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Topic: What's your writing white whale?
Posted By: juliaro
Subject: What's your writing white whale?
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:36am
Now that everyone has (probably) read the results from the first round, I guess we're all curiously awaiting our next prompts!

Is there a genre/object you've always wanted but never got? Or a prompt you coveted but didn't get?

Conversely, is there any genre that freaks you out above all else? I'm a Very Serious History PhD Student, and I'm absolutely positive I'd screw up historical fiction... but I'd love to try sci-fi Smile


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Posted By: TammyB
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:44am
Let’s look at me this way.

What genre do I want the most? Crime Caper.

What genre do I fear I will get? Horror (no pun intended).

Crime Caper because I write mysteries as my writing hobby and would like to try something a bit different and the allowability to have humor on purpose.
Horror because I despise watching gore (it actually makes me vomit watching it), so I don’t think I could write it.


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Posted By: JeanlucPIc
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:45am
I really want comedy. I swear to Jesus I am a funny guy! I have written very funny advertising in the past, but not a comedy story. But I think (hope) I could create a spectacularly oddball romp regardless of object or setting. 

Ghost Story was rough for me (though I managed 11 points somehow). It was so new and uncomfortable for me. 

And say NO to Historical Fickshun. I might quit if I get that. 


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Posted By: chrissie0707
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:46am
I really want to try my hand at Sci-Fi. Honestly though, I’ve written like seven different genres for these comps and I’ve surprised myself with each of them. I’m open to all challenges. (She said, knowing full-well she has just doomed her group to receiving Drama or Historical Fiction tomorrow 😛)

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Posted By: louciferish
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 9:25am
The only genre I really never wanted to get was political satire.

I got it in round one. First try. Of course.

Even though I did pretty well, my nightmare is that I somehow draw political satire again in round 2. 

My ideal prompts would be scifi, fantasy, or horror. Hoping the writing gods will be kind to me.


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Posted By: SLSingleton
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 9:32am
I've done the flash and short story a few times and only gotten ghost story, crime caper, comedy, fantasy, and political satire. I'd just like to try something new. I like the challenge. 



Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 9:44am
Originally posted by juliaro juliaro wrote:

Now that everyone has (probably) read the results from the first round, I guess we're all curiously awaiting our next prompts!

Is there a genre/object you've always wanted but never got? Or a prompt you coveted but didn't get?

Conversely, is there any genre that freaks you out above all else? I'm a Very Serious History PhD Student, and I'm absolutely positive I'd screw up historical fiction... but I'd love to try sci-fi Smile


I'll look at results before round three.  Until then they don't mean anything.

I'm really bad at anything romance-ish, mostly because I'm not that person.  Comedy is also hard; I can usually crack people up, but writing funny is more of a horror show.  Horror...actually any genre that relies heavily on emotional reactions because I'm basically the definition of flat aspect, hence all the dry, sarcastic humor.  Action/Adventure can be hard, simply because descriptions eat words at a prodigious rate (so I wrote it as drama; score is out there but I won't look at it).

Sci-Fi (is not a genre).  I grew up on that before I switched to hard science and history.  Pol-Sat, because nothing is easier than poking fun at the hypocrisy surrounding us and I can write it as sci-fi (is not a genre), Historical Fiction (is also not a genre), except it takes forever and nobody likes history, or at least not real history.  The sanitized version seems to be in now days (see pol-sat).  I'd like to try my hand at Mystery some day.  Solving problems is what I do, so I'm afraid I'll make it too obtuse, but that's not my problem.

I'm not afraid, or freaked out, at anything NYCM can throw at me. The prompts are what they are.



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Posted By: dennymike
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 10:12am
I normally write romance/historical romance and historical fiction, but I entered this contest to challenge myself. I am pleased with my results for round one. I had fairy tale, so it really wasn't a stretch from my usual, but I did get some great feedback from the forums.

There's really not one in thing in particular that I am hoping for, but I am not convinced I would do well with political satire or mystery. Oh I'm usually the type to figure out the mystery well before the end of the book/movie, but I don't know that I could plan that. I admire those who can. Horror is also a little intimidating.

