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Halloween Challenge

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by rhonderoo, Oct 9, 2005.

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  1. rhonderoo

    rhonderoo Former Head Admin star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    This year's [hl=orange]Halloween Challenge[/hl] comes from thegreatyoda:



    [face_pumpkin]



    "It Was A Dark and Stormy Night Challenge".



    Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write the single worst opening sentence that you can possibly think of for a vignette. In other words, write a 1,000 word vignette with the worst opening sentence you can come up with.

    Rules

    1. Your entry must be received by October 29th. Contest will be judged and over by November 5.
    2. Your entry must be exactly 1,000 words long and must have "Halloween Challenge" in the title so our indexers know to look over it. Please LINK YOUR STORY HERE IN THIS THREAD.
    3. And finally, you must have fun.
     
  2. Drabbo_Fett

    Drabbo_Fett Jedi Padawan star 4

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    A thousand-word sentence? :eek: How many semicolons are we allowed?
     
  3. RK_Striker_JK_5

    RK_Striker_JK_5 Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    I'm sorry, but I really don't get this. I have to write the single worst opening sentence... and it has to be 1,000 words long?
     
  4. Jedi Trace

    Jedi Trace SouthEast RSA star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    I think it means the first sentence has to be the single worst opening sentence that you can possibly think of and then the entry must be 1,000 words long. At least, that's how I read it. :)


     
  5. Jaina_Solo_59

    Jaina_Solo_59 Jedi Master star 4

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    is a thousand word sentence possible? I can barely write a two hundred word post!
     
  6. Drabbo_Fett

    Drabbo_Fett Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Theoretically, a thousand-word sentence is possible, but unless you try to Clement Freud it and stick in lists, it's going to be extremely difficult.

    I've done one-sentence drabbles, but a thousand-worder? That'd be rough.
     
  7. AlisonC

    AlisonC Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I'm hoping it's just a 1000 word story or story intro with a bad opening sentence. I have a habit of writing sentences way too long and with too many clauses, commas, and semicolons, and I doubt that I could get anywhere near a thousand words.
     
  8. BrentusofGath

    BrentusofGath Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I'm with you Drabbo, the wording of the challenge is strange. I'd like to have this cleared up, are we writing a 1,000 sentence or a 1,000 beginning to a novel and only the first sentence will be judged? Or what?
     
  9. rhonderoo

    rhonderoo Former Head Admin star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Write a 1,000 word vignette with the worst possible OPENING sentence you can come up with. Better? :)
     
  10. BrentusofGath

    BrentusofGath Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Ah, a bit better. :) A 1,000 word story with a terrible opening sentence, Eureka! I have it!
     
  11. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Jedi Grand Master star 9

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    I love Bulwer-Lytton! I have all the It Was a Dark and Stormy Night books!
     
  12. Get_in_Gear

    Get_in_Gear Jedi Youngling star 5

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    I bet at least one person plumps for "A story of a boy, a girl, and a universe..."
     
  13. Alethia

    Alethia Jedi Master star 5

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    This sounds very interesting. Cool challenge, Roo.
     
  14. Jade_Max

    Jade_Max Jedi Master star 5

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    lol, I love the idea... the worst opening sentence ever, eh?

    I may have to give this a go, can it be less than one thousand words?
     
  15. VaderLVR64

    VaderLVR64 Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    A very interesting challenge! [face_devil]

    And just in time for Halloween!
     
  16. KELIA

    KELIA Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Hmmmm....I think I may have stumbled across a challenge I can tackle. Does it have to be a scary story?
     
  17. ViciousLVR64

    ViciousLVR64 Jedi Youngling

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    Just testing something... Ignore me! :D
     
  18. VaderLVR64

    VaderLVR64 Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Ignore the above post. :p
     
  19. rhonderoo

    rhonderoo Former Head Admin star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Love the icon... [face_devil]
     
  20. JediKnight-Obi-Wan

    JediKnight-Obi-Wan Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    I'm curious to know, is someone going to start theirs with "A long time ago in a galaxy far far away..." [face_thinking] [face_laugh]
     
  21. Sith-I-5

    Sith-I-5 Force Ghost star 6

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    Done, and done. From years ago. Do I just cut and paste the story here, or what?
     
  22. Katieelessar

    Katieelessar Jedi Youngling star 2

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    Hope that helps!:)

     
  23. rhonderoo

    rhonderoo Former Head Admin star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Thanks Katie! And scary is good... [face_skull]
     
  24. DarkLordRising

    DarkLordRising Jedi Youngling star 1

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    I have posted my story here: http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=21898825
     
  25. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Jedi Grand Master star 9

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    How about "If you're in as much agony as I am, PLEASE tell me!" or "I hate sand. It's coarse and rough and it gets everywhere."
     
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