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SGInc Workshop Poll for Authors or WannaBes

03 Apr 2007 01:55 #8890 by YAGS
Ok, using my own template:

1. Your strengths as a writer.

Ideas and editing. I consider myself a better editor than writer.

Also, I think I've got a decent eye for building dramatic tension. Related to that, I sometimes try to take chances with my writing, telling stories from perspectives other than the standard linear third person. It doesn't always work, but at least it's not boring.

I guess my writing is pretty good at pushing some people's buttons around here, based on my getting a few votes in the workshops I've entered, even though I've never won any.

2. Your weaknesses as a writer.

As I said, I consider myself a better editor than writer. It's like I know what I want to write, but I'm not very good at actually getting the words on to the page. Then, once I do have something written, I go back and clean it up, which is the editing part that I'm good at.

I'm also pretty slow. As I said, I have a hard time getting the words on to the page. I think I tend to over-think things. And I tend to be overly verbose. I'm learning, though.

3. A link to a sample of your writing, if you don't have any stories in the SWM story bank.

Here's a link to the first story I ever wrote and shared on the internet. It's giantess themed (actually shrinking), not ubergirl:

http://www.shrinktopia.com/viewstory.php?sid=62

If that link doesn't work, just go to http://www.shrinktopia.com/ and search for me by author name.

Here's my SWM story bank work:

http://www.superwomenmania.com/storybank/bank/21st%20Century%20Magic%20The%20Pool%20Toy%20by%20Yags.txt
http://www.superwomenmania.com/storybank/bank/21st%20Century%20Magic%20The%20Unintentional%20Supergirl%20Chapter%201%20by%20Yags.txt
http://www.superwomenmania.com/storybank/bank/21st%20Century%20Magic%20Celebrity%20Superagent%20by%20Yags.txt
http://www.superwomenmania.com/storybank/bank/21st%20Century%20Magic%20Do%20You%20Really%20Think%20You're%20Worthy%20of%20Me%20by%20YAGS.txt

That last one is an example of a stylistic experiment that didn't necessarily turn out great. But again, it was worth trying, just to see. I think in a longer story, that non-linear story telling method would work better. Or I could go back to normal, linear storytelling, depending on what I feel would work in the particular story.

4. What type of stories you like to write (Good girl or bad girl? Ultra powerful or relatively low levels of power by SWM standards? Violent? Romantic? Comedy? Fan fiction of particular characters? etc)

I lean towards "mischevious". ie She likes having and using (abusing) power over others, but isn't necessarily lethal. Dominating people is much more interesting to me than feats of strength like lifting boulders or cars. I could write a good girl who just her work enough to play with it.

I tend to stick to relatively low power levels by SWM standards, sometimes even low enough power and non-superstrenght, so those stories don't really belong here. But I wouldn't submit a story for SWM if it's like that.

5. What type of writer you think would be your ideal partner.

Maybe someone who's better at the description side of things than I am. Or an "up and coming" person who wants a good editor.

6. Time restraints that might affect your participation. For that matter, you might want to include your time zone if you think you might want to talk via online chat with your partner while you go.

I'm on east coast, USA time (GMT -5). Right now, my work is settling down, so I'll have time to write, other than taking a long weekend with family next weekend. I may be moving in the next couple of months, though, so I may have to put writing on hold for a month or more at that point. If this thing has a long enough deadline, that shouldn't stop me from participating, though. It'll just force me to take a break along the way.

YAGS

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03 Apr 2007 21:44 #8903 by argonaut
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If you're advertising for a partner, I'd recommend including all of the following in your post:

1. Your strengths as a writer.
2. Your weaknesses as a writer.
3. A link to a sample of your writing, if you don't have any stories in the SWM story bank.
4. What type of stories you like to write (Good girl or bad girl? Ultra powerful or relatively low levels of power by SWM standards? Violent? Romantic? Comedy? Fan fiction of particular characters? etc)
5. What type of writer you think would be your ideal partner.
6. Time restraints that might affect your participation. For that matter, you might want to include your time zone if you think you might want to talk via online chat with your partner while you go.


Alternatively, you could do what my partner did:

PARTNER [private message]: Wanna collaborate?

ME [reply]: Sure, what do you have in mind?

