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Author Topic: Seminar: Character Creation & Applications (Date February 26th, Sunday, 8pm EST)  (Read 4247 times)

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Writers' Seminar
Character Creation & Applications

We will be hosting a new Seminar on Character Creation and the Application process. White and I will be primarily leading this with the assistance of the Review Council; all of us have extensive experience both in receiving and giving character critiques and feedback.

We hope that you'll join us with this special seminar but if you are unavailable we will be posting a written blog article following the seminar.

Please RSVP in this thread and if you have any suggestions for topics to be covered please let us know here.










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Hi, I WILL DO MY BEST TO BE THERE, but girlfriends might happen and I might not?

But I will try.





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I will do my best to Be there as well. Barring you know work decididing to do crazy things (and I'll try and be there early.!)
Discord: HeartQuintessence#6439

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Maybe it could lean towards a workshoppy kind of thing = o=? I dunno, I think workshopping characters could be a good thing to do anyway if people are having characters that they're having problems with... like me, constantly, with the history section of the app 8|





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I like that idea, Roma. I think we'll do the first half of it as a seminar in talking about what we're looking for and different tricks we have but we can open the floor to a workshop on the second half.










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Apologies for the re-scheduling but I apparently didn't consult my own calendar when I made this event. We had something else planned for the night of the 29th.

As such we're going to need to re-schedule this. I have a few things to move around and take care of but we'll get there!










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RSVPing for the 5th.







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Lene, sorry for miscommunication. This won't be on the 5th because as you've learned I'm terrible with a calendar <.< I have another thread open where I'm looking for dates on when people are available and I should be re-scheduling this at some point this week. Thanks for your patience <3










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I should be there, although it depends largely on whether I have access at work.

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I've finally gotten this rescheduled!

Sunday February 26th!










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I MIGHT be there...it's the weekend before my friend's wedding so there may be last minute stuff to accomplish.







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I'll be there, pending my request to get out of work in time. :D

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Reminder that this will be at 8pm tonight.

A blog post has been made in advance of the Seminar and can be viewed here: http://forums.bloodrites.net/index.php?action=blog










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Below are the questions that we fielded during the Seminar.



Question:
Do you guys prefer long or short? when i do short, people tell me to do longer, but when i do long people are like 'it takes me ten years to read your history'

Answer:
The struggle with a character driven concept is making sure that you have enough angles to write with. You need avenues to follow so that you are not boxed into following the singular plot created through the character. I think that the length of an application is meant to be fluid based on concept and character. Some characters can be managed with a simpler application - while others require a lengthier one to justify the concept.

Also the complexity -- a dual or triple caste petition is very unlikely to pass at minimum requirements due to the need to see the true depth of the character.
Let me put it this way: Length for the sake of length will be seen as uncessarily wordy.  Length for the sake of development is what you should strive for.



Question:
i remember a while back some people were discussing making a list of craft strengths/weaknesses, because they seemed like they were getting kinda repetitive. is there any tips/hints/comments the review staff could make on that?

Answer: 3/1










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