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Title: Write Away
Post by: Image on June 17, 2013, 05:18 pm
Write Away

Intro________________________________________________________________________________
No good writer, despite how effortless they make their craft seem, is born that way.  Every good writer encounters trial and error.  Reaching the glorified state of being a “good” writer might take months or years. 
It’s incredibly hard to translate the thoughts on your mind to a blank piece of paper.  Sometimes, you know what you need to say, but you might not know how to say it. 

Writer or not, I sincerely hope that every contestant has a phenomenal time writing their own masterpieces. 
I have a few goals for this contest.  I hope…
•   Every contestant improves upon their usage of the English language.  Good grammar and good writing typically goes hand in hand. 
•   This contest breeds intellectual thought and discussions. 
•   This inspires participants to constantly improve their writing.  No one is perfect, and we all could strive to reach a higher standard.
       o   If you have more ideas bouncing around your brain, don’t fret.  There’s a good chance that future contests will be held. 
Best of luck on your entry!  Before you enter or start writing, make sure you read the guidelines (listed below). 

Guidelines__________________________________________________________________________
Your challenge is to write a piece of fiction.  It should be based on one of the themes listed below:

          (A) Friendship
          (B) Revenge
          (C) Addiction
          (D) Hope
 

Your fiction can be loosely based on these themes.  It does not take away from your score.  It’s ultimately up to you, the writer. 
Your fiction should have a minimum of 1000 words. 
I will be “grading” each work on a rubric.  The rubric is as follows.
•   Grammar and Mechanics: Does the work “flow”?  Or is it rough and choppy?  Does the writer make little to no grammatical errors?  Does the writer avoid being overly-wordy? 
•   Characters and Plot: Is the plot memorable?  Can the reader empathize with the characters? 
•   Imagery and Style: Is the imagery indelible (not easy to forget)?  Does it help the reader to envision the location, situations, and/or characters? 
A more in-depth rubric with point values will be posted closer to the deadline.  This rubric is subject to change. 
Each contestant will have until September 15th to submit their entries.

Restrictions__________________________________________________________________________
As a moderator, I am using my very best discretion in this contest.  I know inappropriate language occurs in the real world, and some writers utilize such for realism as well as perfecting slang in dialogue.  I am fine with such language.  Just don’t try to make it every other word, as that can detract from the plot and the reader’s attention, rendering it distracting and annoying to read. 
With that being said, I am not allowing excessive drug use (glorified in a positive manner) or sexually explicit content.
Plagiarism (the act of stealing someone's words and promoting them as your own) is not tolerated. 
If your story contains any of these traits, your entry will be rejected and you may be banned from entering future Write Away contests.   

David’s Weekly Tip_____________________________________________________________________
June 17th
One of the guidelines on the rubric asks for “indelible” imagery.  What does that exactly mean, anyway?  Imagery is a description of your characters or the environment that they are residing in. 
There is forgettable imagery and indelible imagery.  Indelible imagery is hard to forget, making your characters and environments all the more memorable. 
An example of forgettable imagery:

He was tall and ugly with black eyes.

Those are some pretty common adjectives (describers) used often in daily life.  Let’s see if we can expand upon that description a little bit with a metaphor or two. 

He looked like a tall glass of water.  A stiff breeze might have blown him away.  He had a remorseless laser-gaze that he often used.  His eyes were empty, as if they were made out of coal.

Because the reader doesn’t actually know the man that I’m describing, I used coal as a way to describe his eyes.  Coal is black and inanimate, which describes more of the man.  Most readers have undoubtedly seen coal in their life at one point or another, and they can picture what this character looks like.  Hopefully this helps! –J.L 
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Image on June 17, 2013, 05:18 pm
Contestants___________________________________________________________________

MyOwnNoob
Alonessix
tobestertobes
Spidapig
Jmc10
Prince Daydream
Pink Fedora
NPC
Princess Windeh
Minjaze
Thebluefire2011
flid
vpopsiclev
PotatoMash
boredgame
Princess Matty
Mr. Black Hole
Rubber Ducky
Him
Poke579
mshaafay
Sree


Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Image on June 17, 2013, 05:18 pm
Reserved.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Image on June 17, 2013, 05:22 pm
Reserved.

