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    Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 10:42pm
Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

Meh. It's almost worse than just not placing. A bit like those rejection letters with 'This made it pretty far and we really like it but good luck we're sure there's a market...' Yeah, cute,  but 'we liked it' doesn't pay the gas bills. 

Stop. Channeling. Me. 

I HATE HMs. So close but, NOPE. Suck it. 

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Um. No.

Been there done that. Although in my experience every "oh hell, this close" NYCm HM story has ended up in a cash money litmag purchase for me.

I refuse to pay the gas bill with it and dump it in my vacatiob find....
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Cheers! Can't complain. 

When I'm hunched over my keyboard this weekend, I'll be sipping champagne instead of my speedwriting special: coffee and anxiety cocktail. 
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I struggled hard with the genre I was given and didn't even have any words on the page until about 3 hours before the deadline, so I'll take an HM. Of course I'd like to have moved on in the competition, but given how hard I struggled to even write the story, an HM is pretty awesome.
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Meh. It's almost worse than just not placing. A bit like those rejection letters with 'This made it pretty far and we really like it but good luck we're sure there's a market...' Yeah, cute,  but 'we liked it' doesn't pay the gas bills. 
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Originally posted by wisemel wisemel wrote:

Originally posted by catnamedeaster catnamedeaster wrote:

Originally posted by wisemel wisemel wrote:


I have decided to assign myself a number and try to write that prompt this weekend for the deadline, as if I were actually competing. But as you say, not sure if I'm disciplined enough to stick with it if I hate the prompt. ha! A random number generator is a great idea. Maybe this is something I should try and do regularly (monthly?) for the rest of this year. 

I tried to do this very thing with the 250! I got a HM in the first round so I picked a random number and when the assignments came out I tried to write a story in the 24 hour time limit. Long story short, it didn't work. Without the pressure and consequence of actually competing and submitting I managed to produce nothing and found it hard to summon inspiration. Using the prompts as practice in general is a great idea, though. I hope you have more success than I did! 

I can absolutely see this happening to me, too. As the day goes on I'm realizing that as much as I appreciate the HM, I do feel a little deflated. Not sure how successful I'll be at forcing myself to follow a deadline for purely self-motivated reasons this weekend. That said, can't hurt to try! If not this weekend, maybe next. 


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Originally posted by catnamedeaster catnamedeaster wrote:

Originally posted by wisemel wisemel wrote:


I have decided to assign myself a number and try to write that prompt this weekend for the deadline, as if I were actually competing. But as you say, not sure if I'm disciplined enough to stick with it if I hate the prompt. ha! A random number generator is a great idea. Maybe this is something I should try and do regularly (monthly?) for the rest of this year. 

I tried to do this very thing with the 250! I got a HM in the first round so I picked a random number and when the assignments came out I tried to write a story in the 24 hour time limit. Long story short, it didn't work. Without the pressure and consequence of actually competing and submitting I managed to produce nothing and found it hard to summon inspiration. Using the prompts as practice in general is a great idea, though. I hope you have more success than I did! 

I can absolutely see this happening to me, too. As the day goes on I'm realizing that as much as I appreciate the HM, I do feel a little deflated. Not sure how successful I'll be at forcing myself to follow a deadline for purely self-motivated reasons this weekend. That said, can't hurt to try! If not this weekend, maybe next. 
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Disappointed not to be advancing, but the honorable mention isn't bad. I'm looking forward to the feedback.
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Just checked and saw I was the first honorable mention. I suppose I should be happy considering this was my very first entry into any type of writing competition. I'll take it as a positive note that I may be onto something and continue to perfect my craft. 

Good luck to those moving on! 
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I made it all the way to the finals in 2020, so to be out this early in 2021, even with an HM, was super disappointing for me.

Very interested to see the feedback on mine.
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I know I should feel very good about my HM. I didn't even finish and submit my story for Round 1 last year, and that's been plaguing me ever since. Still, I was really banking this one. Could use the ego boost right about now. 
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