February 2023's Writer Support Thread

Thanks for reaching out.

Is there any trick to telling the phonetic difference between ‘o’ and ‘u’, ‘ae’ and ‘e’, ‘j’ and ‘ch’, and ‘wi’ and ‘ui’ characters, or is this just one of those things I need to have an ear for it?

I’m not sure what you mean by ‘trick’ cause I guess it just boils down to knowing what the vowels and consonants are supposed to be in same way you know that ‘a’ is pronounced the way it is.

Like the word ‘yes’ is a combination of the consonants ‘y’ and ‘s’ and the vowel ‘e’ goes in the middle of the word and forms the core of the pronunciation. So since the letter ‘y’ is first you start with that, then sound out the vowel ‘e’ and end with the ‘s’

Same goes for 나 which has the consonant ㄴ which is like an ‘n’ and vowel ㅏ which is like an ‘ah’ sound

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No, what I mean is, I can’t tell the difference between, say, the sound that ㅗ and ㅜ characters make when spoken. In your “yes” example, it’d be like if “yes” and “yis” (except those characters are ‘o’ and ‘u’ when romanised, but you know what I mean) sounded the same to me. I was wondering if there’s a trick I’m missing or I just need to develop a ear for whatever difference there might be.

Ahhhh okay okay get it. So as far as I’m aware the vowels have their pronunciation and there aren’t really any cases where they differ from that.

ㅏis always prunounced like ‘ah’ and ㅗ is always pronounced like ‘oh’.

What I’m saying is once you learn them you only need to learn them once. One day with like an online tutorial and you’ll have the hang of it.

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Guess I just need to keep pushing those lessons until I get an ear for it. Well, worse comes to worst I guess I have a 50% of getting it right. :smile:

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Thank you, @vera , @Snowflower and @E_RedMark . I really love the vision/ecstatic idea.

Pizza for everyone! :pizza:

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Sunday, day of long workshift. I’ll try a full immersion day the 28th (my free day) and see how it will go.

Can someone tell me why I put 7 different dragon races and 7+1 related clans? And why a 7 heads giant dragon? I even toyed briefly with 9 before set down with 7

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Because of the 7 deadly sins.

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I love the parallel but no, nothing to do with the 7 deadly vices (in English is “sin” because dumb translation from Latin), the demonic part is left to vampires/vampyrism, lycanthropy/werebeasts and actual demons and devils. Also from what I remember, the apocalyptic beast has not 7 heads
Technically I don’t even have a dark lord, even if T. is close enough but not quiet.

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Any tips for dealing with a ‘rewrite loop’? I seem to be stuck in one. I’ll draft a chapter, begin writing for it, and then fall into a hole halfway through. I step away from the work for a day or so, and then come upon an idea or framework that I tell myself would suit the story better. After the mourning of the thousands of words lost from the rewrite, I begin work on the new idea for the chapter only to get stuck again. This has happened three times now, and is causing a significant gap from when I intended to release the chapter and when it might be released. The core of the story never changes, just the ‘trimmings’. I would quite like to finish my current story before the heat death of the universe, if it were at all possible.

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I’d suggest you push through and complete a first draft at least once. Of course, this doesn’t have to be done in one sitting (very few people have the time or energy for that, and I certainly don’t)–I’m saying that when you pause, resume from the pause point rather than from the top. Once the first draft is done, go over it with a comb for any egregious errors or odd sentence structures/idea combinations/space-time continuum holes (minor spelling/grammar errors can wait). Add in new ideas at this time. Then put it out for your beta testers/the wider forum if your beta phase is fully public and have them go over it with their fresh eyes and minds, and then rewrite based on what they said, if you wish. An adapted version of this strategy worked for my school papers and recent application essays. I hope that you may find it helpful.

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Any tips for organizing a choicescript project? So far my only solution is to chop every chapter into manageable bits. I hope that won’t get out of control…

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Here are my thoughts:

As @Snowflower says, the goal is to move forward with the first draft until complete.

One way I handle what you describe is to have a “improvements” file. It is where I put these “new ideas” to improve existing content, until a rewrite is in progress. This file, like my “cut material” file is a part of every project. This is most effective when “fluff” or “trimmings” is the focus of the improvements.

Being stuck is something many writers go through, including myself. Occasionally, the solution to go forward is to skip ahead and then backtrack on a rewrite phase. I did this with a complete branch of the opening scene in my Patchworks project, and returned to write this branch during this rewrite.

I’m not certain that I understand what you are asking here…

It seems to me, you are asking more about work flow than story arc organization.

If that is the case, I always mark a starting point each day, and then I put the next day’s starting point where I stop for that session. (eg. *comment Start 02-26-23, *comment Workspace Start and *comment Workspace End)

Each day’s workload depends on what I am working on. One day it might be figuring out flow and pace of content, so my new words may be low for the day, and the next maybe writing that chapter’s story arc plot points, so my word count goes up.

I hope this helps.

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With non-game writing, I find that writing things by hand really helps me with this. Computers make it so easy to edit and re-edit and re-re-edit text that it’s very easy to get stuck in a loop like that. When you’ve got to redo an entire page or fill a paragraph with ugly scratchouts it’s a lot easier to go “screw it, let it ride”.

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Well, for the month of February, I met my goal, but not my stretch-goal.

The next couple of days, I shall get a head start on my March goal of completing chapter 7(a), 7(b) and chapter 7(c).

Unless I do much better than I can imagine, there is no way I can accomplish completing chapter 7’s rewrite in 2 days.

My stretch goal for March will be Chapter 8, which is a new insert into the common route.

My stretch-stretch goal will be to also complete Chapter 9 of the common route rewrite.

I hope everyone’s end-month is going well.

Congrats to @Eric_Moser for going (near) full time on your writing. We are all in your corner, cheering you on.

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My February goals were complicated by my entire household coming down with a bad case of bronchitis.

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Oooof, hope everyone feels better soon.

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Well, the first one was accomplished and then some, with 45,000 new words in the chapter. The second… well I got most of the way there. I just have the aftermath of the climactic triumph to go!

Seems like everyone’s been on a bit of a rollercoaster this month—at least as a collective. So I hope things smooth out for us a bit on the next go, so to speak.

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Covid booster. Gonna be out for the first day of March.

Haven’t achieved much in February but I’m working on it!

I reckon I’ll just post what I have so far. Getting some feedback on it might help with motivation. Just need to find a suitable cliffhanger to end things on.

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I feel your pain. My family didn’t get bronchitis, but we did get a bad cold with a nasty fever that made things difficult for a solid week.

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