a mild crisis at roughly 2k words in after I realized that my writing sucked.

I'll either be at a lower word count tonight or I'll take a well deserved(lol) break.

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one month ago
I'm sure it's not as bad as you think. Besides, you can always go back and revise once the more overwhelming part (actually writing) is done.

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one month ago
Commended by mizal on 1/24/2024 12:26:06 AM

With every story I've written, I'll always go through an 'everything sucks' crisis and want to delete it all. Usually that happens when I've spent too long staring at the same story that I hate it.

My diagnosis? If you despise everything, even scenes or phrases you loved before, you might be experiencing what I call 'writing tastelessness'. It's kind of similar to how food no longer has taste when you're sick and you can't tell the difference between good and bad (unless you're Dutch and food has no taste 100% of the time). When this happens, I literally lose the ability to identify 'good writing'. Nothing I read makes sense to me anymore.

Maybe it's a form of burnout, in which case, go and take a break. But after a day or two has elapsed, make sure you get back into writing so you don't blur the line between necessary breaks and procrastination. Another thing that might help will be to look at comments on your past storygames. See what worked, what didn't, etc. It would restore your confidence in your writing, or at the very least, it'll give you feedback for how you can improve. A last tip I use is to read some really bad stories on the site. That will definitely make you feel a lot better about your writing (though be careful that the mistakes of those stories don't accidentally bleed into your own). 

Sometimes, it might be that a scene/ the general concept isn't working. Take a break before jumping to this conclusion since you'll want to assess this objectively. You might need to change something fundamental in your story: could it be better to start with a different scene, to show your character in a new light? Or maybe you need to change the writing style because it no longer serves the character/ atmosphere/ purpose.

I'll also add that writing style doesn't have to be a certain way. Some of the best writers have a very straightforward, to-the-point way of storytelling. Other equally good writers may be more focused on rhythm, descriptions and literary devices. In fact, I believe writing style should change to some extent with every story you're writing, but that's besides the point. A piece of advice I've kept with me is that writing should be like a windowpane. While it's nice to have a beautiful windowpane, it shouldn't distract from the view (which in this metaphor is your story). 

Essentially, focus on the story you want to tell and remember the words are just there to convey it. Once you've gotten some sentences and paragraphs on paper (or an online writing software), go ahead and edit, rewrite, proofread, etc. First drafts are seldom perfect. Don't compare them to the finalised versions of other authors. In fact, some of mine are so bad, I re-read them to laugh and tell myself not to put too much pressure on writing sessions.

You've got this.

Also, all these writing discussions are seriously making me want to write again, but I've overbooked myself for this month. If all goes well, I might be able to play catch up in February (no promises though).

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one month ago
Thanks a lot, Mystic. I struggle with imposter syndrome often (and rightfully so, considering all the talented writers here), but your words of encouragement and advice are very much appreciated. I'll stop procrastinating and begin writing again, hopefully.

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one month ago
Thanks, this is really good advice mystic.

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one month ago
tl;dr

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one month ago
I haven't written anything in a week.

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one month ago
I’m currently at about 5k words - I didn’t write for two weeks because I was sick. Excuses, I know. I have been able to do a big chunk of it at work, surprisingly, so there’s still hope for it to come out length-wise. I’m reasonably happy with what I’ve written so far, at any rate. There have been a couple issues with trying scripting, but that’s February me’s problem tbh. I keep jumping around with scenes, so I have about 80% of chapter one done, and about 10% of everything else.

Mostly I’m just trying to not get shamed (at least due to not turning anything in) for my first contest entry.

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one month ago

I'm at 11k words now. Trying to write 2 pages every day. It has 61 pages so looking good so far. About half done.

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one month ago
My birthday is on Saturday, so I've been writing extra this week so I can hopefully just take this weekend easy.

My entry is coming along pretty well, I've been a lot more consistent than usual (aside from a little hiccup in the first few days). I tend to be part of the crowd that only starts a week or two before the deadline, so I am pleased with myself. So far.

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one month ago
Bro the second I join the contest I get sick af. Fml

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one month ago

Sounds like you have plenty of time to write if you dont have to work or go to school cause you're sick!

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one month ago
The main problem is that being sick doesn't get me out of school. It actually makes it a lot harder since I can't go to lectures and have to self study what I miss. And I have to do that while feeling like shit. Hoping I get it over it soon, I always forget how awful being sick is.

