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Topic: Final push
Posted By: theinquisitor
Subject: Final push
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 2:10am
...and since I'm up and about, I'll start. How's everyone doing? I have 400 words and a rough sense of where I'm going, but some gaping holes I haven't worked out how to fill yet.
By the way, is there a beta list anywhere? It's looking like I might have time to use it for once.


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Posted By: SoapySuds
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 2:27am
Nice! Hope you continue to make good progress. 

Today was mostly research and an outline for me, since my genre is historical fiction. Definitely feeling prepared to start the story itself tomorrow. 


Posted By: LadyArkham
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 2:53am
Originally posted by SoapySuds SoapySuds wrote:

Nice! Hope you continue to make good progress. 

Today was mostly research and an outline for me, since my genre is historical fiction. Definitely feeling prepared to start the story itself tomorrow. 

I’m so happy I didn’t get historical fiction for just that reason - all the research, especially in the shorter time frame!  Good luck to you!

I’m at 1400 words but I don’t know if any of then are actually suspenseful, but I also don’t know how I want to end it yet either...


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Posted By: Sara.E.Tall
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 2:57am
I have a second draft. I finished the first draft thinking I needed to scrap the whole thing but I'm feeling better about the second draft.... so I guess we'll see.

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Posted By: Cosima
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 3:03am
I have about 500 words and outline for the rest. Going to try to finish a first draft tomorrow morning.

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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 3:03am
I can beta, not made into the second so I have the time. I need it in PDF file format though.
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Posted By: Draiglas
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 4:22am
I have a first draft done. It was written on very little sleep with half the names being inspired by my parents' house and shed as a consequence (this makes more sense in context). I suspect when I read today with fresh eyes, it will be heavily edited.

However, I may actually have it done in enough time to try to get it beta read. Normally what I wroie isn't in any useful shape till shortly before the deadline so I never get it beta read. Except getting a mate once to tell me if an ending came from too left field. Hmm 


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Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 6:11am
Not even a glimmer of an idea, sigh. Busy workday yesterday, but oddly, the prompts remind me of my script for screenplay.  Weird! The entire story fits. So now trying to come up with something else that is not about siblings (last two entries have been about that) - but that's tough when the character is "stepsister" LOL


Posted By: Steven Kay
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 6:18am
First draft done. Going out for a coffee to clear my head before second draft! First draft landed at 2,400 words, so I'll be hacking at the chaff upon my return...!

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Posted By: crez
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 8:07am
First draft - less than halfway through my plot outline but more than 1200 words already, so definitely going to be cutting heavily.

I'm struggling a bit with fairy tale as a genre. My approach feels stilted and unoriginal, but I don't have enough time to start over because I am already swamped with other life responsibilities at the moment.


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Posted By: juliaro
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 8:31am
I just finished my outline--yesterday I cycled through several unsatisfying ideas before landing this morning on one that I like. Going to take a risotto lunch break, and then hopefully hammer out a full first draft by tonight! 


Posted By: Hanley!
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 9:40am
I have yet to write down any words. But in trying to think of ideas for the short story, I have come up with a pretty neat idea for a new D&D campaign. So even if I crash out of this round, at least I'll have gotten something out of it!

I have my story concept locked down, and a general outline. I know the journey that the characters will be going on. But I'm still light on some of the detail. I'm doing Action / Adventure and I haven't figured out exactly what the action is going to look like yet. 

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Posted By: Nimhathuna
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 9:50am
I'm at 1249 words and I pretty much like all of them, even the 'ands' and the 'thes.' My third Sci-Fi in a row. I like the plot and the characters. Here's hoping that will continue. Erah shur, what can you do?

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Posted By: swilki
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 10:30am
I have a sentence. 
It's a nice sentence, I like it. Looks a little lonely though. 


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Posted By: Draiglas
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 10:51am
Originally posted by swilki swilki wrote:

I have a sentence. 
It's a nice sentence, I like it. Looks a little lonely though. 

Well, Ernest Hemingway allegedly wrote a six word story so maybe the one sentence is all you need? Smile


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Posted By: swilki
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 11:34am
Originally posted by Draiglas Draiglas wrote:

Originally posted by swilki swilki wrote:

I have a sentence. 
It's a nice sentence, I like it. Looks a little lonely though. 

Well, Ernest Hemingway allegedly wrote a six word story so maybe the one sentence is all you need? Smile
Ha if only! Sadly it doesn't include the words spy, science fair or imposter so I'd get disqualified on a technicality, sigh!


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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 11:43am
The magnitude of 'Warmonger', and how that affects the basic structure of the story, has finally come into focus.

I have to wonder if Charlie thought of that when he added it to the character list.  My guess is 'no'.


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Posted By: GenieAZ
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 12:36pm
I had a full day meeting and dinner yesterday.  Ugh!  I fell asleep with my concept concept, setting and characters.  All I need now is an actual story.  Stress!

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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 1:38pm
Originally posted by GenieAZ GenieAZ wrote:

I had a full day meeting and dinner yesterday.  Ugh!  I fell asleep with my concept concept, setting and characters.  All I need now is an actual story.  Stress!


