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Calling Collaborative Writers Looking for Work

Posted by Nuile the Paracosmic Tulpa , in Wordsmithery Aug 18 2012 · 1,169 views

A while back in a dazzling epiphany I got this idea for an epic, but alas I doubt very highly if I should have the time to write it. I'm busy with other, more important literary projects. However, if I find enough interested parties, I'm sure I could find the time to take it in shifts with them to write this.

In other words, I'm asking you, my adoring fans harsh critics gullible followers dear friends, if you would like to partake with me in telling a new tale.

Now, I admit it's not the most original idea, and stories akin to it have probably been done before. But I think it will be fun to write, and I think I have some pretty good twists up my sleeve. It's all about the peripeteia.

Hundreds of thousands of years have passed since Teridax's defeat, and the peoples of Spherus Magna have constructed a massive, sprawling city where all live in peace, harmony, and prosperity. The Council of Four leads the city wisely, and the Atero Eight with their forces guard the city from outside dangers and maintain order within.

But times have changed. Mata-Nui has not been seen since his disappearance, and the Great Beings have abandoned them. The Toa are a dying breed. The eight Toa guardians and the Turaga council are the only remnants of the species. Even then, the Council is under the thumb of the Atero Eight; the ruthless, arbitrary dictators of the city. Beneath the peace, harmony and prosperity, the people live in constant fear of their oppressors.

Spherus Magna's past has been long forgotten. The old legends are faded memories in the minds of only Atero's eldest, and even they question the validity of their remembrances. But when the time comes to stand up to the greatest challenge they have ever faced, from which not even the Atero Eight can protect them, they will need to look to old legends and rediscover ancient principles. And what one Matoran finds may just make him the greatest hero the universe has ever known. . . .

And there's your nutshell. I think there's potential. But potential "is all the same. It merely matters how you use it."

So if you might like to get in on this, if you would like to uplift your pencil alongside my own in battle, comment here or PM me. Once we have enough writers we can start discussing a few details and then getting writing pretty soon, I think.

Sincerely, Nuile: Lunatic Wordsmith :smilemirunu:

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How many writers would you be looking for, just to get an idea?
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Aug 18 2012 02:12 PM
I would love to help, but I'm busy with other writing projects, so I won't have the time. Good luck with recruiting writers!
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Basically what LL said. I've always wanted to do a big, collaborative novel, but right now my personal writing projects take priority, unfortunately. All the same I echo LL and wish you good luck!

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I'd love to. I have plenty of time, and actually need a break from my own projects.
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Nuile the Paracosmic Tulpa
Aug 18 2012 07:24 PM
In answer to Aderia: Two, three, four, five as a limit, I think.

In response to both Legolover and Velox: I can entirely understand that. Thanks for the good fortune!

In response to AZ: Great. :) Glad to have you aboard.

Sincerely, Nuile: Lunatic Wordsmith :smilemirunu:
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Aug 19 2012 06:01 AM
Ooh, I like the sound of where this story could- wait...

Pencil battles? I haven't pretended my pencil was a sword since, like, forever! I am sooo doing this! I STAB AT THEE WITH GRAPHITE! XP

But seriously, this sounds interesting. I'm not too sure how well the styles would mesh, but I've had some decent reviews from my epic. Heck, I need to start that thing back up...
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Nuile the Paracosmic Tulpa
Aug 19 2012 03:46 PM

. . . That can't be right.

Okay, you're in. But I'll have to carefully analyze your style and skill level and insure that you're of a worthy level. Glad to have you! Don't make me regret it. Welcome to the team! >:K :D

Sincerely, Nuile: Lunatic Wordsmith :smilemirunu:
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. . . That can't be right.

(Also, one cannot "uplift" a pencil--unless they use very encouraging words.)

What I'm saying is: if you'd like an editor or something like that, I might be able to help. Other than that, I don't think this is really my sort of thing. :shrugs:
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Nuile the Paracosmic Tulpa
Aug 19 2012 04:07 PM
I use archaicisms chiefly for comical effect and therefore was not trying to implement proper grammar. Moreover, uplift has a physical as well as a spiritual sense, though I admit it's a moderately unconventional way to use the word. Besides that, this is my web log. ;D Only I and other similarly annoying green people are allowed to sass me.

Seriously though, I appreciate the offer. However, I think that with five writers to watch out for mistakes, we'll get along fine. :) Thanks anyway.

Sincerely, Nuile: Lunatic Wordsmith :smilemirunu:
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Aug 20 2012 12:03 AM


. . . That can't be right.

Okay, you're in. But I'll have to carefully analyze your style and skill level and insure that you're of a worthy level. Glad to have you! Don't make me regret it. Welcome to the team! >:K :biggrin:

Sincerely, Nuile: Lunatic Wordsmith :smilemirunu:

I take a flesh wound. D=

You know, I almost feel like you're sending me mixed signals... XP

Wahoo! Hmm... Should we have some sort of brainstorming meetings?


Only I and other similarly annoying green people are allowed to sass me.

Woot! That means I can sass you all I want! ^^
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Nuile the Paracosmic Tulpa
Aug 22 2012 12:04 PM
I reckon it's me, Tekulo and AZ. Let the fun begin!

