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Topic: How is everyone feeling at the end of Round 2?
Posted By: JCardello
Subject: How is everyone feeling at the end of Round 2?
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 12:53am
Out of all the genres Historical Fiction was at the bottom of the list of what I wanted assigned to me. And of course I got Historical Fiction.

Though I landed on what I wanted the main idea of this to be quickly, I really struggled fleshing out this story and sent off my final script way too close to the deadline that I was comfortable with.

In the end, I feel like my characters had greater depth to them compared to round 1, but my first story had a better arc to it.

How are y'all feeling?




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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 1:29am
When I enjoy myself in a contest I always feel like I have been punched hard in the head, lol. I feel that way now.

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Posted By: TreeTheGreen
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 1:29am
This is my first NYC Midnight challenge that I've gone away without solid confidence in my script. I got assigned political satire and I was like ?????? TBH I didn't even know what qualified as political satire going into this. When I found out that books like 1984 qualified I was like, ok, so I have some genre wiggle room here--

I learned one thing: I don't like writing political satire Cool

I also had to do a complete plot rewrite/remodel after writing draft one because my script... was... not good. So. That was... exciting... Stern Smile

Hope others had a better time than me lol!

(Don't get me wrong, I still had fun, it was just a little rougher than usual haha)


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Posted By: TheMarkCooper
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 1:35am
Oh my, JCardello. I was dreading historical fiction too. But I lucked out and got fairy tale. I'm sorry for you. I'm sure my turn will come. One day. 


 I'm tired. Brain wrecked. I think I get to a point where someone tells me something needs to be fixed and my story is now a house of cards. Fixing one thing destroys three others and so on. I am glad for the timed deadline. It forces me to stop. Good thing this is only a couple days too.

I need sleep, food, and mindless entertainment.

Cooper

Good luck everyone. I'll probably comment more here as I read others posts. 


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Posted By: TheMarkCooper
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 1:40am
Originally posted by TreeTheGreen TreeTheGreen wrote:

I don't like writing political satire Cool

I think I would say the same thing. In fact, I think they should have removed any political themes from this competition. I'm sure so many people are "over politics". We are so inundated with it right now and for the past year... I don't even think I could read a political story let alone write one. 

I wish you world's of luck. 



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Posted By: LivStrom
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 2:10am
I felt so confident after round 1 - this time not so much....

Got suspense, which isn't one of my favorites, and a cold (not Covid, got tested). I had some great betas who helped me though. Just posted the title and logline, finding a typo Dead.

Stayed up too late proof reading and obsessing, now have to do my real job with a cold and too little sleep. 

Don't get me wrong, I love the competitions, but this time was a bit harder then usual. Hope to be better by the 250 word comp next weekend. 


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Posted By: Rachel M
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 2:39am
Battling sheer exhaustion to write this today was difficult, but I really enjoyed this story and got to have that rare, exciting moment of witnessing something happen with my characters while I was writing them that I didn't plan or see coming. Actually happened twice for me on this one! That's why I write, which means this round is a win for me.

No idea at all if my script even fits in my genre or if any of the judges will like it even remotely. Regardless, I'm excited to make time this round to participate in the forums with you all :)



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Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 5:56am
Oh my GAWD I found a huge massive typo that I somehow stuck in when revising my script after submitting. Literally changed the main character's name to another character's name somehow, screwing up the entire story. 

WELP GOOD LUCK IN THE NEXT ROUND FOLKS!  AngryErmm

(other than that, mine was ok)


Posted By: Paula
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 7:12am
I'm exhausted and on a caffeine diet today. Operating on London time means staying awake until 5am, literally pushing submissions until the very last minute. The good thing is, you can come up with some crazy/quirky last minute stuff. Or an unwanted typo, on a not so positive note.

I enjoyed fairy tale and love the story I picked, but made the terrible mistake of reviewing my last submission this morning and surprise surprise, I found something I desperately wish I could tweak now.

Masochist much, I know... :-))



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Posted By: Paula
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 7:18am
Originally posted by TheMarkCooper TheMarkCooper wrote:

Oh my, JCardello. I was dreading historical fiction too. But I lucked out and got fairy tale. I'm sorry for you. I'm sure my turn will come. One day. 


