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Title: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Alpha_Serpentwitch on September 14, 2008, 10:11:56 am
Note: Semua ini diambil dr web lain, bukan ditulis oleh saya sendiri. Credit goes to the real writer, not me.


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THE TOP TEN PLOTTING PROBLEMS:

copyright 1998 by Alicia Rasley


 
10. Backstory Blunders: The past is prologue, for sure, but you can tell too much too soon, if everything about the characters' past is explained right upfront in Chapter One.

9. Boring Beginnings: If you have to rely on your readers' patience while you get the story set up, you're likely to lose most of them. Start where the protagonist's problem starts, or just before that, and feed in the backstory later. This is the MTV era-- people don't like to wait. Be especially wary of books that start with the protagonist on a journey, thinking about what awaits her at the destination. Editors frequently mention that as an example of a boring opening. It helps to decide what your major story questions are and make sure those are posed in the first few chapters-- at least one should be posed in Chapter One.

8. Limping to a Conclusion: You don't want the reader to think you ended the book just because you ran out of paper. Make the ending a conclusive one, reinforcing the themes of the book and the progress of the protagonist.

7. Sagging Middle: The middle has to do more than just fill up the space between beginning and end. It should be a time of "rising conflict" where the protagonist is tested up to (and perhaps beyond) the limits of his ability-- a time to develop the internal and external conflicts and show how they influence the protagonist's actions. It should set up the great crisis/climax/resolution that will bring the novel to a close. So when you're starting the middle, think of how the protagonist can be challenged. What external plot events can make his internal conflict impossible to ignore any longer? How can that internal conflict impede his/her progress towards the goal? If there's an antagonist, how does the antagonist's reaction affect the protagonist's progress?

6. Tumors and Parasites-- The cast of thousands: Secondary characters are distinguished from major characters-- the protagonist(s) and the antagonist usually-- by their lack of a story journey. That is, they exist to make things happen in the plot, but their own conflicts and issues shouldn't be part of the story. (If they're that interesting, let them star in the sequel.) Every person with a story journey (described progress towards a significant change in their life) dilutes the impact of the major characters' journey. In some books (family sagas, for example), this can work. But in most protagonist-centered popular fiction, tracking the secondary characters' lives and loves is going to waste time and confuse the reader. Watch out for long passages in a secondary character's viewpoint which dwell on his problems and not on the protagonist. And keep count of how many subplots you've got-- make sure each one supports the main plot in some way.

5. Plodding Pacing: Pacing is primarily a function of how many cause-effect related events happen in the book. But that doesn't mean that effective pacing depends on shoving a lot of events into the story. Selection is key. What events are essential? What supporting events are needed to set up those essential events (aka "turning points")? Are all the events of the plot related causally-- that is, does the discovery of the letter in chapter 2 set up the release of the imprisoned protagonist in Chapter 4, and eventually the capture of the villain in the climax? Make sure every scene has at least one event that affects the main plot-- that way the readers can't skip without missing something important.

4. What a Coincidence!: Coincidence is fun in real life. But it's death to good fiction. Fiction is about cause and effect, and there's no cause and effect when the central elements of your plot happen by coincidence. It's often hard, however, to identify coincidence in your own story, so be ruthless. Look at the chain of events. Which would be unlikely to happen unless you the author made it happen? How likely is it that in a city of 7 million, your judge protagonist would just happen to get the embezzling case of the man she thinks was responsible for the hit-and-run killing of her mother? Not very. To fix coincidence without losing the event, make it happen because of character decision and action, and watch your characters grow into strength and purpose. That judge doesn't just happen to get the case; she seeks it, determined to avenge her mother's death. Now that's a lot more fun than coincidence, because the conflict is now not just an accident, but the result of this character's need for vengeance over justice.

3. Conflicts about Conflict: Conflict is the fuel that powers the plot and forces the characters into action. Without it you might have a nice slice of life portrait, or a great character sketch... but you don't really have a story. Problem is, conflict is volatile, and many of us avoid it in our plotting as we avoid it in our lives. But just as children need discipline to grow, characters need adversity to change. And fiction is, at base, about change. Popular fiction is usually about change in the protagonist. No one changes without a good reason to change-- that's where conflict comes in. Quite simply, you have an authorial duty to provide conflict for your characters so that they will learn to change-- and that means determining how they need to change. Linking conflict to character change will revitalize your story, and avoid the problems of serial conflict (where what looks like the book conflict wraps up in Chapter 3, to be replaced by another conflict) and incoherent conflict (where the conflict has nothing to do with who this character is or what she needs).

2. Structural Weaknesses: Many a good story is sunk by a weak structure: a hidden protagonist (the readers can't tell early whose story this is), meandering setups, mispresented conflict, rushed climaxes, incoherence between the protagonist and the plot (the main character doesn't have much to do with the main plot, or this person would never do what the plot requires him to do). Much of this derives from a misunderstanding of the purpose of structure. It's not a prison, chaining you to a "formula", it's a map to help you and your readers explore the issues you're developing with this story. Learning structure can teach you when to modify it and when to branch out on your own. The key to structure, in my opinion, is understanding the concept of the story questions-- the question or problem your opening poses, and the events which combine to create the answer.

1. Whose Story Is This, Anyway? The Plight of the Protagonist: The biggest single plot problem I see in my judging, editing, and critiquing is actually a character problem: the passive or undermotivated protagonist-- that is, a protagonist who is not truly involved in causing the plot to unfold. Beware of the victim-protagonist (bad things happen to him, and he suffers a lot), the passive protagonist (he witnesses the plot events, but he doesn't participate), the bumbling protagonist (he acts, but stupidly, without learning from his mistakes). The central character doesn't have to be likeable (though it helps) or (god forbid) without faults, but he does have to be motivated enough to act and encounter obstacles and change in response to plot events. Ideally, the protagonist should be involved in nearly every event, and his decisions and actions should drive the plot. You might make a list of all the major plot events, and beside each note the protagonist's contribution. Is each action or decision or choice motivated? (The motivation doesn't have to be laudable, but should derive from who he is and what he wants.) Does each action have some effect on the plot? And finally, does each action-event dynamic contribute to an ultimate change in the protagonist?

Here's a final thought that might help you plot: One primary purpose of the plot is to force the protagonist to change, usually by recognizing and overcoming some internal conflict. Know your character, and you'll figure out your plot. Conversely, know your plot, and you'll find the character who needs that sequence of events for internal growth.

Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Alpha_Serpentwitch on September 14, 2008, 10:19:30 am
In depth article for point 10. backstory blunders. Credit still goes to Alicia Rasley

BACKSTORY BLUNDERS!

 


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You can tell a new writer by how she handles backstory. (Backstory, by the way, is everything of relevance that happened before the story opens.) A new writer often thinks, "I better tell why this person is the way he is early, or I'll lose my readers' identification." Or "I have to explain everything about how we got to this point, or the readers won't be able to follow the events."

That's the understandable motive behind those long passages of "backstory dump" in so many Chapter Ones.

(I could illustrate this with a couple pages from Chapter One in one of my early books, where the heroine sits and thinks about the central trauma of her childhood, when her parents were taken away by the secret police, thereby making redundant her tearful revelation of same to the hero in Chapter Four... but in the interest of brevity and modesty, let's move on. )

But by laying out the backstory, those preceding events that motivate the characters, the writer might be wasting a powerful tool in creating plot suspense and character conflict.

Check out these examples of backstory blunders:

Emily Wilson opened the door of her childhood home and entered the large marble foyer. She gazed up at the lofty domed ceiling and was overcome with memories... especially the memory of her mother's body, hanging from a homemade noose tied to the chandelier. A note on the dining room table explained her reason-- the desertion of her husband Tom, Emily's ne'er-do-well father. In the fifteen years since, Emily had been fleeing from that memory, but now that she had come into her inheritance, she was coming home again. She would have to sell this house, because she could not bear to live with the memories.


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John Merritt was born thirty years earlier in a small hollow in West Virginia, the son of a poor farmer and his deeply religious wife. In grade school he discovered an affinity for art, and a devoted teacher helped him hone his skill. He wasn't much of a student at Whiskey Hollow High School, but his art talent earned him a scholarship to the state university. There he met and married Joan Feinstein, a pretty blonde finance major from a middle-class Morgantown family. Their marriage was hobbled by class differences, and they divorced after five years and two children.....


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Subconsciously, Teri worried that she might have inherited her sister's promiscuity, and so she avoided attractive men. She fooled herself into believing that her long-term relationship with a boring fellow programmer was all she wanted out of love.

So what's wrong with that, you might ask. Why not let the reader know all that's going on, all that's motivating the protagonist, all that's affecting the plot?

Why is it a blunder to begin with backstory?

Here's why:

For one thing, the backstory dump kills the suspense by telling right away how we got here to this opening situation. It answers the question, "What led to the character being in this situation?" almost before the reader has a chance to ask it. In the Emily example above, a major revelation-- that Emily had discovered her mother's suicide-- is just dropped into a description of the foyer. The reader will go "huh?" reading that, and wonder how important this detail is, because usually revelations of major formative traumas like that get a bit of foreshadowing or setting up (thus increasing the suspense). Here the suicide is just tossed away, and its effect on Emily spelled out in undramatic terms-- we're told of, not shown, her flight from the past.

Consider how much more dramatic this opening scene might be if Emily unlocks the door of her elegant childhood home, steels herself, walks in, glances around the foyer, sees the chandelier, stops short, and then, resolutely, goes into the dining room, past the table, into the kitchen, and pulling a cell phone from her purse, calls a realtor and says, "I want to sell a house. Immediately. I don't care how much I get for it." The readers will be asking, "Wait a minute! It's a beautiful house! It's her childhood home! Why does she want to sell it? And if she sells it, why doesn't she try to get a good price?" On the heels of those questions will come the canny conclusion, "It must have something to do with that chandelier. I wonder what."

Once you have the readers speculating about the situation you've set up, you've hooked them. They have to keep reading to get more clues to see if their suppositions are correct.

But if you tell them everything upfront, you might lose the narrative drive that comes from posing the story question, in this case, "Why does Emily want to unload her beautiful childhood home?"

And it slows down the pacing by having paragraphs and pages right upfront which aren't taking place anywhere but (maybe) the protagonist's mind. The "capsule biography" (such as the John Merritt excerpt above) doesn't even take place in the character's mind-- it just sort of sums up his existence in the driest of omniscient voices.

Not to mention that the readers have no way of knowing how any item on that list related to the action of the opening scene. In some cases, that sort of retrospective actually substitutes for the scene's action. Since they know very little of who John Merritt is and what he's doing, they can't evaluate which in that list of life events matters-- his religious mother? His art skill? This is where readers start to skim-- and you don't want them skimming in Chapter One. If you let those details come out gradually, through the action, when they're needed, readers can begin putting together the puzzle of who this man is, and what matters to him, and how he will live in this plot.

So consider each of those biographical items, and which matter to the story, and when you can sneak that in. For example, if the religious mother is important, maybe John can think, at some crucial moment, that his mother would be praying hard at this point, but that when he left West Virginia, he left the praying to her. What this does is make for a more character-driven read: Readers learn what's important from the characters' thoughts and actions, not from author summation. They learn much more about who this character is from what he remembers of his past (his mother's prayers) and how he currently interprets it (he has abandoned prayer himself) than from a long list of biographical details.

 And most important, the backstory dump doesn't leave enough for the characters-- and the readers-- to do. The story is a journey for the protagonist, from an embarkation to a destination. The protagonist doesn't necessarily choose that destination, especially if it is a point of psychological growth (which can be painful!). But part of the journey is coming to recognize limitations and finally, because of the events of the plot, decide finally to overcome them.

Readers participate in this journey by identifying with the protagonist. That identification will be sharpened if you don't tell readers ahead of time what the protagonist needs to learn or overcome, but rather show it through the events of the plot. That way readers can discover, along with the protagonist, the destination from the journey itself.

For example, if Teri's response to her sister's promiscuity is still subconscious, part of her journey will be towards bringing it to the surface and dealing with it consciously, rather than just reacting irrationally. You don't have to tell the reader what Teri doesn't understand herself, but you can show her reacting to the sister's past. Say she meets an attractive man, and is thinking about deepening the acquaintance when he says casually, "You know, I went out a few times with your sister." Teri might freeze up and immediately, without further consideration, decide to have nothing more to do with the man. Maybe he will have to pursue her, even charm her against her will, force her to confront her fear that if she gives into attraction, she will be like her sister-- out of control.

In the end, it comes back to Show, don't tell. If backstory is important to the story, that importance should be demonstrated within the story, not merely by some authorial comment on top of the opening scene. This will have the effect of creating a little bit of reader suspense, as they put together the puzzle of the story. This increases reader involvement even in books without external mysteries.

So how do you know when to show backstory? Here's the rule of thumb: Wait until the readers need to know it. And then give them only as much as they need to know at that point, and as "transparently" as possible-- if you can, through the thoughts, actions, memories, or dialogue of the characters. Let the readers be part of the "making of meaning" by providing them the context to ask questions ("What's up with that chandelier?") and puzzle out the answers.

Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Alpha_Serpentwitch on September 14, 2008, 10:27:38 am
More helpful articles coming!  [thumbsup]

Oh dan bagi yang punya artikel sejenis yg dapat membantu memberi 'pencerahan' bagi para penulis yg lg mumet dengan novelnya, silakan ikut berbagi disini. Komentar dan diskusi seputar artikel, atau bahkan curhat tentang kendala dalam menulis buku juga dipersilakan disini. Semua dengan harapan kita menjadi penulis yang lebih baik dari kita saat ini. :)
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: juunishi master on September 14, 2008, 11:50:29 am
Show don't tell...  :(

Hiks, sebuah cara bercerita yg bikin gw bingung. Gak bisa ngebedainnya.  :-[

Hehe.
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: sakurazaki90 on September 14, 2008, 01:03:10 pm
@Serpent: Thanks bwt artikelnya [thumbsup]

@Juu: Haah~show don't tell emg susah... :-\
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: BloodSin on September 14, 2008, 08:39:39 pm
om serpent, artikelnya ditranslate dulu donk... aku kan gak ngerti bahasanya. :P

btw gw ngerasa kena sentil banged tuh yg poin 4, what a coincidence! :-[
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: magicplayer on September 15, 2008, 12:35:10 am
Hehe. Kebetulan aku juga suka baca artikel kaya gini. Apa sekalian aku share aja ya?

@Juu: Bener ga tau ngebedain show sama tell? Padahal aku baca signature-mu tu bagus lo.

Artikelnya aku pasang di post baru aja ya. Biar ga bingung bacanya.
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: magicplayer on September 15, 2008, 12:45:34 am
I Can't Put It Down - How to Write Compelling Fiction
by Rob Parnell
How many times have you heard people say this about a book? Have you ever analyzed the books that people say this about?

I have.

They all share one ‘secret’ in common.

Questions.

Reading is not a passive exercise. Not to the brain, anyway.

As you read and take in the information on the page, the brain is trying to work out where the story is going, what significance certain actions might have. It’s also trying to work out puzzles and generally try to second-guess the plot.

This is human nature. It’s what makes reading an interactive experience--where you have a kind of relationship with the author for as long as you’re reading

Stories that don’t make the reader ask questions are unsatisfying to read, as are stories where the reader guesses the outcome.

Many writers forget this and write aimlessly in the hope that the reader will like their style and want to read on, no matter what.

This is not a strategy for success! In order to be in control of your story--and your reader, you, the writer should feed them questions.

This is not as difficult as it sounds.

First you need the major question--your book’s reason for being, if you like.

This is in essence the ‘theme’ of your novel summed up in one sentence.

Questions like ‘Does money create happiness?’ or ‘Will good triumph over evil?’ You should subtly place this question in the mind of your reader quite early on in your book, so that the reader is already on a kind of quest for the truth.

Next you have chapter questions that are more specific to your characters. Like ‘Will Alex overcome his problems?’ or ‘Will Sally win the love of her father?’ This gives your reader a reason to read on--just to find out!

Then, you should have smaller questions at every point you can - at least one every 500 words.

Here’s an example:

‘Lucy went to see her father. He was angry that she was seeing Brad but she told him there was nothing he could do about it’

Obviously this is flat and lifeless prose that invites no great speculation. How about this?

‘Lucy stared at her father’s implacable face. When he was like this, she couldn’t gauge his feelings. She swallowed hard. If he was angry, she’d end up with nowhere to live.

‘I won’t stop seeing Brad,’ she said, not quite believing her own words.’

You see the difference?

In the second passage the reader is forced to ask three questions.

1. What’s her father thinking?

2. Will Lucy get kicked out?

3. Will she carry on seeing Brad?

Rather than simply stating what your characters think and do, always try to leave an element of uncertainty in the reader’s mind as to what will happen next.

The trick is to get your reader asking questions constantly. Yes - on every page, so that there’s a compulsive need to turn the page, if only to find out the answers.

Good novelists do this unconsciously--they know it’s the best way to tell a story.

Good crime novelists deliberately get you to ask all the WRONG questions so that their plot twists are far more effective.

People keep turning the page in best selling novels because they are in a constant state of limbo--ignorant of what’s coming next but eager to find out. In effect, it’s almost a state of agitation, even frustration that will keep a reader turning the page.

Has this happened to you?

It’s weird because you almost HATE what you’re reading—there are so many unanswered questions--but you just can’t put it down!

© Copyright 2005 Rob Parnell. All Rights Reserved.
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: rd_Villam on September 15, 2008, 09:01:45 am
sedikit cara untuk melaksanakan rumus 'show, don't tell', dapat dilakukan dengan:

- memperjelas lebih dulu POV (sudut pandang) tokoh penceritanya. jika hendak menjelaskan tentang suatu tempat atau peristiwa, gambarkan melalui apa yang bisa dia lihat, dengar, rasakan, dan bukan ceritakan apa yang tidak bisa dia lihat, tidak bisa dia dengar, tidak bisa dia rasakan.

- gambarkan apa yang terjadi saat ini, dan bukannya cerita masa lalu. memang kadang kita juga ingin/harus bercerita tentang masa lalu, tapi untuk itu jangan gunakan narasi berkepanjangan sampai lebih dari dua paragraf. gunakan dialog yang wajar antara tokoh 'bodoh' dan tokoh 'pintar', karena dialog menciptakan ilusi bahwa suatu kejadian berlangsung saat ini.

tapi patut diingat pula, dalam kasus tertentu, bisa saja dipakai cara yang bertolak belakang. ini hanya sedikit panduan.

mari mari terus menulis. :-)
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Alpha_Serpentwitch on September 15, 2008, 10:52:16 am
om serpent, artikelnya ditranslate dulu donk... aku kan gak ngerti bahasanya. :P

btw gw ngerasa kena sentil banged tuh yg poin 4, what a coincidence! :-[

Wah gw sih baca inggris ga kesulitan tp mentranslate beginian bisa mabok wekekeke  ;D

Btw, lo cuma merasa tersentil di point 4, kl gw merasa 'terpukul' di semua point  :-[

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@magic player

thx buat tambahan artikelnya ^^. Gw sendiri banyak baca2 tentang psikologi, kadang semuanya berdekatan ama basis dasar menuju ilmu hipnotis. And apparantly, ketika kita membaca, kita sering terhipnotis hehe... Masalahnya, bisa kah kita membuat cerita yg demikian 'membius' hingga sang pembaca mau aja dituntun kemana pun yg kita mau di dalam cerita kita? Mempercayai logika apapun yg kita terapkan di dunia kita?Dalam ilmu hipnotis ada banyak jenis2 kata2 atau struktur kalimat yg efektif untuk 'memancing' perhatian dan membius pembaca. Kata2 macem itu bs diterapkan di dalam cerita, dan bahkan pd kenyataannya mayoritas dr kita udah mulai menggunakan kata2 tersebut tanpa sadar untuk membuat pembaca tertarik membaca. Maka temukan sebanyak mungkin kata2 seperti itu, dan gunakan seoptimal mungkin di dalam cerita dan alhasil pembaca tidak akan bisa 'bangun' dari hipnotis cerita kita.

*tawa iblis*   ;D

Satu temuan lg menyangkut itu, ketika membaca bagian yg membosankan, full deskriptif di buku2 tebal macam harpot dsb, ternyata kita sering tanpa sadar men'skip' bagian itu dan sadar kembali ketika 'tertangkap' oleh kita bagian yg menarik untuk dibaca. Biasanya hal seperti ini terjadi secara refleks tanpa sadar dan di trigger beberapa jenis kata/kalimat. Faktor lainnya adalah krn kita udah terbiasa membaca cerita sejenis dan terlatih untuk membaca what kind of scene this is. 'oh ini bagian deskriptif yg ga penting... skip aj...' 'oh, ini bagian mulai menarik, udah deket klimaks, ga boleh ada yg terlewatkan nih...' Yang kerennya, semua itu terjadi selama kita membaca dengan giat, dan semua keputusan untuk menskip atau membaca diputuskan oleh otak kita tanpa meminta persetujuan lg pada kita (baca: tanpa sadar)  :)

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In the end, it comes back to Show, don't tell. If backstory is important to the story, that importance should be demonstrated within the story, not merely by some authorial comment on top of the opening scene. This will have the effect of creating a little bit of reader suspense, as they put together the puzzle of the story. This increases reader involvement even in books without external mysteries.

So how do you know when to show backstory? Here's the rule of thumb: Wait until the readers need to know it. And then give them only as much as they need to know at that point, and as "transparently" as possible-- if you can, through the thoughts, actions, memories, or dialogue of the characters. Let the readers be part of the "making of meaning" by providing them the context to ask questions ("What's up with that chandelier?") and puzzle out the answers.

