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Jason Van Horn from North Carolina is reading A Feast For Crows March 8, 2012 - 8:46pm

The problem with my prompt is I have an idea, but no second idea, which worries me. You don't want to write something where someone sees what's going to happen right from the beginning.

And I don't think the key to winning is necessarily out doing the other author's style. The best success I've had with anything so far is writing as if I'm the only audience and hoping everyone enjoys it as much as me.

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Nikki Guerlain from Portlandia is reading Necronomicon Book Three March 8, 2012 - 8:47pm

the more questions you ask the more opportunities for someone to tell you no.

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. March 8, 2012 - 8:49pm

I can understand the pillar idea and that is what I will do just to be classy. However, I was never called out for using a prompt as a branch in Thunderdome. Although, the prompt was so vague, it seemed acceptable. 

All of that is irrelavent though, but a good thought. 

How is everyone's stories coming along?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 8, 2012 - 8:50pm

Better to ask forgiveness than permission? 

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. March 8, 2012 - 8:51pm

the more questions you ask the more opportunities for someone to tell you no.

 

I use this etiquette in certain clubs. I may quote you sometime.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 8, 2012 - 8:52pm

I have a question: Why is Zooey so freakin' adorable?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 8, 2012 - 8:53pm

OOPS!  Just got a new idea! 

I love writing, don't you?

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manda lynn from Ohio is reading Of Love and Other Demons (again) March 8, 2012 - 9:00pm

everyone go write. DAMN. goodnight.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch March 8, 2012 - 9:02pm

"Like" on Chester's picture! "Dislike" on Zooey! (because she's so cute that it seems fake)

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Nikki Guerlain from Portlandia is reading Necronomicon Book Three March 8, 2012 - 9:04pm

Totally Avery!

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 8, 2012 - 9:10pm

I may be drunk, but I'm pretty sure i just got the golden idea!  Fuck yeah.

Writing process:

Oh no!  Scary prompt!!!!!!!!!!

Well, maybe I could.....

That seems dull.....

let's write......

I hate this!!!

Oh! What about....

No.

Wait.

YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 8, 2012 - 9:18pm

That sounds like an orgasm Jessica.

Isn't this war?

Don't watch this.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 8, 2012 - 9:24pm

! "Dislike" on Zooey! (because she's so cute that it seems fake)

- BOO!!!!

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 8, 2012 - 9:25pm

Writing process:

1. Ehh, not crazy about prompt

2. Idea

3. Research

4. Write

5. Win

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies March 8, 2012 - 9:26pm

i heart zooey. so much.

write the best story you can. just don't tack the prompt on at the end. you all know what your'e doing. and i think you also know when a story is "working" or not. the risks you take, well, those are up to you. conventional format or experimental? what genre is it? prompt literal or metaphorical? really, all of these decisions are up to you. 

this is an exciting experiement and competition and i know that everyone is going to do great. take a deep breath.

and then go kill it.

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Fritz March 8, 2012 - 9:31pm

Zooey - it's her eyes - and her attitude - and the way she sang on 'elf'.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 8, 2012 - 9:45pm

Zooey is fine. She is natural. Dingy in an intellectual way. 

@Richard Ricardo: I think that is great advice. Pasting the prompt isn't very appealing.

I don't know about anyone else, but a high percentile of my vote is going to be on how well the prompt was expounded upon. Pounded and pounded upon. If I don't feel the prompt, then I will suspect pre-writing.

Like J-School. A lead lands in your lap. If you don't pursue it, your story isn't going to make any sense. Sure, it might be good, even great. But this is about a spark.

I have no idea what I am talking about.

Did Avery say she is drunk?

 

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 8, 2012 - 9:47pm

@Fritz and Richard: I totally agree. She's just plain gorgeous.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 8, 2012 - 9:48pm

And, great advice Richard. I think my idea will work out just fine.

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David Shepherd from shepherdsville, KY is reading Idoru by William Gibbson March 8, 2012 - 9:58pm

Any body else see the zooey sex tape? I don't buy it.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 8, 2012 - 10:09pm

Avery is SUPA drunk!

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 8, 2012 - 10:42pm

Wtf Doll?! Aren't you suppose to work in the morning?

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 8, 2012 - 11:14pm

Yeah, what up with that? 

Prompted into a bend-ah.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 9, 2012 - 5:37am

Yeah.  I'll still make it to work and all.  I can get regretfully drunk and STILL do whatever it is I do all day. 

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 9, 2012 - 6:34am

That's good. So long as you do what you need to do.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 9, 2012 - 6:38am

I have come up with the sickest idea.
It's on dude...

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner March 9, 2012 - 6:44am

Rian, you're right about one thing. Zooey is cute as a button. 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 9, 2012 - 6:44am

@Fritz:  I knew that would wind up being your avatar.  Thought maybe you'd go with Terminator Arnold, but the Pumping Iron Arnold is also classic.

