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Have you tried writing your own story, /a/? Spice & Wolf was written by a run of the mill 25 year old physics student.
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I've had a few plots swimming around in my head for years. I've never gotten more than a few pages down.
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I will, eventually.
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>>101488041
Have a story in my mind
But doesn't have an over arching plot yet
I'd also just rather draw impersonation manga, simply because my literary skills are pretty shit
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I write in my free time.
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Writing is hard and unrewarding. I would rather jack off and watch anime.
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>>101488867
I have plenty of literary ability and no art skills. We should collaborate.
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>>101488041
that's what monstergirl threads are for. you write some shitty crap and people praise your amazing smutastic shit.
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But I'm an English Major, not a Physics student.
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>>101488979
Hey anon, if you actually can pull it off writing smut is art in of itself.

Of course I doubt most quest threads have people who know how to pull off writing smut.
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>>101488979
Simply the words "horse pussy" or "puffy vulva" is enough for my penis.
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>>101488997
What exactly do you do? English majors have always been a vague mystery to me.
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>>101489163
I ruined any chance of getting a job or being happy and wealthy.
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>>101489305
But what exactly have you been studying?
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I want to write stories of gambling, and especially mahjong. However, nobody in the west will read a story about mahjong, or know how to play the variants I wish to write about.

I don't even think mahjong would work well without pictures.
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>>101489376
Not him but probably adverbs and nounds,
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>>101489376
Nothing. I'm 24, living at home, serving food for 10 bucks an hour.
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>>101489465
But what the hell were your classes?
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>>101489376
My internet friend is an English major. For the most part, he reads lots of books and poetry, writes several essays on different aspects on them, and discusses them in class. Or at least, he's supposed to. He always puts it off and writes low quality shit the night before it's due. And is too shy to talk very much in discussions.
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No. I can't write out things properly, It turns into a jumbled mess.
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>>101489633
Is English effectively deciding on being undecided?
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>>101489633
>He always puts it off and writes low quality shit the night before it's due.
Everybody does that

>And is too shy to talk very much in discussions.
Is he cute?
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>>101489581

Idiots talking about what they thought something symbolized while the professor would try his or her best to not scream "But that's WRONG you fucking retard."
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>>101489730
>Is he cute?
I've never seen pictures of him. Or even heard his voice. I like to imagine he's cute, though.
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>>101489707

It's effectively deciding that you want to fuck yourself out of a future and be a NEET/hikki for the rest of your life.

Don't get me wrong though, I knew it would turn out like this, English was just the only subject I could stand for more than 2 seconds.
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No skills or motivation.

>>101489305

Same.
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I write stories, but then have an anxiety attack about my writing capabilities and delete it a month after I start.
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>>101489824
Why not just skip out on college?
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I'm no good at building a world in my head, but after watching a series my head is usually full of ideas on how to extend the story in fanfics.

But since we all agree fanfics are shit, I'm to scared/ashamed to put up what I've written.
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>>101489305
How does it "ruin any chance"? Can't you still learn a trade, or get a minimum wage job and work your way up to better positions?
Does having an English degree make all employers say "no way jose, get outta here"?
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>>101489867
you need to start small and build from there, try writing a full story in one paragraph and then add to it bit by bit until you're at ten pages.
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>>101489881

Cause why not. I basically didn't have to do anything for 4 years.
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>>101489824
Sounds miserable. Im glad I at least enjoy computer science. Even if I'm not a solely math-driven and socially incapable person.
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>>101489933

Like I said I have a shitty job serving people fried foods for 10 bucks an hour. Having an English degree means that you don't have any real marketable skills or training.
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>>101490001

Yeah I wish I enjoyed something useful. But nope. Anime, video games, and reading. That's it. Well sleeping eating and masturbating too.
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>>101489942
Would it help writing it non-linearly, for example, a middle chapter first? I start out writing, hoping to get to the best part I have played out in my mind, but then I lose interest trying to get there, and then eventually delete it.
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>>101488041
I want to write a western fantasy novel. I've uh. Never actually given it a lot of thought though. I have so much on my plate.
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>>101489956
Cause massive debts, or do you not have those?
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>>101489867

As an English major, I can tell you that is par for the course. Everything you write you think is absolute shit. To be fair, most of it probably is.
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>>101489120
> "horse pussy"
i sense something illegal.
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>>101490221

Nope, no debts here. I'm very fortunate that way.
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>>101490044
Take some time to learn something. I'm aimless and undeclared, but I've learned Japanese, Python, and skills in the telecommunications industry just out of interest.
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>>101490223
So... how do you know when you write something that's actually good enough for other people to read?