Gw paling tersentil disini nih. 'wait until the readers need to know'. Omg, brarti mesti nunggu Varlend dan kawan2 pergi ke luar angkasa br boleh jelasin 3 lunnamorfhel gw. (which would never happen lol) Masalahny setting universe nyaris ga diperlukan untuk terus membaca. Kecuali berkaitan langsung dengan plot main story yg sedang berjalan. So, when exactly should we write our 'fantasy world vacation' ?  ??? Kan sayang udah membentuk universe susah payah, disebutkan pun tidak.  :P
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Alpha_Serpentwitch on September 16, 2008, 10:10:01 am
Another article! Bagian yang ini lebih ke arah untuk motivasi aja hehe. Just some encouraging article to keep you writing. [thumbsup]


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How to write a novel in 100 days

by John Coyne



How many times have you finished reading a novel and said, “I could have written that book.” You know what? You’re right. All of us, I believe, carry at least one novel around in our heads or our hearts. Novelist Toni Morrison put it this way: “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

Writing a book is no easy task. Nevertheless, every day another book is published.

In 1996, according to Books in Print, 1.3 million book titles were in print. The number of books published in 1996 alone was 140,000 in the United States. So, why not you?


What you need

I believe that if you can write a simple English sentence (after all, that’s what Ernest Hemingway wrote), are alert to the world around you, and want to write a salable novel — really want to, not just kind of want to — then you can do it. I don’t think anybody ever became a writer by going to a workshop, reading a book, or even reading this article. Writing comes from something internal in a writer. However, this article will save you time, point you in the right direction, and help you write a novel in 100 days or less.


Possible?
It works. I’ve done it myself several times.

I know what it means to squeeze in an hour or two a day (or night) of writing. It is not easy to write a novel, not when you have a full time job, family, and responsibilities, but it can be done. Most writers, in fact, have had to carry on two lives while they wrote their novel. But once you sell your first book, than maybe you’ll be in the position to quit your day job and devote the rest of your life to writing full time.


Great writers have done it
Yes, you have a job. Yes, you have a family. Neither have stopped great writers in the past. The poet Wallace Stevens was a vice president of an insurance company and an expert on the bond market. The young T.S. Eliot was a banker. William Carlos Williams was a pediatrician. Robert Frost was a poultry farmer. Hart Crane packed candy in his father’s warehouse, and later wrote advertising copy. Stephen Crane was a war correspondent. Marianne Moore worked at the New York Public Library. James Dickey worked for an advertising agency. Archibald MacLeish was Director of the Office of Facts and Figures during World War II.


Drawing from pure emotion
What makes a writer? Perhaps it is a single incident — one that happens early in life and shapes the writer’s sense of wonder and self-awareness.

Take the case of José Saramago, the first Portuguese-language writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. The son of a peasant father and an illiterate mother, brought up in a home with no books, he took almost 40 years to go from metalworker to civil servant to editor in a publishing house to newspaper editor. He was 60 before he earned recognition at home and abroad with Baltasar and Blimunda.

As a child, he spent vacations with his grandparents in a village called Azinhaga. When his grandfather suffered a stroke and was to be taken to Lisbon for treatment, Saramago recalls, "He went into the yard of his house, where there were a few trees, fig trees, olive trees. And he went one by one, embracing the trees and crying, saying good-bye to them because he knew he would not return. To see this, to live this, if that doesn’t mark you for the rest of your life," Saramago says, "you have no feeling."

Begin with that pure emotion. Turn it into prose.


Let us begin
Sinclair Lewis was invited to talk to some students about the writer’s craft. He stood at the head of the class and asked, “How many of you here are really serious about being writers?” A sea of hands shot up. Lewis then asked, “Well, why aren't you all home writing?” And with that he walked out of the room.

So now it is time for you to be writing.

What follows is your daily log — each day may have words of encouragement, advice, or wisdom or a task for you to do to get your book written. It is what you need to do each day for the next hundred days to write your novel.


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Untuk hal 100 harinya, jauh lebih menarik kalau baca langsung disini. Menarik loh, coba dulu de hehe...  ;)
http://www.peacecorpswriters.org/pages/depts/resources/resour_writers/100daysbook/day001.html
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: rd_Villam on September 16, 2008, 12:01:38 pm
So, when exactly should we write our 'fantasy world vacation' ?  ??? Kan sayang udah membentuk universe susah payah, disebutkan pun tidak.  :P

hahahah...
begitulah penderitaan penulis fantasi...
sama juga kayak riset, kita jungkir balik belajar macem-macem, ternyata yang bakal ditampilin juga cuman 10% doang.
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Alpha_Serpentwitch on September 17, 2008, 11:02:12 am
Hallo all ! Kali ini gw bukan membawa artikel untuk dibaca melainkan membawa ujian untuk dikerjakan! Dan ujian ini khusus untuk penulis fantasy!

Ohohoho but fear not, ujiannya santai dan bisa bikin ketawa juga kok  :P

Berapa poin kah yg membuat anda tersentil dan ragu2 utk menjawab ? hehehe....

(note, komen dalam tanda kurung cuma jawaban dr gw, sekedar untuk joke hehe)

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Ever since J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis created the worlds of Middle Earth and Narnia, it seems like every windbag off the street thinks he can write great, original fantasy, too. The problem is that most of this "great, original fantasy" is actually poor, derivative fantasy. Frankly, we're sick of it, so we've compiled a list of rip-off tip-offs in the form of an exam. We think anybody considering writing a fantasy novel should be required to take this exam first. Answering "yes" to any one question results in failure and means that the prospective novel should be abandoned at once.



The Exam


1. Does nothing happen in the first fifty pages?
   (uhh... finding fullberr?  :D)

2. Is your main character a young farmhand with mysterious parentage?

3. Is your main character the heir to the throne but doesn't know it?

4. Is your story about a young character who comes of age, gains great power, and defeats the supreme badguy?
   (uhh...)
5. Is your story about a quest for a magical artifact that will save the world?

6. How about one that will destroy it?

7. Does your story revolve around an ancient prophecy about "The One" who will save the world and everybody and all the forces of good?
   (the opposite actually :P)
8. Does your novel contain a character whose sole purpose is to show up at random plot points and dispense information?

9. Does your novel contain a character that is really a god in disguise?
    (ok2 -__- I'll erase him for good)
10.Is the evil supreme badguy secretly the father of your main character?

11.Is the king of your world a kindly king duped by an evil magician?

12.Does "a forgetful wizard" describe any of the characters in your novel?

13.How about "a powerful but slow and kind-hearted warrior"?

14.How about "a wise, mystical sage who refuses to give away plot details for his own personal, mysterious reasons"?

15.Do the female characters in your novel spend a lot of time worrying about how they look, especially when the male main character is around?

16.Do any of your female characters exist solely to be captured and rescued?

17.Do any of your female characters exist solely to embody feminist ideals?

18.Would "a clumsy cooking wench more comfortable with a frying pan than a sword" aptly describe any of your female characters?

19.Would "a fearless warrioress more comfortable with a sword than a frying pan" aptly describe any of your female characters?

20.Is any character in your novel best described as "a dour dwarf"?

23.How about "a half-elf torn between his human and elven heritage"?

24.Did you make the elves and the dwarves great friends, just to be different?

25.Does everybody under four feet tall exist solely for comic relief?

26.Do you think that the only two uses for ships are fishing and piracy?

27.Do you not know when the hay baler was invented?
    (I don't even know what 'hay baler' is)
28.Did you draw a map for your novel which includes places named things like "The Blasted Lands" or "The Forest of Fear" or "The Desert of Desolation" or absolutely anything "of Doom"?
    (Ups, luckily I've erased that 'forest of the dead' parts  :-[)
29.Does your novel contain a prologue that is impossible to understand until you've read the entire book, if even then?
    (...ugh...yes?)
30.Is this the first book in a planned trilogy?
    No, this is the first book in a planned triple trilogy (9 books)  :D
31.How about a quintet or a decalogue?
   
32.Is your novel thicker than a New York City phone book?
    (That's why I separate it into 9 books)  ;D
33.Did absolutely nothing happen in the previous book you wrote, yet you figure you're still many sequels away from finishing your "story"?

34.Are you writing prequels to your as-yet-unfinished series of books?
    (hehe... I guess so) ;D
35.Is your name Robert Jordan and you lied like a dog to get this far?
    (-___-)
36.Is your novel based on the adventures of your role-playing group?

37.Does your novel contain characters transported from the real world to a fantasy realm?
    (Never, this is the fantasy type that I hate most!  [ranting])
38.Do any of your main characters have apostrophes or dashes in their names?

39.Do any of your main characters have names longer than three syllables?

40.Do you see nothing wrong with having two characters from the same small isolated village being named "Tim Umber" and "Belthusalanthalus al'Grinsok"?

41.Does your novel contain orcs, elves, dwarves, or halflings?
    (Halflings, yes, as original as I can off course)
42.How about "orken" or "dwerrows"?
    (Ahahahah! I laughed at this one)
43.Do you have a race prefixed by "half-"?

44.At any point in your novel, do the main characters take a shortcut through ancient dwarven mines?

45.Do you write your battle scenes by playing them out in your favorite RPG?

46.Have you done up game statistics for all of your main characters in your favorite RPG?
    (I used to do that hehe)
47.Are you writing a work-for-hire for Wizards of the Coast?

48.Do inns in your book exist solely so your main characters can have brawls?
    (...yes?)
49.Do you think you know how feudalism worked but really don't?

50.Do your characters spend an inordinate amount of time journeying from place to place?

51.Could one of your main characters tell the other characters something that would really help them in their quest but refuses to do so just so it won't break the plot?

52.Do any of the magic users in your novel cast spells easily identifiable as "fireball" or "lightning bolt"?
    (never. Hate that a lot)
53.Do you ever use the term "mana" in your novel?

54.Do you ever use the term "plate mail" in your novel?

55.Heaven help you, do you ever use the term "hit points" in your novel?
    (Ahahahah! lol)
56.Do you not realize how much gold actually weighs?

57.Do you think horses can gallop all day long without rest?

58.Does anybody in your novel fight for two hours straight in full plate armor, then ride a horse for four hours, then delicately make love to a willing barmaid all in the same day?
    (omg  :o)
59.Does your main character have a magic axe, hammer, spear, or other weapon that returns to him when he throws it?

60.Does anybody in your novel ever stab anybody with a scimitar?

61.Does anybody in your novel stab anybody straight through plate armor?

62.Do you think swords weigh ten pounds or more? [info]

63.Does your hero fall in love with an unattainable woman, whom he later attains?

64.Does a large portion of the humor in your novel consist of puns?
    (what is 'puns'?  ???)
65.Is your hero able to withstand multiple blows from the fantasy equivalent of a ten pound sledge but is still threatened by a small woman with a dagger?

66.Do you really think it frequently takes more than one arrow in the chest to kill a man?

67.Do you not realize it takes hours to make a good stew, making it a poor choice for an "on the road" meal?

68.Do you have nomadic barbarians living on the tundra and consuming barrels and barrels of mead?

69.Do you think that "mead" is just a fancy name for "beer"?
    (I thought so...)
70.Does your story involve a number of different races, each of which has exactly one country, one ruler, and one religion?
    ( :-X Uhh... anything wrong with that?)
71.Is the best organized and most numerous group of people in your world the thieves' guild?

72.Does your main villain punish insignificant mistakes with death?

73.Is your story about a crack team of warriors that take along a bard who is useless in a fight, though he plays a mean lute?

74.Is "common" the official language of your world?

75.Is the countryside in your novel littered with tombs and gravesites filled with ancient magical loot that nobody thought to steal centuries before?

76.Is your book basically a rip-off of The Lord of the Rings?
    (hmmm.... I can't say yes... yet I can' say no too.... :-X)

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Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: rd_Villam on September 17, 2008, 11:28:31 am
huahahahah!
bagus, dan lucu2 nih pertanyaannya!
nyengir-nyengir ndiri gue di kantor!
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: rd_Villam on September 17, 2008, 12:10:07 pm
hmmm... dibanding Gerbang Sungai Tigris, mestinya The Forgotten Heroes gue lebih stereotip. jadi coba gue liat sejauh mana stereotipnya TFH.

The Exam

1. Does nothing happen in the first fifty pages?
banyak dong kejadiannya. masa kagak?

2. Is your main character a young farmhand with mysterious parentage?
bukan

3. Is your main character the heir to the throne but doesn't know it?
bukan

4. Is your story about a young character who comes of age, gains great power, and defeats the supreme badguy?
'great power'? kayaknya bukan...

5. Is your story about a quest for a magical artifact that will save the world?
bukan

6. How about one that will destroy it?
bukan

7. Does your story revolve around an ancient prophecy about "The One" who will save the world and everybody and all the forces of good?
bukan

8. Does your novel contain a character whose sole purpose is to show up at random plot points and dispense information?
gak ada kayaknya.

9. Does your novel contain a character that is really a god in disguise?
huh? gak ada

10.Is the evil supreme badguy secretly the father of your main character?
hihihi. emang darth vader?

11.Is the king of your world a kindly king duped by an evil magician?
bukan

12.Does "a forgetful wizard" describe any of the characters in your novel?
gak ada

13.How about "a powerful but slow and kind-hearted warrior"?
kayaknya enggak

14.How about "a wise, mystical sage who refuses to give away plot details for his own personal, mysterious reasons"?
ada yang mirip sih... tapi kayaknya gak juga

15.Do the female characters in your novel spend a lot of time worrying about how they look, especially when the male main character is around?
huh? apaan nih?

16.Do any of your female characters exist solely to be captured and rescued?
gak ada. kalo udah ketangkep ya habislah perkara. hahah...

17.Do any of your female characters exist solely to embody feminist ideals?
kayaknya enggak

18.Would "a clumsy cooking wench more comfortable with a frying pan than a sword" aptly describe any of your female characters?
gak ada

19.Would "a fearless warrioress more comfortable with a sword than a frying pan" aptly describe any of your female characters?
gak ada

20.Is any character in your novel best described as "a dour dwarf"?
gak ada

23.How about "a half-elf torn between his human and elven heritage"?
gak ada

24.Did you make the elves and the dwarves great friends, just to be different?
gak ada

25.Does everybody under four feet tall exist solely for comic relief?
gak ada

26.Do you think that the only two uses for ships are fishing and piracy?
emang ada yang laen? wkwkwkwk...

27.Do you not know when the hay baler was invented?
apaan sih 'hay baler'?

28.Did you draw a map for your novel which includes places named things like "The Blasted Lands" or "The Forest of Fear" or "The Desert of Desolation" or absolutely anything "of Doom"?
gak ada

29.Does your novel contain a prologue that is impossible to understand until you've read the entire book, if even then?
waduh. kayaknya nyang ini nih... hahahah...

30.Is this the first book in a planned trilogy?
mmm... trilogi lebih deh... hahah...

31.How about a quintet or a decalogue?
hahahah... yang ini lebih cocok!
  
32.Is your novel thicker than a New York City phone book?
apa boleh buat! hahah!

33.Did absolutely nothing happen in the previous book you wrote, yet you figure you're still many sequels away from finishing your "story"?
ah. ada dong yang terjadi!

34.Are you writing prequels to your as-yet-unfinished series of books?
prekuel? buset dah.

35.Is your name Robert Jordan and you lied like a dog to get this far?
hahahahahah!

36.Is your novel based on the adventures of your role-playing group?
walah. kagak ah.

37.Does your novel contain characters transported from the real world to a fantasy realm?
kagak

38.Do any of your main characters have apostrophes or dashes in their names?
kagak

39.Do any of your main characters have names longer than three syllables?
kayaknya gak ada

40.Do you see nothing wrong with having two characters from the same small isolated village being named "Tim Umber" and "Belthusalanthalus al'Grinsok"?
hahahah. dan gak ada seorangpun di desa itu yang peduli juga?!

41.Does your novel contain orcs, elves, dwarves, or halflings?
kagak ada.

42.How about "orken" or "dwerrows"?
gak ada

43.Do you have a race prefixed by "half-"?
gak ada

44.At any point in your novel, do the main characters take a shortcut through ancient dwarven mines?
gak ada

45.Do you write your battle scenes by playing them out in your favorite RPG?
kagak

46.Have you done up game statistics for all of your main characters in your favorite RPG?
hahahah. jaman dulu pernah sih.

47.Are you writing a work-for-hire for Wizards of the Coast?
apaan sih?

48.Do inns in your book exist solely so your main characters can have brawls?
abis buat apa lagi dong? haha...

49.Do you think you know how feudalism worked but really don't?
gak ada ttg ini, mestinya...

50.Do your characters spend an inordinate amount of time journeying from place to place?
hmm? kagak

51.Could one of your main characters tell the other characters something that would really help them in their quest but refuses to do so just so it won't break the plot?
gak ada. kalo ada yg kayak gitu, gampar aja tokohnya. wkwkwkwk...

52.Do any of the magic users in your novel cast spells easily identifiable as "fireball" or "lightning bolt"?
kagak ade.

53.Do you ever use the term "mana" in your novel?
gak

54.Do you ever use the term "plate mail" in your novel?
gak ada... eh? ada gak ya?

55.Heaven help you, do you ever use the term "hit points" in your novel?
hahahahah. kagak!

56.Do you not realize how much gold actually weighs?
huh? emang berapa?

57.Do you think horses can gallop all day long without rest?
hmm... untung gak ada yg sampe sedetil itu...

58.Does anybody in your novel fight for two hours straight in full plate armor, then ride a horse for four hours, then delicately make love to a willing barmaid all in the same day?
huahahahahah!

59.Does your main character have a magic axe, hammer, spear, or other weapon that returns to him when he throws it?
kagak!

60.Does anybody in your novel ever stab anybody with a scimitar?
huh? scimitar?

61.Does anybody in your novel stab anybody straight through plate armor?
whoa! but i like this! smell of blood! hahah!

62.Do you think swords weigh ten pounds or more? 
berat dong mestinya!

63.Does your hero fall in love with an unattainable woman, whom he later attains?
hmm? kagak.

64.Does a large portion of the humor in your novel consist of puns?
'puns'? ini apa ya? basa slankkah?

65.Is your hero able to withstand multiple blows from the fantasy equivalent of a ten pound sledge but is still threatened by a small woman with a dagger?
hahahah. kagak!

66.Do you really think it frequently takes more than one arrow in the chest to kill a man?
hoho! tapi kan keren tuh!

67.Do you not realize it takes hours to make a good stew, making it a poor choice for an "on the road" meal?
hmm... kayaknya gak ada ttg ini.

68.Do you have nomadic barbarians living on the tundra and consuming barrels and barrels of mead?
hahaha. kayaknya bagus kok. pake ah nanti.

69.Do you think that "mead" is just a fancy name for "beer"?
apaan sih?

70.Does your story involve a number of different races, each of which has exactly one country, one ruler, and one religion?
hahahah. kagak!

71.Is the best organized and most numerous group of people in your world the thieves' guild?
gak ada!

72.Does your main villain punish insignificant mistakes with death?
hmm? kayaknya bukan 'punish'...

73.Is your story about a crack team of warriors that take along a bard who is useless in a fight, though he plays a mean lute?
kagak

74.Is "common" the official language of your world?
huh? 'common'?

75.Is the countryside in your novel littered with tombs and gravesites filled with ancient magical loot that nobody thought to steal centuries before?
gak ada

76.Is your book basically a rip-off of The Lord of the Rings?
bukan

hmm... oke... sejauh ini aman...
gak terlalu banyak stereotipnya.
hahahahahah...
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Alpha_Serpentwitch on September 17, 2008, 12:33:42 pm
TFH sih aman... tapi terlalu aman ga bagus juga loh, kesannya 'play safe' hingga ga ada lg yg menarik untuk di'expect'  :)

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16.Do any of your female characters exist solely to be captured and rescued?
gak ada. kalo udah ketangkep ya habislah perkara. hahah...

most unrealistic things when beatiful female char gets abducted, captured, and taken hostages so many times yet she still gets back with the 'still pure virgin' status.  :P

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27.Do you not know when the hay baler was invented?
apaan sih 'hay baler'?

setelah gw cr di kamus, ternyata artinya karung jerami atau sejenisny. Memang dipake dijaman apa?

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56.Do you not realize how much gold actually weighs?
huh? emang berapa?

yg pasti sekarung emas lebih berat dr sekarung beras, yg artiny kl ada org jalan jauh sambil bopong sekarung emas itu dia akan tepar di tengah jalan huahua... ;D

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70.Does your story involve a number of different races, each of which has exactly one country, one ruler, and one religion?
    (  Uhh... anything wrong with that?)

So far, ini yg paling fatal di Felgirth gw kayanya... walau, kyny enak kl 1 ras punya 1 kerajaan, dewa dan religinya masing2...
Hey, what's bad with that?!  :'(
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: clickdian on September 17, 2008, 12:34:41 pm
The Exam

Uhmm.. ambil Zauri sebagai contoh aja ya.

1. Does nothing happen in the first fifty pages?
   Udah dunk. Masalah udah ada dari bab pertama.

2. Is your main character a young farmhand with mysterious parentage? young, yes. mysterious parentage, no.

3. Is your main character the heir to the throne but doesn't know it? the heir to the throne but she definitely knows it.

4. Is your story about a young character who comes of age, gains great power, and defeats the supreme badguy? gains great power, no. defeats the supreme badguy, yes.
   
5. Is your story about a quest for a magical artifact that will save the world? no.

6. How about one that will destroy it? no.

7. Does your story revolve around an ancient prophecy about "The One" who will save the world and everybody and all the forces of good? no, hahaha.. the main character is a half-tomboy princess who accidentally thrown away from her country.
   
8. Does your novel contain a character whose sole purpose is to show up at random plot points and dispense information? no.

9. Does your novel contain a character that is really a god in disguise?
    nooo...!

10.Is the evil supreme badguy secretly the father of your main character? they don't even know each other.

11.Is the king of your world a kindly king duped by an evil magician? hmm.. some kinda..

12.Does "a forgetful wizard" describe any of the characters in your novel? no.

13.How about "a powerful but slow and kind-hearted warrior"? one of the character, Zen, probably fit this.

