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    Your creative process of writing.

    In my limited experience, it depends entirely on what I'm writing and why. A few years ago, I began writing naughty books to sell on Amazon's Kindle store. I was doing it purely to sell copies and make money - I have no passion for that sort of writing. It worked, too. At the height of me doing it, I was making about £500 a month, and I had a plan to build that up to thousands. I never did, though. Instead I went back to work full time and haven't written any in a couple of years. It still makes me beer money every month though. The way I did that writing was purely by formula. I trawled through the Kindle store's bestseller lists to identify books that seemed to be selling well but was a bit niche (figuring that the more mainstream stuff would be an overcrowded genre). Then I bought the twenty top books in that niche and analysed them. I broke the books (they're stories really, not novels) down into average word count, average scene count, average length of a sex scene, average numbers of sex scenes in the books, which perspective was most common, and so on. Then I came up with a formula to follow based on that, and wrote my stories to that formula, making sure I kept to it precisely. I wrote those using the formula, basically writing a character profile for each character, a story outline, then a scene outline (complete with wordcount) which detailed everything that would happen. Then I took my laptop to the local library and wrote there, listening to instrumental music and using the Pomodoro method. Because I didn't really have to be all that creative and I didn't worry much about redrafting or anything, I could knock out an 8,000 word story in about 8 hours. It's still incredibly satisfying, looking on Amazon and seeing the money you've made from sales, and knowing that people are buying and enjoying something you've read, but it was never very fulfilling. Profitable, especially since it's had such a long tail of income, but not fulfilling. Contrast that to the few short stories in other genres I've written and self-published. I am vastly more proud of them than of any of the dirty stories I've written, and think they're objectively much better. Yet they've sold a handful of copies each. If I was to judge them on the income I've made from them, they're huge flops. I wrote those (and the novel I'm a chapter away from finishing which I'm writing for my daughter) with a much looser idea of what would happen. Mainly a vague shape of the story in my head, with the main lynchpin incidents fairly clear, but allowing the story to go wherever it wanted for the most part. I normally write in two-hour chunks, in which I'm able to get down anything from 500 words to 3000 (which will need thoroughly editing and redrafting). I write mostly on weekends, as I'm usually too tired to think when I get home from work. Sometimes I manage to get an hour or so of writing done in the evenings, but usually it's weekends. I get up, see my children for an hour or two and then disappear for a couple of hours before lunch. Then I do the same before dinner, from about 4pm to about 6pm. It's tough, and I wouldn't say it's particularly fun when I'm writing. But when I'm doing it, it does feel like something I was meant to do, rather than a hobby such as gaming, which feels like something I enjoy doing.
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    Fortnite | Battle Royale - Season 5

    Thanks. So, if I buy him the battle pass, will his character stop being randomly generated each time he plays? And if I bought the full game, would I get the battle pass with it, or would I still need to buy that separately? Final question: is it possible to earn enough bucks from the battle pass to pay for the next season's pass, or is it something you have to buy each time? 2 passes each season will start to get expensive!
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    Fortnite | Battle Royale - Season 5

    My son has started to get into Fortnite, and since he makes me play with him, I've accidentally got into it too. I didn't think I'd like it, as shooters aren't my thing really, and I really don't like PUBG. Yet here we are. My boy is really annoyed that he can't make his own avatar and never gets skins or anything. I haven't spent any money on the game, so he has no V-bucks or anything, and he isn't allowed to play enough to grind for anything on the free version. Is it worth me buying anything using my gamer tag? We both play on console, one of us on a switch and the other on Xbox. My guess is that purchases are tired to your Epic account? So anything I bought he'd be unable to use, and we'd have to buy again on his account? And is there any point in buying the 'full game', or should I just get season battle passes?
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    Yes, I think I've read that somewhere. I'm not too bothered about that, as we had plenty of the spy stuff, and I've really enjoyed the other settings.
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    I've watched about half the series, and although I actually really like the setting and how they've changed the characters, I just don't find it very funny. I enjoyed all the other seasons, even Vice and Dreamland, but this season isn't doing it for me in the comedy stakes. I'm still going to watch the other episodes and enjoy them as a fake swashbuckling adventure serial, but I do think that changing the setting every season is hurting the comedy.
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    Giant Bomb Fan Club

    Hmm. Seems like they could fit one or two more of the staff on those tables to talk over the conferences.
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    Giant Bomb Fan Club

    Why isn't Abby and/or Jan on the talking over conference streams? Do they actually need three video producers behind the scenes for these things?
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    Best three films from this list of 15?

    I thought Clown and Little Evil were utter trash. A Dark Song is brilliant. It does depend on what sort of horror you like though. My taste is definitely on the creeping dread end of the scale. Gore/torture stuff bores me rigid. Slasher pics too.
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    Best three films from this list of 15?

    I very much enjoyed I Am The Pretty Thing..., but I don't expect it to get much love in general. It's a quiet, creeping film rather than a slasher pic or a modern horror with overdone effects and sound cues. The Ritual is really really good until the last act, when it petered out pretty quickly. It Follows and A Dark Song are brilliant. If you haven't seen The Witch, watch that rather then anything on this list. It's a million times better than they are. Avoid Little Evil like the plague. It's awful. So is Clown.
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    Giant Bomb Fan Club

    I don't get the Abby hate. I don't find her annoying or loud or any of the things I've heard her described as. At least, no more than the other GB staff. I think she's been a great addition to the staff and she fits in well on the East coast. I don't know that she works as well with the West Coast lot, but then she hasn't really had a lot of time to spend with them. Ben... Ben is growing on me. I laughed at 'B-Sports'. I must admit I rarely watch west coast content since Dan, Vinny and Alex left.
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    Giant Bomb Fan Club

    Not that this makes it better, but there are very similar sites in the UK. I've used one for repeat prescriptions when I've seen a real doctor first, but they also offer online 'consultations' with GPs, just like that site that's advertising on the Bombcast.
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    Giant Bomb Fan Club

    Yeah, but it's also Dan. He doesn't know what a barbecue is. I could eat Vinny's order easily. It's essentially a medium pizza, eight wings and a garlic bread, right? I've had a large, 14 wings, a garlic bread, wedges and cookies in one sitting before now. Admittedly, I am obese and that sort of gluttony may have something to do with it, but I don't think that's the sort of insta-death meal everyone's making out.
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    Sense8 - Netflix Series

    I've only seen series one. Do half of the actors change or is that just a dreadful poster? I'm struggling to recognise half of the characters.
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    Good new horror films

    Just finished The Ritual. It was pretty good.
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    Good recent(ish) horror books?

    I'm listening to The Ghost Hunters, a fictional account of the Borley Rectory investigations carried out by Harry Price. I'm about a third of the way through and so far it's slow, dull, and the haunting stuff that has happened is boring. The reader is told that it's terrifying, but none of the characters actually act scared, and it all seems very tame. So far, I can't recommend it. I'll keep going in case it gets better though.

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