It does take a ton of dedication, and a thick skin, but if you ever decide you're interested in joining a writer's workshop, LMK.
I'll come right out and say this. I have no idea who you are, and I have no idea where you came from but if you responded to this thread, you must be an okay guy to get to know and everything. I am not sure if you know who I am but people off site when they join, somehow they know who I am. Which is weird since I kind of don't know them but, eh.
Writer's Workshop, eh? Well.. I have to ask.. What's that like? I mean I know I took creative writing in high school but what is exactly Writer's Workshop?
I have always enjoyed your writing. I feel the sight would feel fresh if we could get some new members in here that actually stick to it. We have the same dozen or so members that do everything. Also we cant put down matches we have seen dozens of times, when its new members creating it. When a new member creates it, its his first time with it. I just feel as though some new members feel intimidated when people bash there first fights.
I am glad to know that you like my writing. It's been something which I have developing as a hobby through roleplaying and eventually took to the CBUB in order to refine something which I enjoyed doing, and also to educate users here on a certain type of character whom not many would know about. Or seem to care to know about and maybe bring that sense of respect to that type of character.
I can understand giving new writers out there some slack. They are relatively new and they are trying their hand at it, however when it comes to writing, I am something of a hard-ass on it. I remember reviewing the work of a would-be romance writer who had written some work based off of K-Drama and mad it really lovey dovey and I gave critique on it.. No punches pulled. But here on the CBUB, it seems a lot of would be writers here are well... Kids. And I am talking 14-18 years of age here.
But there are some would be writers out there who I feel do not... understand certain characters, or like certain characters. These authors I feel probably shouldn't even touch characters who they don't understand or have immense disliking towards. I could name names, but I'm not going to. All I am saying is just my opinion and really find this somewhat ironic considering we've all done that at some point.
But some just do it a lot more than others.
Rakai, I personally love your Pred fights. You could chose a unblooded Pred and use him to build his warrior rep against foes. You could do Pred vs characters you have pitted him against before and just change the set up.
Above is just a suggestion. Hope ya stick around and get through this funk.
It's funny that you mention that idea because I actually already did that with Scar Predator. Back sometime in 2009 to 2010 I believe, I was doing an arc with him. I started him off as an Unblooded warrior, and I gradually had built him up as a warrior through his experiences in according to Alien vs Predator canon as far as Yautja ranks are concerned, the strength potential of the Yautja, and the weapons too. Scar has taken on some opponents whom were pretty powerful and dangerous in their own right. Some of those opponents I have even drawn criticism for because Scar had pulled out a couple of lucky wins ( I.E. Captain America (Bucky Barnes) ) and there was some controversy about how and why I was building Scar up. I believe that a lot of members were there when that controversy was quite rampant and off the top of my head, I think I have.. three detractors? Used to be four but now it's just three now I believe, after speaking to one of said detractors here and there. But Scar has been through some forty eight fights.. Most of them I did. While I had wanted Scar to go up against some of the more popular household names with some of his gained experience to back him up, I burned myself out and looked at his record and felt as if I was just satisfied. He had a good enough record and was on the top contenders list.
I would like to say I consider Scar Predator a success as far as a personal goal is concerned regarding building up good records for him. Believe it or not, he is something of a hated character over at some AvP forums because of the way he was designed. Fans didn't like him because he was too "heroic" looking and that he didn't look exactly like Diablo from the first movie. So I wanted to give Scar some appreciation and I think I did that. I'd like to think he would've been given some respect. Which is then where I had taken a hiatus and moved onto Broken Tusk aka Dachande.
Dachande is my favorite character of all time. I decided to do what I had done with my Scar Predator arc only for Broken Tusk. However with Scar, the problem was running into the possibility of doing the same opponents over and over again. So I had to look out for new opponents, which wasn't easy because Scar took out some pretty powerful ones himself. It was tricky with Dachande because we're talking about a Hunter who already is a proven and experienced warrior, one who possesses legendary skill and incredible strength, even for a Predator. And regarding Dachande, I would like to think that the record he has now was just his starting record. Twenty nine fights so far, and that's not bad.
What had kept me choked and in that funk was that I took location into consideration and who would be there. Scar had already hunted and killed the Sailor Senshi, so there was no point in doing that again with Dachande, and while I could do Kamen Rider and Super Sentai characters.. I don't know too much about the original Japanese source material except for whatever few episodes I have seen. While I COULD take the fights somewhere else, I just got lazy in wanting to just write out how this certain character got to a location and why he is there. Trying to write two-three pages regarding an explanation on why who and who is there can get tiring.
And then there are the "Past" matches which are set in the past.. While I could do that, there are some characters out there who are brand new and haven't been as heavily expanded upon as older characters who have been around for twenty, thirty, fourty.. fifty or even sixty years. So working with new characters is also very hard too.
I would like to get back into writing and I would love to finish what I had started but really... it's harder done than said.