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[Oct 2014] - Abandoned places - Discussion Thread
« on: October 01, 2014, 05:03:10 PM »
This month it's your job to get the inspiration for the story from one of the following pictures.
All are abandoned (or not? *adds creaky sound*) places with a history that brings humans back from time to time - or makes them (who? tell me!) rediscover it (and it's secrets).

Each has a special atmosphere - try to grab it and make the best you can (in up to 1500 words. ;)).


Path to Gothic Choir by Raphael Lacoste


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The Passage by Thierry Doizon


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Old Town by Peter Lee


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Cavern City by Clint Cearley


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When the Museum Becomes History by Bence Kresz


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Tristram Cathedral by Peter Lee


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Rules:

1. This can be prose or a poem.
2. The story must be inspired by one of the pictures and preferably (partly) take place in one of them.
3. Ignore this rule, it's not really here.
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.
7. Your entry can't be published somewhere else before.
8. This is a writing contest, not a "I have written something like this ten years ago" contest. So if you happen to have a story that fits one of the images, I'd like it to have a mayor overhaul/edit. Work for it. ;)
9. Please add your story's word count and, if you have, your twitter handle.
10. Please put your story in [ spoiler ] tags to make the thread easier to handle. :) You can find them above the smileys next to the 'youtube' symbol:

Entry will close November 1st 2014 and voting will begin somewhere around the same time too.*

Please post your entry here.

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!

*I seem to never be home around the end of month, so please excuse if I'm not always on time (which is hard in an international contest with all the time zones anyways. ;))
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Re: [Oct 2014] - Abandoned places - Discussion Thread
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2014, 08:46:33 PM »
I had one of this pictures in my image folder for years, as a reference for style and atmosphere, but never really created an actual background for it. So this seems to be the perfect opportunity to do something with it.

But a limit of 1500 words seems really short, even for a short story. Looking at those from previous contests, it seems quite challenging to put any kind of narrative in such few words.
Why was that number established as the upper limit? To make it easier on the reviewers to read a whole dozen of them?

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Re: [Oct 2014] - Abandoned places - Discussion Thread
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2014, 08:58:55 PM »
But a limit of 1500 words seems really short, even for a short story. Looking at those from previous contests, it seems quite challenging to put any kind of narrative in such few words.
Exactly, it is a challenge. A lot of writers find it difficult to leave unnecessary stuff out and I know from personal experience that it is really hard to delete paragraphs (or even more) from a story even when it really helps the story. This is a good exercise to concentrate yourself on the really important stuff and even helps you with editing if the story is longer at first.

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Why was that number established as the upper limit? To make it easier on the reviewers to read a whole dozen of them?
Yep, that's another reason. If you look at the last contest, we had 12 voters - which, quite frankly, isn't a lot. If the stories were 3000 words I guess there wouldn't be any voters besides the writers left.

The third reason is that everybody is busy as hell and writing 1500 words needs, even with a little editing, less time than 3000 words. ;)

Glad to have you join in! :)
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Re: [Oct 2014] - Abandoned places - Discussion Thread
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2014, 11:34:25 PM »
Does anyone know what inspired the second picture? It reminds me of the old Incan baths on the way to Machu Picchu.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: [Oct 2014] - Abandoned places - Discussion Thread
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2014, 07:57:48 AM »
I just really, *really*, love all the images! :D
(nope, still not inspiring me to write, hehe - not a writer)
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Re: [Oct 2014] - Abandoned places - Discussion Thread
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2014, 05:31:32 PM »
Does anyone know what inspired the second picture? It reminds me of the old Incan baths on the way to Machu Picchu.

Probably because I've been playing too much instead of writing, but I was thinking it reminded me of Destiny. 
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Offline Yora

Re: [Oct 2014] - Abandoned places - Discussion Thread
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2014, 05:50:16 PM »
Seems more like the Aztec capital city Tenochtitlan, which was build on artificial islands and channels in the middle of a lake.

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Re: [Oct 2014] - Abandoned places - Discussion Thread
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2014, 06:11:35 PM »
This is one of my favorite real abandoned places shrouded in mystery...

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Re: [Oct 2014] - Abandoned places - Discussion Thread
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2014, 12:36:26 AM »
This is one of my favorite real abandoned places shrouded in mystery...


I've been to Mesa Verde. It's quite amazing to look at and imagine their lifestyle.
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« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2014, 11:29:57 PM »
Brilliant! Love this theme and those pictures, now let's see if I can do it justice. :) Anybody have any ideas yet?
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Re: [Oct 2014] - Abandoned places - Discussion Thread
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2014, 12:08:59 AM »
I've got one around the second picture, but I'm not sure I can pull it off.
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[Oct 2014] - Abandoned places - Discussion Thread
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2014, 09:15:25 AM »
Elfy, I'm also looking at the second picture 'the passage'.  This month is going to be all about finding time though, fingers crossed


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Re: [Oct 2014] - Abandoned places - Discussion Thread
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2014, 11:20:27 AM »
The fourth image, Cavern City, has given me one or two ideas. Hope I can find the time and put something together.
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« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2014, 11:27:14 AM »
I have an idea for the second image (although it's more going off the general 'feel' and setting rather than the specifics), and it'll actually be good character-practice for my idea for the anthology; now the trick, to actually write it. *pokes brain*
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Re: [Oct 2014] - Abandoned places - Discussion Thread
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2014, 04:25:59 PM »
Fifth gives me a good sci-fi/fantasy feel. Gonna actually try this month.
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