I am really looking forward to the next challenge, even though this is going to be a rough busy weekend for me, but with a full laptop battery and enough coffee I can do anything!


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Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 10:18am
I would love historical fiction or romance. Closest I've come is romcom.

As always, please God not polisat 



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Posted By: Charlie72
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 10:23am
I tend to write drama, often with aspects of suspense or horror.
I’m looking forward to getting anything that’s outside of those three genres.  Maybe I’ll learn some skills I didn’t know I had?


Posted By: northernwriter
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 10:36am
Originally posted by Charlie72 Charlie72 wrote:

I tend to write drama, often with aspects of suspense or horror.
I’m looking forward to getting anything that’s outside of those three genres.  Maybe I’ll learn some skills I didn’t know I had?

I loved your round 1 story and writing style. I agree that one of the best things about this competition has been getting pushed out of my comfort zone. I’m now way more comfortable with writing action/adventure scenes in my novel because I had some practice here. 


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Posted By: sgspeed
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 11:21am
No way I'm writing it down, I'll get one of them for sure!  I will say that I really love historical fiction. I'll curse that one, because there are others I'm fond of as well. 

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Posted By: amlewi08
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 11:22am
I'd kill to get the ghost story genre.  I've not written in it, but it just seems like it'd be fun!  I'd want to make it comedic.

I'm afraid to say what I wouldn't want because, you know, "thinking things into existence" and what not.


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Posted By: Hatter
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 11:38am
There are some genres that I’m terrified of getting. I will not name them because that’s how they get you!

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Posted By: vkmartin
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 11:47am
I would love to get a genre I haven't written before for NYCM over the years. So far I've done fantasy, scifi, historical fiction, romcom (wouldn't mind doing that one again though because it was terrible), mystery, drama, and thriller.

That said ... please not political satire.


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Posted By: JanetM
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 11:52am
I'd love to get something I haven't done yet, except for political satire- so: ghost, horror, thriller, even spy...can't remember the rest off hand. LOL Comedy would be tough, too. 

looking forward to Friday midnight! Good luck to Group 49 on some good prompts!


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Posted By: Sammayne
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 12:10pm
I’d do awful things to get Sci-Fi. Sci-Fi is home to me. I’d be pretty happy with Fantasy, Horror, Fairytale or Polisat too. 

Just please NYCMN gods, don’t give me Drama. My writing is pretty reliant on bizzare, otherworldly or absurd things happening, and I just don’t feel like I could do that with Drama. I’d be so stuck. Wouldn’t really want Romance either for similar reasons, although I did draw RomCom for round one, and placed pretty well by writing about a guy who explodes so who knows?


Posted By: beadbalm
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 12:27pm
I was so happy to get sci-fi last SS, but then overthought it so it didn't have the beautiful ending I had dreamed about. Still messing with that one. Anyway. Sometimes it's nice to get something you dread and then surprise yourself. I did not know I could write a romance last year without people running for buckets, but I did. Soo....I'll take whatever. Though I would appreciate if it wasn't set during a forest fire and include a mechanical bull. I'll pass on that.

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Posted By: Charlie72
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 1:01pm
Originally posted by northernwriter northernwriter wrote:

I loved your round 1 story and writing style. I agree that one of the best things about this competition has been getting pushed out of my comfort zone. I’m now way more comfortable with writing action/adventure scenes in my novel because I had some practice here. 

Thank you!  I loved your story too though I got the sense it wasn't as purely indicative of your style since you wrote it as a children's romp.  But I definitely had you down as one to root for and to check out what else you do!


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Posted By: Charlie72
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 1:09pm
Originally posted by beadbalm beadbalm wrote:

Soo....I'll take whatever. Though I would appreciate if it wasn't set during a forest fire and include a mechanical bull. I'll pass on that.

Same, literally, same.  
But that said, I ended up loving what I did with those prompts (if a bit disappointed that the judges were a little less enthused) and I'm looking forward to tinkering with it.


