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Topic: SS R1 Prompts
Posted By: NERdling
Subject: SS R1 Prompts
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:15am
Here are the stats:


There are 5,956 writers participating in 215 groups, with approximately 28 writers per group.


What did everyone get?




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Posted By: NERdling
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:17am
Mine: 

G39
Drama
Companionship
A Conductor

Dream prompts, imo, but I've fallen into that trap before. 


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Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:17am
Horror. AGAIN. For the FOURTH F***ING TIME in round one.

Also 'multiple-choice' and 'an underwriter' but whatever.


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Posted By: WhistlerCrowe
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:17am
Hello, thanks for making this thread! 

Group 65 - Mystery - Summer School - A boyfriend

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Posted By: WhistlerCrowe
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:18am
Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

Horror. AGAIN. For the FOURTH F***ING TIME in round one.

Also 'multiple-choice' and 'an underwriter' but whatever.

Want to trade? LOL I got mystery for the second time and I'm dreading it. 


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Posted By: slinkylink
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:18am

Genre - Action / Adventure

Subject - sick and tired

Character - tracklayer


Not Political Satire. Not Historical Fiction. Not unhappy!


I have a few ideas percolating. 



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Posted By: Sheltwil16
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:18am
Hello!
I got:
Fairy Tale
Quarterly
And 
A doorkeeper.
I'm a bit confused as to how Quarterly is a subject, but I guess I'll come up with something. Best of luck, all! 


Posted By: Popsicle Crows
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:19am
Crime Caper, puppetry and a jack-of-all-trades.

It's funny that I was going to mention that I hope I don't get something with a lot of 'p's in it because the 'p' on my keyboard is sticking, hahahaha...omg.

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Posted By: AprilBaker
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:22am
This is my very first competition. Super excited, super nervous. 

I got:
Fairy Tale 
Revival???
A Winemaker


Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:22am
Originally posted by WhistlerCrowe WhistlerCrowe wrote:

Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

Horror. AGAIN. For the FOURTH F***ING TIME in round one.

Also 'multiple-choice' and 'an underwriter' but whatever.

Want to trade? LOL I got mystery for the second time and I'm dreading it. 

I wish. I have never gotten mystery, spy, drama, or historical fiction, all of which (especially historical fiction) I'd love to write.

At least when I inevitably don't make the finals with horror and 2500 words I can make real money by selling it (most of the other genres I get are pretty worthless for sales purposes. 2/3 previous SSC entries I made longer and sold. One that didn't even I"m not interested in, the other was a 250 and the money paid for those isn't worth it.)


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Posted By: taaaylor
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:23am
42 genre prompts. 42 prompts! Never sci-fi! Come on, universe! 42 was clearly the number to give it to me on 💀

Group 77: action/adventure / rush hour / a world-beater


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Posted By: stephenmatlock
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:23am
Group 46 | Political Satire | Red Tape | A Golfer

Piece of cake.


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Posted By: FerretKittyMom
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:24am
GR 28--Action/adventure, camouflage, a purveyor.

I had to look up what a purveyor is. The definition used the word in a couple sentences, and one of them sparked an idea. Now to let my brain marinate on things for a bit and see if I can turn this into a story. 

I feel I kind of lucked out a bit with my prompts. I feel they work well together. Good luck everyone!


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Posted By: tyrapendragon
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:24am
For the second time in a row I got the dreaded Political Satire.  I think I went too weird in my last story.  I'm planning on one grounded in the real modern world, but hopefully funny. We'll see how it goes.


Group 84

Political Satire

Unemployable 

A Spin Doctor




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Posted By: WhistlerCrowe
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:26am
Originally posted by AprilBaker AprilBaker wrote:

This is my very first competition. Super excited, super nervous. 

I got:
Fairy Tale 
Revival???
A Winemaker


Best of luck with your story!! I am SO jealous of your prompts. I immediately had a very vivid idea for a story using yours. LOL

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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:26am

G153. A/A - resourceful - a preschooler 

This will be my 5th go at A/A. Not my favorite. I see a high probability of a genre mash in my future…


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Posted By: dcontarato
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:26am
Gr. 24 - Suspense / A blood test / A hockey player.

