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    Posted: 11 Apr 2019 at 3:10pm
Wow! Looks like a lot of work was done here. (-: I don't see my heat (27) dissected yet. (-; I haven't really paid attention to any of the numbers. For me, I see it as more of a luck of the draw of what you yourself get saddled with. I got first place in round 1...I was in a genre I was comfortable with. The stars aligned, I guess. But, to be honest...I really didn't like my story at all. I was certain I wouldn't even make it to round 2. I failed epically in round 2. Numbers don't always work. But now I'm curious about the breakdown in my heat. WinkSmile


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Shoot. I feel like a lame-o. I looked up how many people were in my heat (21) but really only wanted to see how many were first place. There was only one other. The rest were mostly fourth and fifth. It takes a lot of cross-referencing to find their stories in the forums, so I didn't bother. Hopefully more will post this round than last. I think the feedback is the best part of this (both giving and getting). We all get really attached to our stories, so if nothing else it thickens our skin. Writing well is so hard, and my worst enemy is myself (when I think something is good and/or finished!) ;-)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ADave411 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Apr 2019 at 6:03pm
Originally posted by Meggles Meggles wrote:


And only five of us posted our first round stories in the forums.


Only four writers from Heat 24 have shared their title and synopsis so far, but hopefully more will post their full stories when the time comes. I'm eager to see how others were inspired by this prompt.

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Originally posted by td333777 td333777 wrote:

Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention in my previous post, but further lends credence to the idea that 1st/5th isn't truly meaningful when the prompts and the heats are drastically different between rounds--

The rounds themselves are vastly different.  Eight days vs. three vs. one.  I know a LOT of writers who, if you give them more than a week to research, workshop, and edit a story, will produce brilliance in almost any genre.  But some of them, if only given a weekend, or 16 waking hours, will produce absolute dreck.  The time crunch is a MASSIVE equalizer in these contests.

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Originally posted by td333777 td333777 wrote:

Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention in my previous post, but further lends credence to the idea that 1st/5th isn't truly meaningful when the prompts and the heats are drastically different between rounds--

The rounds themselves are vastly different.  Eight days vs. three vs. one.  I know a LOT of writers who, if you give them more than a week to research, workshop, and edit a story, will produce brilliance in almost any genre.  But some of them, if only given a weekend, or 16 waking hours, will produce absolute dreck.  The time crunch is a MASSIVE equalizer in these contests.

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Great point. I’m the opposite - too much time and I drive myself insane. No matter how much time I have, the idea comes 24-48 hours before the deadline, so 6 extra days (or in this round’s case, 2) of pounding out bad stories is just frustrating.
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I got a first place in R1. I'm still nervous about being in a group full of other people who placed. And so's everyone else who placed first!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote patsy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 10:54am
Originally posted by Coups Coups wrote:

Just looked at group 3:
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3 Seconds
5 Thirds
4 Fourths
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I'm not liking my chances this round... It's going to be a very tough heat! Confused

I'm in there with you, but it's a whole new ballgame with different genres and time circumstance!  
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I don’t know how I will do, but I did the same thing and looked at numbers and noticed that several people in my heat (25, action adventure) had action adventure in round 1 also. I wrote a first draft that I hated - it was fine on a technical level but really had no heart. I knew that since there were several people who had mastered action adventure, i couldn’t compete with them on a technical level for this genre anyway (meaning hitting all the elements of the genre.) So with the encouragement of some amazing beta readers, I scrapped the first draft and wrote the story I wanted to write instead. I don’t necessarily expect to proceed with it, but I had a lot of fun writing “Miss Zelda’s ballet school for bitches and badasses.” 
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Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention in my previous post, but further lends credence to the idea that 1st/5th isn't truly meaningful when the prompts and the heats are drastically different between rounds--

The rounds themselves are vastly different.  Eight days vs. three vs. one.  I know a LOT of writers who, if you give them more than a week to research, workshop, and edit a story, will produce brilliance in almost any genre.  But some of them, if only given a weekend, or 16 waking hours, will produce absolute dreck.  The time crunch is a MASSIVE equalizer in these contests.

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Originally posted by MsVickie MsVickie wrote:

Originally posted by Coups Coups wrote:

Just looked at group 3:
9 Firsts
3 Seconds
5 Thirds
4 Fourths
4 Fifths
 
I'm not liking my chances this round... It's going to be a very tough heat! Confused

Hey fellow heat member! If it makes you feel better, I got #1 in my heat for the first round but it was for a genre I'm very comfortable with (historical fiction). This fairy tale stuff though, I had no idea what I was doing and I'm feeling a significant amount of doubt I'll make it past round two. My husband read it and told me it was "okay" so now I'm getting a divorce. Hahahah. But he's right. It's not nearly as strong as my first entry. I think all of us are good writers and no matter where we placed last time, a new prompt/genre really shakes things up.

Oh actually, I'm in heat 2, not heat 3. Sorry! Clearly I'm having trouble reading this morning. But I mean what I said about the prompts/genres shaking things up. I think we all have a good chance.
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