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Re: [Feb 2018] - WASIASGYNDL - Discussion Thread
« Reply #30 on: February 04, 2018, 05:11:35 PM »
I wanted to write a lovey-dovey love story with a good ending, but the mention of militaristic romance titillates my fancy as well. I think there is a lot of good opportunity in there. Plus there is a military idea I've been wanting to explore for a while.
So maybe I'll go for that as well. Just hoping next month won't be a romantic topic.
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Re: [Feb 2018] - WASIASGYNDL - Discussion Thread
« Reply #31 on: February 04, 2018, 09:19:10 PM »
Just hoping next month won't be a romantic topic.
Erotic isn't necessarily romantic. ;)
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Re: [Feb 2018] - WASIASGYNDL - Discussion Thread
« Reply #32 on: February 04, 2018, 09:48:44 PM »
@Jmack your submission left me awestruck. I am touched that you would remember, let alone use a story of mine as a source. We have typically eschewed lavishing praise while the contest is live, but it is a huge compliment and I couldn't not say something. My praise will more substantive once the entries and voting are done; for now, I'll just say I am moved and impressed along multiple fronts. :-[
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Re: [Feb 2018] - WASIASGYNDL - Discussion Thread
« Reply #33 on: February 04, 2018, 10:10:01 PM »
Just hoping next month won't be a romantic topic.
Erotic isn't necessarily romantic. ;)

Don't even try. I already wrote a four hand erotica piece, it scarred my soul. Meaning I'll have no shame and go all out to win an erotica themed month!!  ;D
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Re: [Feb 2018] - WASIASGYNDL - Discussion Thread
« Reply #34 on: February 05, 2018, 06:59:36 AM »
I thought I came up with an idea for this month... but then it slowly warped as I wrote, until it just became akin to what I normally write. Writing something unfamiliar is a lot harder than I expected.

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Re: [Feb 2018] - WASIASGYNDL - Discussion Thread
« Reply #35 on: February 05, 2018, 08:33:19 PM »
I hate military and romance--  now I'm really wondering what a military romance would look like...
oh god, my brain is throwing up inside my head just thinking about it.
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Re: [Feb 2018] - WASIASGYNDL - Discussion Thread
« Reply #36 on: February 06, 2018, 12:14:05 AM »
I hate military and romance--  now I'm really wondering what a military romance would look like...
oh god, my brain is throwing up inside my head just thinking about it.
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Re: [Feb 2018] - WASIASGYNDL - Discussion Thread
« Reply #37 on: February 06, 2018, 07:55:59 AM »
Struggling with this months theme, i’m Not sure there’s a sub genre I hate or wouldn’t at least give a try.  Does it have to fall within fantasy? I don’t read crime at all so could maybe try and stretch in that direction...
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Re: [Feb 2018] - WASIASGYNDL - Discussion Thread
« Reply #38 on: February 06, 2018, 08:16:27 AM »
Does it have to fall within fantasy? I don’t read crime at all so could maybe try and stretch in that direction...
Sorry, yes, fantasy or SF.
What about a crime in space? ;D
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Re: [Feb 2018] - WASIASGYNDL - Discussion Thread
« Reply #39 on: February 06, 2018, 09:35:42 AM »
Struggling with this months theme, i’m Not sure there’s a sub genre I hate or wouldn’t at least give a try.  Does it have to fall within fantasy? I don’t read crime at all so could maybe try and stretch in that direction...

Why focus on a genre you hate? You can do one you don't do often, but go outside your usual comfort zone by writing in present tense, or first or second person... or making it a journal, an exchange of letters, stuff you'd not normally do.
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Re: [Feb 2018] - WASIASGYNDL - Discussion Thread
« Reply #40 on: February 06, 2018, 09:50:38 AM »
Struggling with this months theme, i’m Not sure there’s a sub genre I hate or wouldn’t at least give a try.  Does it have to fall within fantasy? I don’t read crime at all so could maybe try and stretch in that direction...

Why focus on a genre you hate? You can do one you don't do often, but go outside your usual comfort zone by writing in present tense, or first or second person... or making it a journal, an exchange of letters, stuff you'd not normally do.
Actually this also works.
@xiagan and I just wanted to take people out of their comfort zone this month, challenge the little writing bone (right?)
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Re: [Feb 2018] - WASIASGYNDL - Discussion Thread
« Reply #41 on: February 06, 2018, 12:24:32 PM »
@xiagan and I just wanted to take people out of their comfort zone this month, challenge the little writing bone (right?)

Writing anything takes me out of my comfort zone :p.

Anyway! In my quest to write a lighter story with a happy ending, I first imagined a cheesy Conan inspired piece where the barbarian is an intelligent pacifist, the wizard is a kung-fu master, the thief is charitable, and the archer likes to stab things and, needless to say, everybody dies...
 I then moved on to some space drama about a galactic hauler who dreams of being a hero from various stories he's read while he's floating between star systems, only to get a chance to be the actual hero, goes in guns blazing... and gets blown up immediately...
 Which then mutated into a series of shorts about the adventures of a group of 'heroes' and their idiot Zapf Brannigan inspired leader, where it turns out they're actually crooks who rob their fans blind while everybody's lapping up the buffoonish antics of their incompetent boss (no real life parody there, I'm sure!)
 And then in despair I tapped in inspirational stories on google and found a 50 word short story I'm inspired to expand into a full blown fairy tale... and it actually has a happy ending!

So there's the short story of my quest to find a short story. Roll on theme's that are more specific! Like, kimodo dragon month!
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Re: [Feb 2018] - WASIASGYNDL - Discussion Thread
« Reply #42 on: February 07, 2018, 04:52:25 PM »
Thanks for the advice! Am not sure i’ve Ever written anything hard SciFi so I think i’ll Try something in that direction  :)
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Re: [Feb 2018] - WASIASGYNDL - Discussion Thread
« Reply #43 on: February 12, 2018, 12:35:25 AM »
So, decided against my initial instinct for a romance, and went for a light-hearted romp instead, where the main 'out of the comfort zone element', besides the fact that it's more humoristic than anything, is that it's entirely dialogue.
Nothing but lines of dialogue without indicators or third person descriptions.
I've gone on with my current interest in magic otherwise.

Everything is put down, but I have to seriously edit it to a fine polish.
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Re: [Feb 2018] - WASIASGYNDL - Discussion Thread
« Reply #44 on: February 12, 2018, 02:26:09 PM »
*double post excuses*

All done and posted! Rather pleased to be done early this month. And sad to report, though it was entirely new to me, it wasn't exactly out of my comfort zone, because there was no discomfort. Hold that thought. The humour took me a bit out. I can't tell if it's funny to others. Or if the voices are unique enough, since I'm not tremendous at dialogue either.... So it's more worrisome than uncomfortable.
But I enjoyed the experience!
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