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acmed
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Welcome ladies and gentleman, to the first annual community art project. You may be asking, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING GANTIC'S BEEN MAKING TONS OF PROJECTS LATELY.

You are right, but here's the thing. The projects here involve individual work. Here, is teamwork and teamwork only.

Our goal: To make a community novel requiring loads of helping hands.

Here are the jobs you can choose from

-Writer- This job requires you to write at least one chapter at a time for the book. You may choose this and another job from the list below.
-Illustrator- Drawing some scenes related to the chapter. They must be GOOD. Show us some of your work before signing up for this one.
-Plot Directors- These people will be the main people who plot out the main events in the story. Everyone will be able to suggest, but these people will have the last say and will contact the writers with their ideas.
-Specialist- This person will be the creator for any miscellaneous items needed in the story. Ex1: There's a band story, you write the songs. Ex2: Two pen pals write letters. You write the letters. Note: You may not get as much jobs as you want, maybe even none, so you may choose this, Writer, and another job
-Editor- Reads over the chapters for spelling and grammar, makes minor changes for misunderstandings.

Rules:

1. Writer's write one chapter at a time. You must state when you are writing. Simply say which chapter you call so nobody ends up writing it too.
2. Writer's may not write until the plot directors have a clear plot for you. You may make only minor changes and add anything you like, but stick the bare plot points.
3. Illustrators can either write black and white or color. Each drawing will be approved by a majority vote by every participant
4. Read the whole story before starting a new chapter. This is not a random make a story thread. It's a serious project

That's all.

So, let's start off by asking for who will participate and maybe get some suggestions for the beginning of our book.

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ChillzMaster
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Your backgrounds. Remove the text and the characters and you have a background. It looks like you do them with the gradient tool.


eeyup. Gradiant tool. Just helps a picture pop.

Cool, now just add six more pieces that length and we can have ourselves a first chapter.


I was thinking that there's a 500-ish word opening for each main character and how they make their way to the main city.

-Chillz
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I forgot to mention that the merc's gay.

Eeyup.

-Chillz

MoonFairy
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I don't mean to completely ruin it, but.

Acmed, you wanted dragons and that isn't Dragons. Sure I could tie it into something, but it's not really floatin' my boat. Good for a intro for a character, but not first chapter.

I'll agree to the small-ish word opening for each main character and how they get to the castle, etc.

Also, peasant, warrior, and prince? Yes, way too cliche. We totes have to have a female present ^-^
I'm all for a warrior, but I don't think a prince belongs. Peasant is meh-ish. But I'd rather have some other lowly person than a plain peasant.

Backtracking to Chillz shizz, your opening doesn't have a medieval ring to it, except for the armor.

Anyways. If we only have a select amount of writers, please don't write about yourself. You're trying to write in a third-person type thing. So don't infuse your persona into a character completely. Sure, give them a few traits but not exactly like you, because you'll have to write for multiple people.


This is beginning to resemble all of the other AG stories, where you enter and you actually write for yourself. That's just how I see it with having so many writers. I'm also starting to see just how unorganized this really is... good thing this is the back stage, because if this was official it would have no hope of making an impact.

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But I'd rather have some other lowly person than a plain peasant.


How about a Miner? This is the Iron Age supposedly, so there's bound to be one.

This is beginning to resemble all of the other AG stories, where you enter and you actually write for yourself. That's just how I see it with having so many writers. I'm also starting to see just how unorganized this really is... good thing this is the back stage, because if this was official it would have no hope of making an impact.


Good thing we kept to the shadows then.

So far for the thread we'll have the map, this, and the first chapter. Just gotta wait for Moon or Onion.


Just an idea but, why don't we have a copy of the map that contains the different things that have happened, a bit like a synopsis of the story up until now?
acmed
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I forgot to mention that the merc's gay.


I hope Chick-fil-A ain't reading this book.

Acmed, you wanted dragons and that isn't Dragons. Sure I could tie it into something, but it's not really floatin' my boat. Good for a intro for a character, but not first chapter.


The chapter I'm doing will have a dragon, and will explain that there is good and bad ones. Can the dragons talk? PLEASE?

Also, peasant, warrior, and prince? Yes, way too cliche. We totes have to have a female present ^-^
I'm all for a warrior, but I don't think a prince belongs. Peasant is meh-ish. But I'd rather have some other lowly person than a plain peasant.


The character I'm doing is a low class farmer. Is that good enough?

Just an idea but, why don't we have a copy of the map that contains the different things that have happened, a bit like a synopsis of the story up until now?


You mean Tekko-Joust? You want me to add that?
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The chapter I'm doing will have a dragon, and will explain that there is good and bad ones. Can the dragons talk? PLEASE?


I see no problem with the dragons talking. However, they should use syntax that is sort of "above" common speech. Hm. Something like the Royal Canterlot Voice, that's what I'm trying to get across.

