JMAshwood

JMAshwood

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    1. Re: What do you find hard to write

      Beginnings, including world-building. I feel like I flounder a lot at it. It's probably bogging me down a lot... I feel like I have a half-decent story, but I fear that it might have a weak start.


    2. Re: Your favourite character archetype to write ?

      The old grumpy mentor that is repeatedly surprised by how little their mentee knows and how wrong that which they know is. This is a favorite of mine as well. although I've only attempted it once. Successfully, (...)


    3. Re: Your favourite character archetype to write ?

      Fallen heroes or redeemed villains. In fact, the work I'm posting now follows the story of a hero's "fall"


    4. Re: My friend and me aren’t on speaking terms because of an arc I wrote.

      I don't know if this helps or hurts, but stories like this have happened throughout human history again and again. Ukraine is the newest iteration of that. I don't mean to rag on your friend any, but he (...)


    5. Re: What is your purpose?

      To make stories that mean something to people. I love watching people wait excitedly for the "new episode" to come out, all discussing everything so fervently. I would love to create something like that! (...)


    6. Re: Villain Motivations

      A lot of people thought Tai Lung was a shallow and weak villain in the first Kung Fu Panda movie, but I think they were just missing the point (despite it being pretty on the nose at times): the dude was (...)


    7. Re: Is your antagonist really "evil"?

      In a lot of ways, no. My antagonist is a fallen hero. His journey started when he set out to create a world without misery. The problem is, over time, he'd do anything to take the power necessary to make (...)


    8. Re: What does your protagonist want the most?

      Great topic! My MC is a bit unusual. His town (and family) were destroyed in an attack from a giant shadow demon, and he was scarred in the process with a curse to hear the eternal screams of the monster's (...)


    9. Re: Sometimes it only takes a single active reader

      The last time I had a reader like that, I married her. I’m serious. Fanfiction.net, late 2000s. There was one girl who commented on every update of every story at a time when I was updating every day. (...)


    10. Re: Villain Motivations

      Not sure if musicals count but was impressed by "Into the Woods", where for the finale they have to face off a giant who they'd wronged, who was completely justified in seeking revenge. All the characters (...)


    11. Re: Villain Motivations

      These are great examples! I especially liked the dark knight joker, one of my all time favorite villains. Definitely the most memorable 


    12. Villain Motivations

      Have you ever seen/read a villain with a motivation that just astounded you? Feel free to promote your own villains as well! A personal favorite of mine is Zemo from Captain America Civil War, who (...)


    13. Re: Would your MC take a deal with the devil?

      My MC does, except with an entity far more fearsome than the devil, and with the greatest possible consequence.


    14. Re: Follower Count is Not a Mark of Your Worth as an Artist and Neither is Money (So why do you write?)

      I write just for myself and shared my work with a small group. Same! I used to write a few short stories from time to time during college, and only shared them with a few friends. It was only a few days (...)


    15. Re: Follower Count is Not a Mark of Your Worth as an Artist and Neither is Money (So why do you write?)

      This is a great thread. I don’t have a goal so I have no measure of success. For the longest time, I write just for myself and shared my work with a small group. It’s like a hobby almost, or at least (...)


    16. Re: Help getting onto Rising Stars

      I've always genuinely wondered if my writing sucks.  Art is subjective. Dune was rejected by all the big publishers, until a publisher known for automotive manuals picked it up. This is just one (...)


    17. Re: Help getting onto Rising Stars

      Lsten I don't think your writing is bad or that you don't deserve to be be on RS.  but there are plenty of good stories that don't get to RS because of how the system doesn't work well for older stories. (...)


    18. Re: Sometimes it only takes a single active reader

      Thank you, to everyone who replied! I appreciate the warm wishes, and I'm glad you feel the same with your active readers. Also, thank you to everyone who gave advice! Now that I'm uploading again, perhaps (...)


    19. Re: Sometimes it only takes a single active reader

      This thread made me check out your story since it seemed up my alley. Very glad I did, you’re talented! I hope you get many more readers.  :PeoReading: Thank you!! I just read your first chapter, (...)


    20. Re: Sometimes it only takes a single active reader

      Thank you both! I think you’re right. Not that there’s anything wrong with silent readers, either!