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Carbonox

I like lurking. Posting would be nice too, but it's a slow, grueling process.

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Osric

I am itching to write a story soon.

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MoonlightTraffic

Whoa this place sure has died, good job your old friend VP is back ;)

 

I've had a pretty sh*tty few years but I'm back and ready to get writing again, how've you all been?

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Mokrie Dela

I'll welcome any new or returning writers with open arms.

 

It's been a while (my memory is jogged though not 100% why!). Still keeping the home fires burning here, fitting around home life

How you been?

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MoonlightTraffic

It's been rather bleak really, lots of tradgedy and misery but I reckon getting back into writer mode will help to block most of it out. I see City of Lies has a sequel now, I'll be sliding in there in the morning most likely :)

 

I'm looking to rewrite my old project with Nathan and Loren and all that, been working on a sequel moviescript tonight too and ended up writing quite a lot more than I planned lol

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Mokrie Dela

Congrats and well done to Saintsrow, Carbonox and Albanyave for their gold, silver and bronze award medals. Keep up the good and hard work to you guys and everyone else who managed to get their stuff into the awards; your contributions keep this section alive. I'll have to up my game for COL2 for next year! Haha.

 

*high fives, hand shakes and fist bumps all round*

 

Drinks are on Aesob.

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I'm aware the spelling doesn't match up but made me laugh at the time...

 

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Carbonox

On the subject of awards, anyone know why Most Talented Writer was renamed Most Creative in Writing this year? The new name comes across a lot more ambiguous IMO. :p

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AEsob

Did someone mention me?

 

Well, here I am.

 

Sorry, life sucks.

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Mokrie Dela

On the subject of awards, anyone know why Most Talented Writer was renamed Most Creative in Writing this year? The new name comes across a lot more ambiguous IMO. :p

I think it was because there was a slight change in format to the awards. You have most creative in writing, graphics etc iirc.

 

I don't think it's more ambiguous TBH. In fact I think it's too specific - I prefer best writer because for me at least, the best writer is one who writes good stuff and contributes to this section and listens to feed back, most creative to me sounds like flat out who wrote the best story.

 

But I think everyone on this section would be relatively happy with the medal winners. So despite the award name, big well done to all, not for the medals but for the hard work you've all put in

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Carbonox

I actually think ambiguous wasn't a good word to use... more like specific. Most creative doesn't sound as inclusive, so to speak, as most talented or plain best writer. :p

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Mokrie Dela

I actually think ambiguous wasn't a good word to use... more like specific. Most creative doesn't sound as inclusive, so to speak, as most talented or plain best writer. :p

Ah, yeah sounds like the Same thing I'm thinking. Still I'm glad we managed to get the recognition to you guys :)

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AEsob

Oh, congrats, guys!

 

Also, could you drink something cheaper next time?

 

Demonetisation, so no cash and I have to foot the bill.

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Osric

I've been reading Tyla's "GTA: Liberty City 1978" concept thread and now I'm wanting to write a Vampire: The Masquerade fanfiction set in either 1970's New York City or Richmond, Virginia of the same era. The capital of my home state is rather infamous for its violent crime and corruption even today, and in the 1970's, Richmond was like NYC writ small. (Richmond in the 1970's was The Dirty South long before that term was coined to describe present-day Atlanta and Memphis) and I think I will get to writing on it soon!

 

This would be a story emphasizing the filth, sleaze, poverty, hedonistic excess, rampant violence, hardship, and overall sadistic misery of urban life in the 1970's.

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Mokrie Dela

Most works seem to be set in New York. It'd be nice to see something glamourising a different place. Show a romanticised novelisation of a new city, a different culture. something different

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saintsrow

Most works seem to be set in New York. It'd be nice to see something glamourising a different place. Show a romanticised novelisation of a new city, a different culture. something different

Yeah, Richmond VA would be new ground for GTA readers.

 

It's similar to how every Marvel Comics galactic-scale maga-villain for the past 50 years comes straight to NYC, right in front of the Fantatic Four's HQ skyscraper, to start destroying the Earth.

 

Just as a concrete example (out of the blue) of how similar themes can be translated to a different setting and culture, you might look at the recent movie "Hell or High Water," where they almost mix old west themes with modern corruption, crime, and cynicism, kind of like GTAV tried to do.

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Mokrie Dela

Merry Christmas to those of you that celebrate it. 🎄 🎁 🎅🏻

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Mokrie Dela

Happy new year, you wonderful writers!

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saintsrow

Happy new year, you wonderful writers!

Thanks for running this exemplary Writer's subforum! And Happy New Year to everyone here!

 

 

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Just a random GTAV snow pick fromthe web.

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Notna

Hello guys, I don't think I ever wandered around this part of the forum but thought to stop by. I've always been fascinated with writing, and I have written a million short stories. Mainly focus on action and thriller. I'm looking into actually writing a novel length story soon, but currently suffer of a slight writer's block. I pump so much of my creativity into various other projects as well that writing gets hard sometimes.

 

What inspires you guys to write the most? My biggest inspirations are Lee Child's Jack Reacher and Fleming's Bond books. Incredible work of art.

