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Author Topic: Once Upon a Time: the Musings of Aiyanna  (Read 2694 times)

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Once Upon a Time: the Musings of Aiyanna
« on: October 13, 2015, 03:31:56 PM »
Welcome

Greetings readers and potential writing partners, my name is Aiyanna. Welcome to my request thread. Before we get in to my story ideas, a bit about me. I have decided to do away with an On and Off thread and instead use this post and the O/o's matrix.

I just passed my fourth anniversary on Elliquiy. I started writing prior to that, but in far reduced capacity and with a lot less skill. My time on E has introduced me to countless talented writers who challenge me to grow as a writer with every post. It's a never-ending journey, at this point.

I actually started writing in my early teens. At least, that's the earliest I can recall writing for myself, writing for the sake of writing, my slowly waking muse whispering in my ear for the first time. I started with poems, but quickly moved to short stories and several failed novel ideas. A decade later, both the poetry and the failed novels remain, but I'm closer to success as a writer every day.

Once Upon a Time...

What I'm really looking for in a story these days, is just that, a story. I want less role play, and more collaborative writing. For example, when you pick up a book in the store and read the teaser on the back or the dustjacket, you get a glimpse of what story the author wants to tell. A world to save, a mystery to solve, a war to win. Something along those lines. There is also often a mention of the relationships of the main character(s), but that is a side plot, not the focus of the story.

Oftentimes on E, when I read plot bunnies and request threads, people are looking specifically for a story that will focus on the relationship between two specific characters or character types. To be clear, I don't have a problem with this, it's simply not what I'm looking for anymore. I'm not all that fussed about the specific character types, what I want to do is tell a story. My focus will be on one of the main characters of the story, my partner's on the other. The focus will NOT be on the relationship between those two characters. If there is a relationship, great, if not, that's fine too!

Sexy times are fun to write. That being said, I find smut-centric plots to be a lot like masturbation: fun for the moment but unsatisfying in the long run. I will NOT write a smut-centric story.

I mainly like to write fantasy themes, both modern and swords-and-sorcery. I like sci-fi to an extent, but the lingo often escapes me. I don't like horror themes at all. Mystery, adventure, romance, etc, are all acceptable sub-themes.

I am starting to shy away from slice-of-life stories. I like magic, and wonder, and excitement. Slice of life doesn't provide that for me.

Recently, I had an epiphany that I think will help me actually finish some stories, in the form of a question. This is a question I will ask anyone who writes with me.

What do you want from the story?

To clarify, when I ask this question, I'm not referring to physical plot elements, or plot themes. I'm asking, why are you writing this story? What do you get out of this collection of characters, themes, and interactions? What do you want out of it? When it's over, how do you want to feel?

Take a moment, and think about it.

For my part, this is what I want, from just about every story:

-Breathtaking action/adventure: I want to feel my heart race. 
-Empathy: whatever the characters are feeling, I want to be able to identify with it.
-Balance: not quite the right word, but, I want perfectly imperfect characters. I want them to make sense, to be genuine, multi-faceted, complex personalities put on paper.
-Closure: I want to leave a story feeling like I accomplished what I set out to do. I want the story to be complete, and not leave a lot of loose ends hanging about.

Set the Stage

I currently have a limited selection of story ideas. Characters, motives, and methods are all up for discussion.

Fall from Grace

An ancient artifact of great power goes missing during a battle between the demonic horde and the angelic host. The angel charged with the protection of the artifact is cast out, and sent to Earth in shame. The angel will do whatever it takes to return home, which means recovering the artifact. But they are weak, and trapped on an unfamiliar plane. Who will come to their aid, and why?

A Knight's Betrayal

In a kingdom where women are forbidden to take up arms, one girl takes the risk of hiding her gender all the way through the rigors of training to become a knight. Shortly after gaining her shield, her identity is revealed, just as the kingdom is plunged in to war. Her greatest friend, the prince, spares her from execution, but will he be able to get over her apparent betrayal when the kingdom needs every able-bodied fighter it has?

In a once plotted, never realized adaptation of this idea, the knight is rescued by a powerful third party, and the prince becomes the villain. How long does the third party protect the knight? How far does the once noble prince fall? What is the knight willing to sacrifice in order to save her home?


Legends in the Making

These are some of my current stories. I am completely open to brainstorming from scratch if my plot bunnies don't hold any appeal. These stories should give a good idea of my style.

A God's Game - w/Delirium147
The Island - w/skyre
The Once and Future King - w/SeraphAzriel
Retribution - w/MisterMagicMan
Stargate: The Fourth Race - w/Ziether
Wild at Heart - w/Delirium147
The Winterkin and the Witch - w/Caradoc



Change Log

19 March, 2018: Completed overhaul of thread, restructured plot ideas, removed o/o thread, linked o/o matrix
« Last Edit: March 19, 2018, 03:23:15 AM by Aiyanna »

Offline AiyannaTopic starter

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  • Gender: Female
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Re: Once Upon a Time: the Musings of Aiyanna
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2018, 01:02:44 AM »
Bumping post-overhaul