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CL Short Story Project 2.0: Topic Discussion

  1. #626802013-08-15 18:41:26DarkChaplain said:

    Wizards and swords? Hmm..I guess it's very different to horror at least

    It is also an overgeneralization. There's a lot more than "Wizards and swords" in there, despite the "Sword & Sorcery" title.

  2. #626822013-08-15 19:08:56Taro_Tanako said:

    Oh, I know. It's much like scifi I guess in that you can explore some interesting themes without the constraints of "reality". I guess I'm looking forward to it.

  3. #626832013-08-15 19:22:49Cenica said:

    I'm definitely looking forward to it. If we do fantasy I already know what plot I'm going to go with. It doesn't really involve wizards but it does have a spell, a talking cow, an old woman, and a shapeshifter.

  4. #627232013-08-16 17:03:17olivaisfire1997 said:

    As a participant of the former project, I feel that I should've posted sooner, well vacation's a bitch. Still I do enjoy the current theme of S&S, could work out better for me since last time was my first try to the genre and all, so I'm on board with this and can't wait for it to start.

  5. #627492013-08-17 17:24:55Kirn said:

    Sudden thought. When would this start? I kinda feel that it may be to early to start too soon 'cause we had a first writing thing recently enough, and people might feel like it's too much of a bother to do two of those one after another. Well, that's just a concern.
    But also, I think early September won't be a good time with people going to schools and all.

  6. #627542013-08-18 00:39:35 *olivaisfire1997 said:

    Well in my case, the sooner the better, because I have exams this year and they're kind of important. So I'd like to do this as soon as possible without being of any inconvinience to others.

  7. #627552013-08-18 00:46:51DarkChaplain said:

    School and such really shouldn't cause issues this time. The story's word limit is significantly lower, so there's no excuse for not finding the time. If you have time to chat, you have time to write.

  8. #627662013-08-18 07:24:46Kirn said:

    Well, in all honestly, I imagine people on here be able to complain on chat about not having time even if they would have to write 1000 words only. And also, at the same time, less words would make them think something like 'it's much less word now, I can do it a bit later towards the deadline end!'
    Well, that's just me random cynical thoughts.

  9. #627682013-08-18 08:18:34johan_5179 said:

    The only problem I have is that lesser words means greater skill in planning out settings and characters. (I had the biggest story the last time) This time the contest would call for some smarts. Challenge accepted :v

  10. #628012013-08-20 11:24:50 *Cloud-VK said:

    Welp, as of now I have close to 1700 words. So I'm wondering if 3000 really gonna be the absolute stopping point? Because at this point I'm gonna go way...way over that.

    Is anyone else having this issue?

  11. #628022013-08-20 11:32:29DarkChaplain said:

    @CloudVariasKira
    That's because you're stupid. Do you even realize that this is a thread to DISCUSS this project? NOBODY was supposed to even start yet. If anything, you may start thinking and planning your contribution, but not write anything yet.

    You have contributed NOTHING to this discussion so far, yet went ahead to write out your contribution already? Might wanna read what the thread's all about first.

  12. #628042013-08-20 11:43:42 *Cloud-VK said:

    You have contributed NOTHING to this discussion so far

    I figured that would not be a good idea for me since I didn't actually participate last time around. I thought it would look sort of stupid, Sorry, I jumped the gun, but like I said my contribution isn't even close to done, more or less I'm still in the beginning.

  13. #628052013-08-20 11:45:35Kirn said:

    @CloudVariasKira well, you look stupid now. Do you realize there is no thread with deadline, theme and all the details yet at all? Oh wait, you didn't even notice 'discussion' word on this one, so you started writing before even reading anything about it, I guess. Do you even know what the theme might be?

  14. #628072013-08-20 13:01:47DarkChaplain said:

    @CloudVariasKira
    So instead of taking the "HOPEFULLY MORE PEOPLE WILL PARTICIPATE!" point as a hint to, y'know, participate in the discussion, you move ahead basing your submission on early, unfinished and still unreleased information, and THEN come here to ask if anybody else is finding it difficult to write his/her story with the lower word count, implying that you thought others had started already as well?