Sincerely, Nuile: Lunatic Wordsmith :smilemirunu:
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Dramatis Personae


A young man with his feet on the ground and his head in the sky, and an inclination to implement the occasional headstand.

Nuile, Wordsmith

Penman of a number of BIONICLE and Neopets short stories, as well as three epics, based respectively on the aforementiond and Avatar: The Last Airbender. This writer has also penned a full-length mystery novel, a work in progress pending final revisions and publication.

More than that, the BZPower League of Authors was his brainchild, which he has developed into the Ambage with the help of Velox, Cederak and 55555. This refuge and practice arena for writers is open to all with a penchant for the literary arts.

Nuile, Bibliophile

For him to select a favorite book, or a favorite writer, would be impossible. But of the latter, he most admires Dame Agatha Christie, Wilkie Collins, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harper Lee, C.S. Lewis, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Sinclair Lewis. Favorite books he includes in this chart:

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

The Moonstone (Collins)

Murder on the Orient Express, Death in the Clouds, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The Clocks (Christie)

The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Lost World (Doyle)

Out of the Silent Planet (C.S. Lewis)

Free Air (Sinclair Lewis)

The Bat (Hopwood and Rinehart)

The Nine Tailors (Sayers)

Nuile, Cinéaste

This fellow thinks the world begins and ends with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Before its birth, however, he confesses that Sam Raimi and David Koepp's Spider-Man, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer's Batman Begins, the Indiana Jones series, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins were films more than worthy of watching.

Nuile, Television Viewer

The Dick Van Dyke Show by far surpasses any television show produced prior or hence. Father Knows Best, Leave it to Beaver and The Andy Griffith Show are excellent series from a similar time frame. MacGyver is hard to beat. Diagnosis Murder, Monk and Murder, She Wrote are his favorite mystery series. In animation he most enjoys Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel; Batman: The Animated Series alongside Batman Beyond and The Batman; Phineas and Ferb, one of the most creatively funny cartoons he has ever seen.

Nuile, Cuisinier

Asian and Italian foods may be his enthusiasms, but he's not above a juicy burger or a spicy taco. As far as his own cooking, he oft gets more adventurous than his family appreciates, though when he behaves he can conjure a reason for your taste buds to celebrate. By far his favorite meal: Thanksgiving 2011, consisting of Paula Dean's Indian Succotash, Grean Bean Casserole, Orange Corn Bread, Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Coconut Biscuits, and Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes.

Nuile, Musicologist

He pleads guilty to sheer ignorance, unworthy even of being called an amateur in this department. But dramatic scores and profound lyrics top his charts. The Impossible Dream from The Man of La Mancha and I Can Go the Distance as performed by Michael Bolton are cited as his two favorite songs, amidst much of Celtic Thunder's work.

Nuile, Gamer

Disney's Epic Mickey, the Kingdom Hearts series, and the Pokémon series are the only video games he considers worthy of notation.

Nuile, Sportsman

As fast on his feet as he is between the ears, he enjoys games of muscle and of strategy. Physically, he likes most to play football; but nothing beats a game of chess in his book.

The Art of Writing

It is my belief that a writer should be above human emotions, desires, vices, flaws; a writer should be almost superhuman, something like a monk. However, like monks, this is not an attribute that comes naturally, rather an ability that must be worked at.

More tangibly, one of the most important characteristics a writer can possess is tenacity. An artist's life is never an easy one. An artist presents themself to the world, and ineluctably there will be critics alongside the fans. But anyone who knows real love won't let it be quelled by what others think. Never give up, never despond. So maybe nobody's perfect; I'm not, and I never will be. But an artist, like a monk, is one who always strives to improve her- or himself, who never ceases to reach for the unreachable. Every amelioration is an achievement. And every day a writer achieves something merely by writing, for every word written is a word toward amelioration. If you are good, you can always be better; if you are great, you can always be greater.

What matters most for writers is that they take pride in their own own work. Ultimately your biggest fan and your biggest critic is yourself, and that's who you have to please the most. No artist truly passionate about their art does what they do for someone's approval or just to get paid. At the heart of every artist is a person who does what they do because they love to do it. I'm an artist; I'm a writer. I don't stop trying to get better, I don't stop striving for perfection--but I enjoy every step of the amelioration process, I appreciate every improvement, and I am always happy with where I am, yet always be eager about where I'm going. Writing is a journey with no destination. Writing is a quest without end. Writing is spiritual nomadism.

And it's not easy. It's frought with difficulty, trouble, disappointment, and grief--but a journey without end gives its reward not in the destination but in every step of the path.

Yet I have not even touched upon just what a writer is; which is because a writer, simply put, is everything. A writer is an artist, but also a psychologist, and a logician, a philosopher, a scientist, an adventurer, an inventor, a politician, a magician, and multitudinous others. A writer is everything because they write about everything. "Write what you know"; that's not the rule I live by. "Know what you write," that's my creed. Writers know a little about everything, and everything about a little. And when they don't know . . . they read!

That's a writer's life. It's the kind of life I love. It's a wonderful gift. A writer's life is the kind of life I live and always will live. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

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