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[Dec 2013] Underdog - Discussion Thread
« on: December 01, 2013, 03:53:38 PM »

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Your challenge this month is to write a fantasy from the perspective of an underdog, a character that others think is destined to lose



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“You gain power by pretending to be weak. By contrast, you make people feel strong. You save people by letting them save you.
All you have to do is be fragile and grateful. So stay the underdog.
People really need somebody they feel superior to. So stay downtrodden.
People need somebody they can send a check at Christmas. So stay poor.
"Charity" isn't the right word, but it's the first word that comes to mind”

-- Chuck Palahniuk



Maybe your character is weaker. Maybe they have pretended to be weaker. But regardless, your character will be the underdog. Whether the underdog wins or not, well, that is up to the author.


Rules:

1. This can be prose or a poem.
2. Your character must be an underdog in the story.
4. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
5. Poetry must be 100-500 words long.
6. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits, full stop. That's why they're called limits.

Entry will close December 31st 2013 and voting will begin January 1st 2014.

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website in February 2014.

Note: This thread is for discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!
« Last Edit: December 01, 2013, 03:56:00 PM by Arry »
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Re: [Dec 2013] Underdog - Discussion Thread
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2013, 03:07:08 PM »
Still time to enter! So far there is just one submission.  ::)
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Re: [Dec 2013] Underdog - Discussion Thread
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2013, 09:42:56 PM »
Alright, we finally got two entrants that are braving my Underdog theme. That gives them a 50% chance of winning unless some more people join them. There's still time!  ;D
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Re: [Dec 2013] Underdog - Discussion Thread
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2013, 11:25:20 PM »
I wonder if I can write a winning short story in 3 hours?
I don't think so, I'll enter January's contest. xD
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Re: [Dec 2013] Underdog - Discussion Thread
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2013, 11:28:05 PM »
Thank goodness there's someone else!

I'm lacking in practice at short stories, as I prefer to write long form stuff, so I'm hoping these prompts will at least make me give it a go.

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Re: [Dec 2013] Underdog - Discussion Thread
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2013, 11:29:17 PM »
I wonder if I can write a winning short story in 3 hours?
I don't think so, I'll enter January's contest. xD

There is all day tomorrow :)
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Re: [Dec 2013] Underdog - Discussion Thread
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2013, 11:43:18 PM »
I wonder if I can write a winning short story in 3 hours?
I don't think so, I'll enter January's contest. xD

There is all day tomorrow :)

Hmm...I'll try my best.
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Re: [Dec 2013] Underdog - Discussion Thread
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2013, 12:17:42 AM »
I started and finished mine in a day - 1500 words is not so hard.  All day tomorrow is plenty of time - what else are you going to be doing (apart from buying New Year's eve booze)

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Re: [Dec 2013] Underdog - Discussion Thread
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2014, 10:27:29 PM »
Uh oh! I forgot to title mine. Would it be possible to add "The Cabin Boy" as a title for my entry? No worries if it's too late, just thought I'd ask. ;) Thanks!
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Re: [Dec 2013] Underdog - Discussion Thread
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2014, 10:39:53 PM »
Uh oh! I forgot to title mine. Would it be possible to add "The Cabin Boy" as a title for my entry? No worries if it's too late, just thought I'd ask. ;) Thanks!

No problem! Just updated the poll :)
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Re: [Dec 2013] Underdog - Discussion Thread
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2014, 09:56:35 PM »
Brilliant, thank you! :)
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