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 No.36[Reply]

HELLO THERE. It's your friendly neighborhood Writer, just here to leave a pile of rules to establish a level of standards for those who want to enjoy the board.

  • Division of shit from lit: No flimsy, short, barebones posts that are undeveloped and thoughtless. If you're going to write something, write something. Posting an outline of a story or some ideas and looking for critiques or advice is totally acceptable, though.
  • No smut: I had to think about this for some time. Tasteless fap material is not welcome in /lit/. This isn't your personal jerk-off board. Don't write stories that are sex-centric. Sex is a natural human act so it can enhance a story, but sex itself is never by any means a story. Although, if you must, post it in /ot/. If enough people post their smut there, hell, you might get your own smut board.
  • Content: What is/isn't allowed? The works posted do not have to be related directly to Yume Nikki, although a majority tends to me. I believe as far as writing/literature goes, most anything can find its way here. Talking about books and literature is encouraged, as well!
  • Labeling of NSFW material: Some people don't have strong stomachs or don't like sexual content to your writing. If a post or chapter of a story contains some, please label it as such.
  • Level of maturity: Sure, some writers may not have the technical finesse or prowess of people who have been writing for a while. Still, as long as the fledgling writer is trying their best, don't insult others and instead offer advice. Otherwise, posts will be deleted and you may be banned. Repeated offenses will incur increasing penalties.


That's basically it. Read, write, have fun. :D


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 No.811[Reply]

ITT we write a story one sentence at a time. When you add a sentence, make sure you wait for at least one other contribution before adding another.

>Stepping out of her house, K. noticed a strange shape in the fog.
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>>821
>D-Joe gazes with contempt to K (potassium) as he stares down the melon hailstorm

 No.824

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ENOUGH

 No.825

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>K. runs for shelter in a cave and leaves D-Joe to be crushed by a giant melon, killing him forever

 No.827

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>Approaches

 No.828

I love you guys



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 No.440[Reply]

Pic not related

> If this needs to be moved to another board, please do so. It seemed appropriate to put this in /lit/ rather than /ot/


I was hoping there were some people out there that know of any good writer support groups. I'm currently working on a book, but the problem is that the genre is kind of hard to pinpoint, though it leans toward supernatural overall. So are there any groups that you'd recommend to me?

 No.503

Find a competent forum RPG, make a character, participate, and talk to the other players. That's how I learned to write.

 No.810

If you're fine with a writing group where the writers are from tumblr (this one is a lot less crazy than the ones that allow minors and there are even people there who won't get angry at you for every small "mistake") then ask and I can give you the discord link



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 No.789[Reply]

People often talk about how the Yume Nikki manga was horrible but no one seems to talk about the light novel. Is it any good?

 No.791

In my opinion, no. Its tone is so monotone it gets annoying after 3 lines.

 No.792

Isn't Poniko like Madotsuki's mother here?

 No.806

I was planning on ordering it soon but I haven't been able to find scans of it anywhere. Is it still worth buying?

 No.807

>>806
It's basically a novel written in first person, with a very repetitive tone.
"I opened my eyes. I walked towards the door. I couldn't open it. I turned my gaze over the TV. I decided not to turn it. I walked back towards my bed. I sleep. Now I am in my dream. Now I try opening the dream door. Now I take a pee. Now I watch this. Now I do that. Now I. And then I. I. I."
I honestly got sick before finishing the 6 page.

 No.808

>>807
Is the art good? That's the main reason I'm buying it



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 No.505[Reply]

Recently I had the privilege of reading the masterpiece that is I Want My Hat Back, and its spiritual successor, This Is Not My Hat, by Jon Klaasen. I was immediately overcome with a lighthearted happiness from enjoying this book, and have since been inspired to bring the same to the earth, though it has been hard to hold onto it.

What is your favorite children's book? What were your favorites as a child? Have you picked one up in a while? They are still great, and after having read them at an older age I do appreciate the tact it takes to put together such a delightful book that remains entertaining and a wholesome-feeling read at any age.

 No.523

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My fave children's book was pic related, a strange monster hunting manual that really struck home thanks to the fantastic illustrations. Closely following Where the WIld Things Are and this crazy book about a crocodile and toothpaste, been looking everywhere for it to no avail.

