The Creative Writing Thread (All writers come all!)
Well, I was looking through the forums in general chat and I saw the typical forum type threads, but nothing on creative writing! I myself am a huge writer, I write alot of poems in my free time, so I thought, after reading other people's posts that there are a bunch of others who love writing as well. So ya, it can be stories, quotes, poems, any of your own original work! Here is something I wrote a few months ago.
Everything I do,
Every step forward, in silent remorse,
Is watched, is stalked, is seen
Fighting in an endless air of nothingness,
I am held between pews of candle lit expectation,
Silently humming, I madly sway
Corners cut the calm in my mind,
My soul is running awry,
I cannot find the centre of my being
It is gone, it seems,
It is frightening
It seems hope is overrated,
Love is but a sham,
Everything in this world
Is held between my hands,
Yet I cannot grip it,
That of which I must grip
Slipping, sliding, twisting,
My sanity falls through,
Accompanying my sins
Of which I thought I had once left
But alas, ‘tis was a lie as well,
It seems everything regarding,
*PS, this isn't about me, it is about a friend of mine going through some things, ya I was inspired XD
I can write, but I have the attention span of a goat. Unless it's a really good day, nearly anything I try to write seriously winds up degenerating into total madness within a few paragraphs.
Very nice poem, zetsubousensei! I used to try fidgeting with poems but they never turned out better than slop, so I gave up. I write prose instead, which I find much easier. ^.^
I like the idea of this thread. You can find a few fanfiction threads in some of the fandom forums, but there are hardly any posts for general writing even in the Creative Section.
And err, well, I don't have a lot of material to offer that'll be a suitable length (not to mention quality)...so I wonder if posting a snippet of a short-story would be acceptable?
Title is "Saigo no Kiss" (English: "A Last Kiss"). I wrote it for the Pan-Asian Animax Awards last year, but it didn't get very far at all. If anyone's interested, toxic trance (a fellow member of our MASK team) did a few illustrations, which you can find in this thread <-- (should be under the section of "Our Manga")
So, after rambling on, here's a quick story outline:
Spoiler for Story Outline:
...and then finally, the little snippet:
Spoiler for "Saigo no Kiss" snippet:
Hope you didn't dislike! Concrit is always helpful ^_^
Whoa. In a thousand years, I never thought I'd find a thread for creative writing/ poetry/ creative prose. Zetsubousensei, thanks for starting this. Perhaps now I can post original stuff on the forums too.
But first, some poetry. Don't like to double-post, but this is unfortunately one of the better ones this year. It's fan-poetry, written from the events in Norihiro Yagi's Claymore manga, chapter 66.
When the appointed hour had come
they gathered together in the upper floor,
making ready the passing over into night.
And they sat: not just the twelve, but twenty-four,
neither apostle or apostate. And their leader –
who would have it that no one would die – said:
“Here I dine with you before we all suffer.”
But she did not eat or break bread.
No symbol for remembrance, just: “Sorry, I know, I’m
sacrificing many so only a few will survive.”
But she did not utter a prayer,
she did not pour, taste or pass the wine.
No need for bread to give thanks for – just the
shadow of many wrecked bodies to come.
No wine to relieve their sorrows – only
definite shedding of innocent blood.
Soon they would climb their Golgotha:
the darkest, yet the only path they could take.
No need for Judas to dip his hand with them
into the dish – for they had already been betrayed.
And the leader looked upon these faces,
a room untouched by even the smallest hope.
No heavenly kingdom loomed near,
but only this – and she spoke:
“This is your pill. Take half, eat and
suppress your will. It should be all you need.
Now, remember what we need to do and,
God willing, through this death, we might find a way to live.”
Appreciate the opportunity to post, & looking forward to read more of everyone else's works :)
Doesn't this thread belong in the fan creations sub-forum instead?
I may be a professional writer, but I focus on non-fiction. I realised long ago that convincing fiction is a lot harder to write than I anticipated. I lack the imagination and life experience to paint a picture with words. My mind may be a wilderness of dots waiting to be connected, but it takes inspiration to create a living tapestry of characters. Inspiration, unfortunately, is fleeting.
For what it is worth, here are two stabs at fan-fiction I tried long ago (I posted the second one in AnimeSuki some time ago in another thread - re-posting here for continuity's sake).