 I'm tired. Brain wrecked. I think I get to a point where someone tells me something needs to be fixed and my story is now a house of cards. Fixing one thing destroys three others and so on. I am glad for the timed deadline. It forces me to stop. Good thing this is only a couple days too.

I need sleep, food, and mindless entertainment.

Cooper

Good luck everyone. I'll probably comment more here as I read others posts. 


Or trying to bring the page count down to 5 keeping the essence of your story intact. That's a craft in itself...

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Posted By: DBA Lehane
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 7:21am
Fairly relaxed, if I’m honest. I got a decent first draft down early on and was just a case of editing a few times over the next 24 hours. Submitted with almost 7 hours to spare which meant, being on London time too, I got a nice early night in.

Now on to my next writing challenge to be submitted by this Friday...


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Posted By: Jigu
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 7:57am
Welll... A bit out of my element, really - not because the Assignment #2 was overtly complex (it wasn't!), but because what I got is a bit of a blind spot for me right now. 

And, in all honesty, not in the best of places because of my performance on Assignment #1. Though I made it to the (low) top 15s, it's clear to me how writers whose first language isn't English might get a tougher road ahead.

Sure, it's on writers like me to up their game, but it kind of hurts to think some might look down on certain phrasal constructions and verbs when I usually think in my native language and try my best not to botch it in the process of writing it in English.

At any rate, let's see how things go. Judges might like my silly little airport romance. Or they might think it's derivative. Or maybe that's what the genre requires. Who knows?

Anyway, best of luck to everyone!


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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 8:09am
Originally posted by Paula Paula wrote:

I'm exhausted and on a caffeine diet today. Operating on London time means staying awake until 5am, literally pushing submissions until the very last minute. The good thing is, you can come up with some crazy/quirky last minute stuff. Or an unwanted typo, on a not so positive note.

I enjoyed fairy tale and love the story I picked, but made the terrible mistake of reviewing my last submission this morning and surprise surprise, I found something I desperately wish I could tweak now.

Masochist much, I know... :-))


This is why I never read my story after submitting, not until I get the NYCM feedback. It just makes me crazy.


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Posted By: Anansi
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 9:33am
Originally posted by TreeTheGreen TreeTheGreen wrote:

I learned one thing: I don't like writing political satire Cool


Try writing a political satire set in a cable car with a box of eggs!

But yeah I feel you. After the last 4 years Political Satire has lost its lustre. I went for a heavily laboured metaphor which probably doesn't qualify for political satire. 

It's more a crime caper then anything. 

On the plus side I now know the full history of and differentiation between cable cars, street cars, gondola lifts chair lifts and trams, where they were all invented and where they still operate today.


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Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 9:38am
Originally posted by Paula Paula wrote:


I enjoyed fairy tale and love the story I picked, but made the terrible mistake of reviewing my last submission this morning and surprise surprise, I found something I desperately wish I could tweak now.


SAME, and I had fairy tale too, so I'm just gonna assume some elves or gremlins were in there messing with our stuff. LOL


Posted By: Jtowery
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 9:53am
Originally posted by Anansi Anansi wrote:

Try writing a political satire set in a cable car with a box of eggs!



Oh, I feel this. And I had political satire in a water park with a seagull.

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Posted By: Anansi
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 10:17am
Originally posted by Jtowery Jtowery wrote:

Originally posted by Anansi Anansi wrote:

Try writing a political satire set in a cable car with a box of eggs!



Oh, I feel this. And I had political satire in a water park with a seagull.

Oh come now, at least those are thematically related! 

Still. I'm coming to you. I want to read all the dodgy not quite political satire I can.


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Posted By: fioOxf
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 11:11am
Originally posted by Anansi Anansi wrote:

Originally posted by Jtowery Jtowery wrote:

Originally posted by Anansi Anansi wrote:

Try writing a political satire set in a cable car with a box of eggs!



Oh, I feel this. And I had political satire in a water park with a seagull.

Oh come now, at least those are thematically related! 

Still. I'm coming to you. I want to read all the dodgy not quite political satire I can.