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one month ago
Mystic literally has cancer and is getting her masters rn bedridden in the hospital getting bald as fuck and still writing

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one month ago
I never said that I wasn't going to submit to the contest because I was sick. All I said was that it's ironic how as soon as I join the contest I get covid. And it's really ironic that you of all people are telling others to write. All the prayers to Mystic assuming ford isn't trolling, which despite ford being ford I don't think he'd do that.

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one month ago
That's a wild thing to assume.

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one month ago
Well what was I supposed to do? Imagine if Ford wasn't trolling and I replied assuming he was. I'd feel so bad. Plus I knew Mystic was a college student (I persumed undergrad but it could be masters) so that kernal of truth was there.

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one month ago

You shouldn't leak someone's medical info online without their permission. There are better ways to demonstrate Ace's incompetence. Ford Bad.

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one month ago
Really sorry to hear your sister caught the monkeypox from either Dark, Enter, or Malk by the way, that stuff is no joke.

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one month ago

Must be from Enter, the only orange Belanda

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one month ago
Got to her

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one month ago

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one month ago
Me too!! I did get to stay home from work but I was so wiped out I couldn’t do anything but sleep for three days. :^( I hope you feel better soon.

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one month ago
Thanks, I really appreciate it. I hope you're feeling better too.

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one month ago
We're about halfway through the time for the contest.
Does anyone remember what prompt they took?

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one month ago
Finally started writing. 1600 words over the last two days. I had to throw out like 300 that I wrote like a week ago because beginnings are hard. I'm trying to write an hour every day, which is about 1000 words for me. I have an hour blocked off for writting where I plan to go to my schools libary, bribe myself with a caramel frappe, and write for an hour. It's worked for 2 days so far, hopefully I can keep it up. The main thing is I want to write an epic story, and the max I could write by the deadline even if I was super consistent would be 25k. But that's a good problem to have, 25k. And who the hell can be that consistent anyway, so I doubt I'll have it.

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one month ago

And who the hell can be that consistent anyway, so I doubt I'll have it.

Mystic, ninja, even Cel

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one month ago

and Sherb and Darius

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one month ago

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29 days ago

Wrote that much in 2 days on my first story lmao. Probably not so much consistency as it was a pure burst of energy and inspiration.

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29 days ago
Not bad for an hour, I typically need an hour just to shift my brain into gear for writing at all.

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29 days ago
Well I spend a lot of time wandering around outside, thinking about the story that I don't count. I also find it hard to write for a long length of time in a day, an hour is a lot of time to be creatively focused.

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29 days ago
Bro be burning those calories!

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29 days ago

Rooting for truffles is hard work.

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29 days ago
Commended by mizal on 1/31/2024 6:58:33 PM

I see a lot of whining and complaining in this thread more than anything else. "Oh I'm sick!" "Oh I have to study or I'll fail school!" "Oh I'm working to avoid homelessness!" "Oh I got arrested for being a degenerate!" "Oh my parents died!" etc.

Some of you obviously entered the damn contest knowing full well you weren't going to be able to follow through. And a few of you even picked prompts you aren't even motivated by. What the fuck are you lot thinking, you weren't as usual.

Can't say I'm surprised by this usual pathetic display though. Not even sure why I bother at times.

Deadline is extended to April 1st and now I expect even BETTER quality stories. No fucking excuses.

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29 days ago
Can't wait for "April Fools! You're all SHAMED!"

I can definitely put this to good use though, I've been writing but was going to run into issues with the pace before long.

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29 days ago
Amazing. I didn't want to reduce my scope and if I'm not a retard (challenge level: impossible) I shouldn't have to now.

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29 days ago
At least you’re self aware (can I say that yet?)

Godspeed.

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29 days ago

:)

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29 days ago

Whoa. Did not see that coming. Thanks End.

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24 days ago
I'm having to write on my phone, so this is very welcome news. I should even have a computer again by the time I need to paste it over to the site.

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27 days ago
I'm at 5k now. Written everyday for the last five days. Feels pretty good. But now the Persona 3 remake is out, so hopefully I don't devolve into a ball of apathy.

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27 days ago

1 caramel frappe is 420 calories. 420 calories times 5 is about 2100 extra calories you're drinking. Just a fun fact! 

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27 days ago
At McDonalds, that's only for the smallest size.

Maybe people order their liquid sugar enhanced sugar in tiny shot glasses in the Netherlands, but here you've got another thing coming.

(And also the calories are already posted on menus and websites for any chain restaurant so the math lesson is unneeded anyhow.)

