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Topic: Well, that was (nearly) impossible!
Posted By: Nbelousova
Subject: Well, that was (nearly) impossible!
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2020 at 11:21pm
So, having just submitted my first ever attempt at a short story challenge, I thought I'd share some reflections. I'm coming to this having just done two rounds of the microfiction challenge, and a writing workshop where I have been writing weekly pieces based on various prompts.

This will surprise absolutely no-one who has done this before, but... This was a thousand times harder than any of that. I found my genre, subject and character assignment extremely prohibitive, and had a lot of trouble coming up with a workable idea for a story. Every time I thought of something that fit two out of the three criteria, I would remember the third and the whole thing would fall apart. Microfiction was difficult, to be sure, but essentially you just have to write one scene, there's just one central point to be made and once I had that for both rounds of the challenge that I got to be in, the writing was relatively easy. Here, I had to come up with an idea and actually develop it into a story, while still restricting myself to just a couple of central characters and plot points to keep it under the 2500 word limit.

In the end, I came up with just two story ideas that fit my heat's requirements, and rejected one after writing a thousand words or so because it was just going to be too complicated. The other barely fits the required criteria. In fact, if I get a judge who's not really paying attention (or if I failed to clearly communicate the point of the story), I may be disqualified for not addressing the necessary subject.

But, the positive is: I did write a story. And while it's not the best thing I've ever written, it's an actual, complete story, which I churned out in less than 24 hours (because I kept on waiting for inspiration to strike and suddenly it was today and I just had to sit down and write the damn thing). So it's nice to know that I can write when I'm under pressure, and that I can come up with ideas even when initially, the challenge seems impossible. Of course I hope I get through to the next round, but it seems unlikely. I am, however, infinitely glad that I had an opportunity to take on this challenge, and that I didn't give up when I got my heat assignment.

So anyway, good luck everybody, I hope you all surprised yourselves as much I did, and I can't wait to read your entries!



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Posted By: Flake Cosmo
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2020 at 11:48pm
First, welcome to the short story challenge. Glad you were able to complete a story. It can be difficult. This is my third time in the contest, and my 5th story entered, and every time, when I get my prompts, my first thought is, I am not going to be able to come up with anything for this! But in the end, I always do. And I usually find myself writing as the deadline is swiftly approaching. This time, my jaw dropped when I saw my prompts. I shook my head and said 'there is no way I'm going to be able to do this.' I was the same, I could fit two together, but not three, until a couple of days ago when something finally started coming to me. I think this is probably an experience that many here have. Thanks for sharing your reflections! It's always interesting to hear other people's perspectives on the challenge.

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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2020 at 11:58pm
Haha, congrats!
The prompts we get can make things very difficult. I just jot the first thing that comes
to mind down and then work with that, some times it works. I know starting in the last
two days is hard, been there more than a few times.
The good news is that it gets easier every time, they are secretly changing your brain
chemistry, NYCM has plans for the world, maybe global conquest.


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Posted By: Mattmyth
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2020 at 12:25am
Feel your pain.
  I had several problems. Cramming everything into 2500 words for starters.  
  Then I was worried the terms and slang wouldn’t translate to the American judges, so I stripped it out.  I think the characters are all flat now.
  So my story turned out as dog sh*t haha.
  But, I’m pleased with my work ethic and pleased I got it done.    Just have to keep bashing the keyboard to get better. The worst thing that can happen with these sorts of things is that we learn.


Posted By: Nbelousova
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2020 at 9:01am
Haha, I'm Australian, so I always wonder how much I should "Americanize" my language. And I agree regarding the word count. 2500 words seemed like such a luxury after the microfiction challenge, but once you start writing an actual story, so many extra plot elements just creep in! I am pretty certain I know what the judges will say they wanted to see more of - there are things I refer to which I should have been able to show, but I simply didn't have the space to do it.

So yes, ultimately, it was a great learning exercise even if the final product was a bit of a mess. I think my biggest takeaway from this is to just write something as early as possible so you have enough time to edit. The idea I ended up going with came to me on Tuesday or Wednesday, but I ended up waiting until Saturday to write it because I kept hoping I'd come up with something ebtter.


