Discussion in 'Spoilers' started by CrispyNoodle, Feb 5, 2017.
Obviously you build a house... and then MAGIC!
If you guys don't know, the author, Legend of the Paladin, himself was interviewed a while ago. Here's the link to the article, if you can read Chinese.
For those who can't, here are the main elements of the interview translated.
1. Reason he “fell into this pit” was because others “stopped uploading chapters”
Gao Xinyong (Author’s real name) is thirty years old this year, and he has been writing web novels for nine years. He has been an avid reader since young, and while he was in university, he was addicted to web novels. He confessed that the reason he ‘fell into the pit (started writing novels)’ was because the authors of the webnovels he loved would always ‘stopped uploading chapters’. “After seeing the novels being discontinued after stopping at the exciting parts so many times, I felt absolutely agonized, and thought I might as well start writing one of my own.” On September of the year 2007, while he was still in the third year of Wenzhou University, he took up the pen name of ‘Legend of the Paladin’, and began writing serialized novels on Qidian.
Gao Xinyong’s stories are mostly urban fiction, and cultivation related. Interestingly, his first novel was called 《Ultimate Househusband from Another World》, and he was only about twenty years old back then. “I really like children. Back then, I saw an American movie, and the male lead was a househusband, which I thought was really interesting. Slowly, the story of a househusband and a bunch of children surfaced in my mind, so I wrote it down.”
With an upload speed of five to six thousand characters per day, Gao Xinyong began his serialization on Qidian, and received several good reviews. When he had written about twenty to thirty thousand characters, an editor of Qidian came knocking on his doorsteps.
2. 20,000+ RMB for his first pay check
When he received the mail from Qidian’s editor, Gao Xinyong had just returned to his dormitory after class. “I was so happy, I felt it was like a dream. I immediately contacted the editor, and had him send the contract documents.”
When he received the contract, Gao Xinyong read it repeatedly several times. “Truthfully speaking, I didn’t quite understand it back then. But I was really excited.” He remembered that the day he mailed the contract was coincidentally the day of a typhoon. A great storm brewed outside, and winds loudly blew. Gao Xinyong did not mind it in the slightest, as he braved the storm to visit the mail office to mail the contract.
When he was officially signed as an author, Gao Xinyong was elevated to VIP level on the site, and a fee had to be paid to read his subsequent chapters. A month later, he received his first pay check.
“The first pay check I received had about 20 thousand RMB, and I was especially surprised. The 10 thousand RMB among that sum was a reward for entering the monthly ticket ranking as a newbie, while the other 10 thousand RMB or so was the publishing fees for that month. For the very first time, I realized that I could actually use this to earn money.” From then on, Gao Xinyong fell deeper in love with writing novels.
《Ultimate Househusband from Another World》serialized for about a year or so before its completion, and on Qidian, it had accumulated over a million recommendation tickets, and over ten million hits. Very quickly, he began another new short original series, serializing his second novel 《Disciple of Various Gods》in the year 2009.
3. Bringing a notebook to write on is necessary even during driving lessons
After graduating from university, Gao Xinyong did not actually continue writing novels. His profession was accounting, and he started a company with his friends, the start-up costs were paid from his publishing fees. After stopping his pen for two years, he once again had the thought of writing novels in the year 2012. From the end of 2012 to the start of 2013, he wrote 《Overturning the Heavens》, a novel of about 30 thousand characters, which brought the attention of a book publisher in Taiwan, who had taken the initiative to contact him, and have it published in Taiwan.
Picking up his pen anew, Gao Xinyong said that he was calmer and more confident than before. “In the past, I did not know how to outline a bigger picture, and sometimes, I would leave behind many ‘plotholes’ in my novels. Now, I basically have a complete outline and main storyline for the novel. By following the main storyline, I can prevent incidents like being unable to link up subplots or forget to account for some matters.”
As a webnovel author, being ‘pushed for updates’ is a very common occurrence. “In the past, when I was taking driving lessons, while others were practicing their driving, I took out my notebook and noisily tapped on my keyboard. Presently, I’m maintaining two updates per day, and I’m trying my best not to stop updating. Even like this, there are still readers leaving down comments, saying they want to lock me in a small black room.” Gao Xinyong said while laughing.