14.How about "a wise, mystical sage who refuses to give away plot details for his own personal, mysterious reasons"? no.

15.Do the female characters in your novel spend a lot of time worrying about how they look, especially when the male main character is around? nooopppee! she's got her life to worried about.

16.Do any of your female characters exist solely to be captured and rescued? captured, but refused to be rescued.

17.Do any of your female characters exist solely to embody feminist ideals? huh? i don't think so.

18.Would "a clumsy cooking wench more comfortable with a frying pan than a sword" aptly describe any of your female characters? not really, all of my female characters can fight, except the fairy.

19.Would "a fearless warrioress more comfortable with a sword than a frying pan" aptly describe any of your female characters? nope.

20.Is any character in your novel best described as "a dour dwarf"? no dwarves.

23.How about "a half-elf torn between his human and elven heritage"? no elves.

24.Did you make the elves and the dwarves great friends, just to be different? i don't have them, and probably won't take them in any of my writings.

25.Does everybody under four feet tall exist solely for comic relief? no.

26.Do you think that the only two uses for ships are fishing and piracy? nggak juga. bisa buat ngangkut pasukan, pedagang, orang pindahan ke pulau sebelah ...

27.Do you not know when the hay baler was invented?  huh? kirain emang udah habit aja. i think it's cultural matter.
   
28.Did you draw a map for your novel which includes places named things like "The Blasted Lands" or "The Forest of Fear" or "The Desert of Desolation" or absolutely anything "of Doom"? no. i got better names *grin*
   
29.Does your novel contain a prologue that is impossible to understand until you've read the entire book, if even then? no prologue! i chose to dash off to the problem.
   
30.Is this the first book in a planned trilogy? no.
   
31.How about a quintet or a decalogue? >.<  no.
   
32.Is your novel thicker than a New York City phone book? Tegal's phone book, may be, but NY? fortunately no *laugh*
   
33.Did absolutely nothing happen in the previous book you wrote, yet you figure you're still many sequels away from finishing your "story"? it's finished.

34.Are you writing prequels to your as-yet-unfinished series of books? no.
   
35.Is your name Robert Jordan and you lied like a dog to get this far? who the **** is he?
 
36.Is your novel based on the adventures of your role-playing group? no.

37.Does your novel contain characters transported from the real world to a fantasy realm? no.
   
38.Do any of your main characters have apostrophes or dashes in their names? no.

39.Do any of your main characters have names longer than three syllables? no.

40.Do you see nothing wrong with having two characters from the same small isolated village being named "Tim Umber" and "Belthusalanthalus al'Grinsok"? Something wrong. Their names are suppose to be have similar type.

41.Does your novel contain orcs, elves, dwarves, or halflings? Never.
   
42.How about "orken" or "dwerrows"? Again, no.
 
43.Do you have a race prefixed by "half-"? No.

44.At any point in your novel, do the main characters take a shortcut through ancient dwarven mines? no dwarf, thank you.

45.Do you write your battle scenes by playing them out in your favorite RPG? some. but not all of them.

46.Have you done up game statistics for all of your main characters in your favorite RPG? no.
   
47.Are you writing a work-for-hire for Wizards of the Coast? no.

48.Do inns in your book exist solely so your main characters can have brawls? hmm.. actually, there's no inn scene.
   
49.Do you think you know how feudalism worked but really don't?  :D

50.Do your characters spend an inordinate amount of time journeying from place to place? not that much.

51.Could one of your main characters tell the other characters something that would really help them in their quest but refuses to do so just so it won't break the plot? no. she would have done it if she could do that.

52.Do any of the magic users in your novel cast spells easily identifiable as "fireball" or "lightning bolt"?
    *garuk-garuk kepala* kyknya ada api, tapi bukan berbentuk bola dan gak pake mantra segala.

53.Do you ever use the term "mana" in your novel? nope.

54.Do you ever use the term "plate mail" in your novel? what? no.

55.Heaven help you, do you ever use the term "hit points" in your novel? ROTF. what do you think it is, a game?
   
56.Do you not realize how much gold actually weighs? timbang aja.

57.Do you think horses can gallop all day long without rest? nggak lah!

58.Does anybody in your novel fight for two hours straight in full plate armor, then ride a horse for four hours, then delicately make love to a willing barmaid all in the same day? no plate, no horse, and the only barmaid is a young lady with high pride.. so the answer is no.
   
59.Does your main character have a magic axe, hammer, spear, or other weapon that returns to him when he throws it? i don't think so.

60.Does anybody in your novel ever stab anybody with a scimitar? scimitar apaan sih? gak ada di kamus tuh..

61.Does anybody in your novel stab anybody straight through plate armor? sekali lagi, gak ada plate armor T_T.

62.Do you think swords weigh ten pounds or more? satu pound berapa kilo sih?  ??? *males mikir mode on*

63.Does your hero fall in love with an unattainable woman, whom he later attains? no.

64.Does a large portion of the humor in your novel consist of puns? kyknya nggak.
   
65.Is your hero able to withstand multiple blows from the fantasy equivalent of a ten pound sledge but is still threatened by a small woman with a dagger? none of the female characters uses dagger.

66.Do you really think it frequently takes more than one arrow in the chest to kill a man? tergantung. bisa jadi cuma sekarat.

67.Do you not realize it takes hours to make a good stew, making it a poor choice for an "on the road" meal? yeah.

68.Do you have nomadic barbarians living on the tundra and consuming barrels and barrels of mead? no.

69.Do you think that "mead" is just a fancy name for "beer"? hm? any other meaning of it?
   
70.Does your story involve a number of different races, each of which has exactly one country, one ruler, and one religion? no.
   
71.Is the best organized and most numerous group of people in your world the thieves' guild? no.

72.Does your main villain punish insignificant mistakes with death?  ??? maksudnyah?

73.Is your story about a crack team of warriors that take along a bard who is useless in a fight, though he plays a mean lute? nggak ada yg bisa maen musik tuh LOL

74.Is "common" the official language of your world? explain the 'common' thing, please.

75.Is the countryside in your novel littered with tombs and gravesites filled with ancient magical loot that nobody thought to steal centuries before? paling satu-dua aja.

76.Is your book basically a rip-off of The Lord of the Rings? No way. enggaklah! Hellooo.. fikfan bukan cuma LOTR! >.<
   
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: rd_Villam on September 17, 2008, 12:41:29 pm
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70.Does your story involve a number of different races, each of which has exactly one country, one ruler, and one religion?
    (  Uhh... anything wrong with that?)

So far, ini yg paling fatal di Felgirth gw kayanya... walau, kyny enak kl 1 ras punya 1 kerajaan, dewa dan religinya masing2...
Hey, what's bad with that?!  :'(

itu artinya latar belakang sejarahnya terlalu sederhana. setelah beribu2 tahun, berjuta umat manusia di seluruh dunia hanya punya satu raja dan satu ideologi. kagak ada perpecahan satu pun misalnya.
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Alpha_Serpentwitch on September 17, 2008, 12:53:49 pm
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70.Does your story involve a number of different races, each of which has exactly one country, one ruler, and one religion?
    (  Uhh... anything wrong with that?)

So far, ini yg paling fatal di Felgirth gw kayanya... walau, kyny enak kl 1 ras punya 1 kerajaan, dewa dan religinya masing2...
Hey, what's bad with that?!  :'(

itu artinya latar belakang sejarahnya terlalu sederhana. setelah beribu2 tahun, berjuta umat manusia di seluruh dunia hanya punya satu raja dan satu ideologi. kagak ada perpecahan satu pun misalnya.

bukan gitu maksudnya, maksud pertanyaan ini, seperti di Felgirth gw, ada multiple race (orc,elf, etc misalnya) masing2 mendiami teritori tertentu di world map kita, masing2 punya kerajaan sendiri, religi dan dewa tertentu yg mereka puja, dan semuanya itu precisely one king, one kingdom, one religion, one god for each one of the race. Well, normalny emang ga mungkin sih peradaban dunia terbagi2 tiap ras secara rapih ky gt.  :D

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60.Does anybody in your novel ever stab anybody with a scimitar? scimitar apaan sih? gak ada di kamus tuh..
scimitar itu golok yang rada melengkung (curve blade) kl ga salah. Ya intinya, pedang yg fungsinya untuk menebas itu sulit dan jarang digunakan untuk menusuk.

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72.Does your main villain punish insignificant mistakes with death?   maksudnyah?
Adegan streotipe biasa dimana raja penjahat membunuh bawahanny cm krn gagal dalam tugas etc mungkin. Ga salah si, tp baca novel seperti it udah bosen banget aja. Udah ga keren lagi  :D
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: clickdian on September 17, 2008, 01:08:11 pm

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72.Does your main villain punish insignificant mistakes with death?   maksudnyah?
Adegan streotipe biasa dimana raja penjahat membunuh bawahanny cm krn gagal dalam tugas etc mungkin. Ga salah si, tp baca novel seperti it udah bosen banget aja. Udah ga keren lagi  :D

Oww.. gak ada. pembunuhan cuman dilakukan sama villain.
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: cheppy70 on September 17, 2008, 02:33:54 pm

3. Is your main character the heir to the throne but doesn't know it? the heir to the throne but she definitely knows it.

Ngga juga deeeh, pas amnesia kan dia gak inget? hue hehehe,....

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4. Is your story about a young character who comes of age, gains great power, and defeats the supreme badguy? gains great power, no. defeats the supreme badguy, yes.

Well, si Dios itu kan,..... yg powernya paling great di antara grupnya Regia? Dengan ilmu apa tuh, yg bulan sabit perak? Karakter lain gak ada yg bisa berduel sehebat dia, pan? Walau yg ngalahin supreme badguy sejatinya memang bukan Dios, tapi si Regia.
   
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7. Does your story revolve around an ancient prophecy about "The One" who will save the world and everybody and all the forces of good? no, hahaha.. the main character is a half-tomboy princess who accidentally thrown away from her country.

Amigdalus loe itu juga semacam legend, dan The One, nya juga merupakan legend, albeit ternyata the one itu dari tokoh antagonis.

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8. Does your novel contain a character whose sole purpose is to show up at random plot points and dispense information? no.

Errr, Mayorka & Bruno? Kayaknya ada satu adegan mereka yg persis begitu, deh?

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15.Do the female characters in your novel spend a lot of time worrying about how they look, especially when the male main character is around? nooopppee! she's got her life to worried about.

Dainty? In the presence of Dios?  :D

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60.Does anybody in your novel ever stab anybody with a scimitar? scimitar apaan sih? gak ada di kamus tuh..

Pedang Arab, yang dijadiin lambang Irak tuh.

Memang maksud pertanyaan ini adalah menyindir ketidaktahuan pengarang pada penggunaan jenis-jenis senjata. Jadi kalo scimitar itu lebih efektif buat menebas putus. Jadi kalau ada frasa "He stabbed hiw opponent's chest with his golden scimitar", itu artinya salah kaprah :)

Salam,

FA Pur
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: magicplayer on September 17, 2008, 03:08:27 pm
Udah pernah nemuin sih tes kaya gini. Sekarang aku coba jawab aja buat novel yang lagi aku kerjain sekalian bagi2 sama penduduk pulpen. hehe.

1. Does nothing happen in the first fifty pages?
   Hehe. Adegan action-nya malah udah ada dari halaman pertama

2. Is your main character a young farmhand with mysterious parentage?
    No
3. Is your main character the heir to the throne but doesn't know it?
    No
4. Is your story about a young character who comes of age, gains great power, and defeats the supreme badguy?
    No, again
5. Is your story about a quest for a magical artifact that will save the world?
    Still no
6. How about one that will destroy it?
    That doesn't change my answer
7. Does your story revolve around an ancient prophecy about "The One" who will save the world and everybody and all the forces of good?
   Prophecy? yes. The chosen one? no
8. Does your novel contain a character whose sole purpose is to show up at random plot points and dispense information?
   No
9. Does your novel contain a character that is really a god in disguise?
   Hehe. Nggak dong
10.Is the evil supreme badguy secretly the father of your main character?
    Nggak juga
11.Is the king of your world a kindly king duped by an evil magician?
    Nggak lagi
12.Does "a forgetful wizard" describe any of the characters in your novel?
    Masih nggak
13.How about "a powerful but slow and kind-hearted warrior"?
    Powerful sih iya, tapi kind-hearted kayanya ga selalu.
14.How about "a wise, mystical sage who refuses to give away plot details for his own personal, mysterious reasons"?
    Hehe. Nggak dong
15.Do the female characters in your novel spend a lot of time worrying about how they look, especially when the male main character is around?
    He? Nggak pernah kepikiran malah
16.Do any of your female characters exist solely to be captured and rescued?
    No.
17.Do any of your female characters exist solely to embody feminist ideals?
    No juga nih
18.Would "a clumsy cooking wench more comfortable with a frying pan than a sword" aptly describe any of your female characters?
    No
19.Would "a fearless warrioress more comfortable with a sword than a frying pan" aptly describe any of your female characters?
    No
20.Is any character in your novel best described as "a dour dwarf"?
     No. no dwarf
23.How about "a half-elf torn between his human and elven heritage"?
     No juga
24.Did you make the elves and the dwarves great friends, just to be different?
     Dibilangin no juga
25.Does everybody under four feet tall exist solely for comic relief?
     No
26.Do you think that the only two uses for ships are fishing and piracy?
     Nggak dong. Buat perang sama dagang juga.
27.Do you not know when the hay baler was invented?
    Hay stack aku tau. Hay baler itu aku ga tau.
28.Did you draw a map for your novel which includes places named things like "The Blasted Lands" or "The Forest of Fear" or "The Desert of Desolation" or absolutely anything "of Doom"?
     Nggak
29.Does your novel contain a prologue that is impossible to understand until you've read the entire book, if even then?
    Hmm.... tergantung pembacanya sih
30.Is this the first book in a planned trilogy?
    No. Not a trilogy
31.How about a quintet or a decalogue?
    Masih no
32.Is your novel thicker than a New York City phone book?
    Ga tau ya. Kan masih belum jadi  ;D
33.Did absolutely nothing happen in the previous book you wrote, yet you figure you're still many sequels away from finishing your "story"?
    Heh? Buat apa nulis buku kalo nothing happen?
34.Are you writing prequels to your as-yet-unfinished series of books?
    No. not a prequel.
35.Is your name Robert Jordan and you lied like a dog to get this far?
    Kok tau?  ;D
36.Is your novel based on the adventures of your role-playing group?
    No
37.Does your novel contain characters transported from the real world to a fantasy realm?
    No. Not this one.
38.Do any of your main characters have apostrophes or dashes in their names?
    No. That only work in star wars
39.Do any of your main characters have names longer than three syllables?
    Let's see........ Kayanya ga ada deh. Ga pinter bikin nama panjang2 kayanya
40.Do you see nothing wrong with having two characters from the same small isolated village being named "Tim Umber" and "Belthusalanthalus al'Grinsok"?
    Hehe. Jelas ada yang salah!
41.Does your novel contain orcs, elves, dwarves, or halflings?
    No. Udah ga ada tempat buat ras2 kaya gitu di novelku.
42.How about "orken" or "dwerrows"?
    Apa lagi ini?
43.Do you have a race prefixed by "half-"?
     No
44.At any point in your novel, do the main characters take a shortcut through ancient dwarven mines?
    Ga baca jawaban diatas ya?
45.Do you write your battle scenes by playing them out in your favorite RPG?
    No
46.Have you done up game statistics for all of your main characters in your favorite RPG?
    No
47.Are you writing a work-for-hire for Wizards of the Coast?
    No. Tapi aku maenin kartunya. hehehe.
48.Do inns in your book exist solely so your main characters can have brawls?
    Brawls? Buat mabuk2an sama berduaan juga dong.
49.Do you think you know how feudalism worked but really don't?
    Tau dikit sih
50.Do your characters spend an inordinate amount of time journeying from place to place?
    Inordinate amount tu banyak banget ya? Kalo gitu kayanya nggak deh.
51.Could one of your main characters tell the other characters something that would really help them in their quest but refuses to do so just so it won't break the plot?
    Hehehehe. Ya nggak lah.
52.Do any of the magic users in your novel cast spells easily identifiable as "fireball" or "lightning bolt"?
    Hmm.... kayanya spell di novelku malah ga ada namanya.
53.Do you ever use the term "mana" in your novel?
    No. Lagi cari pengganti yang bagus buat itu.
54.Do you ever use the term "plate mail" in your novel?
    Kayanya. Tergantung terjemahan bahasa Indonesianya
55.Heaven help you, do you ever use the term "hit points" in your novel?
    Nggak dong!
56.Do you not realize how much gold actually weighs?
    Sekilo gold sama beratnya sama sekilo bulu.
57.Do you think horses can gallop all day long without rest?
    Mereka kan kuat ya? Tapi kalo kaya gitu kayanya bisa cape juga sih.
58.Does anybody in your novel fight for two hours straight in full plate armor, then ride a horse for four hours, then delicately make love to a willing barmaid all in the same day?
    Wah, superman tuh.  ;D
59.Does your main character have a magic axe, hammer, spear, or other weapon that returns to him when he throws it?
    No.
60.Does anybody in your novel ever stab anybody with a scimitar?
    LOL. That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard!
61.Does anybody in your novel stab anybody straight through plate armor?
    Hmmm.... kayanya nggak deh. Ato masih belum.
62.Do you think swords weigh ten pounds or more? [info]
    Emang ten punds itu berapa kilo?
63.Does your hero fall in love with an unattainable woman, whom he later attains?
    Unattainable itu apa? ga boleh dinikahi maksudnya?
64.Does a large portion of the humor in your novel consist of puns?
    Transate puns please.
65.Is your hero able to withstand multiple blows from the fantasy equivalent of a ten pound sledge but is still threatened by a small woman with a dagger?
    Tergantung situasi, tapi kayanya nggak deh.
66.Do you really think it frequently takes more than one arrow in the chest to kill a man?
    Tergantung. Kena jantung ga?
67.Do you not realize it takes hours to make a good stew, making it a poor choice for an "on the road" meal?
    Heh. Bikin stew juga aku ga tau caranya.
68.Do you have nomadic barbarians living on the tundra and consuming barrels and barrels of mead?
    Nomadic barbarians? No.
69.Do you think that "mead" is just a fancy name for "beer"?
    Heh? Emang bukan ya?
70.Does your story involve a number of different races, each of which has exactly one country, one ruler, and one religion?
    Hampir bener sih. Beberapa punya lebih dari one ruler.
71.Is the best organized and most numerous group of people in your world the thieves' guild?
    Thieves guild malah ga ada.
72.Does your main villain punish insignificant mistakes with death?
    Let's see...... no.
73.Is your story about a crack team of warriors that take along a bard who is useless in a fight, though he plays a mean lute?
    Hehe. Ini lagi. Crack team of warriors sih iya, tapi bard-nya nggak.
74.Is "common" the official language of your world?
    No. Ada istilah lain buat itu.
75.Is the countryside in your novel littered with tombs and gravesites filled with ancient magical loot that nobody thought to steal centuries before?
    No.
76.Is your book basically a rip-off of The Lord of the Rings?
    Hehe. Aku malah ga pernah selese baca buku satu (terjemahan)
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: ewingerwin on September 17, 2008, 03:26:55 pm
Ikutan tesnya aah:

The Exam


1. Does nothing happen in the first fifty pages?
   Hmm, beberapa duta perdamaian terbunuh, seorang tukang tahu terbunuh, dan seorang konglomerat super tajir terbunuh.

2. Is your main character a young farmhand with mysterious parentage?
   Sepertinya bukan

3. Is your main character the heir to the throne but doesn't know it?
   Memang pewaris, tapi tahu kok.

4. Is your story about a young character who comes of age, gains great power, and defeats the supreme badguy?
    Bukan

5. Is your story about a quest for a magical artifact that will save the world?
    Juga bukan

6. How about one that will destroy it?
   Juga bukan

7. Does your story revolve around an ancient prophecy about "The One" who will save the world and everybody and all the forces of good?
   Sepertinya bukan

8. Does your novel contain a character whose sole purpose is to show up at random plot points and dispense information?
    Sepertinya tidak ada

9. Does your novel contain a character that is really a god in disguise?
    Hmm, sepertinya tidak ada

10.Is the evil supreme badguy secretly the father of your main character?
    Bukan juga kayaknya tuh

11.Is the king of your world a kindly king duped by an evil magician?
    Hmm, bukan.

12.Does "a forgetful wizard" describe any of the characters in your novel?
    Nggak tuh.

13.How about "a powerful but slow and kind-hearted warrior"?
    Gimana kalo powerful, agile, rude, promiscuous, foul mouthed, alcoholic and kind warrior?

14.How about "a wise, mystical sage who refuses to give away plot details for his own personal, mysterious reasons"?
    Sepertinya nggak ada.

15.Do the female characters in your novel spend a lot of time worrying about how they look, especially when the male main character is around?
    Hmm, yep, tapi bukan di hadapan karakter cowok, heuheuheu.

16.Do any of your female characters exist solely to be captured and rescued?
    Hmm, nggak juga.

17.Do any of your female characters exist solely to embody feminist ideals?
    Apakah lesbian+gorok leher orang termasuk feminist ideals?

18.Would "a clumsy cooking wench more comfortable with a frying pan than a sword" aptly describe any of your female characters?
    Nope

19.Would "a fearless warrioress more comfortable with a sword than a frying pan" aptly describe any of your female characters?
    Yep

20.Is any character in your novel best described as "a dour dwarf"?
    Bukan dour, tapi  rude, promiscuous, foul mouthed, alcoholic dwarf

23.How about "a half-elf torn between his human and elven heritage"?
    Hmm, nggak ada elf di cerita gw.

24.Did you make the elves and the dwarves great friends, just to be different?
    Nggak ada elf

25.Does everybody under four feet tall exist solely for comic relief?
    Hmm, kayaknya nggak ada yang di bawah empat kaki.

