This will be our last Academia discussion, since I think the forum has served its purpose and run its course. So here's a final idea to chew on: What can traditional writing learn from other forms of narrative such as video games, role playing games, and even sports? What does traditional writing ignore that other forms incorporate and cultivate into their storytelling?
It's the 4th of July in the States, so here's a question that also looks to tradition: Can you steal plots, characters, and ideas from old works of literature? Is the literature of the past there for the taking? What rules govern what you should borrow and what you should leave alone? Consider how many writers have consciously borrowed/adapted past works...did they go too far? Or did they find a way to navigate between homage and plagiarism?
just a quick question, I need a little bit of help :O when it comes to writing stories including historical figures from the past... is it always recommended to reveal their true names or should you try and create a new character around them but try and include key facts? or is that not allowed
Here's a big question that every writer has to wrestle with: what role does technology play in your life/career as a writer? With computers, all sorts of word processing programs, and even applications like Scrivener designed to get your writing looking as sophisticated as possible, has technology taken writing to a new level? Has it changed the way we do it, or the way we think about writing? Or is it a crutch, which bogs us down in meaningless details when real writers simply pick up a pen and
write on a piece of paper? Is there an 'authentic' way to write? Or does the means simply justify the ends?
(Follow-Up Blog: Doodling on Your Drafts: https://www.inkitt.com/blog/doodling-on-your-drafts)
Why do so many cultures revile writers? While writers are still important figures, the most successful make real money and are read by millions and millions of people, why does the stigma remain that writers are lazy losers who just can't get a "real job"? Even people pursuing writing majors, whether in English or creative writing, become laughing stocks to "normal" people. Where does the stigma against writing come from? Is it rooted in anti-intellectualism in general? Or is it more
specifically based on writing itself? Is it simply too precarious a field to make money in? If writing were as successful as medicine, would we embrace it more? Do other countries revile writers the same? Is it worse in America?
(Follow-Up Blog: Art for the Sake of Sanity: https://www.inkitt.com/blog?ref=v_72aa92f4-3446-47a6-b700-4429de9d5166)
its always good to widen our imagination, to let ourselves tell the stories of other people. i think that is why writers are advised to keep a journal; so they can write about things they see, so they can tell other people's stories..
By writing Science Fiction I am writing all I know... 'the truth behind the untrue' ... its so hard to write about reality when the reality your ,mind processes the world in is entirely fictional.
As writers we receive a lot of writing advice from the professionals (as well as from fellow amateurs), including the often quoted "write what you know." Is this an example of 'bad' good advice? Does writing only what you know discount the role of imagination or research? If you're born in a middle class family in suburban America, is that the extent of your writing? Can you write about other countries? Other cultures? Other times? And how do you write what you know in fantasy, science fiction,
and horror? Or is there anyone way of interpreting this advice to make it applicable and useful to a range of writers? Let's weigh in on this homespun writing advice!
(Follow-Up Blog: https://www.inkitt.com/blog/be-derivative-and-find-yourself/)
I'd say that's a pretty interesting question because how do you define "know" when it comes to writing? If you don't "know" you can always research and learn and then decide if the topic's for you. Writers have always researched, right? (well, for the most part). As far as sci-fi, might help to research as there are scientific laws that might apply, but then it's all imagination. And look at the technology used in the "Star Trek" series that's actually come to pass. Fantasy, is all ... See More imagination--which gives you a lot of freedom--so if you're not much on imagination, don't write it. I'd say that "write what you know" might be termed "write what you have a feel for." I wouldn't write sci-fi as I like some, but it's not my first choice. I could write a hell of a novel based in ancient Egypt because that is something that fascinates me and I've studied. I always feel like there are no true limits when it comes to what we choose to write. Just write it well
Audience is a big topic here on Inkitt, so here's a discuss about audience: what comes first, the story or the audience? If you set out to write, say, a YA book, does the story have to comply? Can any story fit into any audience? Or are do some stories dictate the audience by the way the story needs to be told? Should you make a story fit an intended audience? And related to this, do we think too much about audience at the expense of the art?
(Follow-Up Blog: ... See More https://www.inkitt.com/blog/finding-an-audience-within-yourself/)
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