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27 days ago
I intentionally downsided to a small for that reason actually, 310 assuming the place I go to is the same calories per oz as starbucks, which idk if they are.

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26 days ago
I actually have never been to a Starbucks, but I always marvel at people paying $5 a pop for their tiny bottled frappeccinos.

Just not much of a coffee drinker and never liked it sweet though.

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26 days ago
Been pretty sick all week but mostly over it now, and of course had to have the power flickering in a thunderstorm when I sat down for the morning writing binge, but I'm still intending to get the most out of this weekend. I made a mistake I think in putting in logistical choices early on that don't advance the plot, spent awhile bogged down in those.

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26 days ago

What often worked with me to finish stories before the deadline, was to first focus on writing the story's backbone. So cutting out all of the side branches and purely focus on finishing the main branch(es) and the main endings. It will look kind of like a gauntlet style at first. If there's time, I'll go back to do the other routes and stuff to give readers more choices

Currently the story I'm writing has swats of pages where no choices put in, so I could move quickly through the plot.

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26 days ago
Yeah, now that I'm clear of all that I'm trying to use the Endmaster method and just power straight through some paths.

There's a free writing program called FocusWriter I'm having some luck with. It's pretty simple and maybe not the ideal thing for organizing CYOAs, but it doesn't have a minimize button and blocks your task bar and it turns out that's exactly what I need.

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26 days ago
Commended by mizal on 2/3/2024 3:58:50 PM

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26 days ago
If it makes you feel better, he's probably not REALLY going to read these.

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26 days ago

I love the little scottie dog critter

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26 days ago
Same, and I want photos if it's real.

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25 days ago
7 days into daily writting, and I'm finally reaching the point I always reach where I feel like everything sucks and I should just tare it all to pieces. Obviously the solution is just to keep writting, and so I will. The only time I didn't get this feeling was my last published storygame, where I spent way too much time that I don't have brainstorming so I could feel confident in it. I plan to just keep going and fix later, though it really is painful to write in this state. But as long as I get the words on the page I'll have something to work with I guess.

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25 days ago
Editing afterwards is always faster and easier than the actual writting process.

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25 days ago
After you weigh it (to determine the tare, I assume), I hope that your writting goes well.

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25 days ago
I've found that sometimes if I really can't get anything out in a chronological fashion, I'll hop between scenes I'm more excited to write about. Definitely wouldn't recommend doing this all the time, or you might just end up with a pile of the less-thrilling-to-write scenes, and drag your feet even more on those, and it can be easy to write yourself into a corner. However, I think it sometimes help just to be writing something different, but still in the same project, so you're at least making some progress on it.

Alternatively, maybe you could try writing in a different area? That helps me sometimes too.

Regardless, you know what must be done. :^( Keep pushin' my testudunic acquaintance.

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24 days ago

I'll just add links to my writting advice above and the one in the perfectionism thread. Though I suppose if all else fails, there's now more than enough time to tare it all down and start again. 

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24 days ago

Don't worry about it too much. It's meant to suck a lot at this stage. So your decision to keep writing is good.

Meanwhile I'm stuck with the dread that I have stolen yet another prompt from someone again and this person is definitely going to kill me once they find out. Some of the prompts just mesh pretty well...

(Perhaps a fun idea for a future prompt contest; people have to take two prompts and try to mesh them together)

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24 days ago

At least this time I'm decently sure it's not my prompt that was snatched

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23 days ago
Is it me? Killing you sounds like me

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18 days ago
Didn't write last week after a streak of 8 days of writing. Started again yesterday and have written yesterday and today. Up to almost 8k. So how do we feel about long pages? I know the general advice is nothing more than 1k, but how do we feel about 2k pages? Thoughts?

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18 days ago

Frankly I don't think that frequent visitors of the site would care all that much. I think that I had multiple pages in some stories that went beyond the 2k mark.

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18 days ago
I guess it depends if you want your stories to be noob friendly or not (not like I'm one to talk but...you know...)

When I first first came here I'd get turned off if the story had wall of text after wall of text...as it seemed to clash with the "choice" aspect of story games. (ie...the choices get in the way of the story and the story gets in the way of the choices) Now I don't really mind very much as long as its not written like garbage (and if I can tolerate the prose...though I'm sure that will get easier with time! haha!)

Though to be fair I say that last part cause I was recently reading one of Mystic's stories and she seemed to find a way to make the text smaller (idk if that's a setting or if it just gets smaller if you put too many words...either way it made it way more tolerable for some reason...)

