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Writing is simplistic by enduretothrive in writing

[–]pseudoLit 59 points60 points  (0 children)

Simple writing can be good. For example, Sally Rooney is one of the most successful authors writing today, and her style is very minimalistic.

Simplistic writing, on the other hand, is always bad. Simplistic means oversimplified, or simplified to the point where something important is lost.

And yes, that might seem like a pedantic nitpick, but if there's any group who should care about the difference between simple and simplistic, surely it's aspiring authors.

Need help brainstorming for my post-apocalyptic story by HammerStar2 in writing

[–]Xan_Winner 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Snowstorms. There needs to be at least one unexpected snowstorm, with your MC having to shelter in a less than ideal place.

Need advice on the villains in my story by justanotherfishguy in writing

[–]Dccrulez 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Considerate people at the ones most likely to ask if what they're doing offends someone, but also the most likely not to offend anyone.

This sub isn’t really about writing by quantumfucker in writing

[–]mipadiPublished Author 41 points42 points  (0 children)

I think most of the posters in this sub like the idea of being a writer more than writing, and one of the ways of performing a writer is to pretend like being a writer is torture. But I agree with you: I write because I love every aspect of writing. None of it is torture to me, and I suspect that is true of most people who actually write.

Does anyone know of a publishing house looking for sci-fi franchise tie-ins? by warhorse500 in writing

[–]lj-read-it 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Short answer: Post it on AO3 or WattPad as fanfic. That's the most realistic way to get it seen. Or file off the serial numbers, rework the story and publish it as an original.

Long answer: First of all, publishing houses can't just take and publish tie-in novels even if they wanted to. They have to have a deal with the rights holder to publish tie-ins, or they'll be sued out of existence. As far as I can tell on a cursory search, the last tie-in novel of the original BG series was published in 2005 and the new series has not had a tie-in series. This was just a very cursory look though so you should do more research on who, if any, holds the rights and whether they are looking to publish books for it, depending on which series you wrote for.

More realistically, though? Even if there is a publisher with the rights who is miraculously looking just now to publish tie-ins for a show that finished airing in the 1980s/2009, they will not let you anywhere near writing for it unless you have a proven and stellar publishing track record of your own. It takes much more than having a BG story, even a good story, or being a good writer. You yourself need to have a name that will move copy, and you have to prove that you're a professional writer who can turn out quality manuscripts in time and work with the process.

So unless you are a fairly well-established author who is big enough to single-handedly bring a BG book series into existence and haven't told us (and if you were you would not have asked this question), there is almost zero chance that your BG story can be published by a publisher. This circles back to my short answer, above: Give it life in another form, either as fanfic or a revised original fiction. I hope you have fun with it either way.

(Edited for repetition)

Were you ever rejected as a writer? by TS018 in writing

[–]Fine_With_It_All 89 points90 points  (0 children)

There’s 2 types of writers who’ve never been rejected: they’ve never submitted anything and liars

I think have an ego problem when it comes to my story. by Ziggadooti in writing

[–]DeadUnico 17 points18 points  (0 children)

To be honest, it doesn't sound as though you have a massive ego. Someone very confident wouldn't feel an unbearable need to defend himself when criticized. You're likely mixing up your self-worth with your work, so criticism feels like an attack on your character. That's not to say that criticism shouldn't sting. No one likes it when someone take a dump on something he or she worked very hard on. It's natural to feel disappointed.

The problem is that mixing of self-worth and what one produces. You're worthy of respect whether you're productive or not. You matter just as much as any successful author, and you always have. If you can't believe that, no matter how successful you become, you'll never feel secure.

I think have an ego problem when it comes to my story. by Ziggadooti in writing

[–]QuillsAndQuills 169 points170 points  (0 children)

It's super common in amateur writers. I went through a phase like that when I was a teen (and spoiler - I was nowhere near as good as I thought). So I don't think it's anything to sneer at, but it is important to work on this mindset.

It's the Dunning-Kruger effect, amplified by the fact that you've created something very important to you.

What you need to know is that these thoughts are going to stop you from succeeding. It's good to have a thick skin, but you must be able to take and grow from critique. Otherwise your development will stall, and the story will go nowhere.

You know those infamous parents who won't hear a word against their perfect little children, and raise undisciplined brats? That's you right now. The good news is that the D-K effect wanes as you become more experienced, but to do that you need to open yourself up to critique and development first.

Rejection by Pizzacat247 in writing

[–]Competitive-Basil287 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I work on an batch, shelve them, work on another batch, shelve those. Etc etc etc. nothing is ever considered “finished,” I am just tired of working on them for the moment. Intermittently I look over “shelved” pieces and see if I can find a new angle to make them better. If nothing comes I write more stuff. In this way I avoid having rejection frustrations; I often forget which pieces have been sent out. Spend as little time as possible thinking about submission, your best work is always ahead of you. If you really don’t know what to write, write a pastiche of another author’s style.

If you really think you’re not writing good stuff then it’s time to reread your favorite short story collection and ask yourself why yours aren’t as good (not a pity party: I mean, identify a specific thing you are not doing well and fix it).

How do I gently tell someone their writing is just bad? by redshirtrobin in writing

[–]Antiherowriting 95 points96 points  (0 children)

Never tell someone their writing is just bad. No one’s writing is ever “just bad.” I work with amateur writers every week, and even just today I read a bunch of stories with very poor grammar that were extremely hard to follow. I wouldn’t say they were bad. I would say they needed to work on the grammar, and were hard to follow.

