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    Posted: 10 Sep 2020 at 11:07pm
Congrats everyone!!! I got 21,000 lol, roughly 15,000 of which I wrote on the last day. Just couldn't get moving on the first two days, but then decided I was going to pull something together even if I had to cut a few subplots to make it work Wacko Final product is not quite what I was envisioning (although is it ever haha), but it was a fun couple of days! I'm looking forward to seeing what others came up with...it's nice to have so many different contests and things with rotating notifications and deadlines to keep me occupied :p Good luck and fingers crossed there will be a NYCM forum member or two (or more!) on the shortlist when they announce!
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Great job, everyone!! 

I feel braindead. Like literally braindead. And I wrote another 17,400 words, just like last year. That must be my maximum potential for three days. It was hard. I had a great first day, but then my brain started to die, and I had to get myself to force-write the rest, and I wrapped it up with too much ease, like, "And then they all lived happily ever after," all of a sudden (and there was enough chocolate for all the characters to be happy), if that makes sense. I might not do this event anymore, because it really fried my brain. It's not nearly so hard to write a flash fiction piece in 48 hours or to do NaNoWriMo even, but just... total brain death. Dead Oh! This is also why I haven't returned feedback yet, but it's on my agenda! 


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I submitted mine too! I ended up really loving what I did, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought it (well the premise of it more than the specific storyline) would make a better sitcom than book. And now I have it in my head that I, with almost 0 screenwriting knowledge (it would be 0 if not for a TV writing class I took in college many many years ago), need to turn it into a pilot and full pitch and shop it to networks. So I guess I'm just going to teach myself all about that now. I'm sure writing/selling a show is super easy! 
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So, I submitted my story. But now I'm in this weird mood. I feel discombobulated now that I'm not obsessively working on it. It's like I can't figure out what to do. I guess maybe it's time to start thinking about NaNoWriMo?
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Oh, don't fret!! LOL I'm guilty of the exact same thing! Like, all the time! LOL And oh my gosh, I NEVER read the instructions first!! 
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Originally posted by Zelda Zelda wrote:

I think the submission window is for people who prefer to handwrite or use a typewriter, so they can get a copy on their computer after they've written it!! From my understanding, the honor code is taken very seriously!! I'm glad you'll be competing! YAY! Clap

EDIT: If you spend a while typing it up, you're not supposed to edit any mistakes you made writing it by hand. It's true that the editing should all be in that three-day window. 

Thanks! Also, sorry! After I asked, I went back through and read the whole forum, and I saw you'd answered this a couple of times now... I guess next time one of my students asks me a question that I've answered 7000 times already, I can no longer say, "Have you read the instructions yet?" 
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I think the submission window is for people who prefer to handwrite or use a typewriter, so they can get a copy on their computer after they've written it!! From my understanding, the honor code is taken very seriously!! I'm glad you'll be competing! YAY! Clap

EDIT: If you spend a while typing it up, you're not supposed to edit any mistakes you made writing it by hand. It's true that the editing should all be in that three-day window. 


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I actually signed up for this... Though now I can't remember how I found it. I did it because I had an idea for a story that I wanted to force myself to create, but I registered and have not thought about it once since, so...

I may have some time to outline this week before it starts, which would be a little helpful at least.

I was curious about the fact that you have to do everything in 3 days but don't have to send it in for like 2 weeks. Is there something you should be doing in that time (like is it okay to proofread and format? I know it says editing is in the three day window.) I can see the delay if you have to mail it in, but what's the point when it's an email submission? Im doing it just to force the words on paper, but if I actually cared about winning (I mean... I'd love to. That's just not the point), then it seems I'd be really worried about how much honor other competitors would really put into an honor system. 
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That's a really good question about expanding on a previous short story!! I'm not sure what the answer is, but I've found the people running the new contest to be very approachable!! If you find out, let us know!! 

November is often a hard month for me, too, and my NaNovels often don't come out as I'd like! I'm not sure how I managed to write 17,400 words last year for the 3-day event, and I have no true belief that I can pull it off again, but somehow it must be doable if I did it once!! I mean, the planets have to be in perfect alignment. (Although, let's face it--this year, the planets' alignment has led to a pandemic, social unrest, and destruction, so...) I'd ask how good of a first-draft writer you are. Do you have to edit a million times, or can you write "clean" as you're going? (No matter what you do, there'll be mistakes, but you know what I mean.) If you can write "clean" and feel like the planets might be on your side, I'd say, go for it!! 
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Thanks for sharing this Zelda!  (missed the early bird fee deadline, drat..)

So obviously planning/potting/outlining beforehand is cool, and honor's system to only write it during the 3 days...but do the characters/ideas/scenes need to have been created new for this contest?  Meaning one can't expand on a previous NYCM entry?  just curious..

This is tempting...though I've always managed to flame out on my nanowrimos- Nov is just not a good month for me, so not sure that only 3 days wouldn't be an epic hot mess...   dunno if it makes sense to sign up for the contest so late in the game..I assume that the earlier one starts outlining/plotting, the better off they'll be?  Hrmm...
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