26.Do you think that the only two uses for ships are fishing and piracy?
    Tentu saja tidak, untuk naval battle juga dong.

27.Do you not know when the hay baler was invented?
    Hay baler? Apa tuh?

28.Did you draw a map for your novel which includes places named things like "The Blasted Lands" or "The Forest of Fear" or "The Desert of Desolation" or absolutely anything "of Doom"?
     Nope

29.Does your novel contain a prologue that is impossible to understand until you've read the entire book, if even then?
    Hmm, mungkin juga

30.Is this the first book in a planned trilogy?
    Kalo sukses diterbitkan dan laku, kenapa nggak?

31.How about a quintet or a decalogue?
    Kalo sukses diterbitkan dan laku, kenapa nggak?
  
32.Is your novel thicker than a New York City phone book?
    Hmm, masih menghitung jumlah halamannya

33.Did absolutely nothing happen in the previous book you wrote, yet you figure you're still many sequels away from finishing your "story"?
    Errr, bukunya bahkan belum selesai

34.Are you writing prequels to your as-yet-unfinished series of books?
    Nope

35.Is your name Robert Jordan and you lied like a dog to get this far?
    *Cek KTP* Alhamdulillah nama gw bukan itu, heuheuheu.

36.Is your novel based on the adventures of your role-playing group?
    Hampir mendekati.

37.Does your novel contain characters transported from the real world to a fantasy realm?
    Nope (ya iya lah, la wong settingnya di dunia nyata)

38.Do any of your main characters have apostrophes or dashes in their names?
    Nggak ada

39.Do any of your main characters have names longer than three syllables?
    Nggak ada

40.Do you see nothing wrong with having two characters from the same small isolated village being named "Tim Umber" and "Belthusalanthalus al'Grinsok"?
    Nope, nggak ada masalah sama sekali dengan penamaan macam itu.

41.Does your novel contain orcs, elves, dwarves, or halflings?
    Kalo iblis?

42.How about "orken" or "dwerrows"?
    Apa tuh?

43.Do you have a race prefixed by "half-"?
    Nggak ada.

44.At any point in your novel, do the main characters take a shortcut through ancient dwarven mines?
     Hmm, kayaknya itu ide yang bagus *catet di idea dump.txt.*

45.Do you write your battle scenes by playing them out in your favorite RPG?
    Nope

46.Have you done up game statistics for all of your main characters in your favorite RPG?
    Nope

47.Are you writing a work-for-hire for Wizards of the Coast?
    Pernah ngelamar, sampe sekarang belum ada panggilan lagi

48.Do inns in your book exist solely so your main characters can have brawls?
    Yep, dan untuk satu hal lagi (yang sebaiknya tidak usah disebutkan di sini)

49.Do you think you know how feudalism worked but really don't?
    Yep

50.Do your characters spend an inordinate amount of time journeying from place to place?
    Mungkin juga

51.Could one of your main characters tell the other characters something that would really help them in their quest but refuses to do so just so it won't break the plot?
    Nggak deh

52.Do any of the magic users in your novel cast spells easily identifiable as "fireball" or "lightning bolt"?
    Nggak ada sihir kayaknya, cuma ada maenin partikel udara, kondensasi uap air, sama tenaga kinetik

53.Do you ever use the term "mana" in your novel?
    Nope (tapi pernah hampir make kata itu untuk nama iblis seseorang)

54.Do you ever use the term "plate mail" in your novel?
    Nope, lebih suka body suit poliester dan nilon

55.Heaven help you, do you ever use the term "hit points" in your novel?
    Pengen sih

56.Do you not realize how much gold actually weighs?
    Errr, kayaknya gw rada tau soal itu

57.Do you think horses can gallop all day long without rest?
    Nope

58.Does anybody in your novel fight for two hours straight in full plate armor, then ride a horse for four hours, then delicately make love to a willing barmaid all in the same day?
    Hmm, ide yang menarik *catet di idea dump.txt*

59.Does your main character have a magic axe, hammer, spear, or other weapon that returns to him when he throws it?
    Hampir mirip, tapi lebih karena senjata tersebut merupakan makhluk hidup yang bisa bergerak sendiri


60.Does anybody in your novel ever stab anybody with a scimitar?
    Hmm, lebih ke claymore sih.

61.Does anybody in your novel stab anybody straight through plate armor?
    Nggak ada plate armor di cerita gw

62.Do you think swords weigh ten pounds or more?
    Sepuluh pond itu berapa kilo?

63.Does your hero fall in love with an unattainable woman, whom he later attains?
    Hmm, mungkin

64.Does a large portion of the humor in your novel consist of puns?
    Nggak

65.Is your hero able to withstand multiple blows from the fantasy equivalent of a ten pound sledge but is still threatened by a small woman with a dagger?
    Nope

66.Do you really think it frequently takes more than one arrow in the chest to kill a man?
    Mungkin, nggak tau juga sih

67.Do you not realize it takes hours to make a good stew, making it a poor choice for an "on the road" meal?
   Hmm, nggak tau soal itu.

68.Do you have nomadic barbarians living on the tundra and consuming barrels and barrels of mead?
    Kalo nomadic demon gimana?

69.Do you think that "mead" is just a fancy name for "beer"?
    Lho, mead emang bir kan?

70.Does your story involve a number of different races, each of which has exactly one country, one ruler, and one religion?
    Nggak juga sih

71.Is the best organized and most numerous group of people in your world the thieves' guild?
    Bukan, tapi demon related people.

72.Does your main villain punish insignificant mistakes with death?
    Hmm, mungkin juga sih.

73.Is your story about a crack team of warriors that take along a bard who is useless in a fight, though he plays a mean lute?
    Err, cuma ada penulis di cerita gw, nggak ada bard.

74.Is "common" the official language of your world?
    Mungkin

75.Is the countryside in your novel littered with tombs and gravesites filled with ancient magical loot that nobody thought to steal centuries before?
    Cuma kuburan dan gereja ortodoks dan satu iblis bersayap.

76.Is your book basically a rip-off of The Lord of the Rings?
    Huh?

Errrrr, tampaknya FW memang bukan cerita fantasi  :P
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: MakMak on September 17, 2008, 04:05:11 pm
ikut ngisi

1. Does nothing happen in the first fifty pages?
   langsung adegan berantem.

2. Is your main character a young farmhand with mysterious parentage?
   bukan

3. Is your main character the heir to the throne but doesn't know it?
   bukan

4. Is your story about a young character who comes of age, gains great power, and defeats the supreme badguy?
   bisa dibilang iya sih,

5. Is your story about a quest for a magical artifact that will save the world?
    no

6. How about one that will destroy it?
   no juga

7. Does your story revolve around an ancient prophecy about "The One" who will save the world and everybody and all the forces of good?
   the one who will save the world? Lebih cocok the one who try to save his own butt

8. Does your novel contain a character whose sole purpose is to show up at random plot points and dispense information?
    Sepertinya tidak ada

9. Does your novel contain a character that is really a god in disguise?
    tidak ada. Devil in disguise, malah

10.Is the evil supreme badguy secretly the father of your main character?
    emang star wars?

11.Is the king of your world a kindly king duped by an evil magician?
    tidak ada raja di ceritaku

12.Does "a forgetful wizard" describe any of the characters in your novel?
    tidak ada karakter seperti itu

13.How about "a powerful but slow and kind-hearted warrior"?
    Powerful, ya. Tp klo kind hearted, kayaknya nggak

14.How about "a wise, mystical sage who refuses to give away plot details for his own personal, mysterious reasons"?
  nggak ada.

15.Do the female characters in your novel spend a lot of time worrying about how they look, especially when the male main character is around?
    nggak ada juga

16.Do any of your female characters exist solely to be captured and rescued?
    mirip putrinya di Mario bross ya? Nggak ada lah,

17.Do any of your female characters exist solely to embody feminist ideals?
    nggak ada

18.Would "a clumsy cooking wench more comfortable with a frying pan than a sword" aptly describe any of your female characters?
    Nope

19.Would "a fearless warrioress more comfortable with a sword than a frying pan" aptly describe any of your female characters?
    Yep, tp dengan cakar, bukan pedang

20.Is any character in your novel best described as "a dour dwarf"?
    tidak ada dwarf

23.How about "a half-elf torn between his human and elven heritage"?
    elf juga ga ada

24.Did you make the elves and the dwarves great friends, just to be different?
    kan sudah dibilang nggak ada elf,

25.Does everybody under four feet tall exist solely for comic relief?
    Hmm, kayaknya nggak ada yang di bawah empat kaki.

26.Do you think that the only two uses for ships are fishing and piracy?
    nggak cuma itu, bisa dipake buat pacaran juga,

27.Do you not know when the hay baler was invented?
    ???? ga iso jawab

28.Did you draw a map for your novel which includes places named things like "The Blasted Lands" or "The Forest of Fear" or "The Desert of Desolation" or absolutely anything "of Doom"?
     nggak ada

29.Does your novel contain a prologue that is impossible to understand until you've read the entire book, if even then?
    aku ga bikin prolog. Apa sebaiknya aku bikin yah?

30.Is this the first book in a planned trilogy?
    dwilogi, klo bisa diterbitkan.

31.How about a quintet or a decalogue?
    ga sebanyak itu.
   
32.Is your novel thicker than a New York City phone book?
    New york city phone book seberapa tebel

33.Did absolutely nothing happen in the previous book you wrote, yet you figure you're still many sequels away from finishing your "story"?
    satu aja belum selesai,

34.Are you writing prequels to your as-yet-unfinished series of books?
    yup

35.Is your name Robert Jordan and you lied like a dog to get this far?
    namaku lebih bagus dari itu 

36.Is your novel based on the adventures of your role-playing group?
    tidak

37.Does your novel contain characters transported from the real world to a fantasy realm?
    settingnya di bumi

38.Do any of your main characters have apostrophes or dashes in their names?
    Nggak ada

39.Do any of your main characters have names longer than three syllables?
    Nggak ada juga

40.Do you see nothing wrong with having two characters from the same small isolated village being named "Tim Umber" and "Belthusalanthalus al'Grinsok"?
    alamak…. Nama macam apa pula itu?

41.Does your novel contain orcs, elves, dwarves, or halflings?
    Iblis, vampire, were wolf, magician, necromancer, dll

42.How about "orken" or "dwerrows"?
    ??? ga iso jawab. Ga ngerti pertanyaannya

43.Do you have a race prefixed by "half-"?
    Nggak ada

44.At any point in your novel, do the main characters take a shortcut through ancient dwarven mines?
     kan udah dibilang ga ada dwarf

45.Do you write your battle scenes by playing them out in your favorite RPG?
    nggak

46.Have you done up game statistics for all of your main characters in your favorite RPG?
    Nggak

47.Are you writing a work-for-hire for Wizards of the Coast?
    heh?

48.Do inns in your book exist solely so your main characters can have brawls?
    nggak bisa, soalnya nginep di hotel berbintang

49.Do you think you know how feudalism worked but really don't?
    Yep

50.Do your characters spend an inordinate amount of time journeying from place to place?
    yup

51.Could one of your main characters tell the other characters something that would really help them in their quest but refuses to do so just so it won't break the plot?
    Nggak

52.Do any of the magic users in your novel cast spells easily identifiable as "fireball" or "lightning bolt"?
    ada, ada

53.Do you ever use the term "mana" in your novel?
    yup, mana, tenaga dalam, kundalini, dan chi diartikan sama

54.Do you ever use the term "plate mail" in your novel?
    nggak, tokoh utama pake jaket.

55.Heaven help you, do you ever use the term "hit points" in your novel?
    wakakakakak…. Ga lah,

56.Do you not realize how much gold actually weighs?
    mmmm…. Ga tahu…

57.Do you think horses can gallop all day long without rest?
    pake kuda besi dong

58.Does anybody in your novel fight for two hours straight in full plate armor, then ride a horse for four hours, then delicately make love to a willing barmaid all in the same day?
    wakakakakak… nggak

59.Does your main character have a magic axe, hammer, spear, or other weapon that returns to him when he throws it?
    senjatanya keris. Tapi kalo dilempar ga bisa balik lagi.

60.Does anybody in your novel ever stab anybody with a scimitar?
    pake keris bukan scmitar

61.Does anybody in your novel stab anybody straight through plate armor?
    nggak ada plate armor di cerita

62.Do you think swords weigh ten pounds or more?
    ga tahu…

63.Does your hero fall in love with an unattainable woman, whom he later attains?
    Hmm, mungkin

64.Does a large portion of the humor in your novel consist of puns?
    humornya dikit banget, malah ga ada mungkin.

65.Is your hero able to withstand multiple blows from the fantasy equivalent of a ten pound sledge but is still threatened by a small woman with a dagger?
    Nope

66.Do you really think it frequently takes more than one arrow in the chest to kill a man?
    tidak yakin aku

67.Do you not realize it takes hours to make a good stew, making it a poor choice for an "on the road" meal?
   Hmm, nggak tau soal itu.

68.Do you have nomadic barbarians living on the tundra and consuming barrels and barrels of mead?
    nggak

69.Do you think that "mead" is just a fancy name for "beer"?
    ada arti lain?

70.Does your story involve a number of different races, each of which has exactly one country, one ruler, and one religion?
    banyak Negara, banyak penguasa, dan banyak agama.

71.Is the best organized and most numerous group of people in your world the thieves' guild?
    bukan

72.Does your main villain punish insignificant mistakes with death?
    tidak

73.Is your story about a crack team of warriors that take along a bard who is useless in a fight, though he plays a mean lute?
    ngga ada bard

74.Is "common" the official language of your world?
    Mungkin

75.Is the countryside in your novel littered with tombs and gravesites filled with ancient magical loot that nobody thought to steal centuries before?
    tidak

76.Is your book basically a rip-off of The Lord of the Rings?
    ini maksudnya apa?


jadi ragu apa devil's eye termasuk genre fantasy  ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: clickdian on September 17, 2008, 04:24:39 pm
Ngga juga deeeh, pas amnesia kan dia gak inget? hue hehehe,....

Aq ngeliat dari sudut pandang penulis/ pembaca, yg pasti taulah soal ini.

Well, si Dios itu kan,..... yg powernya paling great di antara grupnya Regia? Dengan ilmu apa tuh, yg bulan sabit perak? Karakter lain gak ada yg bisa berduel sehebat dia, pan? Walau yg ngalahin supreme badguy sejatinya memang bukan Dios, tapi si Regia.

The main character is Regia so i answered this question refer to her, and she doesn't have great power, kecuali ngelempar tepat sasaran termasuk ke 'kekuatan luar biasa'.  [biggrin]
Ngalahin villain? sebenernya itu bukan kekuatan asli si Regia, kan? Kekuatan kristal itu keluar otomatis karena Regia pemilik sah-nya.

7. Does your story revolve around an ancient prophecy about "The One" who will save the world and everybody and all the forces of good?
Amigdalus loe itu juga semacam legend, dan The One, nya juga merupakan legend, albeit ternyata the one itu dari tokoh antagonis.
 

Mario didn't plan to save the world, obviously. Legend-nya bener, tapi pertanyaannya adakah seseorang yang ditakdirkan untuk menyelamatkan dunia? --> biasanya peran ini jatoh ke tokoh protagonis.

 
8. Does your novel contain a character whose sole purpose is to show up at random plot points and dispense information?
Errr, Mayorka & Bruno? Kayaknya ada satu adegan mereka yg persis begitu, deh?

Kalo kuinget2, munculnya dua orang itu tidak hanya untuk dispense information. Jadi, nggak bisa kujawab 'iya' secara absolut untuk pertanyaan ini, karena yg ditanyakan adalah 'sole purpose'.

15.Do the female characters in your novel spend a lot of time worrying about how they look, especially when the male main character is around? nooopppee! she's got her life to worried about.

Dainty? In the presence of Dios?  :D

I was thinking about Regia >.<

60.Does anybody in your novel ever stab anybody with a scimitar? scimitar apaan sih? gak ada di kamus tuh..

Pedang Arab, yang dijadiin lambang Irak tuh.

Memang maksud pertanyaan ini adalah menyindir ketidaktahuan pengarang pada penggunaan jenis-jenis senjata. Jadi kalo scimitar itu lebih efektif buat menebas putus. Jadi kalau ada frasa "He stabbed hiw opponent's chest with his golden scimitar", itu artinya salah kaprah :)

Salam,

FA Pur
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T__T serem.
Thanks infonya  :)

Oh, btw, buat yg penasaran pendapat siapa yg bener, aq ato mas pur, silakan baca Zauri dan buktikan sendiri yaaa! *promosi mode on*  ;D  ;D  ;D

*ditimpuk seisi pulpen*  [hammer]  [hammer]  [hammer]
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: magicplayer on September 17, 2008, 04:38:33 pm
Berhubung mulai banyak yang nyoba ujian dan semakin sedikit yang posting artikel baru, aku coba kirim artikel baru deh. Moga2 bisa mbantu.

Advice for the Teen Writer
by Kristin Tilley
Let's face it: any writing career is tough. There're so many processes involved…brainstorming, editing, rewriting, promoting. It almost discourages you to simply think of these tasks alone. But to add to the stress, the average writer probably has kids to take care of, bills upon bills to pay, plus a house to tend. It's rough.

But what about the younger writers? Those teen writers who've just shoved off the beach of ease and into the oceans of hardships and decisions? What sort of problems do they face?

Actually, they come in contact with identical problems. The only difference is that they're unaccustomed to the problems they have to endure.

Many have told me that it's best to launch a writing career early on. In this manner, we learn more, sooner. I myself started writing at ten. Following this scrap of advice, I've developed what some might call "writing radar." I hear a simple keyword or two-like "authors" or "writing tips"-and the person who spoke has my full attention. I've learned to absorb all of the information about writing that I possibly can. Knowledge is one of the most important things that a writer can have, no matter their age or level of writing experience.

An aspiring author in the amateur state has problems, too. Of course, they would. There's no "easy period" in the ongoing hike that is our career. The hill's just as steep - if not steeper - the whole way through. But a lot of new writers worry a little too much. Where are they ever going to find the time to write? What will their relatives say about their work? What if no one appreciates what they're trying to do?! Stop worrying! Most creative people feel this way at some point.

The next hurdle to overcome is the ever-resentful element called time. No one seems to have enough of it today. "I have to go to my daughter's soccer practice", or "I've got homework." Even, "I'm just too tired. I've had a long day." Too bad. If you really want that writing career - and if you're reading this, you probably do - then you have to make time.

Write up a schedule. Get one of those little calendars that you can write all over, and jot down all your week's obligations. Then just go back and write down (in pen) a time that will allow you at least an hour to write for each day. Even if you don't feel like writing, try to get something down. You can always go back and change it. But if you make sure you write daily, you're more likely to get that novel written or that poem perfected. Another thing: if something else comes up, try to schedule it around your writing time. It should be one - and only one - of your top priorities.

One thing all writers fear is rejection - even the most experienced writers do. An ill worded critique from a relative can completely shatter a writer's confidence. The thing to remember is that they're not purposely being hurtful. They're trying to help, and you need to swallow your pride and accept what they have to say. A sensitive skin is not the quality of a successful writer. To see more about coping with rejection, click here.

As for the popularity of your writing…some people will enjoy what you write, some won't. That's how it is - that's life. You simply can't please everyone all the time. We all go through it. Just do what you can and take the praise you can get proudly. Be tough and accept the stones thrown at you with a steady gait. Later on, it'll all pay off.

The point is this. Follow the goals and dreams you have for your writing without taking "no" for a final answer. If someone doesn't like your writing, keep trying. Keep improving yourself, and you'll get there, eventually.

Mostly importantly, though - keep writing!

© Copyright 2004 Kristin Tilley
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Alpha_Serpentwitch on September 17, 2008, 06:08:26 pm
thx buat semua yg udah ngisi examnya!  [thumbsup] Cukup menghibur dan bikin ketawa baca jawaban2nya hehe ;D

@magicplayer
thx buat masukan artikelnya. huah... kynya intiny penulis itu bener2 harus tahan banting yah >.<
perlu mental kuat, stamina tinggi, semangat tinggi, oh dan satu lg, umur panjang  ;D

Gimana caranya bisa nulis kl dah kecapean, stress, ga mood dan ga ada ide setiap hari -___-
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: magicplayer on September 17, 2008, 09:34:50 pm
Buat Alpha sama semua yang mungkin bingung mau nulis apa tiap hari, ini aku ada satu artikel lagi buat kalian. Moga2 ga capek n bingung baca artikel bahasa inggris terus, tapi ini juga buat perkembangan kita semua kan?

How To Write An Epic Fantasy Novel – A No Nonsense Guide To Getting The Job Done

The key to writing a real epic fantasy novel lies in the word "epic". But this doesn't just mean big in scale, scope, and size. An epic fantasy novel doesn't have to be a thousand page doorstop. It has to be epic in its ambitious reach for finding answers to the big questions in life. This is the true and hidden goal of epic fantasy. It is a vehicle for understanding what life is about. And even though the story may have dragons, and take place on an unbelievable world that doesn't really exist it needs to be applicable to the human condition.

So this is the first thing you have to do when writing an epic fantasy novel. Decide what you want to say about life or what important topic you want to explore. Write this down and keep it in mind throughout your whole novel writing experience. And remember that you don't have to come right out and explain your theme. It is usually better, and more rewarding for the reader, if you reveal the theme slowly and allow him or her to discover it.

Some common themes you may want to explore in epic fantasy include the examination of the nature of good and evil, the ultimate meaning of life, the quest to understand oneself, or the challenge of making the transition from childhood to adulthood.

Writing a book can be joyous, yet hard work, and you may need some motivation to get you through the whole task and here is all the motivation you will need. Write your theme down on a big piece of paper and pin it to the wall near your computer. Start it out like this: "My novel is all about: ". Then put in your theme or themes. Here is an example: "My novel is all about how adversity is the most important thing in life. It is through adversity that we each become a better person. Gold comes out of the ground dirty and ugly. It is by going through the fire that it is purified and made beautiful. And I am going to put my main character through the fire!" Whenever writing becomes difficult for you this will be a source of inspiration because you have something to say and your novel is how you are going to say it. The world truly deserves to hear your perspective on the big questions in life.