Not thrilled with the character, but I can work with this. Seed of an idea already forming.


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Posted By: CamsynClair
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:27am
Group 201: RomCom / an escapade / a denturist 

I've got ideas for this one! Only wish my group number weren't so far down; too much anxious scrolling on results day LOL


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Posted By: OnyxLily
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:27am
Originally posted by NERdling NERdling wrote:

Mine: 

G39
Drama
Companionship
A Conductor

Dream prompts, imo, but I've fallen into that trap before. 

Same group! I'm also really happy with my prompts and hoping that's not a bad sign.


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Posted By: libertypen
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:27am
41 / romance / a countdown / a recluse

Romance is very much NOT my thing. But at least I can work with the other prompts. We’ll see how it goes!


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Posted By: WhistlerCrowe
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:27am
Originally posted by taaaylor taaaylor wrote:

42 genre prompts. 42 prompts! Never sci-fi! Come on, universe! 42 was clearly the number to give it to me on 💀

Group 77: action/adventure / rush hour / a world-beater


I recognize that reference! The universe failed you and I am so sorry. LOLOuch

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Posted By: dcontarato
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:27am
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:


G153. A/A - resourceful - a preschooler 

This will be my 5th go at A/A. Not my favorite. I see a high probability of a genre mash in my future…

I got Goonies vibes here, Nod...Smile


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Posted By: nobodyowens
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:29am
I got Group 44: Mystery/Antisocial/Anesthesiologist

I feel pretty good about the genre but other than that I'm a little worried. This may be the wrong place to post this but how exactly are we supposed to use the subject? I read the FAQs and the participation guide but I still don't seem to understand. 

Could someone explain? I'm new to this particular challenge so I don't think I've done one with a subject before. 

Thank you in advance and good luck eveyone! :) 


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Posted By: AprilBaker
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:30am
Thanks! Revival has me a little stumped. 

WhistlerCrowe, hi fellow NCer!


Posted By: dcontarato
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:30am
Originally posted by stephenmatlock stephenmatlock wrote:

Group 46 | Political Satire | Red Tape | A Golfer

Piece of cake.

Great to see you back, Stephen! And with Pol Sat nonetheless Smile


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Posted By: Perri Winkle
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:31am
Crapola.
First time competing, and I got Political Satire.


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Posted By: tyrapendragon
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:33am
Last time I got romance and some readers here really helped me with it.

Laura


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Posted By: WhistlerCrowe
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:35am
Originally posted by AprilBaker AprilBaker wrote:

Thanks! Revival has me a little stumped. 


Also, hi fellow NCer!

 
For me, what it brings to mind is a religious service held outdoors or in an old church. Of course, there are different interpretations of revival and different directions you could take with it, but growing up in the southern Bible Belt, that's what I immediately think of. 

Hi there!! You'll love this contest and these forums, I think. 


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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:37am

Rom-Com - a bulletin board - Mother -in-law

I can see some really funny plots, now have to insert Rom...


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Posted By: NERdling
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:39am
Originally posted by nobodyowens nobodyowens wrote:

I got Group 44: Mystery/Antisocial/Anesthesiologist

I feel pretty good about the genre but other than that I'm a little worried. This may be the wrong place to post this but how exactly are we supposed to use the subject? I read the FAQs and the participation guide but I still don't seem to understand. 

Could someone explain? I'm new to this particular challenge so I don't think I've done one with a subject before. 

Thank you in advance and good luck eveyone! :) 

It's hard to give a definitive answer, but basically anti-socialness needs to be in your story somehow. Maybe your main character is anti-social, maybe they are dealing with someone who is anti-social, maybe their mother's cousin's friend was anti-social and it is in some way influencing the plot of the story. 

There have been subjects that translate into settings, some that translate into characterizations, and some that fit better as actions. Whichever it is, your story has to incorporate it. I hope that helps!


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Posted By: justmel
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:40am
Originally posted by WhistlerCrowe WhistlerCrowe wrote:

Hello, thanks for making this thread! 