Death by Meeting.  Bah!  Meeting is the antonym of productive...

If "pro" is the opposite of "con", then the opposite of Progress would be Congre...never mind...

You still have 34 hours, plenty of time to put pixel to LCD and get this done!  Clap


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Posted By: bluevervain
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 1:47pm
I've got nothing, really. It doesn't help that due to family obligations, I wasn't able to start writing until this morning! I'm really into the sci-fi and "quality control" aspects of my prompt, but struggling with a "warmonger" character. The characters I write are often passive aggressive, but not usually outright aggressive! I'm taking solace in the knowledge that I tend to do well under pressure, and there's a chance I'll be able to churn something out an hour before the deadline. And if not, that's ok. These contests have me writing more than I have in years, and if I don't end up submitting for this round, I'm not going to beat myself up over it.

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Posted By: bluevervain
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 2:06pm
Originally posted by bluevervain bluevervain wrote:

I've got nothing, really. It doesn't help that due to family obligations, I wasn't able to start writing until this morning! I'm really into the sci-fi and "quality control" aspects of my prompt, but struggling with a "warmonger" character. The characters I write are often passive aggressive, but not usually outright aggressive! I'm taking solace in the knowledge that I tend to do well under pressure, and there's a chance I'll be able to churn something out an hour before the deadline. And if not, that's ok. These contests have me writing more than I have in years, and if I don't end up submitting for this round, I'm not going to beat myself up over it.

I lied; I will totally beat myself up over it. Curse you, warmonger!


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Posted By: Draiglas
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 2:06pm
Originally posted by bluevervain bluevervain wrote:

I've got nothing, really. It doesn't help that due to family obligations, I wasn't able to start writing until this morning! I'm really into the sci-fi and "quality control" aspects of my prompt, but struggling with a "warmonger" character. The characters I write are often passive aggressive, but not usually outright aggressive! I'm taking solace in the knowledge that I tend to do well under pressure, and there's a chance I'll be able to churn something out an hour before the deadline. And if not, that's ok. These contests have me writing more than I have in years, and if I don't end up submitting for this round, I'm not going to beat myself up over it.

Could your warmonger trigger war sneakily/passively aggressively? 


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Posted By: bluevervain
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 2:11pm
Originally posted by Draiglas Draiglas wrote:

Originally posted by bluevervain bluevervain wrote:

I've got nothing, really. It doesn't help that due to family obligations, I wasn't able to start writing until this morning! I'm really into the sci-fi and "quality control" aspects of my prompt, but struggling with a "warmonger" character. The characters I write are often passive aggressive, but not usually outright aggressive! I'm taking solace in the knowledge that I tend to do well under pressure, and there's a chance I'll be able to churn something out an hour before the deadline. And if not, that's ok. These contests have me writing more than I have in years, and if I don't end up submitting for this round, I'm not going to beat myself up over it.

Could your warmonger trigger war sneakily/passively aggressively? 

I've been brainstorming passive aggressive warmonger ideas and nothing interesting is coming! I'll keep at it, though.


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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 2:22pm
Originally posted by bluevervain bluevervain wrote:

Originally posted by Draiglas Draiglas wrote:

Originally posted by bluevervain bluevervain wrote:

I've got nothing, really. It doesn't help that due to family obligations, I wasn't able to start writing until this morning! I'm really into the sci-fi and "quality control" aspects of my prompt, but struggling with a "warmonger" character. The characters I write are often passive aggressive, but not usually outright aggressive! I'm taking solace in the knowledge that I tend to do well under pressure, and there's a chance I'll be able to churn something out an hour before the deadline. And if not, that's ok. These contests have me writing more than I have in years, and if I don't end up submitting for this round, I'm not going to beat myself up over it.

Could your warmonger trigger war sneakily/passively aggressively? 

I've been brainstorming passive aggressive warmonger ideas and nothing interesting is coming! I'll keep at it, though.


Your warmonger could wear the face of a pacifist, but behind the scenes work toward a different outcome.  The term 'chickenhawk' was coined for warhawks that avoided military service (you can look warhawk up on your own).

Also, Charlie has said the character needs to be influential, but not in your story.  Your characters could be influenced to violent action by the prodding of someone in the wings, as it were.

As for my warmonger story, 'protein folding' made it!  Woot!  962 down.  Plenty of words to fix the problems and bring in act four, and I even have a title now, but No Log Line, which Needs SpecFic capITaliZation to sAtiSFY the WhiMs of 1610.


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Posted By: LadyArkham
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 3:08pm
Yeah, I'm seriously considering using Weird Capitals in my Log Line just in case I get Judge 1610.

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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 3:39pm

Let's see. I've done the laundry. Vacuumed. Moved the furniture. Vacuumed again. (How can there be SO much dog hair?) Took the dog for a hike. Installed the A/C. Made an appointment to get my hair cut. Planned dinner.

I think I've probably exhausted my avoidance opportunities. 

I do have most of the story plotted out in my head though. So that's something.


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Posted By: Draiglas
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 4:06pm
Originally posted by LadyArkham LadyArkham wrote:

Yeah, I'm seriously considering using Weird Capitals in my Log Line just in case I get Judge 1610.

