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    1st person writing?

    I'm trying to teach myself how to write creatively. Actual stories. Thing is, even stories I find I often want to give a slightly journalistic bent, write in the first person, as if I were the character or the character was his own author/narrator. I like writing fake news, and yes, that includes fake furry news, because furries are often fake and because I really fucking miss Colbert and Stewart. And a lot of furries will never read the kind of shit I read, but they sure like to read about themselves. And I mean I like to sometimes go as far as to write in a newspaper format, telling a fictional story. It's all for a purpose though, I actually need to be able to do all these things because pretty much all the kinds of shit I really want to do down the road, mostly comics, makes heavy use of these devices. Some books even have books within books and the fictional books usually have a way different style or are presented as actual books, visually, to make them stand out (Nineteen Eighty-Four has one and it's actually the scariest and most believable part of that book).

    But do furries generally give a shit about these departures from the more straight forward, fan-fic style of writing I seem to mostly come across? I mean I get that that's how most fiction is written, especially furry/fantasy stuff, but it's not the only way to tell a story and especially with yiffy stuff it seems like there could be some untapped potential because, for example, some furries like pretty risque shit that chances are pretty good would sound even more pornographic if it were told by one or more of the characters, or by another character recounting what happened.

    I dunno, it's just, I know writing is kind of a small pond in furry anyway but a lot of that is probably because people who could write and kinda want to don't really have too many ideas for how to do anything different than the next guy, or how to easily pick a style and stick to it when their influences come from some pretty different/conflicting styles. But if no one cares about that stuff I guess it'd be just one more reason to dive head-first into trying specifically to write a comic because that already has no one set-way of doing it and I'd never want to post that until I was actually a finished work.

    Actually I'd post a thread asking advice on writing for comics but again, there doesn't seem to be one approach universally accepted/adopted by all the way there is with everything else. Movie scripts I know don't all have the exact same approach but if you're writing one you know it's shit if even you yourself can't act it and recite it. Writing for video games is probably more standardized. You don't really get to rehearse a comic. But certain types of writing along with just drawing in general seems to come pretty close.

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    Fake news article isn't something I see too often. As for whether people would care to read it, or care generally about departures from standard storytelling, I honestly couldn't say. I think partly the prevalence of 'fan-fic' style (as you put it, which is probably accurate) is that it's the most straight-forward and easiest way to start out writing stories in general, since you have lots of other work to springboard from. But people do appreciate originality here and there, so it's always worth a try. At the very least it could serve as a good first draft of a more fleshed-out comic idea later on, if that's the route you choose to take.

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    Furries primarily care about smut. If you can work that in, you have the audience, regardless of format or other content.
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    I used to hijack other people's threads like this, didn't I? Yeah, I can kinda see now why people thought I was an asshole.

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    You're asking in that almost-english you constantly write in what furries want to read, and if they'll read something that is apparently a first-person journalistic narrative. You also say that you're open to inserting smut since you think it'll be more compelling if written that way. I gave you the most straightforward answer I could. If you don't like it, don't shoot the messenger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeenageAngst View Post
    You're asking in that almost-english you constantly write in what furries want to read, and if they'll read something that is apparently a first-person journalistic narrative. You also say that you're open to inserting smut since you think it'll be more compelling if written that way. I gave you the most straightforward answer I could. If you don't like it, don't shoot the messenger.
    And you're writing in the style you always do to insert your own negativity into threads that aren't negative. Maybe one thing I wasn't clear on was the intent at the time. I'm not really open to writing smut as much as writing about smut. Yeah, that essentially means writing smut at least some of the time. And I get that you think that's all furries care about because that is all a lot of furries care about, but I think it's pretty obvious you care more about blurting that out than actually offering advice which I'm pretty much done seeking here because the truth is, the one thing I really want to write about is something I'm going to have to figure out on my own and share with the few people I can trust before I try to post it anywhere. SoFurry is more writer friendly in general so I'll probably stick to that for those purposes.

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    First of all congratulations, the first step is to learn that you write for yourself, not what sells or what others want you to write.
    Next, even though a lot of furries do look for that sort of thing, not all do. I hope that you find your voice as a writer.
    Good luck to you and i will be looking for you on SF.

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    I've written in first person for a sort of fake journal for my character.

 

 

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