Group 65 - Mystery - Summer School - A boyfriend

Wow, a groupmate on page one! I hope you're more inspired by these than I am. I was like, Yawn... but hey, who knows what will happen in eight days? Good luck!


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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:41am
Originally posted by Popsicle Crows Popsicle Crows wrote:

Crime Caper, puppetry and a jack-of-all-trades.

It's funny that I was going to mention that I hope I don't get something with a lot of 'p's in it because the 'p' on my keyboard is sticking, hahahaha...omg.

I thought it said puberty and thought all right, lol, I think puberty would be a great prompt here.


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Posted By: Aggie
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:42am
Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:


Rom-Com - a bulletin board - Mother -in-law

I can see some really funny plots, now have to insert Rom...


My mind immediately went to a mother posting a dating ad for her child on a bulletin board with the heading "daughter/son-in-law wanted"


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Posted By: Aggie
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:43am
I got Action/Adventure | Clueless | An Egomaniac.

I have a pretty good idea where I'm going to take this one already,  now I just need to write it...


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Posted By: taaaylor
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:43am
Originally posted by nobodyowens nobodyowens wrote:

I got Group 44: Mystery/Antisocial/Anesthesiologist

I feel pretty good about the genre but other than that I'm a little worried. This may be the wrong place to post this but how exactly are we supposed to use the subject? I read the FAQs and the participation guide but I still don't seem to understand. 

Could someone explain? I'm new to this particular challenge so I don't think I've done one with a subject before. 

Thank you in advance and good luck eveyone! :) 

The subject must, in some way, be fundamental to the plot. That means the plot could not occur without the subject being involved in the theme, conflict, or character choices. It can be literal or not literal, but it has to be present.

Some examples of ways I've used past subjects, if it helps

renewable -- a character abuses a (made-up) creative drug to force epiphanic work, and her internal character drama revolved around learning how to renew her own creative energy and embrace the risk of failure

a lapse of judgment -- Character A made a highly irregular choice in their job to help Character B, which caused the rest of the plot

biweekly -- Character A met with Character B every two weeks for an illicit love affair, under the guise that one was teaching the other another language

honeymoon -- Character A's mother abandoned her to go on a "honeymoon" that was actually a drug-bender. The actual story occurred after the mother was already gone and the honeymoon part was communicated in a flashback. But since it was the frame behind the entire character conflict, drama, and resolution, it counted

I hope these examples help! Good luck!!


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Posted By: taaaylor
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:45am
Originally posted by WhistlerCrowe WhistlerCrowe wrote:

Originally posted by taaaylor taaaylor wrote:

42 genre prompts. 42 prompts! Never sci-fi! Come on, universe! 42 was clearly the number to give it to me on 💀

Group 77: action/adventure / rush hour / a world-beater


I recognize that reference! The universe failed you and I am so sorry. LOLOuch


Ahh thank you for the commiserating! :) It sounds like the universe had it out for both of us, judging by your feelings about your prompt lolol. I hope you have fun with it. Mystery is definitely a tough one, but at least it's 2500 words!!


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Posted By: Will703
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:47am
Group 199 
Romance / Horoscope / Chef

Crossing another genre off my bingo card! 

Good luck y'all! Smile


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Posted By: Heartstart
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:48am
Group 215 (Rom-Com / Bulletin Board / Mother in Law) is my assignment too! 

I'm trying to think of a creative take on these prompts, as judges seem to like the more creative interpretations... but it's not easy...


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Posted By: nobodyowens
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:48am
sorry forgot how to work the forum again 😂

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Posted By: AprilBaker
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:48am
Originally posted by WhistlerCrowe WhistlerCrowe wrote:

Hello, thanks for making this thread! 

Group 65 - Mystery - Summer School - A boyfriend

Too bad swapping wasn’t allowed because these are awesome.


Posted By: WhistlerCrowe
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:51am
Originally posted by AprilBaker AprilBaker wrote:

Originally posted by WhistlerCrowe WhistlerCrowe wrote:

Hello, thanks for making this thread! 

Group 65 - Mystery - Summer School - A boyfriend

Too bad swapping wasn’t allowed because these are awesome.


