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by Kuiper
Mon May 01, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: Western vs. Eastern Storytelling
Replies: 10
Views: 2926

Re: Western vs. Eastern Storytelling

To get to the more general point about how western stories tend to be more conflict-driven than eastern stories (and the fact that eastern readers seem to have a greater appetite for "slice of life" stories), I think it's worth pointing out that even in eastern stories that are conflict driven, Japa...
by Kuiper
Mon May 01, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: Writing dialog for characters of different genders
Replies: 0
Views: 424

Writing dialog for characters of different genders

On several occasions, I've seen the topic come up of writing characters of different genders (e.g. female writers trying to write male characters, or male writers trying to write female characters), so I thought I'd share several resources that I've found helpful. Roughly in (ascending) order of how...
by Kuiper
Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Creator Discussion
Topic: Trends in Visual Novels
Replies: 25
Views: 3219

Re: Trends in Visual Novels

These VNDB analytics posts are really interesting to read, thanks for writing them up
by Kuiper
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Works in Progress
Topic: Necrobarista [urban fantasy, suspense]
Replies: 9
Views: 1768

Re: Necrobarista [urban fantasy, suspense]

We've been really thrilled with the response that the game has gotten so far, and we're working hard to do our best to meet everyone's expectations, so thanks to everyone who's posted encouraging feedback. We did a bit of a "press tour" at GDC last month; here are some press write-ups for people who...
by Kuiper
Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have VN of the Year Awards?
Replies: 21
Views: 2061

Re: Why don't we have VN of the Year Awards?

This is a little bit off topic, but I feel obliged to mention that VN devs can (and do) submit their games to general (indie) games contests and events. Christine Love's "Ladykiller in a Bind" won the IGF award for Excellence in Narrative last month, and Lucy Blundell's "One Night Stand" was also a ...
by Kuiper
Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What music to listen to while drawing?
Replies: 31
Views: 2952

Re: What music to listen to while drawing?

I just watched this video and remembered this thread: Video: You probably shouldn't listen to music when drawing The main point is main in the video (namely, that people tend to be less productive with auditory stimulation of any kind), though I think there's a point to be made that sometimes, you c...
by Kuiper
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Creator Discussion
Topic: The Buzz - a 30-episode visual novel podcast
Replies: 55
Views: 8416

Re: The Buzz - a visual novel podcast

So, a bit of an update: The Buzz has now released a total of 30 episodes. ( You can view all episodes on Soundcloud, here .) And episode 30 is a bit of a "sunset" episode, which is to say, it's the last episode we're doing before going on indefinite hiatus. This podcast is over two years old and I f...
by Kuiper
Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Creator Discussion
Topic: Visual novel meetup at GDC (March 1)
Replies: 2
Views: 481

Re: Visual novel meetup at GDC (March 1)

Right next to the spiked pavilion under a tree
by Kuiper
Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Creator Discussion
Topic: Visual novel meetup at GDC (March 1)
Replies: 2
Views: 481

Visual novel meetup at GDC (March 1)

Hey folks! Just wanted to drop a reminder that we're hosting a VN dev meetup at GDC in San Francisco this week, Wednesday afternoon at Yerba Bueno Gardens. Here's the link if you want to RSVP:

https://m.facebook.com/events/1395097950520889/
by Kuiper
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: Eliminating all forms of "to be": Active Voice
Replies: 10
Views: 1266

Re: Eliminating all forms of "to be": Active Voice

If I want to convey a scene or image to the reader, then I try to avoid forms of "to be" (passive voice). But not every line of the story is trying to convey a scene. Sometimes, you just want to convey raw information. Saying "Kim had been a middle school teacher for 10 years" is not an active sente...
by Kuiper
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: How do you avoid "convenient" or "coincidental" plotting?
Replies: 17
Views: 1986

Re: How do you avoid "convenient" or "coincidental" plotting

Usually, things in a story that feel arbitrary and implausible can be fixed with proper foreshadowing, though this mostly applies to things that happen mid-story that make a reader go, "Huh?" So it applies less to your example: Jane disappeared seven years ago leaving behind her younger sister, Mary...
by Kuiper
Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Creator Discussion
Topic: Being evident or as silent as a ninja
Replies: 10
Views: 1203

Re: Being evident or as silent as a ninja

"Show, don't tell" is a good guiding principle. However, showing usually requires more space than telling. He was impatient. He glanced around the room as he waited, his eyes darting from the clock to the door as he restlessly tapped his foot. The first example is telling, the second example is show...
by Kuiper
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: How visual novel writing is different
Replies: 8
Views: 2065

Re: How visual novel writing is different

The 'wrong' example you gave doesn't seem wrong to me, even though speaker one didn't expect an answer there's no confusion from speaker 2 answering to confirm it. So, I might be responding to your word choice here rather than the actual sentiment behind it, but the example I provided wasn't intend...
by Kuiper
Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:03 am
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: How visual novel writing is different
Replies: 8
Views: 2065

How visual novel writing is different

I just wrote a blog post about how visual novel writing differs from other forms of fiction writing: http://www.route59games.com/how-visual-novel-writing-is-different/ I wrote this post mainly to address questions that I often see from writers outside of VN development who want to understand the wri...
by Kuiper
Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Creator Discussion
Topic: VN developer's web-conference Jan 14, 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1269

Re: VN developer's web-conference Jan 14, 2017

All of the talks have now been posted to Youtube! For those who didn't want to spend $10 on a ticket (or just happened to be busy that day), now is your chance to watch an entire day of talks from a really impressive lineup of speakers, featuring folks like Christine Love and Tom Rothamel (aka PyTo...