September - October SS

Discussion in 'Writing' started by Caedus, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. norm

    norm We parley for nobody

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    I've been trying to focus on a bigger project of mine, but one or more of its characters relate well to the contest theme, so I may post an excerpt from it as a contest entry if I like what I can come up with.
     
  2. Caedus

    Caedus Registered User

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    Sorry fellas, I've been MIA because of work, school .. etc.

    The deadline is in three weeks (October 22nd).

    Giving people a week to read over the entries and vote should be enough.
     
  3. Eddy Gemmell

    Eddy Gemmell Registered User

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    Cool.I have started ...my skeleton has awoken after a long 'sleep' ...
     
  4. DailyRich

    DailyRich Damn fool idealist

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    Ah good. After a, heh, spirited beginning, I sort of lost the thread and had to step away from my story for a bit. I think I have it again, so it's good I have some time.
     
  5. norm

    norm We parley for nobody

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    The other day I perused through my vast folder of abandoned stories, and rediscovered a good one that fits the theme well. It's a nice surprise sometimes, coming back to forgotten projects. I don't know why I end up abandoning some of them, they're pretty decent. If I finish this one and submit it, it'll be a real beauty.

    Y'all better be bringing yer A-game for this one, else you'll be in trouble.:D
     
  6. PeteMC

    PeteMC @PeteMC666

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    I'm glad it's not just me who has a huge collection of abandoned stories!
     
  7. norm

    norm We parley for nobody

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    It's a little bit ridiculous, it must be my short attention span or something that causes me to get bored with my stories so quickly. My 'incompletes' outnumber my 'completes' by at least three to one.
     
  8. PeteMC

    PeteMC @PeteMC666

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    Oh hell yeah me too, easily.

    I know some people say "finish everything you start" but to me a lot of my writing is like an artist doing a doodle on a sketch pad, just for fun or to try out an idea. I might like an idea for a setting, so I'll throw out a few hundred words of story in that setting to try it on for size, but it doesn't mean that particular story is ever going to go anywhere.

    Once it stops being fun or you've evaluated the idea one way or the other, it's done with. What's the point of turning a doodle into an oil painting unless you think there's real merit in it?

    That said, I never throw anything away either, you never know when it might come in handy.
     
  9. zachariah

    zachariah Speaks fluent Bawehrf

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    I hear you there. Creativity and imagination are the easy parts - the ability to consistently see a project through to completion is a much more valuable skill for a writer than being able to make stuff up. This is why good project managers are worth their weight in gold.

    Maybe there's mileage in creating some kind of service that compels creative, but flighty people to finish their projects. There are novelty websites that kind of force you to write something, but nothing that really grabs you by the scruff of the neck and takes you from idea to finished novel.

    Idea: A site that takes cash deposits from would-be novelists, which is only returned if they complete their work in the agreed time (or to an agreed schedule). The missed deposits and the interests should more than cover server charges. Anyone with me? Size of deposit affects the level of service and badgering. Ten bucks gets you an automatic weekly email. A hundred gets you personalised attention. A grand and we kidnap your kids.
     
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  10. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Oh my gosh. We could make millions. PM me. Seriously.

    But, to be honest, while I think it will work, it would feel too much like taking candy from a baby. But, damn. I'm tempted.
     
  11. Andrew Leon Hudson

    Andrew Leon Hudson sf-icionado / horror-ator

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    Shouldn't this be on the "Genius" thread?
     
  12. roozmarry871

    roozmarry871 Registered User

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    horror story.. i love horror stories.. can you share with me short but full of horror story..
     
  13. norm

    norm We parley for nobody

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    Awfully quiet in here. . . I hope that means everyone is busy working on their short stories. I'd hate to submit mine only to end up winning the contest by default!;)

    I currently have 9,359 words written, but still lots of holes to fill, fat to trim and wrinkles to iron out. Should be able to finish within the remaining eleven days.
     
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  14. roozmarry871

    roozmarry871 Registered User

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    yes you are right everyone has very short time in their life. people get more more and more busy..
     
  15. Taramoc

    Taramoc Author and Game Designer

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    Ok, I'm back at this after months (years?) of inaction.

    Here's my entry: The Final Solution.

    Hope you all enjoy it and looking forward to reading the others.

    Taramoc
     
  16. norm

    norm We parley for nobody

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    Taramoc! Good to have you back. I look forward to reading you story, as soon I'm finished writing my own.
     
  17. Taramoc

    Taramoc Author and Game Designer

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    Thanks Norm, it's good to be back. Happy writing!
     
  18. PeteMC

    PeteMC @PeteMC666

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    Hey man, where've you been?! Good to have you back.
     
  19. Taramoc

    Taramoc Author and Game Designer

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    Thanks Pete, you know life has this damn habit to get in the way of writing...
     
  20. R.J.

    R.J. Is Winter Coming?

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    Still working on my piece, hope to get it done. Want it to be good, so I'm constantly revising and rewriting..though perhaps I should try and get a full draft soon, if I'm to make the deadline :)