    Yeah, now you're really looking stupid....
    Heck, if people would just, y'know, chip in feedback and arguments here, I could go ahead and kick the thing off any day now. But as it is, I am not sure about the amount of people interested in participating, because none of you seem to want to post here. Why would I kick it off like that?

  15. #628082013-08-20 13:08:35 *Cenica said:

    I think the word count thing will work out fine. @CloudVariasKira You just have to keep the word limit in mind during the planning stages. It's good practice. Don't go planning some grand adventure if it won't fit in the 3000 word limit. I'm semi-planning my story and rather than having some huge adventure I'm focusing more on "a moment in the life" of a main character I've had in mind for a long while. Though I can't really decide which moment I want to focus on...

  16. #628092013-08-20 14:27:46hellstorm901 said:

    I'll gladly participate in this although it's not a strong genre of mine so be prepared for whatever I can put together whilst interpreting this genre combined with my usual "What the fuck did I just read" story style of my usual works and Volume 1 entry.

  17. #628102013-08-20 16:45:40 *Cloud-VK said:

    @DarkChaplain

    @CloudVariasKira So instead of taking the "HOPEFULLY MORE PEOPLE WILL PARTICIPATE!" point as a hint to, y'know, participate in the discussion, you move ahead basing your submission on early, unfinished and still unreleased information, and THEN come here to ask if anybody else is finding it difficult to write his/her story with the lower word count, implying that you thought others had started already as well?

    @Kirn

    @CloudVariasKira well, you look stupid now. Do you realize there is no thread with deadline, theme and all the details yet at all? Oh wait, you didn't even notice 'discussion' word on this one, so you started writing before even reading anything about it, I guess. Do you even know what the theme might be?

    The both of you ... really got me nailed this time. harsh.

    Well I wouldn't have posted if it wasn't for the word count thing. Even though it may turn out to be nothing at all. Still would be nice to get in the full story though.

    So maybe if not in this contest we could try to just use a strict minimal word count, and after the minimal is met you can go as far as you want, true it be a bit of a bitch for the judges and no one wants the extra work...but then the people who need it get their space. But then you might lose the "Short" in Short Story Contest, guess that depends on your own definitions though.

  18. #628172013-08-20 20:35:55Cenica said:

    I plan to enter the contest. My story will be better this time and I plan to stick to the 3000 word limit that has been suggested. Whether it has actually been decided on or not. It's a challenge. A challenge to your story planning, if you go over it, well then, you need to work out your planning better. That's why I'm going to stick to it. All in all I don't see as it's a huge deal.

  19. #628182013-08-20 20:46:36DarkChaplain said:

    @CloudVariasKira

    we could try to just use a strict minimal word count, and after the minimal is met you can go as far as you want

    One word:

    NO!

    That is not how it works, and will not be done here. People need to learn how to stay within the limits of the rules, and that's that. These writing projects are meant to give EVERY SINGLE PARTICIPANT an equal opportunity. That means, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM has to stay within the word range, and has ZERO claim to additional words beyond that.

    Plan your story according to the rules, the full set of which STILL HASN'T BEEN PROVIDED!, and stop moaning. If you are oh so confident about your ass-long story to be any good, then you don't need the jury or the community feedback resulting from these projects anyway. This is a learning experience, first and foremost. So open up your bloody head and learn to deal with the rules.

    If all you want is a place to show off your scribblings, go to one of those fanfic sites.

    And, for the record, I have read INCREDIBLY GOOD stories in as little as a THOUSAND words and less. Self-contained pieces of fiction that had a point to make, and excelled at it.
    You've got three times that much. Get to planning instead of writing head over heels just to find your story does not fit the requirements.

  20. #628402013-08-21 11:41:47 *Cloud-VK said:

    Hey I can stay inside the lines if I have too and I don't have a problem doing so. That last part was just a suggestion for the disscusion, but if your against it then that's that, because your the one who is in charge of the contest. Also I haven't said anything against the quality of a short stories. 3000 words is fine, just means I need to scrap what I got and I need to write something that fits, and I promise to wait for the green light this time.