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Posted By: Nbelousova
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2020 at 9:05am
Yes, I have to keep reminding myself that I started doing this primarily to force myself to do more writing and thereby to improve. In the future I think I will try to start writing earlier, like you say, just go with the first thing that comes to mind (in my case, the first thing that came to mind was exceddingly complicated and couldn't possibly be done as a short story, but the second - the one I ended up writing - could've been started on Tuesday or Wednesday, instead of Saturday.)

I'm also still figuring out just how much flexibility the judges have around the subject/genre/character definitions. My genre was "mystery", which I've never written before and not read all that much of, and my story, while it has a small mystery in it, really reads much more as drama. And the subject, well, I think I've addressed it, but it may not obvious that I have, so there's definitely a chance I'll get disqualified...


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Posted By: f6ken
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2020 at 1:04pm
Glad I'm not the only "slow starter." I had a number of ideas throughout the week and started to write synopses first, then realized they were all basically brain farts. But, as always I found the germ of an idea Friday night and didn't gain any traction until about seven hours before the deadline. I got it in with 10 minutes to spare. Last year I had seven minutes to spare and in 2018, my first time I had less than five minutes to get the last revision submitted.

It always seems impossible until it isn't...


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Posted By: DukeREK
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2020 at 9:50pm
I hear that.

Romantic comedy sent me scrambling into mental caverns I have never explored and that I dynamited after I had. I even sat down and watched When Harry got mail or somesuch.

I then wrote over 1000 words for each of seven different stories before deleting them and reformating my hard drive in case proof of their existence ever cropped up again. 

Number eight was the one that I hated the least.


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Posted By: Nbelousova
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2020 at 10:24pm
I'm just "getting stuff past the radar". My genre was mystery, and I essentially wrote drama with a small mystery as the catalyst for the plot but not really central to it. Like, the mystery is solved about halfway through the story. I read the genre description and it was like "Drop clues for the reader to guess what the answer is" and I mean, how are you supposed to do that in 2500 words anyway? I've read a small amount of mystery - really small, since it's not usually my cup of tea - and it's always been novels. No idea how to do mystery in a short story. We live and learn.

I feel your pain with Rom Com, I got straight Romance in the second round of the Microfiction challenge, which, just, UGH.


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Posted By: Beamishgirl
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 4:45am
Oh, I can relate to so many of these posts! 
Changing the language because I was afraid the judges would struggle with Australian English. Tick. 
Not starting until day six because I was completely flummoxed by the prompts and genre. Historical fiction. Erg! Tick. 
Finally producing something (pretty sure I won’t have to worry about round two!) in the last two days and wishing I’d just started earlier. Double tick!! 
It’s nice to see I wasn’t alone on struggle street. Misery loves company. Smile
Oh and I sooo genre fudged! Is it still historical fiction if it’s set in 1980 and I don’t actually refer to anything else about the 1980s other than the date?!!


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Posted By: Charlie272
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 9:00am
Originally posted by Beamishgirl Beamishgirl wrote:

Oh, I can relate to so many of these posts! 
Changing the language because I was afraid the judges would struggle with Australian English. Tick. 
Not starting until day six because I was completely flummoxed by the prompts and genre. Historical fiction. Erg! Tick. 
Finally producing something (pretty sure I won’t have to worry about round two!) in the last two days and wishing I’d just started earlier. Double tick!! 
It’s nice to see I wasn’t alone on struggle street. Misery loves company. Smile
Oh and I sooo genre fudged! Is it still historical fiction if it’s set in 1980 and I don’t actually refer to anything else about the 1980s other than the date?!!

Doing 1980 is fine... they say it’s anything past, say, 25 years ago, so 1980 is well past that. (The one time I got Historical fiction I did 1972). But not having that timeframe be critical to the story, that might be more of an issue. But it’s probably like most things in these comps, a great story overrides a lot of those concerns.


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Posted By: sepidehs
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 10:04am
Good work for submitting a story! 

This was my first time writing a short story. I have more experience with poems. Anyway, I found my genre/subject/character relatively easy (compared to some of the other ones I saw on the list). I kept forcing myself to write about something I had no experience in and then realized maybe I should turn something that has happened to me into a story. And I did. It turned out better and much easier to write about. 