I know! I would LOVE to have your prompts. Literally, I know exactly what I'd do with them. 

Mine, however, I'm at a loss with. Maybe some genre combining is in order. 

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Posted By: nobodyowens
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:51am
Originally posted by taaaylor taaaylor wrote:

Originally posted by nobodyowens nobodyowens wrote:

I got Group 44: Mystery/Antisocial/Anesthesiologist

I feel pretty good about the genre but other than that I'm a little worried. This may be the wrong place to post this but how exactly are we supposed to use the subject? I read the FAQs and the participation guide but I still don't seem to understand. 

Could someone explain? I'm new to this particular challenge so I don't think I've done one with a subject before. 

Thank you in advance and good luck eveyone! :) 

The subject must, in some way, be fundamental to the plot. That means the plot could not occur without the subject being involved in the theme, conflict, or character choices. It can be literal or not literal, but it has to be present.

Some examples of ways I've used past subjects, if it helps

renewable -- a character abuses a (made-up) creative drug to force epiphanic work, and her internal character drama revolved around learning how to renew her own creative energy and embrace the risk of failure

a lapse of judgment -- Character A made a highly irregular choice in their job to help Character B, which caused the rest of the plot

biweekly -- Character A met with Character B every two weeks for an illicit love affair, under the guise that one was teaching the other another language

honeymoon -- Character A's mother abandoned her to go on a "honeymoon" that was actually a drug-bender. The actual story occurred after the mother was already gone and the honeymoon part was communicated in a flashback. But since it was the frame behind the entire character conflict, drama, and resolution, it counted

I hope these examples help! Good luck!!


That did help a lot! Thank you so much i was really nervous because i didn't understand. 

So as long as it's an integral part of the story it can work? Like you have the character be antisocial and the plot stems from that? 

Thank you and good luck to you as well!!😊


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Posted By: stephenmatlock
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:52am
Originally posted by dcontarato dcontarato wrote:

Originally posted by stephenmatlock stephenmatlock wrote:

Group 46 | Political Satire | Red Tape | A Golfer

Piece of cake.

Great to see you back, Stephen! And with Pol Sat nonetheless Smile

Thanks. I have some ideas on what I'd write, but stronger ideas on what it will look like - that is, how I'll tell the story.

Like I said elsewhere, I am just going to have fun with this one.


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Posted By: tiffinyfelix
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:55am
This is my second year doing the challenge and I'm excited to be back!

Group: 132
Genre: Historical Fiction
Subject: Resentment
Character: An Errand Boy



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Posted By: Evelynwhy1
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:56am
Shepard, honor system, comedy. 

I can make it work. 


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Posted By: fae
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:57am
Group 81/Drama/Retirement/A Gossipmonger 

My first short story. Good luck everyone!


Posted By: nobodyowens
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:59am
Originally posted by Heartstart Heartstart wrote:

Group 215 (Rom-Com / Bulletin Board / Mother in Law) is my assignment too! 

I'm trying to think of a creative take on these prompts, as judges seem to like the more creative interpretations... but it's not easy...

Well the bulletin board is hard, maybe you could have like an office romance of some kind? Like the Mother-in-law is the boss and their son/daughter works there got married to one of the other employees who also works there. Mother-in-Law isn't happy about it so they make like a "No fraternizing" rule at work which means the couple has to get creative. They could use the bulletin board to pass messages secretly? One day Mother-in-law finds out and keeps trying to catch them? 

I apologize i've never really done rom-com but thought i could offer an idea, hope it helps 😊 

Good luck!


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Posted By: taaaylor
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 12:59am
Originally posted by nobodyowens nobodyowens wrote:

That did help a lot! Thank you so much i was really nervous because i didn't understand. 

So as long as it's an integral part of the story it can work? Like you have the character be antisocial and the plot stems from that? 

Thank you and good luck to you as well!!😊

Ahh good!!  :) I think the short story is unnerving the first couple of times because the subject is so flexible, unlike a prompt like object or setting, which is pretty inarguable how to include it

You've got it precisely!! An example of that might be, sayyy... the Wizard from the Wizard of Oz movie. His hiding and refusing to be seen is the source of the whole plot, even though it's a small piece of the story. 

