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Yes, It would sound like fun. 8 88.89%
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Old 05-10-2006, 11:49 PM
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Story Writing Contest


I wanted to get everyone's opinion about having a writing contest (for fun) where we have a two week period to write the story, and then a series of judges give feedback.

Yes, I know it sounds like literary maneuvers, but I wanted to change it up a bit.

When you write the story, it would be 500 words or less...or poetry, but you use the worst form of grammar you can. Such as Dephere's pet peave of repeating yourself. Spelling needs to be correct, and the story has to make sense.

Winners would be judged on creativity, content, and performance....or whatever we think it should be based on.

If it sounds good, let me know, and we can get some judges lined up for it and get the ball rollin. If not, then PM oasis a bunch and ask him why the dishwasher is not unloaded yet.

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Old 05-11-2006, 03:15 AM
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This sounds a little similar to the plagiarism contest in Commmercial Writings, but with a different angle. It a possibility. Want to pole it?
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Old 05-11-2006, 09:04 AM
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Yeah, that looked like a fun contest, and got my head to spinnin'. I wanted something that nobody would actually try writing on purpose. I'll try and throw a poll out there.
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The only way I'm gonna participate is if there is no word limit. I can't write a decent story of 500 words or less!
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If there is no word limit, then the judges would find themselves reading forever. If there is no word limit, then the judges would find themselves reading forever.

It's funny to see my name mentioned in here, glad to see I'm always in your thoughts, Black!

I think it sounds like a great idea....I'm always down for some fun contests.

I vote yes.
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:39 AM
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Okay, put a limit but make it 3,000 words. There is no way even gonna try and write a 500 word story. I can't even write a 500 word essay!
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3,000 is asking way too much for judges who are volunteering their own time, it's up to the author to use their words economically and creatively to weave an interesting story that evokes a sense of completeness.

You can always give it a shot, if it doesn't work, then don't enter. Your writing talent can shine in 500 words, the only thing that could stop you is yourself.

I know, it's hard, I've been there myself, but I always end up turning out with a story in the word limit.

If you have too much trouble I'd be willing to lend a helping hand.
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First off, it's hard to turn out a misworded story in 500 words. Could you imagine trying something at 3000. If you had 10 entries at 3000 words, that would take quite a while to read and evaluate. Especially in a weeks time or so.

I will post an example here shortly of what I mean, and then everyone can give feedback, and we can get the ball rolling. Sound okay?
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I have turned in a few in the 750 to 1000 word length before. You can get a good story in, with less than a 1000 words.
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Sounds fun to me, will be a little chaotic also! I'll offer to be a judge (if you'll have me) just as long as I can join in the fun
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I say the word limit should be a 1000, we critique that length, and if you're judging it you read and evaluate you dont have to type up errors and suggestions just an overal summary of feelings and thoughts. If that..

I'm interested! I'll judge and enter if you need me to.
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I agree with Kal. 1000 words is good, and can easily be read through quickly, and thouroughly. Kal is also right that it would be hard to type up errors, and therefore and overal summery of thoughts and feelings would be good too. However, I think the plotline should also be one of the things critiqued.
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Okay, awesome. Here is an example of something that could be posted. Tell me what you think. Granted you could get more creative, but this will give you an idea. Still has a plot, but this one doesn't really make sense. So, we'd have to focus on that aspect. This sooooo poorly written.


Taco's De'Stolen

Little big Tommy used to like to go down to the Taco stand and order some of his most favorite Taco's especially the ones, he really, liked to eat and then go home to his house that he lived in with his; parents who he really liked to hang out with because he was still on about around eight years old and

stuff which made the time he spent; with his family a great lot of fun time? One time during the day before nIGht had come because it was still morning: He had bought a brand new calculator that he had purchased still in the packaged wrapper box with the price tag still on it and he went to the stoRe clerk who was helping him with buying the new calculator because he was ready to check out and needed to find someone who would help him ring up the purchase and then Tommy stopped to talk to the man and said to him "Sir" could"you please" help mE with this purchase!"? The man guy stopped to

Talk with Tommy and said to him, "I can

Help" you with" with purchase?" but you need to help me put some boxes IN the back of the store? Okay!" Then he went back to the back of the store that was in the back behind the back counter near the truck parking area and helped him to unload the boxes of stuff in the back and Tommy said to him: I "can't not" help you more any time with this because I need to eat some more lunch from my house and then" Tommy left to go home and everyone cheered at his high score on the new pac-man game he had bought with the new calculator because he hawked it from the back. ThE end.
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How confusing! This fits me perfectly...
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I read SPED lang. Your errors were a little too calculated and monotonous. Blackhawk_t, we all know you are capable of much worse than this...
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Awesome....So, we'll get it going. How many judges should we have? Or should everyone that submits judge everyone elses but theirs? We'll make it a 1000 words or less, and give a week to write and submit. Or is that too short. Give me some feedback.

I actually had written the above piece much worse, but the stupid MS Word fixed all the errors.. LOL
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I need five volunteers for judges. Then we'll get started. If you judge, you can also write a story, but you can't judge your own.

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Sure, wtf, I'll help out. Surprise me with a PM if you want my to judge.
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Count me in. It sounds like fun! The last work I wrote (not posted) someone pointed out about 30 grammar errors. This will be great.

When's it over? Please say it's not over till at least Tuesday
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Dela, you might want to look at the date and time stamp in the top left corner of posts, and there is no reason to double post.
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Been over for a good four years, Dela

Wow, quite a relic. Look at that... Jay, and Dephere, and OccasionalPoet, and Kal... it's like an old-times lineup.
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