It's not one of those "it's like being in love, you just know" type deal is it?
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>>101490142
Go for it, the only way to improve your skills is to actually write and if it's something you actually want to tell then you'll write about it.
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>>101490142
It all depends, sometimes writing the most interesting bit can get you pumped for the rest of the story, for me what happens is that I'll write the most interesting bit and realize I have no interest in the rest of it. So instead I force myself to trudge through the uninteresting parts quickly and summarize as much as I can in order to get to the parts that I really enjoy.


then again I mostly write shitty stories for monstergirl threads so my writefaggotry abilities are quite shit, they seem to like it however.

there is no correct way to write, just a common way and a less common way, as long as you continue you'll find your flow.
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I don't think anything I write would ever be published. I make way too many grammatical errors and my essays seem somewhat autistic.
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>>101489867
Then do NaNoWriMo and you'll be done in a month. Then you'll feel accomplished even if it blew.
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>>101490292
Either have your friends read and critique it, or post it online or something.

You could try and get published but lets face it, that isn't happening anytime soon and even if it does your book won't sell unless you pander like hell.
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>>101490285

I wish I had that interest. It's possible that I'm depressed. In which case gross, I hate cliches and it doesn't get much worse than a depressed writer.
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>>101490292
Many things that get popular are things the author thinks is shit. So you can never know.

>>101489824
I'd have failed anything else and just dropped out. I literally did nothing those 4 years, though. The busywork kept me distracted from how fucked I was, though.

>>101489881
When you're a teenager, you're just supposed to go to college, period.

Anyways nobody here could write an anime or manga because we're not japanese.
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>>101490369
Friends won't give honest critiques unless they're really avid readers and have known you a long time.
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>>101490292

You don't. For one thing, you don't write anything on the first try. Writing is like 1% inspiration and the other 99% is fucking hammering out everything you did, rewriting, cutting massive sections, editing, rewriting again, rearranging some stuff, and then more rewriting.
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>>101490369
Hmmm I'll try then, thanks for the advice.

Sometimes I write green text stories on /a/ and /tg/ and people say they would like to scribe to my newsletter. But I look back at those and I'm all "wtf, this is garbage."
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>>101490425
But it's still someone to read your shit, if it isn't too long you can ask for an honest opinion.

Read some Elements of Style, How Not to Write a Novel, and guides like that if you actually want to improve your technical skill, but the most important thing is to actually write. Don't get caught up in the bullshit of, "I-I wonder if my erotic fantasies will get published!" Just fucking write. It's like any art, odds are unless it's commissioned you do it because you want to, not to get the dosh.
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>>101490292
I think you should write for yourself first. I never like when I write something for someone else and hate where the story is going or how I'm writing it.
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I used to do a little bit of writing for fun, usually just shitty little things for whatever thread on whatever board I happened to be browsing at the time

Looking back I had a tendency to abuse purple prose, and I also tended to start strong but either jump the shark or fade out into shittiness as I lost focus

Getting back into writing isn't very easy and there isn't a whole lot to gain from it but given the chance I'd like to
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Should I write in present tense or past tense for a battle-sh┼Źnen type novel
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>>101490932

Doesn't Present make much more sense?
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>>101490932
3rd person - past tense
1st person - present tense
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>>101490981
>>101490978
Thank you
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>write a story

If I could do anything worthwhile, I wouldn't be a 24 year old neet with a worthless degree.
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>>101491124
What degree is that? What were you hoping going into it?
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>>101490731
I think issue with myself and many others is to do with style, namely too much style. When I put ink to paper the result is writing that calls attention to itself and gets in the way of the story.

On the other hand when I write on 4chan it feels like as if me and other anon are setting around a fireplace and I'm trying to tell a tale of the top of my head. It comes out much more casual and straightforward and actually enjoyable.

