Share a Bit About Yourselves

7 years ago | Tartra (Member)

I'm gonna get the ball rolling:

There's a huge potential for this community. It's small, but what it can make up for in size is a tight-knit group. I'm not saying we should all be best friends or anything, but I'd like to get to know some of you and - most importantly, because it's why we're all here - some of your work. You know, the behind-the-scenes elements that your story wouldn't get into.

The point of this is to give us a springboard to understanding each other better and hopefully gives us an idea of the types of personalities we're now calling our peers. I've scribbled out a few questions we can answer to break the ice; add more in or leave some out if you'd like.

1) Your name/penname/handle and title of your serial.

2) How long have you been writing this serial?

3) How long have you been writing at all?

4) What's your earliest work you can remember (bonus: how terrible was it, can you share it with us and what were the best lessons you learned)?

5) Why did you pick serial writing?

6) How did you find WebFictionGuide?

7) How much of your story draws upon people in your life, places you live or places you've visited?

8) What are you proudest about in your writing?

9) What are you the most unsure about?

10) Congratulations! Your serial has just achieved all the success you dreamed about! What does that mean for you?

The Other Kind of Roommate — Like Fight Club meets X-Men meets The Matrix meets Superbad.

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  1. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    1) Tartra, writing 'The Other Kind of Roommate'.

    2) Almost one year on the website it's hosted on, but about three (maybe four) years as the one-on-one roleplay I originally started it as.

    3) Since I was maybe 10.

    4) I - uh... took a pad of paper and wrote a weird mystery noir play for my Pokémon dolls that I pretended were the characters from the first season of Digimon. There was something about a poisoned fish killing some guy, and my Pikachu plush and Dragonite keychain were detectives solving it. Or some crap. Guys, it was awful. It was, however, the start of a dead-eyed focus on dialogue. It's somewhere, I think.

    5) I already did a lot of horrible FanFiction and FictionPress writing (Yu-Gi-Oh got my thirteen year old brain juices flowing. Go figure), so I'm used to writing installments. Mostly, I figured TOKoR would be a hobby that I didn't want to invest in as something I'd actually publish, so I wanted to share it right away rather than let it die in a drawer.

    6) Reddit. And then a loooot of searching around Reddit for FictionPress alternatives, which took me to 'web fics', then /r/webfiction, and then here:

    7) My characters live in Ottawa. It was always a made up city without a name in the roleplay, but now it's Ottawa. And nobody will know until my characters head to New York and go, "Oh, isn't it amazing to be in the States," to which everyone else will go, "Whhaaaaaaa? We're not in the States already?"

    8) My dialogue. It sounds natural, and it's got a funny wit to it.

    9) My pacing. With how seriously I've started taking TOKoR, I've noticed the audience has been waiting a while for it to 'start'.

    10) I'm on writing panels talking about serials, people draw fan art and write fan fiction for me, I've got fan sites for some of my characters, I have each arc in the story published as an ebook with kick-ass cover art, and I've got a fully developed community waiting for the next installment. So the Order of the Stick, basically.

    The Other Kind of Roommate — Like Fight Club meets X-Men meets The Matrix meets Superbad.
  2. Taulsn (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    1. Taulsn I'm currently writing Raising Angels and Defection

    2. Since last march, my anniversary of my first post was the 17th.

    3. I did some stuff when I was younger, but nothing of significance.

    4. I don't speak about this ever, but one of the characters is going to show up in my next serial.

    5. I blame Tieshaunn and Wildbow. Wildbow because he's responsible for me getting interested in web serials in the first place, and Ties because it's through him that I found what would later become the Coven (name subject to change).

    6. Wildbow again

    7. None of it really, maybe some background stuff but I try to write well out of my established experiences.

    8. Nothing, it all sucks.

    9. Again it all sucks.

    10. I'm going to steal Tartra's answer to this one, and add that I would like to be making enough to live on the beach in Thailand.

  3. Nina Santucci (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    What a fun idea for a thread!

    1) Nina Santucci, I write "Fooled"

    2) I wrote it over the course of 4 months, April-August 2014, but I've been posting the installments online since November 2014.

    3) About 14 years, I think some of my earliest stories were when I was 9, although I wrote one when I was 6.

    4) I wrote a story about a doll I had when I was six as if she were a real person, she had to save her dog (the equivalent of a Beanie animal I had) from some mean girl or something. XD It was pretty lame but you can't expect much from a six year old! I wrote a lot more stories about that doll up until I was about 11, she was the first "character" I developed. In fact when my sister and I played with any toys as kids we did a lot of character and world building which I think has helped a lot in my writing today.

    5) The reason I wrote this serial in the first place was because I had made up the characters of Fooled for a contest on DA, and the more I drew them the more my followers wanted to know about the story behind them. I thought about doing a webcomic but knew I didn't have the stamina to keep it up, but since I had written plenty of serials on, I figured I could successfully pull a non-fanfic serial off.

