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Entered writing contest at Ad Astra

I had a lot of fun at Ad Astra, but it's late, so I'll keep this post short.

I entered the flash fiction contest. The session about the contest was 2:00 - 3:00. The competition was very open-ended... to write on a theme from a list - but it was a list that all the participants brainstormed, so we were free to add whatever we wanted to write about before 3:00. Stories were due by 6pm and were supposed to be no longer than 250 words - although the judges also said that they were only looking for something approximately 250 words max, and not to worry if we went slightly over.

I didn't have have 3 hours of writing, however, as I went to a panel on developing character before writing the story. On my first attempt, I realized I was way over.... and counted almost 350 words. I edited out words, and then cut out still more as I copied my entry to fresh pages (this was hand-written).

Sunday I'll find out the results.

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kara_gnome
Mar. 30th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Neat! Did you like your story?

I usually think that I liked my story right after, but then wake up the next day thinking, "Oh, darn," because I'd left out some crucial point or something.
mmarques
Mar. 31st, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
Some polish is required, but I basically like this story. I also like the main character and want to do more with her. Plus, I learned something that might improve my LH flashes (and perhaps all my writing).
kara_gnome
Apr. 1st, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
Oh, I love it when that happens! I know what you mean, because that's happened to me a time or two, too. Do you mind sharing? You don't have to, of course, but I'd love to hear about it!
mmarques
Apr. 1st, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
What are you asking to share... the story? what I learned (which you can see on my following entry)? the instructions/prompt?

I'll probably be sharing the story soon at LH.
kara_gnome
Apr. 1st, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
**Plus, I learned something that might improve my LH flashes (and perhaps all my writing). **

About this, specifically.

My own example was that I was very, well, contemptuous, really, about scenery. Then I learned something regarding the importance of it--it was like scales falling from my eyes. I'd read this sentence that you'd had the same sort of experience, that you'd seen something in a completely other way, you know?
kara_gnome
Apr. 1st, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
...and of course, after I posted this I went to the link you'd provided, and that's what I meant!

Theme, huh? I used to start all my stories with theme, and I know what you mean! It really can focus things, it's a very 'cool tool.' *g*

I'm glad you had such a great time.
mmarques
Apr. 1st, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
I'm not contemptuous of scenery, but I often forget to describe it.
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