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About TheVillageIdiot

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  1. Eighth blinked becoming suddenly aware. How long had it been? He thought, groaning as he looked around the still room. He forced himself to stand, years worth of dust falling from his clothes. He groaned again, his joints protesting, stiff from years of disuse. He began a slow determined set of stretches as he again took stock of the room. Motionless figures covered the room, many on the floor with books in their laps, others standing, or leaning against the dusty shelves. A few were seated in the few chairs scattered around the room. An eerie stillness covered the room, the quiet broken only by the shallow breaths from the frozen people. Eighth took a hesitant step, his feet disturbing the dust on the long-neglected floor. He walked slowly to the desk in the middle of the room, his footsteps echoing off the cobweb-covered walls. He brushed the dust off a book in the center of the table reading the title on the first page, The Knights Awkward: Speak again the hallowed oaths: Books before friends. 17th Shard before the real world. Release dates before birthdays. He looked up again at the still room, This is not right. He thought. Eighth dropped the book back onto the desk with a booming thud, "Too long," he shouted to the quiet room, "have we remained dormant. Too long have we sat in our dusty hall, watching the world pass by! Well no more! We will not sit idle, we will not remain frozen in our stupor! We are the Knights Awkward! and WE are better than this! Knights... Awake!" @Mistrunner @Slowswift @Silverblade5 @Allomancy @Dr. Dapper @Snipexe @Butt Ad Venture I only tagged people that seemed to still be active.
  2. I was looking for something like this for a while but ended up using Tiddlywiki instead. I personally found it way more intuitive, and visually appealing. I also liked the fact that it is all stored in a single HTML file and can be opened and edited from any device that can open a web page. It also has the functionality to work directly from google drive, so I can open and edit it from any device without having to carry it around on a flash drive. I personally write it as if I'm explaining it to someone. I try to be as specific as possible and use simple language to describe things. This is for two reasons: One is if I died unexpectedly, anyone could read it and understand it not just someone who already knows the context. The second reason is I feel that the better I can explain something in simple clear language, the better I myself understand it. And the better I understand it, the better I can write about it. Edit: Sorry about the double post, but I couldn't figure out how to add a quote to my previous one by editing it.
  3. My world-building almost always starts with a single idea. Something simple like "what if there was a world where BLANK" or "I like the idea of BLANK". This idea becomes the "hook" for the universe. The ideas usually come from some aspect of life, like someone will say something that plants a seed in my brain. That seed then bursts into a thought, and that thought won't go away until I've given it a fair amount of consideration. That single thought then turns into a simple idea, "If the world is A, then the main characters must be B", or "I really like the plot idea A, so the world must be B." An example of this is one of my favorite book ideas came from this single thought that I had while driving to work, "If there exists a best of both worlds, then by logic, there must exist a worst of both worlds." The next step is usually deciding what genre the idea is in, and where it takes place. Is it fantasy, mystery, sci-fi? Does it take place on an alternate earth? or on a fictional planet? I like to know exactly where and when my story is set, and what tone I think fits it best. I also like to decide what age range I think the novel targets. This allows me to figure out the finer details of the plot, world, and characters. I usually sit on this part for a while, mulling over various small details of the idea until I get near one of my brothers. (Two of my brothers specifically.) I lead the conversation off with "I came up with a new book idea!" which always causes one of them to groan, he is kind of obsessed with one of my ideas and really wants me to write it (which I am) but he thinks that new ideas delay the writing of the one he likes (which it does ). I then explain the idea, which is still a simple about one paragraph idea. Then the ideas start flowing. It's like a floodgate opening, we start bouncing ideas off each other back and forth until the simple idea has blossomed into a fully-fledged world and plot. Sometimes it takes longer than others, sometimes it takes more than one brainstorming session. But I've found that there's nothing better than a brainstorming session to help turn and idea into a world. Also, there's a fun little improv game my brother and I came up with. It really helps as practice for world and plot building. Basically all you do is look up a random word generator and generate three words (you don't have to use the first three words you get, feel free the keep generating until you find something that catches your eye). For example, here are three words I just generated: Vegetable, Throne, and Loss. Then you take those words and rearrange them into a title, "The Loss of the Vegetable Throne." Then you simply pitch the idea to the other people playing, including details such as characters, plot, setting, etc. (Ironically, I am currently drawing a total blank as to what "The loss of the vegetable throne" could be about.)
  5. Do you think that you can have too many book ideas? I personally don't think you can, as long as you limit how many you are working on at one time. I also plan on becoming a writer for a living, (hopefully) so I figure that at least this way I won't run out of ideas. I currently have 11 separate ideas or roughly 26 books. (Most of the ideas are three book trilogies, one idea is 6, and a couple are stand alone. And one of them is a comic idea, so potentially endless.) Out of curiosity, how many different book ideas do you all have? Edit: Actually, I have 13 ideas. If you count the one that is literally just the title, and the one I just came up with. (Which is what prompted this post in the first place.)
  6. Obviously false, nobody is a better idiot than me. Points for trying though. 2/10
  7. Wounded whales wonder why whiny William walks wildly with wanderlust.
  8. WHow?
  9. *eats a cheese burrito*
  10. Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain.
  11. *casts Worldfire, clearing the board state, and reducing all our life totals to 1*
  12. *taps “Krenko, Mob Boss” creating 12 goblin 1/1 creature tokens*
  13. *forgets what game we’re playing*
  14. I’ll trade you a broken stick for it, but only if you keep the manual. I have an old bone that I think a kandra used once.