    6) I just searched "Web serial" or something similar to see if it was common or even if it existed, and it brought me here!

    7) Well, it's a fairytale set in Renaissance Italy so I can't say it exactly draws on my experiences in that area. ;) BUT the idea from my story came from all those years of watching Disney movies, which I still love even at my age now, so I felt equipped to write that kind of a story from that experience. Also I could say that even though they are in a completely different setting, I put a lot of "myself" into my characters. In fact, I would say that Marco and Lucia are the two halves of my own personality, Lucia being more how I actually am, and Marco how I aspire to be. Marco and Leo also deal with conflict badly, just like I do. XD

    8) I think most of my characters are well-rounded and individual. I don't think that if you read a bit of dialogue from one of them, you would think it sounds fake, or like any of the other characters in the story. (I've also never written any of that teeny-bopper Mary Sue type fiction in general.) Also, with this particular serial, I've been glad I've managed to keep to my schedule and put out the illustrations on time.

    9) I think my serial may be kind of generic sometimes - I mean a lot of people write about these deep dark characters with complex worldbuilding, and mine is pretty much an upbeat fairytale. I really think that a lot of people would like to read a lighthearted story, but I sometimes wonder if it is a little immature for the WebFictionGuide audiences...

    10) I guess that it gets thousands of hits per day, that I get fanfiction and fanart and fanvids, that if I put out a hard copy book it would actually sell - and that it gets its own TVTropes page. ;)
    Or, you know, that people actually comment on the installments!

    Fooled - Never underestimate the Jester!
  4. Syphax (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    1. Syphax, I write Stone Burners

    2. I've been writing it for one year and five months.

    3. I've been writing for one year and five months.

    4. The earliest works I can remember are my first couple updates for Stone Burners. I've since at least partially to completely rewritten half of the first six, but I still have the doc with my first ever update with no edits to it.

    5. Wildbow

    6. Wildbow

    7. Very heavily. This is my first time writing and I figured I'd write what I know. I live in Denver, therefore most of the setting is in Denver. That being said, I do fully intend to branch out in my next serials.

    8. Everyone seems to like my characters, so I'd have to say my characters.

    9. Everything else. If I had to pick something it'd either be the title I picked by accident or whether or not I'm too stingy with details.

    10. Even though I'm nowhere near actual success, not much different than now. I do this for fun, and wouldn't exactly feel comfortable with taking peoples' money until I know I deliver a quality product every time. If people enjoy reading my things, that's good enough for me.

  5. Madiha N. Santana (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    1) Dennis N. Santana, author of The Solstice War.

    2) A year and a few months now.

    3) 14 years or so. Started writing fanfiction at age 10-12. I wrote a 1000 page novel at age 15 that was awful.

    4) It was a Neon Genesis Evangelion yuri fanfic. It was really bad, and I don't have it anymore.

    5) I just kinda stumbled into it; I didn't know it was a format until I realized it was and it was what I was doing.

    6) A friend from another forum told me about it one time.

    7) A lot of it draws from my experiences in a nebulous way but not in a concrete way. I've not gone to any places like this but I've studied them (and battles that took place in them) almost obsessively. A lot of the ideological and gender-related things in the story come from me more directly, as well as a lot of the emotional/depressing things. I write from experience in a lot of ways, but again, kinda nebulously.

    8) Two things. I have a recurring cast of diverse characters that I really enjoy writing, so that there's someone there for anyone to identify with. And that I managed not to avoid depicting extended, direct large unit combat like so many other war stories do.

    9) Whether I'll keep growing my readership or become stagnant. I've had HUGE growth in a year, but I see other people growing way faster and I don't really know what to do to match that, especially with how niche my writing is.

    10) An actual discussion or speculation in the comments section of a chapter.

  6. alex5927 (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    1. Alex Davidson, Umbra: Unsanctimonious
    2. Four months, give or take a few weeks.
    3. Eighteen and one half years. I was raised writing.
    4. A short story about a haunted house; actually not bad for how old I was. The plot was interesting, and the characters weren't too bad.
    5. After the short story, I did a blog where completely random things happened, and you had to vote on how it would go. Then, a few years later, I realized it was a thing.
    6. Google.
    7. Only parts of the setting. South Carolina is bae, and small towns are creepy.
    8. Claudia. She's the best. She's also drawn from one of the voices in my head.
    9. Pretty much every other character.
    10. I've just met Stephen King, and he went full fanboy.

  7. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    1. BillyHiggins, Future - Past

    2. In serial form I've been writing it for about five months, posting it since January. But there've been a lot of drafts (it started out as a short story), and the first one of those was about three years ago.