Posted By: Nbelousova
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 12:26pm
Unfortunately, my character and genre assignment kind of forced me to try and write about something I knew nothing about. My character was supposed to be a computer hacker, and I sort of ended up having him do a really minor, really simple bit of hacking and implied that he could do more if he wanted but that the story did not require it. I hope it’s enough to satisfy the judges, but it’s definitely questionable!

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Posted By: Nbelousova
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 12:27pm
But also - well done churning out your first short story!

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Posted By: Spooky
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 12:55pm
Mine was historical fiction too. Did you get the porter and evidence prompts like me?


Posted By: Spooky
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 12:58pm
My struggle was to write something that had integrity without exploiting some historic tragedy. I don't know if I came anywhere near succeeding.


Posted By: LadyGrey
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 1:39pm
This was my first time doing NYCM and I struggled hard with horror. I have never read or watched horror so I didn't even know where to start. In the end, I got a story in, but I don't know if it's horror. Oh, well. 


Posted By: lmcollins
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 1:47pm
I feel the same way!!! I got derailed a bit by a monster storm. No power for three nights with everyone indoors! My genre was fantasy - not my area at all - and now I think I may be disqualified because it was not fantastical enough or too macabre! I wonder will they be a little more lenient int he first round? I am new to the competition and this is the first story I have ever shared!


Posted By: LadyGrey
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 1:56pm
It would be nice if they were more lenient, but I have no idea what to really expect! Either way, it's a fun writing experience!


Posted By: laritybug
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 4:12pm
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Posted By: Nic6879
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 4:34pm
Third time participant (one SSC and one FFC before this) and I signed up again to get myself out of the not-writing-anything slump for the past year and a half (I give myself grace as I had a baby during that time). But my brain was such mush that I had no ideas AT ALL, a total blank on what to do. By Friday night I had decided to throw in the towel this time. Saturday (day 8) I woke up with the first workable idea, then had no time (since there's a 5-month old in my life) for most of the day...
I basically threw a story together in about 4 hours that landed at exactly 2,500 words. I actually am fond of the idea and part of its execution, but due to the time constraints and no beta readers it's shoddy, not 100% thought through, has typos and weaknesses. And to add insult to injury, after fighting the good fight, my submission went through one minute past the deadline. So I might get disqualified. Wacko
 
But now I'm really proud I actually did it, after all, because it means I can still produce a story even in a short amount of time, and that - albeit far from perfect - the writing is at least decent. So in the end, the contest forced what I needed it to do, to get me to just *DO* something.


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Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 5:04pm
Originally posted by DukeREK DukeREK wrote:

I hear that.

Romantic comedy sent me scrambling into mental caverns I have never explored and that I dynamited after I had. I even sat down and watched When Harry got mail or somesuch.

LOL That pretty much describes their idea of romcom: every shlocky Meg Ryan movie from the late eighties-early nineties. Maybe with some Hallmark sprinkled in. It's amazing how hard it is to write boring, bland, formula. 

I do hope I get straight comedy at some point because MY idea of a funny comedy is (literary-wise) A Man Called Ove (I kept having to warn Mom when I was about to read something out loud, "Okay, this is so hysterically funny--oh, yeah, Ove's trying to hang himself but it IS funny"), or The Hundred-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared (which may have the highest body count of any book I've ever read that wasn't nonfiction about a war.)  The movie Adams Aebler (Adam's Apples) is good too but even MORE...you can't even say irreverent, it doesn't go half far enough.


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Posted By: shady
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 5:59pm
I had no trouble starting.   After a couple days I thought I can do that! Then the revisions started.   The scenes were all I’ve the place & confusing. I added too many side stories & background. The rewriting and cut & pasting got me all stressed. Then during the polishing up part I still made some big changes. I kept hearing all my high school teachers: passive voice! Too many state of being verbs! More adjectives and description! It was SO HARD!
Then I realized I’ve never actually finished a story since college (a bit ago)! Turned it in a couple hours before deadline. Then I decided to make some changes and remembered I didn’t check the font size or format! I would be so upset if I was disqualified for font!!

