Creative Gripes Thread

Discussion in 'Make It So' started by KingStarscream, Jan 24, 2018.

  1. LadyNighteyes

    LadyNighteyes Wicked Witch of the Radiant Historia Fandom

    Writing a character whose vocabulary is several shades more florid than mine and being repeatedly failed by thesauruses when I try to find juicier replacements for things I would say that the character wouldn't. Did you know Merriam-Webster straight-up doesn't have "power-hungry" in their dictionary?
     
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  2. aetherGeologist

    aetherGeologist Well-Known Member

    Feet are far too hard to draw.
     
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  3. Sethrial MacCoill

    Sethrial MacCoill Attempts were made

    I’m fleshing out a dnd campaign and I’m so bad at names. I need a name for a kingdom, a king, several bartenders, some crowns guards, some city guards, and a player’s in game cousin.
     
  4. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Can't really help without further info! What's the kingdom like? Time period, location, language?
     
  5. LadyNighteyes

    LadyNighteyes Wicked Witch of the Radiant Historia Fandom

    One useful cheat for General Fantasy Names is to write a description of the thing you need to name, and then use some combination of acronym, portmanteau, and general word games to make something out of it that you like the sound of. So, say, if you want to name the river that runs through the capital, "the river that runs through the capital" could yield "River Ritharu" (river that runs) or "River Rattica" (runs through the capital, plus vowels) or "River Lehstre" (last letter of each word in the phrase going backwards).
     
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  6. Sethrial MacCoill

    Sethrial MacCoill Attempts were made

    I’m mostly taking a break to complain before I tackle the hard parts. Thanks for the offer tho!
     
  7. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Ah, I see! Well, have fun!
     
  8. rats

    rats 21 Bright Forge Shatters The Void

    @Sethrial MacCoill I use this generator for ideas normally!! I either use it as-is or do some tweaking to letter order to make it sound better but it can be a really helpful place to start from, there's a ton of settings to play around with :) eta: this is most useful for things that just Need a Name, Stat like npcs and so on, if you want a Meaningful Name i like tez's idea a lot! using wikipedia and google translate for meaningful names and mushing words together until u get something tasty is good too
     
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  9. Loq

    Loq AND ANOTHER THING (ABOUT PIGEONS)--

    that section of the level up sine wave that's just "I can see everything wrong with my work but not how to Fix It"
     
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  10. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    TOO MANY COMMAS

    PARAGRAPHS ALL THE SAME SIZE

    D I A L O G U E
     
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  11. Hawkeguy

    Hawkeguy struggling to complete this thought

    why is it so weirdly hard to draw comics that aren't just "two upper bodies talking to each other".
     
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  12. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    How can I type for an hour and only have produced a hundred words?
     
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  13. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    I have a much better grasp of what I don't want in a book than what I do.
     
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  14. latitans

    latitans zounds, scoob

    just realized that my favorite line in the first fic i ever finished and posted on ao3, which i thought i had come up with entirely organically and on my own, was in fact accidentally stolen from bojack horseman.

    i was so proud of that line ;n; rip in pieces me
     
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  15. latitans

    latitans zounds, scoob

    if anyone's curious the line is "Yeah. He was my best friend and he died hating me and nothing I do is gonna change that." from s2e3 'still broken'

    it's an absolute banger of a line tbf, i can see why my subconscious held onto it
     
  16. LadyNighteyes

    LadyNighteyes Wicked Witch of the Radiant Historia Fandom

    I've done that with Discworld lines before. It's always very tragic when it happens.
     
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  17. Sethrial MacCoill

    Sethrial MacCoill Attempts were made

    I really need to start putting my name on things and writing tutorials and stuff. Last night was the second time in recent memory that someone has sent me a tutorial to something I invented. So far we have a keychain QR code and a T-shirt and fabric paint tunic.
     
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  18. Jean

    Jean Let’s stop procrastinating -- tomorrow!

    I want to write this but i CANNOT word.
     
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  19. Acey

    Acey optimism and bad vision

    Rating this Agree because that's p much where I've been for the past few weeks and I am not about this life. :(
     
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  20. GlassesBlu

    GlassesBlu I'm a Greg Coded Tom Girl

    My friend compliments my art then insults their own art which is the most annoying god damn shit in the world
     
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