Three Nations: Prologue
I wrote original fiction some time back too, but I think you need some big/ traumatic/ significant experience to sustain the effort of writing an original story. I find fanfiction is much easier to write: I just put all the usual everyday experiences into a context, with already available characters. Of course, fanfiction always depends on interest towards the fandom; when interest dies, so does the fanfiction.
I counter fleeting inspiration by writing short stories & standalone poetry. Whatever inspiration that happened is just contained within that 1 piece alone. Not very creative, but efficient at least.
Then again, the feeling of accomplishment after finishing an original piece far surpasses that of fanfiction. Well, not that I can say much...I keep starting stories but never manage to finish the majority of them :heh:
Shouldn't this be in Fan Creations?
In any case, we also have to accept that every work of art, even fiction, is derivative. Whether you want it or not, the experiences you've gone through and the art you've been exposed to affect the final outcome in a very strong manner. So I don't know how much "creative" is fiction when opposed to fanfiction.
Though there surely is a lot of crap in fanfiction. Certainly, they're easier to do, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to get something fresh and original like RETAKE.
(PS: To anyone who's seen NGE and hasn't read that doujin series, by all means do so, even if you aren't into doujins. It has very, very few sex scenes--there are like five 60 to 200-page volumes and only a handful of them are dedicated to porn... and the best part of it is that the actual scenes make sense within the context).
Now, as for myself, I used to write quite a bit when I was a kid, but I suddenly lost inspiration. I was asked to write a couple of short descriptions for my English classes at my university last year, and I was very proud of the outcome... except that I can't find the damn pages. I guess I'll try to recreate them from memory and post them here when I feel like it.
I wonder...I think there's a difference between fanfiction and doujinshi. This is just my personal opinion, but I've always thought that doujinshi tend to focus more on art (and in some cases, r-rated scenes that don't appear in the canon) rather than story. Fanfiction on the other hand, is more focused on plot and/or character developement.
While it's very true that there are quite a lot of bad fanfiction on the net, I don't think fanfiction writing in general is worthless. It's like art...amateur artists don't go off and start drawing original works when they've never drawn a picture before. They take an example and try to copy it, and by repeatedly doing so, they try to improve. Same with writing and fanfiction.
Doujinshi, for the most part, it's done as a way for amateur manga artists to make a couple of bucks. Most of them don't care much about what they're doing, and they throw in sex because that's what the doujinshi-buying fandom wants. However, from time to time there are these odd doujins where you can find that, surprisingly, the whole thing doesn't just amount to sex between two already-established characters. You can find that, actually, the guy that did it put a lot of effort in presenting the already-established characters in a new fashion, and that some heavy thinking went into the writing. And RETAKE is the best example of the bunch. It attempts to present an alternative ending to the NGE series--something that I'm sure was tried countless times in the realm of fanfiction--but it does it amazingly well. Much better than the official crap we got from Hayashi Fumino (Iron Maiden the 2nd, known as Angelic Days in the US), that's for sure. It's a sort of proof that fanfiction, even though it mostly sucks and it will always suck in my mind, still has the potential within it.
Then again, I dont think it would be such a bad idea to leave it here for a couple of days; If only to give the thread more exposure ( and a few loyal posters along the way). >_<!
Writting threads always have it hard in Fan Creations, and it would take little time before such a thread is buried and forgotten there.
I pray upon a hushed step,
A darkened pew,
Grown old and forgotten,
Is still lingering slowly with mold
Erasing the times,
A crooked memory in my mind,
Straighten it, I must straighten!
For every hollow step,
That is so tainted with crimson,
Is echoing of sins, bleeding
Humbly I sit,
Under judging eyes,
These tears that drop are so pungent
Rage! Lust! Treason!
Still humming to me,
A lullaby, so sweet and enchanting
She had cheated,
I had wept,
Her crimson tears had trickled
She had gauged her eyes,
I couldn't help but smile,
Her pale form was a piece of beauty
Now time has shaken,
My dark soul is awakened
Bloody, my hands are still bloody.
Whoa....ya I decided to write about about a man who stabs his wife after she cheats on him. He gets angry, and kills her, I wanted to show the maniac side of him, I hope I did that properly. I don't think it's blatantly obvious so I thought I should just state it here. Ya, it's a pretty dark piece even I have to say so myself.