I'm considering going the opposite. No capitalisation at all, just to annoy 1610 if I get them. Maybe skip the grammar too. And put my synopsis at the bottom of the page for the hell of it.


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Posted By: TBurns
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 5:49pm
900 words - why dear God, why must I be one who edits as she writes?  Writing comedy is only funny the first 2 times you read it back to yourself - then you have to question why the world will never have your particular sense of humor...(how many points will be deducted if I write while ingesting CBD oils?)  Again, much luck to my fellow second rounders.  


Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 6:37pm
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:


(How can there be SO much dog hair?)

Because dogs shed twice their body mass in hair daily?  Cats are worse.


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Posted By: theinquisitor
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 7:33pm
First draft done with more than 24 hours to spare. This has never happened to me before (in any context, not just NYCM) and is probably a harbinger of the apocalypse.

I may well be availing myself of the beta list tomorrow, but for now, bed...


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Posted By: jhenn
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 8:02pm
I'm halfway through my word count and basically just established my characters. Can all the action happen in less than 750 words?? Urgh.

Also, I'm very tired. 

Perhaps this is why i never make it past Round 2.

good luck to the rest of you!


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Posted By: GaleGirl
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 8:39pm
I have a twice-revised first draft within the word count. I asked my husband to read it since it is not a genre I like to read or write, and he said it was one of best stories yet. My husband is pretty on the level. He generally tells me when something isn't working or I have written something he doesn't like.

One more pass tomorrow. And fingers crossed. 


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Posted By: Heartstart
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 8:42pm
So, I spent all of yesterday brainstorming and plotting out a story, and figured I'd spend all day writing it today. 

Then, just before I went to bed, I was hit with a completely different idea. This second idea is much better and will make for a more powerful and emotional story (I think, anyway). Hence I've scrapped all my planning from yesterday, and just hammered out a rough 750 words of this new idea. 

I don't know why my brain does this to me! A similar thing happened in Round 1 - on Day Four I got a completely new and better idea for a story, and basically started over from scratch. (It worked out though, as I obviously make it to Round 2!). 


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Posted By: jhenn
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 8:47pm
Also - does anyone else find that the first 750 words take a long time, and you're thinking wow, I have lots of wordcount left, no problem. And then the next 750 take about 2 minutes to write, and suddenly you are panicked about how to wrap up the whole thing and not run out of words?

No? Just me? Ok.....
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Posted By: LadyArkham
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 9:06pm
First polished draft submitted. I think my involvement of the subject is a little questionable - "quadruple???" - so I'm seriously considering scrapping this "family religious suspense" tale and going for something sci-fi-ish. But I'm so tired.

The first definition of "quadruple" when I google it is "consisting of four parts or elements," so I hope that appealing to a concept of a traditional foursome is enough.


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Posted By: Mother of Chaos
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 9:14pm
I got horror for the first time. I was pumped bc I love to read horror. Writing it is a different animal. My god, I did Romance in the first round and got through and I was not excited about it at all. 

Any hints from the Black Belts on horror? I’ve got something but it’s not over the top scary. 


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Posted By: bluevervain
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 9:42pm
And...submitted! I got to 1999 words and submitted it and then realized that the deadline is tomorrow night, not tonight! I don't know what I was thinking but I'm so relieved now, and I'm really glad I got the date wrong because it made me push on even though I felt like I wouldn't finish in time. The story I submitted could use a little polishing, but I can do that tomorrow. Phew! 

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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 10:06pm
On hold at 1500 ish.  Still need the final act and the denouncement, or some fancy French-sounding word like that.  Nod said so, and Nod knows stuff.

Fishmonger would have been easier.


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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 10:11pm
Originally posted by jhenn jhenn wrote:

Also - does anyone else find that the first 750 words take a long time, and you're thinking wow, I have lots of wordcount left, no problem. And then the next 750 take about 2 minutes to write, and suddenly you are panicked about how to wrap up the whole thing and not run out of words?


This right here is why I like to plan in advance. Not a detailed outline because I like to give my characters leeway to do what they like (they're going to anyways), but major plot points. It gives me markers to write towards. Inciting incident, conflict, climax, denouement. I know each is should get about 1/4 of my word count. It keep me on track and keeps me from having a top heavy story and a rushed ending.


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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 10:13pm
Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

...the denouncement, or some fancy French-sounding word like that.  Nod said so, and Nod knows stuff.




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Posted By: Rita
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 10:27pm
My assigned genre is political satire (damage control, an insider). I watch and read about politics daily but have never, ever tried to write satire of any type. Ugh. I laugh occasionally, but my stories are usually on the dramatic or dark side. 

I started writing and scrapped three different ideas, discussed them at length with my millennial son last night, but now I'm 1700 words into something completely different than anything we brainstormed. 

I'm calling it a night (time for 2nd glass of wine) and will pick it back up for a rewrite and 2nd draft in the morning. 

Good luck everyone!


Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 10:38pm
Yeah, I've pretty much skipped a step and started to loathe my story already.

