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Title: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on June 01, 2020, 10:15:37 PM
JULY: An Old Man's Tale

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UR A WIZARD HARRY by v-inks (https://www.deviantart.com/v-inks)

An old man's tale... told in the small hours in a forgotten tavern, on the death bed or to the shining eyes of a child. Filled with unbelievable stories, wars or regret. Told by an old woman because why not? "Old man's tale" is just a catchy phrase, told, or sung or cried or thought. Listen to them, they might be wise or foolish but you'll learn something in any case.

Please post your entry here (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/new-board-286/(jul-2020)-old-man's-tale-submission-thread/).

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: Jake Baelish on June 30, 2020, 01:18:22 AM
I have my idea ready to go, can we get confirmation on if this one is also a 2000 word limit, or is it back to 1500?

(Praying for the former  :P )
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on June 30, 2020, 04:28:55 AM
Yep, we'll be doing 2000 these 3 months, then a little poll at the end for opinions :)
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: Jake Baelish on June 30, 2020, 09:34:12 AM
Awesome, thanks for clarifying  :)
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on June 30, 2020, 01:22:22 PM
Well, I have characters and a plot... even the prospect of an ending... so I'm gonna try and join this month.
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: Jake Baelish on July 01, 2020, 04:38:27 AM
Nice one, hopefully we'll get more entries this month :)

I reckon I'll have this month's polished off in a few days. It's a bit different (for me), so will be interesting to see how it goes down.
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on July 02, 2020, 03:04:48 AM
Nice one, hopefully we'll get more entries this month :)

I reckon I'll have this month's polished off in a few days. It's a bit different (for me), so will be interesting to see how it goes down.

Looking forward to how you pull it off, as I have just been halted in my tracks by the thought that what I'm going for is heading to be 3/4 tell don't show and I'm not liking that at all. Might have to change the concept completely.
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: Jake Baelish on July 02, 2020, 03:43:57 AM
I'm sure you can work it so that the ratio is cleaner. Personally I think telling has its place, I love Edgar Allen Poe and I feel like he 'tells' a heck of a lot. Though you'd know best with what you have in front of you.

I ended up with 2500 words for this and thought it was going to be impossible to chisel down. Normally I finish first draft around the mark, certainly not more than 150 over. But I've painstakingly got it down to 2000 and just need to go over it a few more times to be happy with it.

Hope you can get yours to where it needs to be, I have faith  :)
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on July 02, 2020, 04:02:43 AM
You have a lot of time though! I often feel it's best to leave it alone as long as possible, so I clear away these impressions of how important to the story such and such bits are. When I'm fresh off of finishing, everything feels perfect and uneditable  ;D

I think I'll try the second idea for change.
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: Jake Baelish on July 02, 2020, 06:17:12 AM
Yeah, I tend to get my idea and then just see it through while it's fresh. I'll return to it multiple times over the month to make sure it's right. I have changed story completely a couple of time too (or just given up, as happened with the Erotica challenge...).
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on July 08, 2020, 04:35:09 PM
I think I have at least a concept down, and maybe a character or two. Hopefully I'll be able to maintain steam this month.
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on July 23, 2020, 02:24:06 PM
I'm having so much trouble with this one. I keep having ideas, but none of them seem sustainable as a full story.
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on July 24, 2020, 02:10:17 PM
I'm having so much trouble with this one. I keep having ideas, but none of them seem sustainable as a full story.

I know the struggle. I've discarded two ideas which are fine in themselves but not manageable for this month. The third will do, I think, but it's going to be a tongue in cheek one, given the theme...

Come on we still have some time!!
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on July 29, 2020, 12:39:37 PM
I managed to take some of my ideas and form them into a poem. This was such a hard topic!  :-[
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on July 31, 2020, 12:23:20 AM
Almost done with mine, but not sure I'll make it. Was busy all day due to a friend moving in to my flat. No time to myself until super late in the day.
Maybe can be done tomorrow...
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on July 31, 2020, 08:00:56 AM
I'm keeping it open until the end of the weekend, working people can have the extra time.

Anyone else working on their story?
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: Kindly on July 31, 2020, 11:30:18 AM
My story is done, I think, just needs a final read through. I'm not entirely happy with it, but I need to get used to showing people my writing. This will be the first time anyone other than close friends read anything I've written, and it feels good to finally be at that point.
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on July 31, 2020, 11:39:40 AM
Yay a newbie!
Best of luck, @Kindly  :D
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: Kindly on July 31, 2020, 11:46:24 AM
Thanks!  :D
Title: Re: [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on July 31, 2020, 02:14:32 PM
Whoa thanks so much Bea... I woke up early today after barely 5h sleep, gave up after breakfast and rolled back into bed. Slept 3 more hours, dreamt of riding a T-rex, spiders, dating sims, black panthers and petting a panther cub, and lots more weird stuff. Ah lots of spiders too. now it's 2pm, I'm finally "up" and I'm super shit faced as if from a too long nap, and I now have to defrost our freezer...  ::)  Having a couple extra days will relax my day a lot.

Edit : I just posted! Thanks so much Bea for leaving it open over the weekend, it made all the difference, because I slacked till so late!
Feels amazing to be back with a half decent story I'm not ashamed of.