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Writing Challenge Idea Suggestions

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posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 10:22 AM
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Originally posted by AccessDenied
reply to post by Cadbury
 


Careful now..don't want that hot head of yours to melt the thin ice you're already on.


What is that even supposed to mean, besides the fact that it's a lie?




posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 10:37 AM
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OK, I came up with the first rule of this comp. If writers can't get along they will not participate.



posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 03:45 PM
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Alright, how about a choice of themes?

1. The Living Dead: Ghosts, zombies, revenants, vampires, maybe even the odd lich.

2. Psychological horror: Lovecraftian plots? The mind as a source of personal horror.

3. Survival Horror: Defenseless everyman against supernatural (or perhaps not quite supernatural) monsters.

What do you think?

DE



posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 05:50 PM
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Originally posted by DeusEx
Alright, how about a choice of themes?

1. The Living Dead: Ghosts, zombies, revenants, vampires, maybe even the odd lich.

2. Psychological horror: Lovecraftian plots? The mind as a source of personal horror.

3. Survival Horror: Defenseless everyman against supernatural (or perhaps not quite supernatural) monsters.

What do you think?

DE



Sounds good to me DE.
I have not yet had the opportunity to write a good vamp story. I have touched on the other two scenarios though.
Let us know when you get the other details, and specifics OK?



posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 07:59 PM
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Originally posted by DeusEx
Alright, how about a choice of themes?

1. The Living Dead: Ghosts, zombies, revenants, vampires, maybe even the odd lich.

2. Psychological horror: Lovecraftian plots? The mind as a source of personal horror.

3. Survival Horror: Defenseless everyman against supernatural (or perhaps not quite supernatural) monsters.

What do you think?

DE



And somewhere in the story you have to include a clown


Damn few things scarier than a grown up with ten pounds of pancake makeup and crazy hair




posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 08:05 PM
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Well, why don't you guys pick one of the above as the theme? I'm good for it, really!

DE



posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 08:15 PM
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I say cover the bases first. Ask for five members to agree to judge the contest and if you get those five members, ask the judges what they want to read.

If you can't get the five volunteer judges, screw it.

Your the mod, make it easy on yourself. Tell the judges they have to set the contest rules, subject to your approval and they have to let you know when they have declared a winner.

Set a limit of five days for five volunteers to step forward. Then let them run it.

You get an easy contest where you can simply enjoy the event, some members get to step up to the plate and actually contribute as judges, the writers get to go nuts.

It's a step in the right direction, I think. Get the judges first and see who's willing to step up. Give them the responsability and see what they got.

Just a thought.....

wupy



posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 08:19 PM
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Originally posted by mrwupy

Your the mod, make it easy on yourself. Tell the judges they have to set the contest rules, subject to your approval and they have to let you know when they have declared a winner.


Ohmuhguh, did they promote me?
I know. I usually judge, and it's usually less than five judges. If we can get three volunteers to U2U me in the next week, then the contest is a go.

It's been awhile since I actually competed.


DE



posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 08:23 PM
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Damn DE, I thought you were a mod.....It's just my personal opinion but you should be


Still, Start a thread on the Halloween contest asking for the judges first....etc, etc, etc.....

I'm not starting it myself. Even when I was a mod they wouldn't let me anywhere near the writing forums. I'm still baffled over that



posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 08:32 PM
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Well you are getting rusty old man Ill take your place as a judge this year.

It wont hurt my feelings if you think I might be bias for mrwupys entry and decide not to hire me as one of the 5. I could use the holiday cash this year since I had to sell out my shares in AIG...

***The writers are gathering and talk is going on about the next contest. I even had a newer member asking me how to enter the LSWC the other day by u2u.***



posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 08:37 PM
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Originally posted by AccessDenied
YAY!!!
WOOHOO!
Void..*HUGS*
I need a new contest.
Count me in for sure!!!


You are quite welcome AD, lol.


I need this contest too. And I assure you guys, if I ever do hit the big time in writing one day, I will continue to enter in this contest every single year.


I doubt I could keep myself from it, lol.

P.S.
Why don't we make all three of those themes acceptable?

[edit on 15-9-2008 by Voidmaster]



posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 09:31 PM
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OK, we have Judge Antar. As the first to step up I nominate you to start a new thread asking for judges and leading the group.

Halloween writing contest. If we get the judges we get the contest.

How do you want to play this my friend?



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 06:03 AM
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Wupy, I like your idea.
Antar..you would make a fabulous judge, as I know you love to read others work as much as write.
Void..I needed this contest like you would not believe.