You may start posting. You do not have to have a title for your story, or even a story yet. Just let me know if you will be participating.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: myownself on June 17, 2013, 05:24 pm
I'm in to win!
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: alon on June 17, 2013, 05:24 pm
I think I'll be in.

Does love count as friendship? I'm thinking about writing a story about an RPFG here. ;)
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: tobestertobes on June 17, 2013, 05:28 pm
I will be participating. This looks and sounds quite good and interesting. A long contest too, half a year.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Image on June 17, 2013, 05:31 pm
I think I'll be in.

Does love count as friendship? I'm thinking about writing a story about an RPFG here. ;)

Sure! I'm not too terribly picky.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Spidapig on June 17, 2013, 05:40 pm
Do evil robots count as friendship?
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Jmc10 on June 17, 2013, 05:56 pm
Do evil robots count as friendship?
I would think so.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Prince Daydream on June 17, 2013, 06:04 pm
I'm in! ;)
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: King Jeremy the Wicked on June 17, 2013, 06:14 pm
I'm in!
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: NPC on June 17, 2013, 07:08 pm
I'll be in.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Wind on June 17, 2013, 07:36 pm
OOOOO:
Count this Windicorn in ;3
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Arcanus on June 17, 2013, 08:20 pm
Very well said, Image.

I have the desire to improve my skills, and I haven't been writing for a while, so I'm in.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Thebluefire2011 on June 17, 2013, 08:24 pm
I'm in... I guess.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: flid on June 17, 2013, 08:58 pm
I'm in
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: vpopsiclev on June 17, 2013, 09:22 pm
I'll join.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Image on June 17, 2013, 09:31 pm
Updated.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: alon on June 17, 2013, 09:43 pm
Is it okay if I copy-paste a description and edit it from an RPFG? I have permission from the creator and players to write about it.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Image on June 17, 2013, 09:48 pm
Is it okay if I copy-paste a description and edit it from an RPFG? I have permission from the creator and players to write about it.


Do not post your descriptions here. You don't want others to steal your ideas!
Just PM me, and I will log it.

If you have permission to do so, then I will look at it.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: PotatoMash on June 17, 2013, 10:08 pm
I have a question, how many rounds will this competition have?
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Image on June 17, 2013, 10:27 pm
I have a question, how many rounds will this competition have?

It's ongoing, and each competition is standalone.

This is one complete contest. The next contest will be a different challenge. Does that make sense?
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Wind on June 17, 2013, 10:29 pm
 Just curious, but what is your definition of fantasy: Are you saying, like, elves and dragons fantasy, or a more broad definition?
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Image on June 17, 2013, 10:33 pm
Just curious, but what is your definition of fantasy: Are you saying, like, elves and dragons fantasy, or a more broad definition?

I don't remember using fantasy as a term in the guidelines. I did use fiction, however.
Fiction is the broadest term of them all. That can include elves and dragons.

It's really whatever floats your boat.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Wind on June 17, 2013, 10:34 pm
Oh
Excuse me, I read that pretty quickly. I thought you said fantasy xD
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: PotatoMash on June 17, 2013, 10:55 pm
It's ongoing, and each competition is standalone.

This is one complete contest. The next contest will be a different challenge. Does that make sense?

So there wouldn't be any eliminations or anything, you'll just choose the best ones, make them the winners and the competition would be over?
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: swallowthesun on June 17, 2013, 10:57 pm
December first? We will have forgotten ahout it by then. Not a lot of hype.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Arcanus on June 17, 2013, 11:03 pm
I already have two plots in mind for this. c:

Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Image on June 17, 2013, 11:33 pm
So there wouldn't be any eliminations or anything, you'll just choose the best ones, make them the winners and the competition would be over?

Yes.

Each one will receive constructive criticism, a grade, and a place in Sploder's future library, another project I'm embarking on.

December first? We will have forgotten ahout it by then. Not a lot of hype.

