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Originally posted by Mister_Write Mister_Write wrote:

Originally posted by kristina_f kristina_f wrote:

Bleh, my story's too big for this format. What to do, what to do?

I'd suggest deleting every third word and just praying to the story gods it works out Tongue. I haven't finished my first draft yet, but I'll very likely have the same problem shortly.

Blimey, you're both light years ahead of me. I'm on my first paragraph!

I'd echo Mister Write. I was going to suggest deleting every other word but why take risks? Every third word it will be. (Consider watching around 1:09 of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEWJ0c4Oi9k for inspiration :))
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I'm at 271 right now, so maybe I'll just delete all of the articles as a start. If I just capitalize 'penguin' it becomes a name—no need for 'a' or 'the'.

I'm at the point where it's probably time to take a break. Right now every line feels essential, but that's just not true. And some of those that are can be reconfigured. I also have six words I know I could cut, but I am saving them for later.

Update: I plugged it into Submittable to see what it would say. Currently 8 words over.


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Originally posted by kristina_f kristina_f wrote:

I'm at 271 right now, so maybe I'll just delete all of the articles as a start. If I just capitalize 'penguin' it becomes a name—no need for 'a' or 'the'.

I'm at the point where it's probably time to take a break. Right now every line feels essential, but that's just not true. And some of those that are can be reconfigured. I also have six words I know I could cut, but I am saving them for later.

Update: I plugged it into Submittable to see what it would say. Currently 8 words over.

Just finished what I thought was a 'barebones' first draft. I'm somehow 194 words over... This might be karma LOL
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Originally posted by Mister_Write Mister_Write wrote:

Originally posted by kristina_f kristina_f wrote:

I'm at 271 right now, so maybe I'll just delete all of the articles as a start. If I just capitalize 'penguin' it becomes a name—no need for 'a' or 'the'.

I'm at the point where it's probably time to take a break. Right now every line feels essential, but that's just not true. And some of those that are can be reconfigured. I also have six words I know I could cut, but I am saving them for later.

Update: I plugged it into Submittable to see what it would say. Currently 8 words over.

Just finished what I thought was a 'barebones' first draft. I'm somehow 194 words over... This might be karma LOL

Just cut it in half and submit two stories. Double your odds. I am pretty sure that's how it works.
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Originally posted by kristina_f kristina_f wrote:

Originally posted by Mister_Write Mister_Write wrote:

Originally posted by kristina_f kristina_f wrote:

I'm at 271 right now, so maybe I'll just delete all of the articles as a start. If I just capitalize 'penguin' it becomes a name—no need for 'a' or 'the'.

I'm at the point where it's probably time to take a break. Right now every line feels essential, but that's just not true. And some of those that are can be reconfigured. I also have six words I know I could cut, but I am saving them for later.

Update: I plugged it into Submittable to see what it would say. Currently 8 words over.

Just finished what I thought was a 'barebones' first draft. I'm somehow 194 words over... This might be karma LOL

Just cut it in half and submit two stories. Double your odds. I am pretty sure that's how it works.

I am 1000 percent certain you are correct. And that should save me a whole night of pesky editing. Thank you kindly Tongue
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I double checked my nerdy spreadsheet and in 30 NYCm stories I have only had 2 instances where I did not place or earn a HM. And yet, this is only my second Finals

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Originally posted by kristina_f kristina_f wrote:

I'm at 271 right now, so maybe I'll just delete all of the articles as a start. If I just capitalize 'penguin' it becomes a name—no need for 'a' or 'the'.


Make your Penguins Russian.  There are no articles in Russian.
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Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Originally posted by kristina_f kristina_f wrote:

I'm at 271 right now, so maybe I'll just delete all of the articles as a start. If I just capitalize 'penguin' it becomes a name—no need for 'a' or 'the'.


Make your Penguins Russian.  There are no articles in Russian.

Legend has it Crime and Punishment was only ten pages in the original Russian. The English translation was almost entirely bloated syntax.
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Originally posted by kristina_f kristina_f wrote:

Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Originally posted by kristina_f kristina_f wrote:

I'm at 271 right now, so maybe I'll just delete all of the articles as a start. If I just capitalize 'penguin' it becomes a name—no need for 'a' or 'the'.


Make your Penguins Russian.  There are no articles in Russian.

Legend has it Crime and Punishment was only ten pages in the original Russian. The English translation was almost entirely bloated syntax.


It's one word in German.  Two in Estonian.

You laugh, but I have Crime and Punishment in Russian.  There's a reason I'll still read translations, preferably one that was done at least in part by a native speaker.  I'm picky about my translators.

Speaking Russian and understanding it are two different things; a classic example was that short movie I translated.  Woman opens the door and says 'otkriti', which means 'open' in Russian.  What that means to me (the door is open) is not what that means to a native speaker (we're holding a funeral).

To a westerner traditional Russian funerary practices are pretty...strange...
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