DE- I agree..you SHOULD be a Mod. Time to petition the powers that be.
So guys..get that thread started and let's start crackin' Jack!



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 12:08 PM
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I'm sorry but antar can not judge now. Judges have to be anonymous.



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 03:45 PM
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That's too bad. But I understand the reasons why.
So Intrepid, perhaps you should start the thread, and anyone wishing to judge the contest should u2u you.



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 06:16 PM
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www.abovetopsecret.com...

Well, looky there. A new contest!

DE



posted on Dec, 1 2008 @ 03:01 PM
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Any ideas for a Christmas or New Year contest


A Christmas story, poem, song/carol, bad Christmas etc...




posted on Dec, 1 2008 @ 03:07 PM
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"Writing Challenge Idea Suggestions"

How about "Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be The Whole Of The Law?" The rules of the Halloween Competition were oppressive.


[edit on 1-12-2008 by Cadbury]



posted on Dec, 5 2008 @ 04:14 AM
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Originally posted by Cadbury
How about "Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be The Whole Of The Law?" The rules of the Halloween Competition were oppressive.


Was it 'stay within the T&C' or 'use no work, characters, or settings but your own' that proved too much for you?

DE



posted on Dec, 6 2008 @ 09:07 AM
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Originally posted by DeusEx


Was it 'stay within the T&C' or 'use no work, characters, or settings but your own' that proved too much for you?

DE


Au contraire! You deliberately misapprehend me. I asked for and received permission from two moderators (one being Intrepid, the man in charge of the contest) an entire month in advance of writing to borrow existing characters from television, literature and film. I even used the complaint/suggestion device in the member centre to ask all staff! I got the green light as long as I put up a disclaimer in the thread, which I did. I also even sent a rough .pdf copy to staff for advance review. If they were too busy to read it that's not my fault, is it? Yet I'm the bad guy here?

That now being said; I deplore, Sir, your loose insinuation that I'm incapable of writing anything without the use of other peoples' characters. I needed them to tell that particular story, no doubt (you think I could have kept that under 100 pages without them?)... but that was a one off for which, as I already said, I obtained special permission. You may note that I also entered a shorter story into that contest where I did no such thing. So what of it, Sir? What, indeed, of it? Why not go as far as Antar and wrongly accuse me of plagiarism without even bothering to ask for a clarification?

And that now being said; I would also, quickly, just like to clarify that your question of me, DeusEx, is loaded. For the answer is neither! It was neither "'stay within the T&C' or 'use no work, characters, or settings but your own'" that "proved too much for me." Rather, it was more along the lines of (and I quote):


Originally posted by DeusEx
1. NO FANFICTION: I'm putting my foot down on this one. You cannot use settings, people, or concepts from other works of fiction. I will, however, allow exactly four lines of one song to be used as set-piece. Use of fanfiction disqualifies you immediately and makes the judges sad pandas.


I have no problem with not being able to use settings, people or concepts from other works of fiction (despite the fact that I have once before); but why may only "exactly four lines of one song as a set-piece" be used? You can quote whoever you want in literature as long as the quote is attributed and not too lengthy, it's not plagiarism or using other people's work or ideas. Quoting is a key aspect of writing. I, for one, quote often (and creatively), so this is one reason why I called the rules of your contest oppressive and rightly so (in my opinion, obviously).

And “fan-fiction?” "Sad Pandas" indeed!


Originally posted by DeusEx
2. While we have a certain amount of free run here with the T&C, excessive splatter earns you a DQ. Gore has its place, but torture and and SAW-like 'splatterporn' do not.

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The focus of your stories shouldn't be the gore. It should be the characters. Like I said, emphasis on normal. I see any American Psycho grade gore come up, I'll do my best to have your writer status revoked and personally tear your story off the forum.


Oppression. Too many rules! Why threaten to have writer statuses revoked and “personally tear stories off the forum?” It's not like you've ever had much of a problem with that sort of thing other than with me, is it? And I told Intrepid that there would be a few guts. If there was a problem with that he should have said something.


Originally posted by DeusEx
The contest will be scrapped unless three judges step forward and U2U myself. You will keep yourselves anonymous.


Next we have the above. I u2u'd you straight away and offered my services as a judge, a message which you read and completely ignored. Several days later you still didn't have enough judges and asked once again in the thread for more, lest the contest be cancelled. Whereas this is not oppressive, what does it really say?




[edit on 6-12-2008 by Cadbury]



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