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04 Apr 2007 00:55 #8907 by YAGS

If you're advertising for a partner, I'd recommend including all of the following in your post:

1. Your strengths as a writer.
2. Your weaknesses as a writer.
3. A link to a sample of your writing, if you don't have any stories in the SWM story bank.
4. What type of stories you like to write (Good girl or bad girl? Ultra powerful or relatively low levels of power by SWM standards? Violent? Romantic? Comedy? Fan fiction of particular characters? etc)
5. What type of writer you think would be your ideal partner.
6. Time restraints that might affect your participation. For that matter, you might want to include your time zone if you think you might want to talk via online chat with your partner while you go.


Alternatively, you could do what my partner did:

PARTNER [private message]: Wanna collaborate?

ME [reply]: Sure, what do you have in mind?

As I said, I have a tendency to overthink things. :p

But this works for people who don't really know each other and don't know who they want to pair up with.

YAGS

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04 Apr 2007 03:56 #8912 by ace191
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There is one other way to look at choosing up teams. Guys like me who have never won (henceforth referred to as "Losers") and Guys like CF,
Marknew, DKC, Argo and if I recall right YOU YAGS who have won (henceforth refered to as "Winners"). After just taking in "Blades of Glory", I am thinking that Half a Gold Medal would suit me just fine, as it is most likely the only way I will ever win (although I came so close that one time to winning by default. If only DKC hadn't put his entry in).


So maybe the Losers should try to pair themselves off with proven Winners! That's my plan and I am sticking too it!

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04 Apr 2007 14:56 #8914 by YAGS

There is one other way to look at choosing up teams. Guys like me who have never won (henceforth referred to as "Losers") and Guys like CF,
Marknew, DKC, Argo and if I recall right YOU YAGS who have won (henceforth refered to as "Winners"). After just taking in "Blades of Glory", I am thinking that Half a Gold Medal would suit me just fine, as it is most likely the only way I will ever win (although I came so close that one time to winning by default. If only DKC hadn't put his entry in).


So maybe the Losers should try to pair themselves off with proven Winners! That's my plan and I am sticking too it!

That's actually a pretty good plan. And no, I've never won a workshop. I think I was second once, but that's as close as I've come.

YAGS

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04 Apr 2007 18:07 #8917 by lfan
It's not whether you win or lose, its how you play the game.....that said, I'll try to post a list of WS winners for reference.

Seems like people are doing pairing on the back channels, and I don't really wanna randomize picking partners, so let's say the contest/challenge is on. I'll try and start a thread for partnering (after my million other things I haven't done yet).

Feel free to start up convos/share ideas/talk about UF football or basketball....whatever shoots your fancy.

Deadline will prob be in 3-4 months to give ample time, but I need to run by admin....

Peace
ElF

That's actually a pretty good plan. And no, I've never won a workshop. I think I was second once, but that's as close as I've come.

YAGS

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09 Apr 2007 17:53 #8951 by WhitePaw
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Sigh, ok. I'll ignore that comment about 'looser' like I ignore most the judging around here...

1.) Strengths as a writer
Metaphor, descriptions, efficiency.
2.) Weaknesses as a writer:
Ego, closure, pacing.
3.) Link to samples of my writing(drawing?):
groups.yahoo.com/groups/vagabondseye/
4.) Prefered styles:
Noir gunwriting. Any power level, any moral alignment-- but be warned none of this SWM-genre stuff comes from any part of my "upstanding citizen" sides.
5.) Ideal partner:
Sunny fluffball to lighten up my pacing and put some reader-friendly breathing space in, unravel the first few layers of my of metaphor a bit for the readers who just plain don't get any of it (that'd be outright ALL of you, no exceptions), mebby tack on a sappy/happy ending.
6.) Time constraints:
When I write I slam something out within a week with no warning. Few days at most. Looking for someone I can just pull the pin and toss it over the wall to. I'd be available for interrogation over YIM late nights by arrangement. I've no cares anymore for contest timing around here, just doing it for the art, unfettered by any care if anybody "gets it" anymore.

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11 Apr 2007 01:54 #8975 by mikeyfreedom
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1.) Strengths as a writer
Attention to detail, action sequences, TF scenes.
2.) Weaknesses as a writer:
Slow paced stories
3.) Link to samples of my writing(drawing?):
All my good stuff is here at SWM.
4.) Prefered styles:
Action-packed, classic superhero style stuff. Good vs evil, plenty of secret ID stuff.
5.) Ideal partner:
Someone with the patience to put up with me.
6.) Time constraints:
When I get an idea in my head i'll write till the cows come home. It's inbetween times that worries me. Full time job (multimedia supervisor) plus full time pursuit (professional wrestler/gym) means I usually only have nights to myself.

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