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Originally posted by Schrifty Schrifty wrote:

So, no idea if this helps, but this is the post I wrote a couple years back on the subject.  There's usually a ping in views this time of year so I doubt you're the only one who has trouble with it:


To sum up, you basically want to use a humorous situation to make a broader point about a political topic.  There's lots of ways to do it, and I don't know that it matters what stance you take on what topic as long as it functions as commentary.

^^schrifty’s blog posts are gold. She also has a great one, that saved my butt in screenplay, on the difference between suspense and thriller 
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Originally posted by lisafox10800 lisafox10800 wrote:

Each genre has its challenges. The one thing I remind myself (And the thing my husband tells me when I’m tearing my hair out) is that this is supposed to be fun!

What did you get in challenge 1?
Group 119: Thriller / log cabin / satellite dish

It seemed too simple, so I tried to take a risk and make it stand out with a twist. However, my twist might get me points deducted from not following the genre close enough Confused
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Originally posted by lisafox10800 lisafox10800 wrote:

Originally posted by Schrifty Schrifty wrote:

So, no idea if this helps, but this is the post I wrote a couple years back on the subject.  There's usually a ping in views this time of year so I doubt you're the only one who has trouble with it:


To sum up, you basically want to use a humorous situation to make a broader point about a political topic.  There's lots of ways to do it, and I don't know that it matters what stance you take on what topic as long as it functions as commentary.

^^schrifty’s blog posts are gold. She also has a great one, that saved my butt in screenplay, on the difference between suspense and thriller 


Added to my list of writing resources.  Thanks!
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Originally posted by LadyReeseKightkens LadyReeseKightkens wrote:

Originally posted by lisafox10800 lisafox10800 wrote:

Each genre has its challenges. The one thing I remind myself (And the thing my husband tells me when I’m tearing my hair out) is that this is supposed to be fun!

What did you get in challenge 1?
Group 119: Thriller / log cabin / satellite dish

It seemed too simple, so I tried to take a risk and make it stand out with a twist. However, my twist might get me points deducted from not following the genre close enough Confused

The trick with thriller is to keep it moving fast. Judges are generally ok with mashups (I’ve done actionadventure/hist fiction mashups, suspense/sci fi, etc). As long as the primary tone hits the mark you should be fine. I will look for you when we get the all clear to post!
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Originally posted by lisafox10800 lisafox10800 wrote:

Originally posted by LadyReeseKightkens LadyReeseKightkens wrote:

Originally posted by lisafox10800 lisafox10800 wrote:

Each genre has its challenges. The one thing I remind myself (And the thing my husband tells me when I’m tearing my hair out) is that this is supposed to be fun!

What did you get in challenge 1?
Group 119: Thriller / log cabin / satellite dish

It seemed too simple, so I tried to take a risk and make it stand out with a twist. However, my twist might get me points deducted from not following the genre close enough Confused

The trick with thriller is to keep it moving fast. Judges are generally ok with mashups (I’ve done actionadventure/hist fiction mashups, suspense/sci fi, etc). As long as the primary tone hits the mark you should be fine. I will look for you when we get the all clear to post!
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Originally posted by LadyReeseKightkens LadyReeseKightkens wrote:

Originally posted by lisafox10800 lisafox10800 wrote:

Originally posted by LadyReeseKightkens LadyReeseKightkens wrote:

Originally posted by lisafox10800 lisafox10800 wrote:

Each genre has its challenges. The one thing I remind myself (And the thing my husband tells me when I’m tearing my hair out) is that this is supposed to be fun!

What did you get in challenge 1?
Group 119: Thriller / log cabin / satellite dish

It seemed too simple, so I tried to take a risk and make it stand out with a twist. However, my twist might get me points deducted from not following the genre close enough Confused

The trick with thriller is to keep it moving fast. Judges are generally ok with mashups (I’ve done actionadventure/hist fiction mashups, suspense/sci fi, etc). As long as the primary tone hits the mark you should be fine. I will look for you when we get the all clear to post!
Here's to hoping



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Lol, it is tough. This is obviously my first year and I've never entered any contest like this. I play on a gaming site that does writing contests, but this is a whole different level. Then again, how do you grow as a writer if you don't try new things, right?
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Originally posted by LadyReeseKightkens LadyReeseKightkens wrote:

Lol, it is tough. This is obviously my first year and I've never entered any contest like this. I play on a gaming site that does writing contests, but this is a whole different level. Then again, how do you grow as a writer if you don't try new things, right?

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Originally posted by Schrifty Schrifty wrote:

So, no idea if this helps, but this is the post I wrote a couple years back on the subject.  There's usually a ping in views this time of year so I doubt you're the only one who has trouble with it:


To sum up, you basically want to use a humorous situation to make a broader point about a political topic.  There's lots of ways to do it, and I don't know that it matters what stance you take on what topic as long as it functions as commentary.

OMG, this was *so* helpful when I landed PolSat as my first ever NYCM genre for SSC last year. Thank you for writing this; it really helped!
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Originally posted by Schrifty Schrifty wrote:

So, no idea if this helps, but this is the post I wrote a couple years back on the subject.  There's usually a ping in views this time of year so I doubt you're the only one who has trouble with it:


To sum up, you basically want to use a humorous situation to make a broader point about a political topic.  There's lots of ways to do it, and I don't know that it matters what stance you take on what topic as long as it functions as commentary.

Thanks, I'll take a look at this! :) And thanks to everyone for your helpful comments!
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