The basic outline won't change, but I might re-work several parts tomorrow.  Oh, and I need a good ending.  I'll order one from Amazon.

anD a loG linE capitalizeD properlY 


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Posted By: Reasonably_Crazy
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 10:40pm
I got Fairy Tale, a genre I have no idea how to write (and has bumped me out of the competition in the past). I find it hard to nail the proper voice for fairy tale.

I brainstormed all of Friday and came up with a story idea I didn't hate. I've pounded out about 1300 words of it over the last four hours or so, and may take a break until after dinner to finish up.

I may... finish my first draft within word count?? It's an auspicious day.




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Posted By: amlewi08
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 10:57pm
I'm 1,000 words in.  And I'm super pleased with what I've got, I think? maybe? IDK. It varies by the minute, honestly.  

Hopefully it's out there enough.  Maybe I'm just not creative at all, but I feel like a horror with "career ladder" as the subject can really only go 1 or 2 ways.


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Posted By: ZoeLou
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 10:59pm
Really struggling this round, I can't seem to make the words go. So far in these comps I've been lucky enough to land genres that are fairly open-ended (a/a, fantasy, horror etc) but spy is really throwing me - I keep coming up with half-formed ideas for the other two prompts but it just feels so forced when I try to mould those ideas around a spy plot.

Starting to stress me out that 2/3rds of the time is gone and I'm yet to come up with an idea, let alone 2000 words of a story!


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Posted By: Heartstart
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 11:11pm
Originally posted by ZoeLou ZoeLou wrote:

Really struggling this round, I can't seem to make the words go. So far in these comps I've been lucky enough to land genres that are fairly open-ended (a/a, fantasy, horror etc) but spy is really throwing me - I keep coming up with half-formed ideas for the other two prompts but it just feels so forced when I try to mould those ideas around a spy plot.

Starting to stress me out that 2/3rds of the time is gone and I'm yet to come up with an idea, let alone 2000 words of a story!

Spy is a tough one for sure! If I can offer a tip, it would be to think creatively. Your characters don't necessarily have to be spies in their day job. A couple of years ago, I got 'Spy' for Round 2, and wrote a story about two dinner party guests who snooped around in their host's house for a secret family recipe. It got me through to Round 3. 

Anyway, I'm now up to 1200 words, with just over 24 hours left to go (and as I'm in Australia, and it's after 1pm on Sunday, it's really a lot less time than that, as I have to sleep and go to work tomorrow morning!). 


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Posted By: crez
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2021 at 11:22pm
First draft finished and only a few hundred words over the limit. Hopefully I won't have to prune the life out of it to get it under 2000. Oh yeah, and hopefully it makes sense. 

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Posted By: taaaylor
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 12:19am
Originally posted by Rita Rita wrote:

My assigned genre is political satire (damage control, an insider). I watch and read about politics daily but have never, ever tried to write satire of any type. Ugh. I laugh occasionally, but my stories are usually on the dramatic or dark side. 

I started writing and scrapped three different ideas, discussed them at length with my millennial son last night, but now I'm 1700 words into something completely different than anything we brainstormed. 

I'm calling it a night (time for 2nd glass of wine) and will pick it back up for a rewrite and 2nd draft in the morning. 

Good luck everyone!


Political satire can absolutely be dark and serious! Both times I've gotten it I wrote very grim cyberpunk stories. Both got me to the next round (in flash fic). Satire here just refers to carrying a certain existing characteristic of our society to hyperbole in order to create commentary and/or criticism.

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Posted By: KateHJ
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 12:33am
Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

I can beta, not made into the second so I have the time. I need it in PDF file format though.
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You're the greatest!! On its way. I'm utterly ambivalent, so be as brutal as you wish. I've never written in this genre before and don't read it, either, so I'm swimming.


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Posted By: KateHJ
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 12:36am
Originally posted by taaaylor taaaylor wrote:

Originally posted by Rita Rita wrote:

My assigned genre is political satire (damage control, an insider). I watch and read about politics daily but have never, ever tried to write satire of any type. Ugh. I laugh occasionally, but my stories are usually on the dramatic or dark side. 

I started writing and scrapped three different ideas, discussed them at length with my millennial son last night, but now I'm 1700 words into something completely different than anything we brainstormed. 

I'm calling it a night (time for 2nd glass of wine) and will pick it back up for a rewrite and 2nd draft in the morning. 

Good luck everyone!


Political satire can absolutely be dark and serious! Both times I've gotten it I wrote very grim cyberpunk stories. Both got me to the next round (in flash fic). Satire here just refers to carrying a certain existing characteristic of our society to hyperbole in order to create commentary and/or criticism.

I hope that helps a bit <3


Hello, group mate! I don't write or watch movies in this genre, so I leaned hard into my strengths - dialogue and character-driven focus. I'm on the fifth draft now and have managed to go 72 words over, so I have a lot of work to do in a few hours. For now, SLEEP.

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Posted By: KateHJ
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 12:41am
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:


Let's see. I've done the laundry. Vacuumed. Moved the furniture. Vacuumed again. (How can there be SO much dog hair?) Took the dog for a hike. Installed the A/C. Made an appointment to get my hair cut. Planned dinner.

I think I've probably exhausted my avoidance opportunities. 

