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Author:  dunsparce [ Sun Dec 23, 2007 2:59 pm ]
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Nice. This will be useful.

Isn't the Golden Compass series called His Dark Materials not The Northern Lights?

Author:  Galar [ Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:06 pm ]
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Thanks guys. I spent quite some time on that. :o

Oh, yes, my bad... It's indeed "His Dark Materials". Gonna fix it, and thanks for pointing it out. ;)

Author:  Valentine [ Sun Dec 23, 2007 5:18 pm ]
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Nice update. I love the elfwood tutorial. but now its like i want all of my characters to be kleptomaniacs (steal ur materia)...:(

i signed up on, fictionpress, and (god knows why i signed up with though).

Author:  Thunder_dude7 [ Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:28 pm ]
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The first Harry Potter book is the Sorcerer's Stone, not Philosopher's.

Author:  dunsparce [ Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:30 pm ]
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Thunder_dude7 wrote:
The first Harry Potter book is the Sorcerer's Stone, not Philosopher's.

I think it's called Philosopher's in Europe.

Author:  Thunder_dude7 [ Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:51 pm ]
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That would explain it. I do live in the USA.

Author:  goldenquagsire [ Mon Dec 24, 2007 4:09 am ]
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Not sure what category it'd go under, but the Chambers Reference Online is one of the most damned useful things I use when I'm writing a fanfic/RP/whatever. It's got a dictionary and a thesaurus, and both are pretty concise.

Author:  Galar [ Mon Dec 24, 2007 5:55 am ]
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The original title is "The Philosopher's Stone". "The Sorcerer's Stone" is how they named it in the USA.

That's a very nice website, gq. Speaking of Thesaurus, there is also Thesaurus.Com: I refer to it a lot, it's very useful.

Author:  dunsparce [ Mon Dec 24, 2007 8:33 am ]
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HUGE writing forum you might want to add, .

Author:  Thunder_dude7 [ Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:01 am ]
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There is also, which has a dictionary, thesaurus, and a couple other things.

Another writing website to add would be

Author:  Ghost Writer [ Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:23 pm ]
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Whenever I have trouble coming up with names for characters, I go to

I don't copy the names exactly, but I do take one and change it to fit my character.

Author:  The Obsidian Wolf [ Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:34 am ]
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EDIT: Thought I'd reply to the post above me, seeing as that what a forum is for...I don't like that website. A lot of thought should go into selecting a name for a character, whether it be Jane because of the character's plainness and ordinarity (yay for making up words) or Scarlet, because the main character of the fiction is Red and is their good friend (coughcheckoutthesigcough). And if you're pushed for a fantasy name, use an anagram of something that describes them. My charry in the Team Midnight roleplay was called Adam Bidison which was an anagram for Mad Obsidian. The dude was mad, dark, and controlled by me, hence the choice in name. It's not all that difficult to come up with a suitable name.
Anyway, on to what my post was really about...

OKay, this is a suggestion box, so I'm going to suggest something:

I think we should have a COMPETITION here in the Fanfic section.

Crimson and I discussed this last year, but nothing ever came of it because I had exams and the idea just sort of...vanished.

So, I was thinking that we could decide how a competition would be run and what would be in it in here (or another topic? Up to you Galar).

My initial thoughts are having three rounds or something.

Round One: Action scene.
Round Two: Horror Scene
Round Three: Poetry

Something like that, and then have a panel of judges (or have all those that are participating to judge) on which they think is best / second / third. Of course, the amount of rounds and themes of said rounds are not set in stone, people are more than welcome to suggest what we could have instead, I just chose those three because they're the sort of generic topics for this kind of thing.

We'd also have to have a word limit / requirement.

So, feedback? Good idea / bad idea? Who'd be a judge?

(And I hope this was the right place to post this. ;) )

Author:  Crimson [ Sun Jan 13, 2008 8:52 am ]
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For names, I have a baby book that I go through or I just tell someone to say names for a gender. If last names are absolutely necessary, I grab the nearest phone book and tell someone to pick a letter. I pick a name out of that then.

As for the contest, I think there should be an "open" round. People could write whatever they want, namely their specialty. Some other round possibilities could be a death scene, tearful departure/arrival, perspective (first person, and can be judged on how well we learn about the person), a prompt (where we provide a sentence or so and they write the rest), comedy, or (dun dun dun) romance.

Now before you all go "ew," most people have a hard time writing a romantic scene without making it horribly cheesy and as a result unbelievable. On more than one occasion I've wanted to break my computer over it or throw a book across the room...That's why I refuse to read any of those teen books that are set in the "real" world, more often than not, they're horrible. The point of this could be to test how well they can write a scene that's usually unbelievable and cliche without making it either of those things, or making it so that people are so caught up in it they don't notice.

Edit: Obsidian, are you ever planning on responding to that PM sent ages a go? XD

Author:  dunsparce [ Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:00 am ]
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I love the idea of a competition. May I suggest a round in which the person is given a/some set character/s and asked to write out a specific type of scene based off the profile/s?