I'll consider changing it. Let me get out the old agenda.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: PotatoMash on June 18, 2013, 12:49 am
Yes.

Each one will receive constructive criticism, a grade, and a place in Sploder's future library, another project I'm embarking on.
Alright then. I'll join then.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: boredgame on June 18, 2013, 02:20 am
I'd like to join as well.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Princess Matty on June 18, 2013, 04:19 am
Join please. Not the best writer but I will try. ^_^
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: blackhole2 on June 18, 2013, 05:00 am
I'm in
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Rubber Ducky on June 18, 2013, 05:19 am
Dude, I'm joining! I've always been a good writer.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Thebluefire2011 on June 18, 2013, 08:33 am
Dude, I'm joining! I've always been a good writer.
omg, dewd, i joined, 2, ur srewd cuz i can rite bettar den u.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Rubber Ducky on June 18, 2013, 08:39 am
omg, dewd, i joined, 2, ur srewd cuz i can rite bettar den u.
suuure xP
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: King Jeremy the Wicked on June 18, 2013, 08:48 am
Y'all going down.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Rubber Ducky on June 18, 2013, 08:53 am
Y'all going down.
[sarcasm]Yes, yes we are.[/sarcasm]
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Him on June 18, 2013, 11:07 am
Can I join please?
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Poke579 on June 18, 2013, 11:08 am
Prepare to get trounced splodeas!
And Image, I thought you knew already that I was in lol.
But yeah, I'm in
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: myownself on June 18, 2013, 01:20 pm
Ohhhh, trash talking about writing.  Yeah, you guys are screwed!
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Thebluefire2011 on June 18, 2013, 02:19 pm
@Him

I don't know, CAN you join?
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: tobestertobes on June 18, 2013, 03:33 pm
I am undefeatable with the power of words!
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Poke579 on June 18, 2013, 03:37 pm
I am undefeatable with the power of words!
Pleeeeeeeeeeease, you aint got splode on me.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Prince Daydream on June 18, 2013, 04:12 pm
Are we allowed to combine two themes in our story?
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Image on June 18, 2013, 04:25 pm
Are we allowed to combine two themes in our story?

You can.

I'll update all of the new contestants in a day or two. I have company at the house.
I'll also be posting my "Daily Tip" of the day later on in the week.


Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: tobestertobes on June 18, 2013, 04:28 pm
Not very daily then is it :D
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Image on June 18, 2013, 04:31 pm
Not very daily then is it :D

Eh, not at the moment. But I will post the days that I missed, so you'll get a bunch of new tips at the same time!

It will feel like Christmas!
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: tobestertobes on June 18, 2013, 04:32 pm
Yay Christmas!
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Wind on June 18, 2013, 06:32 pm
Pfffffft, nobody can beat this Windicorn with words =P
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: alon on June 18, 2013, 06:39 pm
I shall conquer over all!
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Arcanus on June 18, 2013, 06:49 pm
Pfft, you unsophisticated wannabes can not counter my supremacy in creative literature!
I shall use my artistic view of words kicketh your butteth.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Wind on June 18, 2013, 06:54 pm
Pfft, you unsophisticated wannabes can not counter my supremacy in creative literature!
I shall use my artistic view of words kicketh your butteth.

 Minja
 Admit that I'm a better writer than you! Or I shall have thou hung!
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: kittysocks on June 18, 2013, 06:56 pm
Minja, check your messages.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: alon on June 18, 2013, 07:00 pm
Minjaze, you shan't top my astounding literary skills, pathetic mortal! Also, using the terms 'eth' will not help you surpass my skills.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Arcanus on June 18, 2013, 07:00 pm
Minja
 Admit that I'm a better writer than you! Or I shall have thou hung!
Never! Thou does not understand that I withheld thy art of true shakespearean writing!
Admit that I'm a better writer than you, windeh, or thou shall be struck by lightning
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Arcanus on June 18, 2013, 07:08 pm
Minjaze, you shan't top my astounding literary skills, pathetic mortal! Also, using the terms 'eth' will not help you surpass my skills.
Pfft, a brutish beginner is no match for one with absolutely astonishing skills in the art of creative literature! Also, don't you dare mock my peculiar usage of the word 'eth' in sentences!
Now, begone, amateur writer, or I shalt use my ungodly skills to deliver you a merciless kick in the rump!
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: alon on June 18, 2013, 07:14 pm
Pfft, a brutish beginner is no match for one with absolutely astonishing skills in the art of creative literature! Also, don't you dare mock my peculiar usage of the word 'eth' in sentences!
Now, begone, amateur writer, or I shalt use my ungodly skills to deliver you a merciless kick in the rump!

