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Re: Are you entering the contest?
« Reply #45 on: February 15, 2012, 06:53:28 PM »
I'm having the same problem regarding the word count. I had a whole story written out, down to 7992 (give or take a few words) but chucked the whole lot in the bin. The characters, I liked, but the plot was boring and contrived as hell. I've now started again with the same characters and an entirely different plot.


I find it hard to condense world-building and creating strong characters into 8000 words, but if nothing else this competition provides an interesting challenge and I think receiving feedback (as I don't know any fellow writers in real life) will be very useful.  :)

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Re: Are you entering the contest?
« Reply #46 on: February 15, 2012, 07:21:33 PM »
Thing is, that word limit is a killer. Very few of the short stories I've written and liked best are under 8,000 words. How much leeway might there be? My favorite favorite is thirteen thousand, no chance, but I have another very good one that's about nine thousand words. Otherwise, I'd have to make something up, and I'd rather keep my novel going, I'm not very good at that as is.

I'm sure a few words over 8,000 wouldn't be a big problem but if you get up towards 8,100 then I think you're pushing it.  I'll let Overlord give you the official say in the matter, but I know the word count is there so it's fair to everyone and so all the stories will fit into the anthology.

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Re: Are you entering the contest?
« Reply #47 on: February 15, 2012, 07:24:15 PM »
Who else is planning to enter but struggling to think of a solid idea that would fit as a short story? D:

I have the opposite problem - about a dozen ideas or beginnings of stories, and I need to pick which one I want to go with.

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Re: Are you entering the contest?
« Reply #48 on: February 16, 2012, 08:02:34 AM »
Thing is, that word limit is a killer. Very few of the short stories I've written and liked best are under 8,000 words. How much leeway might there be? My favorite favorite is thirteen thousand, no chance, but I have another very good one that's about nine thousand words. Otherwise, I'd have to make something up, and I'd rather keep my novel going, I'm not very good at that as is.

I'm sure a few words over 8,000 wouldn't be a big problem but if you get up towards 8,100 then I think you're pushing it.  I'll let Overlord give you the official say in the matter, but I know the word count is there so it's fair to everyone and so all the stories will fit into the anthology.

I'm afraid 8001 would get you disqualified... it's not that we are trying to be harsh or anything like that. It is just if we start letting people have over 8000 it isn't fair to the people who really pushed themselves to get under 8000. Sorry guys >.<
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Re: Are you entering the contest?
« Reply #49 on: February 16, 2012, 08:04:20 AM »
Unique is good - but don't get too caught up thinking you have to do something that has never been done before. The great thing about Fantasy as a genre is that we know roughly what to expect when going into it and therefore you are 'allowed' to write things into your story that are familiar :)

We have received a lot of stories that I would call 'new weird' or 'speculative fiction', but there is always room for Traditional Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy (well... as epic as you can be), Sword & Sorcery, Steam Punk, etc in this kind of anthology :) What we want to do with the Fantasy-Faction Anthology is give people a taste of just how vast fantasy is and the many different types of fantasy that exist :)

Oh of course, it shall be fairly familiar but I don't want dé ja vu ;) Just trying to work out if it'll be urban, epic.. something else.. That and I'm desperately lamenting my lack of Scrivener!

I look forward to your entry! :D
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Re: Are you entering the contest?
« Reply #50 on: February 16, 2012, 08:06:00 AM »
Thing is, that word limit is a killer. Very few of the short stories I've written and liked best are under 8,000 words. How much leeway might there be? My favorite favorite is thirteen thousand, no chance, but I have another very good one that's about nine thousand words. Otherwise, I'd have to make something up, and I'd rather keep my novel going, I'm not very good at that as is.

Is certainly a killer. Writing a short story within a confined word limit is a real art! Very few people can pull it off - i.e. why we have run this competition.

Be cool if you write something, I shall look forward to reading it, but if not -> Good luck with your novel! :)
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Re: Are you entering the contest?
« Reply #51 on: February 16, 2012, 08:07:00 AM »
Who else is planning to enter but struggling to think of a solid idea that would fit as a short story? D:

I have the opposite problem - about a dozen ideas or beginnings of stories, and I need to pick which one I want to go with.