I do have most of the story plotted out in my head though. So that's something.

Most of my writing happens in my head, so by the time I actually sit down to put words on paper, at least 75% of the first draft flies out. Good luck!


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Posted By: pondsandfrogs
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 12:52am
I just finished my first draft, and it's nearly 1am NYC time here on the east coast. First time drawing ghost story, and well, I managed to write what I originally conceived in my head -- but is that good enough? The draft sits with some trusted amigos, so I'll see what they have to say in the morning. 

I'm not really sure what I'd change. Maybe tighten up a few sentences, maybe remove a scene? But I'm not sure, for better or worse, how I can change the idea now. It's the homestretch!

Best of luck, writing pals. 
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Posted By: SoapySuds
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 1:08am
I managed to get my first draft done. Lemme tell ya...historical fiction is a lot harder than I thought it’d be, accuracy-wise. I’m hoping with the time/country I picked being so limited in info, it gives me an edge from fact-checking. 


Posted By: Cosima
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 3:48am
Finished my first draft, whew! Gonna polish it up tomorrow. I got drama, which is a fairly easy genre for me, so I feel like I got lucky.

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Posted By: GenieAZ
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 4:30am
Well, after many fits and starts, including a draft that included a dead clown and a band of gypsies, I am locked in and at 750 words.  I will finish the first draft in the morning.  At least I am confident I will finish, but how good it will be?  Anyone’s  guess.

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Posted By: Draiglas
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 7:25am
Originally posted by SoapySuds SoapySuds wrote:

I managed to get my first draft done. Lemme tell ya...historical fiction is a lot harder than I thought it’d be, accuracy-wise. I’m hoping with the time/country I picked being so limited in info, it gives me an edge from fact-checking. 

If it helps, when I drew HistFic for the MFC250, the impression I got was that if you pick a relatively niche event, the judges take your factchecking as read. I picked an event so niche, it's effectively unknown outside my country and the judges: (i) seemed to like that it was niche; and (ii) clearly hadn't decided to read up on it to check what I'd written (they thought it sounded well-researched but given one also thought the village that was the centre of the event was a human being until halfway through, while another thought the place names and organisations were just characters speaking in a foreign language, I suspect they didn't google it).


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Posted By: Spooky
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 8:09am
I'm in your group! I wrote something I was fairly happy with, showed it to my mum and sister and they're not keen at all. Now I'm floundering! Aghhhh. I might try and write something else, then pick the one they dislike the least lol!

How are you doing? I hope you're doing better than me!
x


Posted By: Heartstart
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 8:36am
Finished and submitted with over 15 hours to spare! Good luck everyone!

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Posted By: crez
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 8:38am
Originally posted by Spooky Spooky wrote:

I'm in your group! I wrote something I was fairly happy with, showed it to my mum and sister and they're not keen at all. Now I'm floundering! Aghhhh. I might try and write something else, then pick the one they dislike the least lol!

How are you doing? I hope you're doing better than me!
x

You have to hit "Quote" instead of "Reply" for your message to make a thread with the one you're replying to. 

I'm not sure who your message was meant for, but I do want to say - best of luck with your story! Maybe you should send the story you were happy with to a beta reader who knows the competition. They might have suggestions for sprucing it up so you can use that one!


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Posted By: GaleGirl
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 9:17am
Originally posted by jhenn jhenn wrote:

Also - does anyone else find that the first 750 words take a long time, and you're thinking wow, I have lots of wordcount left, no problem. And then the next 750 take about 2 minutes to write, and suddenly you are panicked about how to wrap up the whole thing and not run out of words?

No? Just me? Ok.....
:D

That happened to me in this round 2. I'm writing the opening and an hour later I have 450 words, thinking I have 3/4 left to write. The responsibility of fulfilling all the prompts kicks in and in another hour, I have 1,900 words and three plot points to write. So I feel you.

Good luck! Finished and polished a draft last evening. Now off to craft the dreaded logline. Dead




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Posted By: SoapySuds
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 9:35am
Originally posted by Draiglas Draiglas wrote:

Originally posted by SoapySuds SoapySuds wrote:

I managed to get my first draft done. Lemme tell ya...historical fiction is a lot harder than I thought it’d be, accuracy-wise. I’m hoping with the time/country I picked being so limited in info, it gives me an edge from fact-checking. 

If it helps, when I drew HistFic for the MFC250, the impression I got was that if you pick a relatively niche event, the judges take your factchecking as read. I picked an event so niche, it's effectively unknown outside my country and the judges: (i) seemed to like that it was niche; and (ii) clearly hadn't decided to read up on it to check what I'd written (they thought it sounded well-researched but given one also thought the village that was the centre of the event was a human being until halfway through, while another thought the place names and organisations were just characters speaking in a foreign language, I suspect they didn't google it).
This significantly eases my mind, thank you :)


Posted By: JD Poots
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 10:31am
Good luck, group mate!
I also tend to write on the dark side. Round one I was assigned rom-com and now political satire. It’s like they know comedy isn’t my jam so they keep pushing me into it. Lol. 
I submitted last night but I’m going to take another look today with fresh eyes. I always worry I’ll forget and miss the deadline by mere minutes so I wanted to make sure I had something in. I finished at a word count of 1994. 
Cheers to round two!


