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[Sep 2017] - Regret and Redemption - Discussion Thread
« on: August 24, 2017, 05:27:52 PM »
Regret and Redemption


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Your MC did something, planned or by accident, and it went terribly wrong. Life is now constant regret. Do they want to correct it? Is it even possible? Everybody should have the chance to redeem themselves, but this is not a fairy tale - or is it?

Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. The story's theme must be regret and/or contain an MC who tries to redeem himself.
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-750 words long.
5. One story per person or writing team (not per account).
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 themes, 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 under the B.

If you want so submit your story anonymously you can do so by sending it in a personal message to @xiagan.

Entry will close September 30th/October 1st, 2017 and voting will begin somewhere around the same time too.

All members are eligible to join. If you are not a member you can join here. Sign up is free and all are welcome! :)

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website sometime in the next months.
Submitting a story counts as published. The author retains all rights to their work.

Please post your entry here.

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!
« Last Edit: August 24, 2017, 08:10:17 PM by xiagan »
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Re: [Sep 2017] - Regret and Redemption - Discussion Thread
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2017, 08:33:11 PM »
YES!!

What an interesting topic. Of course it shall be dark, and redemption is not to be had!
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Re: [Sep 2017] - Regret and Redemption - Discussion Thread
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2017, 12:04:41 AM »
Uggghhh I have an idea but it's not fantasy

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Re: [Sep 2017] - Regret and Redemption - Discussion Thread
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2017, 01:07:14 AM »
Just add a fantastical twist. Like everyone is a centaur or has wings or minor quirks of power. Boom. Fantasy.
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Offline NightWrite

Re: [Sep 2017] - Regret and Redemption - Discussion Thread
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2017, 02:44:19 AM »
The first idea to come to mind when I saw the word regret involves creatures lurking in the depths of our oceans. Perhaps I shall be touching my inner Lovecraftian this month.

I blame the documentaries I've been watching this afternoon ;D.

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Re: [Sep 2017] - Regret and Redemption - Discussion Thread
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2017, 01:55:03 PM »
I have an idea, but I am unsure whether I'll be able to shape it well.
Just gonna give it a try I guess..

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Re: [Sep 2017] - Regret and Redemption - Discussion Thread
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2017, 02:39:03 PM »
Damn I have good characters, a great location and a plot rigged with regrets, alchemy and badassery, but now I realise there is no redemption anywhere... Haha!
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Re: [Sep 2017] - Regret and Redemption - Discussion Thread
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2017, 05:50:23 PM »
Damn I have good characters, a great location and a plot rigged with regrets, alchemy and badassery, but now I realise there is no redemption anywhere... Haha!
Regret is enough!
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Re: [Sep 2017] - Regret and Redemption - Discussion Thread
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2017, 12:21:34 AM »
While not part of my own story, I'm wondering if anyone will use both the concepts, but swap the order of the two. Start the story with the character getting redemption, but regrets it as the story ends.


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Re: [Sep 2017] - Regret and Redemption - Discussion Thread
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2017, 07:43:05 AM »
While not part of my own story, I'm wondering if anyone will use both the concepts, but swap the order of the two. Start the story with the character getting redemption, but regrets it as the story ends.
Nice idea, cool twist. :)
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Re: [Sep 2017] - Regret and Redemption - Discussion Thread
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2017, 12:13:22 PM »
Great topic.

Challenge for @Rukaio_Alter:
Make this into,a comedy.  ;D

Well, probably not a challenge for him.  8)
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Re: [Sep 2017] - Regret and Redemption - Discussion Thread
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2017, 10:20:59 PM »
Don't really think it'd be hard, one can have regrets due to very ridiculous circumstances, and one can go to laughable length to earn redemption.

This being said I'm not sure the story I have penned down fits the theme that well. No real regret involved, and the intricacy of the universe I'm building up, set in an alchemy factory with tensions between staff and owner, doesn't benefit from the word count.

Might scrap it and go for something different entirely. Mmmh...
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Offline NightWrite

Re: [Sep 2017] - Regret and Redemption - Discussion Thread
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2017, 03:19:26 PM »
My story seems less about regret at the moment and more focused on a sense of isolation and fear. But considering the story's setting and the character is alone there, that's isn't too surprising. Or maybe since the later two are the one's I'm more focused on portraying I'm not noticing the regret.

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Re: [Sep 2017] - Regret and Redemption - Discussion Thread
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2017, 06:13:03 PM »
I've just started warming up to try my hand at writing again and the circle I am working on (that's probably the word that matches best) revolves heavily around errors and consequences. As always, I am not sure how to get this done in 1500 words, but writing a single scene should be a fun exercise.
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Re: [Sep 2017] - Regret and Redemption - Discussion Thread
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2017, 07:00:14 PM »
Hm... Just finished the first draft and the ending took a turn I didn't expect. Knew it was going in that direction from the beginning, I just didn't expect it to manifest as it did. It's also shorter than I imagined, as I thought I was gonna go over the word limit and have to cut back. But it ended up being about 1,200 words.

Well, time to put it off to the side for a time before editing so I can look at it with fresh eyes. I just hope it doesn't turn out like January's story where I forgot about it until February.