Pol-sat in a recording studio with a pet carrier, in challenge 1. I seem to be in a 'non-visual locations' group 😂 (we just got 'mineshaft' for ch2).




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Posted By: fioOxf
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 11:14am
Feeling..... better than yesterday. Tired. Had two more ideas today for stories I could have written but didn't. Wrote my entry in a 5-hour burst, last night, starting at about 11pm with pencil and paper, but... we'll see. Setting a film in a mineshaft didn't really trigger any cool visuals, to start with, but.... yeah. It's done. Now I'm at the 'I wanna read some scripts' stage and can't wait for Wednesday.

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Posted By: JCardello
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 11:30am
I completely changed my ending with an hour left on the clock. I'm hoping my house of cards stays standing as well :)

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Posted By: Alyxbee
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 11:42am
I'm feeling okay.  The Historical Fiction didn't throw me as much as I thought it might have in the past, and luckily I felt like group 40's prompts went fairly well together! 

Now... what the judges say is a whole different matter. Dead


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Posted By: JCardello
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 11:46am
Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

When I enjoy myself in a contest I always feel like I have been punched hard in the head, lol. I feel that way now.

I feel so beaten down, yet triumphant at the same time. Smile


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Posted By: MattyG
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 12:17pm
Feeling... NOT GREAT! Generally, when I'm writing, I under-write stories. Even shorts. This is the first time I've over-written, probably because I was assigned a Fairy Tale and was focusing far too much on world-building. So keeping the story to 5 pgs was a huge struggle. Every time I'd make a revision or rewrite a line, I'd get pushed back onto page 6, which meant cutting elsewhere. Over and over, hour after hour. Ugh!

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Posted By: awai
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 12:23pm
Originally posted by DBA Lehane DBA Lehane wrote:

Fairly relaxed, if I’m honest. I got a decent first draft down early on and was just a case of editing a few times over the next 24 hours. Submitted with almost 7 hours to spare which meant, being on London time too, I got a nice early night in.



On a very very rare occasion, I was actually in the same position as you described! My first time ever to complete a first draft within 24 hours (albeit running at 7 page long - but that's good going as far as my first drafts go for 5 pages limits! ). Allowed my plentiful time to edit and make some changes etc. Submitted about 7 hours before deadly as well, London time also. Wink  All while tackling Historical Fiction Confused - a genre I initially dreaded, but once I found the era and period of history I wanted to focus on, I got a bit more comfortable with the writing..
Now whether my piece is any good, that's another story... TongueLOL


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Posted By: manifestlynot
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 12:52pm
I enjoyed myself a lot more than I thought I would. The settings were so weird across the board in this round, it seemed, and I wasn't looking forward to learning enough about the operations of an engine room to make my action/adventure believable. 

So I made my prompts work for me and was actually surprised at how much I liked writing A/A. So many genres deal with tone and movement, and A/A is just nice and simple in that I don't need an antagonist with a surprise motivation or a particular feel beyond ACTION and ADVENTURE. Man vs. nature is enough!

I also had more betas this round after a few rounds without them (which showed in my lower scores) and got some amazing advice. So, overall, a net positive for me.


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Posted By: TreeTheGreen
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 1:09pm
Originally posted by Anansi Anansi wrote:

Originally posted by TreeTheGreen TreeTheGreen wrote:

I learned one thing: I don't like writing political satire Cool


Try writing a political satire set in a cable car with a box of eggs!

But yeah I feel you. After the last 4 years Political Satire has lost its lustre. I went for a heavily laboured metaphor which probably doesn't qualify for political satire. 

It's more a crime caper then anything. 

On the plus side I now know the full history of and differentiation between cable cars, street cars, gondola lifts chair lifts and trams, where they were all invented and where they still operate today.

I did try writing a political satire in a cable car with a box of eggs (hi group mate) *cries in the corner* TongueDead

Dude for real though-- I'm kinda in the same boat as you in the differing-genre issue. Mine was more an action script (?) with political undertones. I really struggled with the "satire" part. It's definitely a stretch. I hope the judges let it slide.

And what type of cable car did you use? I didn't go too much into researching it, but I used the type of cable car lift thingy that goes in the air! 


