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SilverStar7


I'm a go playing brony who reads and writes fan fiction works. That's about all you need to know.

Notes on Story Projects

The Phone Competition - My new story project. Currently in progress.
Friendship for a Fee - My next multi-chapter project.
Mark of Kosumi - Still hoping for comments on Ch. 3, currently on hiatus as I work on other stories.

My Stories

Front Page Stories

  • More About Time Twilight has discovered more unfinished Star Swirl spells. When she uses a time spell to start fixing past mistakes, how will it affect her future? by SilverStar7 77,422 words · 3,031 views · 225 likes · 8 dislikes
  • An Apple Family Hearth's Warming The Apple Family is together on Hearth's Warming Eve. After opening presents, Granny Smith gives the siblings a surprise gift. Letters from their father. by SilverStar7 2,551 words · 762 views · 31 likes · 0 dislikes
  • Pinkie Pie Waits for the Doctor Pinkie is asked to wait a few minutes for the doctor to see her. She may not survive the experience... by SilverStar7 1,902 words · 1,136 views · 76 likes · 2 dislikes
  • The Smartphone Twilight steals a smartphone from the human world. by SilverStar7 2,883 words · 8,134 views · 906 likes · 42 dislikes
  • Lack of Progress SciTwi isn't understanding this whole "friendship" thing. Luckily, Sunset has been there before. by SilverStar7 2,313 words · 596 views · 44 likes · 1 dislikes

Best Stories I've Read So Far

  • The Best Night Ever Grand Galloping Gala meets Groundhog Day time-loop by Capn_Chryssalid 53,935 words · 53,012 views · 4,678 likes · 70 dislikes
  • In Which Twilight Sparkle Attempts to Eat a Sandwich Twilight Sparkle, Element of Magic and student of Princess Celestia, has braved many dangers and defeated powerful foes. But on a peaceful afternoon, she will face her greatest challenge: eating some lunch. by Maphysto 8,379 words · 7,671 views · 673 likes · 8 dislikes
  • How to Preen Your Chicken After a long day of flight practice with Scootaloo, Rainbow Dash teaches the filly a little about preening. by Drakkith 2,804 words · 30,547 views · 3,508 likes · 52 dislikes
  • A Twilight Dinner Date Twilight goes out on a date with a Bat Pony by Fimbulvinter 7,832 words · 6,073 views · 568 likes · 20 dislikes
  • A Timely Encounter A trio of ponies visit Apple Bloom in order to reveal her future. The encounter, however, does not go as planned. by Bob From Bottles 5,538 words · 2,374 views · 239 likes · 1 dislikes
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2448553 well take your time. I understand what you mean. I still need chapter three of one of my stories but I just haven't felt like it.

2448376 I mentioned in a comment on the story that I've been having trouble. I ended up scrapping the entirety of Chapter 3 months ago, as it just didn't fit with the story. I suppose I can give another update, explain what happened a few weeks ago, and give a more specific description of how I hope to make progress today.

When I spent a day a few weeks ago trying to write more in the story, I ended up accomplishing next to nothing in that story. I tried writing in chronological order, writing by skipping between Rainbow Dash and Sunset's perspectives as I felt inspired, straight up writing an outline, and referenced my "The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Beating Writer's Block" to no avail. After several hours, I gave up on the story and decided to redirect my efforts into finishing a new story, Lack of Progress, that I ended up publishing instead. I felt that the problem was I didn't feel like writing a Comedy. I tried to force myself into writing it, and got nowhere. So I wrote a Sad story instead, because that's what I felt like writing, and that worked. Issac Asimov once said, "When I feel difficulty coming on, I switch to another book I'm writing. When I get back to the problem, my unconscious has solved it." I hoped that would work for me - it has not.

Today, I again have a day off of work, and I will be trying again to finish the next chapter of The Phone Competition. I've had breakfast, made a pot of coffee, and I'm ready to work on this. I've decided that, for today, I will first be writing a very rough draft of the chapter, then I will be reading a few Comedy stories here on FiMFiction, including re-reading both The Smartphone and the first two chapters, to put myself into a good mindset for creating jokes from the material. I expect to be done with the rough draft and reading by around 6pm UTC (2pm EDT). I will then spend the next few hours hammering through the details, creating jokes, and editing. My goal is to be done with the chapter by tomorrow evening, using time tomorrow to finish edits and otherwise finalize the chapter.

The idea of the very rough draft is based on a Terry Pratchet quote: "The first draft is just you telling yourself the story." So all I'll be writing is what happens. No attempts at deeper explanation or jokes, just the raw facts, newspaper article style. I doubt it would be that entertaining to read. I have a few other sections of the chapter written out, but the gaps will be filled with this draft material. However, if you would like to see what I have, and possibly give comments or critiques on it, I'd be willing to give you the password to view the chapter in a private message.

I do feel badly about how long this story has taken, as the story was supposed to come out quickly and be me trying to get back into writing here. Instead, it has been a hard task due to my failure at planning a good middle section to the story. The competition itself isn't the problem - it's getting there that is ruining my efforts at writing the story. I should have planned the middle better, as it is also important for the integrity of the story. Especially for a comedy, where the jokes and pacing are so important.

So are you gonna finish the phone competition?

Thanks for adding Stormy Nights to your favorites!

2391587 My rule for multi-chapter stories is that I don't add them to my favorites until they are finished. Sometimes the first few chapters can be good, but then later chapters can make the story feel like a waste of time. This came into play on several occasions and I've removed the stories from my favorites. On two occasions, I even downvoted the stories, which per my personal rule about only giving constructive criticism, required me to contact the authors, either in PM or in a comment on their story, to explain why I disliked it. I take disliking and favoriting more seriously than I probably should, but it's the Golden Rule - that's the level of respect I'd like to receive from others.

Long story short, keeping my favorites list somewhat exclusive is by design. Stories there are not ones that I simply read. They did something to earn their spot. They are not the be-all, end-all - that's my Top 10 - but anything in my favorites is something that I would be willing to recommend to others. Your story included.

For Operation: Starburst, I was mostly waiting for it to get to the end. It had earned its spot a while ago. I'll leave my final thoughts over in the comment section of the story.

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