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Originally posted by Fancynancy Fancynancy wrote:

This. Hehe. I can see what I need to cut, he's a character with no purpose but I love him and don't want to drop him! Noooo!

Save him for your rewrite after the contest.  I always save a first, unedited, unrevised, uncut, draft to refer to later when I want to polish the story without the constraints of the prompt. Some stuff goes back in, some stuff doesn't.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MattrickBT Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jul 2017 at 10:16pm
Do people normally re-work the story after the contest? I'm leaving them as is.
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If they're thinking about submitting it for publication or in another contest (that isn't prompt-based).  Some do it just for fun.
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Things I tell myself: you have been brief once or twice in your life. You can do it again.

Things I do: spend 942 words creating the backstory for an effing creek.

Tell my children I died doing what I love.
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Why would a creek ever need a backstory? It's a creek.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote Cowyoga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 12:07am
Originally posted by MattrickBT MattrickBT wrote:

Why would a creek ever need a backstory? It's a creek.


Well sure, now it is because I've had to cut its entire backstory.
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When cutting, I feel like it's just fricking painful to look at your brainthing, you wordbaby, and honestly identify useless parts. Honesty towards yourself is hard above all.

Self-delusion is such ancomfy couch to lie on...
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Yeah, but why would a creek need a backstory, ever? It's a creek. Seem like unnecessary exposition to me no matter the project. Just wondering what the thought process is behind such a choice.  Do you read a lot of Tolkien who would ramble about a hill for six pages?
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Originally posted by Zblugg Zblugg wrote:

When cutting, I feel like it's just fricking painful to look at your brainthing, you wordbaby, and honestly identify useless parts. Honesty towards yourself is hard above all.

Self-delusion is such ancomfy couch to lie on...


That's why you must be heartless and unfeeling. Sentimentality and pride are the downfall of writers.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote LyndaD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 12:20am
And if that's what you like (to read or write), what's wrong with it?  It is what it is.  Maybe it's a sentient creek. Maybe it's the personification of the son of a river god.  Maybe it's just a really cool creek.
While I agree that flash fiction is not the place for extensive back stories, I don't understand the questioning of a place having a backstory.
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