Also I can see where you're getting at. But is it possible not to mention that line "she had cheated/ I had wept". It sort of takes away the suspense from what your narrator is doing. It might be more exciting if we didn't know what the poor guy's motivations were.
this is something i wrote but it isn't very good but....
in 17 \12\1999 at 8:00 am in a small town called Mamba. Allen a 13 years old young man was sleeping on his bed when his cat pipo came. pipo began to lick allen's face until he woke up. Allen got up and looked at pipo and smiled. pipo lied down on allen's bed and didn't move. allen ate hes breakfast and then went to school. after the school ended, Allen returned home he was happy becuse he will play with pipo in the park. Allen arrived home and ran as fast as he could to his room to take pipo and go to the park. he shaked pipo to wake him up as always but this time was diffrent becuse pipo didn't move.
Allen tried again but there was no responed from pipo. tears began to fall from allen's eyes becuse his thought that pipo is dead.
" NO HE ISN'T DEAD . I MUST THINK POSITIVE" Allen screamed at himself.
he took pipo who was dead and very cold like an ice and went to Dr.Clark's clinc ( Dr.Clark was the best pet doctor in town he was an 50 year old man who lives in an apartment above his clinic. )
Dr.Clark took pipo and went to his office to examine him. after five minutes Dr.Clark came out and his eyes are felled with tears.
Allen: whats wrong with pipo?
Dr.Clark: i am sorry but...
Allen:NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.and began to cry. his tears falls like how the rain falls in a strom.
pipo was my best friend. he was the only one who understands me.Allen said that to Dr.Clark.
Dr.Clark: i am sure he was. Allen listen to me pipo isn't dead.he is alive.
Allen: what? but you just said that he died.
Dr.Clark: yes he is dead.
Allen: how can he be dead and alive at the same time?
Dr.Clark: you see pipo in this world pipo is dead. and at the same time he is alive in here ( Dr.Clark pointed at Allen's heart )
Allen: i don't understand.
Dr.Clark: when you love someone he becomes part of your heart. in that part all the good memories about him are saved in there. he will always be alive inside there as long as you remember him he will live.
Allen puts his hand on his heart and feels his heart pulse. and then he smiled and thanked Dr.Clark.
in 31\12\1999 at 11:00 pm Allen was walking in the park. while was he walking he saw his cat pipo sitting and he was looking at him.
Allen was shocked of what he saw he didn't move he just stood there and watched pipo until it became 12:00 am.
at 12:00 am pipo smiled and said happy new year and then he vanished.
Well, I'm working on a story right now. Actually, several, though I am not sure if they are any good or not.
Well, you read the prologue and tell me. Unfortunately I don't have more than the Prologue and First Chapter finished, but oh well.
Spoiler for The Mystic Emblem: Prologue:
I think it needs some reworkings and editting, but it's what I have so far. I hope you guys enjoyed it. I have two more stories in the works, if anyone at all care to read them. One's a Star Wars fanfiction, though. From WanderingKnight's comment, I dunno if anyone's gonna like it.
It's not bad actually. Don't mind WanderingKnight (even though I largely agree with him). Everyone has to start somewhere, including writers. :p
You migt want to touch up paragraphs nine to 13. A bit too much repetition of "He". You might also want to tone down the exposition to sharpen the pace. Is there a reason for your characters to use "ye olde English"? Using archaic phrases such as "thou", "hast" and so on has the tendency of making speech sound stilted and artificial, unless that is your intended effect.
Writers do, on the other hand, need to be very perceptive, just like painters or musicians. We need to see the extraordinary within the ordinary and find the words to describe it. When meeting or talking to people, we need to read between the lines, to hear what people are saying without a single word.
Most of us go through life without noticing these things. We look but do not see, listen but do not hear, touch but do not feel. Everyone has a story to tell. However, not everyone can find the right words. That's where writers come in. But first, we need to learn to listen, see and feel.
What we write needs to matter to someone else. The story needs to speak to someone. We're not writing a story. We're having a conversation with a reader we do not know. It's the toughest conversation anyone could have.
Every writer has to discover his own art. But the craft of writing can be mastered with practise. I'm content to focus on that for now. The stories will come later. :)
The fact that I don't like most of fanfiction must not stop you from producing it. As long as there is one person that enjoys it, such a genre deserves to exist and to have artists delving into it.
Ah...reading the word 'prologue' reminded me that I wrote one as well a few months ago...completely forgot about it. :heh:
@Spectacular_Insanity --> interesting concept! I especially think the prophecy lines were well written. Keep it up ^_^
Anyways, here's a second (excuse of a) contribution to this thread: A prologue from a half written story that still doesn't have a title.
Spoiler for Prologue:
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