So far I'm not having any luck getting control of this process, but I'm finding that after I'm done writing if I read it out along then the words that come out of my mouth are the more casual and enjoyable version of the same story, so I try to jot those down and replace what I have in front of me.
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>>101491079
Be really careful now, first person is usually used in LN and VN but they're a lot harder to write. Particularly if your first person character has some uniqueness about him/her and you try to show it through the writing.
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Can't write stories, too many words. I write music but it's terrible. I have nothing else I like doing or can do.
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I have been trying to write seriously recently, but although (in my opinion) writing has always been one of my strong suits, the difference between hammering out a research paper and actually putting my thoughts on paper is too large.

There was one idea a while back that suddenly popped into my head, and every day the in-universe got a little better. When I finally got down to writing it, though, I got through about three pages before I had to ask myself "isn't this just a rip-off of Saya no Uta?"

I'll get something both good and original together, one day.
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>>101491416
I always wanted to write music but I never got into musical theory or anything like that, and its especially difficult since I don't play any sort of instrument
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>>101491597
Not related, but I recently watched Utena and one of the main melodies was the same as one I wrote years ago, it was funny
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HWMtCRT9KA&t=26

>>101491850
I like learning theory and practice my instruments, I don't record though because I'm terrible. It's just a worthless unproductive hobby.
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>>101491179
Engineering.
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>>101488939
>>101488867

I would buy this
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>>101492281

This poster isn't me, and I didn't do engineering.

I actually don't remember what it was.
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>you'll never write the next Twilight/Hunger Games and publish for millions of dollars
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>>101492721
Its not hard. Just write something mediocre, accessible, derivative, and spice it up with cheap sex and action scenes.
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>>101492944
>F/SN

Not him, but I do try my luck with lame story-telling.
It seems I have the beginning, the middle/climax and lastly the end.
Problem is to figure out how to flesh it up a bit.

>>101492944
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I wrote a fantasy story about a hot shemale who went around tropical islands selling yoyos and fucking stupid mercenaries for information to sell to rivals. It got an award and everything, but I didn't publish because I only wrote it to prove a point to a friend that you could have a story with a shemale protagonist and it'd be entertaining.
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>>101493249
Fill it with awkward teenagers who are relatable and have few to no positive aspects but for some reason are loved by everyone
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>>101493249
It's easy to spice up sex, just have your PoV character have something against it in their head (but he's a vampire! / but she's a married woman! / but we're brothers and sisters!) while enjoying it and unable to stop physically.
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>>101493342
That could possibly work somehow.
I could try posting it on /a/ sometime soon when I get enough on it written down.
Though it may not be /a/ related.
But since it has a shounen shit theme to it, It's the only place to have practical opinions.
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Making my videogame takes first priority. I've got a lot of interesting concepts and I think I've got the technical know-how to get an alpha put together with placeholder graphics and sound assets
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>>101493323
Did you get any of that sweet diversity money along with that award? If I was to write a story for money I thought it would be about some kind of non-white shemale.
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>>101493995
Well the islands she went to the local police force hunted them like witches and put them on torture & execution trials. The mercs she fucked were ones she preyed on, seducing them so they would grass her up. Technically she was the baddie in the story.
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>>101493719
I had an idea for a game, but unfortunately I alone simply don't have the knowledge or drive to get it made, so it's likely it will never come to be

It was going to be an extremely difficult high school simulator where you have to keep your character's happiness level high enough to not commit suicide

You'd have to balance things like studying, eating, spending time with friends, etc. and as the school year went on it would become harder and harder to keep everything together; tests would get harder, friends would become more demanding/touchy, and random encounters like getting attacked by gangsters would permanently lower some of your stats

I had most of the core mechanics worked out but assembling everything together is simply beyond my grasp
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>>101494182
so they wouldn't grass her up*
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I'm majoring in English and Psychology, I want to be an English/Lit professor. I know the chances of success are very slim but it's my dream job.
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>>101488041
>Spice & Wolf was written by a run of the mill 25 year old physics student.
I will wait till I get my chemistry degree and write something about music.
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>>101491179
Mathematics.
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I have ideas in my head, but every time I try to convert them into writing they turn to shit, so I just keep them up there where they seem good.



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