Posted By: JD Poots
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 10:36am
Originally posted by Rita Rita wrote:

My assigned genre is political satire (damage control, an insider). I watch and read about politics daily but have never, ever tried to write satire of any type. Ugh. I laugh occasionally, but my stories are usually on the dramatic or dark side. 

I started writing and scrapped three different ideas, discussed them at length with my millennial son last night, but now I'm 1700 words into something completely different than anything we brainstormed. 

I'm calling it a night (time for 2nd glass of wine) and will pick it back up for a rewrite and 2nd draft in the morning. 

Good luck everyone!
Good luck, group mate!
I also tend to write on the dark side. Round one I was assigned rom-com and now political satire. It’s like they know comedy isn’t my jam so they keep pushing me into it. Lol. 
I submitted last night but I’m going to take another look today with fresh eyes. I always worry I’ll forget and miss the deadline by mere minutes so I wanted to make sure I had something in. I finished at a word count of 1994. 
Cheers to round two!


Posted By: JD Poots
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 10:38am
Originally posted by JD Poots JD Poots wrote:

Good luck, group mate!
I also tend to write on the dark side. Round one I was assigned rom-com and now political satire. It’s like they know comedy isn’t my jam so they keep pushing me into it. Lol. 
I submitted last night but I’m going to take another look today with fresh eyes. I always worry I’ll forget and miss the deadline by mere minutes so I wanted to make sure I had something in. I finished at a word count of 1994. 
Cheers to round two!
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Posted By: Spooky
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 11:45am
Originally posted by crez crez wrote:

Originally posted by Spooky Spooky wrote:

I'm in your group! I wrote something I was fairly happy with, showed it to my mum and sister and they're not keen at all. Now I'm floundering! Aghhhh. I might try and write something else, then pick the one they dislike the least lol!

How are you doing? I hope you're doing better than me!
x

You have to hit "Quote" instead of "Reply" for your message to make a thread with the one you're replying to. 

I'm not sure who your message was meant for, but I do want to say - best of luck with your story! Maybe you should send the story you were happy with to a beta reader who knows the competition. They might have suggestions for sprucing it up so you can use that one!

Oh lawd, I can't even get using the forum right! Lol! I think I'm about to quit, have a glass of wine and just send what I've done in.


Posted By: Spooky
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 11:47am
Originally posted by Reasonably_Crazy Reasonably_Crazy wrote:

I got Fairy Tale, a genre I have no idea how to write (and has bumped me out of the competition in the past). I find it hard to nail the proper voice for fairy tale.

I brainstormed all of Friday and came up with a story idea I didn't hate. I've pounded out about 1300 words of it over the last four hours or so, and may take a break until after dinner to finish up.

I may... finish my first draft within word count?? It's an auspicious day.



I'm in your group. I thought I wrote something alright, but I don't think it's cutting it now. How are you doing? I hope you're doing better than me!


Posted By: theinquisitor
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 12:03pm
Just a quick reminder to anyone struggling that you wouldn't be in the second round at all if you couldn't write a decent story!

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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 12:12pm
Originally posted by theinquisitor theinquisitor wrote:

Just a quick reminder to anyone struggling that you wouldn't be in the second round at all if you couldn't write a decent story!


You need to change the topic to something else.  <12 hours left  Big smile

The ability to write 2500 words in 8 days with the original prompts does not translate into 2000 words in 3 days with different prompts.  If everyone had the same prompts that logic might hold better.

In the mean time, warmonger?  Seriously, I need to take Charlie out to dinner and ask about that.  Did he have any idea how massively that character trait affects everything about the story?


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Posted By: Hanley!
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 1:44pm
I'm halfway done. Liked my idea at first, then lost confidence in it. Got a little of that confidence back when I started writing it earlier. But I'm sick this weekend and it's not helping my concentration. Taking a short break now, then back to it. 

If anyone else has a thousand words left to write, know that you're not alone. We can do it!


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Posted By: Reasonably_Crazy
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 4:30pm
Originally posted by Spooky Spooky wrote:

Originally posted by Reasonably_Crazy Reasonably_Crazy wrote:

I got Fairy Tale, a genre I have no idea how to write (and has bumped me out of the competition in the past). I find it hard to nail the proper voice for fairy tale.

I brainstormed all of Friday and came up with a story idea I didn't hate. I've pounded out about 1300 words of it over the last four hours or so, and may take a break until after dinner to finish up.

I may... finish my first draft within word count?? It's an auspicious day.



I'm in your group. I thought I wrote something alright, but I don't think it's cutting it now. How are you doing? I hope you're doing better than me!
I finished my first draft and am getting some helpful feedback from betas. I don't love it, but I don't think it's awful, so I hope that's good enough, haha.

No matter what happens, after midnight, it won't be our problem anymore. I hope you post your story on the forum once we get the all-clear so I get to read it!