Glad to help <3


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Posted By: nobodyowens
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 1:04am
Originally posted by taaaylor taaaylor wrote:

Originally posted by nobodyowens nobodyowens wrote:

That did help a lot! Thank you so much i was really nervous because i didn't understand. 

So as long as it's an integral part of the story it can work? Like you have the character be antisocial and the plot stems from that? 

Thank you and good luck to you as well!!😊

Ahh good!!  :) I think the short story is unnerving the first couple of times because the subject is so flexible, unlike a prompt like object or setting, which is pretty inarguable how to include it

You've got it precisely!! An example of that might be, sayyy... the Wizard from the Wizard of Oz movie. His hiding and refusing to be seen is the source of the whole plot, even though it's a small piece of the story. 

Glad to help <3

That's a great example! Thank you again 😊 I hope you do really well


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Posted By: GenieAZ
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 1:08am
Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:


Rom-Com - a bulletin board - Mother -in-law

I can see some really funny plots, now have to insert Rom...

I am so happy you escaped Spy again! 


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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 1:10am
Originally posted by GenieAZ GenieAZ wrote:

Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:


Rom-Com - a bulletin board - Mother -in-law

I can see some really funny plots, now have to insert Rom...

I am so happy you escaped Spy again! 

Thank you! Me too! Good luck!


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Posted By: ZoeLou
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 1:12am
Group 80 - Suspense / sisterhood / a makeup artist.

It's been an hour and I already feel like I've gone through all the stages of grief with my prompts... only for a particularly good song to pop up on Spotify and spark an idea I'm in love with.

I'm going to try something a little funky and different, but at least I have plenty of time to re-write if it doesn't work out. :)


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Posted By: sfuji
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 1:14am
Group: 16   
A/A / Secluded / A Scoundrel

New genre alert! I haven't yet pulled A/A so my senses are peaked to see where this one takes me...
AND SOOOOOOOO bloody excited for longer format. Cannot wait to churn out more words with room to play. 

First repeat comp and I couldn't be more stoked. Although it might be tied with my excitement of forum banter in days to come. Especially when procrastination is in high form.


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Posted By: GenieAZ
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 1:19am
Group 117 | Political Satire | Contractual Obligation | A do-gooder

So I won't say Pol Sat is my favorite genre, but I did write one of my favorite stories in this genre (Whites, Colors and Darks).  It's kind of fun to just go completely out there sometimes.  LOL


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Posted By: Mister_Write
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 1:21am
Hey team! I'm back in action after a small hiatus. And what perfect timing to get covid haha. I foresee either the week off being an enormous help for writing...or the virus being an enormous hinderance Tongue

I'm loving my prompt though!

Group: 210
Genre: horror
Subject: telepathy
Character: a lawyer

Fingers crossed my tired brain does fun things with it haha. Who knows, maybe a viral fugue is the horror writer's best friend! Good luck everyone!


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Posted By: GenieAZ
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 1:32am
Originally posted by Mister_Write Mister_Write wrote:

Hey team! I'm back in action after a small hiatus. And what perfect timing to get covid haha. I foresee either the week off being an enormous help for writing...or the virus being an enormous hinderance Tongue


Here's hoping its the former!

Feel better Dead


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Posted By: crez
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 1:37am
I can't believe I got sci-fi. Four years ago it would have been my first choice, and now I actually feel kind of ambivalent about it. Hopefully that's just prompt-day jitters that will go away!

Group 198:  Sci-fi / Cancellation / A clock-watcher

Not sure what a clock-watcher is, but since it's science fiction I guess I can decide that for myself.

Good luck everyone!


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Posted By: annemarie
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 1:46am
Group 82:  Comedy/An insurance policy/A surrogate mother

At least its not horror.  A bit of thinking time and I am hoping the inspiration will flow.


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Posted By: Kneazle
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 1:51am
Group 123 Sci fi/ biological clock/ a valedictorian 

I'm excited - I'm confident I'll have a workable plot by tomorrow and hopefully I won't be finishing minutes before deadline with no time review. 