Although I did more telling than showing, I am pleased with what I turned in.

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Posted By: DukeREK
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 6:24pm
Originally posted by Nic6879 Nic6879 wrote:

Third time participant (one SSC and one FFC before this) and I signed up again to get myself out of the not-writing-anything slump for the past year and a half (I give myself grace as I had a baby during that time). But my brain was such mush that I had no ideas AT ALL, a total blank on what to do. By Friday night I had decided to throw in the towel this time. Saturday (day 8) I woke up with the first workable idea, then had no time (since there's a 5-month old in my life) for most of the day...
I basically threw a story together in about 4 hours that landed at exactly 2,500 words. I actually am fond of the idea and part of its execution, but due to the time constraints and no beta readers it's shoddy, not 100% thought through, has typos and weaknesses. And to add insult to injury, after fighting the good fight, my submission went through one minute past the deadline. So I might get disqualified. Wacko
 
But now I'm really proud I actually did it, after all, because it means I can still produce a story even in a short amount of time, and that - albeit far from perfect - the writing is at least decent. So in the end, the contest forced what I needed it to do, to get me to just *DO* something.


Awesome work and so very well done. You should be proud. To my mind, that's the primary benefit of programs like this - encourages you to write something... anything... just write! And you did :)




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Posted By: OnyxLily
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 6:58pm
Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

Originally posted by DukeREK DukeREK wrote:

I hear that.

Romantic comedy sent me scrambling into mental caverns I have never explored and that I dynamited after I had. I even sat down and watched When Harry got mail or somesuch.

LOL That pretty much describes their idea of romcom: every shlocky Meg Ryan movie from the late eighties-early nineties. Maybe with some Hallmark sprinkled in. It's amazing how hard it is to write boring, bland, formula. 

I do hope I get straight comedy at some point because MY idea of a funny comedy is (literary-wise) A Man Called Ove (I kept having to warn Mom when I was about to read something out loud, "Okay, this is so hysterically funny--oh, yeah, Ove's trying to hang himself but it IS funny"), or The Hundred-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared (which may have the highest body count of any book I've ever read that wasn't nonfiction about a war.)  The movie Adams Aebler (Adam's Apples) is good too but even MORE...you can't even say irreverent, it doesn't go half far enough.


If you do get comedy, I'll definitely read that. I loved A Man Called Ove and The Hundred-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared. I haven't seen Adams Aebler but sounds like I might need to look it up!


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Posted By: Nbelousova
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 7:51pm
Well done for getting a story out under those circumstances! Mine feels sloppy as well, of course I had no time for a beta either. I like the way some of it turned out (one of the characters turned out quite vivid, and I might use her in another story sometime) but the MC is a bit flat and there's all this extra detail that would've made the story so much better if only I'd had the space to put it in (or the time to work it into the narrative without adding to the word count). Mine clocked in at exactly 2500 words too, it's a pity there are no bonus points for that!

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Posted By: OnyxLily
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 8:01pm
Originally posted by Nbelousova Nbelousova wrote:

Well done for getting a story out under those circumstances! Mine feels sloppy as well, of course I had no time for a beta either. I like the way some of it turned out (one of the characters turned out quite vivid, and I might use her in another story sometime) but the MC is a bit flat and there's all this extra detail that would've made the story so much better if only I'd had the space to put it in (or the time to work it into the narrative without adding to the word count). Mine clocked in at exactly 2500 words too, it's a pity there are no bonus points for that!


Tip: If you press "quote" rather than "reply" we can see which post you're replying to. One of the quirks of a 90s-style internet forum! LOL


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Posted By: Nbelousova
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 8:38pm
Originally posted by OnyxLily OnyxLily wrote:


Tip: If you press "quote" rather than "reply" we can see which post you're replying to. One of the quirks of a 90s-style internet forum! LOL

Hah! I was wondering how to do that. Never thought I'd turn into one of "these" people, but here I am...


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Posted By: Spooky
Date Posted: 28 Jan 2020 at 4:29am
That was your first story since college? Then you did amazing! I found it hard. I take a long time when I write. I usually take two weeks alone to work on voice. As such, my story doesn’t be really have any lol. When when you say ‘passive voice’ and ‘state of being verbs’ what do you mean? Like ‘he was happy’? And just using the passive tense? Cos now I’m gonna take a look and see if I did bad there!


