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    Posted: 13 Sep 2019 at 7:41am
I'd really love to get horror - I read an awful lot of it, and have written a fair few short horror stories. But perversely, I feel like I'd completely bomb in it due to the increased pressure of expecting to do well. When I got action/adventure and thriller - which I had no clue how to tackle, and went in with a "meh, I can only do my best" mindset - I scraped a HM both times, so was pretty pleased. 
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Mine was political satire and then I got it and it didn't totally work out LOL

I'd really just like a good drama prompt at this point
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Originally posted by chrissie0707 chrissie0707 wrote:

Originally posted by sootfoot5 sootfoot5 wrote:

Drama is what we have all experienced in our lives.  Perhaps that is why some writers fear it.  Maybe, just maybe, they are afraid to touch that inner part of themselves with their powerful pen. 


It's a genre I wasn't necessarily fearing, but I wasn't looking forward to it. Then I pulled Drama in the second round of SSC this year and just...YES. Because this is EXACTLY what happened. The only world my prompts begged me to explore was my own, so I did. And despite the fact my story wasn't successful enough with the judges to move on to the final round, I dug into something personal that was difficult, but so worthwhile. I welcome Drama again. I'm game.


It has also been my experience that many of my stories that didn't quite fly here are the ones I've been able to get published while the higher scorers sit lonely on my cloud and hard drive.  

If you haven't already, go back and look at the drama tale with a fresh eye.  Then submit it .  It would be a dramatic ending to your own "dramatic" tale, don't you agree?  
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Originally posted by Lord Xoon Lord Xoon wrote:

Romance and Rom Com are my greatest fears. I don't think I can build a compelling story in either.

Drama would be difficult also.

I feel like I at least understand  the other ones.

I dread the idea of rom-com as well...the genres that oblige the writer to instill a certain emotion in the reader always seem like the hardest because you have to write for specific sensibilities (I guess this goes for horror as well). I have no idea how to write a 'good' rom com, let alone one that would please the judges!
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Originally posted by sootfoot5 sootfoot5 wrote:

Drama is what we have all experienced in our lives.  Perhaps that is why some writers fear it.  Maybe, just maybe, they are afraid to touch that inner part of themselves with their powerful pen. 


It's a genre I wasn't necessarily fearing, but I wasn't looking forward to it. Then I pulled Drama in the second round of SSC this year and just...YES. Because this is EXACTLY what happened. The only world my prompts begged me to explore was my own, so I did. And despite the fact my story wasn't successful enough with the judges to move on to the final round, I dug into something personal that was difficult, but so worthwhile. I welcome Drama again. I'm game.
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I can't understand why people fear drama (as a writing genre -- not as something happening in their life!)  Drama is in everything.  It occurs in juxtaposition to comedy to make comedy stronger.  It is what builds almost every other genre.  How would horror be horrifying without drama?  What suspense would there be without the drama included?  Even romance includes drama--it is that dot dot dot that leaves you breathless.  

Drama is what we have all experienced in our lives.  Perhaps that is why some writers fear it.  Maybe, just maybe, they are afraid to touch that inner part of themselves with their powerful pen.  (naughty, eh?)

I'd be thrilled to get drama next challenge.  But I really hope for Historical Fiction.  I've been doing this comp for more than 10 years and never been assigned that.  BRING IT!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote KLNorman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 6:26pm
I would love to get fairy tale/fantasy. I have never written one before but it’s one of my fave genres to read.
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Originally posted by Charlie72 Charlie72 wrote:

Originally posted by northernwriter northernwriter wrote:

I loved your round 1 story and writing style. I agree that one of the best things about this competition has been getting pushed out of my comfort zone. I’m now way more comfortable with writing action/adventure scenes in my novel because I had some practice here. 

Thank you!  I loved your story too though I got the sense it wasn't as purely indicative of your style since you wrote it as a children's romp.  But I definitely had you down as one to root for and to check out what else you do!

Thanks! I'm actually writing a middle grade novel, so perhaps it is indicative of my style! (Though I saw you checked out my last screenplay and that one was definitely different.) Looking forward to being stretched in a new direction this weekend!
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Originally posted by beadbalm beadbalm wrote:

Originally posted by Charlie72 Charlie72 wrote:

Originally posted by beadbalm beadbalm wrote:

Soo....I'll take whatever. Though I would appreciate if it wasn't set during a forest fire and include a mechanical bull. I'll pass on that.

Same, literally, same.  
But that said, I ended up loving what I did with those prompts (if a bit disappointed that the judges were a little less enthused) and I'm looking forward to tinkering with it.

This one was a little weird. More than before, I thought that the feedback was a bit simplistic. Who knows, could have been the end of a long day. Glad you enjoyed what you did - I liked it too. Keep it going!
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dang it, posted twice!

Edited by beadbalm - 12 Sep 2019 at 5:31pm
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