Aug 08 2009

SVT’s Review Forum

Published by at 1:46 pm under Review Forums

What am I trying to write?

I’m trying to write a superhero novel about a guy and a girl, I’m uncertain about the age (it happens), who battle some kind of huge pseudo-army of people. Whether it be a criminal organization or a mystical race of vampires, I am uncertain (there goes that word again).

Who is in my target audience?

Teenagers, possibly college students. Of the older, more mature sort. I don’t intend on making this book full of rainbows and butterflies. Some comparable works would include Animorphs, Maximum Ride, Kung Fu Panda, Fantastic Four, Spiderman, and The Wizard of Oz (I’ll explain later).

How thick is my skin?

If you don’t call my work terrible or anything of the like, we’ll be fine.

11 responses so far

11 Responses to “SVT’s Review Forum”

  1. S.V.T.on 13 Sep 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I’m in between quite a few ideas, all of them involving two friends, a teenage boy and a teenage girl (I hope you see where I’m going with this), who gain superpowers and fight some type of evil collection of persons (i.e. army, corporation, etc.) I have so many kinks to iron out that what you just read is how far I’ve gotten plot-wise.

  2. StarEon 13 Sep 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Hello, S.V.T. 🙂 So you’re starting a story, and you’ve got so many ideas that you’re having trouble stringing them together? Or you don’t have nearly enough ideas, but you DO know you want a male and female pair of heroes who fend off evil jerks?

    Maybe you could start with telling us more about the characters, or listing off some of your plot ideas, or by asking some questions?

    I’m not sure how to help yet, ’cause I don’t know anything about your story or what you need help with! lol

  3. Ghoston 13 Sep 2009 at 5:40 pm

    SVT,
    I agree with StarE, If you are having problems plotting out your main story start with your character’s development and work from there. What are you characters needs, wants, and desires. What problems do they face both as individuals and as a couple/friends. What emotional baggage do they care along with them? Once you know that it is easier to place the characters in situations they either worsen the problem or help them resolve it.
    Anyways, if you give a little more information about what you want to do, people may be able to help you tighten up your plot a little.

  4. S.V.T.on 27 Sep 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Sorry, I’ve been gone so long. The SAT’s stretching me thin. Anyway, to continue with the precedent of other up-and-coming authors on this website:

    What am I trying to write?

    I’m trying to write a superhero novel about a guy and a girl, I’m uncertain about the age (it happens), who battle some kind of huge pseudo-army of people. Whether it be a criminal organization or a mystical race of vampires, I am uncertain (there goes that word again).

    Who is in my target audience?

    Teenagers, possibly college students. Of the older, more mature sort. I don’t intend on making this book full of rainbows and butterflies. Some comparable works would include Animorphs, Maximum Ride, Kung Fu Panda, Fantastic Four, Spiderman, and The Wizard of Oz (I’ll explain later).

    How thick is my skin?

    If you don’t call my work terrible or anything of the like, we’ll be fine.

  5. S.V.T.on 27 Sep 2009 at 1:15 pm

    The two main characters, Michael(Mike) and Gabriella(Gabby), are meant to be foils of each other.

    Michael

    Age: 13-20.
    Gender: Male.
    Personality: Dumb.
    Impulsive. Red Oni.
    Powers: Shapeshifting. Elasticity.

    Gabriella

    Age: 13-20.
    Gender: Female.
    Personality: Intelligent. Cautious. Stubborn. Condescending. Blue Oni.
    Powers: Telekinesis. Telepathy. Astral Projection.

  6. S.V.T.on 27 Sep 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Pardon my screwed up post. HTML is not my strong suit.

  7. S.V.T.on 15 Feb 2010 at 7:53 am

    I’m unsure whether or not to include a third character.

  8. B. Macon 15 Feb 2010 at 8:41 am

    You’ll probably want a third character at some point, but I’d also recommend going back to these characters and developing them more. His personality is “dumb?” That’s it? Okay, umm, what kind of dumb? (There are many kinds of intelligence, like being savvy or clever or great with people or book-smart or mechanically gifted, so I figure there are probably many kinds of dumbness). I’d recommend putting more thought into that. Also, what sort of positive things does Mike have going on? Why will we like him and want him to succeed?

    Gabriella strikes me as a bit less bland but I’d recommend giving her a flaw. Normally, I’d say condescending is a flaw, but if the audience is meant to find Mike dumb, I doubt that we’d hold condescension against her. Something that leads her to make mistakes.

  9. S.V.T.on 16 Feb 2010 at 4:40 pm

    What if she was unnecessarily cautious? She could be so cautious that she’ll wait too long to take action. That’s a reasonable flaw, right?

  10. B. Macon 16 Feb 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I think that could work.

  11. S.V.T.on 18 Feb 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Now about Mike, I thought I included more than just dumb. He is impulsive and stubborn. Whereas Gab might wait too long to act, he might act too soon.

    While he may come off as a stubborn oaf, Mike is simply a man of conviction. He believes something and sticks with it.

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