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Posted By: Delilah Doe
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 1:10pm
Great to read everyone's responses!

This was the first time I wrote a screenplay without ANY beta readers. I wanted to completely trust my own judgement and just go for it.

I hit on a Romance story idea I absolutely loved, but getting it to fit on 5 pages was a real risk- it probably needed about 10 pages at least.  

The judges are either going to love or hate it- the same way I felt about my previous horror script. I want to use NYC midnight to take risks and write stories bigger than I think I am capable of.

And also- is it just me, or does the standard of writing in the Screenplay Competition seem higher than flash fiction and short stories?  Maybe because of the technical aspect of a screenplay, it draws the kind of writer who really takes it seriously and is willing to put the time in.

Not sure, just a feeling I get!

Good luck everyone, 

Lila


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Posted By: TheMarkCooper
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 1:19pm
Originally posted by Anansi Anansi wrote:

On the plus side I now know the full history of and differentiation between cable cars, street cars, gondola lifts chair lifts and trams, where they were all invented and where they still operate today.


Haha! I thought I was the only one. I once, briefly, included trainhopping in a story and spent the next four hours learning about hobos, tramps, and bums. Did you know that hobos have formed a union and have elections for their hobo king and queen?

I am so glad I am not alone on research tangents. 

Cooper


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Posted By: TheMarkCooper
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 1:26pm
Originally posted by TreeTheGreen TreeTheGreen wrote:

Originally posted by Anansi Anansi wrote:

Originally posted by TreeTheGreen TreeTheGreen wrote:

I learned one thing: I don't like writing political satire Cool
I did try writing a political satire in a cable car with a box of eggs (hi group mate) *cries in the corner* TongueDead

As long as none of you had Baby Yoda sitting on the cable car eating the eggs, I'm sure you are fine.... 


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Posted By: TreeTheGreen
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 1:58pm
Originally posted by TheMarkCooper TheMarkCooper wrote:

Originally posted by TreeTheGreen TreeTheGreen wrote:

Originally posted by Anansi Anansi wrote:

Originally posted by TreeTheGreen TreeTheGreen wrote:

I learned one thing: I don't like writing political satire Cool
I did try writing a political satire in a cable car with a box of eggs (hi group mate) *cries in the corner* TongueDead

As long as none of you had Baby Yoda sitting on the cable car eating the eggs, I'm sure you are fine.... 

Haven't seen the Mandalorian season 2 but I know about that episode; and I'm not gonna lie, first thing the prompt reminded me was THAT Star


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Posted By: LivStrom
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 3:07pm
Originally posted by TheMarkCooper TheMarkCooper wrote:

Originally posted by Anansi Anansi wrote:

On the plus side I now know the full history of and differentiation between cable cars, street cars, gondola lifts chair lifts and trams, where they were all invented and where they still operate today.


Haha! I thought I was the only one. I once, briefly, included trainhopping in a story and spent the next four hours learning about hobos, tramps, and bums. Did you know that hobos have formed a union and have elections for their hobo king and queen?

I am so glad I am not alone on research tangents. 

Cooper

That's great! I wanted to make mine a historical as it fits. Researched the history of diving suits and development of inflatable lifeboats before deciding on 1910 as the perfect time. Named a main character after the inventor of the inflatable boat. Both boat and diver are only in the opening scene - four lines LOL hours of research! 


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Posted By: J_Fox
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 3:15pm
Not awesome. Was excited to get Crime Caper / Warehouse / A Bicycle. But I like my capers with a lot of rat-a-tat-tat dialogue and overlapping/narrated action. You know, like Ocean's 11 or The Italian Job. That stuff takes up A LOT of space in a screenplay. So I once again ended up with seven pages and had to whittle it down to five. Story still makes sense, but it certainly lost a certain je ne sais quoi.

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Posted By: Frefallr
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 5:43pm
Ok. I have to admit, I was disappointed by my 2 points for my 1st challenge. I just somehow thought, maybe be cause I actually finished something that more or less made sense, that it was better than it is. I had some great beta readers this round. I really like the story. I was relieved to have gotten pretty easy prompts. action/ad - desert- lunchbox. But for some reason, I am just exhausted. Maybe it's because I thought I would have gotten more points first round, and so I still feel defeated because I won't be advancing...? Not sure, but I'm wrung out. Thank God for Beta readers!!!!

