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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LyndaD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 9:45pm
I have HistFic, and neither of my prompts lend themselves to a specific era. I think I've settled in the 1980's, but it's disconcerting to think of historical fiction being set while I was in college.
I have an idea and have written a couple hundred words.
Time to research.
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Originally posted by thebatinthehat thebatinthehat wrote:

Originally posted by SumFemina SumFemina wrote:

Couldn't come up with a worthy plot in the first 17 hours. Despaired. Awoke at 3 am today. Figured something out between 4 and 5. Yay!!! 

I owe thanks to whomever posted that tomato story link. That made me see Spy through a whole new lens.

But I can't write just yet. The Writers Weekly one day contest is on, and I have to write for that one first!


Tomato story... I'm curious. Lol Do you still have the link?

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@Reasonably_Crazy placed first with a flash spy story about an Amish man who discovers a secret: https://forums.nycmidnight.com/ch2-gr38-the-lords-bounty_topic35804_page1.html. Goodbye James Bond - there's no crazy spy gadgets or government intrigue here.
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Originally posted by BarbaraFL BarbaraFL wrote:

No progress, found out friend in Italy died and her dog needs a home (if any of you are in the EU and would like to adopt a nice Irish setter who is 13 years old, please advise), spent much of afternoon trying to find a solution, came up with some story ideas but not many, fingers crossed for tomorrow.

But - I never get anything done the first day of this one. I also never do well in this one. I'm sure those to are unrelated LOL

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, and for your loss. I would happily take an Irish setter (might be my favorite breed, used to have one) but at 13 he might not be up to traveling to the US and learning a new language. Wishing him (her?) the best new furever home.

Is there any chance you could write your story in your friend's memory? 
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Spent the first 20 hours or so hating my prompts and being completely uninspired. Then a few random thoughts occurred . . then gelled . . and now I have something I kind of can't wait to write. I just hope it doesn't wind up being one of those "perfect in my head, perfectly awful in the execution" kind of things . . . 
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Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

. . . Turn in on Sunday, hate myself on Monday.


Isn't the deadline on Saturday (11:59 pm NYC time) for this one? Not to wreck your plans, but . . . 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Random Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jan 2023 at 10:19pm
Originally posted by justmel justmel wrote:

Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

. . . Turn in on Sunday, hate myself on Monday.


Isn't the deadline on Saturday (11:59 pm NYC time) for this one? Not to wreck your plans, but . . . 


Oh, sweet!  That means I can kick the self-loathing into high gear a day early!

It also means Sunday is free to do other things.
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147 Horror/Royalty/Opportunist 

Regurgitated the ideas into a slop of a partial draft. 
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That is my fear as well!
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I have the first 409 words of the story, which is weird because I usually write the middle or the end first. I have an outline for the rest. 

I think my plot is solid, but somehow the story itself is looking pretty blah. I think my main character could use a personality injection.
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I've got Mystery, Summer School, and A boyfriend.
From midnight to 2ish last night, I wandered aimlessly through the forum. 
At 2 am I wrote the first two sentences in an insomnia-induced fever dream. At noon I re-read what I wrote and somehow realized the who and what of the story. The where is half-formed (I at least have the vague shape of the two settings), and the how and why are alluding me. I need to do some in-depth research on some specific mythologies and rituals, and then tomorrow night I'm going to start writing the story in earnest. 
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