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[March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
« on: March 01, 2013, 11:11:27 PM »
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For my first month organising the writing contest, I thought I'd draw on something which I've found myself thinking about often with my reads in the last year:


The City.


The city is an ever important element of fantasy - whether it be real life cities or fantastic creations like Ankh-Morpork, New Crobuzon or King's Landing, this is something which writers of fantasy come back to time and time again.

Your challenge this month is to write a story, in whatever fantastic genre you like - but it must include the city as a core element, self-created or real life. (Fan fiction is not allowed)


Rules:
1. This can be prose or a poem. Be creative.
2. Must contain some element of the fantastic.
3. "The City" must be a core element in your piece.
4. Prose must be 500-2000 words long. Poetry must be 100-500 words long.



Entry will close on the 31st March 2013, and voting will be open for the month thereafter.

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website in May 2013.

Good luck and Happy Writing! 




This is a thread to discuss this month's theme. Any questions you have can be posted here.   :)
« Last Edit: March 01, 2013, 11:27:41 PM by Idlewilder »
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Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2013, 10:50:45 PM »
I have one I'll be submitting, but it needs an edit at a time when my eyeballs don't feel inclined to fall out.

I'm really pleased to have found a little time to write a short, what with my formidable procrastination and most of my time being sunk into a WIP, it's nice to have a story at least completed. :) 

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Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2013, 11:09:00 PM »
I have one I'll be submitting, but it needs an edit at a time when my eyeballs don't feel inclined to fall out.

I'm really pleased to have found a little time to write a short, what with my formidable procrastination and most of my time being sunk into a WIP, it's nice to have a story at least completed. :)

Awesome - looking forward to reading it!  :)

It's great to see 2 entries already, and they're good 'uns! I'm debating whether to enter it myself, but as I set the task would that be cheating? I suppose it would.  :-\ 
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Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2013, 11:12:12 PM »
It's great to see 2 entries already, and they're good 'uns! I'm debating whether to enter it myself, but as I set the task would that be cheating? I suppose it would.  :-\
We always have said it's not cheating. It's not like someone else is writing the words for you. :)
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Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2013, 11:14:49 PM »
It's great to see 2 entries already, and they're good 'uns! I'm debating whether to enter it myself, but as I set the task would that be cheating? I suppose it would.  :-\
We always have said it's not cheating. It's not like someone else is writing the words for you. :)

Oh I know that, it's just - have I had maybe an advantage in knowing in advance what the task would be? I dunno. I might do something.
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Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2013, 02:05:28 AM »
It's great to see 2 entries already, and they're good 'uns! I'm debating whether to enter it myself, but as I set the task would that be cheating? I suppose it would.  :-\
We always have said it's not cheating. It's not like someone else is writing the words for you. :)

Oh I know that, it's just - have I had maybe an advantage in knowing in advance what the task would be? I dunno. I might do something.

Nope. It's totally alright with us, and I think that that's what matters. Please submit, don't deprive us of your lovely writing!
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Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2013, 09:01:32 AM »
You are not the judge, so it's not cheating. :)
And since nobody will favor your entry because you set the task, it's totally okay.

I think this is a fun contest and not something where we pitch for the same job and early knowledge would be an advantage. I bet you didn't know you'd choose the City theme 30 days ago - so everybody who enters in the end of March has the same "advantage". ;)
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Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2013, 10:01:33 PM »
So...let's just say someone posted an entry. Then a while (a week or so) later this someone decided to look over what they posted and noticed some minor editing typos. Could someone edit their entry before the month is up to fix little things, or should they chalk it up as lesson learned for next time?

Pretty much are updates discouraged or against the rules once a post has been submitted?
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Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2013, 10:12:03 PM »
So...let's just say someone posted an entry. Then a while (a week or so) later this someone decided to look over what they posted and noticed some minor editing typos. Could someone edit their entry before the month is up to fix little things, or should they chalk it up as lesson learned for next time?

Pretty much are updates discouraged or against the rules once a post has been submitted?

I think edits are allowed until the deadline - I don't see it as an issue.  :)
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Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2013, 10:19:36 PM »
Honestly I never considered asking this, I just go ahead and edit, (before the deadline, ofc ;)). Usually though, I only ever really change a couple of words at most -- I make sure I'm at least 95% happy before posting -- or I alter the formatting if it's a little difficult to read, (or I've missed words that need italics etc).

But yeah, I don't see it as a problem. :)

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Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2013, 10:36:01 PM »
Honestly I never considered asking this, I just go ahead and edit, (before the deadline, ofc ;)). Usually though, I only ever really change a couple of words at most -- I make sure I'm at least 95% happy before posting -- or I alter the formatting if it's a little difficult to read, (or I've missed words that need italics etc).

But yeah, I don't see it as a problem. :)
Yep ... I try to do that to. There's probably other people like me that read them as they are posted (and wouldnt see the post edit version). I just sometimes make little last minute edits and post before I chicken out. What I usually find are errors related to the last minute edits. Will try to let it sit longer next time so I see those things before I post.
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Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2013, 01:27:35 AM »
Honestly I never considered asking this, I just go ahead and edit, (before the deadline, ofc ;)). Usually though, I only ever really change a couple of words at most -- I make sure I'm at least 95% happy before posting -- or I alter the formatting if it's a little difficult to read, (or I've missed words that need italics etc).

But yeah, I don't see it as a problem. :)
Yep ... I try to do that to. There's probably other people like me that read them as they are posted (and wouldnt see the post edit version). I just sometimes make little last minute edits and post before I chicken out. What I usually find are errors related to the last minute edits. Will try to let it sit longer next time so I see those things before I post.

Wait, you're not supposed to edit as you go?!
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Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2013, 11:24:15 AM »
Honestly I never considered asking this, I just go ahead and edit, (before the deadline, ofc ;)). Usually though, I only ever really change a couple of words at most -- I make sure I'm at least 95% happy before posting -- or I alter the formatting if it's a little difficult to read, (or I've missed words that need italics etc).

But yeah, I don't see it as a problem. :)
Yep ... I try to do that to. There's probably other people like me that read them as they are posted (and wouldnt see the post edit version). I just sometimes make little last minute edits and post before I chicken out. What I usually find are errors related to the last minute edits. Will try to let it sit longer next time so I see those things before I post.

Wait, you're not supposed to edit as you go?!

I think we're in agreement that it's fine as long as it's before the deadline. :)

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Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2013, 08:17:47 PM »
I will be entering this time, finally. Got some ideas for a short story and I must be more active here! I shouldn't be some sort of lurking lump.

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Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2013, 10:35:31 PM »
I will be entering this time, finally. Got some ideas for a short story and I must be more active here! I shouldn't be some sort of lurking lump.

Awesome - Neila is here!  ;D
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