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    This sounds like a fun contest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CheG View Post
    Ooooh. The word count is so high!
    Think of it as several short stories in a row. It's not so bad then.

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    This sounds like a fun contest!
    Indeed. Signing up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haggis View Post
    Indeed. Signing up?
    I plan on it. Hopefully, I will finish my story by then.

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    Awesome!
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    pitching in with a book prize donation thingy.
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    DL, you are a darling! Thank you dearie. Give me two minutes and the book title will be added to the prize list.

    CheG and SJP, good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EFCollins View Post
    DL, you are a darling! Thank you dearie. Give me two minutes and the book title will be added to the prize list.

    CheG and SJP, good luck!
    No problem, anytime Effie.
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    [URL="http://www.playbackstl.com/music/profiles/13102-the-airborne-toxic-event--if-it-feels-good"]The Airborne Toxic Event, if it feels good[/URL]

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    Think of it as several short stories in a row. It's not so bad then.

    That's actually very good advice for anyon working on a novel or novella. Alexandra Sokoloff has some very good advice over on her blog about writing novels using the 3 Act Play approach. You can visit her here,

    http://thedarksalon.blogspot.com/

    It's very easy to break the story down into 3 separate and distinct elements (or chapters) and then further break each down into a few (4-12) distinct elements or scenes. Each separate element or chapter stands on it's own while the individual scenes tie the whole thing together in a distinct fashion.

    I use iCard Sort on the iPad to briefly sketch out my plot and scene elements, very generally, but the technique can also be used to define and flesh out characters and motivations.

    Trying to write a short story or novel is hard enough by itself. Sometimes the idea of doing the whole thing is simply too overwhelming. Breaking it into acts and scenes allows the writer to deal with only that particular part of his or her work at that time. You don't have to try envision the whole thing and then sit around staring at a blank screen wondering what's going to happen next. You don't even have to map the whole thing out ahead of time. You can work it out as you go and as the characters tell you what they're going to do and you screw them over by throwing stones at them.

    Check it out. It's a great technique.

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    Reason number eleventy-three to buy an IPad.

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    After looking at the deadline again there is no way I can write that much in a month. I am fighting to finish a novel and a short story (that went over word count!! arg!) and I can't start another thing.

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    I have a few legendary villages in my repertoire, hope I find time to enter!

    On the subject of horror songs, let's not forget Benny Hill's Ernie, too long for full quotation here, but here's the last two verses!

    Now Ernie rushed out into the street
    His goldtop in his hand
    He said if you want to marry susie
    You'll fight for her like a man
    Oh why don't we play cards for her
    He sneeringly replied
    And just to make it interesting
    We'll have a shilling on the side
    Now Ernie dragged him from his van
    And beneath the blazing sun
    They stood there face to face
    And Ted went for his bun
    But Ernie was to quick
    Things didn't go the way ted planned
    And a strawberry flavoured youghurt
    Sent it spinning from his hand
    Now Sue she ran between them
    And tried to keep them apart
    And Ernie pushed her aside
    And a rock cake caught him underneath his heart
    And he looked up in pained surprise
    As the concrete hardened crust
    Of a stale pork pie caught him in the eye
    And Ernie bit the dust
    Poor Ernie (Ernie)
    And he drove the fastest milkcart in the west

    Ernie was only fifty-two, he didn't want to die
    Now he's gone to make deliveries
    In that milkround in the sky
    Where the customers are angels
    And ferocious dogs are banned
    And a milkmans life is full of fun
    In that fairy dairy land
    But a woman's needs are many fold
    And Sue she married Ted
    But strange things happened on their wedding night
    As they lay in their bed
    Was that the trees a rustling
    Or the hinges of the gate
    Or Ernies ghostly goldtop a rattling in their crate
    They won't forget Ernie (Ernie)
    And he drove the fastest milkcart in the west


    Those underlined lines used to scare the squeak out of me when I was little; if you can find on YouTube, check the tension-strings on that part!
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    *sigh*

    My word count is low. Is there, like, a drug for that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Del View Post
    *sigh*

    My word count is low. Is there, like, a drug for that?
    I remember you as the king of tight writing. So there's no way you'd be interested in embellishing. Any chance you could add another sub-plot or another character?

    eta: Oh, and how low is it?
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    Word count being on the low side is no problem for me. Just trying to rein it in so as not to go over is a job. Del, you can borrow some of my words.
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    The story has enough juice to fill the cup. But the writer is having trouble squeezing its fruits.


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    Writing writing writing got the keep those words going! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Del View Post
    The story has enough juice to fill the cup. But the writer is having trouble squeezing its fruits.

    You'll have to talk to Effie about squeezing your fruits, man. I ain't touching them.
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    I have a couple of old fashioned fruit juicers. The metal one might just be big enough for half a brain. Would that help the writer squeeze out the juices?
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    If I had half a mind I wouldn't need the juicer.

    But thanks Ef. I'll keep you in mind if I need a squeeze.

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    Oh, I only just noticed this thread! Silly sticky threads and their ability to throw an invisible veil over my brain.

    I'm oh so excited to read the entries. I can't even begin to imagine what deliciously awful stories the Hounds & Friends are going to come up with... and that's most of the excitement!

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    And on that note, one month left until submissions open, Hounds and fiends. One month.
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    Oh, I wish I'd seen this sooner. I still may make a run at it. If not, I will definitely be back to cheer everyone on. There's no limit to how much the world needs fresh horror fiction.
    I post my flash fiction at http://sittingindarkness.wordpress.com/.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bois View Post
    Oh, I wish I'd seen this sooner. I still may make a run at it. If not, I will definitely be back to cheer everyone on. There's no limit to how much the world needs fresh horror fiction.
    Give it a shot, bois. There's a slew of great prizes and you just might get a sale out of it too.
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    My "horror" story evolved into lesbian eroticism.

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