You call me brutish? Ha! You are the one that's going to try and kick my buttocks. I dare you to start a story-writing battle in General. You wouldn't even get through the first match against me!
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: King Jeremy the Wicked on June 18, 2013, 07:39 pm
You obviously haven't read any of my gems.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: kittysocks on June 18, 2013, 08:45 pm
Would you noobs stop acting like me!?
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: alon on June 18, 2013, 08:51 pm
Would you noobs stop acting like me!?

Noobs? :c
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Arcanus on June 18, 2013, 09:01 pm
You call me brutish? Ha! You are the one that's going to try and kick my buttocks. I dare you to start a story-writing battle in General. You wouldn't even get through the first match against me!
I meant that metaphorically! I accept your challenge! Lets see if I can even call you a 'worthy opponent!'
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Arcanus on June 18, 2013, 09:03 pm
Would you noobs stop acting like me!?
Noobs? D:
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: alon on June 18, 2013, 09:08 pm
I meant that metaphorically! I accept your challenge! Lets see if I can even call you a 'worthy opponent!'

Then make the thread, my friend!
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Wind on June 18, 2013, 09:17 pm
=P
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Arcanus on June 18, 2013, 09:20 pm
Lol Spida closed the thread. xP
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: alon on June 18, 2013, 09:34 pm
Lol Spida closed the thread. xP

No he didn't. xD
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: kittysocks on June 18, 2013, 09:44 pm
No he didn't. xD
Minja fixed it.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Poke579 on June 19, 2013, 11:14 am
How come I get the feeling MyOwn, NPC and Spida are gonna dominate us? xD
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Wind on June 19, 2013, 07:32 pm
How come I get the feeling MyOwn, Wind, NPC and Spida are gonna dominate us? xD
Fixed.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: alon on June 19, 2013, 07:34 pm
Already 271 words on my story, and that's only the prologue. >=P
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Wind on June 19, 2013, 08:10 pm
Already 13 words in my story, and that's just the first sentence. :P
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Thebluefire2011 on June 19, 2013, 08:11 pm
Already 13 words in my story, and that's just the first sentence. :P
4 for me

"Once upon a time"

OH WAIT!

D=
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: swallowthesun on June 20, 2013, 12:25 am
You guys do know there is far more to writing than sounding sophisticated or using big words... right? Writing a good story isn't that easy. Writing a great story is hard.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Wind on June 20, 2013, 12:32 am
We're aware of that, Swallow xP
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: mshaafay on June 20, 2013, 01:29 am
I already started a 1000 word story! But it doesn't fit the theme....


Anyway, I want to join ;D
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Princess Matty on June 20, 2013, 02:18 am
Haha, if you plan like me you'll actually write something decent. x3
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Sree on June 20, 2013, 04:17 am
Joins
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: mshaafay on June 20, 2013, 08:09 am
Haha, if you plan like me you'll actually write something decent. x3
I like to make up the story as I go.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: King Jeremy the Wicked on June 20, 2013, 10:07 am
0 words already!
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: King Jeremy the Wicked on June 20, 2013, 10:19 am
Just started.  172 words!
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: alon on June 20, 2013, 10:35 am
You guys do know there is far more to writing than sounding sophisticated or using big words... right? Writing a good story isn't that easy. Writing a great story is hard.