 No.530

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>>523
My savior has been amazon and book swaps/hand-me-down libaries. I also stopped by a toy store a while ago with a couple friends and found awesome books i forgot i remembered.

 No.804

>>530
i loved strega nona as a child, i've never heard anyone else mention it before

hershel and the hanukkah goblins
madeline
the velveteen rabbit
so many others that i can't remember right now

i used to get these children's books about a little witch girl out from the library and i've been trying to remember what they were for something like a decade now

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>>804
…forgot pic



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 No.689[Reply]

Is anyone else reading this? What do you think of it?
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 No.799

apparently more is coming

 No.800

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>>799
More? You mean like a sequal, or a translation of her pixiv thing? Could you post a link please?

 No.801

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>>694
Hey, are you still around? Did you ever get around to doing the translation? Sorry if this is jarring after almost two years.

 No.802

Random anon says, "What does sideboob have to do with loneliness?"

 No.803

>>802
Nothing, but it has everything to do with lesbians.



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 No.709[Reply]

Seeing as this is a YN site, I figured it would be a good idea to ask if anyone here might know of any dream related books. Not necessarily centred around them, but at least having them play a semi-significant role in the book. I'm interested in seeing how it might play out in novel format.
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I know this can be considered a necrobump but I'm interested in this discussion and have a little to contribute. Recently I was looking for books like OP mentions and here is a few I read and recommend (most of them are german but there are surely translations available)

>Life is a Dream by Pedro Calderón de la Barca

>Rhapsody: A Dream Novel by Arthur Schnitzler
>A Dream Play by August Strindberg (was a huge influence to the german literature scene in the early 20th century, together with Freud's work)
>Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse (not solely centered about dreams but the paranormal/psychedelic plays a huge part)
>Kafka's short stories (espescially Der Landarzt)
>The Dream Cycle by H.P. Lovecraft
>The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa

I'll add to this post if I remember/read more.

 No.752

>>750
Wonderful suggestions, The Book of Disquiet and Rhapsody: A Dream Novel seem very interesting. It's unfortunate then that Rhapsody seems so expensive…

 No.766

>>752
Rhapsody is freely available on the net (legally too)
The copyright expired.

 No.778

Finnegans Wake reads like you're in a fever dream, and it was meant to feel like a dream. But its not everyone's taste.

 No.798

The Rings Of Saturn by W. G. Sebald



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 No.767[Reply]

Talk about your experiences with writing or the ideas you got laying around in your head. Critique others and how they could improve.
If you've written something, sharing advice would be helpful (or sharing what you've written)

I admit I have a few problems and worries that I would like to share but I believe I'm not the only one here who feels this way. Most people have one or two ideas they never quite pulled through. Also this board doesn't receive enough love.


Here's my storyidea:
It's about a man who falls out of love with life and decides to quit everything. He doesn't have the courage to kill himself (as that would create a disadvantage/problems to others) so he pursues living a passive life.
He wants to lower his mind, awareness and finally consciousness to the point where he can't be called alive anymore, just existing, and allowing time to wash over him.
So he gets a low effort wageslave job, lives in a tiny apartment, spends his days consuming things that don't require much thinking and he can't get passionate about (commercial movies/sitcoms etc.) and refuses to create anything or attach himself to something he might like..

Turning this into a full book seems difficult so it'll be a short story or novella, possibly like a diary (him writing about his efforts and fears, the ending would be him realizing that his diary is the last thing he is attached to so he stops writing that too)

What do you think? Is a short story the proper choice for this idea? Can you find any immediate flaws? How do I make it most diary-like/what should I be careful of?
I admit I have my doubts about the diary part because I don't think I can do justice to the mental situation of the protagonist and it would also limit my writing by disallowing me any creativity (the MC would write in blank statements and very factual and short)
But turning it into prose seems also quite daunting since it would need the plot to move forward.
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 No.784

>>783
Well, thank you first of all. I have had other ideas, but I wanted to wait until I've heard what people think of this one. Just spewing out all of my ideas seems pointless to me. I admitted to a major weakness for the sake of getting better advice.
>This has overtones of sex involving underage characters. I'm not saying to not do this. I am saying that you should have a good idea of how your audience will react to this.
lol that's the whole point so I don't care. I definitely wont put in an actual sex scene if I do get around to it, because it's not meant to be smut. I also don't plan on publishing it or making any money off of it. I'll just post it somewhere online under an alias and ask people for critique.