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Posted By: Spooky
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 4:39pm
Originally posted by Reasonably_Crazy Reasonably_Crazy wrote:

Originally posted by Spooky Spooky wrote:

Originally posted by Reasonably_Crazy Reasonably_Crazy wrote:

I got Fairy Tale, a genre I have no idea how to write (and has bumped me out of the competition in the past). I find it hard to nail the proper voice for fairy tale.

I brainstormed all of Friday and came up with a story idea I didn't hate. I've pounded out about 1300 words of it over the last four hours or so, and may take a break until after dinner to finish up.

I may... finish my first draft within word count?? It's an auspicious day.



I'm in your group. I thought I wrote something alright, but I don't think it's cutting it now. How are you doing? I hope you're doing better than me!
I finished my first draft and am getting some helpful feedback from betas. I don't love it, but I don't think it's awful, so I hope that's good enough, haha.

No matter what happens, after midnight, it won't be our problem anymore. I hope you post your story on the forum once we get the all-clear so I get to read it!

Lol I like that ‘after midnight it’s not our problem’ attitude. Like, ‘here take it, good luck with it, I wash my hands of it’.

I got mine in. I had some family read it. They didn’t like it much. I changed stuff. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but it’s in and it’s not my problem anymore lol.

I hope you get yours through. I’d love to read it!
X


Posted By: theinquisitor
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 5:59pm
Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Originally posted by theinquisitor theinquisitor wrote:

Just a quick reminder to anyone struggling that you wouldn't be in the second round at all if you couldn't write a decent story!


You need to change the topic to something else.  <12 hours left  Big smile



Yeah, I didn't really like it when whoever it was kept changing the topic last time. It felt too much like a countdown. But I'll change it in case anyone gets confused!


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Posted By: swilki
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 6:54pm
Submitted! It is ten to midnight here and I have no idea if what I wrote actually makes sense to anyone but me. I had a draft that was 400 words too long this afternoon and my friends pointed out there were plot holes you could drive a truck through. 
I have revamped, ditched some non-essential but ace bits, re-revamped, cut every single extraneous word and then added more and done it all again. 
This has been one of the hardest writing exercises I've ever done and I am so proud I got something in, whatever happens. Good luck everyone who's still writing, you've got this!


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Posted By: swilki
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 8:16pm
Originally posted by swilki swilki wrote:

Submitted! It is ten to midnight here and I have no idea if what I wrote actually makes sense to anyone but me. I had a draft that was 400 words too long this afternoon and my friends pointed out there were plot holes you could drive a truck through. 
I have revamped, ditched some non-essential but ace bits, re-revamped, cut every single extraneous word and then added more and done it all again. 
This has been one of the hardest writing exercises I've ever done and I am so proud I got something in, whatever happens. Good luck everyone who's still writing, you've got this!
Aaaand upon re-reading it before shutting down Word, I felt it was essential to add three words and had to scour the damn thing again looking for three words to sacrifice. 
That's it. It's over. I'm not looking at it again until after the deadline.


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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 8:37pm
Originally posted by swilki swilki wrote:

Aaaand upon re-reading it before shutting down Word, I felt it was essential to add three words and had to scour the damn thing again looking for three words to sacrifice. 
That's it. It's over. I'm not looking at it again until after the deadline.

I usually find that when I'm dithering over three words, I'm actually done. 

Time to put your feet up and relax!


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Posted By: jhenn
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 8:53pm
Submitted! 
My genre was comedy and by the end, nothing was funny or even faintly amusing to me, except for the phrase "ship-faced" about a drunk sailor-wannabe. That one still makes me laugh. Which worries me...
I think i re-read it too many times :( (that's my hope anyway. Hopefully it will work for the judges)

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Posted By: ZoeLou
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 9:01pm
THREE HOURS LEFT!

I have 1500 words, a gaping hole in the centre of my plot, and a boatload of determination. Looks like this will be another skin-of-my-teeth, beta-less round, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the frantic race to the finish line ;)

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Posted By: brooke1421
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 9:03pm
How close to 2k does this need to be? I'm likely to run closer to 1500...

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Posted By: salgal80
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 9:16pm
I’ve submitted. It’s time for a drink.
Mystery is hard the first time.
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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 9:18pm
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Originally posted by swilki swilki wrote:

Aaaand upon re-reading it before shutting down Word, I felt it was essential to add three words and had to scour the damn thing again looking for three words to sacrifice. 
That's it. It's over. I'm not looking at it again until after the deadline.

I usually find that when I'm dithering over three words, I'm actually done. 

Time to put your feet up and relax!


Or, alternately, dither with three words until the realization that nagging in the back of your head was the way it ended, and you really needed about 15 words to add the missing piece.

THEN kick up your feet and relax...  Tongue


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Posted By: AlexSammich
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 9:37pm
Between being really busy and really tired, this was a struggle. Saturday night, I finally started writing. Got 180 words in and realized I was writing a 500-word story that would have been lame.  Got 600 words into another story and got stuck.

4 hours to go, my lamenting brain latched onto something, I had a lot of fun writing and editing. Just submitted a few minutes ago. I might send another edit in later.

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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 9:44pm
Just because I decided to open my DONE, SUBMITTED, DON'T LOOK ANYMORE story.