Posted By: OnyxLily
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:14pm
Every time I get my prompts I’m certain I won’t be able to write that genre. Then once I’m don’t and submitted I start to feel protective or my genre and prompts and certain I couldn’t have written anything else. 

Having said that, I’d rather not get ghost story or Fairytale, and I think mystery would be a challenge in 1k words. 


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Posted By: charleycheval
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:24pm
So interesting to see what people want/don't want! 

I love historical fiction, drama and romances. Will not write down what I am afraid of!!


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Posted By: justmel
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:37pm
I actually keep a list of all 17 genres and what I've gotten over the years.  There are five I've never gotten yet, but I'm not going to say which one(s) I'm dreading.  And actually, some of the ones I *was dreading actually wound up turning out OK.  Three genres I desperately didn't want (RomCom, Action-Adventure, and Drama) actually prompted me to write some of my favorite stories, so there's really no predicting.  Anyway, here's my list:
 

1.    Action/Adventure – 2

2.    Comedy – 2

3.    Crime Caper – 2

4.    Drama – 1

5.    Fairy Tale -- 0

6.    Fantasy – 1

7.    Ghost Story – 1 (current)

8.    Historical Fiction – 1 (not finished or submitted)

9.    Horror – 2

10.  Mystery -- 0

11.  Political Satire -- 0

12.  Romance – 0

13.  Romantic Comedy – 2

14.  Sci-Fi -- 0

15.  Spy – 1 (not finished, not submitted)

16.  Suspense – 1 (this was my very first nycm challenge)

17.  Thriller – 1

ETA: I just now saw the "what genres have you gotten" thread.  Sorry I didn't post this there.  Whoops.



Posted By: LMBird
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:44pm
I've only competed once before, a couple years ago.  I had political satire as my first one and dreaded it.  Took me three different stories to be half-way satisfied with what I'd written.  I really don't want to have to do one of those again.

Second challenge was drama, something much more up my ally.  But somehow I got a better score on my satire than my drama.  I chalk it up to some really, really good competition.

This year so far I've had Fairy Tale, which wasn't too bad.  I'm kind of neutral about that one.

I don't really want to have to do a crime caper or mystery.  I don't read those genres and am utterly unfamiliar with them.  And I probably just jinxed myself.


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Posted By: aslepian
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 4:35pm
First round taught me a lot about sucking it up when you get a genre you dread (political satire) and honestly I had way more fun than I would have hoped!

I so dread fantasy or fairytale though. It is so far out of my wheelhouse and comfort zone.

I would love to try Sci-Fi and Historical Fiction though! Romantic Comedy could be fun too.


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Posted By: Lord Xoon
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 4:47pm
Romance and Rom Com are my greatest fears. I don't think I can build a compelling story in either.

Drama would be difficult also.

I feel like I at least understand  the other ones.


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Posted By: beadbalm
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 5:30pm
dang it, posted twice!

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Posted By: beadbalm
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 5:30pm
Originally posted by beadbalm beadbalm wrote:

Originally posted by Charlie72 Charlie72 wrote:

Originally posted by beadbalm beadbalm wrote:

Soo....I'll take whatever. Though I would appreciate if it wasn't set during a forest fire and include a mechanical bull. I'll pass on that.

Same, literally, same.  
But that said, I ended up loving what I did with those prompts (if a bit disappointed that the judges were a little less enthused) and I'm looking forward to tinkering with it.

This one was a little weird. More than before, I thought that the feedback was a bit simplistic. Who knows, could have been the end of a long day. Glad you enjoyed what you did - I liked it too. Keep it going!


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Posted By: northernwriter
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 6:07pm
Originally posted by Charlie72 Charlie72 wrote:

Originally posted by northernwriter northernwriter wrote:

I loved your round 1 story and writing style. I agree that one of the best things about this competition has been getting pushed out of my comfort zone. I’m now way more comfortable with writing action/adventure scenes in my novel because I had some practice here. 