When doing the actual writing of the prose of the novel I recommend you set yourself a very distinct goal. This is imperative and the goal I recommend you set is that you will write part of the story every single day until it is done. It is even ok if you just write one sentence or even if you write a whole passage that you know you are going to delete tomorrow. The important thing is that you write every day.

I don't recommend you set goals that are pinned to dates or word counts. Dates can be tricky because a novel is a fluid thing. Your novel could end up being fifty thousand words or two hundred thousand words. This is because you are exploring a theme and more ideas and angles are going to come to you as progress. And I don't recommend pinning a daily or weekly word count to your writing because writing is a creative process and you could end up with just a lot of filler. Simply set yourself the goal of sitting down and writing every day. This will keep the writing going, keep the story moving, and insure your improvement. At some point in the middle of the novel you are going to look back and realize that you are in a routine and everything is flowing quite smoothly.

I have two final bits of advice for you when it comes to writing your epic fantasy novel. First off I recommend you keep a spiral bound notebook for ancillary information and notes. This is where you keep ideas, plot lines, character names, places and all your ancillary information organized. As your novel, and the world it portrays grows, you will need to manage a lot of information and over the course of months or even a year or more of writing you are going to forget things. But a reader could potentially go through your novel in just a few hours. He or she is going to see logical flaws. Write down the details in a spiral bound notebook and refer to it often.

The last bit of advice I have for you is that you should never rely on the fantasy aspect of your world as an escape route. What I mean is that there is nothing worse than watching the main character of a novel getting out of a tricky spot by whipping out a super-duper magical spell that the reader never even knew about. Make sure there are rules in your world and make sure your characters follow them. You are drawing parallels to real life and in real life there are tangible rules to everything. So create rules in your world and follow them.

An epic fantasy novel is an exploration of the big questions in life. You have a very valuable point of view about these big questions and there is an audience out there that is very willing to listen. Write yourself a clear statement of what you want to say and then write toward that goal every day. Before long you will have a written work that you will be proud of and that will enrich other peoples lives by shedding light on the human condition.
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Alpha_Serpentwitch on September 18, 2008, 10:20:26 am
So... what do you want to say with your novel?

Uhh... uhhh.... uhhhhhhh...... apa yah......

*terdengar suara Villam di kejauhann, "its all about blood!! bloood!! hell yeahhh!!!"* [rock]

omg....

kl Felgirth gw apa yah  [question] [question] [question]

Tiap nyoba jawab pertanyaan macem gini selalu ngehang otak gw. Harus nyari makna yg mendalam nih untuk arti cerita fantasyku. Pengennya macem dark knight gt yg 'to become more than a hero' or something like that. kena banget tuh film.... ngiriiii   :-X
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: fr3d on September 18, 2008, 06:28:53 pm
Wah, felgirth ditinggalkan, sekarang sang dukun ular malah membuka ladang baru, menyediakan kolam nasehat2 kebajikan bagi para penulis fantasi. [thumbsup]

So... what do you want to say with your novel?

Mine... kayaknya justru kebanyakan pesan sponsor deh (*maruk*)... :-\
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Alpha_Serpentwitch on September 19, 2008, 10:33:14 am
How to Stop Writer's Block Cold!
by Caterina Christakos

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Some writers say they want to, " Just write and let it flow."

This does happen sometimes and it is a high greater than you can imagine.

What happens when it stops flowing though? You will get to a point, in most stories, where the story line will flow and the characters take on a life of their own. Sometimes, though, they can be stubborn or your brain just says, " Hey I need a break!" For those moments you need a plan.

Here are some suggestions:

Take a half hour break and immerse yourself in something completely different. Forget about your story completely. It may be that both you and your characters need a break. Go soak in a tub, have a cup of tea, or take a nap.

It may be all that you need to get going again. You may even find that your greatest inspirations occur, while you rest. Your unconscious can handle any problem if given a chance. If you have developed your characters enough, you may even hear them urging you to get back to work and telling you what happens next.

For those more severe occasions, it is good to come up with an outline. From ok what have I written so far, to where do I want this story to go you can sometimes pick up your train of thought again. Or you can try picturing your ending first and work backwards. This may sound strange but it works.

Nationally re-knowned hypnotist and NLP specialist, Daniel Olson, taught me that technique. He said, "Picture the ending then look back at your present self and tell me all the things that you needed to do to get there. What steps will your story need to take to get from where you are now to where you want it to be? "

Start from the last chapter, then the one before it, and the one before that one, until you get to the beginning. Fill in as many details as possible until you begin to see the whole picture step by step. Before you know it, your story will be done.

Remember everyone has suffered from writers block at one point or another. Now you have a way to blast through that block and get back to the business of writing.

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Hey, ternyata teknik nulis terbalik gw diakui disini huahuahua !! Kalau gt gw mau lanjut nulis terbalik lg deh, chapter kedua sebelum terakhir xixixi...

Wah, felgirth ditinggalkan, sekarang sang dukun ular malah membuka ladang baru, menyediakan kolam nasehat2 kebajikan bagi para penulis fantasi. [thumbsup]

Haha cerita Felgirth masi jalan kok Fred, tp threadnya emang dah mokad sih hihi. Abis gw banyak ngerombak ceritanya, males posting ulang lagi. Tunggu udah final deh br dipost. ;)
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: rd_Villam on September 19, 2008, 10:51:21 am
teknik nulis terbalik katanya emang bagus sih...
tapi belon pernah gue coba. hehe...
entar coba deh...
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: clickdian on September 19, 2008, 02:53:52 pm
teknik nulis terbalik katanya emang bagus sih...
tapi belon pernah gue coba. hehe...
entar coba deh...

hm? nulis sambil jungkir, gitu maksudnya?  ???

*ditimpuk sama villam [hammer]*
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: mocca_chi on September 19, 2008, 04:26:13 pm
sebenrnya masih tertarik am fantasy, cuman baca artikel in yang inggris semua. palaku jadi puyeng..

duhh.... kangen juga nulis fantasy  ;D
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Alpha_Serpentwitch on September 19, 2008, 07:20:24 pm
haha sori, yg rame ngebahas tentang cara menulis, apalagi kaitannya dengan fiksi fantasy kebanyakan cm orang barat sih, jdny bhs Inggris semua de. :P Ntar gw coba cari yg bahasa Indonesia deh  ;)
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: BloodSin on September 20, 2008, 07:13:07 am
Serpentwitch sialann! Bikin malu gw aja dengan ngebeberin kuis beginian :-[

Ternyata memang Lemures gw sarat banged akan keklisean :-[


1. Does nothing happen in the first fifty pages?
- No, alot of things happened [biggrin]

2. Is your main character a young farmhand with mysterious parentage?
- Yes (merefer ke bokapnya :D)

3. Is your main character the heir to the throne but doesn't know it?
- No

4. Is your story about a young character who comes of age, gains great power, and defeats the supreme badguy?
- No
 
5. Is your story about a quest for a magical artifact that will save the world?
- Very-very yes :-[

6. How about one that will destroy it?
- No

7. Does your story revolve around an ancient prophecy about "The One" who will save the world and everybody and all the forces of good?
- No

8. Does your novel contain a character whose sole purpose is to show up at random plot points and dispense information?
- No

9. Does your novel contain a character that is really a god in disguise?
- No

10.Is the evil supreme badguy secretly the father of your main character?
- No, tapi dua tahun lalu, sempet rencana bikin plotting kayak begini :P

11.Is the king of your world a kindly king duped by an evil magician?
- No Magician in my novel.

12.Does "a forgetful wizard" describe any of the characters in your novel?
- No Wizard in my novel [biggrin]

13.How about "a powerful but slow and kind-hearted warrior"?
- Yes :-[, ada dua orang malah, tapi untuk mengantisipasi keklisean di atas, gw ngebikin yang satu mata keranjang, yang satu lagi sedikit menderita oedipus complex, heuheuheu..

14.How about "a wise, mystical sage who refuses to give away plot details for his own personal, mysterious reasons"?
- Yes :-[

15.Do the female characters in your novel spend a lot of time worrying about how they look, especially when the male main character is around?
- Naksir sih iya, tapi gak sampe repot dandan kalo mau ketemuan ama si doi tuh

16.Do any of your female characters exist solely to be captured and rescued?
- Iyak bangeddd :-[

17.Do any of your female characters exist solely to embody feminist ideals?
- Wah, kriteria wanita ideal itu relatip banged bagi tiap orang.

18.Would "a clumsy cooking wench more comfortable with a frying pan than a sword" aptly describe any of your female characters?
- Gak gitu ngarti pertanyaannya, tapi kayaknya kagak :D

19.Would "a fearless warrioress more comfortable with a sword than a frying pan" aptly describe any of your female characters?
- Gak gitu ngarti pertanyaannya, tapi kayaknya iyak :D

20.Is any character in your novel best described as "a dour dwarf"?
- No dwarves

23.How about "a half-elf torn between his human and elven heritage"?
- No Elves

24.Did you make the elves and the dwarves great friends, just to be different?
- Kondisi ini gak mungkin terjadi dengan dua jawaban gw sebelumnya :D

25.Does everybody under four feet tall exist solely for comic relief?
- No hobbits [biggrin], tapi memang ada satu karakter 'sependek' itu sih.. cewek pula.

26.Do you think that the only two uses for ships are fishing and piracy?
- No

27.Do you not know when the hay baler was invented?
- Yes

28.Did you draw a map for your novel which includes places named things like "The Blasted Lands" or "The Forest of Fear" or "The Desert of Desolation" or absolutely anything "of Doom"?
- Yes, 'Forrest of Fear' ==> 'Sangkar Hantu' bangedd :-[

29.Does your novel contain a prologue that is impossible to understand until you've read the entire book, if even then?
- Kayaknya iya

30.Is this the first book in a planned trilogy?
- Yep, dan kalo laku & jadi bestseller, tentu aja bisa membengkak jadi pentalogi atau dekalogi heuheuhe

31.How about a quintet or a decalogue?
- Nah itu kalo laku
   
32.Is your novel thicker than a New York City phone book?
- No

33.Did absolutely nothing happen in the previous book you wrote, yet you figure you're still many sequels away from finishing your "story"?
- No

34.Are you writing prequels to your as-yet-unfinished series of books?
- No

35.Is your name Robert Jordan and you lied like a dog to get this far?
- No

36.Is your novel based on the adventures of your role-playing group?
- Yes :-[

37.Does your novel contain characters transported from the real world to a fantasy realm?
- Hell No

38.Do any of your main characters have apostrophes or dashes in their names?
- No

39.Do any of your main characters have names longer than three syllables?
- No

40.Do you see nothing wrong with having two characters from the same small isolated village being named "Tim Umber" and "Belthusalanthalus al'Grinsok"?
- No

41.Does your novel contain orcs, elves, dwarves, or halflings?
- No

42.How about "orken" or "dwerrows"?
- Sekali lagi, no.

43.Do you have a race prefixed by "half-"?
- No

44.At any point in your novel, do the main characters take a shortcut through ancient dwarven mines?
- Ada sih yg mirip-mirip ini, tapi bukan tambang kurcaci, lagipula mereka masuk kesitu bukan untuk nyari jalan pintas. (baru nyadar kalo adegan ini teh LOTR buanged :D)

45.Do you write your battle scenes by playing them out in your favorite RPG?
- No

46.Have you done up game statistics for all of your main characters in your favorite RPG?
- No

47.Are you writing a work-for-hire for Wizards of the Coast?
- No

48.Do inns in your book exist solely so your main characters can have brawls?
- Gak ngarti pertanyaannya (brawl = percekcokan, keributan), kenapa pula kalo mau bikin keributan kudu ke penginapan dulu? :D

49.Do you think you know how feudalism worked but really don't?
- Nah ini kayaknya iya deh, novel gw ngambil sedikit tema politik, padahal gw buta sama sekali ama politik :-[

50.Do your characters spend an inordinate amount of time journeying from place to place?
- Yes :D

51.Could one of your main characters tell the other characters something that would really help them in their quest but refuses to do so just so it won't break the plot?
- No, tapi memang ada bbrp karakter sentral yg merahasiakan plot-plot tertentu terhadap rombongannya, bahkan juga kepada pembaca :P

52.Do any of the magic users in your novel cast spells easily identifiable as "fireball" or "lightning bolt"?
- Hmm, ada 2 nama jurus yg keluar dalam novel gw: 'Formasi Empat Pisau Penjuru' & 'Formasi Belati Petir'. Ini gak kedenger terlalu RPG kan?

53.Do you ever use the term "mana" in your novel?
- Pernah, tapi itu waktu sebelum direvisi.. :-[ Tauk aja ih :D

54.Do you ever use the term "plate mail" in your novel?
- No, tapi kalo 'zirah logam', gw ada pake [biggrin]

55.Heaven help you, do you ever use the term "hit points" in your novel?
- No, anjrit paraaaah banged kalo ada novel fantasi yg pake beginian -_-"

56.Do you not realize how much gold actually weighs?
- Yes :-[ Lagian gw bukan tukang emas.

57.Do you think horses can gallop all day long without rest?
- Yes :-[

58.Does anybody in your novel fight for two hours straight in full plate armor, then ride a horse for four hours, then delicately make love to a willing barmaid all in the same day?
- No

59.Does your main character have a magic axe, hammer, spear, or other weapon that returns to him when he throws it?
- No

60.Does anybody in your novel ever stab anybody with a scimitar?
- No, gak ada manusia yang membunuh manusia di novel gw :D

61.Does anybody in your novel stab anybody straight through plate armor?
- No

62.Do you think swords weigh ten pounds or more? [info]
- No

63.Does your hero fall in love with an unattainable woman, whom he later attains?
- Yes :-[

64.Does a large portion of the humor in your novel consist of puns?
- Sebagian kecil aja, untungnya.

65.Is your hero able to withstand multiple blows from the fantasy equivalent of a ten pound sledge but is still threatened by a small woman with a dagger?
- No, tapi emang ada 'small woman with a dagger' di novel gw sih -_x"

66.Do you really think it frequently takes more than one arrow in the chest to kill a man?
- Yes?

67.Do you not realize it takes hours to make a good stew, making it a poor choice for an "on the road" meal?
- Stew apaan sih?

68.Do you have nomadic barbarians living on the tundra and consuming barrels and barrels of mead?
- Noo

69.Do you think that "mead" is just a fancy name for "beer"?
- Noo

70.Does your story involve a number of different races, each of which has exactly one country, one ruler, and one religion?
- Yes, dan kayaknya gak ada masalah dengan ini?

71.Is the best organized and most numerous group of people in your world the thieves' guild?
- No

72.Does your main villain punish insignificant mistakes with death?
- No

73.Is your story about a crack team of warriors that take along a bard who is useless in a fight, though he plays a mean lute?
- Yes, emang ada sih, dan sialnya jadi tokoh utama pulak :D

74.Is "common" the official language of your world?
- Yep [biggrin]

75.Is the countryside in your novel littered with tombs and gravesites filled with ancient magical loot that nobody thought to steal centuries before?
- Yes :-[

76.Is your book basically a rip-off of The Lord of the Rings?
- Hampir iya, but i tried my best to serve something new to the readers [biggrin]
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Alpha_Serpentwitch on September 20, 2008, 09:47:09 am
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Serpentwitch sialann! Bikin malu gw aja dengan ngebeberin kuis beginian

Ternyata memang Lemures gw sarat banged akan keklisean


Wah, ternyata ada yg hasil examnya lebih parah dr gw  :D huakakaakaa  ;D

hue2 mknya kan bagus gw sadarkan elu sejak dini supaya bs merombak jd lebih bagus xixixixi  ;D
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: BloodSin on September 20, 2008, 12:18:59 pm
Nah, sekarang saatnya ngerusuh [biggrin]

@pengarang Felgirth

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52.Do any of the magic users in your novel cast spells easily identifiable as "fireball" or "lightning bolt"?
    (never. Hate that a lot)

Maksud terselubung dari pertanyaan ini adalah, betapa banyak pengarang fantasi yg kepengaruh berat dari RPG buat sistem battle & aroma naming jurus-jurusnya. Termasuk 'Will of Speed', & 'Void Elemental' elu, lha.. :D

Semoga saja sudah direvisi ^-^


@pengarang Zauri,

Sebagian statement yg udah diquote & diprotes ama si om pur, ane overall sepakat ama beliau :P, cuma mau nambahin dikid aja.

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64.Does a large portion of the humor in your novel consist of puns? kyknya nggak.

Mayoritas 'humor' yg ada di Zauri itu bernada sarkasme, sis ('pun' = sindiran), terutama gaya humor buat trio Mayorka-Kid-Bruno :P

Humor kayak begini (komedi bergaya 4 mata-nya tukul) sebetulnya gak salah, tapi biasanya gak workable buat tipe pembaca tertentu.


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36.Is your novel based on the adventures of your role-playing group? no.

Term 'Adventure' memang pada umumnya merujuk ke makna 'petualangan dari titik A ke titik Z', tapi sebetulnya bisa juga berarti 'petualangan dari titik A, ke titik B, balik lagi ke titik A, terus ke titik C, terus ke D, dst..' Nah IMO, adventure Zauri (dengan role playing group-nya) fit ke dalem tipe adventure yg ini.

oh iya, btw waktu ngomongin 'supreme badguy' di zauri, itu merujuk ke Mario atau Erica? ???


@pengarang TFH,

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4. Is your story about a young character who comes of age, gains great power, and defeats the supreme badguy?
'great power'? kayaknya bukan...

Masuk ke 'yes', ah :D


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13.How about "a powerful but slow and kind-hearted warrior"?
kayaknya enggak

Err, Fabian? Serge? Helmut? :D


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15.Do the female characters in your novel spend a lot of time worrying about how they look, especially when the male main character is around?
huh? apaan nih?

Magra? Amelia? Winni? Grete? Bukannya mereka pada salting & malu-malu waktu berhadapan dengan Fabian? :D
Inilah resikonya kalo bikin karakter utama bermuka ganteng [biggrin]


@para pengarang yg udah kerajinan ngejawab tes beginian (panjang banged, bok! :o)

Kalo menurut gw, penilaian reflektif dari serangkaian tes keklisean di atas itu gak mutlak harus sama persis kondisinya dengan yg disebutkan, dan gak harus selalu dipahami setepat dan seeksplisit seperti yg ditanyakan.

Kayak ini:

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7. Does your story revolve around an ancient prophecy about "The One" who will save the world and everybody and all the forces of good?

Kalo udah kasusnya 'The One' model begini, memang cuma ada dua kemungkinan: apakah si The One itu ada di pihak baik, atau pihak jahat. Memang kebanyakan pengarang akan memposisikan 'The One'-nya untuk berada di pihak baik, namun yang memposisikannya sebagai pihak jahat, juga gak sedikit. Terserah posisinya mau ada di pihak mana, tapi kalo novel kita udah fokus ngomongin tentang si 'The One' ini di sepanjang novel, udah bakal terhitung masuk stereotip, IMO sih.


COntohnya yg lain, 2 pertanyan ini:
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41.Does your novel contain orcs, elves, dwarves, or halflings?

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42.How about "orken" or "dwerrows"?

Tentu aja maksud dari 2 pertanyaan tes ini adalah, apakah kita masih meminjam gambaran umum karya fantasi kebanyakan (novel, film, anime, game) buat sistem konfigurasi rasial (minjem istilah om pur) dalam novel kita? Goblin, Penyihir, Paladin, Assassin, Thief, 'Bounty Hunter', walau gak turut disebutkan dalam pertanyaan no. 41, tetep keitung stereotip di mata gw, karena emang udah banyak banged fantasi lokal yg pake sistem rasial/kasta kayak begitu (thanks untuk sederet judul game online :P)

Dan tentu aja dengan adanya pertanyaan no. 42 itu, teknik pemlesetan nama ras (yg stereotip) namun pendeskripsiannya masih stereotip gak akan workable, percuma aja. Jadi kalo ada ras dalam novel kita yg minjem pendeskripsian orc, namun nama rasnya diplesetin jadi 'orken' biar berkesan orisinil & kreatif, teuteup bakal terhitung stereotip. Pertanyaan itu menantang kita, para penulis fantasi, buat kreatif menciptakan konfigurasi rasial yang betul-betul inovatif, dan gak minjem deskripsi fisik & karakteristik dari mana-mana..


Jujur aja sih, gw paling ngerasa 'kena' telak di pertanyaan ini:

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5. Is your story about a quest for a magical artifact that will save the world?

Kalo gw mau ngeles, atau pura-pura telmi, bisa aja gw jawab: No, karena novel gw sama sekali gak pake elemen magis di dalam settingnya, semuanya beraroma realistik dan ilmiah, jadi gak bakal pernah ada yg namanya 'Artefak Magis' yang bisa nyihir orang jadi kodok, atau pedang keramat yang bisa ngomong sendiri dalam novel gw. :P

Jawaban kayak begitu sah-sah aja, dan gak bisa dibilang salah secara konteks sekalipun, tapi coba apa kata orang-orang yg udah ngebaca Lemures gw, betapa ngeles dan gak nyambungnya jawaban itu :D
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Alpha_Serpentwitch on September 20, 2008, 02:07:08 pm
Nyahaha  ;D Udah gatel ya seminggu di kantor ga bs posting apa2?

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Maksud terselubung dari pertanyaan ini adalah, betapa banyak pengarang fantasi yg kepengaruh berat dari RPG buat sistem battle & aroma naming jurus-jurusnya. Termasuk 'Will of Speed', & 'Void Elemental' elu, lha..

