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by Kuiper
Mon May 25, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: Archetyping without Stereotyping
Replies: 22
Views: 2969

Re: Archetyping without Stereotyping

I think it's valuable (and often important) to create unique and distinct cultures. But you can often run into problems when you don't properly separate the characteristics of a culture from the characteristics of individual characters. Fail to do this, and you wind up with characters that are walki...
by Kuiper
Mon May 11, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: Unlikeable Male Chars [Closed]
Replies: 23
Views: 2488

Re: Do I need to change the male characters?

One way that you can make devious characters more sympathetic is by having them use their powers for good. You describe the characters as a "bunch of jerks" for resorting to insults, lying, blackmail, and violence, but these are tools that could also be used to defend the weak (for example, they cou...
by Kuiper
Mon May 04, 2015 6:51 am
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: Visual Novels... With Expository Non-Fiction Writing?
Replies: 11
Views: 1203

Re: Visual Novels... With Expository Non-Fiction Writing?

To take things in a completely different direction, you could try writing creative nonfiction--that is, nonfiction writing that is focused on conveying a narrative and applies the sensibilities of fiction writing (while still staying factually accurate). Many journalistic pieces fall into this. For ...
by Kuiper
Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:58 pm
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: Preferences on writing methods
Replies: 7
Views: 1511

Re: Preferences on writing methods

I hear that usually writers would start outlining plots and characters first, then begin writing the manuscript for their fictions/novels. This is common (especially for larger speculative works, like science fiction and fantasy), but not universal. Stephen King is famous for never writing off an o...
by Kuiper
Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: WiP: NaNoRenO
Topic: Trial by Fire [Comedy][Courtroom Drama][NaNoRenO 2015]
Replies: 3
Views: 1368

Re: Trial by Fire [Comedy][Courtroom Drama][NaNoRenO 2015]

Looks somewhat educational. ^^ I'll be looking forward to this. Thanks! I hope you enjoy the finished product once it's released. Just a fair warning, I hope you don't go in expecting something too educational. I'm writing the story as a somewhat cartoonish caricature of the actual court systems, i...
by Kuiper
Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:23 am
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: Dialogues in VN
Replies: 25
Views: 2769

Re: Dialogues in VN

I'd be interested in everyone's opinions on some VNs that you feel have really really good dialogue (both commercial and free). For us new writers, seeing examples of something that is very well done can really help :) It's more ADV than traditional VN, but I've always felt that the localization Ca...
by Kuiper
Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:12 am
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: How much control would you want as co-author
Replies: 9
Views: 1519

Re: How much control would you want as co-author

If you are a co-author would you like to write being limited, having to follow plot points and possible endings or would you like to write with control over what happens in the route? It's going to vary from person to person, so I'd recommend discussing this topic in some amount of detail with the ...
by Kuiper
Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: How to write an Interesting Slice of Life Story
Replies: 13
Views: 7447

Re: How to write an Interesting Slice of Life Story

"Conflict" is pretty foundational to storytelling, even when it comes to stories without a lot of drama or high stakes. It can simply mean that we have a status quo, and one or more characters who are unsatisfied with that status quo and working to change it. Sometimes, the status quo is "the person...
by Kuiper
Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:32 pm
Forum: Creator Discussion
Topic: Fanbase before or after demo release? Or after Kickstarter?
Replies: 27
Views: 4724

Re: Fanbase before or after demo release? Or after Kickstart

I think it might be helpful to ask more generally, "What is a fan?" Or, "what makes a fan?" Generally, in every case where I've been a "fan" of a franchise or creator, it's because 1) they created something that I enjoyed and 2) that thing built up my anticipation of future releases. For example, I ...
by Kuiper
Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:56 pm
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: Organization in writing?
Replies: 7
Views: 1402

Re: Organization in writing?

George R.R. Martin describes these two writing approaches as "architecture" and "gardening." "I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the ho...
by Kuiper
Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:28 pm
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: Looking for critique/Feedback!
Replies: 5
Views: 1150

Re: Looking for critique/Feedback!

One thing that's pretty foundation to fiction writing is the idea of viewpoint. Generally, the most common viewpoints we see employed in fiction are first person, third person limited, and third person omniscient. (There are also other viewpoints, like the second-person narrative that some interacti...
by Kuiper
Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:11 pm
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: Am I good enough to write a VN or should I hire a writer?
Replies: 11
Views: 1911

Re: Am I good enough to write a VN or should I hire a writer

Based on what you've shared, it looks like you have a competent grasp of the English language. If your post is any indication of your general writing ability, the happy news is that you're on relatively even footing with most native English speakers. However, while having a competent grasp on the En...
by Kuiper
Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: Best Writing-Specific Software
Replies: 9
Views: 2080

Re: Best Writing-Specific Software

One personal recommendation I have for writers is to try composing your text in an editor that does not have a real-time spell-checker. (Or, alternatively, just disable your spell-checker while writing.) For me, writing and editing are two separate tasks. Writing is about generating ideas and adding...
by Kuiper
Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:41 pm
Forum: Creator Discussion
Topic: Planet EVN
Replies: 374
Views: 51283

Re: Planet EVN

Not a dev blog, but still relevant:

http://kineticliterature.com/?feed=rss