Posted By: Mumser
Date Posted: 28 Jan 2020 at 5:39am
Originally posted by lmcollins lmcollins wrote:

I feel the same way!!! I got derailed a bit by a monster storm. No power for three nights with everyone indoors! My genre was fantasy - not my area at all - and now I think I may be disqualified because it was not fantastical enough or too macabre! I wonder will they be a little more lenient int he first round? I am new to the competition and this is the first story I have ever shared!
We heard about that storm! You guys get snow like nobody else.
Good work getting your story through and I wouldn’t worry about it being fantastical enough. If you forgot a prompt or missed the deadline by a lot, that would be a DQ. The main thing is, you wrote a story and submitted it. I hope you share on the forum - there’s so much to learn reviewing other stories and receiving reviews of yours. Congrats, I hope this is the first of many for you! Good luck!


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Posted By: OKCryptid
Date Posted: 28 Jan 2020 at 2:10pm
Originally posted by Spooky Spooky wrote:

When when you say ‘passive voice’ and ‘state of being verbs’ what do you mean? Like ‘he was happy’? And just using the passive tense? Cos now I’m gonna take a look and see if I did bad there!

Great tool for finding this (and other issues) is http://www.hemingwayapp.com/" rel="nofollow - Hemingway Editor . 

I like using it if I'm stuck at a midway point and feel like something's wrong with the flow, and just before a final edit to see if I can break up some larger sentences. 

Obviously it's still just a program and isn't always "correct," so use with discretion to your own tastes. 


Posted By: IBX
Date Posted: 28 Jan 2020 at 4:02pm
Originally posted by DukeREK DukeREK wrote:

I hear that.

Romantic comedy sent me scrambling into mental caverns I have never explored and that I dynamited after I had. I even sat down and watched When Harry got mail or somesuch.

I then wrote over 1000 words for each of seven different stories before deleting them and reformating my hard drive in case proof of their existence ever cropped up again. 

Number eight was the one that I hated the least.

Also had romantic comedy.  Struggled a good bit.  Was 1,700 words in before any romance started happening...if you could even call it such.



Posted By: LackofBetter
Date Posted: 28 Jan 2020 at 10:49pm
I'm relating to everything you guys are saying. There were so many ideas I wanted to try  but struggled because I'm normally an abstract writer and questioned if the judges had time to dissect metaphors. 

If I make it thru, I want to include some of the elements I include in my writing normally. 

Overall, I'm proud I got it done and you should be too!


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Posted By: shady
Date Posted: 01 Feb 2020 at 11:38am
Originally posted by Spooky Spooky wrote:

That was your first story since college? Then you did amazing! I found it hard. I take a long time when I write. I usually take two weeks alone to work on voice. As such, my story doesn’t be really have any lol. When when you say ‘passive voice’ and ‘state of being verbs’ what do you mean? Like ‘he was happy’? And just using the passive tense? Cos now I’m gonna take a look and see if I did bad there!

Passive voice is when there is no subject doing the action: “the book was placed on the table.” As opposed to “she placed the book on the table.”
State of being verbs: is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been, etc. if you use more descriptive verbs instead it sounds much better. Instead of: “ His hair was short and dark.” Try: “The short cut of his dark hair complemented his face.” Or something that works with what you are writing.

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Posted By: mandabanana
Date Posted: 05 Feb 2020 at 4:32pm
It's my first time entering too! I had reviewed previous genres and prompts and was worried I'd get one I absolutely couldn't handle, like Political Satire. I was so excited I got Sci-Fi (I've been reading a lot of it lately). It was definitely an interesting process because you don't want to make the prompt TOO obvious, but you don't want to make it difficult to sense either. Finding that balance and integrating everything well is what messed me up the most. Clarity was also a problem. You don't want to say too much or be too wordy either, especially with 2500; but you know you have to set the scene and show character development all in that word count so there's things you have to skip over. I definitely had fun, but I second your opinion that it was a...different experience.

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