You mean Tekko-Joust? You want me to add that?


It should be that one dot to the East of Variantia and NW to... the one city in the SE corner (can't remember). Mind you, they're ruins, not an actual city, hence why it's to be a meager dot and not a full-fledged metropolis.

How about a Miner? This is the Iron Age supposedly, so there's bound to be one.


I could dig a miner, but this is definitely more around the 1200's, Steel and whatnot coming in to play to replace unrefined Iron.

-Chillz
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I see no problem with the dragons talking. However, they should use syntax that is sort of "above" common speech. Hm. Something like the Royal Canterlot Voice, that's what I'm trying to get across.


Bazinga?

It should be that one dot to the East of Variantia and NW to... the one city in the SE corner (can't remember). Mind you, they're ruins, not an actual city, hence why it's to be a meager dot and not a full-fledged metropolis.


Got it!

I could dig a miner, but this is definitely more around the 1200's, Steel and whatnot coming in to play to replace unrefined Iron.


If we have 3 to 4 characters, you won't make another chapter based on introducing someone. I get next chapter, then we go through all the writers, then back to you.

So, what do we need to do to "fix" this chapter?
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http://i.imgur.com/7dOie.png

I added Tekko, and the character lives south east of Greenrich for my chapter. He's a farmer, and that's his farm.

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I forgot to mention that the merc's gay.


No offense, but this is the middle ages. Gays weren't exactly... tolerated.

1200's


lol 1200s. Your character had steel plate armor, which didn't come into prominence until the late 1400s.

Anyways, want me to write the next piece?
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I added Tekko, and the character lives south east of Greenrich for my chapter. He's a farmer, and that's his farm.


So, my understanding so far is that each writer is to introduce one of the characters in roughly 500 words. Is that correct? If so, I want the miner if the character is deemed acceptable.

So, what do we need to do to "fix" this chapter?


Fix. Hmm. If you're meaning sort of like what they will solve in the first chapter plot-wise, then I have no idea. I thought we were just trying to get them into the Castle Variantia successfully.
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Bazinga?


Nailed it.

lol 1200s. Your character had steel plate armor, which didn't come into prominence until the late 1400s.


*shrug* Medieval history isn't my strongest suit.

No offense, but this is the middle ages. Gays weren't exactly... tolerated.


He's a merc, ruled by no man (unless he's into that) so he's free to practice his homosexuality. Doesn't matter if it's tolerated or not, Geoffrey'll flaunt what he's got. ^_^

So, what do we need to do to "fix" this chapter?


Let's get the other character origins written. We'll compile them into one large "Prologue".

-Chillz
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haaaaaaaaaah this is gonna suck, but for the next two weeks I'll be at band camp. :<

So acmed, while I'm away just look to Oreo for a different opinion I guess. I'll be coming back to throw another poem in my thread and reply back to my comments on a daily basis, so if you really need something, ask me on my profile.

I don't have enough time to go in depth, but basically I'm not a fan of what has gone on so far. But it isn't about me, so whatever makes whoever is looking, happy, will do just fine.

Also, I'm only noticing Chillz, Brains, acmed, Oreo, and me. We are the only ones on a consistent basis, so if you want this to be a real community thing, haul the others back as well.

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You should have quit last year >.>

I've tried to keep up by just reading. I would love to keep helping it if I could; I just need to get all the contests / competitions / whatever else requires my participation sorted out. I guess I'll be writing? This will be on a character separate from my AG character, right? How many words should I have?

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Also, I'm only noticing Chillz, Brains, acmed, Oreo, and me. We are the only ones on a consistent basis, so if you want this to be a real community thing, haul the others back as well.


I think Salvidian posted twice. It's our consistency that scares people away. They feel out of place comparing themselves to people so firmly implanted in this story.
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Anyways, want me to write the next piece?


I'm already writing the next piece. You can write the next next piece.

So, my understanding so far is that each writer is to introduce one of the characters in roughly 500 words. Is that correct? If so, I want the miner if the character is deemed acceptable.


I might do a little more than 500, because that's the type of writer I am. I think a miner would be good, but I also want to see someone as a main character in the castle. 4 main characters good?

Fix. Hmm. If you're meaning sort of like what they will solve in the first chapter plot-wise, then I have no idea. I thought we were just trying to get them into the Castle Variantia successfully.


Fix as in understandably. Did you get it? And I didn't mean everyone goes to the castle at the same time all at the beginning. The farmer isn't going anywhere in my chapter.

Let's get the other character origins written. We'll compile them into one large "Prologue".


Not ALL of them, just the next guy, the farmer. And I'm just giving it a start, no need to pre-write this one.

[quote]haaaaaaaaaah this is gonna suck, but for the next two weeks I'll be at band camp. :
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