Thank you!  I loved your story too though I got the sense it wasn't as purely indicative of your style since you wrote it as a children's romp.  But I definitely had you down as one to root for and to check out what else you do!

Thanks! I'm actually writing a middle grade novel, so perhaps it is indicative of my style! (Though I saw you checked out my last screenplay and that one was definitely different.) Looking forward to being stretched in a new direction this weekend!


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Posted By: KLNorman
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 6:26pm
I would love to get fairy tale/fantasy. I have never written one before but it’s one of my fave genres to read.

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Posted By: sootfoot5
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 7:41pm
I can't understand why people fear drama (as a writing genre -- not as something happening in their life!)  Drama is in everything.  It occurs in juxtaposition to comedy to make comedy stronger.  It is what builds almost every other genre.  How would horror be horrifying without drama?  What suspense would there be without the drama included?  Even romance includes drama--it is that dot dot dot that leaves you breathless.  

Drama is what we have all experienced in our lives.  Perhaps that is why some writers fear it.  Maybe, just maybe, they are afraid to touch that inner part of themselves with their powerful pen.  (naughty, eh?)

I'd be thrilled to get drama next challenge.  But I really hope for Historical Fiction.  I've been doing this comp for more than 10 years and never been assigned that.  BRING IT!!!


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Posted By: chrissie0707
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 7:45pm
Originally posted by sootfoot5 sootfoot5 wrote:

Drama is what we have all experienced in our lives.  Perhaps that is why some writers fear it.  Maybe, just maybe, they are afraid to touch that inner part of themselves with their powerful pen. 


It's a genre I wasn't necessarily fearing, but I wasn't looking forward to it. Then I pulled Drama in the second round of SSC this year and just...YES. Because this is EXACTLY what happened. The only world my prompts begged me to explore was my own, so I did. And despite the fact my story wasn't successful enough with the judges to move on to the final round, I dug into something personal that was difficult, but so worthwhile. I welcome Drama again. I'm game.

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Posted By: juliaro
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 7:50pm
Originally posted by Lord Xoon Lord Xoon wrote:

Romance and Rom Com are my greatest fears. I don't think I can build a compelling story in either.

Drama would be difficult also.

I feel like I at least understand  the other ones.

I dread the idea of rom-com as well...the genres that oblige the writer to instill a certain emotion in the reader always seem like the hardest because you have to write for specific sensibilities (I guess this goes for horror as well). I have no idea how to write a 'good' rom com, let alone one that would please the judges!


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Posted By: sootfoot5
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:34pm
Originally posted by chrissie0707 chrissie0707 wrote:

Originally posted by sootfoot5 sootfoot5 wrote:

Drama is what we have all experienced in our lives.  Perhaps that is why some writers fear it.  Maybe, just maybe, they are afraid to touch that inner part of themselves with their powerful pen. 


It's a genre I wasn't necessarily fearing, but I wasn't looking forward to it. Then I pulled Drama in the second round of SSC this year and just...YES. Because this is EXACTLY what happened. The only world my prompts begged me to explore was my own, so I did. And despite the fact my story wasn't successful enough with the judges to move on to the final round, I dug into something personal that was difficult, but so worthwhile. I welcome Drama again. I'm game.


It has also been my experience that many of my stories that didn't quite fly here are the ones I've been able to get published while the higher scorers sit lonely on my cloud and hard drive.  

If you haven't already, go back and look at the drama tale with a fresh eye.  Then submit it .  It would be a dramatic ending to your own "dramatic" tale, don't you agree?  


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Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2019 at 6:46am
Mine was political satire and then I got it and it didn't totally work out LOL

I'd really just like a good drama prompt at this point


Posted By: nemmo
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2019 at 7:41am
I'd really love to get horror - I read an awful lot of it, and have written a fair few short horror stories. But perversely, I feel like I'd completely bomb in it due to the increased pressure of expecting to do well. When I got action/adventure and thriller - which I had no clue how to tackle, and went in with a "meh, I can only do my best" mindset - I scraped a HM both times, so was pretty pleased. 

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