May 2022's Writer Support Thread

Welcome all to the support thread for May 2022.

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:birthday: Happy Birthday to May babies.

We had both new and returning after long absences writers post last month! Welcome :two_hearts:

Many have worked hard and achieved important milestones this past month, thanks for sharing, everyone.

Thank you, everyone that continues to participate in these threads – it helps others when you do participate, sometimes more than you think.

If anyone has specific questions or concerns I may help with, please let me know.

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Here are two resources to help you. They both should be self-explanatory:

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It is awesome to share everyone’s journey during the month; both highs and lows help each one of us realize that we are not alone in our journey.

If anyone has something special going on in May, let us know!



My May goal is to continue to work on my Patchwork’s project — I have a lot of work to do on it still.

Happy writing for the month of May.

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What up, writers*?

Today is May 1st, Labour Day. YOUR day, because creative labour is labour, too.

*it somehow took me three tries to type “writers” correctly, I’m off to a great start, I see

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Finally, I made some progress on my Neopets story. In retrospect, I probably should have started earlier than April 29th. My anniversary of my account’s creation is May 6th and I’m hoping to submit it to the Neopian Times to celebrate. Even if it miiiight be late.

Also, quick question, if someone is drinking a drink quickly, would “devour” be a good way to describe the action? I know “devour” means “eat quickly” but does it apply to drinks? Maybe “guzzle” is more fitting?

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I’d definitely go with “guzzle.”

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An alternative to guzzle can be “gulp.” It just depends on the image you wish to build.

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I made loads of progress on Noblesse Oblige during April, and I’m aiming to do my Chapter 5-6 revisions and complete the first draft of the final Chapter 7 this month. Im also going to try and get a bonus Creme de la Creme story written for my Patreon. Fingers crossed!

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Chug would be good too! Chug Chug Chug

For May, I’d like to accomplish two things writing-wise…

  1. Get “Last Monologue” up to 60k words (it’s at 27k right now)
  2. Finish about 50% of edits for Talon City

If I get those two things done, that will have made for a very productive May. Oh, I am teaching my oldest to drive. Prayers to the Flying Spaghetti Monster are appreciated. :spaghetti:

Best wishes to everyone for their May creative endeavors!

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This verb is only appropriately used in “frat party” situation. Doubly appropriate for keg stands.

Blessed be His noodly appendage.

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I’m working on getting a demo for my high fantasy story up and running, but I’m a slow writer so it’ll probably be a while… :melting_face:

My college’s winter semester just ended though, so I have a bit more free time!

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Sometimes I like ‘quaff.’

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My civil service contract expire the 24, then I’ll have to look for an other job.
My uncle gave me a laptop for my birthday, once I’ll have finished to learn how to use it, it’s going to be my new writing workshop (so far I’ve used a tablet).
I’ll take sign language lessons starting the 4. no joke about “Italians and their signs” allowed

I’m thinking about focusing on 2 main project: “Stories from Gaia” (fantasy) and “(Anti)Heroes and (Anti)Villains” (superhero/scifi). I’m thinking of writing short stories not in chronological order but following a pre established outline; to make a compromise between inspiration and construction.

Any advice on where to publish them online? (I’ve already discarded Wattpad)

PS: the Idea of using one or both settings for a self conclusive spin off as a Hosted Game is still in my mind: I’m curious of the reader reactions and interactions with the canonical characters, especially the villains.

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Not even waiting for Gray Painter’s body to be cold before getting started on my new project, Ansible Station 24. The Gray Painter started off slow; in contrast, with AS24, you hit “begin game” and this is the first screen.

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Welp, I’ll never get “pig-kisser” out of my head now. If your goal was to capture interest, consider that accomplished.

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Noodle protect you. :slight_smile:

I’m not going to set a hard goal for May, since I’ll be moving around a lot as we settle into a new continent-- but I hope to have good progress to report at month’s end, and to set a target for June on that basis.

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I finished my neopets story :slight_smile: . However, a slight change in plans. I will submit a one part short story instead of a two-part series. According to the faq, series must be at least 4000 words. Mine is only 2600.

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On behalf of my German Jewish ancestors, I am utterly scandalized by “pig-kisser.” And I’m even more excited for this game. :slight_smile:

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Howdy everybody. I’ve committed my time again to my old story Monster Hunt, although I’ve changed the title. I never actually stopped working on it, but with real life going on and my life becoming busier as I’ve gotten older, (becoming an EMT, starting and ending a relationship, learning how to put cheese in my scrambled eggs to make cheese eggs, among many other things), it became something I put on the back burner.
Although I suppose the real reason I never updated the game was I was never happy with what I wrote. The opening scene has about four versions now for example. Spent a lot of time banging my head against my table. I am starting to make some progress with my ideas which is nice, and I’m feeling more confident with what I’m putting on paper. It only took me, checks clock, four years… Hopefully this time I’ll actually keep working on it in a timely manner and stop feeling like I need to rewrite the same page multiple times.

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Just hit 15k for Ansible Station 24 (startup, choicescript_stats, and most of the introduction). I’ll finish up the introduction chapter before putting up a demo on dashingdon.

Things I am worried about so far:

  • The chapter starts off with an extremely tense negotiation scene in which there’s no good outcome, just an outcome where the least damage is done
  • The chapter introduces three factions, four languages, and nine characters, plus development of the main character, with very little description of the setting or background, expecting the reader to just kind of pick it all up as they go along
  • The story may demand too much of the reader; the opening scene is arranged around an extremely complicated political situation and most of the choices are about weighing up the benefits and risks of different types of interpretations of different fictional languages

Guess we’ll see after I make the demo if a story that demands this much thought and attention (and involves a chaotic, stressful tutorial) is palatable or if people bounce off it immediately.

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I graduated college and found a job! It’s office work so it’s giving me stable hours instead of random times of going to class and meeting up for group projects now.

So now I’m arranging my timeline of events and figuring out how to build a cohesive narrative around it. There will be several plot threads, but the main thing is about the politics where you either fight for various reform measures or not, and your job as a wight-hunter (ugh, still need to come up with a proper name for these guys), where you would be exposed to the underbelly of London. Extremely simplified from the real thing, but I’m compressing the entire 1830s so buckle in for one extremely horrible year.

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I picked my project back up again and pushed it over 400,000 words, about 2 years after I had intended to get that far.

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