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Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Originally posted by Holdo Holdo wrote:

Okay. So I feel like some sort of mama's boy now, because I declared myself out of the running a couple of times and actually, honestly gave up. But I put on my big boy pants this morning (Monday Australia time) and bashed out a new second half and somehow got it in with three minutes to spare. It's not good, but it's also not completely horrible, and there are a few lines in it that give me quiet satisfaction even if no one else likes them.


Well done!  We're all proud of you for sticking it out (and anyone who isn't doesn't count Big smile)


Aw, thanks! Embarrassed Sounds like a few people prevailed against some genuinely hard life stuff this round, including serious illness, so I'm not sure I qualify for too much praise, but still -- thanks.
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Originally posted by Evil Tomato Evil Tomato wrote:

Originally posted by redhart redhart wrote:

What suspense group are you in?
I’m in 1, and I sort of threw in a bit of comedy in the first half.
Now if I’d have been assigned comedy, I would have freaked out.

I'm in group 26 - Suspense / an author / an inspection.

I feel like suspense is like deliberately not advancing the plot to create an emotional effect... My instincts were sabotaging me a bit, I think.

I've got a lot of respect for anyone who can write a really good suspense short story, but I don't think I'm one of them yet.

I'm in your heat, and I feel you on being sabotaged by your instincts! Writing this, I felt like on my first pass through I refused to foreshadow anything, because I'm so used to cutting out bad, false suspense from my usual writing. What ended up working was just writing the whole story without regard to dread, anxiety, etc., and then going back once it was done to add foreshadowing statements here and there. 

It felt like being naughty -- you know, in a writerly way. Doing a thing you have been trained out of doing and, better still, doing it because the situation demands it for your success.
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Originally posted by taaaylor taaaylor wrote:

I managed to get extremely sick over all 3 days of the contest. Spent-most-of-Saturday-night-at-the-ER sort of sick. My liver is a bit on fire because (most likely) hepatitis A has taken up residency in me. I'm amazed I got a story out at all. Couldn't have done it without my best friend helping me figure it all out, honestly.

Congrats to everyone who has made it across the finish line, and good luck to anyone using these last couple hours to make it <3 It's been such a joy writing with you all

OMG, that's horrible. I hope you start feeling better soon and you're a total miracle for even getting it done!!! 
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I was incredibly sick this weekend -- struggled through the story for days, got it done at 10:30pm after two full days on the damn thing, submitted, and.... 

Woke up this morning and realized that I hadn't formatted the damn thing. :(

I had almost no chance making it into the final as it was, but now I think it's totally impossible.

Sigh. 
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I'm still not sure if I regret not reworking the story more. I completed the majority of it Friday evening, then tweaked it minimally on Saturday (mostly because I had family drop in on me fairly unexpectedly... yaaaay) and submitted it that afternoon. Then decided that, while I loved the concept I'd come up with, my execution had been terrible, so I rewrote the entire thing Sunday morning and submitted the final version then and haven't looked at it since.

I definitely don't like it as much as my round 1 entry. I think my interpretation of the topic (Heat 12 - Historical fiction/A thief/A journey) was as best I could do in the time allotted. I really struggled because, honestly, I could already think of SO MANY stories that use those elements that I found it hard to come up with something original. I also am afraid that I didn't add enough "historical flavor" to it; I think I mention lanterns and wood torches and Plague miasmas, but that was about it.  Eek.

If anything gets me through to the next round, it'll have to be my spin on the topic assigned because I certainly don't feel as though it'll be my raw wordsmithing abilities alone.

Still, even if I don't make it, I'm tickled to bits to have come in first place in round 1 as someone who has not only never participated in this competition before, but who has never participated in any writing competition before, so advancing at this point would have just been icing on an already delicious cake! 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DeLynn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 12:08pm
Ouch I had so much fun with mine I had to kill 500+ words worth of "darlings."Cry I decided to save the lengthier version for future use.Fortunately, I like both. The longer one provides the reader greater visual detail. The short one is snappy.

Best of luck!

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I'm in H18 with you. Can't wait to see what you came up with; I loved "Caligula's Horse". Clap

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Same. I had to cut 440 words. It was tough. Thankful for beta readers. Still in this case, the story was stronger just a little longer. 

Ugh, but I realized I modified a really effective line Inshould have left alone. Oh well. At this point, it’s the best kind of story... a finished one! 
Read my 1st Round story titled Nothing Last Forever Except ...
Read my 2nd Round story titled Power Ranger
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Originally posted by redhart redhart wrote:

Originally posted by stephenmatlock stephenmatlock wrote:

1990 words, 1600 written in the last 90 minutes. One edit pass, and that's that.

Yay!! Glad you submitted! ClapClapClap


Thanks to SootFoot5 who pestered me to GIT ER DONE. She is my best ever mentor and advisor.
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Originally posted by Tim G Tim G wrote:

Originally posted by stephenmatlock stephenmatlock wrote:

1990 words, 1600 written in the last 90 minutes. One edit pass, and that's that.

KNEW YOU COULD DO IT!

Bravo that man.


Sigh. We'll see. There's a much better story in it, but it was a grind to get it out. I did everything *but* this story.

And thanks.
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