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Posted By: KirrilyK
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 1:52am
Group 70:  Historical Fiction / A Scam / A Tour Guide 

At least it's not crime caper or pol sat. 


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Posted By: Jennk
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 1:52am
Group 213

Romantic comedy, a truce, a goody-goody

It could be worse but I had comedy in my last NYCM contest, and I turned sort of turned into romantic comedy, so I was hoping for something different. I also didn’t progress that round so comedy might not be my thing. 


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Posted By: halium
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 1:54am
Group 111: AA / A trade route / An evildoer

I am just relieved it's not mystery!Party


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Posted By: cynthiacrandall
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 1:59am
First timer here. I got mystery, underpaid, forger. I'll see how it goes.

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Posted By: SumFemina
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 2:02am
Group 129

Spy - a billion - a humanoid

I actually love these prompts! I've never written spy before but i have a soft spot for a humanoid!


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Posted By: theinquisitor
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 2:02am
Group 147
Horror 
Subject: royalty
Character: an opportunist

Maybe I should do something about Meghan Markle (kidding). These prompts aren't awful but I've never done well with horror. 


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Posted By: theinquisitor
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 2:14am
Originally posted by nobodyowens nobodyowens wrote:

I got Group 44: Mystery/Antisocial/Anesthesiologist

I feel pretty good about the genre but other than that I'm a little worried. This may be the wrong place to post this but how exactly are we supposed to use the subject? I read the FAQs and the participation guide but I still don't seem to understand. 

Could someone explain? I'm new to this particular challenge so I don't think I've done one with a subject before. 

Thank you in advance and good luck eveyone! :) 

Subject is so vague. The best way I can explain it is that your story has to be obviously inspired by the prompt. 


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Posted By: Taighobyrne
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 2:21am
Group 212
Romantic comedy
Subject: cook-off
Character: cosmetologist


I'm a horror writer!  Cry Lol. But the even funnier thing is that I'm a culinary school drop out, and a practicing hairstylist. This could be autobiographical.


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Posted By: Kristof
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 2:24am
Group 156
Horror
A reward
A castaway

I managed 250 words of horror. I just have to figure out how to upscale it tenfold.

All the best everyone!


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Posted By: Heartstart
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 2:28am
Originally posted by crez crez wrote:

I can't believe I got sci-fi. Four years ago it would have been my first choice, and now I actually feel kind of ambivalent about it. Hopefully that's just prompt-day jitters that will go away!

Group 198:  Sci-fi / Cancellation / A clock-watcher

Not sure what a clock-watcher is, but since it's science fiction I guess I can decide that for myself.

Good luck everyone!

I've always understood a clock-watcher to be a lazy worker who's just marking time until it's time to go home. But of course, you can interpret it as creatively as you want! 


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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 2:37am
Originally posted by GenieAZ GenieAZ wrote:

Group 117 | Political Satire | Contractual Obligation | A do-gooder

So I won't say Pol Sat is my favorite genre, but I did write one of my favorite stories in this genre (Whites, Colors and Darks).  It's kind of fun to just go completely out there sometimes.  LOL

That is one of my favorites of yours as well.


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Posted By: snuffles
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 2:42am
I got 
Spy Genre
Subject: A breakup
Character: A butler

I have no idea how to write Spy stories even though i've done spy work. 



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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 2:42am
Originally posted by theinquisitor theinquisitor wrote:

Group 147
Horror 
Subject: royalty
Character: an opportunist

Maybe I should do something about Meghan Markle (kidding). These prompts aren't awful but I've never done well with horror. 

Anything to do with Harry, I mean that literally, is fine. So tired of seeing how hard done by he is.


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Posted By: SharE
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 2:44am
Mine is so hard. 

Action and Adventure
Fantasyland
Strongman 




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Posted By: SumFemina
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 3:08am
Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

Originally posted by theinquisitor theinquisitor wrote:

Group 147
Horror 
Subject: royalty
Character: an opportunist

Maybe I should do something about Meghan Markle (kidding). These prompts aren't awful but I've never done well with horror. 