    3. All my life, minus the brief period where I didn't understand words and walking and all that. I remember writing on my mom's old typewriter (it was vintage back then -- I'm not THAT old). I started writing things that I finished in middle school. But even then, I only started writing seriously (perhaps obsessively) in high school.

    4. I wrote bad comic scripts about a superhero named "Animal Man," and then, "The Beast."

    5. Web serials are the future of literature. They haven't gotten anywhere near their full potential, obviously, but I'm excited to see where things go.

    6. I think it was through Star Harbor Nights (RIP), though it might've been through Legion of Nothing. When I was a kid I was really into blogs (still am, actually), and I always wondered why people didn't post fiction on there. I kept typing variations of "superhero blog" and "superhero fiction blog." Eventually SHN showed up in the results, and I immediately fell in love.

    7. Everyone's gay. Even the straight people are secretly gay. I'm worried I can't write straight characters. I just don't understand straight people. Like, what do you mean you're a man who likes sports? Why? WhY are YoU WEARING BASKETBALL SHORTS OHGOD PLEASE STOP.

    8. Character work. Some are stronger than others, but I think I've been pretty good about figuring out what makes everyone tick. I also have a LOT of fun with dialogue, though sometimes I think I have so much fun w/ the dialogue that it ends up being detrimental to the work as a whole.

    9. Plotting. I like camp absurdity, and that means things sometimes get way too ridiculous. Also, I tend to like writing shorter serials, even though success seems to be exclusive to the longer ones. I'm working on that. (I'm thinking my next serial will run for a couple years. Hopefully. Maybe. Commitment is hard.)

    10. I'm making a living writing. The web serial might just be a piece of that income -- I make a not-terrible amount of money for a 22 year-old college-attending copywriter, but it sure as hell ain't a living yet. The point is that the economics of my lifestyle allow me to just sit down and write a lot every day. (Or maybe make it so that I only have to hold a part-time non-writing job.)

    P.S. Tartra I stg I've been thinking about writing a noirish pokemon-esque tale for the past six months. And I love Digimon. But yeah I don't know if I can get away with trying to write it seriously. And I don't even have the excuse of being young ugh this feels like a disaster waiting to happen but I want to do it.

    "Any number of hitlers, are still not my problem." -Tempest
  8. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    @BillyHiggins - If anyone dies from a poisoned fish, my eleven-year-old self is coming to sue!

    The Other Kind of Roommate — Like Fight Club meets X-Men meets The Matrix meets Superbad.
  9. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    Haha, wouldn't be the first time I fought an 11 year-old in court! You'd be shocked by how litigious they can get.

    "Any number of hitlers, are still not my problem." -Tempest
  10. Madiha N. Santana (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    Billy: I deeply empathize with your #7 >_>;

  11. SnowyMystic (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    1) SnowyMystic, Fabled Hearts

    2) I've been writing for about a year and several months, not bad going I feel.

    3) I've written on and off since a very young age, and I dictated a novella when I was a kid, but really, I'd count from when I started Fabled Hearts, I've been consistently writing since that. Before I spent more time whining about not writing.

    4) My earliest work I am not sure about, it was either the stop-motion animation screenplan that was adapted into the novella or it was a massive sprawling epic focused on a bunch of furry and not so furry creatures and their battles against evil huge serpents on a planet not their own that they were colonizing. That story was far beyond my abilities at the time, it might still be. It'd still be the best children's series ever if I did it right and supposedly the novella is ok. All this was probably around my preteen years.

    5) I picked serial writing because ultimately it fits best with how I write, I fought against how I write for years, yearning to write the fat fantasy trilogy. The hilarious thing, is that I now know I can just make fat collected volumes of short stories.

    6) It might have been through Worm, I think Worm was mentioned to by some random internet people I know or something, I can't remember.

    7) It is unlikely that it doesn't draw on reality at all, but last time I checked, I don't live near a chocolate river, or under a leaf covered sky, and I certainly don't talk to gingerbreadmen, I eat them. I haven't met any magicians either. Met a vaguely druidic guy once though.

    8) My Worlds

    9) I actually used to be better at dialog and fight scenes, the ludicrous thing is that a lot of my writing is focused on gaining back what I had as a child, so it makes me a bit nervous. I used to do puns more ;.;

    10) The childhood dream was to make a franchise, the adulthood dream is also to make a franchise. Success of the serial would work nicely there. I just need to overcome the laziness I cultivated and bred throughout my school days. Though I suspect a lot will fall into place once I have my sleeping pattern down to something sane.

  12. SnowyMystic (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    " P.S. Tartra I stg I've been thinking about writing a noirish pokemon-esque tale for the past six months. And I love Digimon. But yeah I don't know if I can get away with trying to write it seriously. And I don't even have the excuse of being young ugh this feels like a disaster waiting to happen but I want to do it. "

    Sorry for double posting, but do it man, the world needs this to happen. Also technically monster battling can totally lend itself to seriousness.

