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  22:16:49  11 March 2012
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Zulu Bravo
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Bring on your stuff, Major.
  13:43:48  9 March 2012
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Major Stalker
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Hello? Is anybody out there?

Heh.

N00b at SOC - been playing COP for almost two years. STALKER is an obsession - and the ONLY games I play.

I am a Certified Database Designer...I have assisted on game design, but PLAYING them? - for the most part, that is in the "you gotta be kidding me." category.

What I have done? - well, 28 years in the US military, and - heh - most of the weapons in the STALKER inventory? - I've actually fired them, more than a few, in the operational environment, not just on the range...Some of them - I own personally, and fire on a regular basis. I have a Saiga in 7.62x39, 5.56x45 and just sold the one in .410 - I am lusting after the Saiga 12 ga.

And...as part of my disability package, I took the troops-to-teachers options, so , for my sins, I am now teaching High School Science.

I enjoy writing, and I like to help others.

so, I'll come on here...my offer is, I'll critique your work, if you look at mine, but, it needs to be constructive.

"This sucks." - not constructive.

"This sucks dogshit because of (sentence structure, grammer, logical impossiblility) " - that is constructive criticism.

See the difference.

Last suggestion for today - the way this board is - not terribly conducive to good writing. It's good for short-shorts and drabbles - 200 words or less - but if you want to get serious - might I suggest, Fanfiction.com or counter-factual.net

I post over at both of those spots, and there's good critique available.

Now - especially at counter-factual, if you come in acting like a swaggering punk, you will get treated like one.

But...if you want to become a writer - or, for that matter, hang out with people who are - or are on the way - well, I've been there about five years now, and I've seen several folks do just that - advance from "junior high crap" to "closing in on 100,000 copies sold" - and another friend, who's made it to the NYT bestseller list a few times (like 13 times)

I'm not a short-short writer, so I probably won't have much over here, just editorial commenting.

But if you want to get serious?
  11:19:07  7 June 2005
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parky
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is the contest finished now?

I ve just got a question anyone can answer, the question is, is the contest finished now? the reason i ask is that i di want to write a story but if ived missed it then too bad for me.





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  12:24:53  1 June 2005
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Amoki
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people are so negative sometimes.

ive been reading a lot of the storys and the comments people have made and im getting sick of people writing about how krap the storys they are posting on are and how they could do better . yeah right, just because they cant write anything better than a grammatical error ridden piece of shit doesent mean they have to take the piss all the time.
Soz i know this isent the right post to be ranting on but im here now so i thought i might as well say this, but this dosent refer to anyone on this forum just to those sad little teenagers who sit there typing any old krap for the fun of it then voteing all the storys dead low.


Someone once told me the world aint so simple and now im beginning to understand...
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The world is never simple - it never was. The contest is crap at the moment, and God knows when GSC would galvinized thenself into action.
  20:42:49  31 May 2005
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parky
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people are so negative sometimes.

ive been reading a lot of the storys and the comments people have made and im getting sick of people writing about how krap the storys they are posting on are and how they could do better . yeah right, just because they cant write anything better than a grammatical error ridden piece of shit doesent mean they have to take the piss all the time.
Soz i know this isent the right post to be ranting on but im here now so i thought i might as well say this, but this dosent refer to anyone on this forum just to those sad little teenagers who sit there typing any old krap for the fun of it then voteing all the storys dead low.


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Someone once told me the world aint so simple and now im beginning to understand...
  20:34:26  31 May 2005
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parky
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You Wrote the difference between you and me?

Hi ian, i just wanted to congratulate you on writing the difference between you and me series. i really enjoyed them, i can see you spent a lot of time working on the story. well done.
Incidently in response to what goodspeed said, i entirely agree. thats some really good advice although to a new writer it can be a lot to remember.
this next bit is some advice to writers as well.
yes, it is a good idea to use a theasaurus or a dictionary to get words from. dont be afraid to. just because you want to write the best story youve ever written dont think you have to use your own words all the time theres no rule against using a dictionary, its there for your use.
And what amoki said about overdoing descriptions is completely right, people dont want to sit there reading about some old buiding for about 6 lines. and finally always check your work. have fun!

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  12:25:05  11 April 2005
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Amoki
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You know, I'd like to help out by reviewing stories, but I got kinda bored with shifting through the bad stuff, to find stories that are at least worth the effort. Don't get me wrong, there ARE good stories out there. It's just that so many of the latest additions are of a poor quality and I cannot find the energy to tell one author after another that they failed to stick to the basic (and very simple) rules of writing. And I'm a little puzzled why. So I distilled my tips & tricks to these two:

1) Only submit a complete story. Beginning, middle and end. If it's in parts, don't bother. Work In Progress is nice if you need help with a specific problem, but otherwise I'm not going to keep track of all the different parts.
2) Use the Spelling & Grammar Check. This one really keeps me freaking out! What's the f***ing problem? Also, using smilies in your text>>bad idea.

