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Challenge February 2016 Word Race! Please Post final counts by March 2nd!

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by Briannakin , Jan 18, 2016.

  1. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 6

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    If these counts are final and if Dantana Skywalker is still willing to excuse herself from the grand prize, I don't want it either because I had it in May...does that mean we're getting a fairly new author to have a sticky? That's exciting! =D=

    That said, 60K...I...just...can't...even...wow! That was awesome!

    I forgot to respond. My approach is similar to @Findswoman's, with one difference - her fics have been brewing for about a decade and a half, mine are reworks of a silly self-made comic from 1993, a silly dream-turned-short-story from early 1996 and the rest are numerous derivatives.

    And funny enough, I have problems with one of my longfics because I created an outline. It makes no sense, but I wish it had no arc it has in its first quarter.

    I guess different people have different approaches.


    The point was to write more, not to write for a prize. Sorry to yak. :p
     
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  2. leiamoody

    leiamoody Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I normally outline, but for my DDC 2016 entry I have been pretty much going on instinct and writing with only a basic idea of the plot.
     
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  3. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 6

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    +1
     
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  4. JadeLotus

    JadeLotus Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I generally don't outline on paper - however for longfics I have a master document separated into chapters with a table of contents so I can add snippets of dialogue and scenes as I think of them. I usually have the broad outline worked out in my head.

    The only exception was for one longfic where I was dealing with two timelines and I not only had to make sure the narratives were the same length, but also match up chapters so that go some extent one timeline shed light on the other. I realised about ten chapters in that it required a more detailed outline than a plan floating around in my head.

    There's a good quote by George R Martin about writers being Gardeners or Architects. I'm definitely a gardener.
     
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  5. Dantana Skywalker

    Dantana Skywalker Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Yes, I'm still disqualifying myself from the prizes. I was a manager for a year, that's enough colours for me. And I don't need the sticky. No one reads my brand of stuff anyway these days.
     
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  6. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 6

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    This. There's a Word Document and a notebook on Evernote, with numbered chapters and I may add to one, add to another, whichever way I please. There may be such dialogue bits lying around for months before an actual chapter forms around them.

    I guess I'm a gardener too, then?



    I would. I just...have no general knowledge and you would end up with a LOT of stupid questions about...err...everything. [face_blush]

    Also, my brand of stuff is far stranger, if that's of any concern. I stuck a Legends character into new canon timeline and created something that slightly resembles...wait, what does it resemble, anyway? Oh yes, Kafka. It resembles Kafka's novels with a touch of some strange brand of humour. Then it went a bit too far and each side character got their own story line. Like, a guy referenced in a single sentence is now writing his autobiography. A random item originally meant to be just a memento now has a complicated history and is a clan symbol.

    Poor Legends character now deserves extra credit for having grown up with a bunch of incredible weirdos. That said, there's a point where she's weird, too and since I'm in the stages of writing the chapters where she grows out of a VERY shallow crush, it's going to be fun.
     
  7. Padawan4687

    Padawan4687 Jedi Master star 5

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    Okay, finally finished counting for now! I managed to build up my word count to 10,389! :D

    [face_laugh] All I can do is think back to that one night of Word Wars in which I managed to produce a whole 15k of words... my hands were absolutely dying by the time I went to bed, but I thought it was worth it! Maybe I'll manage another 5k or something before the night ends...
     
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  8. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 6

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    Padawan4687, woo-hooo, congrats, either way. :) You're doing great and you seem to be more and more confident as you go! =D=
     
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  9. Padawan4687

    Padawan4687 Jedi Master star 5

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    Thank you, Ewok Poet! Heh, I can't believe I got it so high, I was expecting my grand total to just be 5k or something! [face_blush]
    If this was November, though... that's a totally different story. :p

    EDIT: It's 11,129 now. :D
     
  10. jcgoble3

    jcgoble3 Force Ghost star 5

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    Well, I've never managed to earn a prize in a monthly word race. I was hoping to make it to prize level this time, but the inspiration wasn't there, and I ended up writing no more than I typically do. So it's a goal not reached. ;)
     
  11. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 6

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    Oooook, but you sport these colours more than an average peacock bird. *shrug* :p
     
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  12. jcgoble3

    jcgoble3 Force Ghost star 5

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    Shhh! These colors expired a couple of weeks ago, but the Arena mods are too lazy to realize they need to remove them. :p
     
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  13. gaarastar58

    gaarastar58 Jedi Master star 3

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    I know I am a day late (been busy with job applications and study... and catching up on House of Cards before the new season comes out) but my total is 36,551
     
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  14. Briannakin

    Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic & Costuming/Props Manager star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    First off, if I have made any mistakes, please let me know ASAP

    A big congratulations to our overall winner:

    gaarastar58 with 36551


    Our other week-long colour winners are:

    Ewok Poet - 38417
    earlybird-obi-wan - 25871



    Winning 48 hours of colours are:

    CheckSix - 15175
    Sith-I-5- 13579
    Padawan4687 - 10389
    Pandora - 10314


    And the 24 hour winners are:

    Findswoman - 7817
    leiamoody - 6470
    Raissa Baiard - 6308


    Out of Competition

    Dantana Skywalker - 60784
    Chyntuck - 24092
    Briannakin - 10792
    JadeLotus - 8810
     
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  15. Padawan4687

    Padawan4687 Jedi Master star 5

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    :eek: Somone got over 200 thousand words?! In a single 29-day month?! *jaw hits the floor cartoon-style*
     
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  16. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

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    Nope. There's an extra digit somewhere in there
     
  17. Padawan4687

    Padawan4687 Jedi Master star 5

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    *fumbles and slowly brings her jaw back up* Are you sure about that? :p
     
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  18. Briannakin

    Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic & Costuming/Props Manager star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Derp. Can not brain today. Everyone who should get a PM should have gotten them. If there are issues, just yell at me.
     
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  19. Padawan4687

    Padawan4687 Jedi Master star 5

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    [face_laugh] Okay, now I see it!
     
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  20. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 6

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    I can see an issue of some magazine on the table. Therefore.... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.

    Is that what you wanted us to do?

    Couldn't resist. Sorry. Won't continue. :p
     
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  21. leiamoody

    leiamoody Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I should do better next time, if there is another word race. My colors make me feel like I'm wearing Hammer pants. [face_dancing]
     
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  22. Findswoman

    Findswoman Force Ghost star 5

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    Your colors are reminding me of the computer screens of a certain era—which is a good thing, because memories, memories, memories! :D

    And Ewok Poet, yours are very, very Ewok Poet. And Padawan4687, you have a color scheme like some African violets, which is always a nice thing. :cool:

    (Not sure mine are going to show up yet—I only just sent them in. But they're pink and brown.)

    (EDIT: Ohmigosh, my pink almost exactly matches my avatar's outfit—will have to remember that for future word races! [face_dancing] )
     
  23. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 6

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    I have a compromise for the two posts above.



    And I love, love everybody's colour schemes. <3
     
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  24. Padawan4687

    Padawan4687 Jedi Master star 5

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    Tee-hee, I love my colors! :D
     
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  25. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

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    Congrats to gaarastar58 and everyone who participated! These are amazing word counts, and I'm looking forward to reading those stories. Also, great colour schemes :)