Gao Xinyong has his own chat group for readers, and many readers would discuss the story elements in the group. Gao Xinyong pays attention to the group as well. “If there’s anyone who managed to guess my intentions, I would even change the story elements a little, to make the story more explosive.” Sometimes, when walking on the road, if he has a good idea, he would immediately write it down on his phone. The memo pad in his phone is filled with memos that only he can understand, and he would occasionally flip through it to find inspiration.Presently, his 《Cultivation Chat Group》is being serialized on Qidian, and it has already reached 3.9 million characters.
4. Piracy and Plagiarism are his biggest headaches
Though there is already a certain degree of standards on web literature, piracy and plagiarism are still widespread. Gao Xinyong says that piracy is something every webnovel author has encountered. “A large portion of webnovel authors will choose to sign contracts with their publishing platforms, and after their works have reached a certain number of chapters, readers will be required to pay fees to continue reading. The fees will be split between us and the platforms. This is our main source of income. However, a few piracy merchants will take the chapters which required fees, and directly paste on their own sites, luring readers to their sites to read. This creates a huge loss for us.” In regards to piracy, Gao Xinyong says that he presently do not have any ways to counter it.
Gao Xinyong has encountered situations where his works were plagiarized. One time, a fan sent a private message to him on the site, claiming that the plot in this particular novel was very similar to one of his works. After Gao Xinyong took a look at it, he discovered that not only the plot was the same, even the name of the protagonist was not changed. After he brought this up to a staff on the site, that person’s novel was taken down. Presently, the various genres of webnovels have already built comparatively complete systems of their own, as such, the plots in many works would have many similarities. The narratives of many novels and television serials now incorporate the strong points of different schools. “I look forward to even more young companions joining, opening up the holes in their brains, and creating even more interesting stories.”
Why Scrya, you went to that much effort! I didn't realize you liked this novel this much =O
Anyone else read that?
Shuhang's joined artifact, The Eternal City that Does Not Fall.
Oh and if I'm not wrong... there's going to be a manhua. Who wants to put together a project and translate that?
Oh and it's cuttlefish twin blade and rat barbs.
Huhu. It's because Paladin and I are fellow pedoph-, I mean, because CCG is hilarious!
And the prologue for the manhua was already released a few days ago. Here: http://ac.qq.com/Comic/comicInfo/id/623537
*.* i can help with the typesseting if you want to tl it
he got city + chariot
basically the city was pulled by chariot and have a ram as breaker...
and he got a set armor.
bard boost (drum, bugle)
wall defense (pagoda, cannon, barb)
and holy damn... shu hang become next east fairy (street killer) hahaha
oimg i laugh till collapse...
first baby skylark...
and it seems it sabre intent... and his magical weapon... really describe his best...
best off n def in one...
any idea is his other 3 work being translated? im interested with the household... husband...
I don't think they're being translated.
But they're Qidian works, so who's going to translate it? Even CCG is so slow and behind? The good thing about Qidian novels is that their chapters are freaking short.
Hmm... @Scrya! Go! For the sake of spreading your lolico.... mpanionship.... translate the text on the manga, we can totally scanlate it with just the people on this thread if we get a cleaner, lol. Though most of the text there showed up in the first chapter of the novel.
They're probably going to have him finally getting to tier 5 today... now it's just a question of how many dragon marks appear on his gold core.
im not sure... who the hell is the girl being mention which have her eyes being censored...
as well as soft feather... old man with his eyes being censored...
Are you talking about when they're introducing Characters? While it doesn't say for the girl... the man should be Bai... the girl is probably Soft Feather.
Got tried of translating something... well do the manga preview thingy... very roughly. Urgh someone help me translate the titles for rankings >_>
This aphorism says it well,
Shade can be found under a girl's skirt!
Wait Σ(ﾟ△ﾟ||| this is the wrong script _( :3 」∠ )_
This aphorism says it well,
Youth without Chuuni is youth spent in vain.
In those years...
Our martial hero dreams...
Our superhuman dreams...
Our immortal cultivation dream...
"Let us be together in this mortal world and live our lives unrestrained~"
"I, Song Shuhang, will surely make you happy~ !"