2117 words.  17 of those are title and synopsi...

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Posted By: GenieAZ
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 11:07pm
Yikes.  

Ok.  Submitted!  1994 words, and I dare not go back.  I completely started over last night, so all things considered, I am feeling ok!  But thank God for beta readers this round, because I was a heated mess.  Which is a regular mess, where heat has been applied, so that it is an even bigger mess. Yeah.


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Posted By: brooke1421
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 11:09pm
Beta...readers?? f**k. That would have been helpful!!

Not that there would have been time for it. I submitted with an hour and nine minutes left...


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Posted By: Mother of Chaos
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 11:13pm
Just finished. 2000 words. I have discovered that I love to read horror and I HATE to write it. Good challenge for the weekend I suppose. I can't believe I even came up with something. That's a win in and of itself for me. 

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Posted By: Rita
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 11:24pm
Submitted. Whew!
Political Satire... really? Luckily I have been addicted to politics over the last five years, so I'm well versed. But I have never written, nor have I considered writing political satire (as much as I like Cobert and Kimmel). I kept it in the current time period, although I considered the 1700s at first.

It was difficult. Not sure I hit the mark but it's finished and my in-house beta readers liked it (they don't always like what I write), and offered content feedback which helped a lot. 

Keeping my fingers crossed. 




Posted By: joshaxel
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 11:25pm
Congrats, groupmate! I share your sentiments exactly. I might love mysteries, but they take a level of planning that is not part of whatever writing process I typically follow (I'll kid myself into thinking I have a process. Why not?)

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Posted By: joshaxel
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2021 at 11:28pm
Originally posted by salgal80 salgal80 wrote:

I’ve submitted. It’s time for a drink.
Mystery is hard the first time.
Add pristine as a subject and I’m fried.

Congrats, groupmate! I share your sentiments exactly. I might love mysteries, but they take a level of planning that is not part of whatever writing process I typically follow (I'll kid myself into thinking I have a process. Why not?)


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Posted By: lilliehannon
Date Posted: 12 Apr 2021 at 12:04am
That moment when you finish a story with minutes to spare...

This one was harder than the last ones, and I have definitely struggled with the first few drafts (all of them now deleted). I'm happy with my final one, even if it wasn't something I normally would have written. Still. I had a fun time, and that's what counts!




Posted By: swilki
Date Posted: 12 Apr 2021 at 4:12am
Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Originally posted by swilki swilki wrote:

Aaaand upon re-reading it before shutting down Word, I felt it was essential to add three words and had to scour the damn thing again looking for three words to sacrifice. 
That's it. It's over. I'm not looking at it again until after the deadline.

I usually find that when I'm dithering over three words, I'm actually done. 

Time to put your feet up and relax!


Or, alternately, dither with three words until the realization that nagging in the back of your head was the way it ended, and you really needed about 15 words to add the missing piece.

THEN kick up your feet and relax...  Tongue
This is too accurate; out of my head you!!! 


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Posted By: jhardycarroll
Date Posted: 12 Apr 2021 at 9:03am
I thought about what I wanted to do on Thursday night, did some research on Friday, did a draft Saturday, and polished yesterday. First pass is the structure (written longhand), next pass the rhythm and details, then the character arc. The last few hours are tinkering with word count. It's really hard to write a decent story of that length in such a short amount of time. This is great prompt...sort of like an infamous crossfit workout that everybody dreads.

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Posted By: mike450
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 11:30pm
Originally posted by jhardycarroll jhardycarroll wrote:

I thought about what I wanted to do on Thursday night, did some research on Friday, did a draft Saturday, and polished yesterday. First pass is the structure (written longhand), next pass the rhythm and details, then the character arc. The last few hours are tinkering with word count. It's really hard to write a decent story of that length in such a short amount of time. This is great prompt...sort of like an infamous crossfit workout that everybody dreads.

That’s a good process for this... unfortunately I had commitments and couldn’t even start the writing until Sunday morning... and time I should’ve spent refining important story elements, I was instead trying to cut words.. and of course the next morning I thought of two things I should’ve done to help build tension... frustrating, but that’s what makes these contests challenging! And fun


Posted By: Steven Kay
Date Posted: 14 Apr 2021 at 2:13am
Originally posted by mike450 mike450 wrote:

Originally posted by jhardycarroll jhardycarroll wrote:

I thought about what I wanted to do on Thursday night, did some research on Friday, did a draft Saturday, and polished yesterday. First pass is the structure (written longhand), next pass the rhythm and details, then the character arc. The last few hours are tinkering with word count. It's really hard to write a decent story of that length in such a short amount of time. This is great prompt...sort of like an infamous crossfit workout that everybody dreads.

That’s a good process for this... unfortunately I had commitments and couldn’t even start the writing until Sunday morning... and time I should’ve spent refining important story elements, I was instead trying to cut words.. and of course the next morning I thought of two things I should’ve done to help build tension... frustrating, but that’s what makes these contests challenging! And fun

It's unfortunate when life gets in the way! I just checked the dates again for Round 3 (just in case!) and realised that for me they land at 5am at the start of two days of training so I'll literally be writing it in bed after some very long physical days 😵


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