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I've recently had a kind of weird, but interesting idea. Basically its a, "subversion", of harem comedies. So the premise is that five monstrous, horrifying aliens or demons or something like that arrive on earth for some reason I haven't thought of yet. Really not important. They have the ability to look like totally normal girls to everybody else and nonverbally communicate with one another. They are all drawn to one boy becuase something about him just seems unusual, but they don't know what. He's just different. They decide to play a game. Over three months they each will attempt to make this boy fall in love with them. The victor gets to kill and eat him. If nobody wins, they'll kill him and nobody gets to feast. The thing that's so different about the boy is that he can see right through their disguise and understand everything they communicate to each other for some inexplicable reason. So now this boy has three months to try to find some way out of this situation without blowing his cover. It's kind of like a reverse Saya no Uta. So ya, does it sound cliche or could it work?

 No.786

>>785
Addition: It would probably also make more sense if the girls were introduced as totally normal and the mc gets his ability after some thing, whatever, happens to him.

 No.787

>>785
What POV is the story seen from?
If it's the guy, how'd the reader know they're aliens disgusted as cute girls if he can see right through them?

 No.788

>>787
Probably the third person. It's kind of stupid, but maybe the main character meets the girls and they look totally normal to him, but then one day he accidentally drinks from one of their water bottles instead of his own, which makes him really sick, but after that he can see their true selves. Maybe as they're visiting him while he is sick, he's like in some kind of a transitional phase where they sometimes look human to him, and sometimes don't, which allows him to connect the dots. Or maybe he finds out through a fever dream somehow. I don't know. How dumb does that sound? The visitations would require the main character to already have some kind of connection with the five(or three, doesn't matter) monsters. Maybe that could be done through a mutual friend.



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 No.779[Reply]

Nekojiru Udon (known in english as Cat Soup) was a manga originally published in Garo magazine. Some of it got translated (http://mangafox.la/manga/nekojiru_udon/) but there was much more that never was to my knowledge. There's a blog that was translating it (https://translatingnekojiru.tumblr.com/) but from what I remember it was a clusterfuck of random pages from different volumes, and now you apparently can't view it without a tumblr account. Does anyone own scans of or physical copies that they could scan of the untranslated volumes?

It was also made into 2 anime. A half hour long film, whch I know some of you have seen already (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlLBX4EIlJY) and a series of short cheap episodes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWnkOvi4i6c).

If you want to know more about the author:
http://www.pelleas.net/aniTOP/index.php/yoshiaki_yoshinaga_on_nekojiru
http://www.pelleas.net/aniTOP/index.php/yoshiaki_yoshinaga_on_nekojiru_pt_2


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 No.743[Reply]

Share em.

>Dagon - HP Lovecraft

One of lovecrafts first published works, and the earliest contribution to the Cthulhu mythos.
http://www.dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/dagon.htm

>A Hunger Artist - Franz Kafka

A man who fasts for the entertainment of the public sees a decline in appreciation for his craft.
http://www.zwyx.org/portal/kafka/kafka_hunger_artist.html

>The Library of Babel - George Luis Borges

A universe composed of hexagonal rooms, each of which is home to four bookshelves filled with books that together hold every possible combination of 25 basic characters.
https://libraryofbabel.info/libraryofbabel.html
(The website hosting the story recreates the library digitally)

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 No.745

>>744
>email
You know you don't need an email to post right?

 No.746

I never understood why people like Borges that much, he always writes so pretentiously. Do the translations carry all that bullshit or they are at least readable without a fucking dictionary?

 No.747

>>746
The people who enjoy him usually don't need a dictionary while reading his stories.

 No.748

>>747
Have you read borges in spanish? I don't have a problem with the words themselves, I have a problem with how he tries to sound too smart with the words and how he bends a simple phrase into something too esoteric and unnatural. Oh behold, I who for one among all mortals is capable of not only writing in such an exquisite prose but one who vaunts of besetting words with empyreal meanings seldom wrought by enthralled humans in the depths of the mire of destiny and creation… can I have my prize now?

 No.749

>>748
No I read it in English like a pleb, sorry.



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