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17 days ago
Like most things it would depend a lot on context; how invested I was in the story by that point, whether events within the text wall seemed to be taking choices from me, or whether any obvious option to split the page wasn't happening because there had already been several linear pages in a row.

But also, good luck having anyone even reading that far to begin with. Can't help but notice Equator City is still sitting there after four days with only three ratings, and one of them is mine and one of them is Ford's.

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17 days ago

I shouldn’t have to say this to you pigboy since you’ve been active long enough, but I’m going to tell you what I already told Ben and Snowfall. Just fucking write and believe in it, you’ll either get SHAMED or you won’t.

Second guessing yourself and relying on the “community” for shit like this is for Cogites. (AKA faggots)

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17 days ago
Maybe I should be, but I'm not worried about the shaming standards. If I submit anything it'll be something that I believe is more than good enough to meet them, and if I'm wrong and get SHAMED then at least I wrote something I'm proud of. The real failure would be not taking the time to write and revise and submitting something incomplete or something I know is ass. I was more asking because I've heard thoughts on it before on the forum, but I guess you're right. It's a small thing that doesn't really matter all that much, better to just do what fits best.

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11 days ago
Getting everyone terrified of a misstep and then yelling at them for it is a hilarious move tbh. But I think everyone knows more or less what the standards for "a good story" are and what the classic mistakes have always been with these contests. "If you rush out something shitty at the last second to avoid SHAME, guess what you're getting SHAMED anyway" seems to be the message here and some of you guys might be overthinking the details.

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11 days ago

Keeping a constant element of fear is actually a side benefit, my main point of my last post was more or less a disguised positive reinforcement of "believe in your vision"

Seriously, besides the usual culture of faggotry that Cog (and its many puppet states and "rebel" fifedoms) has cultivated in the IF community, it's also encouraged this culture of "writing by community" faggotry where every fucking writer is too scared to write anything for fear that it's not going to be good enough or it's going to offend someone. 

As much as I don't want to see shitty half assed stories written in an attempt to avoid SHAME, I don't want any writer here not writing something because they're worrying about how it's going to be perceived. Just write. You might fail, you might succeed, but you at least did it your way.

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17 days ago

I guess I'll finally start.

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17 days ago
I guess I'll pick up Inscryption again.

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11 days ago
I'm never including so many scenes in the past tense again. Tried picking up work on my story again this weekend and every page in the flashback needed line by line edits. I thought I had ALREADY done this as I was writing them.

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11 days ago
starting as soon as I'm level 20 in my latest vault hunters run

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10 days ago
How many mental breakdowns do you need to have before your allowed to complain that writing your story is "hard"? I can only keep up this "haha lol ebic funni" persona for so long. This crap is hard!

I only had one...so I suppose I should be surprised I got further than I thought I would...

Though quite frankly. I haven't posted in here out of fear that it would make me come off as fishing for attention rather than someone who is willing to put in the work for their storygame.

But I suppose I can give myself some self predictions while I'm here...

I'm either going to succeed in writing the story I want and be satisfied in writing something masterful within the confines of my story's scope...or break down and not get something competent enough out...though given how many days we have left and my rate of writing being...fine...this whole time...I kinda doubt that will happen. I suppose its just because this is the longest I've dedicated myself to a writing project of this kind.

Though really...I think my prompt is kinda limiting...I have some ideas for it but like...something about it just seems kinda flat. Unless I want to characterize the dinosaurs as actual people or make them all parts of different tribes or something...I'm stuck with all these "animals" that need to be in an interesting story (No I'm not turning the dinosaurs into mechas...that's stupid even by my standards!) (If for some reason anyone feels ballsy enough to suggest to me a premise...then by all means please do so! Worst case scenario is it'll give me something to think about.)

Another possibility is the core of my story changes drastically as I write. I'm a natural discovery writer...but its admittedly harder to write that way when you have a deadline and multiple paths to consider! So I'm trying to convince myself to just "write whatever" and let future me edit it into something cohesive...but that's easier said than done.

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10 days ago
I mean… the dinosaurs COULD be mechs… it’s your world, we’re just reading about it. Does making the dinosaurs sentient count as “furry faggotry” or no? Who’s to say? …Also, I think that veers slightly more into ~scalies~ territory).

