August 05, 2020, 02:07:43 PM

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What to do about the writing contest?

Do a hiatus and start again fresh in a few months.
3 (20%)
Frankly, your themes suck lately, maybe have one of the writers organize the contest alternately.
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The contest is good as it is, don't change anything.
1 (6.7%)
The contest is good as it is but it should be a rule that a theme stays open until there are at least four stories.
1 (6.7%)
Something else that's not in the options above. I will specify it below.
9 (60%)

Total Members Voted: 12

Voting closed: February 28, 2020, 12:36:39 PM

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Offline Bender

Re: What to do about the writing contest?
« Reply #30 on: March 02, 2020, 12:44:35 AM »
Do we have a say in theme?
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Re: What to do about the writing contest?
« Reply #31 on: March 02, 2020, 07:51:49 AM »
Do we have a say in theme?
Not yet this month, no, sorry. That's what 'no changes' means.
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Re: What to do about the writing contest?
« Reply #32 on: March 02, 2020, 12:39:23 PM »
Right! I will 100% have an entry completed for this months! *Sets mind to it*
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Re: What to do about the writing contest?
« Reply #33 on: March 02, 2020, 02:27:32 PM »
Do we have a say in theme?
Not yet this month, no, sorry. That's what 'no changes' means.

Np. Looking forward to the thread!
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Re: What to do about the writing contest?
« Reply #34 on: April 01, 2020, 09:27:25 PM »
Yeah, well. Due to the forums disappearing into another dimension for over two weeks, we couldn't use March to talk about the new writing contest. Therefore we'll have a normal theme for April and start the discussion about how to change the contest to make it better sometime in the next days. See you then and there. :)
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Re: What to do about the writing contest?
« Reply #35 on: April 02, 2020, 01:51:16 AM »
Yeah, well. Due to the forums disappearing into another dimension for over two weeks, we couldn't use March to talk about the new writing contest. Therefore we'll have a normal theme for April and start the discussion about how to change the contest to make it better sometime in the next days. See you then and there. :)

A normal theme,  heh heh. Das its lächerlich.

Darn, I missed the poll. I’m unsure what I’d say. Hmm.  A few thoughts.

I love the contest structure and themes. But, maybe some tweaks:
A. With so few stories these days, we could relax the word length rules, say to 2,500. Or do so anyway , even if we build up again.
B. Vote on the theme.
C. Maybe there’s a C. I’ll probably think of a C.

We need more folks, so we need to do some of:
A. Post in the Facebook group
B. Offer a $25 amazon card as long as we have 8 (or whatever) stories
C. Run a joint month with fantasy-writers.org or other contest sites
D. Advertise somehow (say, what? Just spitballing, here.)
E. Ask members with published books to guest judge; plus we vote

But most of all, I just appreciate you guys very, very much. Thank you for running this for 6+years or whatever.
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Re: What to do about the writing contest?
« Reply #36 on: April 02, 2020, 01:55:27 AM »
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Re: What to do about the writing contest?
« Reply #37 on: May 02, 2020, 10:33:32 PM »
Okay, we still didn't manage to discuss the future of the contest with you. Sorry for that! We are working on it, though. And when I say "we" I mean Bea is, so you know this time it will really happen. ;) Thanks for your patience and enjoy the new theme!
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Re: What to do about the writing contest?
« Reply #38 on: May 03, 2020, 10:01:39 AM »
B. Vote on the theme.

This. Most of the time I can't find anything to write with the current theme. A poll would be great :)

But most of all, I just appreciate you guys very, very much. Thank you for running this for 6+years or whatever.

And certainly this. Thanks again for the hard work.
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Re: What to do about the writing contest?
« Reply #39 on: May 03, 2020, 11:38:32 AM »
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B. Vote on the theme.

This. Most of the time I can't find anything to write with the current theme. A poll would be great :)

And certainly this. Thanks again for the hard work.
There are lots of problems with this we should discuss (in the new topic) before we try to implement this. I'm not against democratic processes but, to just name three, it blows up the whole process, it takes away the element of surprise and it gives people a different amount of time to write the story. I'd be more in favor of other ways of participation for getting new themes.
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Re: What to do about the writing contest?
« Reply #40 on: May 04, 2020, 03:41:04 PM »
As someone who's been away for a few years and not participated in the Writing Contest for more than that, I'll try to keep my thoughts more generalized.

What we're really trying to discuss, I think, is how to drive new writers into the contest. Yes, regulars are wonderful -- being one, I'm biased -- but new kin is the lifeblood of any social media platform. It's no surprise that forums have waned in the past five years, and this one is no different. The question is: how do we overcome this obstacle?

Yes, we could have more interaction / collaboration in the writing contest process, ie. picking the theme, changing up the word count per month, offering raffles, and commit to more readers and critiques from members. However, I think that misses the overall point. How do we draw in new writers, not to have more traffic to the contest, but to the forum in general?

Many of us have noted the top-down problem with the forum for years. I won't go into too much detail, but overhauling one aspect (writing) on this forum might do it some good, as many of the Facebook group consider us solely readers. Again, thinking broad and not solely tied to the writing contest so bear with me, what if we introduced a board for serialized fiction? There, members could post their own writing -- outside of the writing contest limitations -- for a much larger crowd. This could integrate the reader / writer dichotomy on this forum and ease in newcomers more. I've participated on a serialized forum many moons ago, where that was the main draw, but writing permeated every aspect of that place. Food for thought, and perhaps not the best place to continue this discussion here. Still, something to think about. I've thought much about how we could drive traffic and cultivate more members without having to rely on the website or facebook page, for obvious reasons, and I keep coming back to serialized fiction.
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Re: What to do about the writing contest?
« Reply #41 on: May 04, 2020, 04:35:23 PM »
when I say "we" I mean Bea is, so you know this time it will really happen. ;)
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Sorry, I've also been very slow, it's getting there. Lots of optinions and ideas to filter through...
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