Semoga saja sudah direvisi


Soal jurus, makin lama emang makin pengen gue buang sih. Sementara ini jurus itu masih ada, cuman di jadiin versi constructed language, jd ga terlalu kentel aroma RPG english nya. Tp kl menurut gw, yg penting jangan make jurus tanpa penjelasan sih. Jangan mantek jurus 'fireball' semata2 krn karakternya penyihir dan begitu lahir lgsg bisa nembak. Kalau kita ceritain bagaimana cara kerja magicnya, atau betapa sulit dan lamanya proses untuk bisa belajar sebuah mantra fireball, alhasil jurus sepele itu pun bisa terasa 'lebih'.

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42.How about "orken" or "dwerrows"?

Tentu aja maksud dari 2 pertanyaan tes ini adalah, apakah kita masih meminjam gambaran umum karya fantasi kebanyakan (novel, film, anime, game) buat sistem konfigurasi rasial (minjem istilah om pur) dalam novel kita? Goblin, Penyihir, Paladin, Assassin, Thief, 'Bounty Hunter', walau gak turut disebutkan dalam pertanyaan no. 41, tetep keitung stereotip di mata gw, karena emang udah banyak banged fantasi lokal yg pake sistem rasial/kasta kayak begitu (thanks untuk sederet judul game online )

Dan tentu aja dengan adanya pertanyaan no. 42 itu, teknik pemlesetan nama ras (yg stereotip) namun pendeskripsiannya masih stereotip gak akan workable, percuma aja. Jadi kalo ada ras dalam novel kita yg minjem pendeskripsian orc, namun nama rasnya diplesetin jadi 'orken' biar berkesan orisinil & kreatif, teuteup bakal terhitung stereotip. Pertanyaan itu menantang kita, para penulis fantasi, buat kreatif menciptakan konfigurasi rasial yang betul-betul inovatif, dan gak minjem deskripsi fisik & karakteristik dari mana-mana..

Hmm  :-[ Warghul gw sepertinya memang hanya Orc jadi2an. Asik soalnya bikin ras brutal ga berotak gitu huehue. Satu trik yang gw temukan bisa membuat ras kita lebih orisinil adalah 'relasi' dgn makhluk lainnya. Ciptakan hubungan simbiosis mutualisme/parasitisme yg terjadi pada hewan ke ras yang di cerita kita. Hal2 seperti itu menambah unsur biological science fantasy dan unsur believable nya. Tentu saja jika digarap dengan hati2 dan penuh riset. Sering2 nonton discovery channel aja, gw banyak dapet ide dr sana.  ;D
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: fr3d on September 23, 2008, 07:48:05 pm
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Serpentwitch sialann! Bikin malu gw aja dengan ngebeberin kuis beginian

Ternyata memang Lemures gw sarat banged akan keklisean


Wah, ternyata ada yg hasil examnya lebih parah dr gw  :D huakakaakaa  ;D

hue2 mknya kan bagus gw sadarkan elu sejak dini supaya bs merombak jd lebih bagus xixixixi  ;D

Gw gak mau ikutan jawab ah...
Sampe sekarang, novel gw kan yang masih tergolong "misterius" di forum ini... 8)
(*sok2 misterius, padahal tangan udah gatel...*)
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: magicplayer on October 11, 2008, 10:17:47 am
Heeee, kok ga ada lagi sih yang ngepost artikel di thread ini? Apa mending aku aja yang ngelanjutin ya?

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If In Doubt, Leave It Out

Rob Parnell

You probably won't be surprised to learn I read a lot of unpublished manuscripts. I also read a lot of published work. Are there some glaring differences between the two? You betcha.

The fact is most beginning writers write too much. That's okay for the first draft but when it comes to editing, you need to give that delete key a thorough work out!

Good writing is about pacing, about taking the reader on a journey and keeping in step with them along the way.

If you get the pacing wrong, the reader will stumble and begin to lose interest because it will seem you are more interested in writing the words than telling the story or relaying the information.

Here's some tips on how to cut down on unnecessary verbiage!

The Art of Description

With the advent of global communication and visual media, we all know what most things and even most places look like. It's no longer necessary to spend more than a couple of sentences establishing what things are, where scenes are set and what the weather is like, if that's important for mood.

Many readers nowadays will actually skip descriptive passages because they find them dull and interrupt the flow of the text. So don't beat yourself up over getting all the details across - that's what the reader's imagination is for!

Qualify That

Sometimes we write scenes etc. we're not sure the reader will understand - so we add extra words to explain ourselves, resulting in more confusion than clarity. For instance, look at this:

"With the divorce weighing on his mind, and his fears about losing his job, John was having difficulty deciding what to do with himself. Could he face going out, knowing that Pete would probably spend the evening ribbing him over his his inability to get along with his boss and his problems with his estranged wife?"

Clearly this is clumsy and confusing to read. Much better to remove the qualifiers and simplify:

"The divorce was weighing on his mind - and his job. Did he want to go out? John wasn't sure. Pete would probably just want to rib him."

In the above version, even though the propositions are only loosely defined - the reader still gets it. You don't always need to explain every little nuance to get a point or two across. Quite the opposite in fact.

Room to Breathe?

When you write you make a contract with your reader - whom you must regard as your equal. Not someone who is slow to understand and needs to be carefully led, shown everything and generally talked down to.

It's perfectly okay to leave out obvious - and therefore redundant - details. You don't always have to explain exactly who said what, what happened where, why and how long.

Too many new writers clog up their stories with unnecessary backstory, linking scenes, plot justifications and long complicated explanations of things the reader already regards as clear.

If you write with honesty and intelligence, your reader knows what and who you mean - when you over explain, you insult the reader. Don't do it.

Direction

Quite often writing suffers because the reader doesn't know where you're going. They wonder why you're focussing on certain characters and details - especially when you haven't first hinted at the 'point' of your story.

When you open a piece, you need a big 'sign' that tells the reader you're going THIS WAY - so that the reader knows what to expect along the way. You need to define your objectives - your purpose - in some way on the first page.

For instance, if you're writing a murder mystery, don't spend the first chapter following the protagonist around doing her laundry. Get on with the story and as soon as you can, show us the body!

Play By The Rules

Especially in genre fiction, you have to adhere to certain rules, because that's what the reader wants. Horror stories need to be at least a little horrific - right from the start. Romance requires that you have lovers at odds with each other by page two. Science fiction and Fantasy require the elements of their genres too.

Publishers often say that, though many writers are good, they often write themselves outside of any given genre in their desire to be different or original - thereby, alas, disqualifying themselves from publication!

Of course it's important to be original - but if you can do that within the confines your reader expects, your chances of publication skyrocket.

Focus

What you're looking for is sharp writing that relays the facts. When you go back and edit for sense, go for simplicity rather than exposition. If you waffle on about the intricacies of conflicting thought processes or meander through long descriptions of the countryside, you lose all sense of tension.

Pick up any popular novel. The best ones have no words that are about writing. They're all about story. However concise.

Speech tags

Okay. Speech tags - you know all the 'he said, she cried, they exclaimed blah de blah' - I'll keep this advice simple and precise. Unless you're writing children's fiction, lose them. As many as you can. It's the way of the modern writer.

The way to do it is to use other, more subtle ways of suggesting who is saying what. It's easily done, it just requires a little thought.

You can refer to character's actions just before or after dialogue, or use different styles to suggest different people.

Just as an experiment, try editing out all of the speech tags from your next MS. I think you'll be surprised and...master this technique and publishers will love you for it!

Adverbs

Yep - we all know we're not supposed to use them, especially after a speech tag. They really are mostly redundant and add nothing to the story. Repeat to yourself three times before bedtime: I will try to edit out every word that ends in 'ly'! (I just noticed there are two in this paragraph - oops!)

Well I could go on like this for hours - 'do this, do that, don't do that' etc. - I take writing very seriously, as I'm sure you've guessed. But I hope these few tips will help you the next time you edit your final draft.

The general rule, by the way, is that at least 20% of your MS is probably surplus to requirements! And that goes for all of us!

Best regards and keep writing!



Rob Parnell
rob@easywaytowrite.com
Creating Successful Writers
The Easy Way to Write
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Alpha_Serpentwitch on October 11, 2008, 11:06:33 am
Waii akhirnya ada yg posting lagi! hehe... maap gw lagi males2 nya bbrp hari ini ^^;

Btw, nice article  [thumbsup]

The Art of Description

With the advent of global communication and visual media, we all know what most things and even most places look like. It's no longer necessary to spend more than a couple of sentences establishing what things are, where scenes are set and what the weather is like, if that's important for mood.

Many readers nowadays will actually skip descriptive passages because they find them dull and interrupt the flow of the text. So don't beat yourself up over getting all the details across - that's what the reader's imagination is for!

Ah ini dia yg dr dulu gw omongin. Can't agree more to this.  [biggrin] Jangan terlalu mengekang kebebasan pembaca dengan ngasi 'deskripsi mati yang tidak boleh ditolak'. Tiap pembaca punya reading experience atau watching experience yang beda2, sehingga menghasilkan imajinasi yang berbeda2 pula. So? Let them be, I said. Pembaca sudah mendapat imajinasi kota A, karakter A dengan mantap, jangan lalu dipaksa tarik kembali untuk menegaskan sedetil2nya bahwa ini kota B, karakter B! Ketika seorang pembaca mulai berimajinasi, mereka mulai mendapatkan flownya dan akan lebih mudah meneruskan membaca dengan imajinasi yang paling familiar dengan pengalaman dia. Biarkan saja, jangan habiskan waktumu atau bahkan berbaris2 kalimat deskriptif sekedar untuk memaksa pembaca kembali dr imajinasinya yg salah (menurut sang penulis). Hal seperti itu bener2 merusak flow, dan seperti yang kita tahu, kita semua benci di dikte atau di suruh2, maka jangan lakukan hal itu kepada pembaca. Karena bila kl imajinasi yg ia suka dirusak, dan dipaksa mengimajinasikan yang tidak sesuai dgn keinginannya, flownya akan rusak dan berakibat pembaca ogah melanjutkan membaca, sambil bergumam, 'this book isn't for me'. *throw the book*  [yawn]

Perlakukan pembaca ky anak kecil aja, kalau dikekang, dia pasti berontak. Biarkan dia ikuti pace dan cara dia sendiri untuk melangkah maju, tugas kita sebagai penulis cuma memberi 'lead' dengan memberi dikte membosankan sedikit mungkin. Di dalam cerita kita harus menjadi beberapa penunjuk jalan yang menunjukkan jalan jika dan hanya jika si pembaca bertanya, kemudian biarkan dia mencari jalannya berdasarkan informasi itu. Jangan mengikat pembaca dan kemudian menyeret2nya sepanjang cerita cuma untuk memastikan ia sampai ke akhir cerita tanpa nyasar. Ga ada yang suka toh seperti itu. :)

let the reader's imagination do the job.

Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: BloodSin on October 11, 2008, 10:26:10 pm

The Art of Description

With the advent of global communication and visual media, we all know what most things and even most places look like. It's no longer necessary to spend more than a couple of sentences establishing what things are, where scenes are set and what the weather is like, if that's important for mood.

Many readers nowadays will actually skip descriptive passages because they find them dull and interrupt the flow of the text. So don't beat yourself up over getting all the details across - that's what the reader's imagination is for!

Ah ini dia yg dr dulu gw omongin. Can't agree more to this.  [biggrin] Jangan terlalu mengekang kebebasan pembaca dengan ngasi 'deskripsi mati yang tidak boleh ditolak'. Tiap pembaca punya reading experience atau watching experience yang beda2, sehingga menghasilkan imajinasi yang berbeda2 pula. So? Let them be, I said. Pembaca sudah mendapat imajinasi kota A, karakter A dengan mantap, jangan lalu dipaksa tarik kembali untuk menegaskan sedetil2nya bahwa ini kota B, karakter B! Ketika seorang pembaca mulai berimajinasi, mereka mulai mendapatkan flownya dan akan lebih mudah meneruskan membaca dengan imajinasi yang paling familiar dengan pengalaman dia. Biarkan saja, jangan habiskan waktumu atau bahkan berbaris2 kalimat deskriptif sekedar untuk memaksa pembaca kembali dr imajinasinya yg salah (menurut sang penulis). Hal seperti itu bener2 merusak flow, dan seperti yang kita tahu, kita semua benci di dikte atau di suruh2, maka jangan lakukan hal itu kepada pembaca. Karena bila kl imajinasi yg ia suka dirusak, dan dipaksa mengimajinasikan yang tidak sesuai dgn keinginannya, flownya akan rusak dan berakibat pembaca ogah melanjutkan membaca, sambil bergumam, 'this book isn't for me'. *throw the book*  [yawn]

Yang ini gak selalu benar :P

Adalah tugas penulis untuk mendeskripsikan baik plot, setting, karakter, sampe konflik, dengan sejelas mungkin (terlebih buat penulis fantasi), yang berarti juga dituntut teknik pendeskripsian dari pengarang yang semumpuni mungkin.

Yang jadi persoalan justru ada di teknik penulisan/gaya bahasa si pengarang dalam menyampaikan deskripsinya. Kalo dangkal, membosankan, dan ala kalimat berita (minjem istilah om pur), mau deskripsi satu kalimat (atau bahkan satu kata!) juga pasti bakal diskip sama pembaca.

Tapi yaa, emang sebaiknya jangan bikin deskripsi detil seekstrim berlapis2 paragraf cuma untuk membahas satu hal/istilah aja sih.
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Red_Wizard on December 13, 2008, 06:26:36 pm
Wah menarik nih pertanyaan-pertanyaannya, coba saya isi juga....   :)


The Exam


1. Does nothing happen in the first fifty pages?
Nope! bahkan dari bab pertama sudah terjadi konflik awal

2. Is your main character a young farmhand with mysterious parentage?
Nope

3. Is your main character the heir to the throne but doesn't know it?
ehm....kinda...walaupun bukan heir to the throne literally...dihitung sama ga ya?

4. Is your story about a young character who comes of age, gains great power, and defeats the supreme badguy?
Ehem...yeah..... :-[

5. Is your story about a quest for a magical artifact that will save the world?
Nope

6. How about one that will destroy it?
Nope as well

7. Does your story revolve around an ancient prophecy about "The One" who will save the world and everybody and all the forces of good?
Ih kog tau sich....  ;D

8. Does your novel contain a character whose sole purpose is to show up at random plot points and dispense information?
Yeah.....

9. Does your novel contain a character that is really a god in disguise?
Maybe....but akan kubikin tidak sesempurna itu juga sich..... [rolleyes]

10.Is the evil supreme badguy secretly the father of your main character?
Of course not! Star Wars banget ini sich mah... :P

11.Is the king of your world a kindly king duped by an evil magician?
Nope....

12.Does "a forgetful wizard" describe any of the characters in your novel?
Nope...

13.How about "a powerful but slow and kind-hearted warrior"?
Kinda..... ??? :-[

14.How about "a wise, mystical sage who refuses to give away plot details for his own personal, mysterious reasons"?
Ada sich...tapi bukan sage :D

15.Do the female characters in your novel spend a lot of time worrying about how they look, especially when the male main character is around?
Nope

16.Do any of your female characters exist solely to be captured and rescued?
hahaha....harus ada ini mah.... ;D kalo vice versa ga seru malah..... :D

17.Do any of your female characters exist solely to embody feminist ideals?
Not always....

18.Would "a clumsy cooking wench more comfortable with a frying pan than a sword" aptly describe any of your female characters?
Nope

19.Would "a fearless warrioress more comfortable with a sword than a frying pan" aptly describe any of your female characters?
Nope

20.Is any character in your novel best described as "a dour dwarf"?
Nope, ga ada dwarf2an sama sekali....

23.How about "a half-elf torn between his human and elven heritage"?
Nope

24.Did you make the elves and the dwarves great friends, just to be different?
Nope

25.Does everybody under four feet tall exist solely for comic relief?
Nope

26.Do you think that the only two uses for ships are fishing and piracy?
Nope

27.Do you not know when the hay baler was invented?
sami mawon...ga jelas hay baler ini apaan.... :-\

28.Did you draw a map for your novel which includes places named things like "The Blasted Lands" or "The Forest of Fear" or "The Desert of Desolation" or absolutely anything "of Doom"?
ada rencana sich...walau namanya beda...cuman model2 gitu :D

29.Does your novel contain a prologue that is impossible to understand until you've read the entire book, if even then?
Yeah....

30.Is this the first book in a planned trilogy?
Ga tuh...14 malah...tapi krn kebanyakan...mau saya reduce jadi 9 saja...but liat dulu sukses apa ga-nya  :o  ;D

31.How about a quintet or a decalogue?
kalo 9 bagian itu namanya apa ya???
   
32.Is your novel thicker than a New York City phone book?
Nope....

33.Did absolutely nothing happen in the previous book you wrote, yet you figure you're still many sequels away from finishing your "story"?
Nope....banyak yang dah terjadi malah, dan itu awal dari kisah2 di buku2 berikutnya....

34.Are you writing prequels to your as-yet-unfinished series of books?
Bukan prequel...tapi malah sequel TERAKHIR dari as-yet-unfinished series of books

35.Is your name Robert Jordan and you lied like a dog to get this far?
Nope

36.Is your novel based on the adventures of your role-playing group?
Nope

37.Does your novel contain characters transported from the real world to a fantasy realm?
Nope

38.Do any of your main characters have apostrophes or dashes in their names?
Nope

39.Do any of your main characters have names longer than three syllables?
Nope

40.Do you see nothing wrong with having two characters from the same small isolated village being named "Tim Umber" and "Belthusalanthalus al'Grinsok"?
Nope...aneh aja kalo gitu.....

41.Does your novel contain orcs, elves, dwarves, or halflings?
Ga ada tuh...all HUMAN

42.How about "orken" or "dwerrows"?
Kalo Orc...mungkin ada....but we'll see....

43.Do you have a race prefixed by "half-"?
Nope

44.At any point in your novel, do the main characters take a shortcut through ancient dwarven mines?
Nope

45.Do you write your battle scenes by playing them out in your favorite RPG?
Yes...... ;D busted deh  8)

46.Have you done up game statistics for all of your main characters in your favorite RPG?
Yeah...before saya rewrite lagi..... :D

47.Are you writing a work-for-hire for Wizards of the Coast?
Nope

48.Do inns in your book exist solely so your main characters can have brawls?
Nope

49.Do you think you know how feudalism worked but really don't?
Yes...kinda

50.Do your characters spend an inordinate amount of time journeying from place to place?
Iya nanti....belum sekarang tapi.

51.Could one of your main characters tell the other characters something that would really help them in their quest but refuses to do so just so it won't break the plot?
Yes....

52.Do any of the magic users in your novel cast spells easily identifiable as "fireball" or "lightning bolt"?
Magic user sich saya pake conlang barusan kursus kilat di thread-nya dejong, tapi kalo yang lain mungkin iya, walau namanya beda-beda

53.Do you ever use the term "mana" in your novel?
Nope, ini sich kesannya game banget

54.Do you ever use the term "plate mail" in your novel?
Nope, bikin berat aja pas bertarung

55.Heaven help you, do you ever use the term "hit points" in your novel?
Ga tuh

56.Do you not realize how much gold actually weighs?
Mata uangnya ga pake gold

57.Do you think horses can gallop all day long without rest?
Ga pake horse2an juga....

58.Does anybody in your novel fight for two hours straight in full plate armor, then ride a horse for four hours, then delicately make love to a willing barmaid all in the same day?
Nope  ;D

59.Does your main character have a magic axe, hammer, spear, or other weapon that returns to him when he throws it?
Yes, some of them....walau dengan cara yang lebih realistis

60.Does anybody in your novel ever stab anybody with a scimitar?
Nope

61.Does anybody in your novel stab anybody straight through plate armor?
Nope

62.Do you think swords weigh ten pounds or more? [info]
Nope

63.Does your hero fall in love with an unattainable woman, whom he later attains?
Nope

64.Does a large portion of the humor in your novel consist of puns?
Ya...tapi beberapa aja

65.Is your hero able to withstand multiple blows from the fantasy equivalent of a ten pound sledge but is still threatened by a small woman with a dagger?
Nope

66.Do you really think it frequently takes more than one arrow in the chest to kill a man?
Yes...kalo Villain langsung mati ama satu panah aja mah MANA SERU..... [rolleyes]

67.Do you not realize it takes hours to make a good stew, making it a poor choice for an "on the road" meal?
Sadar tuh....tapi ga pake gituan so ga masalah

68.Do you have nomadic barbarians living on the tundra and consuming barrels and barrels of mead?
Nope

69.Do you think that "mead" is just a fancy name for "beer"?
Nope

70.Does your story involve a number of different races, each of which has exactly one country, one ruler, and one religion?
Satu ras aja sich...mungkin beberapa tapi tidak seperti di cerita2 medieval lainnya

71.Is the best organized and most numerous group of people in your world the thieves' guild?
Nope

72.Does your main villain punish insignificant mistakes with death?
Yes

73.Is your story about a crack team of warriors that take along a bard who is useless in a fight, though he plays a mean lute?
Ada kyk Bard gitu.....buat variasi aja....

74.Is "common" the official language of your world?
Tentu saja...kalo full conlang mah entar pembaca lari semua....

75.Is the countryside in your novel littered with tombs and gravesites filled with ancient magical loot that nobody thought to steal centuries before?
Nope

76.Is your book basically a rip-off of The Lord of the Rings?
Ini ambigu nih jawabannya....kalo sebagai inspirasi pastinya ada...tapi sebagai plot utama sich bisa dipastikan beda jauh.



so dari jawaban2ku diatas kira2 worth it ga ya kalo saya berani mencoba ngirim karyaku ke penerbit2 gitu....ada saran ga kira2 penerbit apa yang OK kalo ngirim Novel Fantasy?
Kalo Elex terima novel fantasy ga ?
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: magicplayer on December 16, 2008, 02:04:17 pm
Berhubung ga ada yang ngisi, aku aja deh yang nambah artikel baru.