@Everybody about story prompts:  What Richard said.  Look, you get a story in on time, follow the rules (and notice I didn't include any rules about your prompt except that you include it in the body of the story) about submitting, and after that it's between you and the adoring fans.  You need to convince them to vote for your story, not convince me to keep it.  Because I'm convinced already.  I think all your stories are heartbreaking works of staggering genius. 

So you do whatever you need to do with your prompt that will create a story that everybody will love. 

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 9, 2012 - 6:50am

@Utah: does the prompt need to be in the story? Word for word? Or just underneath the title?

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 9, 2012 - 6:52am

Just underneath the title so readers know what your prompt was.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 9, 2012 - 7:01am

Cool. Thanks.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 9, 2012 - 7:02am

Not a problem!

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 9, 2012 - 7:03am

@Moon - thanks for the concern?

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! March 9, 2012 - 7:12am

Mine was perfect. 800 words in.

 

Laurance, congratulations you are now number one on my shit-list.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 9, 2012 - 7:18am

If it makes everybody feel better about themselves, it took me until 4 am to finish my rough draft.  So I've gotta polish it this weekend and sit on it for a week before I can post it.

 

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Americantypo from Philadelphia is reading The Bone Clocks March 9, 2012 - 7:58am

Oh WHATEVER you guys. Everyone here is such a suck up, finishing their first drafts right away.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 9, 2012 - 8:00am

Who am I going to suck up to?  Myself? 

 

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Laramore Black from Joplin, Missouri is reading Mario Kart 8 March 9, 2012 - 8:01am

I just want a mug, and you won't stop me.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 9, 2012 - 8:02am

Although I have to admit, if I could properly suck up to myself you guys probably wouldn't see me putting in much time on this competition.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 9, 2012 - 8:24am

@doll: are you questioning my concern? I'm being genuine. But, good that you got some writing in.

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Nikki Guerlain from Portlandia is reading Necronomicon Book Three March 9, 2012 - 10:46am

I haven't even started yet. I was up all night with a sick unicorn. Such is life with the demented!

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 9, 2012 - 10:55am

It's been so quiet this morning I feel certain everyone is writing masterpieces! 

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 9, 2012 - 11:04am

I haven't even opened my prompt yet.

I like to go slow.

Tease it out of its hole so it lands on my tongue right.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin March 9, 2012 - 11:09am

I mean, you want to look at it though, just so you can be thinking about it.

I got about 1k words into a rough draft last night. Then I fed it to my dog. I'm keeping the core idea, but it's going to have to be totally redone.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner March 9, 2012 - 11:09am

I haven't even opened my prompt yet.

I like to go slow.

Tease it out of its hole so it lands on my tongue right."

 

Did we get word raped by Chester? Is that what just happened? 

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 9, 2012 - 11:12am

I would but I have to take my favorite unicorn, Randy, to a sky vet. Last night he felt a little warm but I figured he was just tired from not getting much sleep. But this morning he woke up whimpering with limp horn. It was so sad and pathetic watching him attempt to poke the neighbor's wife while she pruned her roses. After he had slapped her thigh with his marshmallow softie for like the third time she pulled a puppy treat out of her pocket and offered to rub his belly. He's been skulking around all day utterly demoralized so fuck , right? I better take him in or break down and buy some more batteries. So I hope you perverts understand and save a spot for me some other time while I get the whole unicorn crisis under control.

 

Heh heh heh. Randy said you totally give him lipstick Chestie. It's not very big but it's twisted-I shit you not- like one of those unicorn suckers mother used to give you. I've never really known him to be all gay like that. Must be the versed talking. Although the fact that you give him lipstick is not that surprising because humor totally gives the poor guy the hornies. But alas it is only his pizzle walkin the walk as his horn is still rather limpy. But nothing a hot beef injection can't help! Sorry randy got a hold of the phone while I was talking to sky vet. They checked his stool when we got here because he was dragging his butt all over the floor but his sample came back clean although interestingly not his so they're going to have to repeat the test. There's a part of me that thinks he's just acting out but I mean what do you do? Fucking unicorns.

 

I like where this story is going. Do Unis have paltry lipstick? 

Tell Randy he is giving me the horn.

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Nikki Guerlain from Portlandia is reading Necronomicon Book Three March 9, 2012 - 11:18am

Heh heh chestie if randy was giving you the horn he'd be crying blood. But I'll tell him that this morning you were being all metaphorical and shiz and if that doesn't make him bone up I don't know what will!

And yes most unis have paltry lipstick except the black ones of course.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 9, 2012 - 11:27am

I tossed out a few ideas, but I think I have settled on the concept to end all concepts.   Yippee.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner March 9, 2012 - 11:28am

Holy shit , that is freaking great. He is going to flip shit over that. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 9, 2012 - 11:28am

I don't know what you mean.