    On the mechanics side, you can just make everyone summoners, and the world is noir monsterpunk. Your TV? Actually a monster. Your car? Not a car, a monster. Your dog? A monster! Your fridge? A monster. Or rather than summoners it could be that all the monsters are grown by SCIENCE! The possibilities are endless.

    There isn't enough of this kind of thing in the world.

  13. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    Honestly, I'm not a "tight knit group" sort of person... I worry those get cliquish. I don't get that vibe here though. Anyway, I'll add my thoughts/experiences.

    1. mathtans, which comes from the OS-tans meme. Initial serial "Taylor's Polynomials".
    2. I wrote it for 3 years. Prior to that I wrote a time travel serial. Now I write a Choose-Your-Adventure style one.
    3 & 4. First legit story was in middle school, a time travel book for English class, self illustrated. Weak plot, but was pretty good, considering. Still have it somewhere.
    5. Serial writing picked me. Like Dennis, I didn't know it was a format, it's just how I wrote. Could be connected to role-play.
    6. Found WFG via Twitter, I think through s-girl.
    7. Like Dennis (again) connections are nebulous. Though Ottawa's likely to be a setting for future writing, for reasons.
    8. I'm good at wordplay, but not exactly proud of it, it comes naturally. I like to think I do good cliffhangers; I have nothing to back that up.
    9. I tend to overuse words, like "just". Also abysmal at finding an audience and self-promotion, does that count?
    10. As others have said, success to me means actual comments or discussion... maybe some actual income made off of it, though I suspect if I have enough readership for that to happen, the crazies will come out too.

    @alex5927: Your voting blog still around? Just curious, as it sounds like what I've been trying.
    The "everyone's gay" problem is also interesting to me. In particular, I worry about writing diversity. Possibly related, my female characters tend to have much more vibrant personalities than my male ones. (Are they accurate? Dunno.)

    Writing a Time Travel serial:
    Writer of the personification of math serial:
  14. Kess (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    1) Melanie Edmonds / Kess, also known as Kessbird in some places
    Currently writing Starwalker, the ship's log as told by the ship

    2) A little over 5 years. It's a bit scary when I think about it that way! Almost to the end of the fourth book.

    3) I've been writing pretty much since I could hold a pen. I used to write on dot-matrix paper, with the cool lines and the holey, perforated edges, stolen from my dad's printer. After we got a computer at home, I started typing up my stories.

    4) The earliest story I can remember was about a young sea monster, something of a cross between a Loch Ness monster and a sea dragon. The story was his adventures on the sea floor, with lots of other little sea creatures. I loved the crap out of that story. I still have it somewhere, locked away on an old floppy disk that I have no way of reading any more. This makes me sad.

    5) After the 2008 NaNoWriMo, I was looking for a way to maintain the momentum of writing that NaNo encourages us to find. I had built up a routine of writing every day on my commute to and from work, and I was looking for a reason to keep that going (giving myself a break is just too easy!). I also wanted a way to get my writing 'out there' - I was a little tired of writing only for myself, and the prospect of toiling away and then trying to get traditionally published seemed like more writing for myself. I was also hoping to build up some exposure and help make myself more marketable as a writer.

    A web serial was the perfect format to do all of these things. I didn't realise just how much there was of it around when I started, but kinda came to it in my own way. (Typical for me to be late to the game!) This started the Apocalypse Blog, writing and posting every day for an insane year.

    6) I was searching around for places to advertise and market my fledgling serial, and stumbled across WFG, probably in a Google search.

    7) My work draws upon my real-life experiences, but not in any particularly obvious way. I don't set out to put people I know into stories, and I tend to stay away from trying to use 'real' settings. The people and places I've known in my life are inspirations; pieces of them will appear in random orders in various stories.

    8) I've made people cry with my writing. That might sound cruel, but it's not that I enjoy upsetting people: it's a sign that my readers are engaged with my writing and my characters, and being able to move people is a sign that I'm doing something right. The reactions of my readers are precious to me. (It's one of the reasons that I adore the comments on my serial: I can see how much the writing is having the impact I hoped it would.) It is a huge compliment.

    9) Almost every post when I'm about to hit 'publish'. There are still some posts that make me incredibly nervous to share, because I'm not sure how good they are or how my readers will react. For example, last week, I did a post in a completely different format and from a completely different perspective to everything I've ever written before. I was really unsure about how that would go across (until the comments started coming in).

    Basically, sharing any new piece of work. And seeing as I like to experiment and try different stuff, this happens a lot.

    10) Success for me means supporting myself with my fiction writing. Web serials are a part of that: selling ebooks, specials, etc. Being able to ditch the day job, selling enough to live comfortably, and getting out there to cons and events (outside of my home city) would be wonderful.


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