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Collaboration on a project for fun?

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction' started by *Definetly Not A Sith Lord*, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. *Definetly Not A Sith Lord*

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    Hello there!

    Long time ago, when I started to take part in discussions on this forum, I began writing Star Wars novels (or so I thought) on Wattpad as a form of fun and expressing my love for Star Wars. Being completely honest: the stories were there (although not always, writing blocks happened) but the fluidity in language, writing etc. wasn't there. I was heavily inspired by Dave Filoni's beautiful 4 episode arcs on The Clone Wars but it didn't work...
    ...as a novel. Some time ago I realized it would be much better as a comic series. Think of the Vader comic as an example of something I aspire to.

    So here is the concept I had for which I wrote one arc but I've had so many ideas for ever since I began doing it:

    Rayner Vorlain, male Jedi in his 20-30's, skilled with the lightsaber...but weak in the mystical. He is quite aware of it, but he tries to repress it and work on his weirdly-weak connection to the Force. Despite being greatly skilled with the elegant weapon, he does not feel happy to take part in The Clone Wars. Contrary to Jedi like Anakin or Obi-Wan, he did not want to even take part in the war. He reluctantly takes a mantle of a general. He starts off very cold to the Clones. His first mission with the Clones is successful but he keeps his cold-demeanor throughout it.

    I think this is enough to get what I mean. I published the first arc on Wattpad last year (or two, I don't remember), but I took it down to work on it. It's something I see as a huge project. My own Project Luminous.

    Collaboration. That's something I think would benefit me and a lot of Star Wars fans around here. We all have our own lives to live so I don't expect this (and you should not either) to be something we work around the clock. For all I know, this project may not flourish. But perhaps we might end up talking a lot about Star Wars and that would be something great for me too.

    This project would involve (at first) three stages, each for every year of The Clones Wars. Then we'd move into The Dark Times.

    So who am I looking for? It'd be better if I said this first: I'm not even 18 yet (going to be this year). If this would somehow discourage you, do as you wish.

    I am looking for people to collaborate on this. To think about story, creation and to express our passion for the Galaxy far far away. Obviously a person good with drawing would be lovely, but I don't expect it to be so lovely from the start, since this is not a job with money in it. It would be like a hobby.

    If anyone would be interested, be sure to send me a message on here.

    May The Force Be With You!
     
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    Hey this sound like you have put a lot of thought into this. Awesome. If you want a sound board to bounce things off of just let me know. @Angelman is also working on a book so maybe reach out to him. @JOSIE has a ton of awesome art. I am not saying they may jump on the team but they are some awesome people doing things you have mentioned here.
     
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    Sounds like a cool premise, Mr. Definitely not a Sith Lord! You've got challenge and tension for the protagonist right from the start, which is a great way to begin. To make it even more Star Wars, you might want to give Rayner and alien or droid side-kick; someone you can use as a exposition vehicle as Rayner & the side-kick discuss or tell one another things. If you go that route, chose a side-kick that is useful and involved in the story, but otherwise try to go for maximum cool/cute & loads of character.

    While I cannot contribute writing to this (i.e. I'm way way too busy), I'd be happy to do some proof-reading/editing if that's wanted? Nothing too long at this point, however, (again, I'm very busy), but a little something I could do.

    As for you being 17, that is (or should) be of no concern at all. Art is for everyone and even if this project doesn't end up being picked up by LFL to be published to rave reviews (hint: It isn't going to, 'cause that almost never happens), art is its own reward and I think you have a very wise & sane take on your ambitions here.

    General hits: Don't bite over more than you can handle. Staring out is easy; finishing is very hard. It is much better to start and finish a short, manageable project so that you can jump onto a new project than to attempt to write LotR right out the gate and run out of steam after a chapter and a half. Actually, since you're thinking of an episodic story, I would strongly recommend that you and your collaborators begin with a self-contained short story. If you can manage to pull that off, you're that much more prepared to take on bigger projects.

    Also, any budding writer could do far worse than watching (and studying) Brandon Sanderson's writing lectures available on YouTube. There are several semesters worth of him teaching creative writing at the Utah U. (I think it is), and they are pretty doomed good.

    Cool stuff, @*Definetly Not A Sith Lord* :) Good luck to you and any collaborators who joins the good fight! :D
     
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    Hey, thanks for your reply. I'm not sure if I'm getting the right idea about soundboarding, but unfortunately I don't think it would work if it goes in the direction of a comic. It's definitely a fantastic idea if the comic would be there, so that there would be extra layers in the aspect of a multimedia experience. But since I don't have anything to offer yet, I don't think it's worth it.
    Thank you so much for recommending @Angelman and @JOSIE !

    Thank you for your reply!
    Thanks for the advice! I definitely need to give him a companion, throughout all Star Wars mediums main character have had alien/droid companions and now that you've mentioned it, it might be a good idea to give him a polar opposite to challenge his views, but also have his back in these dark times.
    I'm certain it won't get picked up. I just feel heavily inspired now by Star Wars Theory's Vader short-movie (perhaps you've seen it too?), which is a fanfilm with plenty of plot-points I wanted to pursue. Heck, I had a fan fiction revolving around Vader's first months after ROTS and it was going to be very much like what he made.
    Thank you for the advice. This does sound much better than pursuing a growing project that I had in mind here. It would be like creating the first few episodes of The Clone Wars and then not being able to force Ahsoka into becoming as likeable as she is today. I'll adjust my plans and think of a self-contained series of anthologies to start it off. If it'll go well, my dream could fulfill one day :D
    Once more: Thank you guys for your kind responses. They mean a lot. I hope more people will respond here, cause at the end of the day I'm more interested in having fun along the way with fellow Star Wars fans!
     
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    An anthology of shorts is a very good idea to start. This means you can even begin writing 2-3 stories at once, if that's your style and you're bubbling over with creativity, and what's more, since it's a collection of shorts you can begin to write your own while you wait for others to join in. (And, it is much less daunting for others to give it a shot if you aim for short stories, too).

    As for the side-kick (often referred to as "the Watson" in writing circles), perhaps it would be interesting if your protagonist is the alien and his (her?) side-kick the human? Just a thought.

    I have seen the Vader episode from SW Theory, and I thought it was pretty good indeed. I'm looking forward to the next one. That said, I would personally write something completely original, rather than basing my tales off of plot points from others, only because it would be easier to avoid any canon mistakes/oversights that way, you wouldn't risk your creativity being hamstrung by the confines of the source material, and because SW is a huge place and there is so much you could explore outside of the Skywalkers & Co. That said, whatever inspires you is good :)

    So yeah, don't wait for response here; start write at once and see where it goes. Once you have a short nailed down, I could make an edit run and do some commenting. You could also post a short here (although, people do tend to not read long posts on forums). In any case, go for it, broh :)
     
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    Oh I don't want to take plot points from others. I mentioned Star Wars Theory's work as an inspiration through it being his work that many have not believed to be possible to create. And it also happened to be an idea I had years ago with the fan fiction I was writing.
    I'll do as you said: start from short stories and move forward from there. Thanks for all your contribution here!
     
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    This is why I knew I could point him in you direction, my rock god friend.
     
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    Hey there man! I've always been fond of writing my own projects, from novels to screenplays. I'd be really interested to help you out and collaborate on this! It sounds like a really cool idea with flexible story options.
     
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