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The Co-Write Setup
The Co-Write Setup
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Hello!
Piper Ali
Piper Ali2 years ago
Hey there, and welcome to the Co-Write Setup. I made this Society because I, like many others, know how important it is to communicate and get feedback on what you write. I also made it to meet more people who are interested in writing together, and to give others this opportunity as well. I hope this Society will eventually grow into something larger. Thank you all for joining!
piwoman314
piwoman3142 years ago
Hey, all!

I love to write and have written several things, but the one thing I am absolutely awful at is creating conflict within scenes. I can plot out story arcs all day, but when it comes to ramping up the tension in a scene, I am just flat-out awful. Do y'all have any advice?
Coen Wonder
Coen Wonder2 years ago
What do you guys think about the current collaborative feature on Penana? As of now, the biggest benefit of Penana's collaborative feature is grouping co-writers and idea contributors together to become part of a story (you can see the profile heads attached to a story). The Idea exchange forum also allow writers to set up collab rules and story outlines. Anything you think can be improved?
BattyCrash
BattyCrash2 years ago
I feel like you should be able to switch from being an idea contributor to a co-writer if you decide you want to write an issue.
If this is already a thing, I don't know about it.
Also, to leave a collab if you can't be part of it.
Coen Wonder
Coen Wonder2 years ago
@BattyCrash, Currently only the Story Admin/ Creator can switch an idea contributor to a co-writer vice versa. The admin can also change a collaborator (idea contributor or co-writer) to a past collaborator. Maybe you can notify the Admin to make the changes. If he or she is not responsive, maybe you can send an email to contact@penana.com and penana will make the changes.
BattyCrash
BattyCrash2 years ago
@Coen Wonder, okay, thanks Coen! :)
Jereldbearington
Jereldbearington2 years ago
Hey i have a book i was working on, but i only got to about halfway through the first chapter and went blank. Its basically about special wolves, who have ability's' and if you've read warriors, you kind of have a little bit of how it works. I would love to have some people help me write it.
Piper Ali
Piper Ali2 years ago
I'd help :)
JamayaBear
JamayaBear2 years ago
I'd help, too! ^_^
Jereldbearington
Jereldbearington2 years ago
YES
Piper Ali
Piper Ali2 years ago
where is it? maybe you could send a link cause I ant find it...
MagicInk762
MagicInk7622 years ago
Hiya.

I'm writing a novel at the moment and I could really use some advice. Every time I have tried writing it, I've found that I can only manage to make the chapters two or three pages each (A5, Times New Roman, size 11). At first I was really freaking out about it, trying to figure out how to make the chapters longer, but then I thought maybe I could make the short chapters work somehow. If anyone can help me figure out what to do, I will love you forever and do any editing you could ever want completely free.
Coen Wonder
Coen Wonder2 years ago
What is your target? Let's say how many pages or words? I think many writers either don't know when to stop or run out of things to write. My humble advice is

1. Plan about a message or theme that you really want to convey in this story.

2. When you are stuck, revisit if you have already conveyed the message in the story, if not proceed to conveying the message. If yes, think of another message or simply wrap up the story.

I usually stop when I realize I conveyed my center message. Many times, I figured I in fact conveyed my message in the first couple pages/chapters, the rest are just examples or elaborations. Sometimes I would rather stop wisely and have a complete story, instead of leaving story without an end:)

So revisit your thoughts and hope this helps!

Note: I am not telling you to stop and keep your story short. A story can have several messages, but be sure you check it so that you can make sure you have conveyed it and move on to the next one!
MagicInk762
MagicInk7622 years ago
@Coen Wonder,  thank you for your advice. I know exactly what points I am trying to get across and how exactly the plot of the story is supposed to go. The main issues with the low word/page count are the concern that it may not be enough to get my messages across as well as the fact that it will make it quite difficult to make the large-ish gaps in time that are required to make the story flow properly. I apologise if my reply seems a little rude. I really don't mean it to be. But, really, it does help. Thank you.
Piper Ali
Piper Ali2 years ago
@MagicInk762, All I can really say is that maybe you could add more details about appearances and such. Like instead of saying, for example, "a chair," you could say "a small, blue chair of metal and plastic." But, that might make your story harder to read because it wouldn't be fast-paced enough.

OR OR. Use a bigger font xD
MagicInk762
MagicInk7622 years ago
@Piper Ali, Haha. The bigger font sounds good. I was talking to a friend of mine who is also a writer and he suggested the same thing.
roseofnoonvale
roseofnoonvale2 years ago
I'm at the point in two of my stories where I'm not sure if I need a co-writer, to just ditch the stories completely, or start from scratch. Does anyone else have a love/hate relationship with co-writing. It's a great idea, but I've been ditched by co-writers in the past before, so not sure how well people here are with that.
Coen Wonder
Coen Wonder2 years ago
@roseofnoonvale, it's true that a co-writer can walk away without a heads up. I have the experience before too. But I usually managed to give a story a reasonable ending in the next chapter so it won't be incomplete and unhappy:)
roseofnoonvale
roseofnoonvale2 years ago
@Coen Wonder, I try to do that, but I hate cutting a story cut shorter than originally planned, but I feel I have to finish it for my own sanity.
Coen Wonder
Coen Wonder2 years ago
@roseofnoonvale, I agree with you. In fact you don't have to finish it if you don't feel like it too. The co-writer may show up all of a sudden and publish 2 additional chapters. This happened to me once. Haha. Anyhow, try to enjoy the process instead of focusing too much on the results!
Everleigh
Everleigh2 years ago
Same! I love collaborating with people, but I've been ditched a few times or had people that just won't actually contribute anything.

On another site I'm currently in the planning stages of writing a modern retelling of Elizabeth Bathory that I'm super pumped about with another girl, but she keeps disappearing for weeks at a time and it's testing my patience >..<
roseofnoonvale
roseofnoonvale2 years ago
@Everleigh, a modern retelling of Elizabeth Bathory, that sounds cool.
People not contributing is even wores that those that ditch me in my opinion. If they weren't going to help, why did they say they were going to.
Bluemoon Scriptor
Bluemoon Scriptor2 years ago
Hello fellow writers!

Yes, I am quite late with this - because well, I didn't know about it until yesterday. BUT I would love to help co-write any pieces you throw my way! Anything from poetry to mystery to mythology based pieces.

I also like to proof read stories (yes, I know I'm weird). So call me in!
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