Also without knowing anything about you or your story except that there’s dinosaurs, I think you’re being too hard on yourself. Because after all… whosgonnaknow.mp3. And tbh, it sounds like you’re trying to make it too big. Maybe try scaling (haha) it down, especially if it’s your first or second cyoa story. Which is not what you want to hear, but if you can’t even commit to an angle…idk chief. Does not bode well. And I get it, I do.

What are your current ideas that you feel the most interested in?

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10 days ago
Being able to write a story about literally anything as long as it has dinosaurs isn't what I'd call "limiting" really. Seems more like an invitation to just have a little fun with worldbuilding.

Having to provide a plot all on your own might be less direction than desired, but that's a separate issue.

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I gave what I said some thought and realized that I preemptively limited what kind of story I could tell for...reasons I might detail in another post if I feel like it... (mainly tonal fixation combined with the way I develop new ideas as I write)

But besides that...what I said still holds some weight. Given that the prompt says "involving dinosaurs" and not "having dinosaurs". I mean sure...I could just put dinos in a random scene and never mention them again and call it a day. But not only is that not quite the same thing...it would kinda feel like cheating regardless...

The short answer to "Who cares just put them in anyways" is that I wanted my story to be good...and that's where my hiccup began. Now I know better...but I suppose I should have made it more clear that it was more of a personal grievance rather than an objective limitation! lol :P

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8 days ago

Writing is hard. But whenever I have a mental breakdown, I write about it and the next day, I'll transform it into a new insecurity for my MC. If I feel like I'm failing at everything I do? Well, guess what, the protagonist now feels that way! Makes for some emotional scenes.

If your storygame feels flat, it might help to make a list of the elements or scenes you like the most about it. I've heard some writers like to skip ahead to the more exciting scenes to keep writing sessions interesting. Another method could be to add a new element/ plot twist/ character detail to refresh your story. It could be anything from a concept (two siblings facing against each other on different sides of a war), a plot element (the narrator has been the villain all along) or a character (a scientist that creates monstrosities so he can get into the 'species creation' club). Not only does it add complexity but it could completely change your perspective on your story. And you can do anything with the dinosaurs. There are no genre restrictions, so you could write a mystery, a sci-fi, a thriller, etc. 

Just as a tip, try to set mini-deadlines for yourself especially if the core of your story constantly changes. The last thing you would want is to be stuck with three different half-written stories when the deadline arrives. 

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9 days ago

Oh yeah.  Contest entry.

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7 days ago
Day 24 of "not having covid".

Still "don't have covid".

Feels like I've been swallowing sandpaper after being hit by a truck, and still having uncontrollable coughing fits at inconvenient times. Everyone at work still vexingly difficult to infect with this not covid though.

Really going to try and push myself this weekend though, I hope to at least have something passable by the original deadline.

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7 days ago
Commended by EndMaster on 2/22/2024 11:28:37 PM
I have officially started my entry. If you are reading this and have not started, kill yourself.

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4 days ago
Update: Right now I have less words than Eternal and more words than Gay and Depressed.

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3 days ago
Same!
Seems we're neck and neck then, huh?

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3 days ago

I, too, have less words than Eternal.

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2 days ago
Just reached 10k, slow progress these last few weeks, and just learned that some of precieved notions about dialouge grammar were wrong! Thanks Gower... I thought that question and exclamation marks went like this "Why is Ace so retarded?" You ask. Instead of this "Why is Ace so retarded?" you ask. I also thought that joining sentences work like this "That's a complicated question," I answer, "Something to do with the brick wall he ran into." Instead of this "That's a complicated question," I answer. "Something to do with the brick wall he ran into." I swear to god I saw these somewhere at some point. I have no idea where I got this idea from. But I've been following these rules consistently for my entire life up until this point. E: Maybe I got the 2ed thing from this? I think this is correct grammar? "I hate my life," I start, "and everything that comes with it."

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2 days ago
precieved

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2 days ago
damn, might need to turn rich text editor for that red underline.

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2 days ago
on

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2 days ago
kys

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yesterday
Anyone that End ranks lower than Ace or Ford is gonna lose some fuckin points, let me tell you that much right now.

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2 days ago

I swear to god I saw these somewhere at some point. I have no idea where I got this idea from.

 

What you're looking for is this. Or more specifically, Gower's response to ImpiriTonggali.

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2 days ago
Thanks, that answers my second question. I thought it was strange to start the sentence in the second quotation capitalized when there was no period, but just assumed that's how it worked. That first one is just super wrong though. I thought that period since you didn't turn the question mark into a comma it meant you had to capitalize the tag.