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Posted By: Anansi
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 6:48pm
Originally posted by TreeTheGreen TreeTheGreen wrote:

Originally posted by Anansi Anansi wrote:

Originally posted by TreeTheGreen TreeTheGreen wrote:

I learned one thing: I don't like writing political satire Cool


Try writing a political satire set in a cable car with a box of eggs!

But yeah I feel you. After the last 4 years Political Satire has lost its lustre. I went for a heavily laboured metaphor which probably doesn't qualify for political satire. 

It's more a crime caper then anything. 

On the plus side I now know the full history of and differentiation between cable cars, street cars, gondola lifts chair lifts and trams, where they were all invented and where they still operate today.

I did try writing a political satire in a cable car with a box of eggs (hi group mate) *cries in the corner* TongueDead

Dude for real though-- I'm kinda in the same boat as you in the differing-genre issue. Mine was more an action script (?) with political undertones. I really struggled with the "satire" part. It's definitely a stretch. I hope the judges let it slide.

And what type of cable car did you use? I didn't go too much into researching it, but I used the type of cable car lift thingy that goes in the air! 

Ahhh, yes I remember your intriguing log line from challenge one and meant to pay you a visit. Forgot. 

I'll make it up to you by visiting your action adventure-not-quit-satire in challenge 2.

What cable car did I use? What didn't I use? I found a location that has the arial and terrestrial kind. Gondolas and carriages. Trams and streetcars.

BASES COVERED.


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Posted By: Puddleofsunlight
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 7:06pm
Oh dear.  That was rough.  I was assigned Science Fiction which wasn’t my biggest fear...but for some reason couldn’t stay in genre.  I feel good sci-if is still a story about “people” (or aliens or robots equivalents), but in a future/alternate time/place.  The dialogue kept eating up the word count and besides the dates and some background action, it would be hard to tell it from today.  Oh well.  Live and learn.  




Posted By: rickw
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 7:09pm
Pretty shattered - first time I've done one of these NYCs, and the quirkiness of the required objects is proving a struggle!

Cookie Dough in the first challenge and a Wool Sweater in the second - I ended up throwing away my first script for round 2 when it felt the sweater connection was too flimsy! But it went much better when I started with the item and wrote the rest around it. 

I guess I have a slim chance of getting through after 5 points in the first round, but I reckon this script is better, so we'll see. It's been lots of fun anyway, and I've learned a few things! 

Looking forward to the short story challenge next weekend too!

PS - I see people are posting their screenplays on here - I'll have to work out how that works, I'm new around here! 


Posted By: fioOxf
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2020 at 7:21pm
Originally posted by rickw rickw wrote:

PS - I see people are posting their screenplays on here - I'll have to work out how that works, I'm new around here! 

Have a look here  https://forums.nycmidnight.com/this-is-for-all-you-new-people_topic12975.html " rel="nofollow - https://forums.nycmidnight.com/this-is-for-all-you-new-people_topic12975.html  ;  


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Posted By: efish
Date Posted: 17 Nov 2020 at 1:03pm
Why do we do it to ourselves? Do we enjoy the pain? Maybe we're all.....Anyway, it's a fun pain and thoroughly addictive.

I noticed a bit of a plot hole in mine after submission.

It's really bloody difficult to create a story in 5 pages, so we all need to congratulate ourselves on even submitting anything.

Well done everyone.
Edward


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Posted By: plumpkin23
Date Posted: 17 Nov 2020 at 8:10pm
I always feel a bit sick after closing up shop on another piece of writing. If I had my way, I'd edit until the end of time. Last time I felt like my screenplay was a bit ridiculous, and then I placed higher than expected (really, placing at all was unexpected). Tamping expectations down for this round.

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Posted By: MarBee
Date Posted: 17 Nov 2020 at 8:29pm
It was a really fun exercise. Even if I don't go any further, it was a great learning experience.