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Rhoda

F*cking everything. I don't read a lot of fiction. In fact, I don't read any fiction at all. I can't remember the last time I read a fiction book. It was probably a Discworld novel a couple of years back that I got about halfway through. I get most of my inspiration through objects and situations. Everything I've ever written has had some basis in my own life, however slight or exaggerated. I feel that reading clouds it. I don't want to fill my head with stories, I have enough of my own.

 

People say that you should read more if you want to be a better writer. I don't see it. If you want to get better at writing, write more. Reading is alright if you want to experience somebody else's vision but if you want to write your own, avoid fiction as much as possible. It's toxic.

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Notna

Interesting point of view. I read so much as a child that I grew over it. For a long portion, I hated reading. I wrote a lot and seemed likeable. However, I always felt like my stuff was a bit repetitive, at least in word usage and so forth. Recently, when I've started reading more again, I notice my vocabulary is much better and my pieces are more interesting to read.

 

One I have a thing for are shared universes. Nothing so exciting than a supporting or minor character from a previous installment appearing as the main character in the new one, or the main appearing as a supporting or minor. Love it.

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Mokrie Dela

Reading definitely has its benefits when it comes to learning how to write, but ultimately you so learn by doing, and by feedback. I think it's a 'no man is an island' thing: you need people to point out your weaknesses so you can improve on them.

 

Definitely try a novel length story if you want - post your shorts here too! - but make sure you plan it out. In terms of writer's block, my advice is usually 'just write'

 

Short stories, a side project; push your mind into writing no matter what. If your struggling with your main project, write a short on the side. It doesn't matter if you don't upload it; the idea could be used later but it's just to keep working that muscle out.

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Rhoda

Even if you come up with something half baked, write it down. It doesn't matter if it's 200 words or 20,000, ideas need to be written down as quickly as possible to preserve them. Otherwise, your brain starts adding things to it in a flurry of excitement. If you note the original idea, you can work on it independently and see what works.

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Notna

Thanks for the tips! Some fresh perspectives. Very helpful. I'm the type that always just enjoyed and desired creating anything. A plot and a result. Jotting it down is a completely different challenge.

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Carbonox

Regarding the inspiration bit, I suppose I'm a bit of an opposite to Craig in that. I like to scoop up ideas from all sorts of works of fiction - not straight up copying, but in particular seeking out parts that start off with good premises, but turn out to be letdowns. With those I like to think how they could've been done better, and then incorporate that improved scene into my ideas if possible.

 

Sometimes I realize that no matter how original I think my plotlines may be, they've been done before in some form almost certainly. That I'll try not to worry about, rather focusing on giving the writing my own special touch that distinguishes it from the rest.

 

For me, my own life sadly doesn't work as an inspiration source at all, being as uninteresting as it is. Geez, that came out depressing. :p

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Rhoda

I make it sound like I spend my life writing crime novels, surfing and shagging. I'm not exactly living in the fast lane. I just like turning the mundane into something entertaining. To me that's easier than coming up with an exciting concept from the beginning and building upon that. I like the idea of taking something common and tweaking it to the point that it makes me laugh.

 

Horror is good for that. True terror is relateable. It's hard work trying to scare people with a ghost story. It's old hat and it's been done to death. If I want to unsettle somebody I'll take something they used to be comfortable with and make them afraid of it.

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Mokrie Dela

Sometimes the lack of inspiration is in itself inspiration; your day might be dull and you yearn for adventure - that's why adventure stories are popular. James Bond - fast cars, exotic locations, beautiful women and good food/drink - that's a fantasy lifestyle most of us would love. Escapism.

 

But inspiration is all around you; just open your eyes and ears. Be aware of conversations you overhear on busses; see that nice car driving down the road, but is covered in dirt and sand despite you being in the middle of a town? Your mind will likely fill in the blanks as to where it's been - that could be a story idea right there.

 

And dreams. Don't discount dreams. Explore yourself, your hopes and fears, your fantasies and the things you dread.

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Notna

My block was more that I had written myself into a plothole, but I got it covered and actually finished what I was writing! I'll post it now.

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Osric

I'm feeling rather nostalgic for when I first joined this forum almost eight years ago (hard to believe it's been that long) and Build Up Your Gang was really popular. It's sort of what got me into the idea of writing, and I even did a military spin-off of BUYG called "Build Up Your Army", and there were other spin-offs as well such as the zombie-themed Build Up Your Survivor.

 

Now BUYG is completely dead, and has been for several years. I'm legitimately surprised they didn't revive it when GTA V came out, what with all the new gangs and storylines. Then again, I think I might be one of the few people here who still remembers Build Up Your Gang. I'd bring it back, but I don't think we have enough people to get it going. Funnily enough, I was added to the BUYG staff shortly before the game died completely.

 

I'd love to do another Build Up Your Gang game, whether it be GTA-based (most likely using the gangs from V and maybe IV) or something with real and historical gangs. The GTA-based BUYG may have a chance if posted in the GTA Series sub-forum, while any other BUYG spin-off or variant could only fit here, and we don't have enough people posting here to keep it alive.

 

Forgive me if I'm meandering endlessly about a long-dead forum role-play, but I'm just feeling very nostalgic.

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