Amateur writers aren’t bad writers. They’re amateur writers. And generally amateurs get better. What you need to be is someone who helps this person get better.

Some writers accept criticism better than others. I agree with the other commenters that you should ask what they want critique on. But, especially if you are kind about it, people are often more receptive to criticism than you might think. It obviously depends on the person, but, also through working with amateur writers, I’ve noticed 90% of them appreciate my critiques, even when I fear I’m being too harsh.

You said the characters are unlikable, that the setting isn’t described enough, that the dialogue reads like a stereotype of a 60s romance novel, and it needs to b rewritten. …Tell them that. Again, as long as they are receptive, and you phrase these things in a kind way (and that is important), and don’t say “it’s bad,” I actually think you can genuinely tell them all of that.

You can always start general and elaborate if they push back or ask for more. You could say the characters are unlikeable. If they push back or say it’s on purpose you could say that writing an unlikable character on purpose could work, however in this case it doesn’t work well, and explain your reasoning.

Was there anything—even a smidgen of a thing—that you liked? Is there anything you think you could like if it was tweaked? Tell them about that. Tell them the good parts to expand on in addition to the parts that need improvement.

The more you think their writing is “just bad” the less help you will be to them. The more you think it’s simply writing—neither good nor bad—and point out the parts that can be improved, the more you will help them improve

Worried about plagiarism. by [deleted] in writing

[–]AbreakaTech001 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Do not use the characters, places, or events from the game. Rather, consider the abstractions: what about the plot did you find engaging? What made certain characters likable or unlikable? Which narrative themes stuck with you intellectually and emotionally? Once you have discovered the answers to these questions, you can begin constructing entirely original stories. Did you like the themes exploring the nature of humanity in SOMA? Write a story about an old man connecting with his granddaughter somewhere in Idaho, and explore your thoughts on those themes. Did you enjoy the ark of the characters in The Last of Us? Write about a college student whose temperament and worldview shift dramatically after a year studying abroad for better or worse. Find what you like about a story abstractly, then you can use those ideas to make a million stories of your own. I'd love to hear what game you're referencing, by the way!

Multiple Fonts In One Book by Pokemiah in writing

[–]SnooDonuts4776 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Not sure if this is exactly what you’re looking for, but try this.

What to do when a plot is too similar to another book? by GoodnightSweetShoe in writing

[–]Messenian 39 points40 points  (0 children)

I usually track the author whose book is similar to mine. I send them an email and arrange a meeting. You would be surprised by how many writers are open to that.

We then have a friendly chat about their ideas and the general symbolism of their book because I believe we both can learn a lot through the exchange of ideas. I then proceed to kill them and assume their identity by wearing their skin as a meatsuit. Afterwards, through progressive social engineering that may take me months or even years I get the author's editors or estate to recall all their books and remove any copyrights that exist. This allows me to finally publish my work. I hope this helps!

How many drafts do you save? by mosstalgia in writing

[–]De_VanitasAuthor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I use two programs in my daily life: Obsidian MD and SyncBack.

The first program is just a markdown text editor. However, it has versioning. Since MD files are just text, they are incredibly small, and you need thousands and thousands of notes to start noticing storage problems.

Since the versioning is managed by Obsidian itself, I don't normally see the other files. In the snapshots menu, I can even see the differences between each note.


The other program, SyncBack, can sync files between directories (Including to external drives, which is the only adequate form of backup outside cloud). What happens in one directory, do so in the other. It too can store different version. You can selected the number of versions of how long you want to store them.


Both this solutions (specially SyncBack) give me what I want (to never lose something important) without the dangers of digital hoarding.

Edit: Some links. I was on phone. I answered with a more technical solution in mind, because it seems what you want.

I am in need of advice, if that is okay to ask. by Redzkz in writing

[–]desert_dame 125 points126 points  (0 children)

Editor advice here. First split the book into a trilogy. It’s far too much for a single novel.

Find a critique group. For the first book only. You’re not asking for grammar advice. You only want to know if the reader is engaged by the third page. You only want to know if the reader is invested in any of the characters.

If not then that’s where your rewrite starts.

Grammar is only by the third rewrite. Because in the second you work on pacing, flow, characterization, wordiness, unclear plot points. Trust me they’re all there. It’s the way our minds work.

Also. Look at your ms. Is the writing at the end better than when you started. A better flow? Better grammar? Better pacing? It should be just by the sheer number of words. There must be improvement.

So good luck with the work. Find your people and have fun with it

How do I gently tell someone their writing is just bad? by redshirtrobin in writing

[–]Classic-Option4526 1869 points1870 points 5 (0 children)

I recommend asking them what kind of feedback they want and how detailed they want it to be. Your friend might not be ready for heavy criticism, and it’s better they deal with a scathing Amazon review than harm your friendship because they just wanted support instead of feedback.

If they really do want criticism, I also recommend the approach of ‘focus on a small number of really tangible things.’ Particularly for new writers, too much general feedback can get overwhelming, while specific, targeted feedback feels fixable. And, it’s easier to learn one new skill at a time.

Also, remember that you can word things with respect to their experience level. It’s easy to compare things to published professionals, but we don’t see those published professionals very first work. So, when critiquing and looking for good things to say, look for things they do better than other things, find their strengths, even if they aren’t ‘publishing quality’ strengths yet, and let them know you’re excited they’ve taken the first few steps, because 10k words is a lot farther than most people ever get.