Fiction Is About People
August 21, 2008
by  Peter Selgin
People are the center of fiction.  In Chapter 1: People of By Cunning and Craft, find out how to tap into your characters motivations and build characters that your readers will feel like they know.

Begin with an individual, and before you know it you find that you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find that you have created—nothing.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Rich Boy”

1. Fiction Is About People
On the oak-paneled wall of his den, my father-in-law keeps a varnished wooden plaque. The plaque, an injunction against gossip, reminds him that “Great minds talk about ideas, average minds talk about things, and small minds talk about people.”

In fiction writing, the hierarchy is reversed. What readers of fiction most want to learn about is people. Not ideas, opinions, or philosophy; not The Communist Manifesto, Robert’s Rules of Order, The Merck Manual, or lore about nuclear submarines. Novels and short stories fascinate us because, as Flannery O’Connor put it, they show us “how some folks would do.” That’s what fiction does best, why it gets written and read. Call it an enlightened form of gossip.

People are not fiction’s main subject; they are its only subject. Ahab, Don Quixote, Leopold Bloom, Holden Caulfield, Scarlett O’Hara, Miss Jean Brodie, Hamlet—we remember the characters in fiction like real people we’ve grown to love, fear, or despise. They fascinate us.

Since the novelist is himself a human being there is an affinity between him and his subject matter which is absent in any other forms of art.
—E.M. Forster

Some people say they don’t read fiction, because when they read they want to learn something; they don’t want to waste time on stuff that’s not true. They are misguided. You can learn plenty from other kinds of books. But if you want to learn about human nature, fiction’s the place to go. Biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs will take you only so people deep into the human psyche. And what a politician or celebrity says about herself and what she really thinks and feels are doubtlessly different things. How else but through fiction can you stand in a motel room with two adulterous lovers after a postcoital quarrel, and see not only their gestures and the looks on their faces, but what’s in their heads? How else can you learn what it’s like to hack your landlady to death, or to feel the wham of a dose of heroin, or to cower in a muddy trench in the Battle of the Somme—and not just be told about it, but experience it personally?

Journalists misquote; nonfiction lies. Want the truth? Ask a novelist. I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart and the truth of imagination. And the truth of imagination doesn’t lie. It doesn’t lie because it taps into the universal unconscious, the place where dreams and myths shared by all of us are born. It is no less reliable a source of truth than the deep instincts that prompt us to love and fear.

Fiction is our way into experiences that we’ll never have, and into people we’ll never know or never meet—or want to, necessarily. Malcolm Lowry’s drunken Consul (Under the Volcano) as a houseguest? No thank you. Between cloth or paper covers, though, I’ll gladly have him over to dinner. I’ll even take him to bed with me.

2. Motivation
In A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams’s frazzled heroine, Blanche DuBois, calls death “the opposite of desire.” To the extent that people want something, they exist. This is especially true of fictional characters. Begin with a character who wants something, and you’re off to a good start. On the other hand, those who want nothing from life exist as shadows, or like sticks of furniture in an otherwise bare room. From such people it’s hard to extract a single solid action, let alone a whole plot.

No fiction can have real interest if the central character is not an agent struggling for his or her own goals but a victim, subject to the
whim of others.
—John Gardner

People who read fiction aren’t interested in shadows or furniture; they’re interested in people, in characters. What drives them, what do they want, why do they want it? And how do they go about getting (or not getting, or losing) it?

The answer to such questions is a novel or a story.

There are exceptions. Think of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, or Jacob Horner in John Barth’s The End of the Road—a character so paralyzed with indecision he can’t get up from a bus terminal bench. We tend to think of such passive characters as ciphers, blank outlines waiting to be filled in. Yes, effective and even great stories have been written about characters with so little willpower that the winds of fate blow them hither and yon with little resistance. Such stories we call existential (Albert Camus’s The Stranger Jean-Paul Sartre’s Nausea; Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer). In them the antihero’s decision to do nothing amounts to a philosophy or stance: an antidecision. But then you must know that this is your theme, and know how hard it is to pull off.

Motivation depends on desire and—like everything else in fiction—is most vividly conveyed through action. If a character’s desires are vague and abstract, the first part of your job will be to render them concrete and specific. Witness (and I use that word purposefully, since in dramatizing your material, you turn readers into witnesses) the following example of motivation revealed through action:

He took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one, before us, shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel, which lost their folds as they fell and covered the table in many-colored disarray. While we admired he brought more and the soft rich heap mounted higher—shirts with stripes and scrolls and plaids in coral and apple-green and lavender and faint orange, with monograms of Indian blue. Suddenly, with a strained sound, Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily.

“They’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such—such beautiful shirts before.”
—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

On a purely abstract level, Gatsby wishes to impress Daisy and thus win her affection. More concretely, he does so by becoming fabulously wealthy by whatever means are possible—namely, by aligning himself with certain underworld elements. But we are still dealing with abstractions. dramatically, specifically, what does Jay Gatsby do with his dubiously achieved wealth in order to achieve his goal? For one thing, he buys a plethora of silk shirts and waves them—like flags—in front of Daisy’s susceptible eyes.

As a fiction writer your task isn’t to tell us what characters want and therefore who they are, but to show us how far they are willing to go to get it, and by what means.

3. Building Characters
To write about people effectively you need to know who they are. You can’t feel sympathy for someone you don’t know. That doesn’t mean you have to love or even to like a character. You need only be interested, curious. Having already made up your mind that the man living alone in a fishing shack by the river—the one who walks with a limp and wears green coveralls—is evil, why write about him? Writing is, after all, an act of exploration through which we learn answers to questions raised by our raw material, by our characters and their situations. If you already feel you know the answers, why bother writing?

When writing about someone, it’s not a bad thing to start with a question you’d like answered. Why, for instance, does an educated, cultured, and worldly man kidnap a pubescent girl and drive her across America, from motel room to motel room? In answer to that question Nabokov gives us Lolita. Why does a man live underground amid 1,369 light bulbs? To find out, read Invisible Man. Why does the captain of a whaling ship risk life and limb, his own and his crew’s, in pursuit of a white whale? Answer: Moby-Dick, or The Whale.

To answer the questions raised by your characters and their desires it helps to know as much about them as possible, starting with basic, vital statistics. How old are they? Where were they born? Family background, level of education, employment and medical history, likes and dislikes: determining factors, all. How do you learn these things? By writing them down. When a character fails to live in your pages, try this: Write a one-page biography summarizing her life history. No need for poetry, just the facts.

Where do these facts come from? From the imagination, which doesn’t lie. Through the sublime power of the declarative sentence, the moment we state them in writing the seeds of our imaginative instincts sprout into facts.

In one class of mine, a student wrote an imaginary biography of a woman, Sally Schmidt, who had been a Navy scuba diver in Vietnam. Were there Navy scuba divers in Vietnam, let alone female Navy scuba divers? The author had no idea. Yet none of the fourteen other students in the class questioned the authority of this bold and specific claim. Later, we learned that there had indeed been women Navy divers in Vietnam. Chalk one up for the truth of imagination.

As you dredge up facts from your imagination, you will learn Sally’s background. And knowing that background, you will know how she responds when a strange man pinches her in a Neapolitan bus station (given that she was a Navy diver in Vietnam, I doubt she’d take to it kindly).

Your reader doesn’t need to know all this background; you do. In fact it’s better if you don’t tell too much about your characters, just what the reader needs to know to get the most out of your plot. Don’t paint every leaf on the tree. The same applies to physical descriptions. A few telling details: Jasper combs his hair like Hitler and lives to spit between the gap in his front teeth. The rest the reader will supply with her imagination, which writes better than you or I or any of us can.

In your notebooks, record subtle nuances of character based upon observation: how people dress, their gestures and voices, the things they say and do. Notice how your father-in-law cups his fingers around a stingy dollar bill to hide it as he hands it to the parking valet? That young woman yammering on her cell phone at a cafe? Notice how she flips back her hair while talking (could she be talking to the guy she slept with last night?). Observe closely and carefully and you’ll learn a lot about human nature. Pay special attention to those moments in life when stereotypes collapse, or are dismayingly upheld.

Note, too, the things people do when they feel they’re not being noticed. Like the man who, walking ahead of you down the sidewalk in his spiffy suit, glances at every shop window he passes, intent not on the goods on display, but on his own natty reflection.

The expected ways in which people behave are as important to note as the unexpected ways. People do cross their arms defiantly, and scratch themselves where they have no itches. They look to the floor when embarrassed or shy, and to the sky in search of release. Ever seen someone smile with their eyes? Sure you have. Ever seen someone smile with their lips only, while their eyes remain sad and dead? You have, but maybe you haven’t noticed.


Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: asrina_1986 on April 28, 2011, 03:30:15 pm
Beberapa artikel singkat dari http://twitter.com/Quotes4Writers:

Quote from: http://acertainbook.blogspot.com/2010/06/read-lesser-writers.html
Read the lesser writers.

I really like this Q & A advice from author Michael Robotham.

Question: Do you have any advice for would-be writers?

Robotham: Write, write and when you're sick of writing, write some more. It's the only way to get better.

Read everything you can - not just the very best writers because some of them are so brilliant you will consider giving up because your prose might never match theirs. Read the lesser writers, the mere mortals, and ask yourself how each book could be improved. Take it apart like you would an alarm clock. Why does it work? Why it doesn't work? Learn. (With the truly great book, you won't be able to take it apart because you won't be able to find the joins.)

Quote from: http://blog.booktopia.com.au/2011/01/24/wendy-orr-author-of-ravens-mountain-answers-ten-terrifying-questions/
What advice do you give aspiring writers?
*asked to Wendy Orr; author of Raven’s Mountain,  Nim’s Island, Nim at Sea, Spook’s Shack, Mokie and Bik, & Peeling the Onion.

Write, write, write. Just do it. Don’t be afraid to fail, or worry about doing it right: have fun, experiment. There’s time enough for criticism when you’ve finished a few drafts (and yes, there will be lots of drafts if you want to be any good.) When you think it’s good enough to share, listen to criticisms, but always make up your own mind.

Above all, have faith. Have faith in your characters and your story, and some in your own ability to do them justice.

When you’re not writing: read, read, read: lots of different genres, lots of different authors. Find out what you love, and what you don’t – you may not be able to write every genre you love, but you certainly shouldn’t be trying a genre you don’t like to read. Writing is hard work, there’s no need for it to be soul destroying as well.

But don’t forget to live too!

Quote from: http://blog.booktopia.com.au/2011/01/19/anna-campbell-author-of-my-reckless-surrender-answers-ten-terrifying-questions/
What advice do you give aspiring writers?
*asked to Anna Campbell; author of My Reckless Surrender, Captive of Sin, Claiming the Courtesan and more…

Stick to your guns and write a complete manuscript. Personal experience indicates you’ll hear a siren voice whispering to you about 100 pages in, insisting that what you’re writing is terrible and you should try this new wonderful idea. That siren voice is actually your fear speaking. Don’t listen to it. Personal experience also indicates that 100 pages into that wonderful new idea, the siren voice will start whispering exactly the same poison. You’ll learn things from plugging through to the end of a manuscript that nothing else will teach you.

And once you’ve finished the manuscript, put it under the bed and write something else. Once you have, go back to the first manuscript and only then start editing. You’ll be surprised how many mistakes you can see once you’ve got a bit of distance. Not only that, you’ll have learnt skills writing the next book that you can use to improve the first book. Good luck!
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Alpha_Serpentwitch on April 28, 2011, 07:31:36 pm
wogh thread lamaku dibangkitkan dari kubur  :o

wahahaha. thx Asrina for the nice article!  [thumbsup]

Intinya menulis sampe bener2 abis 1 cerita dulu ya br ngedit atau berpindah ke cerita lain. Kita butuh pengalaman menyelesaikan sebuah cerita untuk bisa maju menjadi penulis yang lebih baik. Well, kalau begitu kurasa yg tercepat adalah menulis cerpen dulu yah? Dan kebetulan FantasyFiesta sudah dimulai. Jadi mari menulis dan selesaikan 1 cerita!!  [gunsmilie]
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: asrina_1986 on April 29, 2011, 03:29:14 am
Wah, alpha nyetel banget sama maksud tersembunyiku [hmpfh]
Tp aku masi stuck neh...
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: Alpha_Serpentwitch on April 30, 2011, 12:00:04 am
Wahahaha. :D Ternyata mikirnya kesitu jg :D
Chronicles of the Red Hoodku sudah 1200an kata, sabtu minggu besok bertekad minimal sampe 2000an kata. Huff. Semangat!  [thumbsup]

Kalau stuck ditinggel ngopi atau nonton dulu aja bentar br balik lagi. tapi kl bs jgn ditinggal dalam keadaan stuck lebih dr sehari. Usahain untuk lewatin bagian stucknya itu sebelum ditinggal atau berpotensi bikin writers block. Akhiri harimu dgn cerita yang sedang berjalan lancar biar bisa tidur tenang dan lanjut lagi keesokan harinya :D
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: asrina_1986 on May 14, 2011, 09:58:08 am
masih terkait FF2011

Quote from: http://pelitaku.sabda.org/tips_menulis_cerpen
Tips Menulis Cerpen

Struktur
Para penulis pemula seringkali disarankan untuk menggunakan pengandaian berikut ini ketika mulai menyusun cerpen mereka:

    Taruh seseorang di atas pohon.
    Lempari dia dengan batu.
    Buat dia turun.

Kelihatannya aneh, tapi coba Anda pikirkan baik-baik, karena saran ini bisa diterapkan oleh penulis mana saja. Nah, ikuti langkah- langkah perencanaan seperti yang disarankan di bawah kalau Anda ingin menulis cerpen-cerpen yang hebat.

Perencanaan Cerpen
Taruh seseorang di atas pohon: munculkan sebuah keadaan yang harus dihadapi tokoh utama cerita.
Lempari dia dengan batu: Dari keadaan sebelumnya, kembangkan suatu masalah yang harus diselesaikan si tokoh utama tadi. Contoh: Kesalahpahaman, kesalahan identitas, kesempatan yang hilang, dan sebagainya.
Buat dia turun: Tunjukkan bagaimana tokoh Anda akhirnya mengatasi masalah itu. Pada beberapa cerita, hal terakhir ini seringkali juga sekaligus digunakan sebagai tempat memunculkan pesan yang ingin disampaikan penulis. Contoh: Kekuatan cinta, kebaikan mengalahkan kejahatan, kejujuran adalah kebijakan terbaik, persatuan membawa kekuatan, dsb.
Ketika Anda selesai menulis, selalu (dan selalu) periksa kembali pekerjaan Anda dan perhatikan ejaan, tanda baca dan tata bahasa. Jangan menyia-nyiakan kerja keras Anda dengan menampilkan kesan tidak profesional pada pembaca Anda.
Praktekkan perencanaan sederhana ini pada tulisan Anda selanjutnya.

Tema
Setiap tulisan harus memiliki pesan atau arti yang tersirat di dalamnya. Sebuah tema adalah seperti sebuah tali yang menghubungkan awal dan akhir cerita dimana Anda menggantungkan alur, karakter, setting cerita dan lainnya. Ketika Anda menulis, yakinlah bahwa setiap kata berhubungan dengan tema ini.
Ketika menulis cerpen, bisa jadi kita akan terlalu menaruh perhatian pada satu bagian saja seperti menciptakan penokohan, penggambaran hal-hal yang ada, dialog atau apapun juga, untuk itu, kita harus ingat bahwa kata-kata yang berlebihan dapat mengaburkan inti cerita itu sendiri.
Cerita yang bagus adalah cerita yang mengikuti sebuah garis batas. Tentukan apa inti cerita Anda dan walaupun tema itu sangat menggoda untuk diperlebar, Anda tetap harus berfokus pada inti yang telah Anda buat jika tidak ingin tulisan Anda berakhir seperti pembukaan sebuah novel atau sebuah kumpulan ide-ide yang campur aduk tanpa satu kejelasan.

Tempo Waktu
Cerita dalam sebuah cerpen yang efektif biasanya menampilkan sebuah tempo waktu yang pendek. Hal ini bisa berupa satu kejadian dalam kehidupan karakter utama Anda atau berupa cerita tentang kejadian yang berlangsung dalam sehari atau bahkan satu jam. Dan dengan waktu yang singkat itu, usahakan agar kejadian yang Anda ceritakan dapat memunculkan tema Anda.

Setting
Karena Anda hanya memiliki jumlah kata-kata yang terbatas untuk menyampaikan pesan Anda, maka Anda harus dapat memilih setting cerita dengan hati-hati. Disini berarti bahwa setting atau tempat kejadian juga harus berperan untuk turut mendukung jalannya cerita. Hal itu tidak berarti Anda harus selalu memilih setting yang tipikal dan mudah ditebak. Sebagai contoh, beberapa setting yang paling menakutkan bagi sebuah cerita seram bukanlah kuburan atau rumah tua, tapi tempat-tempat biasa yang sering dijumpa pembaca dalam kehidupan sehari-hari mereka. Buatlah agar pembaca juga seolah-olah merasakan suasana cerita lewat setting yang telah dipilih tadi.

Penokohan
Untuk menjaga efektivitas cerita, sebuah cerpen cukup memiliki sekitar tiga tokoh utama saja, karena terlalu banyak tokoh malah bisa mengaburkan jalan cerita Anda. Jangan terlalu terbawa untuk memaparkan sedetail-detailnya latar belakang tiap tokoh tersebut. Tentukan tokoh mana yang paling penting dalam mendukung cerita dan fokuskan diri padanya. Jika Anda memang jatuh cinta pada tokoh-tokoh Anda, pakailah mereka sebagai dasar dalam novel Anda kelak.

Dialog
Jangan menganggap enteng kekuatan dialog dalam mendukung penokohan karakter Anda, sebaliknya dialog harus mampu turut bercerita dan mengembangkan cerita Anda. Jangan hanya menjadikan dialog hanya sebagai pelengkap untuk menghidupkan tokoh Anda. Tiap kata yang ditaruh dalam mulut tokoh-tokoh Anda juga harus berfungsi dalam memunculkan tema cerita. Jika ternyata dialog tersebut tidak mampu mendukung tema, ambil langkah tegas dengan menghapusnya.

Alur
Buat paragraf pembuka yang menarik yang cukup membuat pembaca penasaran untuk mengetahui apa yang akan terjadi selanjutnya. Pastikan bahwa alur Anda lengkap, artinya harus ada pembukaan, pertengahan cerita dan penutup. Akan tetapi, Anda juga tidak perlu terlalu berlama-lama dalam membangun cerita, sehingga klimaks atau penyelesaian cerita hanya muncul dalam satu kalimat, dan membuat pembaca merasa terganggu dan bingung dalam artian negatif, bukannya terpesona. Jangan pula membuat "twist ending" (penutup yang tak terduga) yang dapat terbaca terlalu dini, usahakan supaya pembaca tetap menebak-nebak sampai saat-saat terakhir. Jika Anda membuat cerita yang bergerak cepat, misalnya cerita tentang kriminalitas, jagalah supaya paragraf dan kalimat-kalimat Anda tetap singkat. Ini adalah trik untuk mengatur kecepatan dan memperkental nuansa yang ingin Anda sajikan pada pembaca.

Baca ulang
Pembaca dapat dengan mudah terpengaruh oleh format yang tidak rapi, penggunanaan tanda baca dan tata bahasa yang salah. Jangan biarkan semua itu mengganggu cerita Anda, selalu periksa dan periksa kembali.

http://pelitaku.sabda.org/user/team_e_penulis
Bahan diterjemahkan dan diringkas oleh Ary dari sumber: http://www.write101.com/shortstory.htm

alat tempur jadul:
KBBI offline (http://www.lautanindonesia.com/forum/go.php?url=http://ebsoft.web.id/2010/09/03/kbbi-kamus-besar-bahasa-indonesia-offline-gratis/)
Kamus Id-En vice-versa (http://www.lautanindonesia.com/forum/go.php?url=http://ebsoft.web.id/download/kamus/)
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: rd_Villam on June 01, 2011, 09:49:32 am
really nice articles!
tips2nya bagus, sederhana namun tepat. :-)
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: fireCyclops on June 11, 2011, 03:00:38 am
    Taruh seseorang di atas pohon.
    Lempari dia dengan batu.
    Buat dia turun.

jadi inget dulu sering bikin cerpen heboh sampe akhirnya malah jadi novel.
ternyata cuma 3 kejadian yang diulur sampe 3000 kata
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: badakungu on August 18, 2011, 01:32:43 pm
Coba ah tes nya...

The Exam


1. Does nothing happen in the first fifty pages?
    Maksudnya ? Ya pasti banyak kejadian....

2. Is your main character a young farmhand with mysterious parentage?
    Ada yang muda ada yang tua, tapi ortunya jelas... Yang dianggap misterius kadarnya seberapa nih ?

3. Is your main character the heir to the throne but doesn't know it?
    Ini multi view ceritanya, tapi jawabannya tidak ada samasekali..

4. Is your story about a young character who comes of age, gains great power, and defeats the supreme badguy?
   Satu ya, 3 engga...

5. Is your story about a quest for a magical artifact that will save the world?
   2 ya, 2 engga...

6. How about one that will destroy it?
    idem

7. Does your story revolve around an ancient prophecy about "The One" who will save the world and everybody and all the forces of good?
   satu iya -,-'...

8. Does your novel contain a character whose sole purpose is to show up at random plot points and dispense information?
    uhuh...iyo..

9. Does your novel contain a character that is really a god in disguise?
    yep..

10.Is the evil supreme badguy secretly the father of your main character?
     Hahh ?? Mangnya star wars / Eragon ? Tapi mereka sukses loh...

11.Is the king of your world a kindly king duped by an evil magician?
     Campur baur, lebih tepat ada sihir dan teknologi jaman revolusi industri...

12.Does "a forgetful wizard" describe any of the characters in your novel?
     Penyihir pelupa...hem...menarik nda yah...

13.How about "a powerful but slow and kind-hearted warrior"?
     Ada satu...