Posted By: ReneC
Date Posted: 17 Nov 2020 at 9:06pm
Another Group #40 here, and I was bummed by Historical Fiction when I got it. I spent the first day going down an American Civil War path that I wasn't keen on but couldn't think of anything else. I woke up the second day determined to either find a way to feel it or find something else, and I found something else. What I came up with is low hanging fruit for anyone in my group, but I think I made it my own and made it stand out in case anyone else decided to write about the same thing. 

I like what I ended up with. It isn't exciting, but it has heart. I'm hoping that will count.


Posted By: JCardello
Date Posted: 17 Nov 2020 at 9:19pm
Originally posted by ReneC ReneC wrote:

I like what I ended up with. It isn't exciting, but it has heart. I'm hoping that will count.

I think heart goes along way. Good luck to you heat mate!


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Posted By: glowsw
Date Posted: 18 Nov 2020 at 2:16am
Got fairy tale which I wasn't sure about at first but then I actually had an idea pretty quickly. I had a lot fun writing my first draft. And then came the editing... and the minor panic that I didn't set enough of it at the assigned location... and the cutting all the clever dialogue I liked but didn't need. Five pages are rough.

Overall I'm happy enough with how things went but I don't know how confident I am. Either way, I had fun so it is what it is.


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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 18 Nov 2020 at 3:47am
Originally posted by glowsw glowsw wrote:

Got fairy tale which I wasn't sure about at first but then I actually had an idea pretty quickly. I had a lot fun writing my first draft. And then came the editing... and the minor panic that I didn't set enough of it at the assigned location... and the cutting all the clever dialogue I liked but didn't need. Five pages are rough.

Overall I'm happy enough with how things went but I don't know how confident I am. Either way, I had fun so it is what it is.

I also got fairy tale and over all was pretty pleased with until I started thinking about how the judges usually hate anything that is not off the wall, and mine aint, lol.


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Posted By: glowsw
Date Posted: 18 Nov 2020 at 6:02pm
Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:


I also got fairy tale and over all was pretty pleased with until I started thinking about how the judges usually hate anything that is not off the wall, and mine aint, lol.

This is only my second NYC Midnight and my first time getting Fairy Tale so I really wasn't sure what to do with it in terms of what the judges might look for. I actually went back to older rounds to read through some. People are really creative with it!


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Posted By: DavidRRoberts
Date Posted: 19 Nov 2020 at 4:55pm
Me too. Set my alarm for 6am. Read the brief. Dozed on it. Had an idea. Fleshed it out. Got some feedback. Redrafted. Done by 11 am. Started new job in the morning.

Quite pleased with the result. Mind you I was happy last time and came 14th, so there you go! 🤪


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Posted By: sgspeed
Date Posted: 19 Nov 2020 at 5:25pm
After being completely hung up on the Crime Caper aspect of first one and not writing at all (although I pulled a short story out of those prompts, just not that genre), this one almost wrote itself. 
Oh, well. 


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Posted By: Adleejr
Date Posted: 22 Nov 2020 at 1:00am
Did my best in the time allowed. Didn’t place last round and I don’t think I will this time, but...

I finished something! I’m sure all of us here have a relationship with procrastination to some degree. I claim it as a sibling of mine. But this quick deadline and being forced to write what you’re given is an awesome mental exercise. I learned a lot and stretched some storytelling muscles I didn’t know I had. So huge success!!

That said, I was assigned a Mystery and I love mysteries, so I thought this would be a breeze. It certainly was not. Can’t seem to come up with an idea short enough for five pages. So I end up cutting mercilessly after I’m done and I submit a first draft at midnight on the nose with no rewrites. Whew, Child!

Ah well. It’s been a ride. Cant wait to do it again next year. 


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Posted By: iam_laurad
Date Posted: 26 Nov 2020 at 2:47am
I'm not sure how I'm feeling really. I got Sci-Fi and was really pleased with the concept, but about half way through realised it was way too big to fit into 5 pages. Then came the scrambling to cut ideas out without losing what I liked about it in the first place.

Anyway, I'm now trying to develop the core idea into a feature, so the inspiration alone is enough for me to class this round as a win. Even though I'm not really that happy with my final submission. Or the typos (yes, plural) that I missed... Shocked


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