And if you want the full list of tips & tricks, check out the beginning of this thread and read your way through.
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What happened to "Fallen"? I thought I send it to you... or did that excellent piece of crash didn't fall under your standard
  10:53:59  11 April 2005
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Goodspeed
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You know, I'd like to help out by reviewing stories, but I got kinda bored with shifting through the bad stuff, to find stories that are at least worth the effort. Don't get me wrong, there ARE good stories out there. It's just that so many of the latest additions are of a poor quality and I cannot find the energy to tell one author after another that they failed to stick to the basic (and very simple) rules of writing. And I'm a little puzzled why. So I distilled my tips & tricks to these two:

1) Only submit a complete story. Beginning, middle and end. If it's in parts, don't bother. Work In Progress is nice if you need help with a specific problem, but otherwise I'm not going to keep track of all the different parts.
2) Use the Spelling & Grammar Check. This one really keeps me freaking out! What's the f***ing problem? Also, using smilies in your text>>bad idea.

And if you want the full list of tips & tricks, check out the beginning of this thread and read your way through.
  18:40:07  9 October 2004
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I used to write every single day...Well, at least until ugly things called "reality", "money" and the all time stinker "full time job" came and stole my thunder.
I'm just getting it back, thank god, and I have one single piece of advice for all aspiring writers: WRITE.
If you suck, fine. You'll learn. Keep hammering at that keyboard until your fingers bleed. You'll get chopped to pulp more than once by inconsiderate assholes (and considerate people who seem to be the opposite), but just hang in there.
I can't tell you how absolutely, unbelivably frickin' GREAT it felt when I received my first fan-mail - makes it all worthwhile.
Read, like somebody said (sorry, I suck at quoting. You know who you are). 2-300 pages a week is easy if you take fifteen minutes every night with a good book. It brings inspiration, some beautiful examples of technique and some rather bad (some of it so bad you just think "I KNOW I can top this crap! Great motivation!), and some things that simply cannot be replicated.
If anybody can explain to me how Greg Bear, for instance, can leave me gaping in wonder at the end of every book he's written, please do so.

As for firing a weapon, well...
After loading a magazine, chamber a round, disengage all safety mechanism and obtain a firm grip on the weapon.
1: shoulder the rifle / raise the pistol to eye level.
2: insert finger into trigger guard, take a deep breath.
3: Roughly level your sights on the target, just below the intended point of impact. begin exhaling.
4: Adjust your aim, exhale until your lungs are "empty" and creep the trigger home. The best shots are the ones you don't see coming, when you surprise yourself instead of tensing up in anticipation of recoil and trying to keep the weapon steady.

Long winded, as usual
  04:22:11  27 February 2004
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Amoki
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While reading the stories, I got piss off a lot of times regarding realism issue. Sure, you folks might say "Its about the Zone- there's anomaly, there's mutant." Those are what I call Zone element. But what I'm talking about the logical aspect. Logic, is sometime the main issue that seperate a good story from a bad one.

I'll give a few classic example. The first on my list are headshots. The second one is running/stamina. Third one is the character's feeling/

Onto headshots. Do theses guys really know how to fire a gun? I am serious. Sure, no one ever had an Uncle Ben who'll let you play his shotgun, but we have computer. WE have internet. We have TV. Oh sure, I know headshots are one-shot kill, and I have no problem if someone is aiming a sniper rifle or had been aiming at head level. But these authors are like Gods- damn, they can fire rifles (rifles!) and got themself headshot full in the place. In full auto. Goodness. Try games like Rainbow Six or Ghost recon. What you'll learn from that game is that time is survival. You don't have time to aim your AK calmly at the head, wait a second for your hand to steady, then squeeze. No. in terms of realism, you fire away the moment you think the barrel is pointing at the body.

And running. I don't fell like explaining myself, but try jogging for 15 minutes when you don't have a military or athletic background... and you'll know what is stamina.

Lastly, the heroes always seems to be heartless SOB who have no mercy when they kill people. I am looking like characters with feeling- something like Lukin and Abrams (The difference between you and me), John (the inhuman Condition), Leonid (The best laid plan), Micheal (Three hours), JOshua (Pilgrimage) and a lot more out there. I can't name all of them, but even with a little background the effect can be tremendous in impressing the readers.

This is a little limited knowledge of mine on how to fire a gun
1) lay the gunn your shoulder (for rifles and butted-weapons) or take it straight to eyes level (MP5N retracted, UZI, buttless or short butted weapons)
2) look through the crosshair. A crosshair can be the little pointy thingy at the barrel (Pistols), big pointy thingy sticking out of the barrel at the muzzle (M16, M4, AK, the old generation rifle), or a dot in the center of a ring (MP5 ring, UMP45, UZI,)
And fire. IT's easy, but you have to know how the thing operate. But I am not the expert on this matter. The best source to ask is X5060, he's a gun freak.

I am not attacking people, but this is a general comment. Please, anyone who sees this, either you ask around in the forum, touch things shallowly, do your research, or... son't do it at all. What is done is done, and I know most people around here took place in the contests just for fun, but do put in somethign in reality if you really want to take a shot at the top ten.

 
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