Oh ya! And you too, Raptor Bro!
"They don't exist."
Friend List | Chat Group
Yellow Mountain Daoking invites you to Nine Provinces Number One Chat Group
Did Yellow Mountain Daoking invite a new fellow daoist? It's been a year since the last new member.
North River Loose Cultivator
Su Aqi (Ah-7)
A new fellow daoist? What area of Huaxia is Fellow Daoist from? Which paradise are you cultivating in? What's your dao name? Which realm has your cultivation base reach?
Crazy Saber Three Waves
Seven Sheng Seal Master
You bunch of disaster causing bastards! Don't let this master bump into you guys! Otherwise I will surely let you taste the might of my 72 Path Quick Blade!!!
New fellow daoist, are you a fairy? If you are, give us your three sizes and show a selfie!
Yellow Mountain Daoking
I'm begging you on my knees, don't mention the 'great senior' ones... there is a shadow in my heart.
When will we duel?
How come the new daoist isn't talking?
Snowwolf Cave Cave Master
These years the Confucianists have been hiding really deep. You can't even find them. I haven't had a chance to fight them for nearly 100 years!
Ah-7, Why is your concern with new daoists always whether or not they'll fight you and if the fight will be enjoyable?
Three Day Little Monk
After he added this new daoist, he immediately went offline... probably something to do with his demon dog...
Deal with that beloved demon dog... if he can get online...
Hey Hey! Even Chuuni Syndrome needs to have a limit! Mansion Master, Cave Master, Daoist, Heavenly Instructor, I can let those go, but do you guys actually need go that far and call the group admin's pet dog a great dog demon?!
"Hmm... the people in this group are not your average chuuni, they are a group obsessed with Huaxia's specialty Xianxia containing super chuuni!"
But I like it.
North River Loose Cultivator
Advanced Stage Chuuni Syndrome
Crazy Blade Three Waves
Advanced Stage Chuuni Syndrome
Good at Seeking Death
Su Ah 7
Advanced Stage Chuuni Syndrome
His Words Rarer Than Gold
But even so...
The girls in the group
are really great...
This fellow group member named white,
he doesn't seem like a girl, right?
"I must not get assimilated by the guys in that group!"
Appreciate Science and Reject Superstition!
Book Mountain Large Pressure! Yeah!
Super popular novel "Cultivation Chat Group" is becoming a Manhua!
this girl here...
is she Ye Shi???
No, that's a flashback to Shuhang's chuuni days. It's not a real thing... just some fake scenario he imagined.
okay just read latest ch....
„[Infallible Holy City] is used for boar charges rolling enemy to attack...... [Doomsday Holy Sword] is actually used for the raise defense. Has the Song Shuhang's characteristics.” Song Shuhang behind, in the Karmic Virtue Snake Beauty belly, Scarlet Firmament Sword tsukkomi said.
tipical shuhang... he uses shield to attack and sword/sabre to def...
wow... dragon mark exclusive marking... didnt like 3 mark... cant reach 7 mark? pay tribute to senior white 2. and 9 dragon mark is yours...
really exclusive gold core dragon marking... special only for Song Shu Hang by senior white 2.
1. 【Saint Seal + Karmic Virtue Snake Beauty】 - Karmic Virtue Snake Beauty
2. «Confucianism Vajra Body» @+@ «Saint Ape Dragon Strength Divine Art» - Immemorial Saint Ape appearance, in its hand is gripping a Confucianism scripture.
3. [Infallible Holy City] - grand wall, city gate mouth battle chariot reduced size
4. [Doomsday Holy Sword] sword-shaped Dragon Marks
5. Nine Paths Phoenix Sabre - sabre-shaped Dragon Marks
6. Eye of the Confucianism Sage - eye-looking's planet dragon marks
7. Core World - Lotus Flower dragon marks
8. Fat whale Gold Core
9. 【我】character - 宋书航 dragon marks
wow. unique golden core mark special limited edition.
got a question, who is Dao Priest Scarlet Firmament sabre?
He's the guy who taught Shuhang his special version of flame saber... Heaven Immolation Flame Saber
Three Sabre is dead dead dead this time, LOL.
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