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  1. 2 points
    Hello I’ve been researching machine creativity and I ran into a few interesting articles that I wanted to share with everyone! If you don’t know, machine creativity is exactly what it sounds like it is: teaching computers how to create art in any form. It’s a very complicated field, because if you think about it, all computers are are mega-powerful calculators with lots of memory. How in the world could they write stories and poems and draw pictures? The answer is through math! I know that that may seem a little counterintuitive because math is literally one of the most concrete things out there and I think everyone would agree that art is the exact opposite. But there’s always an underlying logic behind all the art that we create; though our brains work in mysterious ways, every facet of a story/artwork we created is always the result of a decision tree—whether subconsciously or consciously, we always intend to make the decisions that we do when creating art. Decision trees are really good for computers—computers love decision trees since they’re essentially just big conditionals, and conditionals are only true/false, and that’s binary, so that makes computers very very happy Anyway, I was researching some of the things that computers have created, and found about something called NaNoGenMo (National Novel Generating Month), which is like NaNoWriMo, but instead of you writing the novel, you write code to generate a novel. I think it’s a really cool idea and there were some very amusing examples in this Medium post. My favorite was “Twide and Twejudice”, which is Pride and Prejudice but with Tweets as the dialogue But let’s be real, those novels really aren’t that comprehensible. I did a little more digging around and found something even cooler, a web app called word.camera, which takes in a picture and then outputs a poem based on what’s happening in the picture. (Just so you know, this is definitely not an easy thing to teach a computer to do!). Machine creativity isn’t limited only to the written word, though; as I said before, machines have been to taught how to create all sorts of art. The coolest, in my opinion, is the visual art. For instance, Google DeepDream is a research project by Google which looks at any arbitrary image you give it and finds other images inside it. Here’s an example: It’s kinda beautiful, right? And definitely a little surrealistic. Essentially, DeepDream reverses the process of recognizing objects in order to create objects that aren’t there. Even cooler, Sony CSL is leading a project to develop AI that can create music—they’ve already generated a song called “Daddy’s Car”, which is...a little odd, but that’s understandable, considering it’s coming from a computer haha! Anyway, this was very random, but something that I thought would be interesting to share In particular, this was interesting for me because I’m always trying to reconcile the two sides of my creativity, the science side and the writing side. I guess, in the end, the two sides aren’t all that different! In the end, whether I’m writing a fic or writing code, I am just stringing words together to create some sort of meaning.
  2. 1 point
    Throwing in my two cents. (Knuts? :P) I love it when people flip clichés on their heads. So your original idea sounds like fun. BUT, more important than that, you have to be excited about what you're writing, or you're never going to find the motivation to write an idea you're not attached to anymore. Sometimes your ideas of how a story will turn out end up changing as you go along and that's perfectly fine. I can't count the number of times that's happened with one of my WIPs. So if there's a different direction you want to take the story now, do it. I think the most important thing is that you like what you're writing. Whichever direction you take the story, I'm sure I will love it! (Also I 110% feel you on the 'how do I write fluff' thing because IT IS DIFFICULT. :P) As for taking the story off the archive - I'd say it's perfectly fine to keep it up there and edit your currently posted chapters without removing the story, which will make it less likely that you'll ignore/never go back to it :P. You can just make a note that the chapter has been edited. Hope this helps!
  3. 1 point
    I would definitely keep the story posted. I will say that while it was not the wholesale story-line for me, I have gone through something similar with Evolution that seriously delayed it - being really dissatisfied with poorer quality writing at the beginning and some mid-story chapters to the point I honestly didn't want to continue without editing. While HPFT's arrival allowed me to post the edited version here, I just noted on other site summaries that the story was undergoing revision and focused on that until I was satisfied. Even if it's largely a re-write, I think that's okay and can maybe satisfy the motivational need to keep it up and the desire to make it the story you want while providing old/current readers warning. The story obviously should be what you want it to be though - and if you've visualized the story changing significantly and that feeling has stayed with you for some time, I think you should make the changes. If people can't respect that, it's their problem.
  4. 1 point
    My advice is definitely going to echo that, but yeah, it's your story. I don't think shock value is the best thing to base it off of necessarily, but for me I think you should write your characters however your heart desires. Also I totally love characters that are best friends that you ship together but then they find happiness in themselves/someone else. I have this in my OF and I know people will ship them together (and I'm totally cool with that), but in the end I feel like I know my characters best and what would/wouldn't work for them. And HEA can get old quickly. So as a reader of your adorable story, Jannah 100% doesn't have to happen (or be permanent) for me to still love it. You can always pen a short AU after you finish it if your readers throw a fit.
  5. 1 point
    I would say it's your story so tell the story that you want to tell (regardless if that's a fluffy story or not). that's important for any writer that you're true to what you wanted to do with the story (not what you feel readers may want really..) . Personally, I really enjoy the idea doing something a bit different with the ending like you said changing the trope to be your own/not so clique so I would be on board with that ending (I feel like it'll be memorable to do something like that. it'll be memorable either way as it's so well written). I think I've read maybe 3 chapters of this story at the moment so I'm not fully up to date with the story. I think you need to think carefully about what your vision for the story is. Obviously figuring that out is the key (probably easier said than done! sorry.) I think that you should probably keep in on the archives like you said for motivation to finish or at least keep the story in your thoughts still. Hannah is an awesome character who needs an ending! I'm so sorry as I realise that this is really unhelpful post ha ha but good luck with finding that ending because no matter what you do with it, it's going to be wonderful as you're such a good writer and you're going to make this work. I believe in you <3
  6. 1 point
    This is so cool - thank you for posting it! <3
  7. 1 point
    Get ahead on Day 1. This will be my 10th NaNo and I have a tradition of doing what I have dubbed "5k first day" every year. One year I didn't start until 2pm and didn't think I'd make it, but I did. The momentum of week one should be used whenever possible. Write every day. If you go one that's one thing, but two or more? That's harder to come back from. Momentum really is key. As Chris Baty says: lower your expectations from best seller to would not make somebody vomit. Don't delete. If you want to redo a scene, you can change text colour to white but don't delete. This doesn't mean don't edit typos - that would drive me insane - but don't delete paragraphs at a time. I agree with @scooterbug8515 that the community aspect in NaNo really is key. It is very different in November than it is during Camp. Make the most of the forums and people cheering you on, whether that be on Twitter or by buddies. People in-person at write-ins are also great. Word crawls are amazing. You get tons of words in, but they tend to be broken into reasonable chunks. I only really got into them the last couple years and they do help. This is also important: no excuses. You can be busy, but that doesn't mean you can't do NaNo if you make time for it. Another Baty-ism: when you have 99 things to do in a day it's easy to make room for one more, but when you have nothing it can be rough to get out of bed and shower by two in the afternoon. I've found this to be true. I've done NaNo in a bunch of situations in my life (my first year was my last year of high school, university, a month of unemployment, and an adult job). Being busy helps. I'm too competitive to let myself fail, especially when competing with people I know who have similar word count goals and speeds. Week 2 blues are a thing. As in, the NaNo book and forums both recognize the week 2 slump after the impressive week 1 go. Push past them. I am a big time NaNo advocate of NaNo. I have nine consecutive wins under my belt, so if anybody wants a "been there, done that" experienced buddy or assurance that they can do it I am happy to keep in contact during November!
  8. 1 point
    Just saw all the notifications for my tags from the Ravenclaw Hall of Fame. I'm so overwhelmed and happy and encouraged by this. Thank you. <3