That is almost exactly me with novel writing... as I said somewhere yesterday (may have been here or on Twitter...) I have about 1,000,000 chapter 1s in My Documents! :D
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Re: Are you entering the contest?
« Reply #52 on: February 16, 2012, 12:32:48 PM »
Thing is, that word limit is a killer. Very few of the short stories I've written and liked best are under 8,000 words. How much leeway might there be? My favorite favorite is thirteen thousand, no chance, but I have another very good one that's about nine thousand words. Otherwise, I'd have to make something up, and I'd rather keep my novel going, I'm not very good at that as is.

I'm sure a few words over 8,000 wouldn't be a big problem but if you get up towards 8,100 then I think you're pushing it.  I'll let Overlord give you the official say in the matter, but I know the word count is there so it's fair to everyone and so all the stories will fit into the anthology.

I'm afraid 8001 would get you disqualified... it's not that we are trying to be harsh or anything like that. It is just if we start letting people have over 8000 it isn't fair to the people who really pushed themselves to get under 8000. Sorry guys >.<

And now we know. Thanks Overlord. :)

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Re: Are you entering the contest?
« Reply #53 on: February 16, 2012, 09:46:46 PM »
Who else is planning to enter but struggling to think of a solid idea that would fit as a short story? D:

I have the opposite problem - about a dozen ideas or beginnings of stories, and I need to pick which one I want to go with.

That is almost exactly me with novel writing... as I said somewhere yesterday (may have been here or on Twitter...) I have about 1,000,000 chapter 1s in My Documents! :D

I have five novels lined up after I've finished my current trilogy.  Fortunately, there's a logical order to write them in 8)

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« Reply #54 on: February 16, 2012, 10:33:12 PM »
I got hit with an idea that may work last night, I'll have to do a bit of research and see if I can make it work.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: Are you entering the contest?
« Reply #55 on: February 17, 2012, 05:31:42 AM »
I got hit with an idea that may work last night, I'll have to do a bit of research and see if I can make it work.

Awesome - Good luck Elfy :)

Nyki - See, that is where you and I differ... Nothing I do is logical :P
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Re: Are you entering the contest?
« Reply #56 on: February 17, 2012, 06:12:54 PM »
Nyki - See, that is where you and I differ... Nothing I do is logical :P

I don't make a habit of it 8)

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Re: Are you entering the contest?
« Reply #57 on: February 24, 2012, 11:48:27 AM »
Guys,

Just participate this contest and If any one need assistance in writing and in this regard can contact me any time.

Thanks.

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Re: Are you entering the contest?
« Reply #58 on: March 12, 2012, 02:03:24 PM »
Hi Hi. This is a head's up for anyone using Openoffice Writer to submit their entry to the contest. I thought I'd put it here rather than make a new thread about it.

I wrote my submission for the contest (which is currently in re-drafting stages) and it came out at around 8,094ish words in Openoffice Writer. However, I have also been using some of my free time to write it on my university's computers who use Microsoft Word. On Word the count fell drastically to 7,791 (that's a 291 difference), which gave me a moment to pause.
Basically, Word and Openoffice Writer have different ideas about what makes a word. After looking on the internet I found a blog post that best explains the answer: http://blog.garycorby.com/2009/05/word-count-in-openoffice-writer-and.html

What I'm saying is, if you do use Openoffice Writer, I would reccomend finding access to Microsoft Word before submitting. Given how each word needs to count, you may have more words to play with than you think!

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« Reply #59 on: March 12, 2012, 03:02:11 PM »
Hi Hi. This is a head's up for anyone using Openoffice Writer to submit their entry to the contest. I thought I'd put it here rather than make a new thread about it.

I wrote my submission for the contest (which is currently in re-drafting stages) and it came out at around 8,094ish words in Openoffice Writer. However, I have also been using some of my free time to write it on my university's computers who use Microsoft Word. On Word the count fell drastically to 7,791 (that's a 291 difference), which gave me a moment to pause.
Basically, Word and Openoffice Writer have different ideas about what makes a word. After looking on the internet I found a blog post that best explains the answer: http://blog.garycorby.com/2009/05/word-count-in-openoffice-writer-and.html

What I'm saying is, if you do use Openoffice Writer, I would reccomend finding access to Microsoft Word before submitting. Given how each word needs to count, you may have more words to play with than you think!

Thank you so much for that - really interesting :)
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