Anything to do with Harry, I mean that literally, is fine. So tired of seeing how hard done by he is.

I can see a horror story titled Frozen. Wink


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Posted By: iBenj
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 3:34am
Group 9:

| Sci-Fi | coexistence | a bandit |

I can work with that


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Posted By: CHartman
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 3:44am
Group 187

AA/ Overdue/ a Party Animal

I had an immediate thought of a story that fully realized itself in my mind… told my idea to my niece who said it was ‘predictable and boring’ but gave me inspiration for an entirely different take..  gotta love honest feedback!


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Posted By: Draiglas
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 4:12am
Group 56 - Spy / mimicry / a stickler

Never written spy and don't enjoy reading it but eh, what's life without challenge?


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Posted By: nafeyboy
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 4:26am
Group 175: Action/Adventure, Abandoned, A gunslinger.  :)

I've done the flash challenge a few times (and loved it every time), but this is my first SS challenge and I'm really looking forward to it. I mainly write SS rather than flash, so hopefully this will suit me better.

Looking at other people's prompts, I've seriously dodged a bullet with these ones - hopefully I can come up something really original. Now the hard work begins :)

Good luck to everyone competing but especially to those who got horrible prompts - you can do this :)


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Posted By: Drib
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 4:26am
Bah.

Group 161

Romcom
Happenstance
Operagoer

Where is Richard Curtis when I need him?


Posted By: ReneeLuna
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 4:42am
GR 133-- comedy-- a psychic-- self-diagnosis.

This will be an interesting challenge for sure. Outside of spontaneous humor, I'm not great at making people laugh, and I have never written comedy. Right now, I'm drawing a total blank as to what this story will be.


Posted By: VaughnieM
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 5:01am
Group 124

Suspense 
Door to door
Farmhand

Really not sure of this. Another genre I have never written before and very much not to my strengths. Probably another round 1 exit but it’s the experience that is helpful. 


Posted By: KaylaDawn
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 5:10am
Group: 159
Genre: Mystery
Subject: Urban Sprawl
Character: a governor

It’s a new genre to me but I think luckily the subject seems quite vast/more of a setting so gives me flexibility to go anywhere with it really!

Now to try and come up with something. Going to try the technique of “just start writing” and see what comes out.

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Posted By: awinchester
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 5:53am
Originally posted by stephenmatlock stephenmatlock wrote:

Group 46 | Political Satire | Red Tape | A Golfer

Piece of cake.


I feel like that one practically writes itself. The challenge will be to make it somewhat original.


Posted By: Steven Kay
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 6:02am
Political Satire
Side by side
A steelworker

First time doing polsat. Wish me luck, I'm going in!


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Posted By: wisemel
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 6:23am
Group 15: spy /  allergic / a dancer

Not a genre I'm very familiar with, but I have an idea that I'm excited by, so that's always a nice way to start. Definitely going to be a genre mash-up here.

Good luck everyone, and have fun! 


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Posted By: Anthea123
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 6:28am
Originally posted by Taighobyrne Taighobyrne wrote:

Group 212
Romantic comedy
Subject: cook-off
Character: cosmetologist


I'm a horror writer!  Cry Lol. But the even funnier thing is that I'm a culinary school drop out, and a practicing hairstylist. This could be autobiographical.


Oh hello, group mate - I just read your excellent historical 250!

I share your tears here... I'm going to need to sleep on this a few nights at least.

Good luck!


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Posted By: jonworkman
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 6:41am
I'm in Group 16. Action/Adventure, a scoundrel, secluded

I think these prompts are workable.

I am excited to use the scoundrel character. Time to get back at someone, methinks.


Posted By: abyczynski
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 6:42am
Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

Horror. AGAIN. For the FOURTH F***ING TIME in round one.

Also 'multiple-choice' and 'an underwriter' but whatever.


I would trade you in a heartbeat. Horror is where my mind goes, and for a 50-something who has never had kids, horror is: fairy tale, defeatism, an orphan. Lol!

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Posted By: ClawHeart
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 6:49am
Group 37

Historical Fiction (2nd time now)
Wanderlust
A Snake Charmer

.....I may have the beginnings of an idea percolating.  Maybe.  Could also just be gas.  Just once I'd like to get a prompt in my actual wheelhouse - fantasy/fairy tale/ghost story. 

