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Jarel Jones

SC2 Novelization
« on: January 28, 2005, 11:39:21 pm »

I've had ideas running through my head for an epic Legend of Zelda fanfic lately, but it occured to me that I'm simply not ready to write something of that stature yet.

So I've decided to try to take on a series of smaller projects over the next few months to get into the groove or writing before I start penning my Zelda fic.  My first project is a novelization of SC2.  Yes, a novelization isn't exactly a small project, but the game itself had plenty of conversations, so I'll have dialogue backup, making it easier than it sounds.  Anyways...

This is highly incomplete, but I wanted to go ahead and at least put something up so I could start getting feedback on what needed to change.

By incomplete, I mean I have all the backstory to put in, which will probably increase what's there by about 5 or 6 times the size. I also need to start introducing more people on the actual ship, which will take another good chunk. And then I plan on stringing this first chapter all the way to the point after you finally set out from the Earth starbase head outsystem, which means maybe 8 or 9 times the 5 or 6 times.

So yeah. Lot more to go before I even finish the first draft. How is it so far?  I'm not satisfied yet, but that's mainly because I have so much more to do.

BTW, I apologize for the rampant angst. Until I started writing, I had totally forgotten that Zelnick, in game time, was supposed to be late teens/early twenties when everything started (I assume). So I felt obligated to include a bit of it.
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Re: SC2 Novelization
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2005, 12:02:54 am »

That was me, BTW.  Forgot to log in.  I thought it odd when it asked for a full name and e-mail address before I posted.  =/
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2005, 01:15:13 am »

Paragraphs 1-3: The backstory MUST come first, logically if not narratively. They have flown in a solar system before, so this is not THAT new to them. That is, it's ok to be in medias res if you at least allow the characters to not be fresh when the story begins.

Paragraph 4: the left of the solar system. Right.

Paragraph 7: DUDE, his angst had to come bubbling to the surface way back when Captain Burton died in a Slylandro Probe attack and he was thrust into the captaincy!! This is NOT the time for it. Anyway, why not get a move on?

Insignificant sector of the galaxy? No... it was not insignificant, it was behind enemy lines, and so cut off from communications.

Nice recap. But if you want to cover that first, TELL it first! Make it the beginning!
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