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    Parameters are open for discussion with the following starting points:

    1) Word limit is 5000. This should be more than enough for writers to include any and all desired dialogue and flavor text without having to squeeze and edit their ideas into the previous limits. Far lower word counts are just fine and worked well in past Write-Offs

    2) All stories should begin being written on September 3rd and not before. Pre-existing ideas from other stories are fine, but the piece itself should be a new composition.

    3) This Write-Off will use a selection of opening sentences to be presented on September 3rd

    The Writers will have 6 weeks starting on Monday September 3rd to write their stories and they will then be posted one at a time and voted on in three subjective catagories as follows:

    Readability: Is it easy to read, does it sound like good grammar or how someone would actually speak? Did you have to go back and reread or stop to figure out what was going on? (Spelling and grammar count, but to say it hurts the story isn't always true.) It's up to you how readable it was.

    Concept: Is it fresh or familiar. Is it a good take or rendition on the idea. Was it a great presentation, or too familiar? Character developement fits here too (tho yeah, seems odd due to the heading of "concept") But how well presented are the characters? Are they fleshed out, do we understand or sympathize with them?

    Atmosphere: Dread, horror, creepiness, ambiance, mood, immersion etc. How well does the story draw you in? Do you feel the danger, the distress of the world? Are you glad you're not in their shoes? Do you feel for the characters, the world, and/or the situation. If this were a movie, how happy were you watching it unfold? Does the atmosphere suck you in, or like a bad movie, are you checking your watch to see how much is left?

    The scale for each catagory will be 1-5, Half points allowed

    Stories will again be posted Anonymously.

    There well be no deadline to sign up per se, but the details given to start will come on September 3rd, and the deadline to submit a story will be Monday October 15th. People seem to always want to join it in progress, they'll be at a disadvantage of course, but still welcome.

    Rules are subject to change as I see fit in order to maintain the spirit of the contest. We're here to have fun, have a good time, and share some horrific stories and ideas.
    Last edited by Willowfang; 08-06-2012, 09:12 AM.
    I met her, fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and not even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this cow, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach her, and then another seven trying to keep her locked up because I realized that what was living behind that cow's eyes was purely and simply... evil.

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    Opening(s):

    To be announced

    Participants:

    Erebus Dirge
    horror_movie_girl
    Mogwai
    Mr. Monkey
    Prettyscary
    Robcbh
    Spaced
    Willowfang
    yoxodo
    zombaddict

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    What we usually do each Fall is use 3 opening sentences. We, or rather Erebus Dirge mostly, have a new idea. And that is to use an @ 3 sentences to sent an opening scene. This scene would in no way set the monster, villain, or heroes, but unlike the singular sentences, paint the open shoot of the story in greater detail.

    Example:

    A singular sentence: Bob looked out over the valley....

    Scene: Bob looked out over the valley, sword drawn as the sun slowly rose behind him. It took him days to get here, and now he had his chance.

    =====

    So give any thought on using a scene, which we may use in addition to the usual sentences.

    Anyone wishing to join should post in this thread. As always, it's perfectly fine to say you'll write a story and then not turn something in. Real life happens and being unable to have a story to turn in on time may happen. No harm to foul if it does.
    Last edited by Willowfang; 08-31-2012, 10:37 AM.
    I met her, fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and not even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this cow, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach her, and then another seven trying to keep her locked up because I realized that what was living behind that cow's eyes was purely and simply... evil.

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    • #3
      I'm in
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      • #4
        Got to say I like the scene setter idea. Maybe have it first , second and third person options though.

        Also one theme suggestion so far - Hybrids and Half-Breeds. This can be interpreted in a variety of ways. The Hybrid or half-breed could be a character or creature in the story. Could be of mixed racial parentage ( social commentary horror). Or it could even me a genre mash-up such as a horror-western hybrid, a horror-noir/crime hybrid or a medical Horror-Romance hybrid. The rules are that both elements of the hybrid if relating to genre must be fairly easily defined. Maybe include genre guidelines and characteristics.

        " The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind. " - H.P. Lovecraft

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        • #5
          I'm in! I still regret dropping the ball in the spring! Never again! Will the competition only be on this board then?

          On a totally unrelated note, Willowfang, your song draft is shoving me back into high school against my will! I'm tempted to use it to create a playlist!

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          • #6
            Another idea about the three sentence thing and theme as Willowfang's idea built around Darkness.

            Beaten down by the onset of night, the sun crawled away on broken fingers, finally collapsing and bleeding -out across the horizon....

            Darkness, it waits... It waits for the sun to set, for the candle flame to splutter-out, for the torch-light to falter and fail. Only then does it venture to reach out to crush the last remaining light that burns within our hearts.


            (Name) hated the dark, always had ever since they were a child. (He\She) cried when the began to sun set. That awful feeling of inexplicable dread that seemed to creep into every cell.
            (His\Her) parents and later (her\his) therapist would reassure them that (his\her) fears were irrational and unfounded. ( Name) had almost belived them, (he\she) had nearly convinced (himself\her self) that this was the case.

            But that was then....



            Just a couple of ideas , the third one might be a little leading. I don't know let me know what y'all think.