I realize that. Building up plot and the like helps, along with having a detailed universe. You need to keep your reader captivated or they won't read the book.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Spidapig on June 20, 2013, 10:42 am
Also, being smoking hot like me helps.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Poke579 on June 20, 2013, 12:51 pm
I find the best way to write a story is choosing a subject that is the elephant in the room.
For me, that's concentration camps.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Spidapig on June 20, 2013, 01:47 pm
Or you could just have a hot bod
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Poke579 on June 20, 2013, 02:03 pm
Or you could just have a hot bod
I already have that.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Image on June 20, 2013, 04:01 pm
Updated.

Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: alon on June 20, 2013, 06:18 pm
1843 words on my story, and I had 545 this morning. If we have until December, I might just send it to a publisher. xD
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Image on June 20, 2013, 10:42 pm
1843 words on my story, and I had 545 this morning. If we have until December, I might just send it to a publisher. xD

It's been changed to September.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: alon on June 20, 2013, 11:02 pm
It's been changed to September.

Oh, thanks for informing me.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: mshaafay on June 21, 2013, 03:45 am
It's been changed to September.

...
The font is getting annoying
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: JimbobDelly13 on June 21, 2013, 04:35 am
Are you guys talking about writing as in writing a story about something? If so i am totally! I love writing. I have started a website with my books on it and im a pretty good author. Not trying to brag.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Him on June 21, 2013, 12:08 pm
You're all going down.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: King Jeremy the Wicked on June 21, 2013, 12:57 pm
Are you guys talking about writing as in writing a story about something? If so i am totally! I love writing. I have started a website with my books on it and im a pretty good author. Not trying to brag.
What website?  I'd like to see your work.

And I also have a writing website, and I think I may know you in real life...
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: King Jeremy the Wicked on June 21, 2013, 01:08 pm
Started over because mine went downhill.  Now have 142 words.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: alon on June 21, 2013, 01:12 pm
What website?  I'd like to see your work.

And I also have a writing website, and I think I may know you in real life...

I doubt it. xD
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: King Jeremy the Wicked on June 21, 2013, 01:13 pm
I doubt it. xD
I share my writing website with my friend, and he has a writing website...

It could happen.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: JimbobDelly13 on June 21, 2013, 06:22 pm
I will Pm you the website and I doubt it...
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Spidapig on June 22, 2013, 04:10 pm
At 1537 words and I'm around 1/5 of the way done, maybe a bit less.  Yeah, this is gonna be big.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Wind on June 23, 2013, 03:29 am
Are you guys talking about writing as in writing a story about something? If so i am totally! I love writing. I have started a website with my books on it and im a pretty good author. Not trying to brag.

 Judging off of your replies in the Nexus Recruitment, I doubt it...
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: swallowthesun on June 23, 2013, 06:11 pm
At 1537 words and I'm around 1/5 of the way done, maybe a bit less.  Yeah, this is gonna be big.

The average novel is 90,000 words long.
You had better get writing.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Image on June 23, 2013, 07:50 pm
The average novel is 90,000 words long.
You had better get writing.

It doesn't need to be that long, but if you can do that, more power to you.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Thebluefire2011 on June 23, 2013, 08:09 pm
The limit of a post is 20000, you know.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Spidapig on June 23, 2013, 11:24 pm
The average novel is 90,000 words long.
You had better get writing.
It's a short story, bub.  This could be a novel though, just gotta make it meatier.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Ryan Lewis on June 24, 2013, 12:02 am
I'm going to make one at revenge.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: tobestertobes on June 24, 2013, 04:47 pm
Why do I feel behind when everyone has over 1000 words and I have 0 xD
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: alon on June 24, 2013, 04:54 pm
I may have to drop out.

My story is more of a fantasy-action book, while it has love themes. Would this still qualify?
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Ryan Lewis on June 24, 2013, 05:46 pm
Tobes I have about 200
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: tobestertobes on June 24, 2013, 05:51 pm
Still more than me :P Hopefully I can get writing tomorrow.
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Him on June 25, 2013, 02:19 am
I have no clue how to start ;-;
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: PotatoMash on June 25, 2013, 05:28 am
I have no clue how to start ;-;
Lol, I don't know how I can end mine. xD
Title: Re: Write Away
Post by: Leo on June 25, 2013, 12:06 pm
I'll enter, just for fun.