I have so many ideas for prompts that are not my own (especially the romance/countdown/recluse one).  It always happens like this.


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Posted By: wisemel
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 6:54am
Originally posted by ClawHeart ClawHeart wrote:

Group 37

Historical Fiction (2nd time now)
Wanderlust
A Snake Charmer

.....I may have the beginnings of an idea percolating.  Maybe.  Could also just be gas.  Just once I'd like to get a prompt in my actual wheelhouse - fantasy/fairy tale/ghost story. 

I have so many ideas for prompts that are not my own (especially the romance/countdown/recluse one).  It always happens like this.

Genre mash-ups are great. Historical fiction ghost story would be awesome! 


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Posted By: SDWatts
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 6:54am
Group 128
Suspense
Color-blind
A beggar


Posted By: NMiller
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 6:55am
Group 96
Horror/ a Fanzine/  a caretaker

Thank you forum for reminding me it is subject NOT object!!
I almost just had my character leafing through a Fanzine but realize I need to incorporate it more full as a plot point. Thank you!!

This totally has "Misery" vibes though and am trying hard not to go all Kathy Bates on this. 


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Posted By: telekabba
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 6:57am
Group 126

Comedy
A phantasm
A killjoy

I mean ... Come on man!


Posted By: pennypeaches
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 7:12am
Group 98
Fairy Tale/hitchhiking/a mute

After not participating in any NYCM comps in 2022 (despite signing up and paying for at least two of them Wacko) I'm excited to be back! First time with Fairy Tale, and the prompts definitely have me thinking in a few directions already. 

Good luck everyone, can't wait to read the stories that get posted!




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Posted By: awinchester
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 7:12am
Group 25

Thriller
Alpinist
Self-sacrifice

Hmm... might have to think outside the box on this one to make it original, because it otherwise seems to all fit together. Then again, I've never written a thriller sooooo... therein is also a challenge.


Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 7:23am
Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

Originally posted by GenieAZ GenieAZ wrote:

Group 117 | Political Satire | Contractual Obligation | A do-gooder

So I won't say Pol Sat is my favorite genre, but I did write one of my favorite stories in this genre (Whites, Colors and Darks).  It's kind of fun to just go completely out there sometimes.  LOL

That is one of my favorites of yours as well.

Genie, I know you are excellent at Pol Sat, and Suave, I am so glad you didn't get spy again!

I haven't had ghost story in a while, and these prompts are really fun and promising:

Group 107: Ghost Story/ Collaboration / a truck driver




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Posted By: Deschain
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 7:29am
Group 23
Ghost story
subject: stubborn
character: a scaredy cat

my character doesn't need to be an actual cat, right?

i had an idea already but it wasn't an actual ghost, more of a persistent hallucination of a deceased loved one. should i nix the idea and go more traditional ghost story?


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Posted By: leolegras
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 7:38am
HistFic AGAIN! Just put me out of my misery Cry

Histfic/a scam/a tour guide

I literally just wrote one for micro about... get this...a scamming museum docent in a small town in the 50s. I'm not kidding. 

Siiiggghhhhhh - am I being pranked??


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Posted By: wisemel
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 7:40am
Originally posted by Deschain Deschain wrote:

Group 23
Ghost story
subject: stubborn
character: a scaredy cat

my character doesn't need to be an actual cat, right?

i had an idea already but it wasn't an actual ghost, more of a persistent hallucination. should i nix the idea and go more traditional ghost story?

A scaredy cat is a phrase used to describe a timid person, or someone that doesn't want to do something they deem as risky. Definitely not an expectation for an actual cat, but that might be a fun twist. 

I think if your ghost story very clearly has no ghost, you will risk disqualification. That doesn't mean the story has to be traditional in any way, but I would think you want at least the very strong implication that it's a ghost. 


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Posted By: catnamedeaster
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 7:53am
G52 Romantic Comedy / Overconfidence / A teamster

I got Rom Com 1st round last year so not so thrilled.




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