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Hey guys, I'm not sure how many of you would be familiar with the play-by-post RPG I ran on LO a few years ago called 'The 8 Winds of Chaos', so here are a few links to familiarise you with it for reference:
Basically it was a story about a group of Empire Villagers who had their cozy little village raided and burned to the ground by a Chaos Warband, but managed to turn the tables on them through force of numbers and determination. The warband cut their losses and fled, and the survivors vowed to hunt them to the ends of the earth (quite literally) to exact their revenge.
The roleplay followed the stories of both the Survivors, and the Warband they pursued.
I don't expect you to read the whole thing - there's some 198 pages of the survivors thread, and 130 for the Warband, when pasted into a word document, so who knows how many forum pages they take up. But if you'll have a quick perusal - doesn't matter where from, skip to any part. It gets better as it gets further along, IMO, that would be great
But the reason for posting this thread, particularly in this forum, is that I'm considering converting the story into a novel. There's certainly plenty of material to go off, and it could reach the length of at least a novella.
I was just after people's opinions on this: any thoughts/comments/questions, and perhaps some advice even, for example:
One thing I'm considering is what kind of perspective to write it from. There's always 3rd person omniscient, but that may not allow the reader to get as good a scope of the characters feelings and inner monologue, as well as form connections to them (and thereby reducing the dramatic impact later on when they may or may not be killed).
One suggestion was to write it in the first person, switching perspectives between a few main characters, with occasional cameos from minor characters, ala the Horus Heresy books.
The problem with that, apart from being rather difficult (although certainly possible), is changing characters too frequently, as I would be inclined to with a number of characters having important viewpoints in certain scenes.
The other option is to name chapters after characters, and just tell a whole scene at a time from their P.O.V, which could lead to missing out on things from other characters, or having to go over it all again from a different P.O.V.
I don't expect anyone to write me an essay in response to my ponderings, but if you could at least share some surface thoughts/opinions, that would be greatly appreciated
Dear All Concerned,
Well, I got your message, and here I am! The first thing I want to say is that you got a good idea going, especially finding and planning out your story. Trying to write a longer story right free can be extremely difficult. (I know from experience) Anywho, what I have noticed while writing is the problem with sticking to one person to write in. Personally, I prefer to switch between them throughout a story. Others may say this gets confusing, but I feel being able to describe, for example, the surroundings of the character in the third person, then describe his thoughts or ideas in the first person sometimes helps. Some examples of this in my personal writing are my Naruto Fanfic, Amorphous Hearts over on fan fiction dot net, and I think in Ordo Hereticus, but don't quote me on that. So yah, I like where you're going, and once you get started on writing a rough draft (converting the RPG to story form) wouldn't mind seeing some of your writing. Just PM me when you get that going, and I'll give you my e-mail.
So yah, if you want me to go into more detail or give advice on something specific, just PM me!
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I'll take a look, but I'd prefer to read actual fiction. You know, a narrative.
Anyhow, I'm off to read [....].
I liked the survivors. Speaking as a teacher, I'd love to have a 15 year old produce that as it shows very solid writing for someone that age.
As it's an RPG, you're accelerating the action and cutting back on detailing the setting, which is fine. After all, you want the gamers to picture the scenario for themselves, and you've got to keep the story moving.
I'm just now to your Warrios thread. Why was it closed?
Anyhow, off to read again [...].
The introduction is a bit overdone.
Okay, here's what I see in general.
A good expansive vocabulary that explains the plot, characters, and setting well. Good job plotting things out cause and effect wise and chronologically. Those two things have got to make sense. Overall, good use of syntax. Could use some proofreading, but I know what it's like to hammer out some text and just fast scan proof through it once.
I think it's good writing, but if you're interested in writing fiction, then you should do it. Just sit down for a few hours with a basic concept or conceit and see what happens. Talking about it won't make it happen after all.
For your fiction, I'd say slow down and detail the setting. Don't forget sounds. I'd be interested to hear how you narrated a battle when your RPG got to a 'live' battle sequence.
P.S. I hope I don't sound like a stool dropping. It's hard for me to stay out of 'teacher' mode when asked to respond to writing.
Thanks for taking the time to read over the threads, David - I don't know if you got all the way through, but if you did, I salute you
Yeah, I agree, the beginning of the warband was definitely over-done. I thought that when i read it back over, but I suppose I was less experienced back then.
I think the survivors is my favourite as well. And that's a good tip about describing the sounds and other senses - I'll keep that in mind.
I'll see how I go working on this story, but if you were interested in some other pieces I've written more recently, I'd be happy to show them to you. They perhaps will give a better gauge of what level I'm at currently in my writing. Shoot me a PM, or if you use MSN or anything, up to you.
Oh, and I can't forget yourtimehascome, cheers for your input as well. I'll keep you posted once i get a start on this.