14.How about "a wise, mystical sage who refuses to give away plot details for his own personal, mysterious reasons"?
     Lum kepikir yang ini..

15.Do the female characters in your novel spend a lot of time worrying about how they look, especially when the male main character is around?
    Engga tuh...rada tomboy sih...

16.Do any of your female characters exist solely to be captured and rescued?
     Ada, walau...kebanyakan malah killer...

17.Do any of your female characters exist solely to embody feminist ideals?
     Ada

18.Would "a clumsy cooking wench more comfortable with a frying pan than a sword" aptly describe any of your female characters?
      ada

19.Would "a fearless warrioress more comfortable with a sword than a frying pan" aptly describe any of your female characters?
     ada

20.Is any character in your novel best described as "a dour dwarf"?
     adanya orang cacat lahir ( cebol ), dwarf bukan itu ?

23.How about "a half-elf torn between his human and elven heritage"?
     ada hal semacam masalah karena keturunan

24.Did you make the elves and the dwarves great friends, just to be different?
     Sebagian ya sebagian musuh...

25.Does everybody under four feet tall exist solely for comic relief?
     maksudnya comic relief ? mbanyol doang ? engga

26.Do you think that the only two uses for ships are fishing and piracy?
     ga, masih banyak guna laen...

27.Do you not know when the hay baler was invented?
     ???

28.Did you draw a map for your novel which includes places named things like "The Blasted Lands" or "The Forest of Fear" or "The Desert of Desolation" or absolutely anything "of Doom"?
     Biasanya punya nama, tapi sebagian hanya sebutan...

29.Does your novel contain a prologue that is impossible to understand until you've read the entire book, if even then?
     er....nda juga rasanya...

30.Is this the first book in a planned trilogy?
     Ga, pinginnya sih nulis sampai aku mati...

31.How about a quintet or a decalogue?
     jawabannya diatas wkwkkw

32.Is your novel thicker than a New York City phone book?
    Mang buku telpon NY setebel apa ?

33.Did absolutely nothing happen in the previous book you wrote, yet you figure you're still many sequels away from finishing your "story"?
     ya engga lah...

34.Are you writing prequels to your as-yet-unfinished series of books?
     belum kepikir..

35.Is your name Robert Jordan and you lied like a dog to get this far?
     Sapanya Michael Jordan itu ?

36.Is your novel based on the adventures of your role-playing group?
     Campur sari acak adut...

37.Does your novel contain characters transported from the real world to a fantasy realm?
     Ga....aneh kalau ada "dunia nyata" nya..

38.Do any of your main characters have apostrophes or dashes in their names?
     Maksudnya ?

39.Do any of your main characters have names longer than three syllables?
     ga ada..

40.Do you see nothing wrong with having two characters from the same small isolated village being named "Tim Umber" and "Belthusalanthalus al'Grinsok"?
     Ortu nya pasti pada mabok pas ngasi nama...

41.Does your novel contain orcs, elves, dwarves, or halflings?
     semacam itu, ras nya varian...

42.How about "orken" or "dwerrows"?
     Kalau Kerokan gimana ?

43.Do you have a race prefixed by "half-"?
     Sebagian disebut untuk menghina

44.At any point in your novel, do the main characters take a shortcut through ancient dwarven mines?
     Kalo kelempar karena catapult masuk hitungan ga ?

45.Do you write your battle scenes by playing them out in your favorite RPG?
     Aku gambar adegannya...

46.Have you done up game statistics for all of your main characters in your favorite RPG?
    Ga...
       
47.Are you writing a work-for-hire for Wizards of the Coast?
     MTG ? Pernah main ...

48.Do inns in your book exist solely so your main characters can have brawls?
     Emang gunanya penginapan itu doang ? Tunggu...ni berantem di bar pa di ranjang ?

49.Do you think you know how feudalism worked but really don't?
     ya..huhuh...kan nda pernah ngalami...

50.Do your characters spend an inordinate amount of time journeying from place to place?
    Ya dan tidak. Nda semua orang punya duit -,-...

51.Could one of your main characters tell the other characters something that would really help them in their quest but refuses to do so just so it won't break the plot?
     Ada dan tidak..sifat orang beda sih...

52.Do any of the magic users in your novel cast spells easily identifiable as "fireball" or "lightning bolt"?
     bola api standar, tapi kalo petir masa bola.....     

53.Do you ever use the term "mana" in your novel?
     bukan mana, tapi bukan itu kan maksudmu ?

54.Do you ever use the term "plate mail" in your novel?
     ya ada lah...

55.Heaven help you, do you ever use the term "hit points" in your novel?
     Woakkakaka, ntar bikin buku buat maen deh

56.Do you not realize how much gold actually weighs?
     Memang berat kan....

57.Do you think horses can gallop all day long without rest?
     Bisa kalo didoping, walau dijamin mokad abis itu...

58.Does anybody in your novel fight for two hours straight in full plate armor, then ride a horse for four hours, then delicately make love to a willing barmaid all in the same day?
    Hah ? Orang berantem 10 menit aja dah capekkk...

59.Does your main character have a magic axe, hammer, spear, or other weapon that returns to him when he throws it?
     Ya. Pernah liat di pilem kungfu ada pedang dikasi benang kan ?

60.Does anybody in your novel ever stab anybody with a scimitar?
     Ya. Scimitar kan tetap bisa buat nusuk...

61.Does anybody in your novel stab anybody straight through plate armor?
     Ada yang bisa, itu gunanya..err..beberapa hal ehhehe...

62.Do you think swords weigh ten pounds or more? [info]
    kalo 1 pon = 453 gram, 4-5 kilo mayan berat untuk ukuran pedang satu tangan. Senapan angin 4kg aja dah berat...

63.Does your hero fall in love with an unattainable woman, whom he later attains?
     Lum kepikir yang ini...

64.Does a large portion of the humor in your novel consist of puns?
    ga suka yang gitu...

65.Is your hero able to withstand multiple blows from the fantasy equivalent of a ten pound sledge but is still threatened by a small woman with a dagger?
     sekali hantam di kepala kalo telak langsung ke alam baka...

66.Do you really think it frequently takes more than one arrow in the chest to kill a man?
     Mang di dadanya ada berapa pelindung dan ada berapa jantung ?
 
67.Do you not realize it takes hours to make a good stew, making it a poor choice for an "on the road" meal?
     Mang air gampang didapat apa ?

68.Do you have nomadic barbarians living on the tundra and consuming barrels and barrels of mead?
     Pemabuk ya ?

69.Do you think that "mead" is just a fancy name for "beer"?
     Kupikir iya.. ga tau bedanya dan ga pernah coba juga ...

70.Does your story involve a number of different races, each of which has exactly one country, one ruler, and one religion?
     iya..

71.Is the best organized and most numerous group of people in your world the thieves' guild?
     Kalaupun ada namanya serikat maling ga bakal digembar-gemborkan...

72.Does your main villain punish insignificant mistakes with death?
    Mangnya villain = kejam ?

73.Is your story about a crack team of warriors that take along a bard who is useless in a fight, though he plays a mean lute?
     Adanya pejuang sekaligus penyanyi. Kecuali ada yang numpang...

74.Is "common" the official language of your world?
     Ha ? biasa ? ?

75.Is the countryside in your novel littered with tombs and gravesites filled with ancient magical loot that nobody thought to steal centuries before?
     Kalau ada ya dah dicoba untuk dijarah...

76.Is your book basically a rip-off of The Lord of the Rings?
    rasanya engga...saya orang aneh soalnya...
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: holyman on October 21, 2011, 12:11:01 am
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Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: kupretist on December 10, 2011, 02:26:03 am
hi... nama kupret el-kazhiem, panggil saja kazhiem atau kupret. Teman-teman dekat sih banyaknya kupret. Seorang soliter yang membenci nama pemberian orang tua dan merasa berhak menentukan nama untuk diri sendiri. Seorang pengangguran dan bangga jadi pengangguran. Seorang penulis gagal dan putus asa walaupun sering nulis cerpen dan novel tetapi tak pernah diterbitkan karena kurang pengetahuan dan bergabung di sini cuma ingin mendapatkan pengetahuan tersebut. Sehingga apabila forum ini saya rasa tak lagi memberikan pengetahuan tentang menulis cerpen dan novel, terkhusus lagi tentang sastra, maka saya akan keluar dengan sendirinya

tritnya: pake bhs indonesia dong, ga ngerti bhs inggris nih.. sorry ya
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: asrina_1986 on February 07, 2012, 03:22:30 pm
Quote from: Menjadi Penulis
by Christian Simamora on Friday, October 15, 2010 at 12:09pm

 'Gimana caranya jadi penulis yang baik?'
Sesederhana pertanyaannya, sebenarnya jawabannya pun sederhana. Saya rasa teman-teman penulis pun sebenarnya juga sudah tahu kok jawabannya.

1. Banyak Membaca
You write what you read. Kamu nggak bakal tahu minat kamu menulis novel yang seperti apa kalo kamu nggak suka membaca. Bagi penulis, bacaan yang bagus adalah suntikan energi bagi tulisannya kelak. Kamu bahkan bisa menyerap semangat penulisnya hanya dari membaca tulisannya.

2. Menulis setiap hari
Tak ada yang bilang proses menulis sesuatu yang gampang dan bisa disambi. Apalagi novel yang, well, kita semua tahu, butuh 'napas' yang panjang dari penulisnya. Kamu bakal ngabisin waktu berjam-jam, berhari-hari, bahkan mungkin sampai berbulan-bulan, demi menyelesaikan tulisanmu. It's a hard work you choose to do. Jadi, perlakukan serius tulisanmu itu. Jangan berhenti sampe 'the end'.

3. Belajar
Banyak teman-teman penulis merasa tidak perlu mempelajari teori-teori menulis. Ada benarnya memang. Tapi akan lebih baik lagi kalo kamu mencoba mencari tahu seperti apa cara menulis yang baik. Teori-teori dasarnya memang bukan sesuatu yang baku dalam dunia kepenulisan, tapi kalo kamu tahu juga tak ada salahnya juga kan?

Saya sendiri memulai menulis secara otodidak. Saya tidak masuk kelas menulis, apalagi masuk jurusan creative writing. Tapi, ketika mendapat kesempatan belajar teori-teori menulis, saya dicerahkan. Ketakutan saya akan tulisan yang kurang deskriptif, ending yang kurang menggigit, karakter yang terasa klise akhirnya bisa teratasi.

Saya belajar dan saya menikmati setiap detiknya.

4. Self-editing
Salah seorang guru menulis yang saya hormati pernah bilang, menulisnya secepat-cepatnya, lalu editlah tulisan kamu sebaik-baiknya. That is sooo true. Saya menyukai proses penulisan tanpa godaan mengeditnya sekali-sekali. Saya tahan diri saya sampai akhirnya tiba di baris terakhir novel saya. Lalu, setelah mengendapkannya selama beberapa hari, saya kembali membaca ulang dan mengedit bagian-bagian mana saja yang terasa kurang.

Quote from: MENULIS NOVEL (PERTAMA KALINYA)
by Christian Simamora on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 12:29pm

Pagi ini, saat mengecek inbox, saya menemukan e-mail singkat dari seorang calon penulis. Dia bilang suka membaca novel-novel terbitan GagasMedia dan pengen banget menulis novel. Masalahnya *insert jeng-jeng-jeng sound effect here* dia bingung harus mulai dari mana.

Kalau saya yang sekarang sih pasti dengan enteng menjawab, “Aduuuh, gampang banget tahu!” Yeah, yeah. Tapi saya juga ingat, waktu mencoba menulis novel pertama pun saya sama rempongnya dengan teman baru saya, si calon penulis ini.

Jadi, beberapa belas menit kemudian, ditemani First Night-nya Monica, saya menuliskan tip-tip sederhana ini.

MULAILAH DENGAN SEBUAH IDE, KEMBANGKAN MENJADI PLOT UTUH
Di setiap wawancara radio, talkshow, bahkan lewat e-mail, pertanyaan ini paling sering ditujukan ke saya, “Dapat ide dari mana?” Pengennya sih ngasih jawaban yang keren, ato lebih mantap lagi kalau ada latar belakang magisnya. Kayak “Saya dapet idenya waktu bertama di Gunung Bromo.” Sayangnya, yang kayak gitu nggak pernah terjadi. Saya benci segala kegiatan outdoor, gimana ceritanya bisa nangkring di Gunung Bromo segala? Hehe.

Ide seringnya muncul begitu saja. Saat saya sedang menonton TV, membaca buku, malas-malasan dengan majalah edisi terbaru di tangan. Saat saya sedang tidur-tiduran sambil main game Facebook di komputer, saat sedang mandi, saat sedang makan, ngobrol dengan teman, bengong, belanja, ketawa-ketawa....

Serius, bisa kapan aja—dan ini ada sisi baik dan buruknya. Sisi baiknya, saya hampir tak pernah kehabisan ide. Sisi buruknya, orang yang kebanyakan ide sama sialnya dengan orang yang tak punya ide sama sekali.

 Makanya, saat saya punya ide, saya tidak langsung ‘panas’ dan menuliskannya menjadi sebuah novel. Percaya deh, saya sendiri bukti hidupnya, dan hasilnya adalah tulisan beberapa halaman yang tak selesai. Ide yang saya anggap keren saya sempurnakan dengan plotting. Saya harus tahu awal cerita, tengah, dan bagaimana ending-nya. Saya juga harus memikirkan bagaimana tokoh-tokoh itu bergumul dengan konflik di setiap fase cerita. Apakah ada yang berubah (prinsip, kepribadian, anything!). Karena, ini fakta banget ya, di novel mana pun karakter utamanya pasti pernah mengalami perubahan dalam hidupnya, minimal sekali. Entah dari status jomblo jadi in relationship, gemuk jadi kurus, married jadi divorcee.... Kalau nggak percaya, coba buktikan sendiri.

Saya baru benar-benar berani mengesahkan ide itu menjadi proyek novel saya berikutnya setelah saya punya plot lengkap dengan daftar karakter (plus biodata lengkapnya), setting yang jelas, dan referensi yang mendukung (misalnya, sebelum menulis Pillow Talk, saya mencari referensi tentang bisnis online).

PUNYA TARGET
Nggak ada yang lebih mengesalkan dari mendengar komentar “Pengen banget nulis, tapi nggak ada waktu. Sibuk ini-itu, bla-bla-bla-shit....” Here’s the truth, satu hari itu terdiri dari 24 jam. 24 jam buat kamu, saya, Meg Cabot, Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, dan yang lainnya. Mau kontes lebih sibukan siapa, kamu atau penulis-penulis itu? Sekali-sekali mampir ke website mereka. Lihat daftar acara talkshow yang harus mereka datangi, belum lagi harus meng-update blog, twitter, dan macam-macam lagi kegiatan promosi.

Jadi, please, kalau kamu kemudian memutuskan untuk membuat kegiatan menulismu di daftar prioritas kesekian dibanding hal-hal lainnya, berarti kamu nggak sungguh-sungguh jadi penulis. Kamu harus punya target, dalam waktu sekian bulan harus sudah selesai. Dengan begitu, kamu tahu seberapa besar kamu harus berkorban demi novelmu. Waktu tidurmu berkurang. Kamu jadi jarang menonton TV atau sekadar hang-out sama teman. Semua waktu luang kadang habis di depan laptop. Been there, done that, tapi itu pilihan yang saya ambil. Dan saya menikmatinya karena, hello, siapa juga yang mau berkorban seperti itu untuk sesuatu yang tidak teramat dicintai?

PILIH WAKTU MENULIS YANG PALING BIKIN NYAMAN
Apa kamu tipe yang senang berteman dengan kuntilanak, alias penulis malam-malam? Ato kamu tipe penulis yang senang mengganggu tetangga sebelah subuh-subuh dengan memutar lagu-lagu hiphop yang iramanya menghentak-hentak (kayak saya)? Ato kamu jenis penulis tipe lain, menulis di jam-jam tertentu karena hanya waktu itulah kamu benar-benar lowong.

Yah, apa pun ya, itu pilihanmu sendiri. Choose one and stick to that schedule everyday! Buat mendisiplinkan diri, kamu bisa pake sistem reward and punishment. Misalnya, kalau berhasil menyelesaikan satu bab, kamu bisa makan es krim yang sengaja disimpan di lemari. Dan kalau kamu ‘lupa’ menulis di hari itu, kamu menghukum dirimu dengan mengepel lantai rumah atau apalah.

 PERCAYA DIRI
Faktor lain yang sering bikin proses menulis terganggu adalah karena kurangnya rasa percaya diri. “Tulisan gue nggak sebagus penulis A.” “Ide tulisan gue biasa banget—mana mungkin diterima penerbit.” Here’s another truth: kamu nggak akan pernah jadi penulis A itu. Kamu punya latar belakang keluarga, pendidikan, pergaulan, film, buku yang berbeda, jadi secara logika pun kamu akan menulis dengan gaya berbeda pula. Jadi, daripada mengkhawatirkan tulisanmu bisa sebagus penulis A, kamu cukup berjanji pada dirimu sendiri akan menulis sebagus mungkin. Lagian, ih, siapa juga yang mau disama-samakan dengan penulis tertentu. Entar dibilang niru lagi....

Kedua, what you write is what you are. Dan tulisanmu akan memperlihatkan seperti dirimu saat menuliskannya itu. Thanks to pengalaman membaca naskah selama bertahun-tahun, saya sampai tahu di bagian mana penulis mulai ‘capek’ dan ‘bingung mau ngelanjutin ceritanya ke mana’. Haha, yeah, I’m that weird.

Jadi, kalau kamu sedari awal sudah terlihat tak percaya diri dengan tulisanmu, hasilnya juga nggak mungkin bagus. Kamu nganggep tulisanmu biasa? Yep, di mata pembaca di luar sana pun akan ‘biasa’ juga.

MULAILAH MENULIS
Ya ampun, tip ini dibaca juga? Berarti kamu belum mulai menulis dong.
Ckckckck... ayo buruan ditulis itu novelnya!

Quote from: PLOT IT!
(Kenapa Menulis dengan Plot Adalah Metode Paling Oke Bagi Penulis Pemula)
by Christian Simamora on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 1:06pm

Aku percaya, menulis novel itu nggak ada bedanya dengan membangun rumah. Nggak cukup niat aja. Ada juga yang bilang, cukup duduk berjam-jam di depan komputer, sedikit demi sedikit novel yang kamu inginkan muncul di layar itu.

 Apa pun mitos yang berkembang di luar sana, satu hal yang aku percaya: novel yang nggak direncanakan biasanya punya kemungkinan besar jadi tak selesai. Bisa jadi karena mendadak terkena ‘writer’s block’, bisa jadi juga tiba-tiba kerasukan ide keren lain yang membuatmu sontak berkhianat dari tulisan yang sedang kamu kerjakan.

 Menulislah dengan plot. Dan ini beberapa argumen kenapa aku menyarankan cara menulis seperti ini:

    Membuat plot membuatmu jadi lebih percaya diri. Biasanya, saat pertama kali merasa punya ‘ide’ untuk tulisan, kamu merasa sangat bersemangat. Tapi, karena menulis novel menuntut urutan kronologis yang jelas, hukum sebab-akibat dalam setiap scene-nya, ide yang keren pun perlahan-lahan tidak terdengar sekeren di awal. Kamu bisa menghindari ini. Dengan menerjemahkan ide menjadi plot, kamu menyelamatkan nyawa cerita itu sendiri. Kamu jadi tahu pengembangan apa saja yang kamu butuhkan untuk mematangkan ide yang tadinya terkesan simpel itu. Writer’s block? Minggir!
    Menulis dengan plot membantumu menulis dengan cepat. Berdasarkan pengalamanku menulis, plotting membantuku mempersiapkan ‘riset’ apa saja yang aku butuhkan untuk memperkaya cerita. Jadi, nggak dikerjakan sambil jalan seperti yang teman-teman pikirkan. Selain efisien, aku juga nggak diburu waktu. Dan menulis tanpa beban itu menyenangkan lho!
    Menulis dengan plot ibaratnya seperti memulai perjalanan dengan peta. Kamu tahu habis ini mau jalan ke arah mana, kapan belok, kapan memilih jalan memutar. Menulis tanpa plot membuat tulisanmu dalam keadaan autopilot. Kamu menulis sekehendak naluri sendiri. Which is a good thing—kalo kamu siap buat menulis ulang (rewriting). Menulis dengan gaya autopilot punya kemungkinan besar untuk revisi besar-besaran dan itu, ugh, buang-buang waktu sekali.
    Menulis dengan plot membantumu menyiapkan karakter-karakter pendukung dengan baik. Semua tokoh di novelmu ‘berguna’ dan kamu juga bisa menyiapkan exit door buat mereka. Jadi, nggak ada tuh ceritanya menulis tokoh tiba-tiba ‘ke luar negeri’ atau—ini lebih buruk lagi—dibuat ‘mati’ karena nggak ada ide harus diapain lagi. Cih.
    Menulis dengan plot membuatmu lebih bersemangat mengerjakan novelmu. Saat proses menulis mulai terasa berat, atau situasi psikologis membuatmu hilang mood untuk menulis, cepat-cepatlah intip plot yang kamu buat. Bisikkan pada dirimu sendiri, “Nanggung, tinggal 5 bab lagi kok. Ayo diselesaikan!” Hayo, gimana coba kamu bisa tahu novelmu tinggal sisa beberapa bab lagi kalo nggak bikin plot? :D
Title: Re: Helpful articles for writers
Post by: PengenjadiSW on March 07, 2013, 08:34:59 pm
thanks ya ilmunya. kalo sy entah apa yah? kok kalo ada sempat u/ nulis, tapi mumet. tapi kalo lagi sibuk2nya misal lagi ngerjain tugas kuliah, eh malah ide2 tuh muncul n ngedorong gw bwt nulis. hadeuh, ni otak gak bisa dikompromi.
Title: Helpful articles for writers
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