The Obsidian Wolf wrote:
Round One: Action scene.
Round Two: Horror Scene
Round Three: Poetry

Yeeeeeeesssssssss :twisted:

I make up names for my characters by thinking up three random boy/girl (depending on which the character is) names see which one fits. If none of them do I try again (I have not yet had to do this).

@Crimson: Ew.

Jk, I like romance (have you ever read the Twilight series?). That seems like an excellant challenge for the members of this forum.

Author:  Crimson [ Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:10 am ]
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My friends are obsessed with that series. I have too many other books to read, so I haven't really taken a look at them. All I know is that there are vampires in it.

Author:  Valentine [ Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:39 pm ]
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suggesting two sites to be added to the first post:

behind the name & behind the surname

very useful sites, in my opinion. it gives you an origin of the name, what the name means and its history.

example (name):
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Biblical
Pronounced: JAHN

English form of Iohannes, which was the Latin form of the Greek name ??????? (Ioannes), itself derived from the Hebrew name ???????? (Yochanan) meaning "YAHWEH is gracious". This name owes its consistent popularity to two New Testament characters, both highly revered as saints. The first was John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ and a victim of beheading by Herod Antipas. The second was the apostle John, also supposedly the author of the fourth Gospel and Revelation.

The name has been borne by 21 popes and eight Byzantine emperors, as well as kings of England, France, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Portugal and Hungary. It was also borne by the poet John Milton and the philosopher John Locke.

example (surname):

Usage: English

Although the origin of the 'ancient and famous city of Carlisle', is lost in the uncertainties of antiquity, historians are agreed that it was a place of importance in the time of the Romans. Its ancient British name is supposed to have been Llugyda-gwal, which meant the "army by the wall"; the Romans called it Luguvallum, and in Bede's life of St. Cuthbert, it is called Luguballa. Whitaker says that Lugu-vall-ium signifies "forts on the water". The Roman name Luguvallum was afterwards abbreviated by the Saxons to Luell, which, combined with the Saxon word Caer "city", became Caer-Luell, whence is derived its present name. Nowadays, the city of Carlisle is located in the country of Cumbria in England.

Author:  Galar [ Fri Apr 25, 2008 2:48 pm ]
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Valentine, you just reminded me I have to revamp that post and add to it all the stuff you guys suggested so far. Talk about slacking. ;p

Author:  Valentine [ Sun May 11, 2008 9:58 am ]
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Well, I has more. :D

random plot generator

It's another random plot generator, but it also gives you the length of the story/how long you will write for, what the story is (character study, etc), and what it's about.

(write for) 15 minutes * original female character * wishing you were here

500-1000 words * A Spiritual Advisor * sweet and sour

Added to list. :o

Author:  Valentine [ Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:48 am ]
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it looks like the plot generator i last suggested isn't up anymore, so i guess you should take it off the list. :( i liked that thing.

anyway, here's some more:

Writer's Resource
filled with almost everything that can be useful to authors.

'Enhance My Writing
has general writing guides, resources, etc.

look under 'for writers'; talks about a variety of things concerning the writing world.

Writer's Cheatsheets

inkworld series (cornelia funke) - starting with "inkheart" - fantasy

Author:  dunsparce [ Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:18 am ]
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Got some books for ya'. I find them great inspiration tools.

The Host -Stephenie Meyer (Good for romance and science fiction writers)

The Last Book in the Universe -W. R. Philbrick (Great for science fiction writers)

Pendragon Series -D. J. MacHale (Excellent for science fiction writers and those interested in chain-of-events type writing)

Author:  Galar [ Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:56 am ]
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Hello, everyone!

I'm here to kindly ask something from our marvellous writers; it was suggested by our dear Valentine, and I thought it was a pretty good idea.

Would you guys post here the genres you specialize in, so I can add them to our writers list in the first post? It will be a lot easier for readers to find what they like. If you think you write more than one genre than that's fine too, you can post them all.

Oh, and you obviously don't have to do this if you don't want to, it's just a suggestion. ;)

Thanks a lot!

By the way, I'll update the list with what you guys posted so far when I have enough time, don't worry!


Author:  Cellblock [ Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:01 pm ]
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Good idea.

I write quite a lot of fantasy. Sometimes I'm also writing Action/Adventure, A bit of Comedy, A bit of Sci-fi, and maybe mystery. They're the main ones. I do a little bit of everything (at an average, rated teen) but they're the ones I do the most.

Author:  Crimson [ Mon Sep 29, 2008 2:14 pm ]
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I would but I'm really bad at figuring out genres. XD

Author:  Valentine [ Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:21 pm ]
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i specialize in fantasy!

Author:  Thunder_dude7 [ Mon Sep 29, 2008 6:19 pm ]
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I'm bored. I'll check the list of featured authors and read something.

*Sees my name in the list*




OK...I'm OK...

I'm best at fantasy. I haven't written much else.

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