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Writers' Workshop General Chat Thread

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Oh. I was merely asking to make sure I wouldn't be breaking any rules by putting in the challenge rules, though I guess I don't really need to do that at all.
I wouldn’t say that it is “needed” to put the rules, nor I think is needed to have the rules.

In my opinion, you could easily showcase the rules of a monotype challenge by having the protagonist be a type-specialist Trainer or a similar setup. In this way, the reader will find out about the “rules” without the need of an info dump.
 
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I wouldn’t say that it is “needed” to put the rules, nor I think is needed to have the rules.

In my opinion, you could easily showcase the rules of a monotype challenge by having the protagonist be a type-specialist Trainer or a similar setup. In this way, the reader will find out about the “rules” without the need of an info dump.
Well, I have started the story and the protagonist is interested in becoming a powerful Psychic trainer.
 
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I've seen fics that want to specifically be recognized as Nuzlocke or other challenge fics post the rules, but no, it's not necessary. :)
 
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I definitely think that almost every "challenge" could easily be explained through the story rather than stated. Nuzlockes could be pokemon actually dying, although that's pretty dark. (I say this after having a sizeable chunk of exposition at the beginning of my current story, so I may or may not be a hypocrite here)
 
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The funny thing is, English has some hard rules that are never broken. They're just not the rules people are actively taught. For example, there is a strict order for how adjectives are presented, but the most common taught general spelling rules tend to have entire lexicons of exceptions (the "i before e except after c" rule has more exceptions than words that obey, for example).

English is a truly magical language. In that there's no logical rational behind most of it.
 
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Exception is a way of breaking the rules, but just without declaring face-on to the rule-maker "Hey this rule sucks, I'm going to ignore it, and don't dare try to impose that onto me because I'm in a special condition where enforcement of such rule is inhumane, and if you dare to do so then you are breaking the International Human Rights Law and I have the right to sue you to jail or request a lump sum of consolation payment to me."

May be I should add this to the Urban Dictionary. :sneaky:
 
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People complain about English having no rules, but German has no consistent rule for plurals.

Also, a while ago, a Tumblr user and I came up with a Pokémon/Fullmetal Alchemist crossover-verse where Pokémon who worked for the military were tied to Pokéballs, and could be forcibly recalled if the higher-ups saw fit. Today, I realised that even if I removed the Fullmetal Alchemist aspect, it would still work for a setting where sentient Pokémon are treated as second-class citizens. It's also how Space Patrol Delta treat their prisoners.

EDIT: I found a writing prompt about Metroids appearing in Pokémon. I think @UselessBytes would like it.
 
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People complain about English having no rules, but German has no consistent rule for plurals.
Neither does English, though. Goose, geese, moose, moose, mouse, mice, salmon, salmon, so on. Pretty much every Germanic language is like that. At least German and Swedish tell you straight on that there are a bunch of different plurals you should look out for while English just suddenly drops them on you every 10,000th word in a sea of "just add -(e)s to the end".
 
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What is the best way to implement traveling companions in a stand Pokemon Journey Fanfic?
 
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What is the best way to implement traveling companions in a stand Pokemon Journey Fanfic?
Either you could introduce them in their own chapters or you have the main protagonist meet them through some circumstance, which could be case or predestined.

Personally speaking, I prefer to dedicate at least a part to the companion, so that the readers can have an idea of their personality and goals.
 
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EIther you could introduce them in their own chapters or you have the main protagonist meet them through some circumstance, which could be case or predestined.

Personally speaking, I prefer to dedicate at least a part to the companion, so that the readers can have an idea of their personality and goals.
When you say dedicate a chapter, you mean like with Dawn in the first episode of the Diamond and Pearl Anime? Where she pretty much had the entire episode to herself, with Ash only appearing at the end.
 
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Thanks to Sun and Moon, and their remakes, it would be incredibly easy to justify this as well: Just have the Metroids come through an Ultra Wormhole.

Neither does English, though. Goose, geese, moose, moose, mouse, mice, salmon, salmon, so on. Pretty much every Germanic language is like that. At least German and Swedish tell you straight on that there are a bunch of different plurals you should look out for while English just suddenly drops them on you every 10,000th word in a sea of "just add -(e)s to the end".
English doesn't even have consistent pronunciation rules. "Through" and "threw" are pronounced the same, while "though" and "go" rhyme. And then take a look at the correct way to say "bologna" and try not to headdesk.
 
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I swear I've seen bologna spelled as baloney.

Earlier, I felt like having another go at the "human-turned-Pokémon gets adopted by a group of their new species" plot idea I've had for a while, but could never execute the way I intended.
 
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