            " The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind. " - H.P. Lovecraft

            Read latest fiction " The Closet by rhill10" in DEMETIONS at http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/for...t=61754&page=5

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            • #7
              If the starting sentence has a given character name, can we change the name?

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              • #8
                I'm in as usual I am fine with a topic or an opening sentence. You could also do a specific location setting like Antarctica or Africa.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by zombaddict View Post
                  If the starting sentence has a given character name, can we change the name?
                  Yeah, that was just a place holder really. Any time there's a pronoun like Bob, it can be changed to any other name, or to him/her/he/she/it etc. Tenses can also be changed so it's 1st, 2nd, or 3rd person. 2nd person writing is pretty rare of course, but it's not off-limits.

                  Originally posted by horror_movie_girl View Post
                  I'm in as usual I am fine with a topic or an opening sentence. You could also do a specific location setting like Antarctica or Africa.
                  That's a cool idea. Keep things open, except for the location. Amazon comes to mind too.

                  And while our Spring themes dictate a story genre, our Fall ones are meant to be very open, but with some sort of starting point given so no one can start early.

                  A location makes for a neat start too.
                  I met her, fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and not even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this cow, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach her, and then another seven trying to keep her locked up because I realized that what was living behind that cow's eyes was purely and simply... evil.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Willowfang View Post
                    Yeah, that was just a place holder really. Any time there's a pronoun like Bob, it can be changed to any other name, or to him/her/he/she/it etc. Tenses can also be changed so it's 1st, 2nd, or 3rd person. 2nd person writing is pretty rare of course, but it's not off-limits.



                    That's a cool idea. Keep things open, except for the location. Amazon comes to mind too.

                    And while our Spring themes dictate a story genre, our Fall ones are meant to be very open, but with some sort of starting point given so no one can start early.

                    A location makes for a neat start too.
                    I am actually a big fan of the location thing...very interesting idea.
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                    • #11
                      ln phantasmagoric dreams of yesteryear, when bipedal cretins still walked on all fours and certain angled spires dripped with ancient slime, l witnessed terrible visions, bloody and disgusting things which could only have sprung from the wicked imaginings of the select few who had tasted death and revelled in it's glorious stench. And l knew that l must join them in their revelry...

                      ln other words, count me in.

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                      • #12
                        ^You're in.

                        And as been said here and there, we'll be going with a certain theme/start of 'Darkness'

                        How that's shaping up so far is:

                        A few sentences

                        A "full scene" in that it gives a rough image of say a 'still photograph' like a snapshot from a movie

                        AND

                        A location or two for the story to be set in, like: Africa, The Dark Continent. Perhaps not today's common impression of Africa, but we can assume there's still isolated places, unexplored, or you can set the story back in the 1950s or even decades earlier.

                        Also, no story has to "stay" in that darkness, it's just a starting point if you just aren't feeling your story taking place there.
                        I met her, fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and not even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this cow, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach her, and then another seven trying to keep her locked up because I realized that what was living behind that cow's eyes was purely and simply... evil.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Willowfang View Post

                          And as been said here and there, we'll be going with a certain theme/start of 'Darkness'

                          How that's shaping up so far is:

                          A few sentences

                          A "full scene" in that it gives a rough image of say a 'still photograph' like a snapshot from a movie

                          AND

                          A location or two for the story to be set in, like: Africa, The Dark Continent. Perhaps not today's common impression of Africa, but we can assume there's still isolated places, unexplored, or you can set the story back in the 1950s or even decades earlier.

                          Also, no story has to "stay" in that darkness, it's just a starting point if you just aren't feeling your story taking place there.
                          I like the idea of an old school big-game hunter style story , that turns into something quite horrific and possibly supernatural.

                          Also I have another suggestion for location perhaps India or Thailand - they have a rich pantheon of gods/spirits and monsters that you can draw from.

                          " The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind. " - H.P. Lovecraft

                          Read latest fiction " The Closet by rhill10" in DEMETIONS at http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/for...t=61754&page=5

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                          • #14
                            We could just expand that to "Dark Continent" then.

                            The point being, one or more people going off the beaten track or into an unsettled area of any non first world country.

                            So Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, the Arctic or Antarctica. <-- Yes, some of these have quite a bit of civilization, but the story would take place in a time or place where the Western world knows little of the 'true' dangers that lie therein.
                            I met her, fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and not even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this cow, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach her, and then another seven trying to keep her locked up because I realized that what was living behind that cow's eyes was purely and simply... evil.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Willowfang View Post
                              ^You're in.

                              And as been said here and there, we'll be going with a certain theme/start of 'Darkness'

                              How that's shaping up so far is:

                              A few sentences

                              A "full scene" in that it gives a rough image of say a 'still photograph' like a snapshot from a movie

                              AND

                              A location or two for the story to be set in, like: Africa, The Dark Continent. Perhaps not today's common impression of Africa, but we can assume there's still isolated places, unexplored, or you can set the story back in the 1950s or even decades earlier.

                              Also, no story has to "stay" in that darkness, it's just a starting point if you just aren't feeling your story taking place there.
                              Darkness, I like. The rest of what you said is flying right over my head, I'm sorry, I need more coffee.

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