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Re: [Mar 2018] - Letters - Discussion Thread
« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2018, 09:57:52 AM »
Think i’m going to play this one straight and keep the whole this as the contents of a letter, be interesting to see how i struggle to hold back the info dumping
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Re: [Mar 2018] - Letters - Discussion Thread
« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2018, 11:18:23 AM »
Yeah that's the issue. I'm almost done with my first draft, and it feels like an endless "let me walk you through my world". There is no way of showing instead of telling, since it's inherently someone telling someone else. I'm getting put off by what I've written so far.
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Re: [Mar 2018] - Letters - Discussion Thread
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2018, 12:04:51 PM »
Have fallen a bit out of love with my first idea, and am gnawing around the edges of a second.
As for info dumping, it might be easier to do this set in our world. But that doesn’t fully address the show vs. tell issue with letters. Have to think about that one.
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Re: [Mar 2018] - Letters - Discussion Thread
« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2018, 01:10:02 PM »
Rules do say that the letters must make clear that it's a fantasy or sci Fi setting. So it kind of makes sure info dump happens somehow. Like everything it can be well done. I'm just dubious I'll manage.
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Re: [Mar 2018] - Letters - Discussion Thread
« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2018, 01:27:14 AM »
My current idea is going with number 2, but it feels like a bit of a stretch. It's less "the person isn't coming home because they're going to die" which is how I originally interpreted it and more "the person isn't going home because their home was destroyed." Is that stretching number 2 too far to fit?

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Re: [Mar 2018] - Letters - Discussion Thread
« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2018, 08:17:48 AM »
My current idea is going with number 2, but it feels like a bit of a stretch. It's less "the person isn't coming home because they're going to die" which is how I originally interpreted it and more "the person isn't going home because their home was destroyed." Is that stretching number 2 too far to fit?
The MC's not going home. That fits the requirement 8)
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Re: [Mar 2018] - Letters - Discussion Thread
« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2018, 06:25:48 PM »
The MC's not going home. That fits the requirement 8)
Just wanted to be sure, thanks ;D.

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Re: [Mar 2018] - Letters - Discussion Thread
« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2018, 08:33:51 AM »
Is the mother and high blood pressure and dungeon literal or thematic? Could it be a grandmother with fatal syphilis and a river boat cruise thru the heart of darkness?  Haha I need to come up with stories that don't have to be relegated to the discussion thread...

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Re: [Mar 2018] - Letters - Discussion Thread
« Reply #23 on: March 06, 2018, 11:01:55 AM »
I love the last option. It's brilliant.

This is probably the 8th or 9th attempt that I've started but never finished ( except the one time, I actually did...but my wife laughed so hard, I never posted it)  :-*

I'll definitely try to write a quick one.
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Re: [Mar 2018] - Letters - Discussion Thread
« Reply #24 on: March 06, 2018, 11:07:08 AM »
Ok. Just don't show it to your wife this time though.
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Re: [Mar 2018] - Letters - Discussion Thread
« Reply #25 on: March 06, 2018, 11:21:06 AM »
Is the mother and high blood pressure and dungeon literal or thematic? Could it be a grandmother with fatal syphilis and a river boat cruise thru the heart of darkness?  Haha I need to come up with stories that don't have to be relegated to the discussion thread...

We want to see you in the Submission thread too.... ;D

Also wondered in 1. if it could only be a literal dungeon or some other circumstance the dying relative shouldn’t know about ?
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Re: [Mar 2018] - Letters - Discussion Thread
« Reply #26 on: March 06, 2018, 01:48:42 PM »
Ok I've got an idea that makes much more sense and makes the letter a dynamic thing. And for this, my dear @Lady Ty, I will bring Hades back.
« Last Edit: March 06, 2018, 02:10:51 PM by Nora »
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« Reply #27 on: March 06, 2018, 04:45:57 PM »
Also wondered in 1. if it could only be a literal dungeon or some other circumstance the dying relative shouldn’t know about ?
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Re: [Mar 2018] - Letters - Discussion Thread
« Reply #28 on: March 06, 2018, 08:39:43 PM »
Is the mother and high blood pressure and dungeon literal or thematic? Could it be a grandmother with fatal syphilis and a river boat cruise thru the heart of darkness?  Haha I need to come up with stories that don't have to be relegated to the discussion thread...

We want to see you in the Submission thread too.... ;D

Also wondered in 1. if it could only be a literal dungeon or some other circumstance the dying relative shouldn’t know about ?
I think you misunderstood?
It's about a hero who has lots of dangerous adventures but his mother (or grandmother idc) must not know about them because they would be upset and exercised and that wouldn't be good for their health. But of course they still want their monthly letter from their little darling and the hero can't lie to his mother, can s/he?

It's the very difficult task to write about something without mentioning it and/or downscaling what really happened a lot.
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Re: [Mar 2018] - Letters - Discussion Thread
« Reply #29 on: March 06, 2018, 09:17:08 PM »
Thanks  xiagan, we were reading too literally. ;D

And Nora, will be waiting with great anticipation, heart beating fast.  ;D
« Last Edit: March 06, 2018, 09:22:20 PM by Lady Ty »
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