Post by buxom9sorceress on Mar 6, 2016 22:32:18 GMT -5
>>quote from another topic ====
[[ Feb 5, 2016 at 6:13pm buxom9sorceress said:
Thanks for your various detailed character profiles.
Plenty good ideas and sensible speculations.
and hopefully other writers will find them useful in fleshing out some more new fan tales?
>> some more ideas for fan tales...
1] high level thievery, in Turanian big city,
robbing priceless items from a palace, or a big temple complex?
[ not by conan. by some other characters? ]
2] daring pirate adventures /raids [ + sea fights? ] in Vilayet sea, on Turan coast?
3] a powerful female warrior /assassin [ with some sorceress spells ] [ very sexy dancer ]
infiltrates huge turan palace to kill the king.
+ then very exciting escape attempt, + big chase?
VENAALA replied :
"Option nro. 1 is beginning to tick my mind. Perhaps nro. 3 aswell, to some parts. Maybe a slight combination. However, I admit that I am not as great a Howard scholar as many of you here and feel a bit shy of getting it wrong, detail-wise.
If I write a story out of my head, do I have the community's support on fleshing up the details in suitable order? As in names and places and such."
>> My reply =
Hey thanks Venaala,
glad you like my ideas.
I look forward to reading some fleshed out plots by you.
> Please read my general advice in post # 1, above ?
Do not worry about any scholar-lore-details, for now.
They can be advised [by our members] and edited in, later?
[[ i posted this topic before i saw your SQUIRREL TALES new topic.
General advice, and answers to questions, will all be gathered in here.
==== > My general advice = You should name & describe your main characters so readers can engage with them, and root for them.
When creating a new tale, do not worry about any details like
place names, geographic locations, ruling king [ or dynasty ] types of weapons, or armour types, etc...
> Later...you can EDIT fill in names + more details into your bare tale. ]
>> Just concentrate on your CORE story /plot and main characters.
> Then you can easily edit any changes into your posted tale, later?
Great idea for a thread Bux!
I recall Steven King mentioning the same thing about filling in specific details later, too.
His example was, if he's writing a first draft and he needs the name of a specific city, he doesn't stop and break the flow of writing to go off and fact check for the right one, he carries on writing using a temporary placeholder name, then goes back later once the draft is done. When he's revising and editing the draft, that's when he does secondary research and fact checks those details which he may have glossed over in the first draft.
It kind of plays into the general principle I've seen mentioned by a lot of writers, of dividing the writing in to two distinct phases: creation and critique.
Or - wearing the writer's hat for creation, and switching over to the editor's hat for critique.
The only exception might be those few key details that might be intrinsic to the core concept.
"...I want to know where I came from and why and what relation I hold to the rest of the universe."
- Robert E. Howard to Tevis Clyde Smith, week of 20 Feb 1928, CL1.170
Post by themirrorthief on Mar 8, 2016 20:00:38 GMT -5
I don't think you can make yourself a good writer, a pretty good one, maybe. I think its a bit like music, most of it comes natural. But if I do give advice I guess I could come up with a couple of tips. 1 Read a lot, everything and anything you can find...read the classics to improve your language, that will put you way ahead of most. 2 Constantly look for stories, movies, etc that stimulate your imagination...imagination is more important than anything else. 3 Take a comic book you really like and create a prose version of the story. In other words, work off a synopsis already in existence...Plotting is very difficult and next to imagination might be the toughest road you have to travel down. this is good practice 4 Don't bother writing anything unless you are somewhat excited about the project...makes a lot of difference...that's why I write Howard pastiche, heck its just fun!
I would like to give my own tip to people who read fan fiction on
HOW TO READ AND RECEIVE FAN-FICTION.
Remember that It's fan-fiction! Fan-fiction doesn't NEED to be "good". It's a way for people to let out what's in their heads and hearts, freely, willingly, and without boundaries or expections.
We do it for free, and for FUN! No one is paying for anyone here for their fan-fiction, so no one can expect publish-ready material either!If someone starts thinking "is this good enough?" before daring to post their stories, drawings or ideas, we are on the wrong track. ALL of fan-fiction should be welcomed with a cheer!
Also, everyone has their own lives to consider first, before pleasing a forum audience. Keep it easy, keep it casual, keep it fun! Help eachother and enjoy, and if you don't enjoy it - that's fine! You don't have to like everything you see! Most importantly: Don't judge! Remember, that our favourite author wrote his stories from a mental house. Embrace the strange, the mad, the different, the faulty, the lame, the annoying, the imperfect and the unreasonable! In every one of u there lives a little Howard.
Here is the scenario for my tale, unfleshed. Brothers growing up on the frontier during Conans reign. The elder destined to the toil of a life as an apprentice black smith under his father's tutelage, the younger learning the wood craft of the forrest runners and woodsmen. The elder builds a shotty, but sound raft and disappears down the river.
Years later where the tale truely begins, the elder returns. He is now a pirate captain. He regales his brother and his family with tales of adventure on the high seas (after an elaborate back story concerning his becoming a pirate). There is a mystery to his return, but I don't want to give to much away yet. His brother has now been elevated to comander of the forest runners(an institution founded by King Conan), and there will be contention between the two. He has a fine Aquilonian wife and beautiful children. I wanted the elder to cruise his ship and crew right up to the frontier country, but only if it's feasible.
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